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Dukes impressive in opener

Short-handed Newman boys win; Rock Falls loses

Kyle LeBlanc scored 15 points, Cal Jarrett 14 and Laron Carr 12 to lead the Dixon boys basketball team to a dominating season-opening 61-28 win over Sherrard at the Orion tournament.

Dixon coach Jason Mead sang the praises of 6-foot-7 sophomore Isaiah Roby, saying he dominated defensively, blocking numerous shots and grabbing countless rebounds.

The Dukes led 9-5 after one quarter, 23-9 at the half and 41-18 after three quarters.

Newman 48, Rockford Christian 35: John Payan scored 23 points and Noah McCarty 18 to lead the short-handed Comets to victory at the Oregon tournament.

Newman is missing 10 of its 15 varsity players due to the football team reaching the state championship. The Comets trailed 9-8 after one quarter but led 22-13 at the half and 39-27 after three quarters.

Oregon 76, West Carroll 56: Skylar Short and Matt Murray each tossed in 18 points as the Hawks beat the Thunder in the Oregon tourney.

Trevor Jones paced West Carroll with 14 points, while Jordan Bracero and Travis Hartman added 13 each.

Bureau Valley 73, Annawan 60: Parker Neuhalfen poured in a game-high 30 points to lead the Storm to victory at the Wethersfield tournament.

Tommy Johnston added 17 points and Josh Mead 12 for BV, which led 24-19 after one quarter, 40-33 at the half and 56-47 through three quarters.

Polo 80, Kirkland-Hiawatha 29: Matthew Handel paced a balanced atttack with 14 points as the Marcos rolled over the Hawks at the AFC tourney.

Brian Cavanaugh finished with 13 points, Zach Quaco had 12 and AJ Dollmeyer added 10.

Allen Letterer led Kirkland with eight points.

AFC 57, Amboy 46: Troy Mairs poured in 19 points and Bret Gittleson added 16 as the Raiders topped the Clippers at the AFC tourney.

Damon Quest led Amboy with 14 points, and Skylar Wheeler added 11.

Fulton 60, Orion 57: Zach Barber and Matt Dail scored 20 points apiece to lead the Steamers past the Chargers at the Orion tournament.

Dail drained five of Fulton's nine 3-pointers. The Steamers led 12-11 after one quarter, 28-27 at the half and 51-43 after three quarters.

Genoa-Kingston 50, Morrison 36: The Mustangs led 12-11 after the first quarter before the Cogs took charge at the Oregon tourney.

Scott Ferry led Morrison with nine points. Genoa-Kingston's Tommy Lucca poured in 26 points.

Rockridge 82, Rock Falls 53: Austin Donoho scored 18 points and Daegan Wharff 14 for Rock Falls, which could not keep up with Rockridge at the Geneseo tournament.

University of Wisconsin recruit Ethan Happ poured in 32 points to lead Rockridge, which also got 27 points from Bryan Heath.

Rockridge led 19-14 after one quarter, 40-25 at the half and 61-39 after three quarters.

Mercer County 37, Erie 27: Koby Kuhnen's eight points led the Cardinals in their season-opening loss at the Orion tournament.

Mercer County led 9-4 after one quarter, 22-12 at the half and 26-22 after three quarters.

Knoxville 53, Prophetstown 34: The Prophets led 11-1 after one quarter but were outscored 52-23 the rest of the way at the Ridgewood tournament

Grant Ames led Prophetstown with 10 points. The Prophetst led 25-18 at the half but fell behind 38-29 after three quarters.

Fulton Unity Christian 76, Faith Christian 36: The Knights cruised past the Falcons at the Unity tournament.

Issac Schuler's 10-point, 13-rebound performance led Faith, which also got nine points from Zach Lessman and eight from Ben Bierdeman, who grabbed 12 rebounds as well.

Girls basketball

Bureau Valley 45, Henry-Senachwine 44: The Storm surged to another win, getting 11 points from Carlie Bickett and 10 from Nicole Bornsheuer at Henry.

Darcy Kepner added nine points for BV, which trailed 16-14 after one quarter, led 28-24 at the half and trailed 35-33 after three quarters.

Eastland 74, Winnebago 23: Lexis Macomber scored 14 points, Hannah Hake 13 and Breah Bookman 11 as the Cougars rolled past the Indians at the Forreston tournament.

Megan Janssen added nine points and Miranda Grisham eight for Eastland, which led 19-5 after one quarter, 41-10 at the half and 58-17 after three quarters.

Faith 3rd at own tournament: The Falcons placed third over the weekend at the seven-team Zetterberg Tournament in Grand Detour, defeating Morningstar in the third-place game.

Sarah Smith led Faith in scoring in each of its three games, while coach Mara Cavanaugh was pleased with how everybody else on the team contributed significantly.

Granger Christian won the title over Cornerstone.


Marcos take two: Polo opened its season with a pair of home victories, 54-21 against Mendota and 48-36 against Rockford Lutheran.

Earning wins for the Marcos were Jesse Ditzler (126 pounds) against Lutheran, and Ethan Cain (160) and Miguel Dominguez (195) against Mendota.

Monday's stars

Parker Neuhalfen, Bureau Valley boys basketball, 30 points

John Payan, Newman boys basketball, 23 points

Zach Barber & Matt Dail, Fulton boys basketball, 20 points

Austin Donoho, Rock Falls boys baskeball, 18 points

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