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E-P’s Binion wrestles to title

Rock Falls’ Newburgh also claims first; Dixon hoops stays unbeaten

Dylan Binion won a title at 152 pounds to lead the Erie-Prophetstown wrestling team to third place in the 13-team Jim Boyd Invitational in Port Byron.

The Panthers finished with 183 points, behind Burlington, Iowa, and Sherrard, which tied for first at 196.

Binion was the lone champ for E-P. Panthers taking second were Logan Voss (106), Josh Bowling (120), Jared Cole (145), Seth Montgomery (160) and Nick Williams (170). Josh Wheeler (138) was third.

Oregon finished fourth as a team with 102 points. Leading the way were third-place finishers Ashton Rutherford (152) and Jake Diehl (182).

Rock Falls was ninth as a team with 75 points. Lucas Newburgh won the title at 182, while Francisco Arellano was third at 220.


West Carroll tournament

Dixon 60, Fulton 47: Cal Jarrett scored 18 points and Kyle LeBlanc 16 to lead the Dukes past the Steamers.

Laron Carr added 12 points for Dixon (8-0). Matt Dail scored 16 points and Zach Barber 12 for Fulton (6-1).

Scales Mound 48, Erie 36: Ken Cole had 12 points and Sean Maloney added 10 for the Cardinals (0-6) in a loss to the Hornets.

Stephen Korte had 22 points for Scales Mound.

Eastland 53, Warren 40: The Cougars turned a one-point game at the end of three quarters into a double-digit win in Mount Carroll by outscoring the Warriors 20-8 in the fourth quarter.

Dalton Shaner scored 27 points to lead Eastland (4-1), and Skylar Paulson had eight points.

Forreston tournament

Newman 91, Christian Life 66: Noah McCarty scored 24 points to lead the way for the Comets, who had six players in double figures.

Micah Trancoso added 14 points, Nolan McGinn 12, A.J. Sharp 11, and John Payan and Nate Terveer 10 apiece for Newman (6-0).

Polo 58, Lena-Winslow 45: Zach Quaco scored 16 points and AJ Dollmeyer 14 to lead the Marcos past the Panthers.

Polo (7-0) led 12-3 after one quarter, 32-18 at the half, and 53-31 after three quarters.

Oregon 60, Milledgeville 53: A big night for Oregon senior Trevor Otten translated into a big win for the Hawks (3-5). Otten made a game-high five 3-pointers and scored 21 points. Teammate Jessie McKinley pitched in 14 for the Hawks, who fended off a third-quarter comeback from the Missiles (8-1). 

The Hawks led most of the game, and took a 32-22 lead into halftime. However, the Missiles cut the lead to four after the third. The Hawks responded, and extended their lead in the fourth to secure the victory. Blake Kappes and Kameron DawTyne scored 13 apiece for the Missiles. 

Aquin 63, Morrison 43: Andrew Martin scored a game-high 20 points to lead the 7-0 Bulldogs past the Mustangs.

Hunter Hamstra scored 14 points and Bill Lee Greul nine for Morrison (3-4).


Oregon's Miranda third at invite: Joe Miranda rolled a 1,301 six-game series to finish third and teammate Justin Provo was fourth (1,260) for the Hawks at the LaSalle-Peru Invitational.

Provo had the two high games of the tournament with a 279 and a 277. Oregon finished fifth as a team, while Dixon was sixth in the eight-team field.


Sterling third at Freeport Invite: Keaton Dir's win in the 200 freestyle highlighted the Golden Warriors' performances and helped them place third in the eight-team invite.

Sterling had three runner-up finishes. They came from Dir in the 500 freestyle, plus the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Morrison finished eighth at the meet.

Comets seventh in Peoria: Newman's boys swimming team scored 33 points to finished seventh at the eight-team Irish Invite in Peoria. Dunlap won the meet with 342.5 points.

Senior Warren Melton finished third in the 100 butterfly (55.94) and fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:48.58).

Men's basketball

Olney 83, Sauk Valley 68: In their semifinal matchup Saturday afternoon, the Skyhawks couldn't find all the answers in the second half as they fell to Olney. Sophomore Chris Fritsch led the way for the Skyhawks, compiling a double-double that consisted of 20 points and 10 rebounds. 

Despite trailing at half, the Skyhawks held a five-point lead with 7 minutes left before they went cold. As a team, they shot 31percent, which doomed them down the stretch. Skyhawk sophomore Carlos Hendrix had nine assists to one turnover. 

Malcolm X 101, Sauk Valley 87: The Skyhawks (6-5) couldn't recover from their semifinal loss, as Malcolm X jumped out to an early lead and kept it. Freshman duo Montrice McKnight and Correa Martinez combined for 11 3s and 52 points for the Falcons. 

The Skyhawks improved their shooting from their earlier tilt, as they shot 44 percent. Hendrix and Jacoby Posley scored 14 points apiece for Sauk. A few times throughout the second half, the Falcons saw their lead dwindle to 10 points. In the end, crucial mistakes cost the Skyhawks from getting any closer. 

Saturday's stars

Dylan Binion, Erie-Prophetstown & Lucas Newburgh, Rock Falls, wrestling, won titles at Riverdale Invitational

Noah McCarty, Newman basketball, 24 points

Cal Jarrett, Dixon basketball, 18 points

Joe Miranda, Oregon bowling, 1,301 six-game series

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