In girls' track and field
At Assumption. Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's Kenli Nettles qualified in four events at last year's state meet after a strong sectional showing. The Knights' standout junior outdid herself in Thursday's Class 1A sectional by sweeping her three races and one field event.
Nettles outdueled St. Teresa's DaeLin Switzer to win the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and then did the same in her three running events. Nettles won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.56 seconds and also took first in the 300 hurdles (44.08) and 200 dash (25.98). Her big day helped ALAH finish fifth as a team.
Sullivan finished seventh as a team and advanced one relay to state, while Tuscola was eighth and had three individual state qualifiers in McKinlee Miller (triple jump), Karli Dean (discus) and Brynn Tabeling (3,200).
At Gibson City. Home track advantage worked for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's Delanie Dykes. The Falcons' senior was a double winner at the Class 1A sectional, claiming titles in the 400-meter dash (1 minute, 1.44 seconds) and 800 run (2:27.03) that helped GCMS tie for fourth as a team. Blue Ridge also had a double winner, as sophomore Jenna Mozingo swept the 100 hurdles (16.73) and 300 hurdles (50.05).
Other area winners included Ridgeview's Mya Tinsley in the 100 dash (13.45) and Jayden Standish in the discus (126 feet, 1 inch) along with Watseka shot putter Kinzie Parsons (37-7 1 / 4) and the Milford 1,600 relay team (4:21.06).
Area teams produced multiple state qualifiers, including Tinsley in the long jump and Parsons in the discus. Milford's Alexis Puetz advanced in both the 100 and 400, and GCMS thrower Claire Retherford qualified in the shot put and discus.
At Metamora. Prairie Central finished 12th as a team in the Class 2A sectional, but the Hawks did qualify a pair of athletes for the state meet. Sophia Schuler advanced in the long jump, and freshman Lillianna Ifft kept up her family tradition by qualifying in the pole vault.
At O'Fallon. Danville sprinter Ameia Wilson swept her sprints at the Class 3A sectional, with wins in the 100-meter dash (12.10 seconds), 200 dash (24.37). She also placed second in the long jump, qualifying for state at 18 feet, 4 inches. The Vikings' Hallee Thomas advanced to state in the 100 hurdles.
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 6, Villa Grove/Heritage 5. An early lead didn't hold up for ALAH with VG/H putting together a comeback in the third and fourth, but a miscue by the Hawks in the fifth made a winner out of the Knights. Brayden Fay was 2 for 4 with a game-high three RBI for ALAH (17-6). Keagan Patterson went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI to pace VG/H (18-7).
Centennial 6, Bloomington 1. Eric Hall went 2 for 4 with a double and a game-high four RBI to help Centennial take down Bloomington in Big 12 action. Joe Stilger got the win for the Chargers (16-11), giving up just one run on two hits in six innings pitched.
Charleston 10, Unity 2. Unity tried to chip away at its early four-run deficit, but the Rockets could never mount a rally against Charleston for more than a single run an inning in the nonconference loss. Unity (9-12) finished with five singles off the Trojans' pitching, with Colton Crowley getting a hit in his lone at-bat as a pinch hitter for the Rockets.
Cissna Park 12, Judah Christian 2. Sophomore Ian Rogers rolled in his six-inning outing, striking out nine in a complete-game two-hitter. Rogers also tied Bailey Sluis for the team lead with two hits, while Dawson Savoree drove in a team-high three runs for the Timberwolves (15-12).
Clifton Central 3, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2. A two-run seventh inning put Clifton Central on top in the Sangamon Valley Conference matchup, and PBL couldn't answer in the bottom half of the inning in the loss. Keyn Humes and Mason Ecker drove in a run apiece to lead the Panthers (14-7).
Dwight 6, Iroquois West 0. Iroquois West managed just a single hit — a pinch-hit single by Ryan Brenner — in the SVC loss that dropped the Raiders to 7-11 on the season.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 10, LeRoy 1. A four-run first inning was all GCMS needed, but the Falcons added six more in the next innings to top LeRoy in Heart of Illinois Conference play. Nathan Garard doubled twice and led GCMS (17-4) going 3 for 4 with three RBI and a run scored, while Josh Nuss drove in two runs for the Falcons. Max Buckles plated the lone run for the Panthers (18-5) in the sixth inning.
Milford 12-5, Hoopeston Area 2-1. A nine-run third inning for Milford broke open the second game of the Vermilion Valley Conference doubleheader. Alex Barney was a menace in the leadoff spot for the Bearcats, going 3 for 4 with a double, home run, two runs scored and four RBI. Klaytin Hunsinger had two hits for Milford (15-8) in the opener. Lucas Hofer hit a solo home run in Game 1 and doubled and drove in a run for the Cornjerkers (11-20) in Game 2.
Prairie Central 13, St. Thomas More 0. Eight runs in the first two innings was more than enough cushion for Prairie Central in its Illini Prairie win. Lyndon Whitfill was 2 for 2 with a double and a home run and drove in three runs for the Hawks (9-13) in their run-shortened, five-inning victory. Will Hoerner had two hits for the Sabers (3-20).
