Matt Napolitano scored three goals in two matches Saturday as the University High School boys soccer team completed an unbeaten regular season by winning the Jacksonville Cup Challenge.

Napolitano scored twice in the first four minutes and Alberto Testa scored in the 15th minute as the Pioneers (21-0-1) defeated Rochester 3-0 in the championship match. Testa, Michael Juarez and Robbie Lopez had assists for the Pioneers, who outshot the Rockets 11-3. Christian Lopez made two saves and Michael Napolitano added one in the final minute.

Matt Napolitano's first-half goal stood up in a 1-0 win over host Jacksonville in the semifinals. Jett Jenkins had the assist and Christian Lopez made one save for the shutout.

The No. 1-seeded Pioneers will face Cornerstone Christian in the Class 1A Central Catholic Regional at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Sale Barn Fields.

NCHS ties Glenwood: Jim Leone's goal off a Dalton Bruso corner kick in the seventh minute gave visiting Normal Community its only tally in a 1-1 nonconference draw with Chatham Glenwood.

The Ironmen (12-5-1) outshot their opponents 14-3 and got two saves from Griffin Koester and one from Austin Woodside. Owen Brown scored off a corner kick for Glenwood (12-3-1) two minutes after Leone's score.


BHS 5th at St. Charles: Bloomington won four of five matches to finish fifth in Saturday's Mizuno Cup Tournament at St. Charles. The Purple Raiders topped Hinsdale South (25-8, 25-10) and Wheaton North (20-25, 25-19, 25-23) before losing to Geneva (25-21, 26-24). BHS (23-7) then rebounded from the defeat with with wins over Plainfield Central (25-22, 25-21) and Muskego, Wis. (25-19, 20-25, 25-17).

Summer Horchem had 59 digs for the Raiders and Lauren Davis 123 assists. Kayla Gadberry was the BHS kill leader with 33 and also had 10 blocks. Taylor Misukonis added 32 kills while Bri Bush had 29 kills and 23 blocks.

West wins one of five: Normal West defeated Barrington in three sets (22-25, 25-22, 25-13) for its only win in five matches Saturday in the Mizuno Cup Tournament at St. Charles. The Wildcats lost to Neuqua Valley (25-18, 25-19), Plainfield Northj (24-26, 25-20, 25-18), Wheaton Warrenville South (25-23, 25-19) and Hinsdale Central (25-21, 25-22).

Jamie Rhys totaled 39 kills on the day for West (9-15). Maya Walker added nine blocks, Dara Kane had 65 assists and Sydney Benchley recorded 39 digs and eight aces.

Dee-Mack 4th at Oswego: Deer Creek-Mackinaw went 3-1 to claim fourth place in the Oswego Invite on Saturday at Oswego. The Chiefs (17-7) disposed of Keith Country Day (24-26, 25-19, 25-17), LaSalle-Peru (25-13, 25-16) and Riverside-Brookfield (21-25, 25-21, 25-15). The only loss came to Joliet Catholic, 25-21, 25-15. Carson Smalley was Dee-Mack's kill leader with 33. Addie Patton added 30 kills and 14 blocks. Chelsea Pawlak paced the defense with 54 digs while Caitlynn Whitaker contributed 52 assists.


Mahomet boys romp: Led by individual champion Alex Keeble, Mahomet-Seymour's No. 1-state ranked boys won the 21-team Metamora Invitational with 26 points. Metamora was second with 114.

Keeble clocked 14:37 to win by 13 seconds. Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Andrew Walmer (3rd, 14:55), Brian Butcher (5th, 15:08), Gabe Pommier (8th, 15:12) and Jack Hyde (10th, 15:16).

In the 23-team girls race, Lauren Whitehouse of Mahomet-Seymour led area entrants in third (17:37). Peoria Notre Dame's Maryjeanne Gilbert won in 16:49. University High led area teams in sixth (211). Dunlap won with 45.

Eureka 2nd all around: Eureka (71 points) placed second overall at the 12-team Prairie Central Hawk Inviteat Fairbury as Logan Ogg turned in a ninth-place finish (16:31.9) followed by teammate Kyle Johnson in tenth (16:32.5). Shelbyville earned the title with 37 points.

Host Prairie Central (137) was fifth with Jacob Maquet taking twelth (16:36.6) and Kyler Knapp securing fifteenth (16:49.3). Other area schools were seventh-place Fieldcrest, eighth-place Pontiac led by Nate Durham (11th, 16:35.7), and eleventh-place Clinton.

On the girls side, Eureka (54 points) snatched the runner-up spot to meet winner, Urbana Uni-High (35). The Hornets were led by Mercer Mack (second-19:02.8) and Emma Argo (third, 19:03.1).

Area results included Fieldcrest turning in a sixth-place finish, Prairie Central eighth with Caitlyn Ifft leading the Hawks (fourth, 19:13.7) and Clinton ninth as Julia Sterr topped the Maroons (eighth, 19:42.6).


NCHS third: Julia Oostman led the Normal Community swim team with two second-place performances (200 yard freestyle, 1:59.60 and 500 freestyle, 5:08.66) as the Ironmen (230 points) finished third at the 10-team Panther Invitational at East Moline.

Pleasant Valley won the meet with 312 points.

U High fifth: University High's Lilly Culp was runner-up in the 200 yard individual medley (2:13.95) and Summer Will took third (2:14.22) as the Pioneers landed in fifth-place at the 15-team St. Charles Invite. Neuqua Valley won the meet.


NCHS edged for Big 12 crown: Normal Community claimed a pair of singles titles as well as a doubles crown, but was nipped by Peoria Notre Dame, 84-83, in the Big 12 Tennis Meet on Saturday at Champaign. Normal West finished fifth in the 11-team meet while Bloomington ended in ninth.


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