Thursday's highlights: Bott sizzles with a 61
In boys' golf
■ At Danville. After bogeying the second hole Thursday at Harrison Park Golf Course, Andy Bott knew he would need to plot a comeback.
“I really wanted to get back to even (par on the front nine),” the Bismarck-Henning senior said.
Bott accomplished much more than that, embarking on a remarkable round en route to medalist honors at the Vermilion Valley Conference tournament. By the time he was done, Bott had fired a 10-under-par 61 to finish 18 strokes ahead of his nearest pursuer.
“I’m still shocked by it,” he said. “That’s ridiculous. To shoot that well and have — I only had 25 putts — that’s easily the best round I’ve ever played.”
Bott followed his 3-putt bogey on No. 2 with a birdie, an eagle and a birdie, eventually cutting his score to 4 under entering the back nine. Then, he just kept piling up the birdies, finishing with nine overall.
“My putter was just on fire, and I was just really hitting the ball well (Thursday),” said Bott, whose previous best competitive round at Harrison Park was a 67.
Two teammates joined Bott in the top four. Noah Campbell shot an 81 for third place, and David Warren (83) placed fourth. Oakwood’s Brandon Rowe (79) was the runner-up.
Bismarck-Henning finished 50 strokes ahead of second-place Hoopeston Area with a 311 total.
■ At Sheldon. With four scorers among the top eight, St. Thomas More won the Sangamon Valley Conference tournament by 28 strokes at Shewami Country Club. Sabers teammates Chris Tate and Michael Kehl shared medalist honors with 75s. Jesse Dankle of STM tied for fourth with an 82. Kameron Wilken of runner-up Iroquois West finished third with an 81.
■ At Mahomet. Judah Christian’s Tyler Erhard and Centennial’s Wyatt Small tied for medalist honors with 40s at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. The Chargers won the dual meet 168-189.
In girls’ golf
■ At Danville. Courtney LaFoe shot an 85 to win medalist honors by 4 strokes at the Vermilion Valley Conference tournament at Harrison Park Golf Course. Schlarman’s Sarah Daily (89) finished second.
■ At Sheldon. Drew Grimes of Watseka carded a 90 to edge Iroquois West’s Lindsey Luehrsen by 1 stroke for medalist honors in the Sangamon Valley Conference tournament at Shewami Country Club. Iroquois West and Watseka tied for the team title with 401s.
■ At Savoy. Emily Trolia shot a 41 to finish 1 stroke behind the medalist and lead Mahomet-Seymour to victory in a three-team meet at the University of Illinois Blue Course. Isabella Ritz (51) and Sarah Halberstadt (51) were low scorers for third-place Champaign Central.
■ Watseka 2, Iroquois West 0. The undefeated Warriors rolled to a 25-13, 25-16 home victory behind Maddie Pfingsten’s 20 assists, four service aces and six digs. Hayley Gray contributed nine kills and three blocks for Watseka (26-0). Taylor Cultra had six kills and two blocks for the Raiders.
■ Schlarman 2, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 0. Jordan Marganski had 14 assists and four blocks for the Hilltoppers in a 25-8, 25-11 road win. Schlarman (10-3) improved to 7-0 in the Vermilion Valley Conference.
■ Decatur Lutheran 2, Urbana Uni High 0. The host Illineks lost 25-18, 25-23 despite 13 digs by Grace Lilly.
■ Arthur-Lovington 2, Shiloh 0. Karly Goodman’s 13 kills and Sherelle Coller’s 20 assists lifted the Lancers to a 25-18, 25-19 home victory. Lauren Moses led Shiloh with five blocks and four kills.
■ Unity 2, Central A&M 0. The visiting Rockets won 25-18, 25-16 behind Lizzy Barnard’s 18 kills, Bailey Reifsteck’s 30 assists and Madi Clark’s 22 digs.
■ Armstrong-Potomac 2, Chrisman 0. Morgan Zindars, Rachel Miles and Makenzie Vinson produced double-doubles for the Trojans in a 25-22, 25-21 road win. Zindars finished with 30 assists and 18 digs. Miles had 10 kills and 18 digs, while Vinson contributed 10 kills and 14 digs.
■ Fieldcrest 2, Blue Ridge 0. Amber Blazek had 10 kills and Taylor Builta recorded 11 digs for the Knights in a 25-17, 25-18 road defeat.
■ Oakwood 2, Milford 0. Peyton Jones’ eight blocks and five kills led the Comets to a 25-23, 25-15 home victory. Abbie Knight finished with 15 digs for Oakwood.
■ Clinton 2, Argenta-Oreana 0. The host Maroons won 25-9, 25-18 behind Miranda Ennis’ eight digs and Payton Bieber’s four blocks. Brooke Ulrey and Haley Williamson combined for 15 digs for the Bombers.
■ Heyworth 2, LeRoy 1. Tori Swanson racked up 26 digs for the Panthers in a 21-25, 25-20, 25-13 road loss.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 2, Olympia 0. Mason Moore’s 20 assists and Sirena Woo’s 12 digs boosted the Bulldogs to a 25-14, 25-17 road victory.
■ Bement 2, Villa Grove 0. Maddie Mann, Abby Trott and Taylor Wegrich combined for 15 service aces for the Bulldogs in a 25-8, 25-11 road win.
