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Warriors play well in Rockford

Sterling second at Jefferson Invite

The Sterling Golden Warriors took second place at the Jefferson Invite on Saturday in Rockford, winning their first four matches before falling to Wheaton Academy 25-16, 25-23 in the title match.

Sterling (12-1) lost just one set in its first four matches, dispatching Jefferson, Auburn and Rockford Christian in straight sets before beating Pearl City in a three-set battle prior to the final.

Kiarra Harris spiked 47 kills, stuffed 18 blocks and served nine aces on the day for the Warriors, while freshman Kaylee Martin added 45 kills and 11 aces. Taylor Hendrix (12 blocks) and Brooke Williams (11 blocks) led the defense at the net, while Jaymee Trancoso (32 digs) paced the back-row D. Darien Bardoner dished 61 assists, while Jordan Koett set for 42.

Erie 2nd in Geneseo: The Cardinals finished 4-1 at the Geneseo Invite, led by Savannah Mettler's 36 kills and Courtney Cobert's 38 digs.

Erie beat Hall and Peoria Central in two sets, then handled Geneseo and Galena in three sets. The lone loss was in two sets to Rock Island.

Rachel Cobert and Peyton Rus also played well at the net, and Mary Chapman finished with 62 assists. Rus and Courtney Cobert were named to the all-tournament team.

Amboy 2nd, AFC 7th at LaMoille: Behind all-tournament selection Hannah McCoy, the Clippers (3-5-1) advanced to the title match before falling to the host Lions.

The Raiders went 1-2-1 and missed out on a spot in the championship bracket due to point differential.

Lexie Fore spiked 13 kills, Kayla Colwell had 16 digs, Katie Sondgeroth set for 20 assists, and Cassidy Koning stuffed 15 blocks for AFC (5-2).

E. Dubuque def. Polo 25-17, 27-25: Alli Reeder had six kills for the Marcos in a home loss to the Warriors.

Also for Polo, Kennedi Palmer had four aces, while Hannah Grobe added four assists and two aces.

Faith Christian def. Paw Paw 25-16, 25-18: The Falcons used a balanced attack to get a relatively easy road win Friday night.

Sarah Smith had eight kills, 11 digs and two aces for Faith, while Hannah Best had three kills, 11 assists, 10 digs and two aces. Stacia Hamill chipped in two kills, two digs, an ace and six assists.

Girls cross country

Duchesses 9th at Peoria: Katie Pitman finished 24th overall with a time of 18:49 to lead Dixon to ninth-place in the First to the Finish Invitational at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

The Duchesses had 319 points. Yorkville won with 98.

Sterling finished 22nd in a 51-team field with 588 points. The Golden Warriors had the area's top finisher in Megan Barnhart, 21st in 18:44.

In Class 1A, Erie-Prophetstown finished 25th with 633 points, while Oregon was 44th with 1,207 in a 48-team field. Monticello won with 77.

The top local finisher was E-P's Corrie Reiley, 42nd in 19:27.

Rock Falls 3rd at Princeton: The Rockets placed three runners in the top 15 to finish behind only Annawan-Wethersfield (45 points) and LaSalle-Peru (81 points) at the 18-team Princeton Invite.

Makaley Velazquez was seventh (19:46), Katie Anderson was eighth (19:53) and Bailee Smith was 15th (20:43) for Rock Falls, which scored 102 points.

Amboy's Megan Grady was the top local finisher, placing fifth in 19:31. The Clippers were seventh as a team (212 points).

Newman's Haley Simpson was ninth in 20:02, but the Comets didn't field a full team. Regan Weidner led Bureau Valley (215) to eighth place with a 14th-place finish in 20:38.

Erie-Prophetstown was 15th with 370 points, but the Panthers' top runners competed in Peoria. Mikayla Bolton's 61st-place finish (23:17) paced EP.

Girls golf

Eastland 2nd at Stillman: Karissa and Kori Freidag were the lone locals to break 100 at the Stillman Valley Invite, leading the Cougars to second place in the 14-team event.

Karissa shot 97 and Kori fired 98 for Eastland, which scored a 410 to earn a runner-up finish to Byron (398). Erie was sixth with 441, led by Katlyn Weber's 100 and Morgan Newton's 103. Prophetstown placed 13th with a 506, as Taylor Kelly shot a 119 and Abbey Baker carded a 120.

Girls tennis

Dixon 6th in Rockford: Katie Hammitt's third-place finish at No. 2 singles led the Duchesses in the nine-team Auburn Invite.

Hammitt defeated Bartlett's Kiera Thielen 6-5, 6-4 in the third-place match to score seven of Dixon's 21 points. Boylan won with 39; Bartlett was second with 36.

The Duchesses got sixth-place finishes from Hayley Kent and Jessica VanOosten at No. 1 doubles, and Joan Bratt and Rachel Turffs at No. 3 doubles. Jenna Longan was seventh at No. 1 singles, as were Maribeth Johnson and Stephanie Tressel at No. 2 doubles.

Girls swimming

Sterling 8th in Rock Island: The Golden Warriors led the local contingent at the Rock Island Relays with 71 points, good for eighth place at the 12-team event.

Morrison was 10th with 42 points, and Newman was 12th with 37. Pleasant Valley (Iowa) won with 200 points, 13 more than runner-up Dunlap, after taking nine of the 12 events.

Charli Wike and Emily McDonald teamed for Sterling's best finishes. They took third in the 2x100 freestyle (1:59.94) and fourth in the 2x100 breaststroke (2:37.74).

Morrison's best finishes were a pair of sevenths. Amber Vegter and Michaela Busch did it in the 2x100 butterly (2:33.67), then that duo teamed with Emily Wallander and Michelle Nafziger to match it in the 200 freestyle relay (2:02.39).

The Comets got a pair of eighths. Amy Ryan and Carly Schaab placed there in the 2x200 freestyle (5:38.57), then Schaab and Alena Jensen matched it in the 2x100 freestyle (2:18.21).

College volleyball

Skyhawks 2-2 in Kankakee: Sauk Valley's two losses at the Kankakee tournament both came against top-four teams in the NJCAA Division II poll.

The Skyhawks beat Rock Valley in straight sets to open play, then closed it with a five-set win over Kankakee. In between, they lost a pair of three-setters to fourth-ranked Muskegan, Mich., and Parkland.

Kalli Scheppers was an all-tournament selection with 47 kills, while Kayla Kurz added 30 kills and five blocks, and Kristyn Kasner had 22 kills and six blocks. Morgan Mammosser recorded 61 digs, Brianna Correa added 30 digs, and Karly Koch dished 114 assists.

Saturday's stars

Kiarra Harris, Sterling volleyball, 47 kills, 18 blocks, 9 aces in Jefferson tournament

Savannah Mettler, Erie volleyball, 36 kills in Geneseo tournament

Megan Grady, Amboy cross country, 5th in 18-team Princeton Invite

Katie Hammit, Dixon tennis, 3rd at No. 2 singles at Auburn Invite

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