Digital Access

Digital Access
Access from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.

Carlson’s hat trick leads Dixon soccer past Oregon; Rock Falls golf wins

Dukes notch first BNC West win

Connor Carlson scored three second-half goals as the Dixon Dukes pulled away from a halftime tie to beat the Oregon Hawks 4-1 for their first Big Northern West victory.

Carlson scored 4 minutes after the break on an assist from Thaison Somsri-Betts, then added goals midway through the half and in the final 10 minutes. Both of those goals were assisted by Anthony Deseno.

Deseno scored off a Remington LeRette assist in the first minute of the game at Oregon Park West, but the Hawks tied the game on a John Donaldson goal at the 28-minute mark.

Dixon (2-3, 1-1), playing against the wind in the opening half, held onto that tie thanks to several saves from goalie Nick LeSage, until it got the wind at its back in the second half.

Boys golf

Rock Falls 172, Dixon 211: Led by medalists Matt Long and Cooper Kilberg, the Rockets downed the Dukes in a Big Northern West dual meet at Timber Creek.

Long and Kilberg fired 5-over-par 41s, while Rock Falls also got a 44 from Nolan Moeller and a 46 from Carrigan Chouinard.

Jake Bonnell led the way for Dixon with a 43. Cole Ruckman added a 44.

Byron 162, Oregon 174: Taylor Brubaker led Oregon with a 39 in a road loss at PrairieView in Byron.

The Hawks' other counting scores came from Carson Buck, who shot a 43, and a pair of 46s from Matt Myers and Tyler Black.

Fulton 186, Amboy 192, Newman 202: The Steamers had the two lowest scores to beat a pair of Three Rivers crossover foes at Emerald Hill.

Brett Terrock was medalist with a 43, with Lucas Wiebenga right behind with a 44. Amboy's Griffin Kozeal and Jake Lucas fired matching 47s, as did Newman's Shawn Rosengren.

Hall 181, Prophetstown 193, Bureau Valley 235: Jackson Westen led Prophetstown with a 43, while teammates Grant Ames (46) and Jackson Ames (49) finished with scores in the 40s.

Jacob Heidenreich led Bureau Valley with a 55 in a Three Rivers crossover meet at Deer Valley.

Hall's Ryan Ott was the medalist with a 40.

Princeton 166, Morrison 168, Rockridge 168: The Tigers defeated two Three Rivers crossover foes in a tightly contested triangular at Cross Creek.

Rockridge's Justin Voy was medalist with a 39. Morrison was led by Noah Hogue's 40 and Ben Tegeler's 42; all six Mustangs shot 44 or better.

Girls golf

Le-Win 197, Pearl City 247, Sterling NA: The Golden Warriors were one golfer short of fielding a full team in a triangular at Wolf Hollow in Lena.

Rachel Spencer shot 60 to lead Sterling, which got a 77 from Emma Boze and an 85 from Sara Lidetoft. Le-Win's Callie Raders was medalist with a 42.

Byron 205: Oregon 208: The Hawks team of just four golfers lost by 3 strokes at PrairieView in Byron.

Oregon's Abi Scheidecker and Byron's Sarah Ostig shared medalist honors by shooting 45s.

Abby Martin was second on the Hawks with a 46, while teammates Ali Scheidecker (50) and Haley Repass (67) rounded out the scoring.

Girls tennis

Sterling 4, Mendota 1: Maura Scanlan and Allie Prescott won in straight sets in singles play to lead the Golden Warriors to a road win.

Aly Meeks and Anna Ivarson also won in straight sets at No. 3 doubles for Sterling, while Allie Shank and Grace Steinke rallied after losing the first set to win a super-tiebreaker 10-8.

Sidney Lippens and Macee Sullivan also went to a super-tiebreaker, but lost 10-6.

Ottawa 4, Dixon 1: Stephanie Tressel was the Duchesses' lone winner in a nonconference dual meet in Ottawa.

Tressel won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. Dixon (1-5) lost every other match in straight sets.

Girls cross country

Amboy 3rd at Rockridge: Megan Grady's runner-up finish led the Clippers to third place as a team at the Rocket Booster Invite in Taylor Ridge.

Grady's time of 20:14 was faster than everybody except winner Kirstie Ramsey of Annawan-Wethersfield, who set a meet record with a 20:03. Amboy's Jennifer Popovich (7th, 23:30) and Erin Hosto (8th, 23:35) also earned medals with top-15 finishes.

Annawan-Wethersfield placed four girls in the top five to easily win the team title, beating runner-up Orion 25-70.

Boys cross country

Amboy runs at Rockridge: James Blackburn placed fifth in 19:09, but the Clippers didn't field a full team at the Rocket Booster Invite in Taylor Ridge.

Mid-County's Ethan Stanley won the race in 17:39, leading his squad to the team victory with 36 points. Mercer County was second with 57 points.

Thursday's stars

Connor Carlson, Dixon soccer, 3 goals

Taylor Brubaker, Oregon golf, 39

Abi Scheidecker, Oregon golf, 45 medalist

Megan Grady, Amboy cross country, runner-up at Rockridge Invite

Loading more