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Sterling freshman’s hot streak continues against Streator

Tony Diaz's hat trick staked Sterling to a 3-0 halftime lead, and Carlos Gallardo added a second-half goal in the Golden Warriors' 4-1 victory Tuesday over Streator at Sterling Chevrolet Field at Roscoe Eades Stadium.

Gallardo assisted on two of Diaz's goals as Sterling improved to 4-1-3 by winning its NIB-12 West opener. The hat trick gave Diaz seven goals in the first 2 days this week.

Geneseo 2, Dixon 0: Dukes coach Mahmoud Etemadi called Brandon Jagitsch's 10-save performance "outstanding" in Dixon's Northern Illinois Big 12 West opener.

Midfielder and captain Scott Heath also stood out for the short-handed Dukes (0-7-1, 0-1 NIB-12 West), who are relying on many underclassmen, but held Geneseo scoreless for almost 60 minutes after allowing a goal in just the second minute.

Faith Christian 2, Quad City Christian 0: Andrew Robertson and Ben Bierdeman each scored goals for the Falcons in a road victory over Quad Cities Christian.

Mike DiGrazia added an assist for Faith Christian (1-1-1). Austin Slagter was the goalie.

Boys cross country

Dixon 24, UT 32: The Dukes' depth was too much for the Panthers in a dual at East Moline.

UT took two of the top 3 places, including winner Austin Webster (15:21.65), but runner-up Simon Thorpe (15:43.65) led a quintet of Dixon runners who finished in the top seven. Cody Sondgeroth (16:16.37) and Austin Trevino (16:41.71) rounded out the top 5.

Girls cross country

Dixon 15, UT 50: The Duchesses claimed the top eight spots in a dual at East Moline, led by Claire Thorpe's winning time of 20:18.06.

Also contributing to Dixon's minimum score were Katie Pitman (20:18.31), Mekenzie Harden (20:18.52), Courtney Seagren (20:32.06) and Ally Stanchfield (21:04.68).

Girls swimming

Peoria Notre Dame 79, Sterling 75: The Golden Warriors won five events, but were edged out in the team standings in a dual meet at the Duis Center.

Charli Wike was part of three event wins. She won the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 17.90 seconds, and the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.56. Wike also teamed with Emily McDonald, Avery Edwards and Erin McCawley to win the 400 relay in 4:11.01.

McDonald also won the 100 freestyle in 1:02.12.

Edwards anchored the winning 200 relay team that included Jordan Totten, Indie Ackland and Elizabeth Cook. The team's time was 2:08.06.

Ottawa 69, Newman 22: Comets Carly Schaab and Alena Jensen each swam to a pair of runner-up finishes in a dual meet in Ottawa.

Schaab took second in the 160-yard IM (2:20.86) and 500-yard freestyle (7:14.66), while Jensen was runner-up in the 60-yard freestyle (34.65 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (1:03.54). Elexia Sanders added a second place in the 200-yard freestyle (2:44.18), and Linnea Larson took second in the 100-yard backstroke (1:23.25).

Girls tennis

Newman 8, Kewanee 1: Mary Alice Oswalt, Christina Long, Emily Long, Chantel Ordean and Rachel Heiderscheit each won singles and doubles matches as the Comets topped the Boilermakers in Kewanee.

Tuesday's stars

Tony Diaz, Sterling, 3 goals

Charli Wike, Sterling swimming, won 100 breaststroke, 200 IM and on winning 400 relay team

Brandon Jagitsch, Dixon soccer, 10 saves

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