PV wins district title: Led by singles champion Sriram Sugumaran and doubles champions Nathan Wong and Vincent Gnad, the Pleasant Valley boys tennis team cruised to a Class 2A district title at Clinton on Thursday.
Sugumaran, the MAC No. 1 singles champion, defeated teammate Aditya Subramaniam 6-0, 6-1 in the championship match Thursday. Both will head to the state tournament May 26-27 in Cedar Rapids.
In doubles, Wong and Gnad defeated Nathan Tauke and Alex Ahlrichs of Dubuque Hempstead 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
PV finished with 26 points to win the meet, while Davenport North (14.5) finished second and Hempstead (14) third. The Wildcats will host Hempstead on Saturday in a preliminary substate match.
Assumption wins district title: Davenport Assumption captured its third consecutive Class 1A district championship Thursday in Eldridge.
Powered by singles champion Luke Fennelly and runner-up Jack Thomas, the Knights distanced themselves from runner-up Fort Madison.
The Knights will play in the 1A substate team competition on Saturday, May 20. Fennelly and Thomas qualified for the individual state tournament May 26-27.
Boys track and field
Sabers to state in 6 events: The Central DeWitt boys track and field team won four events and advanced six total to state out of the Class 3A state qualifying meet Thursday at Marion.
Terry Harris led the way for the Sabers, qualifying for state in four events. The senior sprinter won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.06 seconds and finished second in the 200 in 22.77. Harris also was part of the winning 400 relay team (43.80) and the second-place 800 relay (1:32.04).
Will DeHaan won the 800 in a time of 1:58 and also was part of the winning distance medley relay team (3:35.69).
The Sabers finished fourth as a team with 87 points. Dubuque Wahlert won it with 139 points, while Maquoketa was eighth with 27 points.
Knights to state in 3 events: The Assumption boys track team advanced to state in three events Thursday at the state-qualifying meet in Mount Pleasant.
The Knights won the distance medley relay in a time of 3:43.14 and finished second in the 3,200 relay in a time of 8:40.62. Assumption also was second in the 400 relay in a time of 44.42 seconds.
“It feels really nice. It’s a nice weight off my chest," said Jared Grubbs, who ran the third leg of the winning relay. "I felt this was our best chance to qualify and our best chance to do something at state. I felt like we really showed that tonight.”
Assumption finished fifth in the team race with 58.5 points.
Northeast qualifies 7 for state: The Northeast boys track team had seven qualify for state and finished with a meet-best 114 team points at the Class 2A state qualifying meet at Tipton High School. The Rebels' Wyatt Schmidt had a hand in three qualifiers, the distance medley, 800 run and 1,600 run.
Camanche boys had six qualifiers, Wilton had five, North Cedar, Tipton and Wapello each had three and Columbus Junction had two qualifiers.
Girls track and field
Knights dominant at Mount Pleasant: The four-time defending state champion Assumption girls track team appears ready for a run at a fifth title in a row.
Carly King won four events and Joy Ripslinger won three events and finished second to King in the 400 as the Knights rolled to victory at the state-qualifying meet at Mount Pleasant.
“I had a lot of races," King said. "We knew we had to put good ones to go into state with good times. I think we did that.
“Our goals tonight were we wanted to qualify everything, have good spots going into state with lanes and times and just set us up to succeed.”
King won the 100, 200, 400 and was part of the winning sprint medley relay team, while Ripslinger won the 800, 1,500 and 3,000.
Assumption also got wins in the 400 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay, 3,200 relay and distance medley relay. The Knights won the meet with 158 points, while Fairfield was second with 115.
"I'm very happy with our girls," Assumption coach Tim O'Neill said. "We executed 12 races today. We went 12-for-12. Everything we wanted to qualify, we did.
“These kids have put themselves in the position to be there. We always want to be relevant in every race we run in, every event we compete in. That comes with some pressure. The girls do a phenomenal job. They answer the bell every single time that they come to race. They find a way to get things done.”
Alleman qualifies in eight events: The Alleman Pioneers girls track team qualified for the Class 1A state tournament with their performances at the sectional meet at Bureau Valley.
Sophomore Kiah O'Neal qualified in three events, winning the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 9 inches, besting teammate Gabbi Loiz, who had a jump of 5-01. O'Neal also qualified in the 400 dash and 200 dash. Joining O'Neal and Loiz are Alyssa Lauer in the pole vault, Ali Van DeHeede in the discus, Alexandra Cajigal in the 3,200 run and Reagan Bush in the 1,600 run.
Fulton's Chloe Lindeman and Emma Jacobs each qualified in the shot put and discus and the Steamers also had qualifiers in the long jump and triple jump. Riverdale had five state qualifiers, and Wethersfield sent four to state.
Sabers' Campbell wins 800: Central DeWitt's Julia Campbell won the 800 at Thursday's Class 3A state qualifying meet in Marion to earn her spot at next week's state meet in Des Moines.
Campbell ran a 2:21.74 for the 800 win and also contributed to the Sabers' second-place and state-qualifying distance medley relay team (4:16.81).
Maquoketa advanced to state in the 400 meter shuttle hurdle relay, finishing second with a time of 1:06.20.
Dubuque Wahlert won the meet with 160 points, while Central DeWitt was sixth with 66 points and Maquoketa was eighth with 29.
North Cedar qualifies in 10 events: North Cedar's girls track team finished with 10 state qualifiers and 148 team points at the Class 2A state qualifying track meet Thursday at Tipton High School.
Cassie Cox qualified in four events, including the 800 sprint medley relay, 400 dash — along with teammate Grace Proesch — 800 run and 1,600 relay. The Knights also had qualifiers from the 400 shuttle hurdle relay, 200 dash, 400 relay and two from the high jump.
Tipton girls had five qualifiers, Lousia-Muscatine had four, Northeast had three, Wilton, Columbus Junction and Camanche each had two and Wapello had one.
Mercer County wins 1A sectional: The Mercer County girls track team won the Illinois Class 1A Orion Sectional on Thursday with 74 points, edging second-place Orion (70).
The Golden Eagles advanced to state in five events, including a 1-2 finish in the 200 by Kenzie Baker and Catelyn Hofmann.
The Chargers made it to state in four events, with Danielle Taets and Alexandra Mack both advancing in the triple jump, 100 high hurdles and 300 low hurdles.
Rockridge won the 800 relay and advances to state in four events.