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Wike leads Warriors at UT

Rock Falls’ cross country, volleyball teams finish fourth

Charli Wike won a pair of races to lead the Sterling girls swimming team to a second-place finish in the United Township Sprint Classic on Saturday in East Moline.

The host Panthers won the meet with 456 points, comfortably ahead of the Golden Warriors, who had 282. Rounding out the field were Macomb (180), Morrison (142) and Newman (129).

Wike’s wins were in the 50 breaststroke (32.92 seconds) and 100 IM (1:04.29). Erin McCawley also won a race for Sterling, with a time of 30.88 in the 50 butterfly.

Michaela Busch won two races for Morrison, taking the 50 freestyle (26.49) and 100 free (1:00.1).

Newman’s top finisher was the 100 free foursome of Carly Schaab, Elexia Sanders, Linnea Larson and Alena Jensen. They were second in 59.75.

Cross country

Rockets 4th at Freeport: Makaley Velazquez and Katie Anderson were ninth and 10th, respectively, as Rock Falls finished fourth in the 11-team Freeport Invitational.

The Rockets had 106 points, behind Kaneland (50), Boylan (56) and Freeport (63).

Velazquez covered the 3-mile course in 19:06, followed closely by Anderson in 19:25.

Storm 11th at Elmwood: Helena Amadottir was 46th with a time of 21:52 as Bureau Valley (277) placed 11th among 16 teams at the Elmwood-Brimfield Invitational.

Eureka won the team title with 55 points.

Warriors 24th in Peoria: Maggie McPherson finished 29th with a time of 18:41 as Sterling (662) finished 24th in the 49-team Peoria Central Invititational at Detweiller Park.

Downers Grove South won the team title with 70 points.


Rock Falls fourth at Riverton: Bailey O’Brien’s heroics carried the Rockets to a 3-2 mark Friday and Saturday at the Riverton Invitational.

O’Brien piled up 58 kills, 23 digs, 22 points and 10 aces. Rock Falls (13-11) swept its three pool-play matches, defeating West Central (21-25, 25-22, 16-14), Nokomis (25-15, 22-25, 15-3) and Illini Central (25-19, 25-15).

The Rockets, who were without Bailey Schrader for undisclosed reasons, lost to Pleasant Plains (25-16, 25-21) in the semifinals and to DeKalb (25-21, 25-10) in the third-place match.

Sydney Arickx added 27 service points, 17 kills and nine blocks, while Dallas Clevenger contributed 18 kills and seven blocks. Chelsi Blair dished out 77 assists, and Kaylyn Booker had 35 digs.

Amboy def. Hinckley-Big Rock 20-25, 26-24, 29-27: Hannah McCoy provided eight kills and three blocks, and Sydney Wilhelm put down seven kills to lead the Clippers to the victory in Hinckley.

Elizabeth Ortgiesen and Micaela McCoy added four kills apiece for Amboy (6-9-1). Madeline Ely contributed 22 assists and two aces, while Kaitlyn Liebing (10) and Kennedy Dinges (9) were the leaders in digs.

Steamers 1-2 at Northeast Invite: Fulton tangled with three Iowa teams and won once at the Northeast Tournament in Goose Lake, Iowa.

The Steamers topped Durant 21-14, 21-10, but fell to Camanche 21-18, 21-10 and Davenport Assumption 21-10, 23-21.

Leading the way for Fulton were Betsy Leonard with 13 kills and three blocks, Chelsea Lesniewski with 20 digs, 12 kills and three aces, and Rachel Beiermann with 22 assists, 12 kills, two aces and two blocks.

Faith wins NICC title: Behind league MVP Tressa Schuler, the Falcons improved to 27-1 on the season with a pair of wins at the NICC Tournament in Galena.

Schuler had 22 kills, 19 blocks ands five aces in the tournament, which saw Faith Christian defeat Morningstar 25-11, 25-22 in the semfinals, then Fylton Unity 25-10, 25-10 in the championship.

Annabeth Rozanas added 16 assists, six kills, five digs and three aces, while Hannah Knapp chipped in eight digs and five aces for the Falcons. Sarah Smith joined Schuler on the all-conference first team, while Rozanas and Stacia Hamill were second-team selections.

Faith travels to Sycamore next weekend for the ACSI state tournament.

College volleyball

Skyhawks lose on road: Kalli Scheppers had 13 kills for Sauk Valley in a 25-21, 25-21, 25-22 loss to Waubonsee in Sugar Grove.

Also for the Skyhawks (12-12), Kayla Kurz had seven kills and four block kills, Brianna Correa had 17 digs, and Karly Koch added 23 assists.

College tennis

Skyhawks win at Westwood: Amanda Kent and Kayla Wilson won singles and doubles matches to lead Sauk Valley to a 7-2 victory over the College of DuPage at the Westwood Sports Complex.

Ashley Berogan also won a singles match for SVCC (5-4), which received three forfeits.

Saturday’s stars

Charli Wike, Sterling swimming, won 50 breast and 100 individual medley

Bailey O’Brien, Rock Falls volleyball, 58 kills, 23 digs, 22 points, 10 aces in 5 matches

Makaley Velazquez, Rock Falls cross country, ninth-place finish, 19:06

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