Sports Highlights for Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Varsity football schedule


Amboy at EPC (Lanark)

Dakota at AFC

Galena at East Dubuque

Le-Win at Forreston

Pecatonica/Durand at West Carroll (Mt. Carroll)

Warren at Freeport Aquin

River Ridge at Orangeville

Polo at Milledgeville

Ottawa Marquette at Stockton

Monmouth-Roseville at Fulton

Peru St. Bede at Bureau Valley

Morrison at Spring Valley Hall

Orion at Sherrard

Kewanee at Port Byron Riverdale

Erie/Prophetstown at Rockridge

Bartonville Limestone at LaSalle-Peru

Chicago Urban Prep Bronzeville at Ottawa

Rochelle at Johnsburg

Pekin at Sterling

Belvidere at Rockford Boylan

Rockford Jefferson at Belvidere North

Rockton Hononegah at Freeport

Machesney Park Harlem at Rockford Guilford

Rockford East at Rockford Auburn


Marshall at Geneseo

Princeton at Sterling Newman

Varsity football results

AUG. 25

EPC 56, East Dubuque 7: The Wildcatz scored 14 points in the first quarter, 14 more in the second, and 20 in the third. Jayden Kempel scored twice and gained 153 yards on the ground. Jarod Kempel scored 3 touchdowns and gained 104 yards. Braden Smargiassi and Brock Smargiassi connected for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Brock Smargiassi also scored on an 84-yard kick return. Brodie Kaney scored on a 30-yard interception return.

Milledgeville 14, Amboy 6: They didn’t have their quarterback. For large stretches of the second half, they didn’t even have their top running back. But the Milledgeville Missiles did have one thing. “We played with a lot of guts,” Missiles coach Jason Wroble said after his team clawed its way to an opening-night victory over host Amboy-LaMoille on Friday.

“It wasn’t as clean as we would have liked, but we never gave up.”

Though the Missiles entered this season on the heels of a 2016 playoff berth, the Clippers (3-6 last year) came in as the bigger, stronger, and healthier team for the 2017 season opener. That led Amboy coach Gary Jones to expect a bit of an edge in the trenches, but Milledgeville impressed its hosts with its tenacity and stubbornness.

“We didn’t get off the ball,” Jones said. “We were bigger than them, obviously, and I thought we could pound the ball, but whenever we got something going, bang, they’d shut us down.”

Amboy led 6-0 at halftime, thanks to a pair of long passes by Justin Hart, who first found Andrew Gillan down the right sideline for a 31-yard gain, and then 220-pound split end Reece Vaessen for a highlight-reel 15-yard score. The Missiles weren’t doing themselves any favors, either, committing four early turnovers before a long punt return by Carson Boyer set up a 2-yard TD plunge by quarterback Nate Rahn midway through the third.

The score by Rahn, who was thrust into action after the team’s expected starter suffered a concussion last week at practice, gave Milledgeville an 8-6 lead. It was a tenuous lead, however, especially after cramping sidelined Boyer for parts of the second half, forcing Wroble to look deep on the bench for help.

“We’re thin numbers-wise,” he said. “We had to use a couple sophomores in there, but they stepped up and played tough.”

With its defense holding up its end of the bargain against the Missiles’ battered offense, Amboy desperately tried to retake the lead, giving the Missiles several different offensive looks, including a spread offense that heavily featured the bruising Vaessen. But Milledgeville’s defense was up to each challenge.

“We just had to adjust,” said junior linebacker Cayde Gusloff, who recorded a pair of sacks. “We shifted into their formations. We didn’t know they were going to run some of that stuff, but we played smart and used our quickness.”

Le-Win 34, West Carroll 20: The Thunder were able to hang with Lena-Winslow for a half, trailing just 14-0 at the break at the Panther Bowl. Each team put up 6 points in the third and 14 in the fourth quarter. The halftime lead held for the Panthers. Rahveon Valentine led the Le-Win ground attack, running the ball 30 times for 159 yards and 3 scores. Thunder QB Kody Plattenberger led the West Carroll offense, completing 14 of 25 passes for 164 yards and 2 TDs. 

AFC 19, River Ridge 6: Caleb Drew passed and ran for scores in the Raiders’ road win. Drew found Cody Penick for a 38-yard touchdown pass and ran one in himself from a yard out. Sam Hahn added a 9-yard score. Adam Hart rushed 22 times for 124 yards on offense and pulled in an interception on defense.

Morrison 40, Sherrard 6: The Morrison Mustangs got 75 rushing yards from Grant Slater and 36 rushing yards and 52 receiving yards from Tristan Demay on Friday in Morrison. Slater and Luke Wilkens scored on fumble recoveries during a 27-point second quarter. Slater also opened the third quarter with a 50-yard touchdown run. Sherrard was limited to 92 yards of total offense.

