The Rock Falls cross country team used a balanced lineup to place third at the 42-team First to the Finish Invitational on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
The Rockets had 181 points, behind Eureka (129) and Winnebago (167).
Rock Falls’ top five runners were Bryahna Ganther (19th, 19:31), Bailee Fortney (21st, 19:35), Alex Gomez (37th, 20:06), Erin Porter (41st, 20:10) and Tayler Lippens (68th, 20:52).
Oregon’s Leah Watters was 84th in 21:03.
On the Class 2A side, Sterling was 22nd with 651 points. Mika Martinez led the Golden Warriors in 20:04, good for 72nd place.
Dixon was paced by Paige Stees (18:46, 21st place) and Jade Miller (18:48, 23rd place).
The Duchesses did not field a full team.
Comets go 1-2 at quad: Avery Meyer went 3-0 at No. 1 singles as Newman went 1-2 at the Belvidere North quadrangular.
The Comets blanked Marengo 5-0, but lost 3-2 decisions against Jacobs and Belvidere North.
Maddy Jacobs and Sydney Schott won two of three matches at No. 1 doubles for Newman.
Steamers 3-2 at Byron: Fulton won three of five matches at the Byron Tournament.
The wins came against Guilford (25-20, 25-23), Belvidere (25-20, 25-15) and Pecatonica (25-15, 24-26, 15-9), while the losses were to Winnebago (25-15, 25-23) and Aquin (25-20, 25-22).
Emily Schipper led the Steamers with 42 kills and 29 digs, while Daekota Knott had 24 blocks and 23 kills. Kylie Collachia dished 47 assists, and Kylee Sweenie set 32.
Milledgeville went 2-3 in the tournament, with wins against Scales Mound (25-16, 22-25, 15-10) and Guilford (17-25, 26-24, 15-11) and losses to Byron (25-18, 25-20), Ottawa (25-19, 25-15) and Stillman Valley (25-16, 25-17).
Alyvia Woodard finished with 20 kills and nine digs for the Missiles, and Kortney Queckboerner added 21 digs and 19 kills.
AFC 1-3 at Midland: The Raiders won one of their four matches at the Midland tournament.
Natalie Sondgeroth had 13 kills, 23 service points and three aces in the tournament, while Tristan Munroe finished with nine kills, seven blocks and 10 aces.
Camdyn Penick served for 27 points, dished 16 assists and added 18 digs, with Callie Shrimplin leading the team with 24 digs. Kendall Sanford had 11 assists, and Rebecca Shupert chipped in five blocks.
Falcons win in Rockford: Faith Christian won six matches to take top honors in the Rockford Fire Tournament.
In Friday’s pool-play round, the Falcons defeated Northland Royals (25-16, 25-9), Madison Tigers (25-12, 25-15) and Rockford Fire (25-16, 25-15).
In Saturday’s medal round, Faith Christian topped Rockford Fire (25-10, 25-21), SWCHA Saints (25-13, 22-25, 15-11) and, in the title game, the Madison Tigers (25-11, 23-25, 15-7).
Michal Schueler led the Falcons with 128 kills and 16 aces, Meghan Van Buren had 86 assists, 21 kills and 10 aces, and Krissy Royer added 32 assists.
Sauk Valley 6, Moraine Valley 3: The Skyhawks begain their season with a home victory against the Cyclones.
Adela Bajramoska, Sara Ackerson,
Grace Ely and Larissa Gallardo won singles matches for Sauk
Bajramoska and Hannah Chromek teamed up to win in doubles, as did Ely and Ackerson.
Skyhawks go winless in Iowa: Sauk Valley ventured to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and lost four matches to ranked opponents at the Kirkwood Invitational.
On Friday, the Skyhawks lost 25-16, 31-29, 25-14 to No. 15 Central Nebraska, then dropped a 25-15, 22-25, 25-14, 25-6 match against No. 2 Parkland.
On Saturday, Sauk Valley lost to No. 10 Johnson County, Kansas 25-15, 25-19, 25-19, then to No. 10 Kirkwood 25-12, 15-25, 25-19, 25-16.
Sauk (3-9) is back in action Tuesday night at Highland.