Prep Highlights: Maroons' rally falls short

Prep Highlights: Maroons' rally falls short

In football

Peoria 54, Champaign Central 36. The Maroons lost a road Big 12 game, trailing 40-8 at halftime before mounting a second-half rally. Tarell Evans led Central (2-6) with 100 rushing yards on 11 carries and one touchdown and Luke McMahon went 6 for 9 for 114 passing yards, hitting Connor Milton three times for 59 yards. Dylan Gunn and Dalton Hall each finished with six tackles.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 13, Watseka/St. Anne 12. The visiting Panthers won their fifth straight game, pulling out a Sangamon Valley Conference overtime win. T.J. Jones scored the game-tying touchdown on a 5-yard run in overtime, with Keyn Humes supplying the game-winning extra point for the Panthers (5-3) against the Warriors (6-2) in a game that was tied at 6 at the end of regulation.

In girls' tennis

Class 2A Normal Community Sectional

Ellis shines. Danville's Lauren Ellis won her second straight sectional title, defeating teammate Erin Houpt 6-0, 6-0 in the championship match. Both Ellis and Houpt will play in the state tournament this upcoming week. In the semifinals, Ellis beat Ariel Miller from Normal West 6-0, 6-2 and Houpt defeated Annika Hiredesai 7-5, 6-2 of Normal Community. In doubles action, Centennial's pairing of Madison Scaggs and Mary Woods placed fourth and had already secured a place at state by making it through to the semifinals on Friday.

Class 1A Champaign Central Sectional

C-U fares well. Uni High's Lindsay Huang won a sectional title, defeating teammate Grace Qui 6-4, 6-0 in the championship match at Atkins Tennis Center. In the third-place match, Erin Wright from Urbana defeated Noelle Schacht 6-1, 6-0. All four players had previously qualified for state by advancing to the semifinals on Friday.

In doubles play, STM's duo of Mia Stipes and Delaney Tressler claimed a sectional title, beating STM teammates Caroline Waddell and Kayley Schacht 6-3, 7-6. In the third-place match, Champaign Central's Olivia Gunn and Allison Bergh beat teammates Diana Golmeeva and Grace Redden 6-1, 6-2. All four local doubles teams had also clinched a spot at state after making it through to the semifinals on Friday.

In boys' soccer

Class 1A Hoopeston Area Regional

Uni High 7, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 1. The Illineks cruised to the regional title win thanks to two goals and an assist from Paul D'Angelo. Uni High (19-2-2) also received a goal and an assist from Rahi Miraftab-Salo. Keanu King scored the lone goal for BHRA (12-8).

In volleyball

Morgan Buerkett Tournament

Sabers place second. St. Thomas More won its first four matches at its own 16-team tournament before losing to Payson Seymour in the title match as the Sabers (30-3) finished second. Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond went 3-2 on the day and the Knights (23-3) placed sixth, while Danville (7-23) finished 2-3 and Cerro Gordo (11-19) went 1-4.

Vermilion County Tournament

Blue Devils, Comets to play for title. Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin defeated Hoopeston Area, Armstrong-Potomac and Salt Fork at Westville to advance to Monday night's title match. Ashlyn Clem sparked the Blue Devils (18-5) with 21 kills and five aces on the day, while Danielle Duncan (14 kills, 12 blocks) and Grace Harris (21 assists, seven aces) also contributed.

Oakwood will face BHRA in the championship match after the Comets swept Westville and Georgetown-Ridge Farm. Katelyn Young had 10 kills for the Comets (19-4) against Westville and Brenna Durst came through with 10 kills against G-RF. Kelsey Blackford combined to distribute 32 assists in both victories.

Beecher Tournament

Hilltoppers finish third. Schlarman went 3-2 on the day, beating Morris 25-21, 26-24 to place third. The Hilltoppers (14-8) also picked up wins against Crete-Monee and Morgan Park Academy. Janie Gross led Schlarman with 31 kills and 21 blocks, while Reagan Gifford chipped in 26 kills and 16 blocks.

Plano Invitational

Rockets pick up three wins. Unity went 3-2 on the day, defeating Hinckley-Big Rock 21-6, 21-11, LaMoille 21-18, 23-22 and Leland 21-14, 17-21, 15-9, but falling in two sets to Plano and Timothy Christian. Megan Foster finished with 10 kills in the win against Leland, while Jayln Powell had seven kills in the win against LaMoille and Lily Glanzer and Abbie Charleston each supplied three kills against Hinckley-Big Rock.

In boys' cross-country

At Danville. Michael Moreman of Danville placed second at the Big 12 Meet with a time of 15 minutes, 45.49 seconds and teammate Sincere Williams-Davis placed third in 15:47.57 to help the Vikings place third in the team standings during the nine-team meet at Kennekuk County Park. Luke Manolakes placed fifth in 15:51.61 to pace Centennial, which placed sixth, and Justice Carter finished sixth in 16:05.70 to lead Urbana, which wound up seventh. Champaign Central placed eighth as Kyle Treakle's 38th-place finish in 17:34.78 led the Maroons.

At Effingham. St. Thomas More's Ian Clapper finished seventh at the St. Anthony Bulldog Classic with a time of 16 minutes, 42.55 seconds, helping STM to a fifth-place finish at the 16-team invitational.

At Peoria. Logan Hall of Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond won the Patriot Invitational at Detweiller Park with a time of 15 minutes, 19.2 seconds. St. Joseph-Ogden had the top area team finish, placing third, as Wyatt Wolfersberger placed seventh (16:10.7) paced the Spartans. Monticello finished fifth, with Garrett Dixon (15:30.1, third) and Alex Helmuth (15:51.3, fourth) leading the way.

In girls' cross-country

At Danville. Urbana narrowly missed out on a Big 12 title, finishing second at the nine-team conference meet at Kennekuk County Park. Olivia Rosenstein paced the Tigers with a second-place finish in 18 minutes, 20.61 seconds. Teammates Chian Scott (19:13.62) and Libby Cultra (19:22.33) placed fourth and fifth, respectively for Urbana. Danville's Shanice Garbutt won the race in 18:04.58 and the Vikings placed sixth as a team. Gina Kim topped the Centennial contingent with a 26th-place finish in 21:23.53 as the Chargers ended up seventh. Shannon Tang paced Champaign Central, which finished eighth, with a 30th-place finish in 21:33.65.

At Effingham. St. Thomas More's Fran Hendrickson placed first at the St. Anthony Bulldog Classic with a time of 18 minutes, 34.73 seconds, helping STM to a second-place finish at the 12-team invitational.

At Peoria. St. Joseph-Ogden won the Patriot Invitational with Faith Houston placing seventh in 19 minutes, 9 seconds to lead the Spartans. Caroline Bachert of Unity finished second in 18:41.1 for the runner-up Rockets. Monticello finished third, with Grace Talbert placing 19th in 19:52.2.

In girls' swimming and diving

At Evanston. Centennial placed second at the 10-team Evanston Invitational, with Lizzie Rumsey leading the way. Rumsey placed fourth with a score of 367.20.

At Danville. Danville placed third in a home triangular against Normal West and Normal Community. Lela Wagner was a bright spot for the Vikings with first-place finishes in he 100-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke.Matt Daniels