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Weber edges Hoffman to win Late Model feature

MORRIS – It was a fight to the finish Friday night in the Late Model 30-lap feature at Grundy County Speedway, and Jim Weber edged Eddie Hoffman by .181 seconds to take the checkered flag.

The air was followed to the finish line by Joe Vinachi, Billy Knippenberg, Nathan Bertino, John Nutley, James Gregait, Eric White, Scott Koerner and Ryan Finley.

In the 25-lap Mid-American feature race, Ron Vandermeir Jr. won by
0.804 seconds over Cory Clougherty. John Ventrello finished third, followed by Luke Baldwin, Matt Clemens, Chad roctor, Jim Olson, Ricky Mathis, Marty McKinney and Aaron Shelton.

Eddie Ligue won the 25-lap Street Stock feature by 0.639 seconds ahead of John Senerchia. Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were Bill Serviss, Cheryl Hryn, Dallas Frueh, Matt Chester, Craig Matteson, James Dean, Tim Stewart and Darrell Gay.

Matt Chester won the 20-lap 4-Cylinder feature race by 0.482 seconds ahead of Dan Schmeissing. They were followed to the finish line by Kristi Odom, Danielle Dobczyk, Trevor Starek, Scott Ingram, Billy Dean, David Parker, Katie Hocking, and Jeremiah Senko.

In the 15-lap Super-Cup feature race, Steve Naples cruised to a 1.445 second victory over Kellen Arnold. The rest of the top 10 were Landon Hocking, Michael Mucha, Hailey Hoffman, Jamie Domski, Connor Kosowski, Cayden Fretwell, Landyn Cerillo and Ashlyn Heddins.

Racing continues this Friday night at Grundy County Speedway, located a mile north of Morris on Route 47 at the Grundy County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with racing starting at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Midwest Tour’s Wayne Carter Classic will take place at the speedway. Gates will open at
4:30 p.m.

Boys golf

Roger Keller Invitational: The Newark-Serena co-op boys golf team posted a team score of 252 and placed third among 12 teams at the Edgebrook Golf Course on Saturday. 

In the Ryder Cup format event, in which two-man teams rotated from a six-hole best ball, six-hole alternate shot and six-hole scramble formats, Connor Baker and Corey Jacobsen teamed up for a score of 78, which tied them for the sixth-best two-man score.

Also for Newark-Serena, Brett Myre and Wyatt Snyder paired for an 85 and Porter Arneson and Tanner Kunkel totaled an 89 for the Norsemen score.

Girls golf

Seneca 211, Dwight 225: Seneca’s Rylee Stenzel was the match medalist with a nine-hole score of 40 at Nettle Creek County Club as the Lady Irish ran their record to 4-0. Other scorers for Seneca were Faith Hacker (53), Krista Eikleberry (58) and Monica Groth (60).

Girls tennis

Ottawa Nite Lite Invitational: Morris finished third at the four-team event with 15 points. Ottawa won the title with 41 points.

Minooka 7, Bolingbrook 0: Annabelle Siegel defeated Bolingbrook’s Marcelle Bonny, 6-0, 6-0, for Minooka, while teammate McKenna O’Donnell defeated Hannah Nickle, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The other singles match went to Marlo Scholtes of Minooka, who beat Ashley Quinores, 6-4, 6-4. In doubles play, the Minooka team of Kacie Moore-Isabelle Figarelli defeated Vanessa Kloepfer-Bella Borello,6-1, 6-1; Daisy DeLaTorre-Alyssa Taylor beat Jess Hanson-Joselyn Ramirez, 6-1, 6-3; Hannah Grace Marti-Olivia Solis, upended Monica Rao-Cienna Cutler, 6-0, 6-2; and Cierra Bachman-Mariah Duarte defeated Verenice Silva-Briana Martinez, 6-1, 6-0.

Grade school baseball

Coal City 4, Effingham 3: At the Morton Invitational, Nolan Ness threw four innings for the Warriors, striking out three and allowing six hits. Kaelan Natyshok threw two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. Braden Reilly was 2 for 3, while Ness had an RBI and Cason Headley was
2 for 2 and scored twice.

Coal City 9, Wilmington 5: Starter Cody Hazzard struck out three in two hitless innings, and got relief help from Caden Kuder and Jack Pelnarsh. Braden Reilly was 3 for 3 with two home runs and four RBIs, while Derek Carlson was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Grade school softball

Coal City 7, Channahon 5: Addison Gagliardo had six strikeouts and allowed two hits in five innings, while Gwen Wharrie pitched two innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out five. Offensively, Jaydn Shaw went 2 for 3 with a triple, a home run and an RBI, while Mia Ferrias and Gagliardo each had two hits.

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