Despite having a trio of runners out due to COVID-related quarantining, the Amboy boys cross country team grabbed the top two individual spots and picked up a team win on Tuesday at Centennial Park in Rock Falls, scoring 38 points to top the host Rockets (42) and Rockford Lutheran (44).
On the girls side, Rock Falls cruised to a victory with 18 points, well ahead of Lutheran (56) and Amboy (63).
Brock Loftus cruised to the individual win for the Clippers in 18:23, beating teammate Ian Eller by 16 seconds even though he himself was not 100%.
"For some reason I just felt a little bit drained," Loftus said. "I think with the weather being a little bit colder last week and it's a little warmer today. I know I've got a lot more in me. Just the weather messed me up a bit."
Lutheran's Chris Kellogg took third with a pair of Rock Falls runners in fourth and fifth, as Matthew Marcum finished in 19:41 and Victor Rivera in 19:53.
Amboy's Andruw Jones took sixth, with Rock Falls' Jose Gomez in ninth.
In the girls race, the Rockets had no trouble at Centennial Park, with all seven of their runners who started the race finishing it in the top 11, including a 1-2-3 finish from Calin Gaulrapp, Gracie Rippy and Tayli Hultin.
Those three, along with senior teammate Bry Ganther, held the top four spots running as a group in the early going before Gaulrapp began to pull ahead, leading Rippy by nearly 30 seconds at the two-mile mark and beating her to the finish line by 34 seconds, finishing in 21:27.
"We practice in group run, so it's a habit to go out together because we stay strong together," Gaulrapp said. "I pulled away at the tree line in the beginning. Bry was trying to keep up with me, but we started pulling apart."
Rippy finished in 22:01 and Hultin in 22:22. Sydney Reyes was fifth in 23:14. Kacey Estrella was seventh and Ganther was eighth.
Lauren Althaus led Amboy with a fourth-place finish in 23:04. Elly Jones was ninth in 24:28.
Newman boys win, girls 2nd at Rockridge: The Comets had the top four finishers and five of the top six to win a Three Rivers boys triangular, 16-50 over Orion; Rockridge did not field a full team.
Ken Boesen won the race in 18:15, with teammates Lucas Simpson (18:24), Landen Summers (18:32) and Brady Partington (18:34) close behind. Lucas Schaab placed sixth (19:03) for Newman,
In the girls race, the Comets’ top finisher was Claire Crisham in fourth (22:27). Gianna Widolff (7th, 24:42) and Annie Rude (9th, 26:36) also placed in the top 10. Orion won with 19 points, followed by Newman (53) and Rockridge (72). Orion’s Maryn Bolinger won in 20:36.
Storm second in own quadrangular: Bureau Valley’s boys and girls both ran to runner-up finishes in a four-team Three Rivers meet in Walnut.
The boys scored 49 points, behind only Kewanee’s 37; Hall was third (52) and Princeton finished fourth (99). BV’s Elijah House won the race in 18:36.0, with Isaac Attig finishing fifth (20:30.8) and and Benjamin Roth placing seventh (21:07.5).
On the girls side, Princeton won with 20 points, followed by BV (61) and Hall (73); Kewanee did not field a full team. Jillian Hulsing led the Storm in seventh place (26:36.9), and Paige Wagner was 10th (28:12.5). Princeton’s Jenna Loftus won the race in 22:44.5.
Eastland 181, Sterling 184: The Cougars edged out the Golden Warriors at Emerald Hill.
Eastland’s Treyton Selman was medalist with a 41, while Andy Anderson fired a 46 and Kellen Henze and Noah Newstrand both added 47s.
Dale Guerrieri led Sterling with a 44, Nate Ottens shot a 46, and Carter Morris and Cam O’Brien both had 47s.
Rockets host Mendota: Rock Falls only had three varsity golfers in a Big Northern dual at Rock River Golf and Pool. Evan Mandrell (49), Brady Richards (51) and Nicholas Vickers (55) provided the Rockets’ scores.
St. Bede 165, Newman 166, Hall 178: The Comets fell just one stroke short in a Three Rivers triangular at Spring Creek.
Medalist Kyle Wolfe’s 40 led Newman, with Jacob Donald adding a 41, Logan Palmer firing a 42, and Blake Wolfe finishing with a 43.
