It was Anna Sophia Keller’s first time on the state cross country course at Detweiller Park Saturday morning.
A power outage only delayed the St. Anthony standout’s first crack at an IHSA state championship, pushing the race back 30 minutes.
But like every other race Keller has run this year, any side distractions didn’t matter. Keller ran like a seasoned veteran Saturday, winning the Class 1A state championship as a freshman with a time of 16:35.
Comets clinch sectional title, one win from state
This had to be the team, had to be the year Stew-Stras got this far; at least that's what head coach Ronda Schlechte said last year in the aftermath of a season-ending sectional loss to Tri-County.
She said it again Thursday night, only this time with her team passing around an Arcola Sectional championship plaque in the background after beating Arthur-Lovington to win the title.
Bulldogs best Cavaliers for sectional crown
It took a second-set timeout for the St. Anthony Bulldogs to take control of the Class 2A Newton Sectional against Carlinville Thursday.
Stew-Stras advances to sectional title
The Stew-Stras Comets wanted to prove they could beat Tri-County three times in a year, as the Comets did last week against Neoga for the regional championship, and that's exactly what they did at the Class 1a Arcola Sectional on Tuesday.
The Comets swept the Titans in two sets to advance to the sectional championship on Thursday, kick-started by a flawless first set.
Stew-Stras took a commanding lead in the first set, 9-3, controlled the tempo and held an untouched lead until late in the second set. From the first point in the first set, Stew-Stras dominated, winning the match 25-10 and 26-24.
Schultz serves St. A to sectional final
After a first set where the whole team stepped up to win, St. Anthony's second-set efforts turned into a one-woman show at the Class 2A Newton Sectional semifinals.
St. Anthony went on a 16-0 run in the second to go up 20-4 and take complete control against Robinson.
Comets, Bulldogs, Cougars set for sectionals
Stew-Stras head coach Ronda Schlechte was impressed by Tri-County’s defense after losing to them during sectionals last season, but this year is different – now, the Comets’ defense is getting rave reviews.
Freshman frontrunner: Keller wins at sectionals
Coming into the final turn of the Class 1A Dectaur St. Teresa Sectional, there wasn’t another runner in sight behind St. Anthony freshman Anna Sophia Keller.
Still, with the race well in hand over the final stretch, Keller turned on the speed and sprinted toward the finish line, adding precious seconds to her first-place time.
Three Bombers make All-EIC team
Three of Brownstown/St. Elmo's players earned a place on the all-conference team. Levi Maxey, Jacob Behrends and Dalton Parks all earned honors.
Bulldogs, Cougars win regional titles
St. Anthony dominates Shelbyville
St. Anthony won the regional title on Thursday in straight sets, beating Shelbyville, 25-18 and 25-10, to advance to Tuesday's sectional semifinal against Robinson, in Newton.
Pair of big runs end Indians' season
For nearly 60 points Thursday night, the Altamont Indians and Edwardsville Metro East Lutheran Knights played about as even of a volleyball match as could be expected.
Those middle points were bookended by two big Metro East runs, powering the Knights to a 25-17, 25-15 win to end Altamont's season.
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