Sports roundup: Sterling girls soccer team beats Manual, finishes 1-1-1 at Orion tourney
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The Sterling High School girls soccer team recorded its second victory of the season on Saturday, a 3-0 decision over Peoria Manual in the Orion Tournament.
Chelsey Asbury, Taylor Pomahatch and Sydney McCaslin scored goals for the Golden Warriors (2-12-2).
Sterling opened the tourney with a 0-0 tie against IVC, then dropped its final game 1-0 to Orion-Sherrard.
Duchesses 0-2 in Freeport: Dixon finished the Freeport Invitational with a pair of losses on Saturday, 7-0 to the host Pretzels and 5-0 to Rockford Lutheran.
The game against Lutheran was contested with seven Dixon underclassmen, with four Freeport freshmen rounding out the squad. Dixon's upperclassmen left after the game against Freeport to get ready for prom.
Sterling wins Lincoln title: The Golden Warriors put on a pair of dominating performances to claim top honors in the Lincoln Tournament.
Sterling, which beat Collinsville and Lincoln on Friday, opened Saturday with a 15-1 demolition of Deerfield. An 11-run seventh inning broke open what had been a competitive game.
Cassidy Gillihan went 3-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs to pace a balanced Sterling attack. Mackenzie Staples, Ashli King, Priscilla Aponte and Gabi Trujillo each drove in two runs. Aponte was the winning pitcher.
The Golden Warriors (22-3) faced Lincoln again in the title game, and came away with an 11-2 win. Karlie Mellott went 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and one RBI to lead the offense. Stephanie Kester tossed five shutout innings to get the win.
Bureau Valley 4, Newman 3: Kyle Rokey allowed one earned run and four hits in seven innings as the Storm edged the Comets in Clinton.
Newman (13-9) scored two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the score at 3-3, only to see Bureau Valley win in the bottom of the inning.
Ryan Olson had two hits and all three of Newman's RBIs.
Skyhawks finish season: Sauk Valley wrapped up its men's tennis season with a seventh-place finish at the 10-team Region IV Tournament In Palos Hills.
The Skyhawks' lone point was scored by No. 2 singles player P.J. Ginn, who opened with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anthony Condic of Illinois Valley. Ginn then fell to Josh Leininger of Moraine Valley 6-2, 6-3.
Moraine Valley (19 points), College of DuPage (15) and Oakton (11) were the top three teams and advance to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament May 14-18 in Plano, Texas.
Cassidy Gillihan, Sterling softball, 3 hits, 3B, 4 RBIs vs. Collinsville
Karlie Mellott, Sterling softball, 4 hits, 2B, 3 runs, RBI vs. Lincoln
Kyle Rokey, BV baseball, complete-game win, 1 ER, 4 H
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