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Sterling takes a pair of titles

Girls bowlers win regional; boys swimmers win NIIC

The Sterling girls bowling team took first place at the Rock Island Regional with a score of 5,664 on Saturday.

United Township was second with a 5,548.

Olivia Zinanni’s series of 1,241 led the Warriors. Kyleigh Glazier had a series of 1,184, and Grace Schultz rolled a 1,113.

Dixon second at DeKalb: The Duchesses put up a series score of 5,767 to take second place at the DeKalb Regional. Sycamore won the team title with a 6,095.

Alyssa Bonnette had Dixon’s top score with a 1,263 series. She broke the 200-mark five times in six games, with a high game of 235. She was fifth individually.

Allison Bay took ninth with a series of 1,164, including a 234 game. Melissa Bates was 12th with a series of 1,159, and she also had a 234 game.

“It feels great. It was exactly what we were looking for,” Dixon coach Larry LaCoursiere said. “We came in knowing that we would have a hard time winning it. We just wanted to stay close to [Sycamore] and make it to next week. If we bowl well next week, we have a chance to make it to the state finals.”

Oregon’s sixth-place showing with a score of 5,204 put the Hawks 148 pins shy of qualifying for sectional as a team, though three Hawks are moving on as individuals.

Caitlyn Kaltrenbrun was 14th overall with a series score of 1,148. The Oregon senior will be joined at the sectional by a pair of freshmen; Sammantha Meyers rolled a 1,076 series to place 22nd, and Rebbeca Meyers had a series of 1,070 to take 24th.

“I feel real good going with them because they are freshman and I can help them get up and moving, because I’ve been to sectionals and I went to state last year,” Kaltenbrun said. “I know what it feels like and I know the experience.”

Boys swimming

Water Warriors win at Byron: Sterling took first place in the Northern Illinois Independent Championships for the first time since 2001, scoring 275 points to beat second-place Byron by 31 points.

Brayden Wolf got Sterling off to a solid start with a win in the diving competition, putting up 299 points to beat teammate Kevin Lemus.

Calvin Sandefer won a pair of events for the Warriors, taking the 50 freestyle in 22.34 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 49.45. Jack Wike also picked up a win for Sterling, taking first in the 500 freestyle in 5:02.58.

Dixon’s Caleb Carlson won a pair of events for the Byron co-op. He cruised to victory in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:55.53, more than 8 seconds faster than Wike’s second-place time (2:03.99). Carlson also won the 100 butterfly in 51.77.

AFC’s Wade Lyles won the 100 breaststroke for Byron in 1:04.41.

Sterling got relay wins in the 200 medley relay (1:42.47) and 200 freestyle relay (1:32.05).

Boys basketball

Sterling 63, Rochelle 57, OT: The Warriors converted 10 of 16 free throws in overtime to pull out a road win against the Hubs.

Micah Kendrick led Sterling with 16 points, Tyler Willman had 12, and Sean Gingrich added 10.

Johnny Beck led Rochelle with 21 points.

Mendota 58, Oregon 38: The Hawks couldn’t keep up with the Trojans in a Big Northern road loss.

Milledgeville 69, Amboy 37: Kyle Ottens poured in 28 points, and Cade Schave added 17 as the Missiles routed the visiting Clippers.

Hunter Zimmerly and Mitchell McLaughlin each had seven points for Amboy.

Polo 57, Forreston 43: The Marcos broke a 28-all tie midway through the third quarter with a 29-15 run the rest of the way for an NUIC East win at home.

Trevin Woodin led Polo with 16 points, while Braiden Soltow and Lane Hopkins had 12 points apiece.

Pearl City 60, Eastland 48: The Cougars fell behind 17-7 after one quarter and never recovered in an NUIC West road loss to their football co-op partners.

Men’s basketball

Sauk Valley 61, Kennedy-
King 48: Riley Mehrens hit six 3-pointers, five of them in the second half, on his way to 18 points in the Skyhawks’ home win.

Anthony Martinez added 17 points for Sauk (14-10), which led 24-23 at halftime before outscoring Kennedy-
King 37-25 in the second half.

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