LEWISTOWN — Gardner will play for the 8-2A Girls Volleyball State Championship today at 6:45 p.m. at Lewistown Central High School after defeating Mount Olive 19-25, 26-24, 25-19 in the semifinals.
Marlana Ferrari (2 aces) and Jenni Price served up 10 points each for Gardner, now 23-1. Sydney Perkins had 7 points and 4 aces, Celia Barna had 6 points and 5 aces and Kira Gleason and Lexi Robison had 5 points and an ace.
Gardner will play Augusta Southeastern, which enters at 25-0, in the championship.
TRACK & FIELD
NIB12 Indoor Meet
STERLING — Haleigh Knapp won the high jump for the Morris girls, who place seventh with 19 points, Saturday at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Indoor Meet.
Knapp had a distance of 5 feet, 6 inches, which was just an inch short of her 2A state-championship leap at the end of the 2012 season. Also for Morris, Leona Burton was third in the 60 dash (8.18) and fifth in the long jump (16-3.25) and Becca McKee was sixth in the triple jump (31-10.5).
"This is the final regular season indoor meet for many of the teams in attendance; however, Morris does not have an indoor season, so this was our first meet," Morris girls coach Lori Dite said. "With the poor weather conditions, the girls had their first outdoor practice on the track on Friday. We literally put our high jump mat out Friday after school and Haleigh was able to take a few practice jumps. With the improvements she made last season through her hard work conditioning in practice, we feel that she will be able to improve her personal record by at least a couple of inches this year."
Jake Reed was seventh in the long jump (19-2.75) and the triple jump (39-2) to lead the Morris boys, who did not crack the top 10 in the team standings.
Indoor SPC girls championships
PLAINFIELD — Lucia Rossi, Caeigh Beverly, Haley Renison and Moira McAsey of Minooka set a new meet record with their winning time of 9:49.48 in the 4x800 relay Saturday at the Southwest Prairie Conference event at Plainfield North. As a team, the Indians were third with 87 points.
"This was a great early-season test to see where we are at this point in the season," Minooka coach Kevin Gummerson said. "This conference meet was reallly close today, and it is going to be the same way throughout this indoor season. We have a lot of work to do; however, there is no doubt that these girls are going to continue to set high goals, work and improve."
Minooka also got wins from McAsey, Ashley Clark, Ashleigh Wilson and Rossi in the 4x400 (4:11.54) and from McAsey in the 800 run (2:29.63). In second place were Renison in the 1,600 run (5:29.93) and Janile Rogers in the triple jump (32-11.5). Taylor Prieboy set an indoor school record while placing third in the 55 hurdles (9.43), and Beverly was also third in the 1,600 run (5:31.19).
Lockport Indoor Invitational
LOCKPORT — Minooka's boys finished first with 139.5 points Saturday. The Indians got wins from Daniel Ingram, Jake Smith, Luke Stovall and Chris Wilson in the 4x400 relay (3:34.26), Devin Ingram, Mitch Miller, Smith and Stovall in the 4x200 relay (1:35.75), Devin Ingram in the 55 dash (6.67), Cam Knudsen in the 1,600 run (4:32.41), Joey Santillo in the 800 run (2:03.71), Chris Wilson in the 400 dash (51.85) and Zach Zamora in the 55 high hurdles (7.94).
Daniel Ingram added a second-place showing in the 400 run (53.02).
Minooka also won with 164.75 points in the sophomore meet. First-place Indians were Victor Turpin, Chris Hopkins, Ishaiah Pouncy and Royce Fairley in the 4x200 relay (1:42.10), Hopkins in the 200 dash (24.82) and the 55 dash (6.90), Nolan Barajas in the high jump (6-0), Robert Calderon in the 55 high hurdles (8.66), Gabe Ceballos in the 3,200 run (10:38.00), Bendan McGrath in the 800 run (2:10.22) and Luke St. Paul in the triple jump (38-3).
BRAIDWOOD — Host Reed-Custer was fourth with 53.5 points, with Dwight fifth with 50, in the boys meet Saturday. Reed-Custer winners were Nate Costello in the 800 run (2:08.64) and BJ Bailey in the 200 dash (23.96). Dwight got wins from its 4x800 relay team (9:18.57) and from Lane Hoffman in the 3,200 run (10:34.84).
In the girls meet, Reed-Custer was sixth with 48 points and Wight was ninth with 22. Morgan Zacharias won the pole vault (11-9) for the Lady Comets, with Dwight's Kacy Murphy finishing second (10-0).
JACKSONVILLE — Seneca went 2-2 over the weekend, losing to Chatham Glenwood 6-3, beating Alden Hebron 14-4 in 6 innings, falling 7-5 to Princeville and winning 9-7 in 8 innings over Immaculate Conception.
"We treated our Jacksonville tournament as a spring training, so to speak, as our first game was our first opportunity to be on an actual diamond this spring," Seneca coach Dan Stecken said. "I was quite worried that our defense would have some struggles. We did indeed struggle in our two losses due to the lack of defensive practice on a diamond. In both losses we had 1 bad inning due to a couple of errors that contributed to losses.
"It is really too bad, as our pitchers Nicole Pihl and Kayla Haines both did a nice job on the mound. Overall we hit well as a team so early in the season. In our four games we saw four pitchers with good velocity, and several out pitches and we hit them all pretty well."
Against Glenwood, Pihl had 9 strikeouts and pitched a 4 hitter and Sarah Radtke "hit the ball well," said Stecken. Versus Hebron, Haines was the winning pitcher and Jacey Lamboley, Pihl and Radtke had 2 hits each. Pihl took the loss against Princevile. Radtke finished up a 10-hit weekend against Immaculate Conception, and Pihl hit a home run and got the win.
Joliet West 0
JOLIET — Jill Hetfleisch, on an assist from Marisol Galvan, and Lacey Viano scored Friday for the Indians. They got 2 saves from Mallory Schade and 1 from Lily Benig.