VOLLEYBALL

WSS wins two at NTC tourney

EFFINGHAM — Top-seeded WSS won its first two matches in the National Trail Conference Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, claiming the Pool A championship. The Hatchets beat Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City in the first match 25-9, 25-16 and downed Neoga 25-16, 25-12.

Mackenzi Tabbert led the Hatchets with 26 assists in the first match and 24 in the second. Mikayla Haddock got nine digs in the first match while Taylor Rentfro led the team with three aces. Megan Schlechte slammed 11 kills in the first set and got a double-double in the second match with 10 kills and 11 digs. Megan Schlechte also had two aces in the second match.

“The girls took care of business tonight and had some fun doing it,” said WSS coach Ronda Schlechte.

Neoga split its two matches by beating CH/BC 25-11, 25-22.

Blair Banning earned a double-double for the Lady Indians with 12 digs and 10 assists, while Mary Hill had 10 kills and two aces in the victory.  Against WSS Hill and Olivia Titus had seven digs, while Hill was also tops in kills with six. 

Neoga is to play in the Silver Pool Saturday against the second place team from Pool C at 2 p.m. and the runner-up in Pool B at 3 p.m.

WSS improves to 21-4 and plays the champions of Poll C at 5 p.m. Saturday and the winner of Pool B at 7 p.m. in the Gold Pool championship round.

Tri-County beats Martinsville

KANSAS — The Tri-County volleyball team defeated Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast division foe Martinsville in two sets Thursday 25-15, 25-11.

Ali Smith led the Lady Titans with 13 kills, and Julia Robertson collected 20 assists. Grace Burnside got four aces and Kaylenn Hunt had two blocks. Becca Royer and Burnside each had three digs.

Mallory Price led the Lady Bluestreaks with seven digs. Julia Seaman got four kills and two blocks while Audria Truelove had five assists.

Martinsville falls to 12-11 overall, 1-3 in the conference, and hosts Oblong for another division match Tuesday. The match is Pink Out night as well as senior night.

Tri-County improves to 19-6 and travels to St. Thomas More for a non-conference match Saturday.

A-L-A-H downs Okaw Valley, wins 20th 

BETHANY — Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond beat Okaw Valley in two sets Thursday in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest division match 25-14, 25-12.

Madison Brown led the Knights with seven digs and 20 assists. Taylor Powell had 10 kills, and Hannah Wallen slammed three aces.

Paige Coleman led the Lady Timberwolves with 17 digs and five kills. Sadie Zimmerman got seven assists and Kate Jeffers had four blocks.

Okaw Valley hosts Meridian for a non-conference match Monday.

A-L-A-H improves to 20-1 overall, 5-0 in the conference, and travels to Arthur Okaw Christian for a non-conference match Monday.

Shelbyville sweeps St. Teresa

DECATUR — Shelbyville improved to 19-10 with a 25-21, 25-19 Central Illinois Conference sweep of Decatur St. Teresa Thursday. 

Further information was unavailable at press time. 

The Lady Rams are to play host to Central A&M Oct. 19 in another CIC match.

Arcola falls in LOVC NW contest

ARCOLA — Sangamon Valley/Tri-City, the Little Okaw Valley Northwest Division volleyball tournament champions, handed Arcola 25-16-25-20 loss in a LOVC NW contest.

Yessi Ramirez led the Lady Riders in digs with five, while KayLee Hohlbauch was tops in kills with five.

Arcola is to play host to Urbana University High Monday in a non-division game.

Sullivan loses

MOWEAQUA — Sullivan lost a Central Illinois Conference match to Central A&M 25-11, 25-14 Thursday. 

Laine Cameron earned 10 assists and 5 of those kills were earned by Zoe Ray. 

The Lady Redskins are to travel to Cerro Gordo Thursday for a non-conference match.

CROSS COUNTRY

Skowronski, Mitchell take second in CIC

TUSCOLA — Ryan Skowronski finished in second place Thursday in the Central Illinois Conference cross country boys’ meet for Shelbyville in 16:29.36 and Lady Ram Ailey Mitchell took second in the girls’ meet in 18:19.14 at Wimple Park.

Decatur St. Teresa’s Jackson Stewart won the boys’ race with a time of 15:49.84 and Veronica Hein, also from St. Teresa, won the girls’ meet in 18:13.83.

Sullivan took fourth place in the boys’ meet with 84 points while Shelbyville didn’t have enough runners for a team score. Tuscola won the meet with a low score of 40.

In the girls’ meet Decatur St. Teresa took first place with 27 points. Shelbyville finished fifth with 93 points and Sullivan only had three runners.

Sullivan’s Isaiah Plank took ninth place in the boys’ race in 17:13.26 and Logan Pedigo was 10th with a time of 17:13.67. In the girls’ race, Sullivan’s Katherine Kite finished in eighth place with a time of 20:57.32 and Laine Cameron was 10th at 21:21.05

Shelbyville is scheduled to run in the Peoria Heights Patriot Invite at 1 p.m. Saturday in Detweiller Park.

Sullivan’s next race is the Shelbyville Class 1A regional on Saturday, Oct. 21.

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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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