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The Normal Community High School boys swim team scattered nine finishers in the top five throughout all events Saturday, totaling 196 points to place third in the Big 12 Conference Meet at Urbana.

Andrew Woith led the Ironmen by earning a second in the 500-yard freestyle and joining Ethan Lowder, Greg Zaroogian and Peyton Bergmann on the runner-up 200 freestyle team (1:33.42).

Normal West took sixth with the 200 freestyle relay placing third. Seventh-place Bloomington saw Reid Byers win the 100 backstroke with a state qualifying time of 53.00 and Gus Jumonville top the diving field (372.70).

Pontiac wins Corn Belt: Trevor Plenert, Jack Fogarty and Brett Spires each won two events as Pontiac captured the Corn Belt Conference Invitational.

The Indians added victories in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay to edge past Mahomet-Seymour, 578-553 for the team title. Central Catholic (494) finished third with Olympia (256) sixth in the seven team meet.

Plenert won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events while Spires captured the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Fogarty prevailed in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Josh Ekberg won two events for Mahomet, capturing the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke for the Bulldogs. Mahomet also won the 200 freestyle relay.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Normal West 56, Danville 34: Ayanna Gibbs notched 14 points and Whitney Bozarth added 11 in lifting the Wildcats (10-5, 5-4) to a Big 12 victory at Danville.

"We finally started sharing the ball and got some wide open looks," said West coach Cory Ostling, who saw Tresoir Newson record six assists and Megan Marshall collect seven rebounds.

NCHS 68, St. Thomas More 42: Senior Kendall Sosa sank five 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 17 points in Normal Community's nonconference road win over Champaign St. Thomas More. Summer Stoewer added 10 points for NCHS (19-8), while Chloe Wright had a team-high seven rebounds to go with five points.

Peoria ND 60, BHS 52: Olivia Falls scored 17 and Ellie Weltha had 16 but Bloomington (16-12, 5-4) dropped a Big 12 decision to Peoria Notre Dame at the Robert Frank Sports Complex. Mary O'Brien led Notre Dame with 19.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Watseka 71, PBL 61: Nathan Schroeder scored 20 points to lead Watseka past Paxton-Buckley-Loda in the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament championship game at Onarga. Cole Eshleman had 19 and Andrew Zenner added 18 for the runner-up Panthers.

South Newton 73, Dwight 44: Justin Fox led the way with 18 points and Blake Graham complemented him with 15 for the Trojans (14-8) in the SVC third place game. Earlier, Cissna Park won the consolation title with a 52-50 victory over Momence and Clifton Central beat Iroquois West 54-38 for seventh place.

CHEERLEADING

U High fourth: University High School finished fourth in the Coed class of the IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals that concluded on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum

The Pioneers scored 87.64 points to trail champion Belvidere North (93.29), runnerup Hoffman Estates Conant (89.63) and Buffalo Grove (88.63).

The fourth-place finish betters U High's previous best finish of sixth in 2015.

Lincoln-Way East captured the Large school division crown with Lemont winning the Medium class and Breese Central taking the Small division crown.

GIRLS BOWLING

Varney advances for BHS: Bloomington junior Megan Varney claimed the final individual qualifying spot for the LaSalle-Peru Sectional with a 1,028 score in the Decatur Eisenhower Regional at Spare Time Lanes.

"Megan has worked hard since last march to improve her game," said BHS coach Allison Kroesch. "She has had the best individual average all season long and we're proud of her making it to sectional."

The Purple Raiders placed ninth out of 11 teams with a 4,506 total. Streator advanced as a team, placing third at 5,179 led by Emma Dilley's 1,062. Illini Central's Savannah Terry advanced individually, placing third at 1,162.

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