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Prep roundup: Sterling boys run to third at Western Big 6 Conference Meet

Warrior girls finish fifth; Comets run at 'Hey Day' in Kewanee; Amboy sweeps home cross country meet

The Sterling boys cross country team took third at the Western Big 6 Conference Meet on Thursday in Rock Island, scoring 82 points to place behind Geneseo (51) and Moline (61).

On the girls side, the Golden Warriors finished fifth with 128 points, as Quincy edged out Geneseo 44-49 for the team title.

Javon Bruce (16:35.5) and Kylie Nicklaus (19:41.1) both took 10th to lead Sterling.

Other scorers for the Sterling boys were Sam Brown (16:53.8), Cameron Taylor (16:55.7) and Thomas Holcomb (16:55.8), who finished 15-16-17, and Connor Pham (17:15.4) in 24th.

The Warrior girls also got points from Rhylee Wade (22nd, 20:28.1), Sarah Navarro (24th, 20:38.8), Mika Martinez (33rd, 21:12.5) and Megan Gingrich (40th, 22:02.5).

Quincy swept the individual honors, as Fiker Rosen won in 15:03.9 for the boys, and Anna Schuering won in 17:56.2 for the girls.

Comets run in Kewanee: The Newman cross country team participated in a Three Rivers triangular at Baker Park, with the host Boilers honoring Newman senior Karlie Hey along with their own seniors in a meet they called "Hey Day."

Newman, Kewanee and Hall runners all wore special uniform tops to honor Hey, who has missed the entire 2020 season while battling sarcoma cancer.

The Newman girls scored 15 points while fielding the only full team, led by sophomore Claire Crisham in second place in 23:49. Gianna Widolff (25:27), Monica Healy (28:03) and Annie Rude (28:09) placed 6-7-8 for the Comets, and Ana Jungerman 30:09) rounded out the scoring in 10th.

The Newman boys narrowly missed out on a sweep, falling to Kewanee 34-35; Hall scored 61 points. Lucas Simpson was runner-up in 18:31, and John Craft finished fourth (18:53). Ken Boesen was eighth (19:08), Landen Summers took 10th (19:24), and Carver Grummert (19:38) rounded out the scoring in 11th.

Kewanee's Colin Vanstechelman (18:03) and Natalee Martin (22:10) won the races.

Clippers sweep at home: Amboy’s boys and girls ran to victory in an NUIC quadrangular at home, with Brock Loftus and Lauren Althaus notching individual wins.

The Clipper boys scored 29 points to beat Polo (46) and Galena (48); Aquin did not field a full team. Loftus won the race in 16:11.7, with Kyler McNinch taking third (17:11.4). Andruw Jones (7th, 18:19.4), Wyatt Lundquist (8th, 18:23.2), Garrett Pertell (13th, 19:57.9) and Calvin Deering (14th, 20:22.1) also ran for Amboy, which improved to 10-1 on the season and remained undefeated against Class 1A competition.

Carson Jones led Polo with a fifth-place finish in 17:51.6. Wyatt Queckboerner (9th, 18:34.8), Avery Grenoble (10th, 19:00.2), Ben Plachno (11th, 19:10.6) and Carter Merdian (16th, 21:13.5) rounded out the Marcos’ lineup.

On the girls side, Amboy finished 3-0 at home with a 23-32 win over Aquin; neither Polo nor Galena ran a full squad. Althaus clocked in at 21:16.0 for the win, with Madelyn McLaughlin finishing fourth (22:26.2). Brittney Mundell (7th, 23:20.9), Brooklyn Whelchel (10th, 24:52.8) and Bailey Crouch (11th, 24:58.1) also scored for the Clippers.

Polo’s Bekah Zeigler was runner-up in 21:35.0. The Marcos’ other runners were Ellie Wells (9th, 24:11.8), Teah Almasy (12th, 25:42.0) and Kaylee Lowry (14th, 26:09.8).

Girls tennis

Newman 3, St. Bede 2: The Comets closed out their regular season with a Three Rivers dual win over the Bruins at the Sauk Valley C.C. courts in Dixon.

Lilliana Campbell won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, and Brynlee Hermeyer and Maddy Verdick won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Newman secured the victory when Sophia Propheter and Fernanda Reyes won 6-4, 1-6, 10-4 at No. 3 doubles.

Sarah Tunink (No. 1 singles) and the duo of Marisel Schalck and Cecilia Sagel (No. 2 doubles) lost in straight sets.

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