LaSALLE, McLEAN and GRUNDY COUNTIES — Two Times-area high school bass fishing teams are on its way to the IHSA State Finals later this month at the largest man-made lake in the state, Carlyle Lake in Clinton County, while another is a first alternate after Thursday’s statewide sectional competition.
William Weber and Brennan Edens of Flanagan-Cornell High School brought in 8.43 pounds of bass from Lake Bloomington, good for third in their sectional and a trip to IHSA State on May 21-22.
Newark’s Zach Carlson, Jake Kruser, Travis Leggett and Josh Acosta hauled in 12.22 lbs. of bass from Lake Holiday to place second in their sectional and earn an IHSA State bid.
Meanwhile at Heidecke Lake, the Seneca team of Luke Sangston, Ethan Brockman and Dominick Griffin had their catch weigh in at 9 lbs., 15 oz., a fourth-place finish in their sectional making them alternates out of Heidecke.
Seneca 12, WFC 1: At rural Streator, the host Fighting Irish (7-0) received three hits and a pair of RBIs from Matt Cruise and out-hit the visiting Warriors 11-5 for the Tri-County Conference victory.
Cole Underhill (2 IP, 0 ER, 2 K) had two singles and an RBI, Austin Aldridge doubled in a run, while Brayden Roe, Noah Quigley and Cole Hintze added RBI hits. A.J. Stiegler (2 IP, 0 ER, 3 K) earned the pitching win in relief.
Ethan Schumm suffered the pitching loss for the Warriors (0-6), with Carter Ewing, Schumm, Will Weber, Dane Osterdock and Mason Sterling each recording a single for WFC.
Sandwich 11, Crossroads Christian 6: At Sandwich, the Indians jumped out to a 6-0 lead through three innings, thanks to a four-run second, and held off Crossroads for the victory for pitcher Sam Palumbo (3 ER, 6 K, 2 W). Chris Barbor also took the hill in the win.
Everett Ford slapped three hits, one a double, scored three and drove in one for SHS. Gabe Prado, Romeo Tornga (2 RBI), Hunter Pavia (2 RBI) and Austin Marks (RBI) each rapped two hits and Chance Lange had two RBIs in support.
Ottawa 5, Kaneland 0: In I-8 Conference play, the Pirates claimed all five matches in the victory.
Ottawa received wins in singles from Ethan Kraft (6-1, 6-0) and Adam Gross (6-0, 6-0), while the doubles teams of Sam Walker/Regan Linde (6-1, 6-0), Will Goetz/Tanner Ditchfield (6-0, 6-1), and Daniel Reinhart/Logan Goetsch (6-0, 6-1) were all victorious.
Seneca 45, Morris 24; Seneca 48, Plano 9: At Plano, the Fighting Irish claimed a pair of wins at the triangular.
Scoring wins in both bouts for Seneca were Luke Sangston at 106 (two forfeits), Jaden Casey at 120 (two pinfalls), Owen Feiner at 132 (12-5 dec., pinfall), Asher Hamby at 138 (two pinfalls), Collin Wright at 145/152 (pinfall, 5-0 dec.), Maveric Varland at 220 (two pinfalls), and Nathan Elliott at 285 (pinfall, 9-2 dec.). Gavin Robertson at 182 (pinfall) and Kyle Hamby at 170 (pinfall) each posted single triumphs for Seneca.
Boys track and field
Seneca 231, Plano 108, Newark 41, Aurora Christian 31, Marquette 20, Yorkville Christian 16: At Seneca, the Irish rolled to the meet win with the Norsemen third and Crusaders fifth.
Event wins for Seneca came from Given Siegel (:17.27 in the 110-meter hurdles; 6.40 in the long jump), Carson Collet (:42.56 in the 300 hurdles; 3.05 meters in the pole vault), Logan Tondini (32.15 in the discus), the 400 relay team of Kolya Cato, Siegel, Collet, and Ryan McCauley (:46.13), the 800 relay team of David Bergeson, Brady Danek, Billy Glasscock and Noah Petty (3:55.89), and the 3200 relay team of Spencer DeGraaf, Danek, Petty and Chris Poyner.
Norsemen victories came from Stevie Martin (:54.61 in the 400) and Chuy Molina (11.72 in the shot put), while the Crusaders’ Lucas Hoffman captured the 1600 (4:40.96).
Herscher 75, Streator 49: The Bulldogs received first-place finishes from Cade Stevens (5.45 meters long jump), the 3200 relay team of Kody Danko, Nick Adams, Trevor Mitts, Ryan Seaton (11:56.0), 800 relayers Mitts, Dustin Vernon, Brant Freese, Harley Kosur (2:23.5), Kevin Parr (14:35.9 3200) and Danko (2:09.8 800).
Girls track and field
Seneca 213, Bloomington 112, Newark 102, Plano 60, Aurora Christian 30, Marquette 10, Yorkville Christian 4: At Seneca, the Irish finished first, while the Norsemen were third and Crusaders sixth.
Event wins for Seneca came from Amber Vroman (5:45.18 in the 1600, 12:50.22 in the 3200), Brooklyn Giertz (:16.28 in the 100 hurdles, 3.20 in the pole vault), Faith Deering (30.01 in the discus), the 400 relay team of Caitlyn O’Boyle, Deering, Giertz and Anna Bruno (:52.42), and the 3200 relay team of Ashley Alsvig, Marie Cheshareck, Audrey Jenkins and Delany Welsh (11:22.23).
The Norsemen received triumphs from Kjersten Friestad (10.47 in the shot put) and Kiara Wessen (1.55 in the high jump). The Crusaders’ 3200 relay team of Lilly Craig, Norah Bullock, Jaylyn Clairmont and Mary Jo Lechtenberg (13:08.24) claimed a second-place mark.
Streator 92.5, Herscher 43.5: Victorious Streator scored wins thanks to Abby Seaton (6:24.6 1600; 13:31.5 3200), Abby Pierce (:19.2 100 hurdles; :52.6 300 hurdles), the 1600 relay team of Seaton, Lily Kupec, Stephanie Mendoza, Katlynn Monaghan (5:48.0), 3200 relayers Claire Durdan, Monaghan, Sara Reed, Mendoza (16:25), Lana Krohe (11.12 meters shot put), Madi Mertes (24.55 discus), Marissa Vickers (1.27 high jump; 7.94 triple jump) and Cassie Simons (4.02 long jump).
Frosh/soph boys tennis
Ottawa 5, Kaneland 0: In I-8 play, the Corsairs received singles victories from Sebastian Cabrera (8-0) and Karcin Hagi (8-1) as well as doubled triumphs from Ethan Hancock/Zander Houk (8-2), Taegeon Eom/Ethan Cela (8-3) and Rylan Salas/Landen Thorsen (by default).