ST. CHARLES – The defending Class 4A state volleyball runner-up Minooka Indians kept up its strong run over the weekend, winning the championship at the prestigious St. Charles Scholastic Cup tournament.
The Indians (25-1) went 5-0 in the tourney, beating Bloomington, 25-12, 25-16, Hinsdale Central, 25-14, 25-16, and Edwardsville,, 25-18, 25-19, in pool play, In the Gold Bracket semifinals, Minooka tripped up Naperville Central, 25-12, 25-18, and beat Benet Academy, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, in the championship game.
Minooka’s Allison Papesh was named MVP of the tournament, collecting 58 kills, 29 digs and 10 aces. Teammate Taylor Baranski collected her 1,000th career dig and was also named to the All-Tournament team as she finished with 71 digs and four aces. Also named to the All-Tournament team was Rocky Perinar, with 47 kills, 16 blocks and 38 digs.
Other key contributors for the Indians were Holly Bonde with 24 kills, 22 blocks, 36 digs, and three aces; Zoey Seput with 139 assists, 20 digs and 10 blocks; and Olivia Klank with 20 blocks and 10 kills.
Little Ten Conference Tournament: Newark won the championship, beating Somonauk, 25-22, 25-16, in the title match. Madi Malone had18 kills and 10 digs for the Lady Norse (24-3), while Alyssa Gittins had seven kills. Mattie Chapman added six kills, Meggie Scott had 14 digs and Olivia Nelson delivered 26 assists.
Coal City 27, Sandwich 20 (OT): The Coalers (6-1, 3-1) clinched a playoff spot with the Interstate Eight Large victory. Payton Hutchings scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run in overtime. Connor Skubic ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries.
Class 2A Lemont Sectional: Morris finished ninth in the 12-team sectional with an 18-hole score of 354. Wheaton St. Francis won the title with 296, followed by Lemont (301) and Joliet Catholic Academy (321). The Redskins were led by Eli Davy (86), Matt Dinelli (89), Jack Galloway (89), Jared Lines (90) and Mike Wozny (91). For Coal City, Matt Misewicz shot an 87 while Russell Gomien had an 89.
Class 3A Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional: Minooka’s Nolan King was 15th with a round of 87, while Dylan Pfeiffer finished 17th with a round of 88. Matt Sitar was 20th with 89, and Kevin Phillips shot 94 to finish 25th.
Class 1A Metamora Sectional: Morris’ Kailyn Hoaglund finished 85th with a round of 109. Seneca’s Taylor Vroman was 58th with a round of 101.
Class 3A Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin Sectional: Minooka finished eighth in the 12-team sectional with a score of 385. Kayla Faron and Lauren Goggins each shot 94 for the Indians, while Rachel Kirkolis shot 98 and Anna Tomala and Megan Chippeta both shot 99. Abby Pettigrew added a round of 100.