A weekend full of winners
Daily Journal staff report
It was a winning weekend for many of the area athletes and teams which took part in Illinois High School Athletic Association competition.
Postseason events took place in track and field, girls soccer, baseball and softball. Highlights include:
• Rivals Herscher and Bishop McNamara Catholic met on the girls soccer field Saturday, and Tigers’ freshman Jalynn Miner scored the lone goal to secure a 1-0 win and a Manteno Class 1A Sectional championship. Herscher now will meet Rock Island Alleman in the Mendota Supersectional Tuesday night.
On Friday, Bradley-Bourbonnais also claimed a girls soccer title as it won the Normal West Class 3A championship.
• In baseball, Central of Clifton, Cissna Park and Herscher won regional championships in their respective classes. The wins had added significance for Cissna Park coach Darryl Focken, who earned his 400th career win with the victory, and Herscher coach Eric Regez, who saw his program win its 10th straight regional crown.
Either McNamara or Reed-Custer will be a regional winner later today, as they meet for the McNamara regional title at 4:30 p.m.
• In softball, Grant Park, Reed-Custer and Wilmington won regional crowns in their respective classes on Saturday, and Beecher and Peotone did the same on Friday.
• In track and field, seven area athletes and one relay team reached the finals of the girls state meet at Charleston on Saturday. Beecher’s Hailey Janssen had the best overall performance as she finished fourth in the Class 1A 3,200-meter run.
On the boys side, there will be double-digit representation at the state meet this weekend, as numerous athletes advanced past sectionals. The state meet runs Thursday through Saturday in Charleston.
For full details, see Sports, section B.