Storm, Mustangs, Steamers all roll to wins in TRAC openers

Big rally puts Sauk in semifinals

Jacoby Posley paced a balanced attack with 17 points to lead the Sauk Valley men's basketball team to an 80-75 victory against Iowa Central in the first round of the Highland Tournament on Friday in Freeport.

The Skyhawks (6-3) dug themselves a 29-6 hole, closed the gap to 44-31 by halftime, then took over down the stretch.

Chris Fritsch finished with 15 points, David Newton had 14 points and eight rebounds, John Murphy had 13 points, and Jacob Fisher added 11 points. Carlos Hendrix had just three points, but dished out 14 assists against just three turnovers.

Sauk Valley will face Olney at 11 a.m. Saturday in the tourney semifinals.

Boys basketball

Bureau Valley 62, Amboy 43: The Storm led 14-4 after one quarter and 31-14 by halftime in a Three Rivers North victory on the road.

Tommy Johnston had 15 points to lead a balanced effort by BV (5-2, 1-0), as 11 different players scored. Skylar Wheeler led Amboy (1-6, 0-1) with 17 points, hitting four of the Clippers' six 3-pointers.

Morrison 39, Prophetstown 36: The Mustangs pulled out a nip-and-tuck Three Rivers North affair on the road, thanks to a 12-6 third-quarter edge.

Scott Ferry scored 16 points to lead Morrison (3-3, 1-0). Ethan Howard's 18 points paced the Prophets (1-5, 0-1).

Fulton 62, Erie 49: The Steamers buried 11 3-pointers as a team in a Three Rivers North win in Erie.

Zach Barber hit five 3s and finished with 21 points for Fulton (6-0, 1-0), while Kyle Huebner added four 3s and 16 points. The Steamers' 21-11 scoring edge in the second quarter provided the difference.

Ken Cole scored 15 points for the Cardinals (0-5, 0-1), and Nich Wildt chipped in 10.

Pecatonica 63, AFC 54: The Raiders dropped to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in NUIC East play with a loss on the road.

Faith Christian 56, Quad City Christian 51: The Falcons closed the final 9½ minutes in Grand Detour on a 16-2 run to pick up their first win of the season.

Isaac Schuler scored 19 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and blocked four shots to lead Faith (1-5, 1-1 NICC). Hayden Sweet added 12 points, Zach Lessman scored nine, and Drew Robertson chipped in seven.

Nathaniel Scott scored a game-high 26 points for Quad City Christian.


Fulton sweeps in Princeton:
The Steamers defeated Hall 42-39, then downed the host Tigers 48-33 in a pair of duals on the road.

Aaron Field won by pin twice at 138 pounds, and Zach Jenkins recorded a pair of pins at 195 for Fulton. Mike Pidde (160) and Steven Balk (285) added pin wins against Hall, while Cole Grant (132), Sam Grant (145), Dustin Rowland (152) and Keegan Rockwell (170) won by pin against Princeton.

Friday's stars

Zach Barber, Fulton basketball, 21 points, 5 3s

Isaac Schuler, Faith basketball, 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks

Jacoby Posely, Sauk basketball, 17 points

Scott Ferry, Morrison basketball, 16 points

Aaron Field & Zach Jenkins, Fulton wrestling, 2 pins each