Saturday's prep highlights: Maroons volleyball captures title

Saturday's prep highlights: Maroons volleyball captures title

In football

Orrick (Mo.) 68, Judah Christian 6. Joe Myhre returned a kickoff 54 yards in the second quarter for the lone touchdown by the Tribe (1-1) in an 8-man football game loss in Shelbyville, Mo.

In volleyball

Maroons win title. Paced by all-tournament choices Rylee Hinton (32 kills) and Mira Chopra (25 kills), Champaign Central (16-3) swept all five of its matches at Mahomet-Seymour's Bulldog Invitational, defeating the hosts 25-22, 25-18 in the title match to win the 16-team tournament. Besides a second-place finish from M-S (9-7), St. Joseph-Ogden (10-2) placed third, Rantoul (2-11) wound up 13th, Urbana (3-6) took 14th and Oakwood (9-6) placed 15th. Josie Hess and Savannah Matthews from M-S, along with Lucy Kaiser and Katelyn Berry from SJ-O, made the all-tournament team.

STM rolls to title. St. Thomas More did not drop a set in any of its five matches at the Clinton Classic, beating Maroa-Forsyth 25-23, 25-23 in the championship match at the 10-team event. Tournament MVP Allie Trame compiled 37 kills and Caroline Kerr handed out 95 assists to guide the Sabers (11-0).

Unity delivers title. Emma Bleecher rattled off 44 kills and Jalyn Powell recorded 47 assists, helping Unity win the 12-team Decatur Lutheran Invitational. The Rockets (15-1) defeated Cerro Gordo 25-15, 25-19 in the title match. Cerro Gordo (12-3) received 33 kills from Anna Peter and 86 assists from Ella Mann on the day. Blue Ridge (13-3) placed fourth, with Hannah Brackenhoff registering 73 digs and Avery Fisher distributing 76 assists for the Knights.

Hilltoppers falter. Schlarman won its final match at the Illinois College Invitational, opening up with three losses before defeating Lovejoy in two sets. Emma Bogen led the Hilltoppers (4-6) with 21 kills.

In boys' soccer

Judah Christian 8, Decatur Christian 0. Nine different players either scored a goal or recorded an assist for the Tribe in its fourth straight victory. Joe Linsner and Misa Rodriguez each netted two goals for Judah Christian (5-3), while Caleb Aldridge had three assists and Caleb Crowley added two assists.

In boys' cross-country

At Peoria. Michael Moreman of Danville clocked in at 15 minutes, 59.1 seconds, good for 14th place and to pace all area competitors in the Class 2A race at the First to the Finish Invitational at Detweiller Park as the Vikings placed 15th. Centennial wound up in 18th, with Luke Manolakes (16:05.3) coming in 21st. Champaign Central placed 21st, with Alex Ahmari (16:51.1, 86th) leading the Maroons. In the 1A race, Uni High placed third as Aryan Lalwani (15:55.1, fifth) posted the top time for the Illineks.

At Paxton. Paxton-Buckley-Loda placed second at its own 14-team invitational, with Ryder James' seventh-place time of 16 minutes, 42 seconds leading the Panthers. Layton Hall of Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond placed fourth in 16:27, the best area finish.

In girls' cross-country

At Peoria. Elizabeth Sims of Mahomet-Seymour led all area Class 2A competitors at the First to the Finish Invitational at Detweiller Park with a 14th-place finish in 18 minutes, 32.2 seconds. Teammate Brisa McGrath added a 27th-place finish (18:57.1) for the Bulldogs, who finished fourth out of 50 teams. In the 1A race, Clinton's Payne Turney finished third in 18:19.6.

At Paxton. Unity won the 12-team Paxton-Buckley-Loda Invitational, led by Caroline Bachert's runner-up finish in 19 minutes, 21 seconds. Fran Hendrickson of St. Thomas More won the race in 18:43, and Cassidy Bagby of St. Joseph-Ogden took third in 19:57.

In girls' swimming

At Champaign. Lizzie Gile won the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 butterfly to help Centennial place second at a triangular with first-place finisher Normal Community and Champaign Central. Maddie Hieser won the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley for Central.

At Springfield. Uni High placed third at the 10-team Capital City Invitational. Reed Broaders won the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, with teammate Sally Ma taking home first place in the 50 freestyle.

MATT DANIELS