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Local Roundup: Oregon soccer wins regional title

Rock Falls volleyball wins Eastland tourney; Fulton golfers 7th at state

Dixon’s Bella Heintzelman shot a 78 on Saturday in the second round of the Class 1A state meet at Red Tail Run in Decatur, and finished the 2-day tournament in 23rd place.

She had birdies on the par-4 third and par-4 12th holes en route to a 36-hole score of 160.

Eureka’s Allison Pacocha shot a 142 to win the individual title, while Normal U-High shot a 43 over par to win the team state title, beating Mt. Carmel by 22 strokes.

Boys golf

Fulton 7th at state: The Steamers finished 103 over par to claim seventh place at the Class 1A state meet at Prairie Vista in Bloomington.

Andrew Schrader shot an 80 on Saturday to finish the tournament with a 152, placing ninth overall. Patrick Wiebenga shot a 169, Ian Wiebenga shot a 177, Alex Hartman shot a 182, Josh VanderPloeg shot a 184, and Landon Meyers shot a 232.

Mater Dei was 67 over par to take first as a team. Peoria Christian freshman Weston Walker rallied to win the individual state title with a 143. He shot a 75 on Friday and sat tied for 11th, five strokes behind co-leaders Marcus Smith of Winnebago and Tri-Valley’s Matthew Barker, but fired a 68 on Saturday that saw him birdie five of the last six holes to vault into first, a stroke ahead of Barker.


Warriors, Comets tie for 4th at sectional: Sterling and Newman both put up 12 points to claim fourth place at the Class 1A Boylan Sectional. Kaneland won the sectional title with 18 points, edging out Boylan. Dixon had 11 points to finish sixth.

Dixon’s Riley Bally is headed to state with a third-place finish in singles play. She lost to Kaneland’s Evelyn Taylor in the semifinal 7-5, 7-6 (7) before beating Keith Country Day’s Riya Karne in the third-place match 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

In doubles play, Abby Aitken and Saryn Seely of Sterling took second. They won their semifinal 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 over Sycamore’s Abigail Krull and Alyssa Coolley before falling in the final to Boylan’s Natalie Muldowney and MiaBella Provenzano 6-3, 6-1.

Newman’s Sydney Schott and Madelyn Ryan took fourth. They fell to Muldowney and Provenzano in the semifinal 6-4, 6-2, and to Coolley and Krull in the third-place match 7-6 (5), 6-4.


Rockets win at Eastland: Rock Falls suffered its first loss of the season in pool play of the Linda Ludwig Tournament in Lanark, but rebounded to win the tournament with a 22-25, 25-9, 15-5 win over Durand in the championship match.

Oregon knocked off its Big Northern rival in the opening match in Pool 2, 25-23, 25-21. The Rockets went on to beat Orangeville 25-16, 25-8, Stockton 25-16, 25-20 and Aquin 25-13, 25-10.

Maya Sands led Rock Falls with 43 kills, and she also had 48 digs, six blocks and five aces. Elise Moeller added 40 kills, 29 digs and three blocks; Kennedy Shaw finished with 40 assists, 12 digs and nine kills; and Audra Goff had 73 assists, 19 digs and seven aces. Maddie Sands had a team-high 64 digs, Mallory Pinske had 16 kills and 10 blocks, Vanessa Romo slammed 13 kills, Makiah Alvarado added eight kills and four blocks, and Haylee Herrera chipped in 10 digs and four aces.

The Hawks beat Aquin 28-26, 25-21, and lost to Stockton 26-24, 25-21.

In Pool 1, Newman won the first set against the host Cougars 25-12 before dropping the second 25-23. The Comets then beat Milledgeville 25-21, 25-16, split with Riverdale 25-22, 24-26, and split with Durand 25-17, 23-25.

Aidan Brown led the Comets with 61 kills on the day, and she also had 43 digs, three blocks and six aces. Kiley Sanders had 39 kills, 57 digs, three blocks and four aces, while Macaire Brown finished with 60 assists, 49 digs, 12 kills and two blocks. Sierra Williams also had 12 kills and three blocks, Josie Rank added seven kills and six blocks, and Shae McNeill dished 69 assists to go with 20 digs.

Eastland lost to Durand 25-19, 25-23, beat Riverdale 25-17, 25-20, and beat Milledgeville 25-19, 25-14.

Milledgeville split with Riverdale 22-25, 25-23, and lost to Durand 25-11, 25-17.

Newman beat Oregon 25-16, 18-25, 15-7 in the third-place match. Eastland took fifth with a 25-23, 25-13 win over Orangeville. Milledgeville took ninth with a 25-20, 25-19 win over Stockton.

