PEORIA — Annemarie Michael is no stranger to the state cross-country stage, but Saturday’s race was different from any of the three she’d run before.
This time, she was running with unfamiliar competition after the success factor moved Michael and the Urbana Uni High girls up to Class 2A. She was also running without a team after the Illineks failed to qualify as a unit.
RUNNER, SCHOOL TIME
Pommier, Mahomet-Seymour 14:47
L. Hall, ALAH 14:48
Fortune, Mahomet-Seymour 14:49
Walmer, Mahomet-Seymour 14:49
Butcher, Mahomet-Seymour 14:56
Hodge, Mahomet-Seymour 14:58
MAHOMET — If members of the Mahomet-Seymour boys’ cross-country team can simply run the times they’ve achieved earlier this season, logic dictates they’ll likely hold a Class 2A championship plaque at the end of Saturday’s state cross-country meet.
The Bulldogs, though, know it’s not that simple.
TOLONO — Novembers around here feature no shortage of reminders that it’s football playoff time. At Lu and Denny’s on Long Street, the bar’s windows are painted with the words “Go Rockets” in maroon letters, with a football painted next to them.
Class 1A boys
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond: Logan Hall
Hoopeston Area: Trey Houmes
Monticello: Garrett Dixon, Alex Helmuth
Prairie Central: Jake Maquet
St. Joseph-Ogden: Liam Davis, Kaleb Harshbarger, Isiah McCune, Tom Nichols, Taddy Pettit, Justin Phillips, Adam Porter, Braden Pridemore, Austin Rein, Josh Sexton, Wyatt Wolfersberger
Big weekend coming for several area high schools and athletes. The weekend, of course, starting Thursday with St. Joseph-Ogden, Watseka and Blue Ridge all playing for sectional volleyball titles. Then there's state cross country and the second round of the football playoffs Saturday. Oh, and high school basketball practice — at least for the girls — is underway.
■ Freshman Lauren Neitzel, from Centennial, was named the Newcomer of the Year and to the six-person All-CCIW first team for her performance at the conference championships. Playing at No. 1 singles for Illinois Wesleyan, Neitzel took home third place, as well as taking fourth place at No. 1 doubles. She finished the fall season with a 12-8 record in singles.
Why he was chosen: The senior accounted for three touchdowns — one on a 60-yard interception return and two passing touchdowns — during the Falcons’ 35-7 victory against El Paso-Gridley in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:
METAMORA — Mahomet-Seymour boys’ cross-country has a luxury of being able to tinker with its lineup at times, like regional and sectional races, where other programs lock in their top runners and hope for the best.
The Bulldogs’ depth is their advantage, and they put it to good use Saturday to win the Class 2A Decatur Sectional title and advance to next weekend’s state meet in Peoria.