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Local Sports Digest: Marquette eighth-grade girls will play for third at IESA State

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Ottawa City Rec will be launching a new women’s volleyball league beginning in February of 2023, with games played Wednesday nights at Central Intermediate School. Registration and rules can be found at with additional information available by emailing

Men’s basketball league play will open in January, with games played Tuesday nights at Central. Registration is available through or by contacting league supervisor Leon Corbin at 215-880-0376 or

Both leagues will also be looking for paid officials.

Marquette girls will play for third

The Marquette eighth-grade girls basketball team will compete for third place in the IESA Class 1A State Tournament at Clinton Junior High School on Thursday after gong 1-1 Saturday in the opening rounds.

Marquette opened with a 26-14 win in the quarterfinals over Cissna Park. Anna Hjerpe scored eight points, Kinley Rick and Morgan Collins each scored five, and Emily Ryan-Adair and Hunter Hopkins added three points apiece in the win.

Marquette then fell 32-25 in the semifinals to Lincoln West/Broadwell despite 15 points from Hopkins, 12 from Hjerpe, eight from Collins, seven from Rick, five from Ryan-Adair and four courtesy of Kelsey Cuchra.

Marquette’s 8s (23-2) will play Jerseyville St. Francis/Holy Ghost at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Central 6s go 2-1

In recent play, the Central sixth-grade boys basketball team: lost to Shabbona 24-21 (Mason Mucci six points, Henry Farabaugh five), beat Mendota 25-10 (Farabaugh seven, Joseph Donahue six) and topped JFK 30-18 (Bryce Ceja seven, Farabaugh and Trace Wesbecker six points apiece).

Wallace boys go 3-1

Wallace’s seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams played Northlawn and Morris ICS recently.

For the Wallace 7s, Jake Torres scored 25 points, Caden Roether had 12 and Michael Johnson added eight in a 56-18 win over Northlawn; while in a 43-5 win over ICS it was Torres with 16 and Jayce Olsen with eight.

The eighth-graders were led by Jack Carroll’s 12 points and Torres’ seven in a 51-25 loss to Northlawn; then saw Carroll scored 22 and Billy Besse add 13 in a 53-7 victory over ICS.

Shepherd boys sweep Spring Valley

The Shepherd eighth-grade boys basketball team defeated Spring Valley 48-24, paced by Griffin Dobberstein’s 16 points, six each from George Shumway and Kayden Kundert, and five courtesy of Michael Cinkan.

The seventh-grade Rams also topped Spring Valley, the 38-24 win led by 11 points apiece from Jordan Gomez and Luke McCullough.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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