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Boys Roundup: Warriors repeat in Taylorville; RF falls twice

Sterling takes crown

Sterling won its second Taylorville Tournament title in as many years, and did so by avenging a loss to the hosts on Thursday night by beating the Tornadoes 65-55 on Friday night.

The Golden Warriors were an efficient 53 percent (21-for-40) from the field, and 22 of 30 from the free-throw line. 

Sean Gingrich led a balanced Sterling offense with 14 points. Micah Kendrick chipped in 13 and Tyler Willman added 10.

Jordan Moats had a game-high 16 points for the Tornadoes.

The Warriors reached the title game with a 39-36 win over Galesburg.

Sterling trailed 28-27 going into the fourth quarter, but outscored the Silver Streaks 12-8 over the final 8 minutes. Kendrick scored a team-high 14 points, while Aidan Shore added 10.

Khalil Hodge paced Galesburg with 14 points. The Warriors shot just 38 percent (15-for-39) from the field, while the Silver Streaks were a dismal 29 percent (12-for-41).

State Farm Classic

St. Joseph-Ogden 54, Rock Falls 53: The Rockets trailed 40-39 after the third quarter, and couldn’t muster a comeback against the Spartans at the Shirk Center in Bloomington.

Dylan Leaf poured in a game-high 28 points for Rock Falls. Keyon Wolber chipped in 10.

Bryce Haake led SJO with 27 points.

El Paso-Gridley 57, Rock Falls 53: Cade Nailor tossed in 18 points for the Rockets in their tournament finale at Normal West High School.

Teron Fairchild led EPG with 15 points.

Eastland Holiday Tournament

Aquin 49, Fulton 46: The Steamers fell short of a place in the title game at Eastland with a narrow loss to the Bulldogs.

Fulton will take on Polo in the third-place game. The Steamers had three players in double figures in Cody Sanderson (16), Tyler Bruggenwirth (15) and Kyle Schipper (11).

Bryce Carlson finished with 14 points, and Zac Cummins had 13 for Aquin.

Byron 50, Eastland 47: The Cougars and Tigers were tied at 22 at halftime, but it was the visitors getting the best of the hosts in the end.

Kaden Henze had a team-high 16 points for Eastland. Ethan Christians chipped in 11.

Pauly Rico nailed five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points for Byron.

Stillman Valley 56, Prophetstown 50: The Prophets battled back from a 31-21 halftime deficit to get within one down 42-41 after the third quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback against the Cardinals in Lanark.

Logan Henrekin scored 15 of Prophetstown’s 20 third-quarter points, and finished with a game-high 26. Eric Robinson added nine.

Matthew Mandzen scored a team-high 20 points for Stillman Valley.

South Beloit 61, Amboy 59: The Clippers outscored the SoBos 23-11 in the fourth quarter, but fell just short in Lanark.

Justin Hart exploded for 31 points, including a 9-for-9 performance from the free-throw line. Mitchell McLaughlin scored 22 for Amboy.

D’Andre Dogan (25), Adam Pilz (19) and Travis Keen (11) all reached double figures for South Beloit.

Prophetstown 47, Eastland JV 41: The Prophets jumped ahead 21-14 at halftime and held on against the Cougars in Lanark.

Harrison Ames had a game-high 14 points for Prophetstown. Logan Henrekin, Eric Robinson and Sam Jones had nine apiece.

Dylan Bouvia finished with 13 points to lead Eastland. Wilczynski chipped in nine.

Warren 51, Eastland JV 33: The Cougars couln’t catch up after falling behind 22-11 at the half and 36-16 after three against the Warriors in Lanark.

Dylian Bouvia led Eastland with 12 points. Kaden Sigafus had a game-high 16 points for Warren.

Warkins Cardinal Classic

Mercer County 67, Bureau Valley 56: The Storm led 36-30 at the half, but were outscored 37-20 in the second half in a loss to the Golden Eagles at Erie.

Nate Paup led BV with 15 points, while Kale Barnett and Andrew Petros tossed in 11 and 10, respectively.

Mercer County also had three players in double figures. Quinton King poured in 22, Anthony Ruggles hit five 3s and a pair of free throws for 17 points, and Jordan Metcalf pitched in 16.

Lena-Winslow 53, Morrison 46: The Mustangs couldn’t overcome 25 points from the Panthers’ Isaiah Bruce in a loss at Erie.

Britt Ottens led Morrison with 20 points. Ben Brackemyer added 14.

Ty Chrisman and Sean Ormiston each had nine points for Lena-Winslow.

Wethersfield 48, Erie 31: The Cardinals led 19-16 at halftime before being taken down by the Flying Geese.

Josh Hammer paced Erie with 10 points.

Coltin Quagliano led Wethersfield with 16 points, and Nolan Hicks added 11.


Dukes 2nd at Ewoldt Invite: Sebastian Quintana won a title at 160 pounds to lead Dixon to second place at the 16-team Ed Ewoldt Invitational held at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

The Dukes had 188 points, behind only the host squad, which amassed 218.

Hakeem Banks (106), Bryce Christiansen (138), Finn Brandon (195) and Dylan Messer (220) placed second for Dixon, Tyler Lowry (120) and Clint Schielein (182) were third, and Matt Lohse (152) was fourth.

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