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Area roundup: Seneca volleyball goes 1-1 at state

The Seneca Lady Raiders seventh grade girls volleyball team went 1-1 at the IESA state tournament Saturday, defeating Normal Metcalf but losing to Springfield Christ the King. The Lady Mavericks had previously won the sectional against Grant Park and the regional against MVK.

Seneca def. Normal

Metcalf, 25-20, 25-23

After taking the first game, Seneca struggled in the second while falling behind 21-8 before roaring back for the victory. Maggie Cade rattled off 10 straight points in that run while Gillian Culbreath finished things off.

“It was the best comeback I have ever seen. The girls never quit,” Seneca coach Jenn Zelko said. “The girls went out and played with so much heart. It was incredible to watch it happen.”

Springfield def. Seneca,

25-10, 25-22

Christ the King sent Seneca to the third-place game (Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against Arthur-Lovington) by defeating the Raiders in two games.

“I was proud of the girls and how they handled themselves against a strong team,” Zelko said.



Seneca girls win Reed-Custer Indoor Meet 

Scoring 122 points, the Lady Irish won and indoor meet at Reed-Custer Saturday. Prairie Central was second with 80 points and Reed-Custer third with 76. Coal City was eighth with 16 points.

On the boys side, Sandwich won with 88 team points and Lisle was second with 70. Coal City was ninth with 19 points.

Willow Stuedmann was first in two events for Seneca. She won the 55 meter dash in :07.65 and the 400 meter dash in 1:05.14.

Caroline Collet also won the 3200 run with a time of 12:33.58. Seneca also got a win in the 4x200 meter relay race with a time of 2:01.28.

Morgan Zacharias was first for Reed-Custer in the pole vault (12-03) and the 200 meter dash (:28.59). Comets runner Isabella Sharper also won the 800 meter run (2:41.82) and the team won the 4x400 meter relay race (4:32.82).

For Dwight, Daly Galloway won the 1600 meter run (5:21.06) and the Trojans also won the 4x800 relay race (11:00.75).

On the boys side, B.J. Bailey of R-C won the 200 meter dash (:24.55); Mitch Fransen of Dwight won the 800 meter run (2:06.10); Nate Costello of R-C won the 1600 run (4:51.75); Tommy Lovett of Seneca won the 55 meter hurdles (8.34); R-C won the 4x400 meter relay (3:52.53); Dwight won the 4x800 meter relay (9:15.23); Billy Marquardt of R-C won the pole vault (11-06) and Matt Johnson of Seneca won the shot put (46-03).

Minooka at Plainfield South Indoor Invitational

The Minooka boys team had a dominating performance at the event, claiming seven firsts in compiling 90 team points. Naperville Central was second with 57 points. On the girls side, Minooka won with 61 points, which was ahead of the 44 tallied by South.

Luke St. Paul had two firsts for the Minooka boys team. He won the long jump (19-9) and the triple jump (40-11 1/2). Zach Zamora and Bobby Kaluza tied for first in the 55 meter hurdles (7.7); Ryan Pullara won the pole vault (12-0); Gabe Ceballos won the 3200 run (10:10) and Kyle Shelton won the 800 dash (2:04.6).

The Indians also won seven frosh-soph events in compiling a first place finish with 95 points. Quintin Durov won both the high jump (6-0) and long jump (18-11 1/2).

For the Minooka girls, Janile Rogers won the triple jump (34-4 1/2) and the 400 meter run (1:01.8); Ashley Tutt won the 3200 meter run (11:34); Moria McAsey won the 800 run (2:28) and the 4x200 meter relay team of Emma Tonelli, Kayla Finch, Amber Jackson and Ashleigh Wilson won (1:51.6).

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