Cross Country

Cross Country

Pack of Bulldogs takes 2A cross-country crown

PEORIA — Riley Fortune could feel the Mahomet-Seymour pack breaking apart steadily at Saturday’s Class 2A boys’ state cross-country meet. It was always bound to happen at a course that goes from approximately 100 meters wide to a tenth of that space in about a quarter of a mile.

State cross-country notes: Michael cards fifth place

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.

Area prep cross-country leaders: Week of Oct. 31

(3-mile courses)

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

Pack mentality works for M-S boys' runners

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.

Unity girls eye repeat performance

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.

State cross-country qualifiers

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

Nov. 3 Prep sports chat

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 12:30pm

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.

On campus: Neitzel, Pridemore in spotlight

■ 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.

Athletes of the Week: Keegan Allen and Elizabeth Rumsey

Keegan Allen
GCMS football

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.

Prep preview, week of Oct. 31

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar: