The University High School boys cross country squad topped the 55-team Class 2A field in the Peoria Manual First to the Finish Invitational on Saturday at Detweiller Park.

Jared Schuckman led the Pioneers' effort, finishing the 3-mile course in 15 minutes, 23.1 seconds to place eighth individually.

Deer Creek-Mackinaw topped area schools competing in the 56-team Class 1A race, placing third behind Elmwood and Athens. The Chiefs' Gary Cates came in 31st in 16:23.9. El Paso-Gridley's Bo Halvorson was the top area individual with a ninth-place time of 15:49.7.

U High took eighth in the girls 2A race as Lyndsey Wolters placed 40th with a time of 19:02.9. In 1A, Tremont's Lizzy Freidinger claimed third in 18:25.5; team scores were not available at press time.

BHS 5th, NCHS 6th at Springfield: The Bloomington boys finished fifth with 148 points and Normal Community was sixth at 155 in the Lee Halberg Lanphier Invitational at Springfield. Mundelein had 200 points to take team honors.

Nick Doud was 10th to pace BHS runners, while the top Ironmen finisher was Michael Misquitta in 16th.

The Purple Raiders' girls were 10th with 246 points with Mahomet-Seymour taking the team title at 38. The leading BHS runner was Katilin Skeate in 18th.


BHS' Sanders wins 500th: Bloomington coach Joe Sanders recorded his 500th career victory as the Purple Raiders won two of five matches at the Effingham Crossroads Classic.

BHS defeated Owensboro (Ky.) and Moline, which was No. 500 for Sanders. The Raiders lost to Edwardsville, Hermann (Mo.) and Ursuline (Mo.).

Grace Sanders paced BHS (8-6 overall) with 28 kills in the tournament. Bailey McGill contributed 21 service points, Fia Parker 49 digs, Corinna Jones 64 assists and Avery Carr nine blocks.

U High went 1-4 at the same tournament. Jess McDowell amassed 41 kills, Logan Murray 33 digs and Alexis Engst 42 assists for the Pioneers.

West goes 1-2 at Lincoln: Normal West defeated Belleville East and lost tight three set matches to Springfield and Peoria Notre Dame at the Lincoln Tournament.

Dara Kane totaled 47 assists, five blocks and four aces for the Wildcats. Aniya Monla contributed 18 digs, while Samantha Williams and Kayla Johnson each had 13 kills.

Deer Creek-Mackinaw finished fourth, defeating Springfield before losing to O'Fallon and Quincy Notre Dame. Carson Smalley led the Chiefs (5-3) with 28 kills and 28 digs on the day.

Heyworth 3rd at Clinton: Heyworth was 3-1 at the Clinton Classic and finished in third place.

Prairie Central also was 3-1 for fourth place overall behind winner Maroa-Forsyth and second place St. Thomas More.

Blue Ridge fifth: Blue Ridge went 4-1 and finished fifth in the Decatur Lutheran Invite. Maddy Hopkins (47 kills) and Hannah Brackenhoff (57 digs, 15 aces) were named to the all-tournament team. Avery Fisher had 86 assists for the Knights (11-2).


U High places 2nd: University High posted a 304 total on the second day of the Craig Dixon Mattoon Invitational, finishing at 605 to place second behind Edwardsville by eight strokes.

Dallas Koth led the Pioneers with a two-day score of 146 to finish fourth individually. Edwardsville's Ben Turrell, who shot a 62 in the first round, claimed medalist honors by six shots at 134.

Central Catholic (653) took 10th in the 38-team event, with Bloomington (659) in 13th, Normal Community (663) 15th and Normal West (664) 16th.

Green wins; EPG 2nd: El Paso-Gridley's Kevin Green shot a 3-over 75 to earn medalist honors in the Blue Ridge Invitational at Woodlawn Golf Course in Farmer City.

Green finished one stroke ahead of teammate Nathan Lavender. The Titans posted a 344 total, placing second to Bismarck-Henning by three strokes.


U High 2nd at Ironwood: At 345, University High was 12 shots off the pace of champion Sacred Heart-Griffin during the Normal Community Invitational at Ironwood Golf Course.

The host Iron were fourth at 346 with Central Catholic sixth at 348.

Kira Wolf of Mattoon was medalist at 74. Katie Steinman of Central Catholic paced area golfers in fifth with an 81. NCHS' Allison Enchelmayer and Claire Crabill and U High's Lexi Onsrud tied for 11th at 83.


U High girls 4th: University High placed fourth and Normal Community sixth to lead area teams at the Bloomington Purple Invitational. Downers Grove South was team champion.

U High’s Amaya Fernandes finished second at No. 2 singles, and Pioneers’ teammate Abby Totten was fourth at No. 1 singles.

The NCHS No. 1 doubles team of Grace Walls and Madison Vail was third, while the Iron No. 2 doubles pair of Annika Hiredesai and Hannah Shim took fourth. 


West cruises: Jordan Walker’s two goals and two assists sparked Normal West past Pekin, 6-1, at Pekin.

Delphy Sabu, Clayton Davis, Parker Theobald and Ryan Weber chipped in one goal each for the Wildcats (7-2). Weber handed out two assists and Sabu one.

Saints win Hoopeston tourney: Noah Bevilacqua and Mael Kazigwa had two goals each as Central Catholic claimed a 5-0 win over Iroquois West in the championship game of the Hoopeston Tournament at Hoopeston. Ryan Thomas also scored for the Saints, who earlier in the day defeated Hoopeston 4-1 before capturing a 6-0 win over Watseka.

Bevilacqua and Kazigwa each had two goals in the win over Hoopeston. Bevilacqua also netted a pair in the victory over Watseka, as did Zachary Tomerlin.

Central goalkeeper J-C Micklich turned away four Hoopeston shots in the opener, before being credited with three saves against Watseka. Micklich stopped six Iroquois West shots in the title game.

Ironmen fall: Michael Reibling netted a goal midway through the second half on an assist from Kamoy Creary, but Quincy Notre Dame was able to hold off NCHS the rest of the way as the Ironmen fell 2-1 in a nonconference match at Quincy.

All three of the games' goals came in the second half with Notre Dame taking a 2-0 lead before Reibling found the back of the net.

NCHS (5-2-1) outshot their hosts, 7-5. Austin Woodside had four saves for the Ironmen.


Sports Writer for The Pantagraph.

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