SALT FORK FOOTBALL
Already without its injured tackling leader, the Storm (9-1) advanced to the second round without its starting quarterback most of the game vs. Oblong. Jacob Hughes was summoned after the injury and directed an offense that scored 27 points and averaged 5.3 yards per running play. The defense was unscored upon and held Oblong to 36 yards rushing.
Chargers (33-4) won a regional championship for the 10th time in 12 years, sweeping Mahomet-Seymour in the finals. Seven Chargers had kills, and of the team’s 53 points, 40 were as a result of the team’s kills, blocks or aces. Middle hitters Lauren Cloyd and Rachel Jones teamed up for 13 kills and four blocks for coach Stan Bergman’s team.
Unbeaten and third-ranked Panthers (10-0) hit the 60-point mark for the third time this season in their Class 1A opener against Brown County. Shane Bruning rushed for 218 yards, and Cory Eastham gained 132 on the ground. Austin Eddy scored four of LeRoy’s eight touchdowns. Coach B.J. Zeleznik’s team is averaging 49.9 points per game.
Blue Devils (19-6) earned a regional title for the ninth time in coach Susan Kentner’s tenure. Setters Taylor Ellis and Lauren McKenzie were the setup artists, and hitters Maranda Witty, Mary Bass and Brittany Spicer were offensive catalysts in the 2A finals against Salt Fork. B-H has won 13 of its last 14 matches.
Hilltoppers (27-5) won their third regional title in five years, upending Cissna Park in the 1A finals behind Laura Gross (16 assists, 12 kills, eight blocks) and Jordan Marganski (20 assists, nine kills, four blocks). The lone Schlarman senior, Ella Black, served a match-high 12 points and totaled eight kills.