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Sterling soccer wins title

Sauk fares well at volleyball tournament in Springfield

The Sterling soccer team extended its winning streak to nine games and took home a trophy in the process.

The Golden Warriors won the Belvidere Tournament, beating Plainfield North 4-1 in the title game on goals from Miguel Gallardo, Carter Gearing, Lucas Sotelo and Mateo Uresti.

Sterling beat Belvidere on penalty kicks, needing six rounds of PKs to win 3-2. Patrick Nelsen scored twice in that game.

Sterling beat Rockford East 5-3 with a pair of goals from David Sanchez and one each from Nelsen, Mitchell Petrosky and Jose Castro.

The Golden Warriors will face Geneseo on Tuesday with a chance to clinch the NIB-12 West for the fourth year in a row.

Girls swimming

Warriors 13th at St. Charles North: Kerry Mullen and Lauren Moeller each had eighth-place finishes as Sterling wound up 13th in the 14-team St. Charles North Invitational. The Golden Warriors had 45 points, with the host school in first at 375.5.

Mullen was clocked at 25.66 seconds in the 50 freestyle, while Moeller finished in 1:02.75 in the 100 backstroke.

Byron was 12th as a team with 54 points. Katie Drezen took 10th in the 50 freestyle in 25.75 to pace the Tigers.

Rumbolz 14th at Glenbrook: Sterling diver Zaina Rumbolz took 14th at the Glenbrook South Titan Diving Invitational.

Rumbolz scored 188.5 points. Mundelein’s Maggie Franz took first with 240.25.

Sterling’s Zoe Ryan scored 123.15 points to place 34th.

Morrison 8th at UT: Fillies swimmers scored 65.9 points, good for eighth place at the Panther Invitational at United Township High School in East Moline.

Pleasant Valley won the team title with 273 points.

Morrison’s 200 freestyle relay team of Sydney Norman, Lindsey Houldson, Sara Norman and Gracen Harmon took fifth with a time of 1:48.46. Sydney Norman, Sara Norman, Sadie Norman and Harmon teamed up to take sixth in the medley relay in 2:01.77.

Harmon also took ninth in the 50 freestyle in 26.62 seconds, and 10th in the 100 freestyle in 58.65.

Sydney Norman was eighth in the breaststroke in 1:17.83. Sadie Norman was eighth in the butterfly (1:096.47) and 10th in the backstroke (1:06.22).

College volleyball

Skyhawks 3-1 in Springfield: Sauk Valley won its first three matches at the Lincoln Land tournament this weekend before falling to the host team in its finale.

The Skyhawks (23-4), ranked ninth in NJCAA Division II, opened Friday with a four-set win over Columbus State, the eighth-ranked team in Division III. Sauk won 25-20, 25-9, 24-26, 25-14 behind 16 kills and 22 digs from Sommer Rhea, and 14 kills and 23 digs by Bailey O’Brien. Mackenzie Skoumal added nine kills and eight blocks, Hannah Peterson had seven kills and four blocks, and Paige Conner dished 30 assists, with Kacey Koch chipping in 17 assists.

The Skyhawks won their first two matches Saturday in straight sets, beating St. Louis C.C. 25-11, 25-15, 25-17, and defeating Frontier C.C. 25-17, 25-25, 25-14. Against St. Louis, O’Brien had 10 kills, Rhea added nine kills and 12 digs, and Gwen Lohr-Fandel had six kills and 17 digs. Skoumal had five kills, Tori Smoode stuffed five blocks, and Koch (15) and Conner (11) combined for 26 assists.

In the win over Frontier, Rhea had 12 kills and 10 digs, O’Brien finished with 11 kills and 16 digs, Skoumal added six kills, and Lohr-Fandel chipped in 11 digs. Conner set for 19 assists, and Koch dished 15.

Sauk lost to D-II seventh-ranked Lincoln Land 25-14, 33-31, 22-25, 25-23. O’Brien had 21 kills and 26 digs, Rhea had 14 kills and 22 digs, and Lohr-Fandel added five kills and 17 digs. Peterson spiked 10 kills and stuffed six blocks, Skoumal chipped in six kills and six blocks, and Koch (28) and Conner (24) set for 52 assists.

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