Bookends to a victory
Sterling swimming relays set tone against Woodstock North
Sterling's relay team of Sam Wike, Blake Ruiz, Brandon Pillars and Keaton Dir had nice bookend event wins to lead the Warriors boys swimming team to a 116-61 win over Woodstock North on Thursday at the Duis Center.
The foursome started the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 48.90 seconds. They teamed up again to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:39.12 to end the meet.
Between the relays, the four swimmers found success individually. Dir won the 200 freestyle (1:51.44) and the 500 (5:00.20). Ruiz won the 200 IM (2:18.64) and the 100 breaststroke (1:07.67). Wike won the 100 (56.72) and the 100 backstroke (1:02.16). Pillars won the 100 butterfly (59.79).
Cade Coursey won the diving competition with a score of 225.35 points.
Dixon 3,538, Streator 3,466: The Dukes rebounded from a slow start in Game 1 to sweep the last eight points in a NIB-12 meet at Plum Hollow.
Ryan Dixon led the way with a high series of 704, which included games of 224, 215 and 265. Joel Spangler added a series of 692.
Colby Orban led Streator with a 661 series.
Oregon 3,587, Marengo 3,035: The Hawks swept all three games against Marengo at Town & Country Lanes in Mount Morris.
Ryan Bennett paved the way with a 638 series. He was one of four Hawks to break 600. The others were AJ Nordman (623), Joe Miranda (618), and Kyle Lundquist (607).
Sycamore 3,109, Sterling 2,845: The Golden Warriors salvaged two NIB-12 points by winning Game 3 at Mardi Gras Lanes in Sycamore.
Destinee Howard led Sterling's revival with a 267 in the last game to run her series to 601. She had scores of 164 and 170 in the first two games. Magan Tintori added a 502 series to the effort.
Sycamore's Alex Kolberg rolled a 615 series.
United Township 2,720, Dixon 2,603: The Duchesses dropped all three games in a nonconference loss in East Moline.
Emily Quaco rolled games of 232 and 213 en route to a team-high 642 series for Dixon, and Margaret Thomas (514) also bowled a 500+ series.
Kayla Crawford had games of 268 and 233 in a 692 series for the Panthers.
Marengo 3,192, Oregon 2,941: The Hawks couldn't keep pace with the Indians in a loss at Town & Country Lanes.
Alyson Scheidecker had the best day for Oregon with a 576 series, which included games of 185, 188 and 203. The only other Hawk to crack 500 was MacKenzie Tague at 508.
Marengo had five bowlers in the 500s, including Dominique Bailey at 548.
LaSalle-Peru 34, Sterling 33: The Golden Warriors came up just short of an upset on the road, as an overtime win in the penultimate match sealed the Cavaliers' victory.
Trailing 31-27 with two bouts to go, Sterling's Isaac Figueroa led 5-2 heading into the final period. But a late near fall by Max Kurczewski tied the score at 5, sending the match into overtime. Kurczewski then scored a takedown in the extra period to grab the win, and give LP a seven-point lead.
Tyrone Long (106 pounds), Zach Depuy (126), Riley Cornwell (182), Bryant Lilly (195), and Cariel Beasley (220) all won by pin for Sterling, with Jaden Urrutia adding a 5-3 decision at 113 pounds.
Newman splits at home: The Comets won a dual against Three Rivers North rival Riverdale 46-36, but fell to St. Bede 41-30.
Newman beat the Rams despite forfeiting five weights. Riverdale forfeited three weights.
Double-winners for the Comets were Elias Edmondson (138 pounds), Jake Snow (145), and Brady Rude (160). All three wrestlers pinned both of their opponents.
Steamers drop two: Fulton lost a pair of duals in Kewanee. The Steamers fell to the host Boilermakers 54-23, and lost to rival Morrison 58-21.
The Steamers lone double-winner in contested matches was Steven Balk at 285. He pinned both of his opponents.
Morrison had seven wrestlers record pins against the Steamers, including Joe Eads (106), Nick Challand (126), Dylan Keller (132), Hunter Ferguson (138), Austin Keller (152), Tom Kohl (170), and Austin Shoup (182).
Ryan Dixon, Dixon bowling, 704 series
Emily Quaco, Dixon bowling, 642 series, 232 game
Destinee Howard, Sterling bowling, 601 series, 267 game