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Mullen, Moeller key Warriors

Duchesses run to 3rd in Peoria; RF duo 2-3 at Freeport

The Sterling girls swimming team earned 384 points, edging host United Township (340) for the title at the 5th Annual Panthers Girls Sprint Classic.

Senior Kerry Mullen and sophomore Lauren Moeller won two individual events each, and both were a part of the Sterling’s 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay victories.

Mullen broke meet records in the 50 freestyle (25.71) and the 50 butterfly (27.43). Moeller won the 100 freestyle (56.60) and 150 freestyle (1:29.89). Mullen and Moeller teamed with Anisa Davis and Sarah Page to win the 100 freestyle relay (52.30), and Mullen, Moeller, Page and Katrina Sandefer combined to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:48.41).

Morrison finished third with 228 points. Gracen Harmon won the 100 IM (1:07.48), Sydney Norman took the 50 backstroke (36.14), and they both teamed with Sadie Norman and Lindsey Houldson to win the 100 medley relay in 58.43.

Newman finished fourth with 34 points.

Byron 4th in Rockford: Dixon senior Kylie Shaw was the lone individual champ for the Tigers, as Byron captured fourth place with 155.5 points at the J-Hawk Invite hosted by Jefferson High School.

Shaw won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:10.88. She also teamed with Hailey Groharing, Katie Drezen and Jenna Hale to place second in the 200 medley relay.

Boylan won the team title with 262 points, led by freshman Nhia Caras’ four first-place finishes.

Girls cross country

Duchesses 3rd at Peoria: Dixon (179) was bested by only Normal U-High (137) and Carmel Catholic (173) at the 32-team Peoria Central Invitational at Detweiller Park.

Leading the way for the Duchesses was Paige Stees, who placed 15th in 18:27. Nicquelette Fazekas finished in 18:44, good for 19th place.

Sterling was 19th with 462 points. Mika Martinez led the Warriors with a time of 19:25, good for 54th place.

Rockets 2nd at Freeport: Bailee Fortney and Alex Gomez finished 2-3 as Rock Falls wound up in
second place at the 10-team
Freeport Invitational.

Kaneland, led by overall winner Rachel Richtman in 17:43, led the field with 36 points, 14 fewer than the Rockets. Fortney was second in 17:56, with Gomez next in 18:02.

Weidner leads BV: Haley Weidner took fifth place in 18:47 to lead Bureau Valley to ninth place at the 18-team Elmwood-Brimfield Invitational.

Also for the Storm, Nateleigh Nugent was 27th in 20:42.

Boys cross country

Gebhardt wins in Peoria: Sterling’s Jacob Gebhardt took top individual honors at the Peoria Central Invitational held at Detweiller Park. He crossed the finish line in 14 minutes, 25 seconds, well ahead of the second-place finisher, Normal U-High’s Jared Schuckman (14:47).

Gebhardt’s time is a new SHS 3-mile record. The Golden Warriors were 15th among 41 teams with 431 points.

Dixon wound up 12th with 361 points. Christian Seagren paced the Dukes with a time of 16:03, good for 45th place. Jonah Fulton was next in 16:09, good for 53rd place.

Rockets 3rd at Freeport: Dawson Smith placed second overall with a time of 15:21 as Rock Falls (89) took third behind Kaneland (26) and Belvidere (69) at the 10-team Freeport Invitational at Highland Community College.

Kaneland’s Matthew Richtman won in 14:42 over the 2.93-mile course.

Rock Falls’ Matt Laws was seventh in 15:58, while Oregon’s Ian Hussung was 11th in 16:14.

Sierens leads Storm: Bureau Valley’s Bradley Sierens placed 36th with a time of 17:21 at the Elmwood-Brimfield Invitational. The Storm did not field a complete team.

Boys golf

Sterling 6th at LP: Nick Ceruzzi and Nate Olson both finished in the top 11 to lead the Golden Warriors to sixth place at the Cav Invite.

Ceruzzi fired a 75 to tie Geneva’s Jack McDonald for fourth place individually, and Olson’s 78 earned him 11th place. Jake Alston (86) and Luke Steinke (89) also counted toward Sterling’s team score of 328, which was four strokes behind fifth-place Joliet Catholic.

Geneva won the team title with a 312. Joliet Catholic’s Jake Pluth took medalist honors with a 71, two strokes better than runner-up Tommy Dunsire of Naperville Central – which tied Washington for second as a team.

Boys soccer

Oregon 0, Keith Country Day-Christian Life 0: The Hawks went on the road to Rockford and played to a draw against the Cougars.

Jaspreet Gill made 22 saves in net for Oregon.

Volleyball

Rock Falls 3-2 at Riverton: The Rockets went 1-2 in pool play, then won their final two matches to claim the consolation championship at the Riverton Invite.

Rock Falls beat Clinton (Ill.) 25-15, 25-14 in the consolation semifinals, then defeated West Central 25-18, 25-10 in the consolation title match.

Kenzie Olson and Payton Yanes each had 30 kills on the day for the Rockets, with Olson adding seven stuff blocks and Yanes dishing 33 assists. Elise Moeller added 29 kills, Faith Sandrock set for 43 assists, and April Torres led the way with 31 digs.

Faith Christian def. Galesburg Christian 25-12, 25-13, 25-18: Michal Schuler had 15 aces and nine kills as the Falcons won Friday night in Grand Detour.

Also for Faith Christian, Naomi Barrett had 11 kills, and Megan Van Buren added 16 assists.

Women’s tennis

McHenry 8, Sauk Valley 1: The Skyhawks fell on the road, with the lone win coming in No. 2 doubles.

Emily Berogan and Kylie Burket teamed to win 6-4, 7-6 (8-6). Sara Ackerson and Grace Ely lost a heartbreaker in No. 3 doubles, falling 6-4, 0-6, 12-10.

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