The Bloomington High School boys cross country team and the Normal Community girls both won in the NCHS Open at Maxwell Park on Saturday.

The BHS boys, led by individual champion Nick Doud, scored 47 points in the seven-team field to best runner-up IVC by 21. NCHS was third (80). Doud covered the 3-mile course in 16 minutes, 11 seconds to win by 12 seconds. EPG's Andy Layden was third (16:35).

The NCHS girls scored 37 points followed by Olympia (77) and University High (86). U High freshman Katy Clausen won in 18:23 while Olympia's Shelby Siltman was second in 18:54. NCHS packed five girls in the 10 led by third-placer Lauren Felder (20:18).

Mahomet sweeps: The Mahomet-Seymour boys and girls swept the team titles in the Charleston Invitational. The Bulldog boys scored a perfect 15 points as Andrew Walmer won in 15:31 ahead of Riley Fortune (15:52), Ben Craw (15:52), Ryan Hodge (15:52) and Gabe Pommier (15:52).

The Mahomet-Seymour girls scored 35 points as Brisa McGrath (19:10) and Megan Churm (19:11) placed third and fourth.

Schlenker shines: Central Catholic's Adam Schlenker placed fifth in the Rochester Invitational in 16:23 to help the Saints finish eighth (164). Tremont was fourth (136) in the 14-team field. Central's Will Dionesotes was eighth (16:33).

In the girls race, Abby Lewis was eighth (19:39) to lead Central to seventh (196).

West boys 9th at Galesburg: Ben Zinn finished 18th (16:48) to lead Normal West to ninth (188) in the 11-team Galesburg Invitational. For the girls, Wildcat star Mara Smith ran in the fresh-soph division and won in 19:33.


Central Catholic triumphs: Central Catholic scored 38½ points to win the 12-team Central Illinois Invitational at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin. University High was fourth (23) and Lincoln 10th (8).

Singles championships went to Central's Clare Wieland at No. 2 and Maggie Stopa at No. 3. In doubles, Rachel McBeath and Maggie Kuntz won at No. 1 while Charlie Sartoris and Emily Bready won at No. 2. In No. 1 singles, Madison Tattini finished second.


Saints take third: Kate Hoerdemann and Maddie Holt were named to the all-tournament team as Central Catholic placed third in the Charger Invitational at Champaign Centennial.

Holt dished out 131 assists in Central's five matches, including 28 in a 21-25, 26-24, 15-11 win over LaGrange Nazareth in the third-place match. She also had 28 in a 25-16, 25-23 pool play victory over Mahomet-Seymour.

Hoerdemann led the Saints in kills in three of the five matches and in digs twice. Central (5-1) opened the tourney with 25-19, 25-21 win over Champaign Central with Maddie Malinowski leading with seven kills. Malinowski then had 13 service points, including six aces in a 25-14, 25-10 win over Rockford East.

Central lost in the semifinals, 25-19, 25-22, to Kaneland. Erika Moore had 14 digs and seven service points in that match.

BHS 3-2 in tourney: Bloomington (6-3), led by all-tournament honoree Bri Bush, won three of five matches in the Edwardsville Tiger Classic. The Purple Raiders downed Collinsville, 25-20, 25-15; Mascoutah, 24-26, 25-21, 16-14, and Farmington, 23-25, 25-20, 15-12. BHS lost to Breese Mater Dei, 25-17, 20-25, 19-17, and Chatham Glenwood, 25-17, 20-25, 15-12.

For the tourney, Bush led BHS with 32 kills and 12 blocks while Corinna Jones had 40 service points and 119 assists. Grace Sanders had a team-high 54 digs.

Dee-Mack wins tourney: Deer Creek-Mackinaw swept four matches to claim the title in the Central Illinois Tournament at Mackinaw.

Dee-Mack's Caitlynn Whitaker (80 assists, 18 digs) and Chelsea Pawlak (37 digs) were named to the all-tournament team.

The Chiefs defeated Tremont, 25-4, 25-16; Olympia, 25-16, 25-18; Lewistown, 23-25, 25-16, 15-11, and Rockridge, 25-13, 25-16.

Olympia (2-4), led by all-tournament honoree Emme Olson, won two of four matches at Mackinaw.

The Spartans topped Lewistown, 24-26, 25-23, 15-13, and Rockridge, 25-27, 25-14, 15-7. Olympia lost to Tremont, 25-23, 16-25, 16-14.

Streator 2nd in tourney: Streator (8-3-2) went 3-1 in the Rochelle Tournament to finish second. The Bulldogs topped Ottawa, 25-9, 25-17; Roanoke-Benson, 25-22, 25-13, and Rochelle, 10-25, 25-16, 25-15, but lost to Lisle, 25-13, 25-23. 

Lakia Glenn led Streator with 27 kills and 10 blocks while Maggie Mcgurk added 41 assists and 14 aces. Delanie Johnson chipped in 34 digs.


Cornerstone unbeaten: Moses Kabuswe had four goals and one assist to power Cornerstone (5-0) to an 8-0 victory over host Macon Meridian.

The Cyclones, who led 6-0 at halftime, also received two goals and one assist from Paul McBride. Clay Damkoehler chipped in a goal and an assist. Alec Anderson also scored off an assist from Isaac Garey.

Meridian was outshot, 13-3, as Richard Phiri made three saves for Cornerstone.


Eureka claims second: Led by Carolyn Pacocha's 85, the Eureka girls finished second in the Saints Shootout, hosted by Central Catholic, at Railside Golf Course in Gibson City.

The Hornets' Payton Hodel finished one shot behind Pacocha in helping Eureka (357) to finish within five strokes of tourney champion Champaign St. Thomas More.

Central Catholic's Brooke Flannelly shot an 84, good for a fifth-place tie, to lead the Saints to ninth in the 18-team meet.

Normal West (402) finished 11th, Prairie Central 12th (407) and Bloomington 15th (437). Mahomet-Seymour and GCMS tied for 16th at 443.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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