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Morris cross country sweeps L-P

Boys, girls both emerge with wins

PERU — The Morris boys and girls cross country teams each scored a dual meet victory Tuesday over Interstate Eight Conference rival LaSalle-Peru.

In the boys race, Matt Clark's second-place finish in 17:52 led the Redskins to a 24-34 win. Clark was followed by Nick Ferrero (3rd, 17:55), Evan Ramos (5th, 19:20), Milton Mondragon (6th, 19:20), and Julian Gonzalez (8th, 19:25).

Joy Dudley won her third straight race for the Redskins in the girls race, crossing the line in 20:50 to help Morris to a 23-33 victory. Teammate Abby Cunningham was second in 22:28, followed by Moriah Mayberry (4th, 24:05), Melanie Cunningham (7th, 25:05), and Abby Hougas (9th, 25:51).

“One positive of the dual meet format is it is bringing back a focus on competition and scoring," Morris coach Joe Blumberg said. "Quite often, in big meets, the focus is on a personal record. And while that’s a great way to track individual progress, in a dual, there’s a winner and loser, and quite often the races come down to a few points. One pass can be the difference. We see our athletes out there battling for every spot. Our kids are competing hard right now.”

BOYS GOLF

Morris 166, Plano 188: Matt Lawton was the match medalist in the Interstate Eight Conference match with a nine-hole score of 37, while Nolan Washburn (42), Eric Peterson (43) and Patrick McPherson (44) rounded out the scorecard for the Redskins (5-3, 2-2).

CROSS COUNTRY

Morris triangular: The Morris boys varsity girls and boys teams both won on a wet Saturday morning. The boys finished with 25 points, topping both Streator (46) and Newark (50). Morris' Nico Ferrero was the race winner, with Matt Clark, Milton Mondragon, Julian Gonzalez, and Austin Barges making up the top five for the Redskins. In the girls race, Morris finished with 21 points, while Streator had 34. Joy Dudley won her second straight race for Morris, and she was followed by Abby Cunningham, Moriah Mayberry, Abby Hougas and Maddie Noon.

GIRLS TENNIS

Coal City 4, Mendota 1: In singles play, Coal City's Molly Stiles defeated Alex Stremlau,6-0, 7-5 and Coal City's Trinidy Barrus beat Maddy Pappas, 7-5, 6-0. In doubles, Coal City's Abby Stiles and Skyler Wickiser beat Zoe Finley and Mary Defore, 7-5, 6-3; Emma Hir and Kylie Jackson of Coal City defeated Izabella Nanez and Twila Martinson, 6-3, 6-3; and Mendota's Natalie Orozco and Lizzy Bresley beat Ava Solis and Ana Flores, 7-5, 6-2.

GRADE SCHOOL BASEBALL

Coal City 8th Grade 3, Reed-Custer 2: Lukas Fredericks pitched four innings, giving up one run. Adam Collins pitched the last three innings for the Warriors and earned his first win of the season. Zander Meents hit a two-out walk off double in the bottom of the seventh.

GRADE SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Morris 7, Channahon 6: The Braves got out to a four-run lead in the sixth inning and held on for the victory. Devin Shenberg led things off in the pitcher's circle for the Braves, striking out six with no walks. Macie Ferguson and Shenberg both had multiple hits to lead the Morris offense..

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