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Staunton and Bunker Hill eighth grade volleyball teams state bound

One week after its seventh graders had advanced to state, the Bunker Hill Wolf Ridge volleyball team pulled off the same feat at the eighth grade level. The Minutemaids will face Mt. Pulaski in the IESA Class 2A quarterfinals at Auburn Mar. 15. Photo courtesy of the Bunker Hill CUSD #8 Facebook page.

 

The Staunton Junior High School volleyball team has had accomplishments aplenty, including a fourth place finish by its seventh graders at the IESA Class 3A state tournament. One week later, their eighth graders followed suit and advanced to state. Photo courtesy of the Staunton Elementary/Jr. High School Facebook page.

 

By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Reporter

The endless success keeps on flowing in the communities of Staunton and Bunker Hill for middle school volleyball.

One week after the Terriers and Minutemaids both advanced to state at the seventh grade level, the eighth graders followed in their footsteps.

Staunton dominated Southwestern 25-13, 25-6 and Greenville 25-6, 25-13 to get to sectionals, then beat Macon Meridian on enemy ground to reach the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 3A Elite Eight.

Bunker Hill pummeled East Alton 25-13, 25-8, then pushed past rival Mt. Olive in a three-set regional final, 25-18, 23-25, 25-11. The Minutemaids were also faced with a daunting road test in the sectional final but passed the flying colors and overcame Liberty with a state berth on the line.

Staunton, 23-1, battles Peru Parkside (21-2) in the 3A quarterfinals at Pana Fri., Mar. 15. Game time is 5:45 p.m. If the Terriers win, they play either Manteno (24-1) or Beecher (14-9) the next day at 11 a.m. The winner of that game advances to the state final at 3:15 p.m. The loser plays for third place at 2 p.m.

Bunker Hill Wolf Ridge, 14-2, will look to repeat history against Mt. Pulaski (17-9) in the quarterfinals after the seventh grade Minutemaids beat them in that same round en route to a state title. Game time is 4:30 p.m. at Auburn High School Fri., Mar. 15. The semifinals begin at 11 a.m. Sat., Mar. 16, followed by the third place match at 2 p.m. and the championship at 3:15 p.m.

Other eighth grade action

In other action, all other eighth grade county teams bowed out in regional play.

Gillespie entered the Staunton regional as a No. 2 seed but had its season cut short by No. 3 Greenville in the semis. The Indians beat Roxana, 25-22, 25-16, then lost to the Blue Jays, 22-25, 22-25.

North Mac was eliminated from its home regional by Hillsboro. The Panthers made easy work of Vandalia, 25-9, 25-8, but ran out of gas against the Hiltoppers, losing 24-26, 14-25. In the upper sector of the Girard bracket, bottom-seeded Carlinville fell against No. 1 Macon Meridian, 15-25, 14-25.