A total of four teams advanced out of the IHSA Competitive Dance Sectional at Washington High School on Saturday, with Morris claiming the top spot among Class 1A participants.
Morris finished with a score of 89.87 to slip past second-place Streator and its 81.90. Fieldcrest was fourth in the 1A field with a 79.87 score.
Advancing in the Class 2A field was Ottawa, which posted a score of 79.33 to claim the sixth and final advancing spot. La Salle-Peru did not advance, its 69.00 placing it 14th.
All four teams advance to the IHSA State finals, held next Friday and Saturday at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.
Marquette78, Somonauk 47: At Somonauk, the Crusaders exploded for 31 points in the third quarter to turn a six-point game into a rout.
Tommy Durdan accounted for 18 points, Krew Bond scored 10, Charlie Mullen had nine, Griffin Walker added eight, and Logan Nelson and Taylor Waldron scored seven each for the Cru, which takes a 16-5 mark into Monday’s Tri-County Conference Tournament opener against Woodland in Granville.
For the Bobcats, Carson Bahrey and Coleton Eade each fired in 15 points.
Streator 75, Rochelle 69: At Rochelle, the Bulldogs rallied from 22 points down in the first half to claim the Interstate Eight Conference win on the road.
Christian Benning tossed in 26 points, Landon Muntz had 12, Logan Aukland added 11, and Noah Lukach scored nine for Streator (12-9).
Marquette 54, Henry-Senachwine 31: At Henry, Lilly Craig posted 25 points, 10 rebounds and five steals to lead the Crusaders to the Tri-County Conference road victory. Eva McCallum added nine points and five rebounds, and Avery Durdan scored eight points for the Cru.
Fieldcrest 56, Eureka 48: In the third-place game at the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference Tournament, the Knights raced to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter, then held on to win their 20th game of the season for the fourth year in a row.
Leading Fieldcrest (20-3) were Ashlyn May with 17 points, Carolyn Megow with 14, Macy Gochanour with 12, and Kaitlin White with 10.
Sandwich 46, Plano 33: At Plano, the Indians grabbed a lead late and held on for the Illinois Central Eight Conference victory.
Streator medals 3 times at ICE Meet: At the Illinois Central Eight Conference dual team meet Saturday, the Streator Bulldogs brought home three medals. Taking third-place medals with 2-1 records were Nick Pollet at 106 and Jesus Martinez at 120, as well as Steve Goplin, who went 1-1 at 160. Aydan Radke placed fourth at 220.
Ottawa 4th, Sandwich 7th at I-8 Meet: At Sycamore, Ivan Munoz started off the championship round with fourth-place Ottawa’s only title, winning 4-0 against Morris’ Owen Sater at 106.
The junior said it felt good to win the title despite not having competed much before this season.
“It’s amazing. Last year I went to Mexico and I really didn’t wrestle much freshman year,” Munoz said. “I knew I could win it, because I’ve already beaten everybody here, including the Morris kid. But this one was way closer.”
Ottawa’s 123 team points were fourth of the eight teams, with Rochelle’s 217.5 handily winning the championship over runner-up Sycamore’s 190. Sandwich’s 87 edged L-P’s 73 for seventh.
Miles Corder had Sandwich’s lone title, beating La Salle-Peru’s Gunnar Skoog for the 138 crown. He said it was a long day between matches, especially before the championship match, but he ended up with a pin in 1:56 for the title.
“I came in today to my bus at 5 a.m. and I was very tired. I’m not a morning person,” Corder said. “It’s sort of like a snowball effect. You get the ball rolling.”
While La Salle-Peru was at the bottom of the team standings, Connor Lorden won at 220 pounds, beating Kaiden Morris of Rochelle. He moved to 3-0 against Morris after falling to him last year.
— Read Eddie Carifio’s full report on this meet at mywebtimes.com.
Grabowski, Dominic close out season: At the Plainfield North Sectional, both of Streator’s sectional qualifiers saw their seasons come to a close despite strong showings.
Brady Grabowski placed 35th overall with a 1,231 six-game series (210, 233, 269 high games).
Anthony Dominic placed 42nd with his 1,204 (201, 200, 233, 224).