NORMAL – It might be a new season, but the Minooka cross country program just keeps on running.
Both the boys and girls teams finished second at the Normal West Invitational on Saturday. The boys finished with 66 points, trailing only Plainfield South’s total of 28. The girls, meanwhile, had 35 points, just behind winner Dunlap’s total of 33.
In the boys race, senior Gabe Ceballos took first place overall, finishing the 3.0-mile course in 15:52. Other runners for the Indians were junior Miguel Lomeli (10th, 16:41), sophomore Justin Tutt (12th, 16:49), senior Henry Bugajski (20th, 17:03) and sophomore Jack Sullivan (23rd, 17:06).
In the girls’ race, Mackenzie Callahan (18:24) and Ashley Tutt (18:26), both sophomores, finished 1-2 overall for the Indians, with junior Morgan Crouch (19:04) taking sixth. Senior Gaby Gall was 12th in 20:23, while sophomore Ali Mondrella finished 14th with a time of 20:51.
“These kids were excited about the opportunity to compete after training hard these last few months,” Minooka coach Kevin Gummerson said. “We were looking forward to seeing them attack this meet with some enthusiasm and they did that.
“Gabe Ceballos looked extremely fit over the last mile, and Mackenzie Callahan and Ashley Tutt were impressive as they did a great job of working together.”
Newark wins Paw Paw Tournament: The Norsemen went 2-1 at the tournament to finish with the title. Newark defeated DePue, 3-2, in the opener, as James Bowen scored twice and Tom Bartkus had a goal. Matt Eike added an assist. Serena topped Newark, 4-2, in Game 2 as Bartkus and Bowen each scored and Bartkus had an assist. Bowen exploded for five goals in an 8-1 win over Paw Paw in the third game, with other goals coming from Bartkus, Mitch Schmidt and Jimmy Kluzek.
Minooka second at Champaign Invitational: The Indians finished with a score of 310 on the University of Illinois Course to finish behind only Edwardsville’s score of 307 in the 20-team event Saturday. Minooka’s Dan Anfield was the overall medalist with a round of 72, while teammate Kyle Sheppard tied for sixth with a 76. Ryan Johnson fired 80 for the Indians, followed by Sam Smalkovich (82), Noah Lindmark (95) and Kent Hudson (89).
GRADE SCHOOL BASEBALL
Coal City wins Pontiac Tournament: The Warriors threw back-to-back shutouts Saturday in defeating Normal Epiphany, 3-0, and Greenville, 2-0. Jack Bunton threw the complete game and recorded eight strikeouts, three walks and gave up only five hits. In the championship game, seventh-grade lefty Payton Hutchings gave up only a hit and a walk to go with 15 strikeouts. His record is now 5-0. Keegan Gagliardo led the hitting on the day with four hits. Bunton and Mickey McDowell each collected two hits and two runs scored. Dan Caruso added a pair of key bunts to advance runners for the Warriors (9-1).
GRADE SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Seneca wins IVC Tournament: The Seneca Lady Raiders softball team defeated Gardner-South Wilmington, 15-0, and Mazon-Verona-Kinsman, 3-0, to win the Illinois Valley Conference championship. Faith Hacker and Abriani Jashari’s two hits, and both with RBI doubles, led Seneca to the title game win. Gillian Culbreth was solid on the mound, scattering five hits in the title game and striking out two to earn the shutout. In the GSW game, Jashari, Hacker, and Maggie Cade all had two hits for Seneca (9-4).