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McDonell sophomore Julia Verbick led her team to fifth place as she finished first overall at the Loyal/Greenwood/Granton cross country invitational on Tuesday in Loyal.

Verbick finished in 22 minutes, 54.6 seconds, more than 30 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. She ran at a seven-minute, 23-second pace per mile.

Payton Swoboda took 20th and Abby Klimek finished 22nd while Jenna Larson (36th) and Alex Gaier (41st) rounded out the scoring runners for the Macks.

McDonell had a team score of 109. Eau Claire Regis won the meet with a score of 33.

On the boys side, Isaac Bohaty (2nd), Sam Bleskachek (5th) and Zach Ruf (10th) each cracked the top-10 for the Macks as they finished second as a team.

Ben Ruf and Seth Schemenauer took 12th and 13th, respectively, for McDonell.

“The kids ran really well on a super-soft course,” McDonell coach Marty Bushland said.

Altoona won the meet with a team score of 38, just four points ahead of McDonell’s score of 42.

The Macks will take the rest of the week off from competitions before traveling to the Stanley-Boyd invite next Thursday.

Knights take third place in Bruce

At Bruce, Lexi Moussette took 14th and Thia Moreen finished one second behind her teammate in 15th to lead Cornell/Lake Holcombe to third place as a team at the Bruce invitational.

Junior Kayla Vavra took 20th place, followed by Danielle Gygi in 31st and Emily Vavra in 39th.

Sam Peterson led the Knights by taking 61st place in the boys race. The Cornell/Lake Holcombe boys finished seventh as a team.

Chequamegon won the boys team title while Phillips won the girls event.

The Knights will next travel to compete at the Bloomer invitational next Tuesday.

Girls Tennis

Eau Claire Memorial 7, Chi-Hi 0

At Chi-Hi, Katie Govin won three games at No. 1 singles and each of Chi-Hi’s doubles teams won two games, but Eau Claire Memorial swept the Cardinals.

Govin fell to Catherine Lindsay, 2-6, 1-6 at No. 1 singles while the Old Abes swept each of the other three singles flights.

Chi-Hi (6-5, 1-1 Big Rivers Conference) will participate in the Menomonie invitational on Saturday.

Volleyball

Lake Holcombe 3, New Auburn 0

At Lake Holcombe, the Chieftains didn’t waste any time dispatching the Trojans, winning in straight sets, 25-10, 25-4, 25-3.

Courtney Lundmark recorded 11 kills, seven aces and two blocks for Lake Holcombe. Hannah Lee finished with 23 assists while Chase Fronk led the team in digs.

The Chieftains (3-0, 1-0 East Lakeland Conference) will head to Bruce on Thursday to face the Red Raiders.

Cadott drops two at home triangular

At Cadott, the Hornets won a tight first set 27-25 over Gilman but fell in the final two sets 20-25, 13-15. Cadott also lost its match against Elk Mound, 18-25, 17-25.

Alexis Munroe led the Hornets with 12 kills and 20 digs on the night.

The Hornets (2-7) will host another triangular on Thursday.

Colfax 3, Bloomer 0

At Colfax, the Vikings dropped the Blackhawks in straight sets, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20.

Aliya Seibel led the Bloomer with eight kills and added nine digs. Krystina Seibel and Chandler Zwiefelhofer each had 10 digs in the match.

The Blackhawks will travel to Cadott to take part in the Hornets triangular on Thursday.

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