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Local Roundup: Comets duo in sweet 16

Newman doubles pair 2-0 at state; Hawks top G-K

A Newman doubles team has reached the third round of the IHSA state championships, while Sterling and Dixon players all went 0-2.

The Comets’ Maddy Jacobs and Erin Vits won 6-0, 6-0 in the first round against Mia Jones and Kayla Weddington of Hillcrest. They then beat Kaley Oliver and Makynna Shaffer of Carmi-White County in the second round 7-6, (6-0), 6-1.

They will continue their run through state with the round-of-16 today at Buffalo Grove.

Newman singles player Avery Meyer won her first-round match, then dropped her next two matches. Meyer beat Illiana Christian’s Elisabeth Knot in the first round 6-1, 6-1, then fell in the second round to Lake View’s Fabiola Rivas 6-2, 6-0. In the second consolation round, she fell to Nazareth Academy’s Gabby Walsh 6-3, 6-1.

Dixon’s Riley Bally lost in the first round to Nicole Lao of Acero-Cruz 6-0, 6-0, then lost in the first round consolation match to Casey-Westfield’s Elizabeth Eckerty 7-5, 6-1.

The Duchesses’ Alane Bratt lost 6-2, 6-2 to Peoria Notre Dame’s Maria Coulter in the first round and 6-0, 6-0 to Centralia’s Michelle Lynch in her first consolation match.

Sterling’s Abby Aitken lost to North Shore Country Day’s Cara Savin 6-0, 6-2 in the first round and to Cardondale’s Sophie
DiBiase 6-1, 6-1 in the first consolation round.

The Golden Warriors’ Katelyn Grell fell to Wheaton St. Francis’
Jane Price 6-0, 6-3 in the first round and 6-2, 6-0 to Walsh in the first consolation round.


Oregon def. Genoa-Kingston 25-20, 18-25, 25-21: The Hawks stumbled in the second set, but recovered for the three-set win at Genoa.

Jasmine Herbst had 18 assists to go with five digs and three kills. Gylian Finch had 15 kills, 17 digs and two blocks. Aleah Wight had 18 digs while Bailey Nelson had eight kills.

Fulton def. Sherrard 25-20, 25-15: The Steamers pulled out a win at home behind 11 assists from Kylee Sweenie.

Brooke Huizenga added seven digs. Huizenga and Emily Schipper each had six kills

Orion def. Bureau Valley 25-15, 25-15: Bureau Valley fell in straight sets at the Storm Cellar.

Nicole Wirth had 10 assists and three digs. Christen Hurley had four kills. Saige Barnett had six kills. Marissa Endress had seven digs.

Amboy def. Polo 25-19, 25-23: The Clippers pulled out a pair of close sets to win their NUIC East road match.

Rilley Peterson had 11 kills and four digs to lead the Marcos. Alex Dusing had seven assists and eight digs. Mallory Patterson had nine assists.

Milledgeville def. AFC 25-20, 25-23: The Missiles claimed a hard-fought NUIC East victory at home, led by Rebecca Waite’s seven kills, 12 digs, 10 assists and two blocks.

Kortney Queckboerner added five kills for Milledgeville, and Holly Smith finished with four kills, nine assists and two aces. Ciara Miller and Sabreena Hartman chipped in seven digs each.

Madeline Prestegaard had five blocks and three kills for the Raiders. Jaynee Prestegaard had four kills. Sammy Smith had five assists.

Eastland def. West Carroll 25-19, 25-7: Jordan Miller’s nine digs and six aces led the Cougars to an NUIC West win in Savanna.

Katie Krogman spiked seven kills, and Sage Walrath added four kills for Eastland. Gabby Snyder had six digs and five aces, and Erin Henze and Erica Dambman both dished 10 assists.

Girls swimming

Rock Island 95, Sterling 91: The Golden Warriors won four individual races and a relay in a dual meet loss in Rock Island.

Lauren Moeller won the 200 freestyle (2:06.16) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.72) for Sterling, and also teamed with Sarah Page, Sami Royer and Kerry Mullen to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:47.23). Mullen added a victory in the 50 freestyle (25.97 seconds), and Zaina Rumbolz won the 1-meter diving competition (196.55 points).

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