Cross Country

Cross Country

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:

Sectional cross-country roundup: M-S boys take title

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.

Area prep cross-country leaders: Week of Oct. 24

(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

Athletes of the Week: Oakwood's Bolton, Urbana's Rosenstein

Skylar Bolton
Oakwood football

Why he was chosen: The junior rushed for 186 yards on 38 carries and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the final minute, during the Comets’ 26-24 win against Salt Fork that clinched Oakwood’s first playoff berth since 2010. Oakwood (5-4) travels to Freeport Aquin (8-1) for a Class 1A first-round playoff game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.