Fulton 162, Amboy 204: Ian Wiebenga was medalist with a 1-over 37 to lead the Steamers past the Clippers at Fulton Country Club.
Patrick Wiebenga (38), Josh Vanderploeg (41) and London Meyers (46) also scored for Fulton.
Amboy got a 47 from Austin Bogle, a pair of 52s from Jackson Brubaker and Jarod Warner, and a 53 from Hayden Wittenauer.
Riverdale 159, Morrison 187: The Mustangs fell to the Rams in a Three Rivers dual at Byron Hills in Port Byron.
Mason Dykstra fired a 42, Nate Helms had a 47, Danny Mouw shot a 48, and Isaac Melton added a 50 for Morrison. Riverdale’s Hayden Musser was medalist with a 38.
The Morrison girls also played, shooting a 275 unopposed. Gigi Connelly (67), Faith Green (69), Anna Rinker (69) and Cambell Buikema (70) all competed for the Fillies.
Sherrard 161, Erie-Prophetstown 189, Orion 202: The Panthers took second in a Three Rivers triangular at Oakwood.
Dawson Haggard led EP with a 44, while Logan Wunderlich added a 45. Bryce Rosenow and Isaac Goodson both fired 50s. Sherrard’s Evan Earl was medalist with a 35.
Polo hosts Dakota: The Marcos did not field a full team against NUIC foe Dakota at Silver Ridge. Cody Buskohl (53) and Clay Davis (56) played varsity for Polo.
Dakota’s Ian Peterson fired a 38 as medalist.
Sterling 201, Eastland 279: The Golden Warriors won at Emerald Hill, led by medalist Maddie Pink (44) and runner-up Olivia Schwingle (45). Caroline Mobarek (53) and Libbi Kendrick (59) also scored for Sterling.
Chloe Sweitzer led Eastland with a 57, followed by Belle Lego (66), Jocelyn Green (71) and Ella Gunderson (85).
Rock Falls 188, Byron 194: Megan Fiorini shot a 1-under 35 to lead the Rockets past the Tigers at PrairieView.
Ellie Wasson (49), Taylor Brown (52) and Brooke Danreiter (52) also counted toward Rock Falls’ score.
Dixon 181, Hinckley-Big Rock 204: Bella Heintzelman fired a 2-over 38 to lead the Duchesses at Indian Oaks.
Katie Drew (45), Olivia Rick (46) and Olivia Brooks (52) also scored for Dixon.
Kewanee 192, Illini Bluffs 196, Newman 248: The Comets fell in a dual at Baker Park in Kewanee. Ellie Rude’s 55 led Newman, with Molly Olson (62), Sophie Ely (65), Addison Foster (66) and Julia Thormeyer (66) also playing.
Kewanee’s Mya Mirocha was medalist with a 39.
Erie-Prophetstown 222, West Carroll 252: The Panthers notched the top four scores in a dual at Prophet Hills.
Berkley Eggers was medalist with a 52, Fiona Huffstutler was runner-up with a 55, and Sabrina Soleta (57) and Malory Eggers (58) also contributed to Erie-Prophetstown’s score.
Madison Haynes (61), Victoria Reiland (63), Lily O’Connor (64) and Katie Smith (64) scored for the Thunder.
Polo 215, Dakota 221: The Marcos won an NUIC dual at Silver Ridge, led by medalist Kamryn Stockton’s 45.
Harper Clark (51), Kealie Wilcox (59) and Alex Dusing (60) also scored for the Marcos.
Newman 5, Kewanee 0: The Comets swept both singles and all three doubles matches on the road.
Riley Dunn (6-4, 14-12) and Julia Rhodes (6-4, 6-1) won in singles for Newman. Maddy Verdick and Lillianna Campbell (6-2, 6-3), Marisel Schalck and Cecilia Sagel (6-3, 6-1), and Fernanda Reyes and Sophia Propheter (6-1, 6-0) all won in doubles.
Tigers 6, Royals 0: Rock Falls native Jakob Junis allowed four runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings to fall to 0-2 on the season as Kansas City lost 6-0 in Detroit.
Junis struck out two and walked on, throwing 25 of his 42 pitches for strikes. He was pulled after Miguel Cabrera’s solo home run with one out in the third, with the Royals trailing 4-0.