Rantoul 7, Pontiac 4. Three runs in the top of the eighth inning — including a two-run single by Hayden Cargo — helped Rantoul complete its IPC comeback win. Nolan Roseman and Chad Vermillion also had two hits apiece for the Eagles (14-10), who fell behind in the first inning and had to rally.
Watseka 15, Momence 8. Watseka faced an early deficit, but easily overcame it thanks to an eight-run sixth inning in the SVC win. Caden Giroux's two-run single really got Watseka's big sixth-inning going, while Nick Albright added a two-run double in the rally. Dylan Thompson doubled twice and tied Giroux with three RBI total to pace the Warriors (11-14).
Argenta-Oreana 10, Riverton 4. A single run in each of the first five innings put A-O in the lead. Five runs in the sixth put the capper on the Bombers' nonconference victory. Michelle Hollon went 3 for 4 with three RBI to lead A-O (13-11. Cassi Newbanks hit a pair of solo home runs to help her own cause, striking out eight in 6 2 / 3 innings for the win.
Bloomington Central Catholic 12, Monticello 5. Monticello got three hits and three runs scored out of the top spot in its lineup from left fielder Lizzy Stiverson, but the Sages couldn't keep up with Central Catholic in the Illini Prairie matchup. Stiverson had both of her team's extra base hits — finishing a home run short of the cycle — and Skylar Frye drove in a team-high two runs for the Sages (8-14) in the loss.
Blue Ridge 16, Okaw Valley 15. A combined 31 runs in Little Okaw Valley action was decided by a single hit, with Blue Ridge's Harley Buchanan delivering a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth. Lexi Young and Georgia Manual had four hits apiece to lead the Knights (13-14).
Centennial 15, Danville 0. Centennial did the bulk of its damage in the first inning by scoring 11 runs. Four more insurance runs helped the Chargers (10-13) post a run-shortened Big 12 victory. Hannah Luchinski's first-inning grand slam was her only hit of the game and accounted for four of her game-high six RBI. Casey Pickens also went 2 for 3 with two RBI for Centennial. Saige Keller was 1 for 2 with a double for the Vikings (8-7).
Clifton Central 14, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 7. A six-run deficit after one inning was too much for PBL to overcome in its Sangamon Valley Conference loss. Baylee Cosgrove was 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI for the Panthers (9-15).
Heritage 12, Schlarman 7. Heritage smacked plenty of extra-base hits in its nonconference victory against Schlarman. Melanie Smithenry led the Hawks (8-14) with two doubles, a triple and a team-high four RBI. Kenzie Davison added an inside-the-park home run and Gracyn Allen notched a double in their respective two-hit games. Taylor Fowler had three hits and two RBI for the Hilltoppers (1-21).
Hoopeston Area 11, Milford/Cissna Park 6. Hoopeston jumped on Milford/CP with three runs in the top of the first inning, added seven more in the next two and then held on for the Vermilion Valley Conference win. Raven Rutherford led the Cornjerkers (19-13) at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three RBI and three runs scored while finishing a double short of the cycle. Kayla Goble also homered for Hoopeston, while Kaylee Warren went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Bearcats (13-9).
Mahomet-Seymour 5, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 2. Aubrie Shore went the distance for M-S, striking out 10 while scattering five hits and giving up two runs in her complete-game effort in the Bulldogs' nonconference win. Ashley Wheeler supplied the run support for M-S (15-8), going 2 for 3 with a double and a game-high two RBI. Lauren Leonard singled and scored for the Falcons (15-7).
St. Joseph-Ogden 16, Champaign Central 1. Four different SJ-O players had multiple hits in the Spartans' run-shortened, four-inning victory. Kaylee Ward went 2 for 3 with a double and team-high three RBI for SJ-O (18-7). Hannah Dukeman doubled twice, Savannah Smith had two hits and scored twice and Bailey Dowling homered, doubled, had two RBI and scored four times. Lauryn MacArthur scored the lone run for Central (8-14).
Villa Grove 9, Martinsville 0. Villa Grove pitcher Jordyn Ray scattered six hits across seven shutout innings and struck out five to deliver an LOVC Southeast win for the Blue Devils. Reagan Cheely, Madison Burwell and Vanessa Wright drove in two runs apiece for Villa Grove (19-12) in the win.
In girls' soccer
Mahomet-Seymour 7, Normal U-High 0. Two goals apiece from Cayla Koerner, Grace Lietz and Lauren Schnepper helped M-S (21-1) put together a rout of the Pioneers. Grace Larson's five saves secured the Bulldogs' shutout.
Peoria Richwoods 2, Centennial 0. Centennial got 10 shots on goal but couldn't find the back of the net in its regular-season finale against Big 12 rival Richwoods, with the Knights scoring a pair of first-half goals. Goalkeeper Sarah Cleveland made four saves for the Chargers (6-13-1).