Sterling def. Quincy 25-11, 25-10: The Golden Warriors earned a share of the Western Big 6 title with a two-set win at Quincy.

Bree Borum had 10 kills, seven assists and an ace. Brook Borum had eight kills, two blocks and six digs. Grace Egan had six kills and six aces. Lexi Rodriguez had 17 assists and six digs. Kierra Collins had two blocks. Grace Gould had five digs.

Sterling (26-5, 12-2 WB6) finishes conference play tied with Moline in first place.

Erie-Prophetstown 3-2 at Sherrard: The Panthers took three matches at the Sherrard Tournament, beating the host Tigers 21-17, 8-21, 16-14, Ridgewood 21-18, 21-18, and Wethersfield 18-21, 21-9, 15-7. E-P lost to Monmouth-Roseville 21-13, 21-18 and to United Township 19-21, 21-17, 15-7.

Emma Davis and Jasmine Nickerson both served four aces, and both served 100% for the day.

Emily Brooks had 42 kills. Ella Heyvaert added 30, Ady Scott had 25, and Kara Schipper had 13. Heyvaert also had six blocks. Baylee Anderson had 106 assists. Nickerson had 57 digs.

BV 5th at Mendota: The Storm went 2-2 at took fifth place at the Mendota Tournament.

Bureau Valley beat Ottawa 25-13, 25-18 and Putnam County 25-19, 25-21, but lost 25-23, 25-17 to Lexington and 25-11, 25-21 to Mendota.

Lauren Wirth had 59 assists for the tournament, as well as seven kills, six aces and 17 digs. Caroline Konneck had nine kills and 30 digs. Molly Bohm had 17 kills and three blocks. Sam Bohm had eight kills. Kamryn Kolb had 21 kills. Jenna Nordstrom had 18 digs. Makanna Sabin had 26 digs.

Cross country

Vaessen 28th at Peoria: Amboy-LaMoille’s Margaret Vaessen finished the Patriot Invite at Detweiller Park in 19:42 to take 28th place.

Newman’s Karlie Hey was 37th in 20:13. Jorden Robinson was Erie-Prophetstown’s top finisher, taking 76th in 21:21. Morrison’s top finisher was Lindsey Houldson, who took 109th in 22:07. Bureau Valley’s Jillian Hulsing was 160th in 23:59.

Monticello’s Mabry Bruhn won the race in 17:29, and Monticello scored 31 points to win as a team. Amboy-LaMoille was 15th, and Erie-Prophetstown was 21st.

In the boys’ race, Monticello took first with 55 points. Amboy-LaMoille was 16th with 530, E-P took 17th with 533, and Newman was 19th with 591. Bureau Valley scored 837 points to take 35th.

Noah McIntyre of Athens was the top individual with a time of 15:04.

Amboy-LaMoille’s Ian Eller was the top local finisher with a 17:07 time, good for 52nd. E-P’s top runner was Tyler Holldorf, who took 66th in 17:16. Newman’s Ben Sheats was 77th in 17:23. Bureau Valley’s Elias Reich was 146th in 18:12. Morrison’s Koby Brackemeyer was 266th in 20:38.

College cross country

Skyhawks third at home invitational: In Sauk Valley Community College’s Skyhawk Invitational, Sauk’s Hailey Weidner took third in 19:57. Teammate Nataleigh Nugent was ninth in 20:46. Kelynn Boyle took 19th (22:37), and Xheneta Beqiri was 20th (22:39) in the 5K race.

Northwestern Track Club won the team title with 21 points, and Northwestern’s Nora Keller was the top individual with a time of 18:48.

In the men’s 8K race, Dylan Pavlak was the top Skyhawk, taking 15th in 28:57. Dillion Forbeck was 20th (29:32), Ruben Leal was 24th (30:34) and Cameron Gonzalez was 35th (36:29).

Northwestern’s Joey Galindo won with a time of 26:27, and his team won with 17 points.

College volleyball

Sauk sweeps in Rockford: The Skyhawks defeated Spoon River 25-15, 25-20, 25-12, and then downed host Rock Valley 25-14, 20-25, 25-15, 25-13 to win a triangular on Friday evening.

Lexi Greve led the way with 22 kills and four blocks, while Hannah Wilson and Jaida Dean each spiked 15 kills; Wilson also had three blocks. Juliana Rotella had 14 kills and 17 digs, Hannah McCarty had five kills and three blocks, and Shannon Lytle finished with four kills and four blocks.

Aleah Wight had 47 digs and six assists, Madison Craft dished 37 assists, Emily Shrimplin added 28 assists and 20 digs, and Cassie Bushman chipped in 14 digs for Sauk (22-11).

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