Dakota 35, Galena 0

Forreston 54, Pecatonica/Durand 6

Freeport Aquin 27, Kirkland-Hiawatha 7

Polo 20, Orangeville 12

Stockton 43, Warren 0

Fulton 45, Peru St. Bede 3

Sterling Newman 47, Kewanee 0

Bureau Valley 23, Erie/Prophetstown 20

Orion 31, Spring Valley Hall 14

Riverdale 34, Princeton 18

Rockridge 27, Monmouth-Roseville 7

Sterling 28, Sycamore 14

Byron 35, Burlington Central 14

Dixon 69, Mendota 0

Oregon 13, Harvard 7

Rockford Christian 34, Rock Falls 8

Stillman Valley 35, North Boone 28

Winnebago 30, Marengo 22

Rockford Auburn 41, Freeport 0

Varsity volleyball schedule


West Carroll at Stockton

Prophetstown at Morrison

Galena at River Ridge

East Moline at Sterling Newman

Bureau Valley at Fulton

Forreston at Winnebago

Rockford Boylan at Freeport

Rock Island at Sterling


Eastland, Pearl City, Forreston at Oregon tourney

Morrison at Spring Valley Hall


Eastland, Pearl City, Forreston at Oregon tourney

Morrison, Sterling Newman, Sterling, Rock Falls at Rock Falls tourney (see full schedule below)


Milledgeville at Polo

Stockton at West Carroll

Le-Win at Pearl City

Fulton at Morrison

East Dubuque at River Ridge

AFC at Forreston

Sterling Newman at Kewanee

Freeport at Belvidere North

Sterling at United Township



Pool A: 1) Rock Falls, 2) Morrison, 3) Bureau Valley, 4) Rock Island (in main gym)

Pool B: 1) Sterling, 2) Sterling Newman, 3) Dixon, 4) Princeton (in small gym)

Pool Play schedule

8 a.m., 1 vs. 2

9 a.m., 3-4

10 a.m., 4-1

11 a.m., 2-3

Noon, 1-3

1 p.m., 2-4

Consolation bracket 

2 p.m., A4 vs. B4 (7th place)

3 p.m., B3 vs. A3 (consolation championship)

4 p.m., loser of 2 p.m. main gym match vs. loser of 3 p.m. main gym match (3rd place)

Winner’s bracket (in main gym)

2 p.m., A1 vs. B2

3 p.m., B1 vs. A2

4 p.m. Championship match

Varsity volleyball scores

AUG. 21

Amboy 2, Hinckley-Big Rock 0 (25-19, 25-13)

AUG. 22

Oregon 2, Eastland 1 (25-23. 32-24, 25-23)

AUG. 24

Eastland 2, Polo 0 (25-16, 25-13): The Cougars swept the Marcos in an NUIC crossover contest in Lanark. Katie Krogman led Eastland (1-1) with 5 kills, Erin Henze had a match-high 5 aces and added 8 assists, and Gabby Snyder had 9 digs. Rilley Peterson had a pair of kills for Polo, while teammate Mallory Patterson dished out 3 assists.

Milledgeville 2, Scales Mound 1 (26-24, 17-25, 25-23): Milledgeville won a 3-set thriller on the road in an NUIC crossover match. Rebecca Waite had 10 kills and 8 assists. Holly Smith recorded 16 assists and 9 digs.

Sterling 2, Sterling Newman 0 (26-24, 25-21): The Warriors Josi Borum had 6 kills, 1 block, 9 assists, 4 points, and 6 digs to lead Sterling to the 2-set victory over Newman. Madison Craft led the Comets with 8 points, a pair of service aces, and 5 assists.

Fulton 3, Northeast (Iowa) 0 (26-24, 26-24, 27-25): Brooke Huizenga had 15 kills to lead the Steamers to the win in Goose Lake, Iowa. Emily Schipper had team highs with 13 digs and 5 aces. Rachel Huizenga finished with 7 kills and 7 digs. The game was played in a best-of-five format, per Iowa high school rules.

Le-Win 2, Freeport Aquin 0 (25-21, 25-11) 

Princeton 2, Prophetstown 1 (25-20, 15-25, 25-14)

Amboy 2, Serena 1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-15)

Bureau Valley 2, Annawan 0 (25-12 25-15)

Dixon 2, Rochelle 0 (25-19, 25-21)

AUG. 26

Rockford East Tourney

Eastland 1, Elgin 1 (24-26, 25-13)

Eastland 1, Rockford Christian 1 (25-12, 21-25)

Eastland 2, Freeport 0 (25-19, 25-20)

Quincy Notre Dame 2, Eastland 1 (25-6, 23-25, 15-8)

Machesney Park Harlem 2, Eastland 0 (25-15, 25-20) 3rd place game

Varsity boys golf schedule


Eastland/Milledgeville at Galena

West Carroll vs. Pecatonica & Middle at Sandburr Run

Morrison vs. Princeton & Rockridge (away)


Eastland/Milledgeville at Lena Invite

Morrison at Rock Falls Invite

Varsity boys golf results

AUG. 21

at Silver Ridge, Oregon

Medalist: Brock Thiesen, Freeport Aquin (39)

