Last year, Newman’s doubles team of Erin Vits and Maddie Jacobs won a sectional title. This year, Comets sophomore Avery Meyer got her gold.
Meyer became the second sectional meet winner in Newman history Saturday evening at the 1A LaSalle-Peru Sectional, played at Westwood Sports Complex in Sterling due to inclement weather. She defeated Abby Aitken of Sterling 6-1, 6-3 in the singles championship, after beating Sterling’s Katelyn Grell 6-3, 6-1 in a semifinal.
Also taking runner-up honors, along with Aitken, were Vits and Jacobs. They advanced to the semifinal round with a 6-0, 7-6 (5) win over Ottawa’s Bailey Simpson and Regan O’Fallon, but lost in the championship to the Pirates’ Katie McGraw and Ellie Gallagher 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.
Aitken defeated Mendota’s Iris Espinoza 6-2, 6-2 in a semifinal to advance to the championship. Grell defeated Espinoza for third place, 6-3, 6-2.
The top four finishers qualify for the 1A State Meet, held at various locations throughout the northwest suburbs of Chicago next weekend.
Erie’s Newton 55th at state: Cardinals senior Madison Newton finished in a three-way tie for 55th place at the Class 1A Girls State Tournament at Red Tail Run in Decatur.
Newton improved by five strokes from Friday’s round of 91 by carding a 14-over-par 86 on Saturday for a 2-day total of 177 strokes.
Pontiac’s Ali Schrock took the individual state title with a 2-day total of 5-over-par 149. Massac County (+89) beat Rockford Lutheran by six strokes to claim the team title.
Hawks win Eastland tournament: Oregon finished with a record of 4-0-1 to claim the title at the Linda Lundwig Tournament in Lanark.
The Hawks opened their day by beating the host Cougars 25-21, 25-12, then defeated Putnam County (25-11, 25-4) and Aquin (25-12, 25-14). Oregon split their match against Newman. The Hawks won the first set 25-13, but the Comets took the second set 29-27.
Oregon then beat Stockton 25-19, 25-10 in the championship match.
Jasmine Herbst dished out 78 assists and had 15 digs and seven aces for the Hawks. Gylian Finch finished with 52 kills, 28 digs and seven aces. Bailey Nelson had 39 kills. Libero Aleah Wight recorded 50 digs and eight aces. McKenna Sadler had 29 digs and eight aces. Makenna Mongan had seven blocks.
Newman finished in fourth place, falling to Durand 25-17, 20-25, 15-13 in the third-place match. The Comets (16-10-3), who went 1-0-3 in pool play, were led by Aidan Brown’s 37 kills, 23 digs and three blocks. Samantha Skinner led the Comets’ back row with 64 digs, and also had 29 service points. Madison Craft dished out a team-leading 44 assists, and Hannah Wilson led with 12 blocks.
Eastland went 1-2-2 on the day and fell to Geneseo 25-23, 25-16 in the fifth-place match. Milledgeville’s lone win came in the ninth-place match, where the Missiles beat Putnam County 25-21, 25-20.
Storm 5th at Mendota: Bureau Valley finished with a record of 1-2-1 at the Mendota Invite, good for fifth place.
The Storm lost to Princeton 25-17, 26-24, and to Lexington 25-20, 25-19. BV lost the first set 22-25 to Ottawa before salvaging a split with a 25-22 second-set victory. The Storm capped the day by beating Erie 25-18, 25-18.
Saige Barnett slammed 26 kills to go along with 10 digs, six blocks and two aces. Ellen Johnson had 10 kills, 10 blocks and four digs. Nicole Wirth passed out 45 assists and had six digs, two kills and an ace. Christen Hurley had 11 kills, seven blocks and an ace. Marissa Endress had 30 digs and three aces. Cassidy Olds recorded 15 kills, seven digs, four blocks and an ace. Emily Fordham notched seven assists, seven blocks, three digs and two kills.
Hay 6th, Amboy 9th in Peoria: Newman freshman Karlie Hey finished in sixth place out of 288 runners at the Peoria Heights Patriot Invitational at Detweiler Park, pacing area runners with a time of 19 minutes, 6.4 seconds.
Amboy-LaMoille finished ninth as a team with 290 points, led by Margaret Vaessen’s 38th-place finish in 20:43.8. Newman finished in 20th place.
Haley Weidner led Bureau Valley with a 20th-place finish in 19:57.3. Makayla Dornbush led Erie-Prophetstown with an 89th-place finish (22:40.7). Claire Coons, Morrison’s lone runner, finished 148th (23:59.8).
St. Joseph-Ogden (66 points) won the team title, and Jacksonville Routt’s Kirsen Huffman won the race in 18:31.7.
Sterling 4th at NIB-12: The Golden Warriors scored 197 points to finish fourth out of five teams at the Nothern Illinois Big 12 Conference Meet held at the Duis Center in Sterling.
Kerry Mullen was crowned the conference champion in the 50 freestyle, winning with a time of 25.81 seconds.
Lauren Moeller was edged out by DeKalb swimmers in both the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. The Barbs’ Grace Flemming beat Moeller’s time of 2:04.52 by .32 of a second in the 200 freestyle, and Sarah Hein beat Moeller’s time of 1:02.31 by .15 of a second in the 100 backstroke.
The Warriors’ 200 freestyle relay team of Mullen, Moeller, Sarah Page and Sami Royer claimed second with a time of 1:47.28.
DeKalb won the meet with 293 points.
Skyhawks split in East Peoria: Sauk Valley came away with a win and a loss at Illinois Central College, falling to Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College and defeating Southwestern Illinois College.
Sauk fell in straight sets for the first time this season to Fort Scott by scores of 25-18, 25-22, 29-27. The Skyhawks rebounded by beating SWIC 25-19, 25-22, 25-19; Kacey Koch had 14 assists and 12 digs in that match.
Sommer Rhea finished the day with 34 digs and 20 kills, while Bailey O’Brien slammed 22 kills and had 22 digs. Paige Conner passed out 31 assists.
Sauk 5th at Region IV: Led by Grace Ely’s runner-up finish at No. 6 singles, the Skyhawks placed fifth out of seven teams at the Region IV Tournamrnt on Saturday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
Ely lost to Moraine Valley’s Audrey Stocklen 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 in the title match; Ely had lost to Stocklen 6-0, 6-1 in their regular-season matchup.
Nadia Trujillo and Larissa Gallardo placed fourth at No. 1 and No. 5 singles, respectively, and then teamed up for a fourth-place finish at No. 1 doubles. Trujillo won the Sportsmanship Award.
Emily Berogan and Kylie Burkett placed fourth at No. 2 doubles, and Ely and Sara Ackerson teamed up for a fourth-place finish at No. 3 doubles. Sauk scored seven points as a team to place fifth, while Waubonsee won with 17 points, beating Moraine Valley by a half-point.
College cross country
Sauk runs well at home: Mayra Nava-Moyotl finished fourth in a time of 21:57, and Maegan McCue claimed fifth in 22:25 for the Skyhawks on the 3.1-mile course on SVCC’s campus. Colleen Busch added an eighth-place finish in 22:48.
Colleen Busch took eighth place with a time of 22:48. Amanda Jones from the College of DuPage won the race in 19:36.