Prep Sports Notebook: SJO golf, soccer, & volleyball post wins on Tuesday

Cafarelli and Kern medal at IPC golf tournament

St. Joseph-Ogden's Ashten Cafarelli and Jacob Kern were individual medalists at the Illini Prairie Conference golf tournament on Tuesday. Cafarelli shot a 77 for a 5th place overall finish, and Kern turned in his scorecard with 81 strokes to finish 10th.

The Spartan golf team finished in third place by two strokes at Willow Pond with 333 behind Rantoul (332) in second place and conference champions Monticello's 317.

The Spartan six-pack also included Maddux Carter, who finished with 87 strokes and McGwire Atwood with 88. Jack Robertson shot a 105 and James Huisinga rounded out the top-six with 106.

SJO soccer dominates rival Unity

Four players scored goals in St. Joseph-Ogden away soccer match at Unity for a 4-0 Illini Prairie Conference victory.

Despite a solid effort by both teams, Spartans' Jackson Greer punched in the first and only goal on an assist from Collin Thomey in the first half with less than two minutes-15 seconds on the clock.

After the break, SJO came out determined to challenge the Rockets' fitness. After good pushes by both teams, Aiden Cromwell, on a feed from Spenser Wilson, scored. Teammate Ryker Lockhart (assist Logan Mills) extended the Spartans' lead with another goal in the half.

Later with the Spartans up 3-0, sophomore Alex Accosta came in off the bench to score an unassisted strike and put the match out of the Rockets' reach.

The Spartans improve to 8-2-1 on the season.

In the box, Hunter Ketchum fended off six attacks, and Carter Mabry saw action guarding the post making a pair of saves late in the contest.

Momentum shift sinks Rockets

The Unity Rockets were in complete control during the opening set of their home volleyball game against St. Joseph-Ogden on Tuesday. That was until SJO tied the score at 17-all and won eight of the last 11 points for the win, 25-20.

SJO's momentum continued into the second set behind the defensive efforts of junior Addie Roesch, who posted nine digs, and another 10 came from senior Mikyla Haley against Unity.

The Spartans opened the period with an 8-0 run before the Rockets called a timeout to regroup. By the time Unity regained their composure and notched four unanswered points to trail by 13 at 21-8, the hole was too deep to recover. St. Joseph-Ogden closed out the set, 25-10, for the conference win.

Roesch led the team's offensive attack with six kills and two aces. Haley chipped another pair of aces. Meanwhile, Shayne Immke tacked on five kills and contributed another seven digs.

Taylor Hug, who finished with three aces, 14 assists, and seven digs was at the service line for the first eight second-set points for SJO.