The defending champion University High School girls tennis team won the Central State Eight Conference Tournament with 27 points at Springfield on Saturday. Chatham Glenwood was second with 18.

In an all-Pioneer singles final, freshman McKenna Schaefbauer defeated junior teammate Abby Totten, 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, U High freshman Brooke Martin and sophomore Maggie Kraft reached the championship match where they lost to Glenwood's Medha Venigalla and Hannah Riegle, 6-4, 6-3.

The Pioneer doubles team of Calis Lim and Krithi Kandury tied for fifth.

Big 12 tourney suspended: Some of the singles play in the Big 12 Conference Tournament at Champaign took place on Saturday, but the remainder was suspended because of rain and will resume at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.


Saints upset St. Teresa: Mael Kazigwa scored twice to lead host Central Catholic (9-8-4) to a 3-2 upset of No. 3-state ranked Decatur St. Teresa (16-2-3).

Wyatt Holloway also scored for the Saints, who received assists from Tommy Wilder and Daniel Naour. Central, which outshot its guest 18-14, saw David Broadbear make six saves.

"We finally played to our potential," said Central coach Reza Ghasemi, whose team faces Monticello at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a Cornerstone Class 1A Regional semifinal. "Hopefully this win will give us a boost for the postseason."

NCHS ties Glenwood: Hard rain and thunder limited play to a single half at Normal Community (12-3-7) where the Ironmen drew with Chatham Glenwood, 0-0.

NCHS took four shots and goalie Matt Wells stopped Glenwood's lone shot.


U High boys win at Metamora: The University High boys packed five men in the top 37 to score a winning 72 points in the 24-team Runnin' Red Invitational at Metamora. Bloomington, led by runner-up Nick Doud (15:26), was second (99). Mahomet-Seymour's Mathias Powell won in 14:55.

Scoring for the Pioneers were Cooper Wilken (4th, 15:40), Jackson McClure (7th, 15:48), Dane Alexander (8th, 15:49), Sean Supan (16th, 16:11) and Alex Hess (37th (16:46).

For the girls, U High scored 131 points to finish third among 21 teams. Mahomet-Seymour won with 96. The Pioneers were led by third-placer Ella Bittner (17:47). The top time for Normal Community came in the fresh-soph race where Olivia Hartke won in 18:15. 

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Fieldcrest wins Beecher Invite: Led by all-tournament honorees Lexi Jochums and Emma Petersen, Fieldcrest (20-7) went 4-0 to win the Beecher Invitational.

The Knights topped the host school in the title match, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23. Fieldcrest also downed LeRoy, Grant Park and Peotone.

For the day, Petersen had 42 kills while Jochums notched 62 assists. Madi Hock added 44 digs while Jacie Sullivan and Gracie Schultz logged seven blocks apiece.

BHS 5th in Mizuno Cup: Bloomington (25-4) went 4-1 to finish fifth overall and first in the silver bracket in the 22-team Mizuno Cup at St. Charles. BHS topped Hinsdale South, Plainfield Central, Naperville Central and Minooka, but lost to Leon.

For the tournament, BHS was led by Leah Anderson's 40 kills. Corinna Jones added 106 assists while Fia Parker had 28 service points and four aces. Grace Sanders chipped in 54 digs and Lauren Strange had 10 blocks.

West 1-2 at Mizuno Cup: On the second day of the 22-team Mizuno Cup at St. Charles, Normal West went 1-2 to finish 12th. The Wildcats (18-8) opened with a win over Addison Trail before losing to Plainfield Central and Geneva.

In the three matches, West received 30 kills and 27 digs from Averie Hernandez, 59 assists from Dara Kane, 13 blocks from Carley Baughman and six aces from Aniya Monla.


NCHS 4th at East Moline: Normal Community scored 140 points to finish fourth in the 12-team Panther Invitational at East Moline where Pleasant Valley (Iowa) won with 284.5.

The lone winner for the Iron was diver Anya Weber, who scored 365.35 points.

U High 6th at St. Charles: University High scored 185 points to finish sixth in the 11-team St. Charles North Invitational where the hosts won with 386.5.

The Pioneers placed fourth in both the 200-yard medley relay (1:54.80) and 200 freestyle relay (1:45.27). U High's top individual placer was Poleena Kovalaske, who finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.16).

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