The Eureka High School girls cross country team and the Olympia boys both won Class 1A titles in the First to the Finish Invitational at Peoria's Detweiller Park on Saturday.

The Eureka girls, led by individual champion Emma Argo (17:54), topped a 42-team field with 129 points, 38 fewer than runner-up Winnebago. Olympia was fifth (188) and El Paso-Gridley seventh (205).

Argo won by eight tenths of a second over Staunton's Lydia Roller. Clinton's Payne Turney was third (18:19). Also scoring for Eureka were Alexi Fogo (6th, 18:38), Tessa Wiegand (25th, 19:46), Lexi Grober (37th, 20:06) and Elle Knapp (60th, 20:43).

The Olympia boys paced a 53-team field with 163 points, 13 fewer than runner-up El Paso-Gridley. Eureka was fourth (220). The top area individuals were Tremont's Leland Sumer (6th, 16:00) followed by Eureka's Kyle Johnson (8th, 16:04).

Scoring for Olympia were Jon Neville (16th, 16:18), Logan Wheeler (23rd, 16:27), Charlie Kistner (32nd, 16:39), Carter Fairfield (41st, 16:51) and Anthony Ragland (51st, 16:58).

Posting the area's top time on the 3-mile course in the three-class meet was Normal West's Charlie Wetzel, who sped 14:58 for 10th in Class 3A where the Wildcats were 29th (724).

In the 2A girls race, U High was third (184) among 50 teams. Belvidere North won with 114. The Pioneers' Ella Bittner led area finishers in 10th (18:26) while teammate Mackie Madix was 23rd (18:57). In 3A, Normal West was 23rd (729) as Liberty Harmon led the way in 79th (19:10).


Flanagan-Cornell wins tourney: Flanagan-Cornell (10-6) went 4-1 to win the Sandwich Tournament. In the title match, the Falcons downed the host school, 21-17, 15-21, 15-6.

In the semifinals, the Falcons topped Plano, 21-9, 20-22, 15-9. Earlier, the Falcons downed Reed-Custer, 21-14, 21-17; and Harvard, 21-7, 21-10, after losing to Sandwich in pool play, 10-21, 21-16, 16-14.

Flanagan-Cornell received 28 kills, 16 digs and five aces from Rachel Harrison while Kayla VanWeelden chipped in 21 kills, eight blocks and five aces. Madelyn Forney provided 32 assists while Molly Garretson had 36 digs.

Dee-Mack 2nd at Lincoln: Deer Creek-Mackinaw (7-2), led by all-tournament honorees Carson Smalley, Addy Gruse and Jadyn Block, went 2-1 on Saturday to finish second in the Lincoln Invitational. The Chiefs lost to O'Fallon in the title match, 25-17, 25-19.

Earlier, Dee-Mack downed Normal West, 25-23, 25-16, and topped Lincoln , 25-7, 25-11. The semifinal matchup was a husband-wife coaching matchup between Dee-Mack's Brandon Mueller and West's Kelsey Mueller.

For the day, Block had 23 kills while Morgan Burr notched 32 assists and Kaitlin Creager 24 digs.

West third at Lincoln: Normal West bounced back from a semifinal loss to defeat Decatur St. Teresa for third place in the Lincoln Invitational at Lincoln.

The Wildcats (9-1) defeated Springfield, 25-16, 25-21, before losing to Deer Creek-Mackinaw in the semis, 25-23, 25-16. West then downed St. Teresa, 24-26, 25-17, 15-10.

West's Averie Hernandz and Dara Kane were named to the all-tournament team. Hernandez had 25 kills Saturday and Kane 66 assists. Aniya Monla led in digs with 20, Megan Marshall had seven blocks and Leigha Bland five aces.

U High fourth at Effingham: University High (13-4) was 3-2 in the Crossroads Classic at Effingham and placed fourth out of 24 teams. The Pioneers beat St. Louis Ursuline (25-17, 25-13), Dietrich (25-8, 25-8) and Glenbard West (25-17, 25-12) before falling to Ozark, Mo. in the semifinals (25-22, 19-25, 25-22) and to Wheaton St. Francis in the third-place match (25-15, 25-20).

Isabel Schaefbauer had 71 assists, Alayna Crabtree 43 kills and Jess McDowell 26 kills and 18 digs.

BHS goes 3-2 at Effingham: Bloomington (12-2) went 3-2 in the Crossroads Classic at Effingham. The Purple Raiders topped Teutopolis, 25-13, 25-11; Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg, 17-25, 25-19, 15-6, and St. Louis Visitation, 25-22, 25-15. BHS lost to Ozark (Mo.), 25-22, 25-27, 25-14, and Hermann (Mo.), 25-21, 25-17.

Leah Anderson led BHS with 48 kills. Grace Sanders added 62 digs while Bett O'Neal provided 92 assists.

In the loss to tournament champion Ozark, BHS star Corinna Jones was injured in the first set and did not return.

Tri-Valley 4-1 in tourney: With help from all-tournament honoree Alivia Larson, Tri-Valley went 4-1 and won the consolation championship in the Mahomet-Seymour Tournament.

The Vikings downed Urbana (22-25, 25-8, 15-6), Olympia (21-25, 25-19, 15-10), Williamsville (25-15, 25-19) and Mattoon (25-18, 25-27, 16-14), but lost to Pleasant Plains (25-17, 25-18).

The Vikings were led by Larson (31 kills, seven blocks), Regan Danko (88 digs), Riley Owens (56 assists) and Kendall Peck (10½ blocks).

Blue Ridge 4th in invite: Blue Ridge (13-3) went 3-2 to finish fourth in the 12-team Decatur Lutheran Tournament. In pool play, the Knights downed Cornerstone, 25-6, 25-8; Decatur MacArthur, 25-17, 25-22, and Cerro Gordo, 25-21, 25-14.

Blue Ridge also lost to Cerro Gordo, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8, and fell to Warrensburg-Latham, 25-12, 25-16. The Knights' Hannah Brackenhoff (73 digs) and Polly Reynolds (10 blocks) where named to the all-tournament team. Avery Fisher led Blue Ridge with 76 assists.


NCHS remains unbeaten: Riley Raper's header off a crossing pass from Kamoy Creary in the 32nd minute powered Normal Community (6-0-4) to a 1-0 victory over Quincy Notre Dame at the Corn Crib.

The Iron outshot their guest, 8-5, as goalie Matthew Wells made five saves.

Normal West blanks Pekin: Parker Theobald had two goals to lead Normal West to a 4-0 victory over Pekin at the Corn Crib. Clayton Davis added two assists and one goal for the Wildcats (7-1-1).

Also scoring was Delphy Sabu. Western Michigan recruit Jordan Walker had one assist for the Wildcats, who outshot their guest, 17-1.

BHS tops Metamora: Merdy Ilonga had two goals and one assist for Bloomington (3-4-1) in a 4-2 victory over visiting Metamora. Andrez Mayo and Felipe Ortega also scored for the Purple Raiders, who were outshot, 12-9.

Zane Thomas had two assists for BHS, which saw goalie Cameron Anderson made 11 saves.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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