1- Freeport Aquin: 173

2- Polo: 184

3- Oregon: 190

Polo scores: Lane Hopkins: 44, Mack Llanas: 44, Justin Young: 47, Tristen Woodin: 49, Hayden Bittinger: 57, Logan Albrecht: 59

at Shady Oaks, Amboy

Medalist: Caleb Sarff, Amboy (44)

1- Dixon 188

2- Amboy: 194

3- Dakota: 227

at Maple Bluff, Geneseo

Medalist: Nick Haverland, Geneseo (38)

1- Geneseo: 164

2- Rock Falls: 175

3- Princeton: 189

AUG. 23

at Storybrook, Hanover

1- River Ridge: 179

2- Amboy: 188

3- East Dubuque: 189

Medalist: Bennett Reese, River Ridge: 43

at Wolf Hollow, Lena

1- Le-Win/Pearl City: 178

2- Stockton: 182

3- Polo: 183

Medalists: Trevin Woodin, Polo & Alex Staver, Stockton: 41

Polo scores: Mack Llanas: 45, Hayden Bittinger: 46, Lane Hopkins: 51, Megan Call: 54, Justin Young: 60

at Oak Ridge, LaSalle

1- Sterling: 161

2- LaSalle-Peru: 180

Medalist: Nate Olson, Sterling: 37

Sterling scores: Nick Ceruzzi: 38, Jake Alston: 43, Luke Steinke: 43, Nathaniel Stout: 43, Charles Lehman: 44, Joey Sivita: 48, Kurt Clevenger: 57

at Oak Run, Dahinda

1- Galva: 180

2- Prophetstown: 181

AUG. 24

at Wolf Hollow, Lena

1- Galena: 180

2- Le-Win/Pearl City: 185

Medalist: Jarryd Breece, Le-Win/Pearl City (42)

at Silver Ridge, Oregon

1- Rock Falls: 180

2- Oregon: 185

Medalist: Adam Merrill, Oregon (38)

at Dunes, Kewanee

1- Prophetstown: 193

2- United Township: 2-3

3- Wethersfield: 239

Medalists: Harry Ames, Prophetstown & Zach Marshall, UT (43) 

AUG. 26

Geneseo Invitational

1- Naperville Central: 302

2- Bettendorf, IA: 306

3- Pekin: 307

4- Rock Island Alleman: 314

5- Galesburg: 315

6- Geneseo Green: 322

7- Sterling: 329

8- Ridgewood: 336

9- Rochelle: 343

10- Moline: 345

11- Rock Island: 354

12- Geneseo White: 363

Medalist: Ryan Cagan, Naperville Central (72)

Sterling scores: Nick Ceruzzi: 73, Nate Olson: 75, Charles Lehman: 89, Jake Alston: 92, Nathaniel Stout: 94, Luke Steinke: 97

Varsity girls golf schedule


Eastland/Milledgeville at Galena

Varsity girls golf results

AUG. 21

at Prairie View, Byron

Medalist: Ashlynn Challand, Stillman Valley (47)

1- Stillman Valley: 210

2- Le-Win/Pearl City: 286

Le-Win/Pearl City scores: Sydney Monks: 65, Mackenzie Endress: 71, Liana Rosenstiel: 71, April Woolcock: 76

at Emerald Hill, Sterling

Medalist: Emma Boze, Sterling (46)

1- Sterling: 210

2- Indian Creek: 246

Sterling scores: Abby Sheets: 48, Julia Hoffman: 53, Averi Heintzelman: 63, Olivia Schwingle: 71

at Shady Oaks, Amboy

1- Dixon: 249

2- Dakota: 255

at Lake Erie, Erie

1- Erie: 199

2- Rock Island Alleman: 253

AUG. 22

at Sandburr Run, Thomson

Medalist: Jacks Reifstack, Dakota (52)

1- Dakota: 235

2- West Carroll: 278

West Carroll Scores: Emily Hartman: 57, Hannah Guilinger: 69, Corey Johnston: 74, Celia Hartman: 78

AUG. 23

at Lake Carroll, Lanark

1- Stillman Valley: 223

2- Galena: 229

3- Eastland/Milledgeville: 230

Medalist: Emma Norton, E/M: 49

E/M scores: Lydia Coatney: 56, Jenna French: 59, Ashley Janssen: 66, Naomi Mullen: 68

at Emerald Hill, Sterling

1- Sterling: 211

2- Rockridge: 240

3- Rock Island Alleman: 276

Medalist: Emma Boze, Sterling: 49

at Lake Erie, Erie

1- Erie: 188

2- Princeton: 208

at Prophet Hills, Prophetstown

1- Sherrard: 2-3

2- Prophetstown: 219

3- Bureau Valley: 275

at Timber Creek, Dixon

1- Dixon: 230

2- Oregon: 271

AUG. 24

at Silver Ridge, Oregon

1- Oregon: 266

2- Rock Falls: 273

Medalist: Elizabeth Villareal, Oregon (60)

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