Sterling tennis players Temo Barron and Cody Woodyatt placed second at No. 2 doubles for the top area finish at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Tournament in Rochelle.
Barron and Woodyatt won two matches before falling to a Yorkville duo in the finals.
The top finishers for Dixon were Matthew Kerr, who took third at No. 2 singles, and Kurt Gale and Romulo Lobo, fourth at No. 1 doubles.
The Dukes finished seventh in the conference with 26 points – 22 from the tournamernt and four from regular-season duals. Sterling wound up eighth with 25 points – 19 from the tourney and six from duals.
Yorkville (61), Geneseo (51), DeKalb (48), LaSalle-Peru (43) and Ottawa (40) claimed the top five spots in the league.
Newman 7th at Mendota: Connor Knack’s third-place finish was tops for the Comets, who placed seventh in the eight-team Mendota Invite. Pontiac won the team title.
Knack was third at No. 2 singles. Newman got sixth-place finishes from both doubles teams, J.P. Neisewander and Andrew Schmitt at No. 1,
and Lucas Teveer and Ryan Schaab at No. 2. Alex Morgan was seventh at No. 1 singles.
Morris 12, Dixon 1, 5 inn.: Ryan Dixon’s RBI double in the bottom of the fifth was the lone hit for the Dukes in a run-rule loss to the Redskins at
Veterans Memorial Field.
Cal Jarrett (1-4) allowed eight runs (four earned), four hits and three walks in three innings in the loss for Dixon (8-20).
Oregon 9, Harvard 8: Tyler Blume homered and drove in three runs for the Hawks in a win over the visiting Hornets.
Sawyer Reynolds and Matt Murray each drove in two runs for Oregon (10-14, 5-7 Big Northern West). Dan Grimm was the winning pitcher.
Comets drop two in Ottawa: Newman dropped a pair of games at the Ottawa Marquette Invitational, 13-2 against Hall and 11-1 against Marquette.
Colin McGinn had two hits in each game for the Comets. Trevor Bolin had two hits and two RBIs in the first game.
Princeton 4, Amboy 1:
Tyson Powers took a tough-luck loss in a nonconference road game.
The senior struck out five in five innings for Amboy (12-16), but three of the four runs he allowed were unearned. Princeton improved to 12-9.
Dakota 6, Forreston-Polo 5: The Indians scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a win over the Cardinals in Dakota.
Five walks and an error by Forreston-Polo allowed the Indians to score three times without a hit. Sam Vincer had two hits and drove in a run for the Cardinals.
Raiders swept on road: AFC ventured to Freeport and dropped two games to Aquin, 14-3 and 6-5.
The Raiders (7-10, 5-9 NUIC East) had their troubles in the field with 12 errors, seven of them in the first game. Matt Gendusa took the loss in the opener, but only three of the 12 runs he allowed were earned.
Paul Rod and Andrew LeFevre both had two hits in the second game. Troy Mairs got the loss, allowing an unearned run in the top of the seventh.