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Guzzle bowls to 21st at state

Amboy knocks off Polo; 3-point shooting lifts Sauk Valley

Rock Falls senior Mitchel Guzzle placed 21st, while Fulton junior Seth Sikkema wound up 39th at the IHSA boys state bowling tournament that concluded Saturday at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon.

Guzzle rolled games of 237, 259 and 212 for a 708 morning series, then had games of 212, 232 and 184 for a 628 afternoon series. He had a two-day, 12-game total of 2,598, a per-game average of 216.5.

Sikkema posted games of 191, 195 and 223 for a 609 morning series, then had games of 231, 211 and 191 for a 633 afternoon series. His two-day, 12-game total was 2,520, a per-game average of 210.

The individual champion was LaSalle-Peru senior Nate Stubler. He had games of 246, 247 and 236 for a 729 morning series, then rolled games of 269, 248 and 228 for a 745 in the afternoon. He had a total pinfall of 3,116, a state meet record and a whopping 308 pins ahead of his nearest competitor, Clayton Hartman of

Stubler had a pair of 300 games on Friday in setting a six-game series record for the state meet with a 1,642. His 12-game total beat the old state record by 105 pins, and breaks down to a per-game average of 259.7.

Harlem won the team title with a score of 12,998, 184 pins ahead of runner-up Hononegah. O’Fallon (12,602), Triad (12,229) and Rockford East (12,215) rounded out the top five squads.


Sterling second at NIB-12: The Golden Warriors put up 253 points to take second in the conference meet at the Duis Center.

DeKalb-Sycamore won the conference title with 290 points.

Sterling’s 200 freestyle relay team of Arie Interone, Jack Wike, Zach Wade and Turner Morse took first with a time of 1:37.53. Morse added a second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.92.

Brayden Wolf won the diving competition with 340.80 points. Teammate Berogan Garcia-Free took third.

Boys basketball

Sterling 53, Peoria Notre Dame 41: A 17-point second quarter helped Sterling pull away for a win at the Peoria Shootout.

Reid Blackburn led the Golden Warriors with 15 points, and Ryan Blackburn added 14.

Amboy 79, Polo 63: Justin Hart scored 24 points and Jordan Hochstatter added 21 as the Clippers knocked off NUIC East foe Polo at home.

Amboy jumped out to a 19-7 lead after one quarter. The Marcos scored 22 points in the second to cut the lead to 36-29 at halftime, but Amboy scored 22 points in the third and 21 more in the fourth to keep Polo at bay.

Alex Saccomando added 13 points for Amboy.

Justin Young scored 36 in a losing effort for Polo. Trevin Woodin added 13 points.

Clinton 71, Fulton 39: The Steamers were on the wrong end of a 20-4 second-quarter run in a loss at their own Eric Ottens Memorial Shootout.

Tyler Bruggenwirth led Fulton with 15 points.

Jaden Mixon led Clinton with 22 points.

Erie 48, Somonauk 45: The
Cardinals trailed after one quarter, but outscored Somonauk 14-7 in the second and narrowly came away with a win at the Ottens Shootout in Fulton.

Justice Cole had 14 points for Erie, with Josh Hammer adding 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Addison Bode led Somonauk with 24 points.

West Carroll 63, Prophetstown 45: Dawson Wurster paced a balanced attack with 16 points as the Thunder handled the Prophets at the Ottens Shootout.

Also for West Carroll, Kody Plattenberger had 14 points, Kaleb Plattenberger had 12, and Jacob Dunk added 10.

Logan Henrekin and Owen Behrens each had 10 points for Prophetstown, and Nathan Pierceson added nine.

Men’s basketball

Sauk Valley 93, Truman 68: Sauk Valley managed to solve Truman’s press and knock down 16 3-pointers in a non-conference win at home.

SVCC (13-9) led 54-38 at halftime, then turned up the defense in the second half to record its fifth straight win.

Garrett Duffin hit six 3-pointers to lead the way with 23 points. Riley Mehrens and Karson Arrenholz each scored 12; Arrenholz also had six assists and two turnovers. Sean Chislom grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a shot, and Malcolm Mabry added five rebounds and a block.

DeShawn King led Truman with 26 points.

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