Steven Migut, Chandler Cousins, Jayden Kaiser, Cam Reifsteck and Cale Shonkwiler scored touchdowns as Unity beat previously undefeated North Mac 55-20 to help the Rockets advance to the Class 3A state quarterfinals for the first time since 2012.
The nerves and adrenaline coursed through Jessica Franklin’s body as the gun sounded during last year’s National Association of Christian Athletes championship cross-country race on a hilly, Appalachian trail in Dayton, Tenn.
CISSNA PARK — On one side of Cissna Park’s gymnasium sits a stage. Two others are bookended by walls. The final side is where spectators sit in seats that start a few feet away from the court and stretch toward the ceiling.
This is the environment the Timberwolves volleyball players are used to. Not a 10,500-capacity cavern with seats encircling the court.
(Minimum 2.00 average)
Player, School Kills Avg.
Shelby Mascari, Oakwood 305 4.84
Alicia Claunch, LeRoy 296 4.55
Dana Westfield, Ch. Central 353 4.53
Will Champaign Central continue its run in the Class 5A playoffs? What did LeRoy do well in its uspet of Tuscola? Arcola or GCMS? Jon Davis, best distance runner ever? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to settle any debate about the local high school sports scene as the fall sports season starts to wind down. Ask away in his 12:30 p.m.
EFFINGHAM — When the season was on the line, Cissna Park volleyball players got in line on Saturday to share the starring roles.
Anna Kaeb handed out a season-high 38 assists.
Addison Stoller hammered a season-high 20 kills but was equally important on defense.
ST. JOSEPH — The wins piled up as the experienced St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball team rolled through its regular season with just two losses. But the entire year, the Spartans set their sights on advancing further than the sectional finals, in which their season ended the last two years.
DECATUR — Cissna Park started strong, building leads of 14-2 and 22-4 in a 25-6 opening-set win, and completed its fourth consecutive postseason sweep with a 26-19 conquest of Blue Ridge in Thursday’s Class 1A Decatur Lutheran Sectional championship match.