■ Salt Fork 2, Hoopeston Area 1. The Storm remained undefeated in the Vermilion Valley at 7-0 with a 25-27, 25-10, 25-11 home victory fueled by Britton Seaman’s 16 kills. Allie Trosper racked up 36 assists for Salt Fork.
■ Bismarck-Henning 2, Westville 0. The visiting Blue Devils won 25-9, 25-12 behind Mary Bass’ seven kills and five blocks. Lindsey Andrews added six digs, three service aces and two blocks.
■ Normal West 2, Champaign Central 1. Katie Sloniger had 14 digs and two service aces for the Maroons in a 17-25, 25-9, 25-16 home loss.
■ Decatur St. Teresa 2, Tuscola 0. Morgan Little recorded 11 assists and six digs for the Warriors in a 25-15, 25-15 road loss.
■ Judah Christian 2, DeLand-Weldon 0. The Tribe prevailed on the road 25-14, 25-21 behind Emily Gewirtz’s 15 digs and three service aces.
■ Tri-County 2, Okaw Valley 0. Abby Smith’s nine kills and Alex Hudson’s 20 assists boosted the Titans to a 25-10, 25-13 home victory.
■ Prairie Central 2, Normal U-High 1. Katie Kupferschmid racked up 29 digs and Shania Scurlock finished with 30 digs to lead the Hawks to a 27-25, 11-25, 25-23 home win. Maddie Bounds contributed 13 kills and eight blocks, including three solos, for PC.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 2, Clifton Central 0. Shelby Simmons had 13 kills and Karlie Baker recorded 21 assists to lead the Spartans to a 25-19, 25-19 road victory.
■ Flanagan-Cornell 2, Fisher 1. Delaney Cochran had four kills and four assists for the Bunnies in a 25-20, 22-25, 25-18 home defeat.
■ Warrensburg-Latham 2, Sullivan 1. The host Redskins lost 19-25, 29-27, 25-18 despite a double-double by Emily Neuhauser (17 digs, 10 kills). Maggie Plank had 23 digs for Sullivan, and teammate Brittin Boyer added nine kills and eight digs.
■ Heritage 2, Atwood-Hammond 1. Cedar Richardson’s 11 kills and Jen Lannon’s 16 digs rallied the Hawks to an 18-25, 25-17, 25-19 road win.
In boys’ soccer
■ Hoopeston Area 7, Schlarman 0. The Cornjerkers clinched at least a share of the Vermilion Valley title with a runaway home win, improving to 7-0 in the conference and 14-2 overall. Brennan Crose led HA with a hat trick and two assists.
■ Monticello 4, Meridian 0. Luke Hanselman scored once and added two assists for the Sages in a road win.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 4, Unity 2. Bjoern Voll scored three goals to lift the Spartans to a home victory.
■ Judah Christian 1, Oakwood 0. John Krehbiel scored in the first half on an assist by Michael Linsner, and the Tribe held on for a road win. Goalkeeper Landon Turner had nine saves for the Comets.
■ Salt Fork/Westville 8, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 0. The Storm racked up seven first-half goals en route to a runaway road victory. Jordan Romo had a hat trick and assisted on three other goals. Goalkeeper Aaron Marx recorded seven saves for the shutout.
■ Fisher/GCMS 1, Watseka 1. Andrew Young’s unassisted goal gave the Bunnies a 1-0 lead, but visiting Watseka rallied for a tie on Nick Morales’ second-half score.
■ Urbana Uni High 1, Decatur St. Teresa 0. Panos Voulgaris’ goal in the 43rd minute broke a scoreless tie, and the Illineks held off St. Teresa for a home win. Goalkeeper Tristan Gurtler had five of his six saves in the second half en route to a shutout.
■ Blue Ridge 3, Mount Pulaski 0. Dylan Grammer’s hat trick and goalkeeper Blayne Zeigler’s six saves lifted the Knights to a shutout road victory.
■ At Robinson. Led by runner-up Andrew Warnes, Unity placed four runners in the top 14 and won the 15-team Robinson Invitational by 27 points. Warnes finished in 15 minutes, 34.9 seconds — 0.7 behind winner Andrew Sharp of Altamont. Nick Godsell (16:00.2) of Unity placed fourth.
The Rockets also won the girls’ 14-team race, edging runner-up Mattoon 70-71. Taylor Renfroe (19:38.5), Nicole Bagwell (19:45.0) and Laura Seiler (19:49.3) of the Rockets placed 6-7-9.
■ At Monticello. Eric Ponder of Tuscola finished first and Monticello won the team title in a four-team meet at Lodge Park. Ponder finished in 15:53. The Sages captured the next five spots, led by runner-up Matt Norvell (16:12).
In the girls’ race, winner Emily Foley (19:08) led a 1-2-3 finish by Monticello runners, and the Sages claimed the team title.
In girls’ tennis
■ Decatur MacArthur 6, Urbana 3. Chloe Percival battled to a 5-7, 7-6, 12-10 victory at No. 4 singles for the Tigers in a home defeat.
■ Watseka 7, St. Thomas More 2. Haley Loeffler, Cheyenne Denoyer and Samantha Hodolitz won in singles and contributed to doubles victories, leading the Warriors to a road win.