Sports Highlights for Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Varsity football schedule


Pecatonica/Durand at Amboy

East Dubuque at Dakota

Forreston at EPC (Lanark)

Le-Win at Galena

West Carroll at Stockton

AFC at Orangeville

Polo at Freeport Aquin

Warren at River Ridge

Varna Midland at Milledgeville

Ottawa at Geneseo

Sterling at LaSalle-Peru

Rochelle at Morris

Rockridge at Fulton

Bureau Valley at Monmouth-Roseville

Sterling Newman at Morrison

Orion at Port Byron Riverdale

Peru St. Bede at Erie/Prophetstown

Kewanee at Spring Valley Hall

Princeton at Sherrard

Belvidere at Rockford Jefferson

Rockford Auburn at Belvidere North

Rockford Guilford at Freeport

Machesney Park Harlem at Rockford East

Rockford Boylan at Rockton Hononegah

Varsity football results


EPC 48, Pecatonica/Durand 0: The Wildcatz led 30-0 by halftime and tacked on 18 more points in the third quarter in a romp in Pecatonica. Brayden Heeren ran for 173 yards and a touchdown, and Jarod Kempel added added 73 yards and two scores. Braden Smargiassi threw for 108 yards and a TD, and he also ran for two scores.

West Carroll 28, Amboy 6: A pair of punts went a long way toward deciding the outcome of West Carroll’s game at Amboy-LaMoille, and both of them were in favor of the Thunder. West Carroll received a gift for an early touchdown, then rode the sturdy legs of senior running back Kaleb Hartman in the second half on their way to victory at The Harbor.

The Thunder (2-1) broke a scoreless tie on a 1-yard plunge by Hartman on the first offensive play of the second quarter. It was set up when Amboy-LaMoille failed to execute a punt from deep in its own territory, as Reece Vaessen was unable to handle a low snap from center. That was the Clippers’ third turnover of the game at that point, but the first one West Carroll was able to cash in for points. The Thunder took that 6-0 lead into halftime.

West Carroll was held in check by a stout Amboy-LaMoille defense until midway through the third quarter, when it embarked on a 13-play, 94-yard drive that was capped off by an 8-yard run by Hartman. Amboy-LaMoille (0-3), however, fought back with its only scoring drive of the game. An 80-yard, 11-play march was capped off by a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Justin Hart, and the Clippers were within 12-6. The Amboy-LaMoille defense then forced a 3-and-out near midfield, only to get stuck behind the 8-ball after a 48-yard punt by Kody Plattenberger was downed at the 2-yard line. He was subbing as the punter for his twin brother, Kaleb, who was injured in the first half. “

My brother is always talking to me about how he’s got the better leg,” Kody Plattenberger said, “and how he can punt better. That was a pretty nice punt. It pinned them pretty deep.”

Amboy did get one first down to get out of the shadow of its own goal line, but was soon forced to punt. West Carroll scored two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes of the game, both on short runs by Hartman. The second score was set up by an interception by Derek Tracy. Hartman finished with 18 carries for 95 yards. He did the bulk of his damage in the second half, with 14 rushes for 84 yards. The four touchdowns is a career high, topping the three he scored the previous week against Durand-Pecatonica.

“In the locker room at halftime, coach told me I was going to get the ball a lot,” Hartman said. “My plan was to just run mean and not slow down for anyone. That’s what I did.”

The Clippers were unable to get too much going all night against the West Carroll defense. Hart threw for just 58 yards, and he was picked off twice. The running game, meanwhile, produced 173 yards, but it took 44 carries to accumulate that yardage. Ben Rhine was the workhorse, with 28 rushes for 118 yards. “We got back in it at 12-6,” Amboy-LaMoille coach Gary Jones said, “but we can’t move the ball. We can’t run the ball. That’s been our inability for three games. Our forte is we run the ball, and we can’t do it.”

