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Seneca pulls off comeback win over Westmont

In area football action on Friday night, Seneca pulled off a come-from-behind win over Westmont, Coal City defeated Hersher and Wilmington waylaid Dwight.

Seneca 29,

Westmont 28

Trailing by two scores late in the game on the road, Seneca got a bit of the luck of the Irish.

The score was 28-15 when Bo Taylor scored with 2:36 left in the game.

With the clock about to run out, though, and the Sentinels backed up to their own goal, Westmont fumbled the ball in the end zone and Bailey Lejawa landed on it for Seneca to get within a point with five seconds to go.

Taylor then ran in the two-point conversion for the win.

Taylor also had a 66-yard TD run and a 16-yard TD run while also throwing a TD pass to Ben Barnett of 42 yards.

Coal City 31,

Herscher 14

Brennan Shetina hit Nick Peters on a 19-yard TD pass before he run 7-yards for another score at halftime.

In the second half, Shetina ran in a 12-yard TD and Lane Cowherd added a 35-yard field goal.

Brad Littleton also added a 42-yard interception return.

Wilmington 42,

Dwight 0

The Wilmington defense held the Trojans to negative-8 yards of total offense in the game.

The Wildcats also got 92 yards rushing and two TD from Nick Williams and four carries for 76 yards and two more TD from Alex Zlomie.


Minooka host Fight Invite

The Indians hosted an invitational on Saturday, as the team finished third in the girls race and eighth in the boys contest.


Wheaton Warrenville won the meet with 17 team points while Hoffman Estates was second with 19 and Minooka third with 23.

Skyler Bollinger won the first flight with a time of 17:16 with Caleigh Beverly turning in the best finish for the Indians with a time of 18:47.

That was good for a sixth place finish.

In the second flight, Minooka’s Morgan Crouch was fifth in 18:56; in the third flight Ashley Tutt was second with a time of 18:16; in the fourth flight Moria McAsey was third with a time of 19:06; in the fifth flight Kaitlyn Chetney was second with a time of 19:12; in the sixth flight Mackenzie Callahan was second with a time of 19:22 and in the seventh flight, Gaby Gall was third in 19:30.


Downers Grove North won the event with 14 team points while Conant was second with 19 points.

The Indians had 59 team points.

Top flight finishes for Minooka came from: Gabe Ceballos (8th/16:08); Henry Bugajski (11th/16:45); Ethan Milles (11th/17:19); Ben Ubert (9th/16:46); Kyle Swanson (7th/17:07); Matt Sak (8th/17:10) and Miguel Lomeli (5th/16:47).


Minooka def. Oswego East,

25-17, 25-23

Leaders for the Indians were: Emily Hise six kills;  Brenna Perinar five kills, Skyler Day four kills; Natalie Yard five digs, three assists, two aces; Megan Bauer 10 assists;  Kelly Clucas four assists.

“We looked strong at times this evening, but we still have some things to stabilize,” Minooka coach Chris Hoelscher said. “Another total team effort this evening for a solid conference win.”


Newark 3,

Hinckley Big Rock 2

James Bowen and Matt Eike each had a goal and an assist and Cole Westmoreland a goal in the win.

Kevin Klock made 12 saves in goal.



Coal City 8,

Streator 1

Sean Micetich was the winning pitcher for the Warriors. He went six innings allowing three hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Lefty Justin Dabulskis pitched a scoreless seventh.

Keegan Gagliardo and Austin Friddle each was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Blake Harseim connected for a single and double.

“We played a really good game today,” Coal City coach Jerry McDowell said.

“No errors on defense and the pitchers locating their pitches is always going to get a win at this level.”


Putnam County 3,

Seneca 2

Seneca scored when Taylor Bushman singled, stole second and third and then scored on a wild pitch and then later scored when Lyda Robinson singled and Morgan Pifer collected an RBI double.

Bushman was the losing pitcher.

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