Lincoln-Way East is headed to state following a championship victory at the Class 2A Lincoln-Way East Sectional in Frankfort on Saturday.
The Griffins amassed 25 points to lead Lincoln-Way Central and Andrew, who finished in a tie for second with 16 apiece.
Erika Ho and Kellie Sucha led the charge for L-WE with a sectional title win in doubles, while Mia Galassini finished second in singles and the pair of Ava Shafer and Vanessa Teodoro took third in doubles.
Lincoln-Way Central’s Kara Rimkunas is also state bound following a first place finish in singles.
Lincoln-Way West is also sending some competitors to the championship weekend. Aubree Schultz qualified by taking third in singles and the duo of Grace Denton and Sarah Fuchsgruber did the same by taking fourth in doubles. The Warriors finished fourth as a team with 13 points.
Class 1A Ottawa Sectional: At Ottawa, Morris’ duo of Elizabeth Kenney and Gretchen Zarbock earned a spot at the state finals with an overall sectional championship doubles win.
Grace Lines also advanced for Morris by taking fourth place in the singles bracket, while the team finished third behind Ottawa in first and LaSalle-Peru in second.
Coal City was just behind Morris in fourth place and will send the doubles pair of Abby and Mollie Stiles to the state finals after their third place finish.
Autumn Knights Tournament: At New Lenox, Lockport earned championship gold at Lincoln-Way Central by beating Lincoln-Way West 15-25, 25-18, 15-8 to move into the Gold Bracket, Homewood-Flossmoor 26-24, 26-24 in the Gold Bracket semifinal round and finally Lincoln-Way Central 25-17, 25-13 in the championship match.
Ava Theoharis had 11 digs in the Porters’ championship win, Aleksa Simkus ahd five kills and Lainey Green added eight assists.
Meanwhile, the tournament’s titular Knights earned two wins against one loss on their home floor defeating Champaign Central 25-20, 25-19 to advance to the Gold Bracket, beating Willowbrook 22-25, 26-24, 25-22 to secure a spot in the championship match and then ultimately falling to Lockport in the finale.
Carli Udovich had 26 kills over the course of the tournament to lead the way for Lincoln-Way Central (21-14) and Kiera King piled up 18 kills, 34 assists, 21 digs and six blocks.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
SouthWest Suburban Conference Meet: At Lockport, Lincoln-Way Central captured its sixth consecutive SWSC Red Division title by placing six runners in the top 10 and scoring 28 points as a team.
Caden Simone was the individual winner for the Knights with a time of 15:18. Connor LeBeau (5th, 16:18), Ethan Hoff (6th, 16:27), Vince Demma (7th, 16:29) and Evan Jensen (9th, 16:39) joined Simone in posting qualfying scores. Andrew Flais and Devin Smith also finished highly for L-WC, placing 10th and 12th, respectively.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
SouthWest Suburban Conference Meet: At Lockport, Lincoln-Way Central took fifth place overall and second place in the red division with 41 points.
Claire Carter led the Knights by finishing 13th overall and second among Red Division runners.