The Tri-Valley High School volleyball team improved to 15-0 after notching five victories to capture the Knight Invitational championship at Minonk on Saturday.

In the title match, Tri-Valley received 12 kills from Ryleigh Warfel and five blocks from Hannah Clayton in a 25-17, 23-25, 25-17 victory over Mendon Unity (10-5).

Natalie Tagala had 26 assists for the Vikings while Ashley Carr notched 20 digs. Carr and Lauren Bakewell each had three aces. For the day, Tagala had 81 assists.

Earlier, Tri-Valley topped Delavan, 25-18, 25-17; Roanoke-Benson, 25-21, 25-12; Pontiac, 25-14, 25-8, and Peru St. Bede, 25-5, 25-17.

In the third-place match, Roanoke-Benson lost to Peru St. Bede, 25-11, 25-7. The Rockets earlier topped Pontiac, 25-22, 25-23, and Delavan, 25-13, 25-13. In pool play, Pontiac went 1-2, Fieldcrest 1-2, Delavan 0-3 and Woodland 0-3.

Eureka wins tourney: Eureka won the Mount Pulaski Fall Festival Tournament, downing West Prairie in the final, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21, with help from all-tournament pick Lauren Rokey. Lincoln's Josalyn Owens and Mount Pulaski's Abigail Fitzpatrick also made the all-tournament team.

Central Catholic went 4-1 to finish fifth. The Saints (11-2) were 2-1 on Saturday, losing to Eureka, 25-20, 25-17, before defeating Riverton, 25-12, 25-17, and Champaign Central, 25-22, 25-22. Wake Forest recruit Maddie Holt led the Saints with 53 assists on the day.

Against Eureka, Kate Hoerdemann led the Saints with seven kills. Morgan Koch had a team-high seven kills against Riverton while Maddie Malinowski led Central with 10 kills against Champaign Central.

Blue Ridge wins tourney: Host Blue Ridge went 4-0 to win its tournament and improve to 17-2 for the season.

All-tournament honoree Hannah Brackenhoff led Blue Ridge with with 33 digs and 10 aces. Fellow all-tourney picks Jessica Gilbert and Maddy Hopkins had 77 assists and 25 kills, respectively.

Also making the all-tourney team were Tri-Point's Kassadi Burton, Ridgeview's Lexie Walker and Sangamon Valley's Aubrey Hunt.

Blue Ridge defeated Cornerstone, 25-6, 25-8; Tri-Point, 25-11, 25-14, Ridgeview, 25-15, 25-18, and runner-up Sangamon Valley, 25-20, 25-20.

Fourth-place Tri-Point went 1-3, defeating Cornerstone, 25-16, 25-2, and losing to Sangamon Valley 25-13, 25-9, and Ridgeview, 25-20, 25-15.

For the day, Tri-Point was led by Burton's 32 Kills, 21 digs and 14 aces.

Third-place Ridgeview defeated Cornerstone, 25-18, 25-14, and lost to Sangamon Valley, 25-22, 25-18. Cornerstone lost to Sangamon Valley, 25-5, 25-5.

PBL wins tourney: Kalista Klann had 15 assists, 12 digs and a kill to lead PBL to a 27-25, 25-17 victory over Lexington in the championship match of the PBL Classic at Paxton. Raelyn Payne had 12 digs for Lexington, which also received 10 assists from Emma White.

The victory avenged the Panthers' loss earlier in the day to the Minutemen in pool play. After falling to Lexington, PBL defeated Clinton, 25-17, 25-17, and also notched wins over Milford and Rantoul to set up the title match.

Lexington earned its way into the championship game with a semifinal victory over Iroquois West after earlier defeating Clinton and Milford.

Rantoul tipped Iroquois West for third place while Armstrong-Potomac won the consolation bracket title with a victory over GCMS.

PBL's Kelsey Vaughn and Katelyn Riffle joined Klann on the all-tournament team. Lexington's Jayden Standish and Haley Thomas also received all-tourney honors, as did Iroquois West's Grace Schroeder.


NCHS wins own invite: Normal Community won its own seven-team invitational with 337 points. Runner-up Lincoln Way East threatened with a 318 total.

NCHS winners were Claire Koh in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.94), Julia Oostman in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.60) and the 400 freestyle relay team of Madison Newcomer, Katie Kennedy, Oostman and Koh (3:47.41).

The Metamora co-op was third as Noelle Peplowski won the 200 freestyle (1:51.61) and 500 freestyle (4:54.33) and swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:44.09) with Brooke McCormick, Madie Weber and Emmie Brockhouse. Brockhouse also won the 100 freestyle (56.74).

Fifth-place Normal West saw Emily Hartman take second in the 200 freestyle.

U High earns title: Six first-place individuals and three winning relays contributed to University High's winning 310-point total in the seven-team Lincoln-Way West Invitational at New Lenox.

