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Dixon swimmers pace Byron

Newman netters take Rochelle title; Weidner wins Boiler run

The relay team of Dixonites Leah Drengenberg, Kylie Shaw, Gretchen Bushman and Katie Drezen won two events and helped Byron to first place at the Freeport Invitational on Saturday with 370 points.

Harlem was second with 253.5 points, and Sterling third with 240.5.

The Byron relay team won the 200 medley relay in 1:56.66 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:52.05.

Drengenberg also won a pair of individual events, taking first in the 500 freestyle in 5:32.74 and the individual medley in 2:18.68. Shaw also won the breaststroke in 1:12.44, and was second in the IM. Bushman won the butterfly in 1:02.90.

Sterling’s Lauren Moeller won the 200 freestyle in 2:05.39, and tied Harlem’s Rachel Gander for first in the backstroke with a time of 1:03.79. Kerry Mullen won the 50 freestyle in 25.85 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 57.19.

Morrison finished fifth with 176 points. Sydney Norman, Sara Norman, Sadie Norman and Gracen Harmon took second in the medley relay to Byron, and the 200 freestyle relay behind the Sterling team of Moeller, Mullen, Sara Page and Sami Royer.


Newman wins title at Rochelle: A pair of Newman doubles teams and a singles player all went unbeaten as the Comets won the Rochelle Invitational.

Maddy Jacobs and Erin Vits took first place at No. 1 singles, while Audrey Melton and Chloe Klein were first at No. 2 doubles. Sydney Schott won the title at No. 2 singles.

Newman’s No. 1 singles player Avery Meyer went 3-1 on the day, with her only loss coming to Kaneland’s Piper Schrepferman. The No. 3 doubles team of Emily Schaab and Madelyn Ryan went 2-2.

Dixon 3rd at LP: The Duchesses had a pair of second-place finishes at the LaSalle-Peru Invitational to take third overall with 16 points. Sterling was fourth with 12 points.

Dunlap won the team title with 30 points, beating LP by eight points.

Dixon’s Alane Bratt was the runner-up at No. 1 singles, beating Emma Proffitt of Princeton 6-0, 6-1 and Clara Ferrari of LP 7-5, 6-4 before falling to Dunlap’s Taylor Disharoon in the final.

At No. 2 singles, Riley Bally took second place with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Sarah Kirchhoff of Sterling and a 6-1, 6-2 win over LaSalle-Peru’s Ang Bernadoni before falling to Dunlap’s Deepti Sudhakar 6-4, 6-2.

Sterling’s doubles team of Saryn Seely and Sam Spaulding took third place at No. 2 doubles, with Dixon’s Adela Bajramoska and Paige Colby sixth.

Sterling No. 1 singles player Abby Aitken took fifth place, recovering from a first-round loss to Disharoon by beating Rockford Lutheran’s Adreanna Richardson 6-0, 6-2 and United Township’s Nicole Boodhoo 6-1, 6-1.

Sterling also got a fifth-place finish from the doubles team of Katelyn Greel and Sonia Chino, beating Dixon’s Alexis Sneek and Allison Bay 6-1, 6-4 in the fifth-place match.

Kirchhoff took seventh at No. 2 singles.


Missiles, Thunder, Marcos play at Polo: River Ridge won the Polo Invitational with a perfect 8-0 record, with three local teams all winning 4 sets and losing 4 sets.

Milledgeville picked up wins over Rockford Christian Life 25-8, 25-12 and West Carroll 25-15, 25-22. The Missiles fell to River Ridge 25-15, 25-15 and Paw Paw 25-22, 25-16.

Polo beat Rockford Christian 25-12, 25-20. The Marcos split with Paw Paw winning the first set 25-19 and losing the second 25-23. Polo and West Carroll also split, with the Marcos winning a 25-21 set and the Thunder winning 25-13

West Carroll fell to East Dubuque 25-20, 25-6, and beat Scales Mound 25-12, 25-18.

Cross country

Weidner wins in Kewanee: Haley Weidner took top honors at the Boiler Invitational held at Baker Park in Kewanee. She covered a 3-mile course in 20 minutes, 18 seconds.

Also for the Storm, Nataleigh Nugent was seventh in 22:10.

Amboy-LaMoille won the team title with 57 points, two fewer than Stark County. Margaret Vaessen (4th, 21:54) and Cassidy Corcoran (5th, 22:02) led the Clippers.

Hey 2nd at Winnebago: Karlie Hey finished second overall with a time of 12:41 to help Newman take fourth at the Roger Schmidt Invitational at Fuller Forest Preserve in Winnebago.

The Comets had 109 points. Boylan won with 49.

Oregon’s Leah Watters was sixth overall in 13:22. The Hawks were fifth as a team with 112 points.


Cardinals 7th at Galesburg: Erie posted a 410 and placed seventh at the 10-team Galesburg Invitational at Bunker Links. Quincy won with 328.

Madison Newton was low for the Cardinals with 92, while Riley Redell had 97 and Lexus Georgean added 98.

College tennis

Moraine Valley 6, Sauk Valley 3: The Skyhawks fell in Palos Hills to the Cyclones.

Nadia Trujillo picked up a 6-4, 4-6, 12-10 win at No. 1 singles. Larissa Gallardo won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.

Emily Berogan and Kylie Burkett won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

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