MONTICELLO – Lois Cryder wasn't sure what to expect from her Monticello boys' soccer team after graduating 11 seniors from last year's group that reached the sectional finals. After a season-opening 8-0 win Monday against an upstart Heyworth program, she's got a better understanding of her Sages.
"It was a good start. Heyworth played hard and I was pleased with the way we played," Cryder said. "We're a work-in-progress. For a first game against an opponent that is very young and doesn't have as much experience as we do, I thought we handled ourselves pretty well."
Monticello didn't allow a shot on goal.
"I thought we played very well in the midfield, especially," Cryder said.
Brett Winterbottom notched a pair of goals and an assist. Dylan Lambert also scored and added two assists.
"Brett had a very good night, as did Dylan," Cryder said. "Both of those young men are seniors, so it was very nice to get that from them."
Salt Fork/Westville 4, Watseka 3. Visiting Salt Fork/Westville erased a 3-1 halftime deficit.
In boys' golf:
At Savoy. Peter Black shot a 1-over par 73 and finished in a tie for ninth place in leading Centennial to a third-place finish in the 16-team John Macek Invitational at the University of Illinois Blue Course. The Chargers finished behind champion Effingham St. Anthony and second-place Bloomington. Centennial's Robb Cozad shot a 74 and finished in a tie for 11th place along with Salt Fork's David Keenan.
At Danville. Led by medalist Tyler Moews' 41, Bismarck-Henning (186 strokes) won the team title in a quadrangular at Harrison Park. Cissna Park's Klinton Smith carded a 45 to finish second.
At Farmer City. Iroquois West's Kyle Pool carded a 43 to win medalist honors but the Raiders dropped a dual with Blue Ridge at Woodlawn Country Club. Austin Maxwell (45) and Cody Warren (46) led the way for the Knights.
At Decatur. Medalist Clint Brubaker fired a 41 and teammates Codie Swan (42), Drew Heffley (42) and Daly O'Brien (43) swept the top four spots in Monticello's dual win against Sangamon Valley at Scovill Golf Course.
In girls' golf:
At Danville. Hoopeston Area's Keri Kaag shot a 54 and was medalist in the Cornjerkers' dual win against Westville at Harrison Park. Teammate Megan Grimes finished second with a 60.
At Farmer City. Amber Tsevelekos shot a 48 and Kristan Maxwell a 49 to lead Blue Ridge to a dual win against Iroquois West at Woodlawn Country Club. Kari Clark carded a 48 to lead the Raiders.
Fisher 25-25, Donovan 11-17. Olivia Downs had 13 digs, Rachel Kelly registered eight kills and Lindsey Williams had five blocks to lead the Bunnies at the Cissna Park Timberwolf Tip-Off.
In other tourney matches, Haley Dodd had 16 assists and Taylor Redeker had 10 digs as host CPCI beat Armstrong-Potomac 25-13, 27-25. Lauren Bauer had five kills.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley beat Milford 25-11, 25-9.