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Comets clinch Three Rivers East crown

Sterling girls run to 2nd at Western Big 6 cross country meet; Newman tennis tops Bruins

Newman beat Princeton 25-19, 25-18 on Thursday to clinch the Three Rivers East championship.

Aidan Brown had nine kills, a block and five digs for the Comets. Kiley Sanders had six kills and 15 digs. Sierra Williams had three kills, a dig and three blocks. Shae McNeill had 13 assists and six digs. Macaire Brown had five kills, two blocks and eight digs.

Newman (22-3, 11-0 TRAC) has one TRAC East match remaining, at Erie-Prophetstown next Thursday, with a chance to go unbeaten in conference play.

Oregon def. Genoa-Kingston 25-22, 25-19: The Hawks went on the road and won a Big Northern match behind 10 digs, six kills and an ace from Alice Stenico.

Ella Martin added 20 assists, an ace, three digs and three kills. Ava Wight had seven digs. Lyndi Kenney had nine digs and an ace. Olivia Ankney had eight digs, and Jadyn Bothe had eight kills.

Erie-Prophetstown def. Kewanee 20-25, 25-9, 25-17: The Panthers rallied back for a home Three Rivers win after dropping the first set to the Boilermakers.

Ella Heyvaert and Ady Scott each had eight kills, with Emily Brooks chipping in seven. Baylee Anderson had 22 assists. Jasmine Nickerson had 17 digs, with Brooks adding 11 and Emma Davis adding 10.

Heyvaert, Davis and Scott all had three aces, and Anderson added two.

Bureau Valley def. Hall 25-15, 25-9: The Storm won a Three Rivers East match in Spring Valley.

Lauren Wirth had 18 assists, two kills, four digs and two aces. Caroline Konneck had seven digs and two kills. Kamryn Kolb had nine kills. Makanna Sabin had nine digs.

Polo def. AFC 25-18, 25-19: The Marcos topped the Raiders for an NUIC East win at home.

Marah Blake had seven kills, a block and four digs for Polo, while Nicole Boelens added six kills, six digs and two aces. Becca Wagner finished with four kills and five digs, and Alex Dusing chipped in 10 digs, two kills and two assists.

Milledgeville def. Orangeville 15-25, 25-20, 25-21: The Missiles rallied for an NUIC win at home.

Alyvia Woodard had 10 kills. Alyssa Mertz added six kills, 11 assists and 10 digs. Jacqueline Folkers had 14 digs, and Woodard had 11. Sam Hartman had 10 assists.

Eastland def. River Ridge 25-14, 25-8: The Cougars won on their Senior Night, as junior Karlie Krogman led the way with nine kills, three blocks and four aces.

Erin Henze dished 26 assists, Addison Burkholder chipped in 12 digs, and Abby Byer served three aces for Eastland (14-15, 7-5 NUIC West).

Girls cross country

Warriors 2nd at WB6: Sterling scored 63 points to claim second place at the Western Big 6 meet in Quincy.

Moline won the conference title with 53 points, as the Maroons’ Lylia Gomez raced to the individual title.

Sterling was led by Kylie Nicklaus, who edged Geneseo’s Lacey Laxton for fourth in a time of 19 minutes, 40 seconds.

Lilian Peavy took 10th in 20:11. Madilyn Banhart was 15th in 20:28. Mika Martinez was 17th in 20:31. Andrea Cervantes was 20th in 20:48.

Boys cross country

Sterling 4th at WB6: The Golden Warriors had 110 points to take fourth place at the Western Big 6 meet in Quincy.

United Township won the conference title with 42 points after placing four runners in the top eight.

Javon Bruce was Sterling’s top runner, taking 11th in 16:53. Sam Janssen was 14th in 17:01, with Sam Brown 16th in 17:04.

Quincy’s Fiker Rosen won the individual title in 15:49.

Boys soccer

Sycamore 6, Sterling 0: The Golden Warriors ended their regular season with a nonconference loss at Sycamore.

Sterling ends the regular season 9-12-2, and will face Ottawa in the Class 2A Ottawa Regional semifinal on Wednesday.

Girls tennis

Newman 4, St. Bede 1: Sydney Schott and Madelyn Ryan won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles to lead the Comets past the Bruins at Sauk Valley Community College.

Brynlee Hermeyer and Marisel Schalk won at No. 2 doubles, and Maddy Verdick and Maggie Oswalt won at No. 3 doubles.

Avery Meyer was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles.

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