Rubarts lifts Panthers

Unity, Chrisman cruise in girls hoops openers; Heritage wins


Wachtel powers Sabers' victory

PAXTON – Erin Wachtel had 20 assists and five digs to lead St. Thomas More to a 25-17, 25-13 victory against Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Thursday in the Sangamon Valley Conference volleyball tournament.

Becca Millage and Jenna Einck each belted eight kills for the Sabers, while Megan Casagrande and Morgan Buerkett added four blocks apiece.

Geers lifts Spartans

PAXTON – Shelby Geers' match-high 10 kills propelled St. Joseph-Ogden to a 25-17, 27-25 victory Wednesday in a quarterfinal match of the Sangamon Valley Conference volleyball tournament.

Janna Buck had 22 assists.

Root, Chargers make move

FORSYTH – Ryan Root tried a new approach at Saturday's Big 12 Conference boys' cross-country meet.

He might want to stick with it during the upcoming postseason run.

Monticello, Schroeder sparkle


MONTICELLO – Steve Schroeder earned a decisive victory in the boys' Okaw Valley Conference cross-country race at Lodge Park, leading the Sages to the team title.

Schroeder covered the course in 16 minutes, 29 seconds, finishing 21 seconds in front of runner-up Clayton Baker of Shelbyville. Monticello's Luke Zocher (16:57) was fourth, and Alex Furcich (17:12) took ninth.


First-half goals spark Urbana

DECATUR – Jeffrey Igana and Jonathan Lukusa scored first-half goals and Urbana cruised to a 3-0 boys' soccer victory against Decatur MacArthur on Wednesday.

Nick Lund scored on a penalty kick in the second half for the Tigers (10-7-2).

Kuemmerle nets 200th win

DANVILLE – Serena Calhoun had six kills and eight digs as Schlarman defeated Hoopeston Area 25-16, 22-25, 25-13 on Tuesday to earn coach Jamison Kuemmerle his 200th career volleyball victory. For the Hilltoppers, Sarah Barrett added 13 digs and Bri Thomas had 11 assists.

Buck, Rademacher fuel SJ-O volleyball rally

ST. JOSEPH – Janna Buck dished out 29 assists and collected 13 digs for St. Joseph-Ogden on Monday in the Spartans' 17-25, 25-12, 25-19 volleyball win against Champaign Central. Bria Olson and Shelby Geers each had eight blocks and Kelsie Radamacher pounded 11 kills for SJ-O, which improved to 19-5.

Urbana star wins Big 12 title

Katarina Marjanovic of Urbana rolled to the No. 1 singles title at the Big 12 girls' tennis tournament with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Allison Hansen of Centennial on Saturday in Bloomington-Normal. Maria Mears of Centennial claimed the No. 2 crown with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph against Danville's Emma Peck.

In volleyball:

Baker, Hoag power Salt Fork

GEORGETOWN – Heather Baker and Britny Hoag combined for 21 kills and seven blocks Thursday to boost Salt Fork to a 25-13, 25-12 prep volleyball victory against Georgetown-Ridge Farm.

Setter Maddy Stutsman racked up 28 assists and contributed three aces in the win.