Pioneer winners were Gena Mendez in the 200 butterfly (2:12.82), Lilly Culp in the 100 freestyle (55.38), Emily Swigart in the 200 Freestyle (2:03.91) and 200 backstroke (2:11.44) and Sammy Lighty in the 50 freestyle (25.58) and 500 freestyle (5:15.28).

First-place relays included the 400 medley of Swigart, Culp, Mendez and Poleena Kovalaske (4:07.76), the 200 freestyle of Lighty, Alyssa Clausen, Culp and Kovalaske (1:43.31) and the 800 freestyle of Mendez, Lily Matthews, Swigart and Lighty (8:20.37).

Rink, Binkley shine for BHS: Macy Rink won the 100 freestyle (55.13) and teammate Alex Binkley topped out in the 100 backstroke (1:03.59) to help Bloomington (316 points) secure fourth in the 10-team Lady Charger Invitational at Champaign. Both swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay with Jordan Peterson and Josie Schmidt (1:44.49). Champaign Central won the team title with 406 points.


Eureka girls triumph: A second-place finish by Emma Argo (19:39) powered Eureka to victory with 85 points in the 25-team Bureau Valley Invitational. Tessa Wiegand (8th, 20:42) also cracked the top 10 for Eureka while Kate Atkins was ninth (20:44) for fourth-place EPG (149).

For the boys, Eureka placed sixth (142) and EPG's Adam Ludy led area entrants in seventh (17:01.

Mahomet boys 2nd: The Mahomet-Seymour boys scored 118 points to place second behind Neuqua Valley (40) in the 58-team Richard Spring Invitational at Peoria. U High, led by fourth-placer Jack Franklin (14:57), finished 17th (469). Mahomet-Seymour was led by Andrew Walmer in 12th (15:05).

For the girls, Mahomet-Seymour led area entrants in 35th (937). The top area individual was Olympia's Shelby Siltman in 40th (18:39). U High star Katie Clausen won the fresh-soph race by 22 seconds in 18:27, which would have placed 26th in the varsity division.

Normal West boys, girls 4th: The Normal West boys (89) and girls (121) both placed fourth in the 10-team Dunlap Invitational. Gabe Bush led the Wildcat boys in fifth(16:12). Mara Smith paced the West girls in eighth (18:58).

PBL boys 3rd: Kody Harrison's ninth-place fiish helped PBL finish third (120) in the 20-team Tuscola Invitational. Fourth-place Tri-Valley (157) was led by Christian Kovich in 13th (17:40).

For the girls, PBL led area entrants in fifth (178) followed by Prairie Central in sixth (195). Clinton freshman Payne Turney finished eighth (20:19). Three-time state champion Anna Sophia Keller of Effingham St. Anthony won by 70 seconds in 17:23.


U High ties: Nathan Clay's first-half goal off an assist from Matt Mier put University High (6-1-4) in the lead until Ben Whittaker pulled Quincy Notre Dame (5-4-3) into a 1-1 tie with 4:00 left.

Normal West loses: Mohammed Hamad's goal made Edwardsville a 1-0 winner over host Normal West (8-3-2). The Tigers outshot West, 9-2, as Wildcat goalie McCade Brown made eight saves.

Cornerstone cruises: Moses Kabuswe netted four of Cornerstone's eight goals as the Cyclones defeated Decatur Christian, 8-0, in a ECIC tournament game at Decatur. Paul McBride and Clay Damkoehler added two goals apiece contributing to the Cyclones' (12-1, 1-0) victory.

Assists on the day went to Chase Jenkins, Alec Anderson, Ben Brander, Kabuswe (2), and McBride (2). Cyclone goalie Richard Phiri had three saves.


Saints win invite: Madison Tattini and Claire Wieland captured singles titles as the Central Catholic girls tennis team topped a seven-team field in the Lady Eagles Invite at Dunlap. Tattini claimed the No. 1 singles crown with Wieland capturing the No. 2 singles title.

The Central Catholic No. 1 doubles team of Maggie Stopa and Charlie Sartoris, as well as the No. 2 doubles unit of Rachel McBeath and Maggie Kuntz also claimed top honors.

Central outdistanced Metamora 28-18 for the team crown with the host school finishing third.

NCHS second in invite: Kavya Sudhir won the No. 3 singles crown and also teamed with Grace Walls for the No. 2 doubles title to lead Normal Community to second in the Gold Invite at Bloomington.

Madison Vail captured the No. 5 singles title for the Iron, who were edged by Belleville East, 64-63. O'Fallon (49) was third.


U High boys 2nd: Runner-up University High shot 303 to finish two shots behind champion Edwardsville in the 24-team Dragon Classic at Pekin. Normal Community was seventh (315), Central Catholic 10th (325), Normal West 11th (327), Bloomington 13th (342) and Pontiac 21st (365).

Rob Wuethrich shot 70 to finish one shot behind medalist Tommy Kuhl of Morton. Normal West’s Michael Moser was third (71). U High’s Dallas Koth shot 72 while teammate Dylan Panizo shot 74. Central Catholic got 75s from Parker Wisdom and Tom Egbers.


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