Dorath Chamarthi won the singles title while teammates Josh Friesen and Carter Burk were victorious in doubles to lead University High School to the Central State Eight Conference Tennis Tournament title Saturday at Springfield.

The Pioneers scored 28 points, well ahead of second-place Springfield which had 19.5.

Chamarthi downed Springfield's Raj Sinha, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3, in the singles final. The doubles title match was an all-U High affair as Friesen and Burk beat the Pioneers' Thomas Moh and Mason Runkel, 6-4, 6-4.

U High's other singles player, Nik Klauss, won his first match before losing. Chamarthi dropped two games in his two matches before the championship as did Friesen and Burk.


Eureka shares Mahomet title: Eureka and Tolono Unity both scored 102 points to share first in the 17-team Mahomet-Seymour Invitational.

The Hornets won the 800-meter relay (1:32.10), 1,600 relay (3:26.83) and 3,200 relay (8:12.83). The 800 relay included long jump winner Jake Bachman (20-5) along with Job Knapp, Micah Senior and Aden Sears. The 1,600 relay featured Emmanual Blakes, Sears, Senior and Connor Standish. The 3,200 relay had Eli Steinbeck, Alex Heinold, Keith Walder and Jack Cook.

Junior Chandlar Ifft of fourth-place Prairie Central (69.5) won the pole vault at 15 feet, 6 inches, breaking his own school record of 15-0. Will Dionesotes of Central Catholic was the 800 winner in 2:00.34.


NCHS wins 20th: Three Normal Community pitchers combined on a six-hitter as the Ironmen improved to 20-6 with a 2-1 nonconference victory at Belleville East. J.D. Theile (6-0), who took over for starter Griffin McCluskey in the fifth, threw two scoreless innings for the win and Jacob Russo picked up his third save. McCluskey and Nick Gilhaus each had two of the Ironmen's four hits.

Tri-Valley tops Tremont: Kolton Weichman had two hits and three RBIs for Tri-Valley (19-8, 10-2) in a 9-6 victory over visiting Tremont. Dayne Wiggins added two hits and two RBIs for the Vikings.

Eureka nips Dee-Mack: Andrew Streit had two hits, including a double, to drive in three runs for Eureka in a 6-5 victory over visiting Deer Creek-Mackinaw. JD Deany drove in two runs for the Chiefs.


Normal West wins 2: Normal West (18-12, 8-1) topped host Champaign Central by scores of 11-1 and 8-1.

In the five-inning opener, Emma Boitnott stroked a three-run home run and finished with three hits and five RBIs. Mikayla Fairfield chipped in three hits and one RBI while winning pitcher Savana Mattson (9-8) had two hits and two RBIs. Mattson also fanned nine and walked two in five innings.

In the second game, Audri Floyd had two hits and one RBI for the Wildcats, who watched Rylee McGonigle (1-1) fan seven and walk none while pitching a five-hitter.

LeRoy dumps Fisher: Kiera Spratt homered twice and Kelly Smith once for LeRoy (20-11, 9-3) in a 9-5 victory at Fisher. Smith had two hits and two RBIs while Spratt had two RBIs.

Tri-Valley edges Eureka: Lexi Ward had two of Tri-Valley's five hits in a 5-4 victory over visiting Eureka. Winner Izzy Mata fanned six and walked two while allowing no earned runs in seven innings.

Maddie McCunn had two hits and three RBIs for the Hornets.

GCMS tips Tremont: Winning pitcher Madison Eberle fanned 10 and walked two while pitching a three-hitter for GCMS in a 4-2 victory over Tremont at Gibson City. She helped her cause with a home run. Paige McCallister homered for the Turks.

Heyworth tops Fieldcrest: Adyson Slayback fanned 10 and walked one during a three-hit pitching performance for Heyworth, which won, 5-2, over visiting Fieldcrest.

Dwight sweeps: Abby Edwards fanned nine and walked one while tossing a one-hitter for Dwight in an 11-0 win at South Newton, Ind. The Trojans also won the five-inning second game, 16-5.

In the opener, Kaitlyn Masching had a home run among her two hits to drive in five runs. in the nightcap, Dwight's LynnDee Hale homered and drove in three runs while teammate Katy Edwards had three hits to drive in four runs.


Big 12 postponed: A storm suspended play in the Big 12 Tournament at Peoria where singles action will resume at 1 p.m. Monday.

After Friday's doubles, Normal Community leads with 33 points followed by Bloomington with 25. Normal West is seventh with 14.


Pontiac 5th at Plano: Led by double qualifier Sarah Christopher, Pontiac scored 42 points to place fifth late Friday night in the Class 2A Plano Sectional.

Christopher qualified second in the 100 (13.34) and 400 (59.86) and helped her 1,600 relay win in 4:11.16. Her relay partners were Tristina Einhaus, Franchesca Smith and Megan Leigh.

Streator, which scored 18 points to tie Prairie Central for 10th, advanced 3,200 runner-up Rebecca Neaterour in 12:29.23.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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