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Area roundup: Dixon girls win on road; Newman boys beat Byron in Mt. Carroll

The Dixon girls basketball team used a second-half comeback to defeat Hampshire 39-34 in a nonconference road game Saturday afternoon.

The Duchesses trailed 17-3 after the opening quarter, but rallied within 19-10 by halftime, then outscored the Whip-Purs 29-15 in the second half to notch their 20th win of the season.

Harvest Day had 10 points and seven rebounds for Dixon (20-4), and Ella Govig scored seven points. Sam Tourtillott, Rylee Pfoutz and Hannah Steinmeyer all scored six points; Steinmeyer added 11 rebounds and three steals, Tourtillott had five assists and four steals, and Pfoutz finished with four steals.

Whitney Thompson led Hampshire with 13 points, Avery Cartee scored 10, and Ashley Herzing added nine.

Stockton 46, Amboy 41: The Clippers were outscored 25-18 in the second half of a an NUIC crossover contest at home, after leading 23-21 at halftime.

Olivia Dinges had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists for Amboy, and Elly Jones added 11 points and five rebounds. Courtney Ortgiesen finished with nine points, six rebounds and six steals, and Maeve Larson chipped in five rebounds and four assists for the Clippers.

Brynn Haas scored 21 points for the Blackhawks, and Kenzie Haas added 12.

Forreston 0-2 at Byron: The Cardinals lost 45-30 to St. Bede and 53-31 to Harlem in their first two games at the Byron MLK tournament.

Forreston fell behind St. Bede 29-15 by halftime after the Cardinals were outscored 18-5 in the second quarter. Kailey Sanders and Keeli Larson both had seven points and five rebounds, and Brooke Boettner added six points, six rebounds and three assists. Letrese Buisker also scored six points, and Hailey Greenfield chipped in two points, six rebounds and two assists for the Cardinals.

Against Harlem, it was a 19-6 second-quarter deficit that cost Forreston, after the Huskies led 16-10 at the end of the opening quarter. Boettner had eight points, three assists and four steals for the Cardinals, while Larson added seven points and five rebounds. Greenfield finished with six points and five rebounds, and Buisker also grabbed five rebounds.

Boys basketball

Manny’s Shootout

Newman 60, Byron 46: The Comets used a 22-8 third-quarter run to take control in a shootout win at Mt. Carroll.

Lucas Simpson’s 23 points paced Newman (12-7), while Marcus Williams scored 19, and Nolan Britt chipped in nine. The Comets led 12-6 after the opening quarter and 26-21 at halftime.

Jordan Croegaert had 12 points, and Max Connell scored 10 to lead Byron.

Milledgeville 68, Orangeville 51: The Missiles cruised past the Broncos in Mt. Carroll, with Kieren Harris pouring in 26 points for Milledgeville.

Pecatonica MLK

East Dubuque 44, Polo 22: The Marcos fell behind 19-9 after the first quarter and couldn’t catch up in their first game at Pecatonica.

Tyler Merdian had six points, Cayden Webster finished with five, and Brock Soltow scored four for Polo.

Pecatonica 73, Polo 35: The Marcos trailed 38-20 at halftime, then the host Indians pulled away by limiting Polo to one point in the fourth quarter.

Tyler Merdian hit three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points for Polo, and Soltow scored 10. The Marcos will play Durand in the seventh-place game Monday at 3 p.m.

Eastland 45, Chicago Intrinsic 24: The Cougars led 24-15 by halftime, then outscored Intrinsic 21-9 in the second half in their first game in Pecatonica.

Kellen Henze had 15 points, and Max McCullough scored 12 for Eastland.

Scales Mound 64, Eastland 33: The Cougars led 24-23 at halftime, but were then outscored 17-7 in the third quarter and 24-2 in the fourth in a loss in Pecatonica.

Henze had 20 to pace Eastland, which will play Galena in the third-place game at 6 p.m. Monday. Sam Cocagne scored 16 and Collin Fosler finished with 15 for Scales Mound.

South Beloit MLK

Harvest Christian 65, AFC 38: The Raiders fell behind 16-2 in the first quarter and never recovered in an opening loss in South Beloit.

Griffin Bushman had 12 points, Carson Rueff scored 10, and Jordan Harris added eight for AFC. Ben Lothery led Harvest Christian with 18 points.

North Boone 72, AFC 40: The Raiders trailed 18-3 at the end of the opening quarter and couldn’t catch up against the Vikings in their second game in South Beloit.

Rueff finished with 14 points, and Bushman scored 10 for AFC. Oscar Ovalle had 11 points for North Boone, while Amro Shammakh, Will Doetch and Bryce Nolen added 10 points each.

Forreston 40, Harvard 28: The Cardinals led the whole way in their opener at South Beloit, pulling away with a 16-7 scoring edge in the fourth quarter.

Owen Greenfield poured in 21 points to pace Forreston. Myles Brincks scored 13 for Harvard.

South Beloit 54, Forreston 40: The Cardinals fell to the host SoBos in the final game of Day 1 in South Beloit.

