Prep highlights: GCMS finishes undefeated

Prep highlights: GCMS finishes undefeated

In football

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 53, Heyworth 0.GCMS showcased the talent behind its perfect regular season in the Falcons' Heart of Illinois Small win.

Scores by two running backs, two wide receivers, an interception return and a fumble recovery put the contest away early, as GCMS (9-0) scored all 53 points in the first half. The Falcons combined to rush for 226 yards on 19 carries, while Nathan Garard threw three touchdowns (two to Ryland Holt and one to Bryce Barnes).

"I'm the most confident I've ever been," said Mitch McNutt, who started at fullback as a sophomore on 2015's undefeated squad. "We're all motivated ... and our line is playing well. I think we're starting to peak right now."

Garard was also responsible for the Falcons' first defensive touchdown on a 45-yard interception return. After rushing for a 37-yard score on offense, Jared Trantina forced a fumble that Barnes recovered in the end zone for the visitor's second defensive touchdown. As a unit, the Falcons defense tallied six sacks and 14 tackles for loss in the first half. Ryan Ferguson

West Hancock 38, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 28.The visiting Blue Devils took a 28-24 lead early in the fourth quarter against one of the state's top-ranked Class 2A team, but BHRA (6-3) was unable to pull off the nonconference win. Jacob Akins (97 rushing yards on 19 carries), Wyatt Edwards (89 rushing yards on 11 carries) and Travis Lappin (80 rushing yards on 12 carries) sparked BHRA. Edwards also went 8 of 13 for 120 passing yards and two touchdowns, with Colten Arford hauling in three receptions for 64 yards.

In boys' cross-country

Class 2A Metamora Regional. Mahomet-Seymour placed second with 49 points, qualifying the whole team for next Saturday's sectional. The Bulldogs took the top two individual spots, with Mathias Powell placing first in 14 minutes, 33.82 seconds and Ryan Hodge finishing second in 14:39.85. Riley Fortune added another top-five finish for M-S with a fourth-place effort of 15:03.30. John Miller led Champaign Central, which placed ninth, with a 45th-place finish in 16:51.91.

Class 2A Crete-Monee Regional. Urbana won a regional title with 57 points. Justice Carter led the Tigers with a first-place finish in 16 minutes, 31.9 seconds. Payton Borich added a sixth-place finish in 17:08.5. Rantoul also advanced to the sectional meet with a fifth-place result. Elijah Hall (17:04.1, fourth place) and Peter McCusker (17:54, 10th place) led the Eagles.

Class 2A Charleston Regional. Danville produced a regional title, finishing with 53 points as the Vikings' top five runners all placed in the top 15. Brandon Barfell paced Danville by finishing seventh in 16 minutes, 48.94 seconds. Dylan Watson (17:01.81, eighth place), Lukas Burleson (17:10.70, 11th place), Noah Hile (17:14.50, 12th place) and Lenox Li (17:18.78, 15th place) also chipped in for Danville. Centennial placed fifth to move on to sectionals. Luke Manolakes led the Chargers by coming across the line in fourth (16:28.04).

Class 1A St. Thomas More Regional. St. Joseph-Ogden won the regional title with 39 points as Wyatt Wolfersberger placed first individually with a time of 16 minutes, 16.2 seconds. Cameron Woodard of Unity placed second in 16:29.2 and Isiah McCune of SJ-O finished third in 16:31.0. Uni High, paced by fourth-place finisher Nicolas Ramkumar (16:42.7) and fifth-place finisher Aryan Lalwani (16:43.7), took second place in the team standings.

Class 1A Eureka Regional. Monticello was second in the team standings, with Alex Helmuth winning the race in 14 minutes, 58.08 seconds. Teammate Garrett Dixon was behind Helmuth, crossing second in 15:07.00. Luke Sokolowski (16:22.52, 15th place) also contributed significantly for the Sages, while Ty Brennan from Clinton placed 32nd in 16:50.82 to become the only sectional qualifier for the Maroons.

