At-large bids to the Class 3A boys state meet next week in Charleston were handed out like candy on Halloween. In the end, though, it was Minooka who took the top prize of the Joliet West sectional behind double field-event winner Peter Andreano.
Host Minooka, second a year ago, finished with 96 points at Thursday's Class 3A sectional, with Yorkville runner-up with 84, followed by Naperville North (66.5), Neuqua Valley (62) and Naperville Central (54).
Behind the incomparable Chris Wilson, it was No. 5 Minooka that had the ultimate form of redemption as the Indians won their third invitational in as many weeks with a 98-75 victory over Downstate power Belleville West.
Metea Valley’s Holly Julifs threw the discus an impressive 154 feet, , an improvement of 17-6 inches over her career best set last year. Her winning throw of 41-9 helped Metea Valley finish fifth. Minooka won the team title with 94 points.
With the game tied at 25-25 with just under three minutes to go, Kyle Flanagan stole the ball from a Minooka guard and ran the floor for a go-ahead layup that sent Oak Forest on its way to a 35-27 win in a Class 4A Eisenhower Regional semifinal.
It was a dream day for Minooka’s Zach Segatto, who rolled a 300 in Game 1 and never looked back, finishing with 1,503 pins to take the individual crown by 100 over Bremen’s Russell Deer at the Andrew Sectional.