RANTOUL — The Mount Zion boys track team had a big night at the Class 2A Rantoul Sectional, sending eight events to next weekend's state track meet.
"That's the most we've had in awhile at Mount Zion," Braves coach Patrick Etherton said. "They ran with a lot of heart and determination."
The Braves' 4x100 relay team ran one of the fastest times in the state, and the 4x800 team set a school record. Also, Skylar Bennett topped his previous best in the long jump by two feet to qualify for state.
"Our kids really stepped up and competed well in one of the toughest sectionals in the state," Etherton said. "They really battled."
Also at Rantoul, MacArthur's Ronald Reed won the 100 and 200, and the Generals 4x100 and 4x200 relays also advanced to state.
Complete results from the Rantoul Sectional weren't available at press time.
St. Teresa 10, Mount Pulaski 8
DECATUR — St. Teresa bounced back from a huge early hole to advance to the regional finals of the Class 2A Decatur (St. Teresa) Regional.
The Bulldogs (11-17) trailed 6-0 after two innings, but a four-run third brought the Bulldogs back in it, and a five-run fourth gave them the lead.
"We battled through adversity," St. Teresa coach JD Arnold said. "We swung the bat well, put the ball into play and made plays behind our pitcher. We ended innings when they needed to be ended — we didn't let them extend the innings."
The Bulldogs, who will face LSA on Saturday in the finals, were led by Jack Hogan with a triple and two RBIs.
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Argenta-Oreana 6, Central A&M 0
MACON — Argenta's Kyle Rigsby dominated, but the Bombers didn't put the game away until the bottom of the sixth against A&M starter Brian Hardimon.
The Bombers (11-9) scored four in their final at-bat to stretch a two-run lead to six, and Rigsby did the rest. Argenta advanced to play Okaw Valley in Saturday's Class 1A Macon (Meridian) Regional final.
Rigsby struck out 15 and allowed just two hits.
"(Kyle) pitched a heck of a game," Argenta coach Tom Saunches said. "We can expect a win when we get an effort like that on the mound.
"Their guy (Hardimon) pitched really well for six innings. He kind of ran out of gas, but it took a while for us to get adjusted to the speed he was throwing. We did a good job hanging with him and getting to him late in the game."
Mount Zion 2, Pontiac 1
MOUNT ZION — A walk-off single by Braden Highly in the bottom of the eighth gave the Braves their 22nd win this season.
Mount Zion (22-3) trailed 1-0 until tying the game in the bottom of the fifth, then winning it in the eighth.
"I can't be more proud of the resiliency our team showed," Mount Zion coach Matt Smith said. "It's what I think makes our team special. Sometimes things just don't go your way during the game, and you just keep grinding. That's what we do well."
For the Braves, Jonah Smith was 2-for-3 with an RBI.