SPORTS BRIEFS: volleyball, cross-country, bowling
The Wildwood Invite took place Thursday in Pekin.
Fairfield, Van Buren and Cardinal all competed on what was for many teams the first meet of the year.
Pekin’s Austin Fariss finished second with an overall time of 17:52, which was 39 seconds behind winner Dillon Timmerman from Mediapolis.
Seth Dickinson of Van Buren and Ben Boender of Fairfield also made the top 10.
“Ben showed his athleticism off a little bit,” Fairfield coach Jerrod Belzer said. “Being his first cross country meet I didn’t really know what to expect but I think as the season goes on and his confidence grows, he’s going to be a tough competitor.”
Overall, Pekin finished third, Van Buren finished fourth and Fairfield earned sixth.
As for the girls, Pekin finished first overall, followed closely by Fairfield. Van Buren finished seventh and Cardinal received ninth.
Pekin’s Taylor Lock, Van Buren’s Unity Daugherty and Fairfield’s Taylor Ferrel were the top three runners, respectively.
“Taylor Ferrel ran with two great runners in Lock and Daugherty and really proved that she’s going to make a statement this year,” Belzer said.
Samantha Fritz of Fairfield finished ninth.
Pekin defeated Waco in five sets Thursday.
The scores were 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 24-26 and 15-12.
Beth Atwood led the team with 21 kills. Whitney Horras recorded 27 assists and was a perfect 20 for 20 serving. Madelyn Baker had 18 digs. Pekin’s next home game is Tuesday against Sigourney-Keota.
Van Buren lost to Burlington Notre Dame in four sets.
The scores were 25-17, 15-25, 17-25 and 22-25. The Warriors were down 8-1 in the fourth set and rallied back to tie the game at 20. However, they were not able to send the game to a fifth set.
“They have a lot of improving to do but they can do it,” Van Buren coach Matt Zeitler said. “They can do it because they want to put the work in.”
Nicole Coffin had 22 digs and five kills. Freshman Grace Thomas had five kills and three blocks.
The Fairfield freshmen girls defeated Mount Pleasant in three sets.
Kaylee Watson served five aces and recorded four kills. Natalie Angstead earned four kills and six assists.
Fairfield’s JV squad also beat Mount Pleasant.
Mackenzi Harwood and Allie Deao each had six kills. Jolea Burkhart led the team with 10 digs. Paige Palmer had 10 assists.
Week one of the Breakfast Club bowling league is in the books.
On the Edge went undefeated and finshed first. Lucky Charms and Country Gals finished second and third. Sweet Rollers finished fourth.
Jane Adam recorded the highest scratch game with a 206. It was the only score over 200.