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Four Hawks moving on

The Oregon Hawks sent four runners through to sectionals Saturday at the Class 1A Winnebago Regional at Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve.

Austin Burkhart was the lone Oregon boy to qualify for next weekend, as he placed 24th in 15:50. The Hawks took 10th with 269 points; the top seven teams and five runners not on those teams advanced to the Oregon Sectional next Saturday.

On the girls side, Oregon placed eighth out of 11 teams with 231 points. McCahl Sanders (32nd, 20:01), Kimmie Janke (42nd, 20:35) and Kelci Foss (49th, 21:21.1) all advanced individually.


AFC 3-1 at own invite: After sweeping all three pool-play matches in Ashton, the Raiders lost a three-set semifinal to eventual tournament champion River Ridge.

AFC didn’t lose a set en route to the semifinal berth, but lost 25-17, 20-25, 15-11 to the Wildcats. Lea Koning and Krista Beach were all-tournament selections.

Beach had 25 kills, Lexie Fore spiked 27 kills, and Cassidy Koning stuffed 11 blocks for the Raiders. Katie Sondgeroth had 44 points and 14 aces to go with 33 assists, while Marissa Asbury added 24 points, 12 aces and 20 digs. Lea Koning dished out 26 assists, and Lauren Meurer chipped in 20 digs.

Oregon 5th, Fulton 6th at Stillman: The Hawks beat the Steamers 25-22, 25-17 in the fifth-place match at the Stillman Valley Invite.

Oregon finished the day 4-1, after a 2-1 performance in pool play. The Hawks beat Forreston 27-25, 25-23 in the semifinals of Championship Pool 2. The Steamers also went 2-1 in pool play, then beat Byron 25-20, 25-22 in their semifinal.

Rachael Beiermann had team highs of 27 kills and 47 assists to go with 22 digs and four aces. Betsy Leonard finished with 26 kills and seven stuff blocks, Averi Leitzen had 36 digs and 10 aces, and Chelsea Lesniewski had 24 kills and four aces to go with a team-high 42 digs.

Eastland took 10th place, finishing the tournament 2-3. West Carroll was also 2-3, winning their final two matches after going 0-3 in pool play, to finish in 13th place. Stockton won the tournament title, defeating Lena-Winslow 26-24, 17-25, 25-23 in the championship match.

Oregon’s Delaney Mahoney, Sommer Rhea and Cydney Long were named to the all-tournament team, as was Fulton’s Leitzen and Eastland’s Ronni Miller.

College volleyball

Sauk splits at Lincoln: The Skyhawks beat Kaskaskia 3-2 and fell to host Lincoln 3-0 in a triangular to end the regular season.

Sauk (17-17) defeated Kaskaskia 25-23, 16-25, 25-16, 17-25, 15-9, then pushed Lincoln in a 27-25, 26-24, 25-20 loss.

Kalli Scheppers had 33 kills and 24 digs, while Karly Koch dished 83 assists and Bri Correa finished with 39 digs. Morgan Mammosser, Kayla Kurz and Alyssa Workman each spiked 19 kills for the Skyhawks, who have a week off before the Region IV Tournament begins Nov. 4.

Saturday’s stars

Austin Burkhart, McCahl Sanders, Kimmie Janke & Kelci Foss, Oregon cross country, advanced to Class 1A Oregon Sectional next Saturday

Katie Sondgeroth, AFC volleyball, 33 assists, 44 points, 14 aces

Rachael Beiermann, Fulton volleyball, 27 kills, 47 assists, 22 digs, 4 aces

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