Saturday's prep highlights: Dixon, Bachert shine at Cow Chip

Saturday's prep highlights: Dixon, Bachert shine at Cow Chip

In football

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 56, Momence 14. Caleb Lahey rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, with the visiting Blue Devils bursting out to a 36-7 halftime lead and never looking back in a nonconference win. Jacob Akins added 156 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries to complement Lahey for BHRA (2-0).

In volleyball

Charger Invitational

Maroons come in second. Champaign Central advanced all the way to the title match of the 12-team tournament Centennial hosted, but the Maroons fell short against Kaneland in the championship match. That was the only loss on the day for Central (9-3), which produced sweeps against Rochester (25-20, 25-12), Tinley Park (25-18, 26-24), Monticello (25-21, 25-19) and Morton (25-12, 26-24) before its seven-match win streak ended against Kaneland. The host Chargers had the next-best showing among area schools, placing fourth. Centennial beat Dunlap (25-22, 16-25, 15-7), Rockford East (25-14, 25-16) and Mahomet-Seymour (25-18, 22-25, 15-8) before losing to Kaneland (25-18, 25-15) in the semifinals and falling to Morton (22-25, 25-15, 15-12) in the third-place match. Mahomet-Seymour (3-6) defeated Monticello 25-22, 25-11 in the seventh-place match, with the Sages (4-5) knocking off Rantoul (0-7) for its only tournament win.

Casey-Westfield Tournament

Rockets nab third. Unity suffered its first loss of the season, but the Rockets managed to recover and place third in the 12-team tournament in Casey. Unity defeated Salt Fork 25-8, 25-19, Casey-Westfield 25-11, 25-18 and Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 22-25, 25-13, 15-7 in pool play before Mt. Zion topped the Rockets 25-12, 25-21 in the semifinals. Unity bounced back with a 27-25, 25-22 win against ALAH in the third-place match. Haley Glanzer (52 assists), Emma Bleecher (17 kills) and Ella Goodsell (37 digs) were some of the key contributors for the Rockets (8-1).

ALAH defeated Casey-Westfield (22-25, 25-10, 15-12) and Salt Fork (27-25, 25-22) in pool play, but lost its next three matches. Taylor Powell (45 kills) and Marissa Herschberger (80 assists) keyed the Knights (4-4). Tuscola went 1-4 on the day, defeating Salt Fork 25-19, 25-11 for its only tournament win. Karli Dean (29 kills, 27 blocks) and Maddie Green (74 assists) led the Warriors (4-5), who suffered a trio of three-set losses.

Manteno Early Bird Classic

Warriors finish third. Watseka went 2-1 in pool play, but managed to win the third-place match at the eight-team tournament, defeating Grant Park 15-25, 25-14, 15-12 to end the day on a positive note. Kennedy Bauer spearheaded Watseka's attack, compiling 57 kills on the day, with Grace Smith handing out 52 assists and Taylor Schippert chipping in with 54 digs. Watseka (7-4) defeated Thorton Fractional North and Illinois Lutheran in two sets, but lost in two sets to Manteno and Newark.

Nontournament

St. Thomas More 2, Chillicothe IVC 0. The visiting Sabers stayed unbeaten on the season with a 25-23, 25-19 Illini Prairie Conference win. Allie Trame (eight kills, two blocks), Caroline Kerr (19 assists) and Haley Elam (10 digs) sparked STM (5-0).

In boys' soccer

Urbana Invitational

Maroons win title. Champaign Central dominated in its two wins to capture the eight-team Urbana Invitational title. The Maroons (8-1) beat St. Thomas More 5-0 in the semifinals behind a hat trick from Santiago Rodriquez before topping Mahomet-Seymour 5-1 in the championship match. Rey Zarco netted two goals and handed out two assists in the win against M-S (3-3-1). Marc Majeres tallied the lone goal for the Bulldogs against Central, which came after M-S defeated Urbana in the semifinals. Both teams played to a 1-1 tie through regulation before M-S knocked off the host Tigers 4-2 via penalty kicks. Urbana (3-1) responded with a 5-1 win against STM in the third-place match as Michael Larenas-Leach scored two goals and added an assist. JP Hoffman contributed the only goal on the day for STM (5-3-1). Danville beat Geneseo 2-1 in a consolation semifinal match before losing 5-2 to Bremen in the consolation title match. Kevin Sanchez scored two of the three goals for the Vikings (3-2).

Nontournament

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 3, Blue Ridge 1. The host Blue Devils remained unbeaten on the season with a nonconference win. Drew Reifsteck led BHRA (4-0-1) with two goals, while Cameron Douglass added a goal, Griffin Winkler compiled an assist and Michael French corralled seven saves. Brendan Flannell scored the lone goal for Blue Ridge (3-5-1).

Chillicothe IVC 7, Rantoul 0. Bill Enriquez made three saves for Rantoul (1-3-1) in an Illini Prairie home loss.

In boys' cross-country

At Chrisman. Monticello won the team race and had the fastest runner, with Garrett Dixon compiling the top time in 15 minutes, 34.16 seconds in a race that featured seven different flights. Layton Hall of Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (16:19), Aryan Lalwani of Uni High (16:42.52), Cameron Woodard of Unity (16:44.05) and Ryder James of Paxton-Buckley-Loda (16:51.51) rounded out the top-five times for area competitors at the Cow Chip Classic.

In girls' cross-country

At Charleston. Elizabeth Sims of Mahomet-Seymour topped the other 101 runners at the Charleston Invitational, winning the race in 18 minutes, 57.90 seconds as the Bulldogs took home top team honors at the 11-school meet. Brisa McGrath (19:44.51, fifth), Madi Balbach (20:25.80, eighth) and Delaney King (20:29.27, ninth) also placed in the top 10 for M-S. Chian Scott (19:23.11, fourth) led Urbana's efforts, with Shannon Tang of Champaign Central finishing sixth (20:14.21).

At Chrisman. Unity won the Cow Chip Classic team race, with Caroline Bachert posting a time of 19 minutes, 24.46 seconds to finish second in the first flight. Fran Hendrickson of St. Thomas More had the top time at the meet in 18:56.36. Hendrickson, Bachert, Anika Kimme of Uni High (19:46.00), Rachel Koon of Monticello (20:00.88) and Audrey Hancock of Unity (20:16.14) posted the top-five times.

In girls' swimming

At Champaign. Champaign Central won a five-team relay meet, held outdoors at Indian Acres Swim Club, with 250 points, edging runner-up Uni High (235). The Maroons won five of the 10 relays — the 200-yard medley (2 minutes, 1.43 seconds), 200 freestyle (1:55.93), 100 freestyle (59.71), 200 backstroke (2:15.88) and 400 freestyle (4:05.14) — with Julia Wilson, Hope Lee, Ally Miller and Morgan McKee serving as anchors. Uni High won the 200 butterfly (1:59.28), 500 freestyle (5:09.04) and 400 medley (4:31.28) with Reed Broaders swimming on all three. Danville, which placed third, won the the 400 medley (4:51.53) and the 200 breaststroke (2:25.79) with Natalie Porter, Madeline Hogg, Wynter Haas and Lela Wagner.

At Charleston. St. Thomas More lost 60-26 to Charleston, with Hannah Nicum posting wins in the 50-yard freestyle (29.36 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (1:05.91) for the Sabers.

MATT DANIELS