The Pekin volleyball team had an easy time beating Mid-Illini Conference opponent Canton 25-12, 25-14 Tuesday in Dawson Hawkins Gym.

“It was a good time to get everyone in. The win was a total team effort,” said Dragons coach Yvonne Thompson.

Emma Clark had six kills and three aces for Pekin (11-2-1, 3-0), which stayed undefeated in the conference. Logan Finneran dished out seven assists.

SOCCER BREAKTHROUGH: Long droughts ended Monday for the Pekin boys soccer team.

The Dragons scored their first goals of the season and picked up their first win of the year in an 8-0 drubbing of Peoria Manual at Coal Miners Park.

Pekin goalie Riley Bradshaw made seven saves in recording the shutout.

Here is the scoring summary:

11:31 — Andrew Geier, assisted by Alec Nauman 

16:34 — Alex Rockhold, assisted by Bradley Holeman

23:45 — Ethan Sandoval, assisted by Shayne Alcantara

28:22 — Shayne Alcantara, assisted by Alec Nauman

35:24 — Bradley Holeman, assisted by Shayne Alcantara 

54:06 — Alex Tarter, assisted by Riley Bradshaw 

71:27 — Bradley Holeman, assisted by Alec Nauman 

79:33 — Ethan Sandoval, assisted by Alec Nauman 

Here are the team statistics:

Shots on goal for: Pekin — 18, Manuel — 7

Fouls called against: Pekin — 4, Manuel — 6

Corner kicks for: Pekin — 8, Manuel — 3

Goalie saves for: Manual — 10 (Pedro Rodriguez), Pekin — 7 (Riley Bradshaw)

GOLF FORFEIT: The Pekin girls golf team is down to three players for at least a week, so the Dragons had to forfeit their Mid-Illini Conference match Tuesday against Metamora at Lick Creek.

It takes four players to have a team score in high school golf.

“Metamora is the best team in our conference. It would have been nice to see how we stacked up against them,” said Pekin coach Chris Neville. “None of our girls played consistently, but it’s tough to compete fully when you know you’re not a team.”

Summer Dick (58), Madison Raines (62) and Jaden Rogers (62) played for Pekin (3-4, 2-3). 

Metamora scored 217, led by Haleigh Hassinger’s 49. The Redbirds are 5-0 in the Mid-Illini. 

VOLLEYBALL NOTES: Pekin’s volleyball team picked up the Rockford Jefferson Tournament championship crown Saturday, following a 21-25, 25-18, 15-4 win over Antioch. The Dragons have played in two tournament title matches in as many weekends. ... Morton went 4-1 at the Jacksonville Tournament on Saturday, beating Belleville West 25-16, 29-27 for third place. Brianna Tanner and Amanda Lichtenstein were named to the all-tournament team. ... Reagen Begole is filling up the stat sheet for Coach Tara Ballard’s Metamora squad. The 5-foot-10 senior has 93 kills and 79 digs in 13 matches this season. (GMI)

MINKEL MEDALIST: Mason Minkel played a solid first round and helped lead the Pekin boys golf team to a tie for fourth place in the Craig Dixon Invitational on Friday.

Minkel shot a 3-under-par 69 at Meadowview Golf Course in Mattoon to top the leaderboard after the first round. Saturday’s second round at Mattoon Country Club was postponed to due to wet course conditions so Minkel was medalist and Pekin and Edwardsville ended up tied with 308 team totals in the 32-team field.

Barrington finished in first place with a 296 team total, while Charleston (302) finished second and Normal Community (305) took third. (GMI)

GREAT START: So far, so good for new Washington girls tennis coach Gary Garver this season.

The Panthers are 5-0 on the year and 4-0 in the Mid-Illini Conference, and three of the players are also unbeaten.

“Plus we won the 15-team Springfield Invite tournament,” said Garver, who is in his first year at Washington. “Sierra Sonnemaker at 1, Palmer Whiston at 5 and Alli Schellenberg at 6 are undefeated in singles for the year. Sonnemaker and Whiston at 2 doubles are also undefeated for the year.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with our season so far.” (GMI)

BLACKOUT COMING: Blackout for Easter Seals fundraising football nights begin with three sites on Friday: at Farmington, at Pekin and at Peoria Richwoods. Other Blackout nights are scheduled Sept. 21 at Eureka and Sept. 28 at event founder Elmwood.

Students, parents, teachers, community members and fans are encouraged to purchase a Blackout T-shirt and wear the shirt to the designated Blackout game. The Blackout program helps raise awareness for children living with disabilities, autism, and other special needs. All proceeds benefit Easterseals Central Illinois. (GMI)

RIP: Jim Heid, who served Peoria Catholic schools in various athletic and administrative roles for more than 40 years, died last week. He was 82.

Heid oversaw the early years of Bergan football. He was brought to Bergan after three seasons on the Spalding staff, where Mid-State Eight rival coaches considered him one of the conference’s top aides.

Heid took over as head coach at Bergan in 1965, which marked the Trojans’ second as a varsity program. He coached the football team for 14 seasons and also was the school’s first wrestling coach.

Among his other roles, Heid served a long stint as athletics director at Notre Dame.

Heid was an all-state halfback in his prep days at Spalding and was named to the Peoria Journal Star’s All-City team as a senior in 1953. He went on to play at Marquette and Minnesota, twice lettering as a fullback for the Golden Gophers.

Wright & Salmon Mortuary is handling arrangements. (GMI)

NEW HOME: It didn’t take long for Tony Thomason to find a new coaching home.

The former Dunlap boys basketball coach, who resigned in March, joins Tony Wysinger as an assistant at Illinois Central College.

“I’m just ready to go,” Thomason said. “We’ve been working out for two weeks now. It’s a great group of kids, I’m loving what Coach Wy is doing. He’s given me a lot of responsibilities; given me a lot of power to make some decisions and kind of run some things so I’m loving that.”

Thomason has already worked to improve the program by recruiting former Peoria Quest guard Chaz Sardin to the Cougars program after he spent one year at Neosho Community College in Kansas.

“Somebody reached out to me and said that Sardin was looking to come back and look into different ones, and so I was able to get him on board. He’s with us, and he’ll help us out big time at the point guard position,” Thomason said. “Good start, huh?” (GMI)

SODERSTROM IS THIRD: Noah Neace won the Bridge to Bridge run.

The former Dunlap runner who lives in Normal ran the 4-mile course that crosses the Illinois River twice in 21 minutes, 3 seconds. 

Two-time race winner Guillermo Rolon was second after the Peorian from Mexico crossed the Bob Michel Bridge over to East Peoria, made it through the Levee District, crossed the Cedar Street Bridge and hit the mat in 21:46. 

John Soderstrom (Morton) made it back to the start/finish line at Running Central on Water Street third in 23:23.

John Havenga of Peoria was fourth in 23:36. Derick Colvin of Normal rounded out the top five in 24:26.

Angelina Anliker was the first female to make to back through the Warehouse District to Running Central in 26:37. The former Steamboat Classic 15K champ from Congerville was 11th overall. Pekinite Jayza Riley was second (27:03, 13th overall). (GMI)

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Steve Stein can be reached at stevestein21@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve. GateHouse Media Illinois contributed to this report.