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Roundup: Oregon boys clinch conference with 3-0 victory

Hawks claim BNC title

The Oregon Hawks clinched the Big Northern West boys soccer title Thursday, notching a 3-0 victory over Mendota at Oregon Park West.

Matt Ajvazi scored a goal and dished a pair of assists for the Hawks (15-3-2, 10-0), while Tom McCormick added a goal and an assist, and Jake Adams scored the other goal. Alec Ketter made seven saves in goal.


Sterling def. LaSalle-Peru 25-13, 25-11: Krista Loos had 10 kills, nine digs and three aces, and Kiarra Harris added seven kills and two blocks as the Warriors won on the road.

Jenn Rahn added five kills and four blocks, and McKenna Pearson had 13 digs for Sterling (25-2, 6-0 NIB-12 West).

Streator def. Dixon 25-15, 25-16: Amy Rotella and Lexy Duncan had three kills each, as the Duchesses lost a NIB-12 West match at home.

Also for Dixon (5-14, 1-5), Kari Wolfe had seven digs, and Rachel Gascoigne set for eight assists.

Newman def. Prophetstown 25-14, 23-25, 25-17: Rachel Hageman had 10 kills and two stuff blocks, and Megan Rosengren added six kills as the Comets won a Three Rivers match on the road.

Kayci Howell had 13 points and 11 assists for Newman (15-8, 8-3).

Clare Kramer had six kills and 13 digs for the Prophets (2-12, 1-9), while Claire Milnes spiked seven kills.

Oregon def. Mendota 25-20, 25-19: Devyn Absher ripped 13 kills, stuffed two blocks and served four aces to lead the Hawks to a Big Northern West win at home.

Emy Wright added four kills and 12 digs for Oregon (20-7-1, 5-5).

Milledgeville def. AFC 25-20, 25-20: Emily
Geison’s 10 kills and three blocks led the Missiles to an NUIC East win in Ashton.

Kendra Schave added six kills, and Taylor Grenoble had six digs and three aces for Milledgeville.

Sarah Matson had three kills and five blocks for the Raiders.

Aquin def. Polo 25-4, 25-11: The Marcos dropped an NUIC East decision in Freeport.

Girls tennis

Newman 3, Rochelle 2: The Comets won one singles and two doubles matches in a road win.

Mary Alice Oswalt won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and the No. 3 doubles team of Taryn McKenna and Emily Long won 6-4, 6-0. The No. 1 doubles duo of Anne Vits and Makenzie Sterk won 6-0, 7-5.

Girls swimming

Byron 64, Ottawa 44: Dixon sophomores Kaylyn Rice and Abbey Blackbourn each heavily contributed to the Tigers’ home victory over Ottawa, as the Byron co-op won 11 of the 12 varsity events.

Rice won the 200 IM (2:32.27) and the 100 backstroke (1:10.32) and swam on two winning relays, the 200 medley relay (2:05.96) and the 400 freestyle relay (4:08.42).

Blackbourn won the 100 butterfly (1:15.87) and swam on the 200 medley and 200 freestyle (1:53.19) relays.

Thursday’s stars

Devyn Absher, Oregon volleyball, 13 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks

Emily Geison, Milledgeville volleyball, 10 kills, 3 blocks

Rachel Hageman, Newman volleyball, 10 kills, 2 blocks

Kaylyn Rice, Byron co-op swimming, 2 individual wins, 2 relay wins

Matt Ajvazi, Oregon soccer, goal, 2 assists

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