At the Class 1A Rock Island Alleman Regional semifinals Thursday, both Somonauk and Earlville advanced to book their trips back for the 6 p.m. regional championship Friday.
Goals for Somonauk (18-2) came courtesy of Parker Wasson (two), Carter Andrews (two) and Lance Grandgeorge.
For the Red Raiders, scores came from Trenton Fruit (two) and Diego Vazquez, with Garett Cook recording four saves in net.
Serena 2, DePue-Hall 1: In the Class 1A Serena Regional semifinal Thursday, it looked as if extra time would be needed to decide a winner. However, a Huskers clear from their defensive third found a streaking Carson Baker with a step on his defender on the left wing. Baker then sent a crossing pass to the center of the field at the top of the box, and Tanner Faivre beat Little Giants keeper Juan Raya to the ball.
Faivre chipped the ball over a sliding Raya and tapped it into an open net with 53.5 seconds remaining to score what proved to be the game-winning tally in a 2-1 victory.
Serena advanced to take on top-seeded Mendota in the Friday championship.
– Read Brian Hoxsey’s full game story at mywebtimes.com.
Streator 6, La Salle-Peru 2: At the SHS Athletic Fields, the Bulldogs (16-6) closed out the regular season with the victory.
Jimmy Sokol made seven saves, while offensively goals were put in the net by Brady Grabowski (two), Landon Muntz, Jack Starkey, Noah Russow and Davey Rashid.
Streator plays Ottawa on Wednesday in La Salle to open the postseason.
Roanoke-Benson def. Marquette, 25-12, 25-14: At Woodland in the Tri-County Conference Tournament’s third-place match, the Crusaders (20-7) were topped in straight sets by the top-seeded Rockets.
Sycamore def. Ottawa 25-17, 25-17: At Kingman Gym, the host Pirates were defeated despite three kills apiece from Allie Snyder, Grace Landers, Chey Joachim and Mel Pries, six digs each from Joachim and Haley Waddell, five Landers assists and two aces apiece off the hands of Ryleigh Stevenson and Olivia Evola.
Sandwich def. Plano, 25-15, 25-9: In Interstate 8 play, the Indians (12-16, 4-9) took down their archrivals. Audrey Rome (nine kills, five blocks), Claire Allen (five kills), Breanna Sexton (five digs) and Alexis Secton (20 assists) paced the Sandwicgh attack.
Earlville def. IMSA, 25-22, 25-23: In Little Ten play, the Red Raiders (19-5, 8-1) scored the win, paced by Emma Benson’s 22 assists, Hailey Kuter’s 13 digs and kill leaders Nevaeh Sansone (nine), Brynn Guelde (six) and Elizabeth Browder (five).
Somonauk def. LaMoille, 25-16, 25-16: In Little Ten play, the Bobcats (8-12, 5-4) prevailed, paced by Sydney Johnson (nine assists), Aubrey Westbrook (14 digs), Bayley Ohlson (three kills) and Karlee McBride (four kills, six ace serves).
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Seneca girls, boys win at Streator: Seneca won both the girls and boys events in a triangular with Marquette and Streator, led by first-place finishes from Evelyn O’Connor (19:38) and Austin Aldridge (17:25).
Marquette’s girls were second, led by Maggie Jewett (2nd, 20:39), while Abby Pierce (7th, 23:51) led Streator.
As for the boys, Streator came in second, paced by Kody Danko (2nd, 17:59). Marquette was third, led by Maclane Rinearson (6th, 19:53).