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Local High School and Junior High Sports Update for Sept. 9, 2019


The championship match of the Williamsfield Invitational Volleyball Tournament at Carl Sandburg College came down to two of our listening area schools, United and Macomb. Both teams finished undefeated in pool play and it was Macomb that finished the tourney that way. The Bombers defeat United 25-17, 25-15. Josie Bentz from United was named the tournament MVP. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by fellow Red Storm teammates, Jerzi Johnson, Jenna Bentz, Kaylee Cornell and Maddy Diaz. Macomb had Maggie Vallillo and Avery Rexroat named to the All-Tourney team. Taylor Main from ROWVA earned All-Tournament status, as well. West Central finished (1-3) in their pool and did not qualify for the final round. The Heat beat Williamsfield on Saturday. The Galesburg JV Silver Streak were (1-3) and ROWVA and BPC also finished pool play with (1-3) records. Rockridge beat Farmington for 3rd place, 25-15, 25-12.


Mercer County High School hosted the annual Golden Eagle Invitational at Hawthorn Ridge Golf Course in Aledo. On the boy’s side, Sherrard was the team champ with an 18-hole score of 334. Monmouth-Roseville was 5th with a 374 and United was 6th with a 385. Knoxville placed 9th with a 406. Monmouth-Roseville’s Reese Kane finished in a tie for 6th with an individual score of 83. Drew Brown led United with a 15th place finish. Brown shot an 89. Knoxville was led by Titus Cramer’s 91, which was good enough for 19th. Macomb won the girl’s team title with a 335. That was 83 strokes better than runner-up Camp Point Central’s 418. United was 3rd with a 430. Knoxville was 8th. Macomb had four of the top five individual scores, led by meet medalist Emma Thorman’s 73. United’s Paige McKeown’s 9th place finish of 101 strokes. Knoxville’s Kaci Luptak also had a top-ten finish in 10th with a 103.


The Monmouth-Roseville Titan soccer team is now (7-3) overall on the season after getting second place in the East Peoria Raider Classic tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Titans finished (3-1) for the weekend.

Cross Country

Many of our local teams participated in the Galesburg Silver Streak cross country invite on Saturday. On the boy’s side, United placed 14th and Knoxville finished 13th in a loaded field of bigger schools. Metamora claimed the team title. Individually, Galesburg had Ben Vazquez post their best finish with a 12th. Knoxville’s Christian Hensley was 48th for the Blue Bullet boys top finish. Abingdon-Avon’s Hunter Mason was 90th, West Central’s David Gaylord was 104th and Connor Thompson had United’s best placement of 120th out of 158 total runners. Dunlap won the girl’s division team title. Galesburg was 8th and United was 13th. Knoxville did not have enough girls for a team score but did get a 3rd place individual finish by Breena Shreeves. United’s Anne Gregory was 6th overall to lead the Red Storm. Abingdon-Avon’s Marygrace Guthrie was 67th.

Canton High School hosted a cross country invite as well on Saturday. Monmouth-Roseville had some boys and girls taking part. Neither squad had enough runners for a complete scoring team but they did get a pair of good individual finishes by Carlos Serratos in 23rd for the boys and Stella Narkiewicz in 25th for the girls. Macomb’s boys were 5th and the Bomber girls were 2nd in the team standings. Limestone edged out Pekin for the boys team championship, while Pekin won the girl’s side easily. Stan Melkumian had the Macomb boys top finish in 11th and Khyliegh Diggs was in the top-10 with a 9th place finish.

Swimming and Diving

Though just taking three girls to the Macomb Invitational Meet, the Monmouth-Roseville Titans garnered many top-five finishes. Cally Tate got a pair of runner-up finishes. Tate was 2nd in both the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. Addie Smith was 3rd in the 100 breaststroke and 4th in the 200 IM. Abby Sikorski was 2nd in the 100 butterfly and 5th in the 50 free race.

Junior High

United beat Abingdon-Avon 19-1 in Avon. Derrick Sargeant went 3-for-3 for United. Getting two hits apiece for the Red Storm was Elliott Copeland, Carter Rothzen and Owen McMillen. Tanner Rogers had five rbis for United as well.

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