Saturday's prep highlights: Vaughn throws aside old record
CHAMPAIGN — Two weeks after establishing a school record in the shot put, Centennial’s Luke Vaughn did it again Saturday.
The senior’s toss of 58 feet, 11/2 inches helped him set a school record in the event, which he won during the Charger Invitational at the University of Illinois Armory. Vaughn had a school-record toss of 57-111/4 in Centennial’s first indoor meet before Saturday.
Danville’s Johnny Leverenz won the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 29.94 seconds and placed second in the 3,200-meter run (9:39.28).
Choquette paces Tigers. Urbana’s Nicole Choquette won the 800-meter run (2:33.85) during an indoor meet Saturday at Normal U-High.
Choquette also helped Urbana’s 1,600-meter relay team place first in 4:27.01.
Vikings senior shines. Danville’s Alexus Jimson-Miller won three events Saturday during an indoor meet at Purdue’s Lambert Fieldhouse.
The senior placed first in the 55-meter hurdles (8.53 seconds), 200-meter dash (26.22) and 400-meter dash (58.72).
In girls' basketball
Illini signees named all-state. Four future University of Illinois players were named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A/4A all-state first team.
Illini signees Leah Bolton of Chicago Marist, Kennedy Cattenhead of Bolingbrook, Jacqui Grant of Maine South and Sarah Livingston of Morton were selected to the 15-member group.
Livingston — who had 16 points and 12 rebounds Saturday in a 42-38 loss to Montini during the Class 3A third-place game — was a repeat first-team choice, while Bolton and Grant moved up after earning second-team honors in 2012.
Raiders roll to another state title. Kassidy Gengenbacher scored 20 points to lead the Quincy Notre Dame girls’ basketball team to its third straight state title with a 62-45 win against Vernon Hills in the Class 3A state championship game at Redbird Arena. Kristen Gengenbacher scored 14 for the Raiders (30-0) — who ended Centennial’s season last Saturday in a sectional championship game — and three-time all-state center Jordan Frericks chipped in 14 points despite being in foul trouble for much of the game.
Notre Dame won the first two of three straight titles in Class 2A before moving up to 3A this season.