Brock Smith hit three 3-pointers, and he and Owen Greenfield scored nine points each to lead Forreston, which led 20-19 at halftime before being outscored 35-10 in the second half. Bradley Knepper led the SoBos with 18 points.

Boys swimming

Sterling 2nd in Rockford: The Water Warriors swam to second place at the Jefferson J-Hawk Invite, led by 10 top-five finishes.

Sterling scored 210 points to finish behind only Cary-Grove (256). Normal Community took third (202), while the Byron co-op finished fourth (133), just ahead of Belvidere (131.5).

Sterling’s Michael Garland was the only local individual winner, as he took the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.12. The Warriors also won the 200 freestyle relay (1:30.68) with the team of Mason Adams, Garland, Skylar Drolema and Reiley Austin.

Drolema was second in the 50 freestyle (23.43 seconds), and Austin was runner-up in the 100 backstroke (56.68). They also teamed up with Garland and Braeden Ruiz to take second in the 200 medley relay (1:42.28).

Garland was third in the 100 freestyle (51.20) and Ruiz took third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.39), while Austin was fourth in the 200 IM (2:04.23) and Drolema finished fourth in the 100 butterfly (55.18). The quartet of Luke Clark, Peter Garland, Adams and Ruiz swam to fifth in the 400 free relay (3:34.61).

Byron’s top finish came from Tyson Politsch, who placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.29). Dixon senior Carson Faley took third in the 200 freestyle (1:48.70) and fourth in the 500 free (4:55.44), and also teamed with Nathan Bell, Politsch and Levi Schamper to swim to third place in both the 200 medley relay (1:44.26) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:29.56).

Bell (58.63) and Schamper (58.90) also went 3-4 in the 100 backstroke for the Tigers.

Girls bowling

Dixon 6th in Morris: The Duchesses rolled a 4,968 at the Morris Invite, good for sixth place out of 18 teams. Joliet West won with a 5,686, and Minooka was second with a 5,645.

Tianna Bryson placed 10th individually with a six-game series of 1,104, while Grace DeBord placed 18th with a 1,065. Plainfield East’s Hailey Bozych won the title with a 1,349.

Leslie Pettorini’s 1,009 series included Dixon’s high game of 231. Autumn Swift (945) and Abby Tate (845) also competed for the Duchesses.

Wrestling

Sterling 8th in Iowa: The Golden Warriors had two runners-up and three more place-winners to finish eighth as a team at the Midwest Shootout in Bettendorf.

Drew Kested took second at 145 pounds, winning two pins and an 8-2 decision before falling by pin in the title bout. Alejandro Arellano added a runner-up finish at 285, winning twice with pins before falling by pin in the final.

Javier Luna (195) and Diego Leal (220) both finished fifth for Sterling, while Gage Tate (160) was sixth and Joey Cordell (170) placed eighth.

Bettendorf won their own tournament with 258.5 points, with Johnston (Iowa) placing second with 218. Sterling scored 84 points.

EP, Oregon, Polo, Fulton in top 5 at Kewanee: Erie-Prophetstown (173 points) was runner-up to the host Boilermakers (203) at the Kewanee Invitational, while Oregon took third (155), Polo placed fourth (136.5) and Fulton finished fifth (120). Morrison took 12th (16).

Eight area wrestlers won their weight classes: Polo’s Wyatt Doty (132), Oregon’s Seth Stevens (138) and Anthony Bauer (145), Fulton’s Zane Pannell (170), Morrison Kayden White (182), and Erie-Prophetstown’s Andrew Bomleny (195), Nick Ballard (220) and Elijah Friedrichsen (285), who was named outstanding wrestler of the upper weights.

Bomleny and Ballard both won their title bouts with pins, while Friedrichsen won an 8-7 decision. The Panthers got runner-up finishes from Jaelin Hawkins (106), Wyatt Goossens (113) and Jacob Gibson (120), and a third from Aiden Jepson (132). Luke Otten (182) and Bryce Folsom (195) finished fifth, and Kaitlyn Dennison (120) and Braylon Swertferger (152) both took six for Erie-Prophetstown.

Oregon’s Stevens won his title bout 9-2, and Bauer notched a pin. Ethan George (160), Gabe Eckerd (170) and Evan Flaharty (285) all took second, while Preston LaBay (113), Ethan Mowry (120), Dalton McCammon (152), Andrew Young (195) and Brigg Sellers (285) all finished fourth for the Hawks.

Polo’s Doty won by pin in his title bout, while Brayden Altherr (152) and Wyatt Queckboerner (182) were runners-up. Daniel Engel (285) took third, DeAngelo Fernandez (160) and Wayde Reimer (182) were both fourth, and Gage Lagee (120), Lucas Nelson (126), Devin Rucker (170) and Blake Diehl (220) all finished fifth for the Marcos.

Fulton’s Pannell won by pin in his title match, and Ben Fosdick (138), Conner Sheridan (145) and Xander Walling (220) all took second. Broden VenHuizen (126) finished fourth, and Chris Carroll (195) placed sixth for the Steamers.

White won a 12-6 decision in his title bout, and was the only Morrison place-winner.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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