Thorpe, Duncan win titles
Locals fare well at Illinois Prep Top Times Meet in 1A, 2A
Dixon senior Simon Thorpe won the Class 2A 1,600-meter run at the Illinois Prep Top Times meet at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington on Saturday.
Thorpe ran the distance in 4 minutes, 20.76 seconds. Teammate Cody Sondgeroth came in second in the 3,200 run in 9:46.93.
Kylian Lally was fifth in the 400 in 52.27. The 800 relay of Alex LaMendola, Reid Deets, JD Gieson and Quinton Douglas was also fifth in 1:35.56.
In the Class 1A portion of the event, the area had two runner-up finishes. The Erie-Prophetstown 800 relay team of Grant Ames, Chris Bauer, Kyle Pannier and Dvaree Thompson placed second in 1:36.23.
Bureau Valley's 1,600 relay of Tucker Schoff, Ryan Taylor, Kane Eastwood and Daniel Trone placed second in 3:37.06.
For a complete list of local results from the Top Times Meet see B4.
Warriors second at invite: Sterling won four events to place second at its own invite at Westwood. The Golden Warriors had 91 points, second only to United Township at 120.83. Rock Falls was sixth with 40 points, and Dixon was ninth with seven points.
Cade Coursey won the pole vault by clearing 11 feet, 6 inches. Josh Knie took the shot with a put of 47-11, while Jonathan Landis won the 1,600 in 4:37.17. Sterling also won the 3,200 relay in 8:29.78.
The Warriors boys and girls won the combined team title with 183 points.
Duncan wins long jump: Dixon's Lexy Duncan won the Class 2A long jump title at the Illinois Prep Top Times meet at the ShIrk Center on the campus Illinois Wesleyan.
Duncan won with a distance of 18 feet, 3 1/4 inches. The next closest competitor was De La Salle's Jaimie Robinson at 17-7.
Erie-Prophetstown was well-represented in the Class 1A meet. The Panthers placed well in all three relay events.
The team of Courtney Cobert, Corrie Reiley, Heather Strike and Rachel Cobert finished second in the 1,600 relay (4:12.32) and fifth in the 800 relay (1:50.62). Reiley combined with Kassi Henrekin, Brooke Remley and Breanna Jensen to place seventh in the 3,200 relay (10:19.69).
Rachel Cobert also placed third in both the 200 (59.62) and the triple jump (34-9/12).
Courtney Cobert was sixth in the 60 dash (8.29). Alyssa Howell was ninth in the shot at 34-6 1/2.
Bureau Valley's Lindsey Hoffert placed sixth in the long jump (16-8 1/2).
Warriors win three events: Sterling scored 92 points and finished three points behind Harlem in the team standings at the Sterling Invite at Westwood. Rock Falls was fourth with 37 points, and Dixon was 11th with 17 points.
Sterling's Ashleigh Tira won the 60 hurdles in 10.14 seconds, while Sabrina Chamberlain won the 200 in 27.91. The Warriors also won the 3,200 relay in 10:33.56.
Rock Falls' Dallas Clevenger won the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet.
Dukes split in Galesburg: The Dukes lost their first game on Saturday 13-1 to Metamora before rebounding for an 8-3 win over the host Streaks.
The Redbirds jumped out with nine runs in the first two innings, chasing starter Ryan Dixon after 1 1/3 innings pitched in the opener. Angelo Valdes had the Dukes' lone hit with a double.
Connor Sperling earned the win in Game 2, allowing five hits and two runs in relief of starter Owen Van Horn.
Sterling struggles in O'Fallon: The Golden Warriors opened the season with a 13-1 loss to O'Fallon and a 8-1 loss to Chicago Chaminade at the O'Fallon tournament.
Fulton 5, Newman 3: The Steamers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win a Three Rivers North game in Fulton.
Devon Ballard picked up the win. He also had a double and drove in a run. Ethan Jones and Jake VanZuiden both had RBIs for Fulton.
Alex Buhler had a triple and two RBIs for Newman.
Prophets drop two: The Byron Tigers beat Prophetstown 5-4 and 15-5 in a non-conference doubleheader in Byron.
Cardinals swept by Crusaders: Forreston-Polo dropped a double-header to Rockford Lutheran in Forreston. The Crusaders won the first game 14-0 in five innings, and followed that with a 9-0 win.
Andrew Beasley, who was the losing pitcher, had two of the Cardinals' three hits in the first game. Austin Groshans drove in a run.
Groshans had two hits in Game 2, while Beasley and Richie Bartnick both had doubles.
Warriors win two: The Golden Warriors, coming off a fourth-place finish in 3A in 2013, beat Marengo 3-0 and Beecher 4-2 in Marengo.
Morrison 7, Rockridge 1: Brooke Stralow earned the victory in the circle, and she had a three-hit day against the Rockets.
Lauren Pannier drove in three runs, Jaeden Workman had two RBIs.
Pearl City 6, Fulton 4: The Steamers lost a non-conference game at home to the Wolves.
The Steamers led 3-1 going into the fifth inning before the Wolves scored four in the top of the frame. Laura Melville scored three times for Pearl City.
Comets fifth at Rocky: The Newman boys tennis team went 2-1 at the Rock Island Invitational, which placed them fifth in the eight-team field. Moline won the event.
Newman beat Rochelle 5-0 and and the host Rocks 3-2. It lost 5-0 to Geneseo. Connor Knack won two matches at No. 2 singles, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Andrew Schmitt and Brady Reuter, and the No. 3 doubles team of Tucker Shoemaker and Elliott Frankfother.
Skyhawks fall on road: The Sauk Valley baseball team lost two five-inning games to Kankakee 14-0 and 10-0.
Jeremiah Johnston had two singles in the first game, while Cody Dietz took the loss on the mound.
Rock Falls graduate Jace Anderson took the loss in Game 2 for Sauk (1-6, 0-2 Arrowhead).
Sauk drops two: The Skyhawks lost a pair of 3-0 decisions at Black Hawk in the Arrowhead opener for both teams.
Black Hawk jumped ahead 2-0 in the first game on a home run by Jordan Marshall. Kiara Kaleel took the loss for Sauk Valley (10-6, 0-2). Priscilla Aponte and Alysha Guy both had two hits. Sauk committed four errors in the first game.
Bri Schulz took the loss in Game 2, allowing three runs, two of which were earned in 4 1/3 innings. Sterling's Stephanie Kester pitched the rest of the way. Sauk was held to three hits in the second game.
Skyhawks blanked: Sauk Valley dropped a 9-0 decision against Moraine Valley in Palos Hills.
Jonathon Downing won the first set of his match at No. 5 singles for the Skyhawks.