Class 1A Shelbyville Regional. Logan Hall from Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond outpaced the rest of the field, easily winning a regional title in 14 minutes, 57.97 seconds. He was more than a minute ahead of the runner-up finisher. Hall's finish helped ALAH place fourth and qualify for the sectional meet as a team. Layton Hall added a sixth-place finish in 16:21.10 to help out the Knights.

Class 1A Kankakee McNamara Regional. Trey Houmes from Hoopeston Area held on for a first-place finish, winning the race in 15 minutes, 54 seconds. Paxton-Buckley-Loda placed second in the team standings, qualifying the Panthers for the sectional meet. Kody Harrison led the way for PBL by finishing fifth in 16:16. Connor Price from Iroquois West also finished in the top 10, placing eighth in 16:49 to lead the Raiders.

Class 1A Seneca Regional. Prairie Central claimed the final sectional qualifying spot as a team, placing seventh. Aaron Aberle's 23rd-place finish in 18 minutes, 45.1 seconds led the Hawks.

In girls' cross-country

Class 2A Metamora Regional. Mahomet-Seymour won a regional title as Brisa McGrath placed fourth in 17 minutes, 57.32 seconds to lead the Bulldogs, with teammate Megan Churm coming in fifth at 18:01.17. Jessica Franklin (18:16.88, eighth place) and Madi Balbach (18:32.52, 10th place) also contributed for M-S. Shannon Tang of Champaign Central placed 35th in 19:46.35 and was the only sectional qualifier for the Maroons.

Class 2A Crete-Monee Regional. Urbana compiled 34 points to win a regional title as the Tigers had three runners finish in the top five. Libby Cultra led Urbana by placing second in 18:28.9, with Olivia Rosenstein (18:29.4, third place) and Chian Scott (19:21, fifth place) close behind. Uni High took second place as first-place finisher Arielle Summitt crossed the finish line with a time of 18:20.9. Anika Kimme added a sixth-place finish for the Illineks in 19:25.1.

Class 2A Charleston Regional. Shanice Garbutt of Danville won the regional title with a time of 17 minutes, 58.2 seconds, helping the Vikings finish fifth as a team and qualify for sectionals. Centennial was seventh, with Madeline Martin's 19th-place finish in 21:20.34 leading the way.

Class 1A St. Thomas More Regional. Unity won a regional title with 39 points, holding off runner-up St. Joseph-Ogden (49). Fran Hendrickson from St. Thomas More won the race in 18 minutes, 17.6 seconds. Evelyn Adkins of Unity led the Rockets with a third-place finish in 18:36.4. Faith Houston of SJ-O (18:40.7) was the top Spartans' runner with a fourth-place result and Lauren Krasa of Judah Christian was second to Hendrickson with a time of 18:35.8. Caroline Bachert of Unity (18:53.2) rounded out the top five runners.

Class 1A Eureka Regional. Monticello took home a regional title thanks to its top five runners placing in the top 20. Grace Talbert sparked the Sages by placing fourth in 18 minutes, 47.68 seconds. Morgan Elmore (19:15.57, 11th place), Alyssa McPike (19:17.51, 12th place), Mackenzie Murphy (19:22.41, 14th place) and Hannah Offenback (19:43.27, 18th place) rounded out the Sages' efforts. Payne Turney from Clinton (18:51.38, sixth place) led the Maroons.

Class 1A Kankakee McNamara Regional. Paxton-Buckley-Loda placed sixth as a team to qualify for sectionals. Evelyn Ellis led PBL with a 15th-place finish in 20 minutes, 7 seconds.

Class 1A Seneca Regional. Prairie Central won a regional title, paced by Becca Conlisk's fifth-place finish in 21 minutes, 45.3 seconds.

In girls' tennis

Class 1A state tournament. Lindsay Huang of Uni High didn't get a chance to play for fifth place, losing in the consolation quarterfinals 6-2, 6-2 to Mia Bertino of Joliet Catholic and ending Huang's state tournament run.

In girls' swimming

At Bloomington. Danville finished second in a triangular with 171 points and Urbana was third with 114. Lela Wagner won two events for the Vikings, placing first in the 50-yard freestyle (27.73 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:16.60). Tyann Parker of Urbana placed second in the 50 freestyle (30.31) and the 100 freestyle (1:07.29).Matt Daniels