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Local roundup: Warriors swim to win

By SVM Sports Staff

Keaton Dir and Blake Ruiz each won two individual events and a relay to lead the Sterling Golden Warriors swim team to a triangular victory Wednesday against Newman and Moline at the Duis Center.

Sterling finished with 147 points, 36 better than runner-up Moline (111). Newman finished with 55 points.

Dir won the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.45) and the 500 free (5:01.97), and also swam on the victorious 200 medley relay team (1:47.70). Ruiz was also in the 200 medley relay, while winning the 200 IM (2:19.20) and the 100 breaststroke (1:07.17).

Also for the Warriors, Cade Coursey won the 1-meter diving competition (220.90 points), and Brandon Pillars won the 100 butterfly (1:00.46) and was runner-up in the 200 IM (2:24.68), while also swimming a leg on the second-place 200 freestyle relay team (1:44.31).

Lucas Campbell was on both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays, and added a second in the 100 freestyle (55.53 seconds). Sam Wike swam in the 200 medley, and was runner-up individually in the 50 freestyle (25.11) and 100 backstroke (1:02.11).

In addition to their 200 medley relay win, the quartet of Dir, Ruiz, Campbell and Wike also teamed up for second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:37.64).

Newman’s top swimmer was senior Warren Melton. He took second to Dir in both the 200 freestyle (1:50.01) and the 500 freestyle (5:03.84), and also swam on the third-place 200 freestyle relay squad (1:46.40) and fourth-place 200 medley relay team (1:59.86).

Girls basketball

Byron 71, Rock Falls 40: The Rockets trailed 22-5 after one quarter and never recovered in a Big Northern West makeup game from Monday.

Chelsi Blair’s nine points paced Rock Falls (6-11, 1-3). Ellie Lehne scored 19 as one of four double-figure scorers for the Tigers (10-3, 2-1).


Rock Falls splits in Ottawa: The Rockets bounced back from a 45-29 loss to the host Pirates with a 42-35 victory over the St. Bede Bruins.

Breu Knox (120 pounds), Niles Ager (152/160), and Francisco Arellano (285/220) each recorded a pair of pins for Rock Falls (11-8). Konner Smith (126) and Lucas Newburgh (182/195) were also double-winners, as both won one pin and one decision.

Carlos Loyola’s pin at 170 pounds was the only other win against Ottawa, a match in which the Rockets were docked a team point. Jevon Hey (113) and Rollie Elder (138) added pins against St. Bede.

AFC swept in Amboy: The Raiders lost 39-24 to the host Clippers, and 69-9 to the Byron Tigers in a triangular.

The Raiders gave up four forfeits and received two against Amboy, with Payton Hilliker winning by pin at 138 pounds for the lone contested victory. AFC gave up seven forfeits against Byron, with its only wins coming from Brendyn Williams’ pin at 160, and Bryan Dewey’s decision at 182.

Amboy won four contested matches against AFC, with Broc Sorrells recording the lone pin at 160. Chris Jones (145), Jason Bontz (152) and Ryan Leffelman (170) all won decisions.

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