Teams of the Week: Tri-County volleyball in spotlight
The Titans (35-2) landed 29 kills, eight aces (four by Kyla Skinner) and four blocks (each by a different player) in a super-sectional sweep against Edinburg. For the first time since the co-op between Oakland and Kansas started nine years ago, the program is headed to the state semifinals. Amber Meyer had 25 assists and Autumn Meyer 11 digs.
The Rockets (10-1) moved into the state quarterfinals for the fourth straight year thanks to a 22-7 win against Pleasant Plains. The current senior class has been part of more wins (45) than any other at Unity. Four running backs carried the ball. Three had double-figure gains. Mitch Negangard and Anthony Vasquez each had eight solo tackles.
ST. THOMAS MORE BOYS’ CROSS-COUNTRY
Coach David Behm’s Sabers hit the postseason trifecta, following up on the school’s first regional and sectional titles in the sport with a runaway win in the Class 1A state championship race. All-staters Nick Hess and Jacob Helfrich set the pace. Of the three boys’ 1A trophy teams, St. Thomas More ran the fewest seniors (two) in the top seven.
MAHOMET-SEYMOUR BOYS’ CROSS-COUNTRY
Two-time all-stater Jonathan Schaap registered the school’s best individual finish at state. He placed 10th in the Class 2A state meet, one second ahead of teammate Forrest Smoes, whose 11th-place performance also bettered the school’s previous state best (13th by Mark Johnson in 1974). M-S (11th) had two all-staters in a year for the first time.
URBANA BOYS’ SOCCER
During the course of a 21-3 season, 15 different Tigers scored goals, but the reason coach Randy Blackman’s team secured the state’s second-place team trophy in Class 2A was a rock-solid defense, with goalkeeper Brian Summers as the last line of a defense that shut out 13 opponents and yielded three goals in the first six tournament matches.