The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 11, 2013

Successful debut

Burleson, Swiersz win four events in Danville victory

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---- — DANVILLE — Marissa Burleson won two individual events and was a part two winning relays as Danville defeated Champaign Central 109-73 in a home-opening dual for first-year coach Marcie Burleson.

The younger Burleson, swimming for her mother, started off the meet along with Madeline Swiersz, Grace Jackowski and Rachel Parker winning the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2 minutes, 7.56 seconds. That was more than six seconds faster than Central’s relay team. Those same four would combine to also win the 200 freestyle relay by almost six seconds over Danville’s No. 2 relay team.

In addition to the two relay victories, Marissa also won the 100 freestyle (59.37) and the 100 backstroke (1:13.10). Swiersz also added a pair of individual event wins to her victories on those two relays. Swiersz claimed the 200 individual medley (2:32.11) and the 100 breast stroke (1:19.22).

The Vikings won all but one event in the dual against the Maroons. Champaign Central’s Payton Stillman won the diving as Danville didn’t have an individual in that event.

Danville’s winning 400 relay team consisted of Abbi Cortapassi, Kennedy Thurston, Kelsie Lichtenberger and Tess Shore. Cortapassi also won the 200 freestyle event, Shore claimed the 500 freestyle race and Victoria Omark was first in the 100 butterfly for the Vikings.

PREP BOYS GOLF

Bott leads Blue Devils to quadrangular victory

SHELDON — Senior Andy Bott fired a 3-over 38 to earn medalist honors, leading Bismarck-Henning past Donovan Watseka and Westville at the Shewami Country Club.

Bott finished two strokes ahead of junior teammate David Warren and Westville’s Adam High, both of them had 40s, while Donovan’s Kaleb Salzman was fourth with a 41.

The Blue Devils, who were 11 strokes better than the Wildcats, had five of their six golfers shoot 47 or better. Rounding out their lineup on Tuesday was Noah Campbell (46), Logan Reifsteck (47) and Josh Heidrick (47).

Westville, which finished fourth behind Donovan and Watseka with a score of 186, was led by High’s 40 after that was Tyler Strako (46), Brian Cundiff (50) and Travis Royer (50).

Salt Fork 186, Oakwood 196

DANVILLE — Oakwood’s Brandon Rowe finished 1 shot ahead of Salt Fork’s Cole Sanford for medalist honors, but the Storm beat the Comets with balance.

Rowe had a seven-over 43 at Harrison Park, while Sanford finished with an eight-over 44.

Rounding out Salt Fork’s top four were Lane Weston (46), Max Prosser (46) and Courtney LaFoe (50). After Rowe for Oakwood was Trent Hicks (46), James Cornett (48) and Colton Lawhorn (59).

PREP SOCCER

Danville 1, Urbana 1

URBANA — The Vikings were just seconds away from a victory in their Big 12 Conference opener against the Tigers.

Urbana’s Gesi Muharremi fired a shot from 30 yards out that skipped past Danville keeper Cameron Griffin, who had a match-high 14 saves, with just seven seconds left in the match.

The Vikings (1-2-3 overall, 0-0-1 in the Big 12) took a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the second half on a goal by Jordan Allen.

Hoopeston Area 8, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 1

HOOPESTON — Nathan Michael scored three times in the first half as the Cornjerkers blasted the Buffaloes in a Vermilion Valley Conference contest.

Hoopeston Area, which scored all eight of their goals in the first 40 minutes, also got two goals and an assist from Chase Bouse, while Ryan Glotzbach had a goal and two assists.

Reed Smith had the only goal for Georgetown-Ridge Farm, which was outshot 14-2 in the contest.

Oakwood 7, Schlarman Academy 0

OAKWOOD — Evan Wangler and Cole Burris each had a pair of goals as the Comets blanked the Hilltoppers.

Oakwood, which improved to 2-3-3 overall, didn’t allow Schlarman Academy a shot on goal as the Comets had 19 in the contest and Hilltoppers keeper Chris Kuchefski finished with 12 saves.

PREP BOYS TENNIS

Seeger 4, Attica 1

Attica, Ind. — Borden Kennedy dropped just one game in his straight sets victory at No. 2 singles to lead the Patriots past the Red Ramblers.

Seeger (4-3 overall, 3-0 in the Wabash River Conference) won all three matches in singles with Addison Martin and Cal Stover winning at No. 1 and 3 respectively; while Nick McGowen and Josh Orahood got the win at No. 1 doubles for the Patriots.

Attica’s only victory came at No. 2 doubles from the team of Will Hargan and Albie Gilmore.

North Montgomery 3, Covington 2

COVINGTON, Ind. — Ethan Snyder and Toby Howard each pulled out three-set victories for the Trojans but it wasn’t enough.

Snyder’s win at No. 1 singles (2-6, 6-4, 6-3) and Howard’s victory at No. 2 singles (6-3, 1-6, 6-2) were the ones for Covington as North Montgomery won both doubles matches and the contest at No. 3 singles.

PREP VOLLEYBALL

Bis-Henn 2, Milford 0

MILFORD — The Blue Devils opened Vermilion Valley Conference play with a 25-22, 25-20 win over the Bearcats.

Maddie Winkler had a team-high 14 assists to lead Bismarck-Henning (2-2 overall, 1-0 VVC) to its second straight victory. Mary Bass and Jessica Hall shared team-high honors in kills (4), while Bass and Stephanie Bott each had three blocks for the Blue Devils. Other leaders for Bismarck-Henning were Lindsey Andrews with eight digs and Emily Ronto with two aces.

Up next for the Blue Devils is Thursday’s home conference match against the Schlarman Academy Hilltoppers.

Armstrong-Potomac 2, Westville 0

WESTVILLE — The Trojans earned a win in their VVC opener, beating the Tigers 25-23, 25-16.

Mikayla Rolinitis had a team-high four digs and three aces for Westville.

Covington 3, Rockville 0

COVINGTON, Ind. — Brooke Ahrens had a double-double with 10 kills and 11 assists as the Trojans swept the Rox, 25-19, 27-25, 25-18.

She also had a team-high four aces for Covington, as Kendra Wallace led the team with 24 digs and Adison Smith had 15 assists. Joining Ahrens with 10 kills was Rachel Hannah.

North Montgomery 3, Fountain Central 0

VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Kyla Keeling had team-highs in assists (8) and digs (7) for the Mustangs in a losing cause.

Fountain Central, which lost in three games, 25-23, 25-6, 25-8, also got eight kills from Macee Williams and she also contributed a team-high five blocks.

First Baptist 2, Cornerstone Christian 0

DANVILLE — Hannah Wells had four kills, six assists and two aces as First Baptist defeated Cornerstone Christian, 25-12, 25-23.

The Knights, which improved to 2-2 overall, also got six digs from Mai Lin Davis.