In area girls volleyball action Thursday night, Newark, Seneca and Coal City all turned in victories.
In the Little Ten Tournament semifinals Thursday, Newark (17-4) received seven kills and six digs from Kristina Nichols; four kills, eight points, two aces and seven digs from Maddie Friestad; eight points, three aces and 25 digs from Melanie Kale; and 18 assists from Marissa Friestad.
Seneca def. Reed-Custer,
Six kills each from Kayla Haines (seven points, seven assists), Taylor Vandenberg (one block, three digs) and Lexi Wilkinson (five points), along with three kills, 13 points, four aces, three digs and 10 assists from Madison Wyss, helped Seneca improve to 20-5-1 Thursday.
Claudia Paulson had 12 kills and Michaela Coughlin and Sam Painter each added seven kills for the sophomore Lady Irish, who won 25-23, 27-29, 25-17.
Coal City def. Dwight,
25-16, 23-25, 25-16
Coal City (15-7) featured three kills each from Rebecca Cash and Lauren Kmetz, five blocks and 16 digs from Nicole Borgetti and five digs and eight assists from Carly Pavils on Thursday.
Indian Creek 2
James Bowen and Matt Eike scored two goals each Thursday for Newark (8-11-2, 5-4), with Bowen adding two assists. Other contributors were Noah Nichols with a goal, Tom Bartkus with an assist and Kevin Klock with 15 saves.
South Elgin 0
Matt Dlugopolski scored both Minooka (9-6-2) goals Thursday. Joe McCabe assisted one. Alex Singletary had four saves.
South Elgin won 2-1 in the sophomore match.
Yorkville scored in the final minute to sink Morris (11-3-4, 3-3-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East) on Thursday.
Kankakee All-Area Meet
Daly Galloway of Gardner-South Wilmington was individual champion of the girls race Thursday (18:23).
Also competing for the Lady Panthers were Savannah Baldauf (14th; 21:39), Reann Scoggin (25th; 25:47) and Kitrina Hayner (26th; 25:48).
GSW boys runners Thursday were Nathan Ruffatti (16th place; 18:10), Billy Evans (35th; 19:43) and Zanter Harris (47th; 22:44).
Michael Mankowski won the sophomore boys race (18:12).
Second-place showings from Brooke Avila, Morgan Abraham, Jen Ashley and Reilly Chytracek in the 200 medley relay (2:27.22) and from Kelly Kolotka in the 50 freestyle (32.10) led the Redskins to a second-place finish in the triangular meet Thursday.
Morris finished third in the junior varsity triangular as divers Angel Dinelli (129.05) and Bri Bouchard (94.45) placed first and second, respectively.
Keegan Sobol’s touchdown run late in the fourth quarter was the difference for Morris (3-3) last Friday. Tommy Balentine, from 2 yards out, and Will Ringer, from 3, also scored for the Redskins. The defense got an interception from Jake Webb and multiple tackles for losses by Ryan Niewinski.
JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL
Mya Shannon had 20 points and Calleen Soper 9 Tuesday for the Shabbona eighth-grade girls.
Carli Foddrill’s 10 points were a Shabbona high in a 28-12 seventh-grade win.
Shannon exploded for 25 points in the eighth-grade game Monday for Shabbona.
The Shabbona seventh-graders lost 15-9 despite Foddrill scoring 5 points.