Dixon’s doubles team of Hayley Kent and Jessica VanOosten placed fourth Saturday at the Rock Island Sectional, securing a state tournament berth.
After winning their two matches Friday, Kent and VanOosten lost 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals to eventual sectional champions Alyssa Ray and Molly McPherson of Moline. The duo then lost 6-3, 6-4 to Lauren Hogan and Sarah Van Hoe of Alleman in the third-place match.
Kent and VanOosten will travel to the suburbs for the state tournament beginning Thursday.
Boys cross country
Newman 2nd in Peoria: Every Comet ran a personal best en route to a close runner-up finish at the 34-team Patriot Invitational at Detweiller Park.
Bryson Reyes placed eighth in 15:40.6, 24 seconds. Drew Rosengren, coming off a recent illness, took 11th in 15:49.1, and Chris Ahlers was right behind him in 12th (15:52.9).
Bureau Valley was sixth with 258 points, led by Daniel Trone (35th, 16:29.2) and Ryan Taylor (37th, 16:31.0). Erie-Prophetstown took 12th (404 points), as Lucas White placed 44th (16:38.7). Amboy finished 32nd, led by Ben Hosto (90th, 17:32.3).
Rockets 7th at BNC Meet: Rock Falls’ Brayden Hamblen and Seth Williams were the only locals to earn top-10 finishes at the Big Northern Conference Meet in Kingston.
Hamblen was fifth in 15:36, with Williams on his heels in seventh (15:36.9). Cayden Erickson added a 27th-place finish in 16:34 as the Rockets scored 142 points, 83 behind winner Winnebago.
Austin Burkhart’s 32nd-place finish in 16:49.3 paced Oregon, which took 11th with 329 points.
Girls cross country
Amboy’s Grady 4th in Peoria: Megan Grady placed fourth with a time of 18:31.9 in the 27-team Patriot Invite at Detweiller Park. Amboy was 10th with 308 points.
Erie-Prophetstown was the top local team, placing eighth with 292 points. Corrie Reiley took 12th in 18:58.9. Bureau Valley also fielded a full team, finishing 16th (402). The Storm were led by Helena Arnadottir (81st, 21:04) and Katelin Johnson (82nd, 21:06.5).
Newman got personal bests from two of its three runners. Haley Simpson was 22nd in 19:17, while Teagan McKenna placed 39th in 19:50.6.
Rock Falls 7th at BNC Meet: Katie Anderson and Makaley Velazquez finished just outside the top 10 as the Rockets (162 points) finished 121 points behind winner Marengo at the Big Northern Conference Meet in Kingston.
Anderson was 11th in 19:04, just ahead of the 12th-place Velazquez (19:09).
Oregon placed 10th with 312 points, led by McCahl Sanders (52nd, 21:58) and Kimmie Janke (53rd, 21:59).
Eastland takes own tournament title: Led by all-tournament selection Mackenzie “Bubby” Doubler, the Cougars won the second annual Linda Ludwig Memorial Tournament in Lanark.
Erie placed fifth, Milledgeville was seventh, Newman (17-13) took eighth and AFC placed 11th. The Cardinals’ Mary Chapman, the Missiles’ Kendra Schave, the Comets’ Sara Nysather, and the Raiders’ Cassidy Koning joined Doubler on the all-tournament team.
Koning had 15 kills and 25 digs for AFC (9-17), while Lexie Fore slammed 24 kills and Emily Mairs stuffed five blocks. Kayla Colwell had 28 digs, and Katie Sondgeroth dished 27 assists as the Raiders finished 0-4.
Nysather racked up 47 digs for Newman, which got 37 total kills from Aubree Schmitt and 51 assists from Kayci Howell.
Prophetstown 2nd at Sherrard: The Prophets placed three girls on the all-tournament team en route to a 4-1 record at the 10-team Sherrard Invite.
Clare Kramer (19 kills, 29 digs), Claire Milnes (21 kills, 11 blocks), and Kate Fringer (59 assists) led the Prophets (10-16), who went 4-0 in pool play before falling to Prairie Central in the title match.
Morrison finished 3-2, winning its final three matches. Lakin Goodman had 26 kills as an all-tournament selection, while Chelsea Eads added 18 kills and 34 digs. Adrienne Banks spiked 15 kills and Brooke Ryan set 50 assists as the Fillies (13-17) played quite a few non-starters throughout the day.
Fulton 4th in Mendota: Betsy Leonard’s 39 kills, 15 blocks and 12 aces led Fulton to an 0-2-3 record.
Fulton split all three pool-play games, then dropped both bracket matches after winning the first set. Rachael Beiermann had 31 kills and 55 assists.
College cross country
Skyhawks host Sauk Valley Invite: The Sauk men were fourth out of five teams and the women placed third out of three full squads at their own meet.
Josh Green led the Skyhawk men, taking 17th in 31:59. Aubree Johnson’s 11th-place finish in 21:40 led the women.
Hayley Kent & Jessica VanOosten, Dixon tennis, 4th at Rock Island Sectional to earn state berth
Megan Grady, Amboy cross country, 4th at 27-team Patriot Invite in Peoria
Brayden Hamblen, RF cross country, 5th at BNC Meet
Bryson Reyes, Newman cross country, 8th at 34-team Patriot Invite in Peoria
Betsy Leonard, Fulton volleyball, 39 kills, 15 blocks, 12 aces at Mendota Tournament
Lakin Goodman, Morrison volleyball, 26 kills at Sherrard Tournament
Claire Milnes, Prophetstown volleyball, 21 kills, 11 blocks at Sherrard Tournament
Sara Nysather, Newman volleyball, 47 digs in Linda Ludwig Memorial Tournament