25 Sports High School Saturday - October 28, 2023

Published: Oct. 28, 2023 at 10:48 PM CDT
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(25News Now) - Saturday was Day 2 of the opening round of the high school football playoffs across Central Illinois. In Class 6A, Normal West scored a 37-6 win over Chicago Simeon. They’ll travel to defending state champion East St. Louis in round 2.

In Class 5A, Morton battled to the very end but fell 21-14 to 10-time state champion New Lenox Providence Catholic. Elsewhere in 5A, Metamora beat Decatur MacArthur 36-14. The Redbirds are set to travel to visit Highland in the second round.

In Class 2A, Tri-Valley beat Heart of Illinois Conference rival El Paso-Gridley 24-0. They will host state power Wilmington in the second round next week. Elsewhere in 2A, Bloomington Central Catholic moved to 10-0 on the season with a 47-0 win over Mendon Unity. The Saints will host Farmington in the second round as the Farmers beat Bismarck-Henning 28-23.

In Class 3A, Olympia held on to beat Litchfield 20-17. The Spartans will head to unbeaten Greenville in the second round. Meanwhile, Prairie Central went on the road and beat Chicago North Lawndale 48-6. The Hawks will host Lombard Montini next week.

In Class 1A, LeRoy topped Villa Grove 45-14. The Panthers will visit Belleville Althoff Catholic in the second round. Meanwhile, Heyworth and Dee-Mack both had their seasons come to an end in losses.

In high school soccer, Peoria Notre Dame won their 23rd sectional title in program history with a 2-1 win over Dunlap. The Irish advance to Tuesday’s Lewis University Super-Sectional where they’ll take on Chicago Brother Rice.

In Class 1A, Peoria Christian is headed to the state finals. The Chargers beat Johnsburg 4-1 to win the IVC Super-Sectional. They now move on to Thursday’s state semifinals against Winnetka North Shore Country Day. They’ll be joined in the state semis by Normal U-High. The Pioneers topped host Herscher 3-0 to win a Super-Sectional title. U-High is set to take on Columbia in the other state semifinal Thursday at Hoffman Estates.

In cross country, the Eureka boys and girls and the Morton boys and Washington girls all won sectional titles on Saturday.

In big track and field news, Normal Community superstar Ali Ince announced her commitment to run cross country and track at the University of Oregon.