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Grant Ames forces OT in Prophets’ win over Ridgewood

Little brother hits big shot

Prophetstown's Carter Ames had 15 points, but his kid brother, Grant, hit the putback that forced overtime in the Prophets' 58-56 win over Ridgewood on Saturday at the ROWVA-Ridgewood tournament.

It was the sophomore's only bucket of the game, and Ethan Howard hit the winner with 30 seconds left in the extra session. Neither team won a period by more than two points, and the Prophets ended their tourney experience with a fourth straight victory.

Devin Johnson scored 13 points for the Prophets (9-3), and Zach Inskeep posted eight points and tied with Howard with a game-high nine rebounds.

West Carroll tournament

Scales Mound 47, West Carroll 44: The Thunder were outscored 41-26 over the final three periods of the fifth-place game on their home floor.

Travis Hartman led West Carroll (3-7) with 14 points, while brothers Josh and Stephen Corte paced Scales Mound (6-3) with 19 and nine points, respectively. The latter scored seven in the fourth quarter.

Fulton 62, Warren 41: The Steamers doubled their win total by nearly tripling up the Warriors in the middle periods of the seventh-place game.

Fulton (2-10) trailed 14-8 after one quarter before outscoring Warren (4-9) 34-13 in the second and third. T.J. Huizenga scored a game-high 13 points for the Steamers, who shot 16-for-22 from the line as a team.

Colmone Classic

Bureau Valley 68, Hall 66: The Storm hit just enough free throws to pull out a victory in the Colmone Classic fifth-place game.

After entering the fourth period with a 53-42 lead over Hall, Bureau Valley hit three of nine free-throw attempts down the stretch to survive.

Frank Gebeck paced the Storm with 19 points, and Parker Neuhalfen added 16. Hall senior Brett Fanning led all scorers with 29, 11 of them coming during the Red Devils' fourth-period rally.

Men's basketball

Sauk Valley 70, DuPage 53: Russ Damhoff was impressed. Not necessarily with his team's shooting, but more so its ability to bounce back from two overtime losses in the same night to win the Highland tournament seventh-place game.

"We had a lot of high hopes going into the tournament, and it's hard to come off a day when you lose two overtime games," Damhoff said Saturday evening. "But I thought our guys did a nice job handling that, and I definitely think we've improved.

"But one more rebound, or one more defensive stop, and we might be playing right now [in the championship], instead playing at 3."

After posting a double-double in both of the Skyhawks' overtime losses Friday night, Daven Ottley led them with 16 points Saturday afternoon. Jalen Riley added 13 points for Sauk (7-5) after pouring in 59 total points Friday.


Oregon 6th at Stillman: Behind the only two local individual champs, the Hawks placed sixth in the 14-team Stillman Valley Tournament.

Oregon's Brandon Sklavanitis won a 6-1 tech fall for the 170-pound title, and teammate Joey Diehl followed that with an 8-4 overtime decision at 182. John Brink (195) and Colby Dace (285) added fourth-place finishes, and Jake Kenney (138) was fifth.

Oregon scored 121.5 points, 7.5 points out of the top five. Mercer County won with 214 points, while Lena-Winslow (211.5), Stillman Valley (177.5), Maine South (160) and Sandwich (133) rounded out the top five. West Carroll placed ninth (74) and Amboy was 13th (31).

The Thunder got a trio of third-place finishes. Zach Hartman took third by pin at 132, Morgan Hartman won a 10-4 decision for third at 145 and Jacob Klein won by pin for third at 182.

Amboy's top finisher was Jason Bontz, who placed fourth at 152.

Boys bowling

Dukes take second: Andrew Hamburg had an 892 total for four games as Dixon took second place in the 18-team Rockford East Invitational. Guilford won the title, and complete results were to be e-mailed to coaches sometime today.

Hamburg rolled games of 249, 240, 183 and 220 for his 892 total. Ryan Dixon (845), Connor Allen (777), Joel Spangler (777), Lucas Bonnette (401, two games) and Brandon Bonnette (336, two games) rounded out the Dukes' lineup.

Dixon was in second place after a four-game total of 4,028, then had a Baker round of 1,212 and remained in second place.

Boys swimming

Warriors take fourth: Sterling took second place in three events on its way to a fourth-place team finish in the 12-team Lopin Relays at Rockford East.

The Warriors amassed 107 points, behind Moline (146), Woodstock (142) and Auburn (117.5).

Taking second for Sterling were Blake Ruiz and Keanu Interone in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.15); Sam Wike, Interone, Keaton Dir and Andrew Blackburn in the 200 medley (1:47.25; and Casey Shook, Ruiz, Brandon Pillars and Jack Hammett in the fresh-soph 200 medley (2:00.96).

Saturday's stars

Jacob Johnston, Erie basketball, 35 points, 121 total in five games at West Carroll tourney

Frank Gebeck, Bureau Valley basketball, 19 points

Carter Ames, Prophetstown, 15 points

Brandon Sklavanitis and Joey Diehl, Oregon wrestling, won individual titles at Stillman tourney

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