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Prophets keep rolling in TRAC

Clipper girls close out Comets; Cougar boys alone atop NUIC West

The Prophetstown Prophets girls basketball team remained undefeated in Three Rivers North play, jumping out to a big lead and cruising past the Fulton Steamers 70-37 on Saturday in a makeup game from Jan. 6

The Prophets (22-2, 10-0) led 29-5 after one quarter and never looked back in the home victory. All 11 players scored, led by Clare Kramer's 12 points, and Corrie Reiley's 10.

Autumn Hutton scored nine points for the Steamers (3-19, 0-8), while Rachael Beiermann added seven.

Amboy 47, Newman 26: The Clippers outscored the Comets 34-10 after halftime in a Three Rivers North victory at home.

Delaney Wilhelm's 15 points led a balanced attack for Amboy (15-5, 8-2), as nine players scored.

Mary Alice Oswalt scored seven points to pace the Comets (5-14, 4-6), who scored 12 of their 26 points in the first period.

Winnebago 57, Rock Falls 48: The Rockets (6-14, 1-6) fell behind 22-15 by halftime on the road, and couldn't make up any ground after that as the Indians (3-17, 1-9) picked up their first Big Northern West win of the season.

Mendota 58, Oregon 42: The Hawks led 20-17 after one quarter, but managed just nine points in the next two periods combined in a Big Northern West road loss.

Emy Wright scored 18 points for Oregon (15-9, 5-4), including all four of her team's 3-pointers. Sam Lambrigtsen chipped in 15.

Amy Devitt had 20 points for Mendota (19-2, 7-1), who outscored the Hawks 28-9 in the middle quarters.

East Dubuque 56, Polo 34: KeeLey Meyer poured in 23 points, but the Marcos (1-17) could not keep up with the Warriors in an NUIC crossover matchup at Polo.

Meyer did all of her scoring in the first three quarters. Michaela Marty hit six 3-pointers and scored 26 points for East Dubuque (18-4).

Boys basketball

Eastland 50, Lena-Winslow 32: Dalton Shaner tossed in 20 points, and Skylar Paulson added 12 as the Cougars routed the Panthers in Lanark.

Ben Moest paced Le-Win (6-9, 3-2) with 13 points, and Chase Huneke added 10.

The Cougars' win, coupled with East Dubuque's 45-43 loss at River Ridge, puts Eastland in sole possession of first place in the NUIC West.

Aquin 80, AFC 69: The Raiders outscored the Bulldogs 27-11 in the fourth quarter to narrow what had been a 27-point deficit entering the final 8 minutes.

Bret Gittleson and Troy Mairs paced AFC (6-12, 2-4 NUIC East) with 14 points apiece, and Kevin Kurz added 13.

Isaiah Yeager led Aquin with 14 points, Aiden Chang and Krisean Coffee had 13 each, and Anthony Townsend added 12.

Stockton 77, West Carroll 64: A rough opening quarter was too much for the Thunder to overcome in an NUIC West road loss.

Trevor Jones had 22 points, and Jordan Bracero scored 18 for West Carroll (2-13, 0-6), which trailed 18-9 after one quarter. Trey Timpe poured in 25 points, and Sam VenHuizen added 20 for the Blackhawks (11-10, 3-4).

Men's basketball

Kankakee 90, Sauk Valley 78: John Murphy scored 16 points for the Skyhawks in a home loss to a strong Kankakee squad.

Also for Sauk Valley (9-10), Jacoby Posley had 14 points, Chris Fritsch had 12 points and six rebounds, and Tramel Rideout had 12 points. Jeff Casseus grabbed nine rebounds, while Carlos Hendrix dished out six assists.

Alvin Braddock led Kankakee (17-3) with 22 points, and Quavion Scott added 19.

Boys swimming

Sterling 6th, Newman 12th at UT:
The Warriors got wins from Keaton Dir and Cade Coursey, while Newman's Warren Melton was a runner-up in a 12-team meet in East Moline.

Dir won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.33; Melton was second in 1:48.49. Coursey added a win in the 1-meter diving competition, scoring 364.45 points.

Dir added a fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:01.34), and teamed with Sam Wike, Blake Ruiz and Lucas Campbell to finish fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:47.23).

Melton also earned a fifth-place finish for the Comets, in the 100 backstroke (57.84 seconds).

Rock Island won the team title with 209 points, followed closely by Richwoods (203). Sterling scored 125, and Newman had 37.


Panthers 4th in Orion:
Behind Jared Cole's title and Noah Eads' runner-up finish, Erie-Prophetstown placed fourth in the 17-team Bob Mitton Invite.

Cole beat Dakota's Nate Olsen 5-4 in the 145-pound championship, while Eads lost 10-6 to Mercer County's Mason Weeks in the 195-pound final. The Panthers, who finished with 146 points, also got fourth-place finishes from Grady Todd (132), Dylan Binion (152) and Nick Williams (170).

Oregon placed seventh as a team with 103 points. Travis Burke took third at 220 pounds, pinning Rockridge's Dillion Gerischer in 4:33. The Hawks got fourth-place finishes from Dominic Marchetti (145), Garrett Rude (160) and Jake Diehl (182).

AFC tied Farmington for 16th place with 11 points, and had no wrestlers finish in the top six. Dakota (264 points) ran away with the team title, thanks to six champions and three runners-up. The Indians' Josh Alber (132) and J.J. Wolfe (152) were named the meet's MVP at the lower and upper weights, respectively.

Saturday's stars

KeeLey Meyer, Polo basketball, 23 points

Trevor Jones, WC basketball, 22 points

Dalton Shaner, Eastland basketball, 20 points

Emy Wright, Oregon basketball, 18 points

Jared Cole, EP wrestling, won 145-pound title at Orion

Keatin Dir, Sterling swimming, won 200 freestyle at UT

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