Stockton 22, Milledgeville 20: The Missiles made a couple of big stops in their NUIC Upstate matchup against Stockton on Friday, but needed to come up with one more in a loss to the Blackhawks.

Stockton took over at its own 31-yard line with 6:12 left in the game and a 2-point lead, and pulled all but 1:37 of that off the clock on a 10-play drive. In a last-gasp effort with no timeouts, the Missiles completed three passes to get the ball close to midfield, but turned it over on downs. The Blackhawks also had two other drives last more than 6 minutes in the game, starving the Missiles of possession.

“We wanted to keep the ball in our hands,” Stockton coach Jesse Snyder said. “We made a couple adjustments from a blocking standpoint. Basically, just execution. Up front we had to execute, and we did that.”

Stockton’s Colin Dvorak rushed 30 times for 168 yards. Chase Rowe added 10 carries for 75 yards, and Jeremiah Hermann rushed 10 times for 61 yards. Stockton led 14-0 after scoring on its first two drives, but after the second score, Christian Toms-Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to set the Missiles up at the Stockton 11-yard line.

“I muffed it, so when I gathered myself, I just scanned the field,” he said. “I saw a hole, so I took it, and my blockers did a great job opening up a hole for me.” Two plays later, Carson Boyer put Milledgeville on the board with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Milledgeville scored again on its next drive, as Jack Munz hit Toms-Smith for a 35-yard passing score.

After Blayne Kappes recovered a fumble to end Stockton’s first drive of the second half, Boyer took a sweep left and outran every Blackhawk defender up the sideline for a 71-yard touchdown to make it 20-14 Missiles.

“We were having our line step it up, and they were doing a pretty good job today,” Boyer said.

Milledgeville stopped Stockton’s next drive on downs at the Missiles’ 9-yard line, but after Milledgeville went three-and-out, Stockton used the short field to score, Dvorak going up the middle on the 2-point conversion for the final margin of victory.

Fulton 48, Bureau Valley 8: When Bryce Grant comes to the line of scrimmage, the Fulton quarterback knows defenses have a lot to worry about. There's the bruising fullback Austin Rash. There's the shifty Austin Schroeder. There's the will-crushing offensive line that the two get to run behind. He knows sometimes defenses can get worried about all that and forget about him.

Grant made his presence known early during Friday's win over Bureau Valley in matchup of previously undefeated TRAC Rock teams.

"You know it's great when the offense gets rolling," Grant said. "The goal is to get yards, and we were able to do that on every play tonight. A lot of that credit goes to the line.

"I think my long run early opened things up a bit on the inside for our other runners. It forced them to stay honest in case of a fake."

After a turnover on downs stalled a promising Bureau Valley (2-1, 0-1) drive to open the game, Grant faked a handoff and took the ball around end for 38 yards to the BV 10. Two plays later, Grant scored on a 5-yard run.

"We have a lot plays in the book for Byrce to do things both with his legs and his arms," Fulton coach Patrick Lower said. "We know he's capable of making big plays. We like the downhill running, but there are other things we can do."

Grant had a 21-yard TD run in the third quarter that set the running-clock in motion, and a 23-yard TD pass to Tyler Bruggenwirth in the second quarter. Grant finished with 68 rushing yards, just a part of the Steamers' 343 yards on the ground. Austin Schroeder had 144 yards and two TDs, and Austin Rash had 103 yards and two TDs for Fulton (3-0, 1-0). Tyler Fleetwood added a TD run in the fourth quarter.

Bureau Valley's offense struggled after that opening drive stalled out at the Fulton 38-yard line. Quarterback Tyler Gustafson was 14-for-30 for 135 yards, but he was also picked off three times. BV's lone score was a 4-yard pass from Gustafson to Kale Barrett late in the fourth quarter.

Forreston 40, Dakota 0

Polo 55, Metro-East Lutheran 6

Sterling 56, Rock Island Alleman 7

Sterling Newman 35, Orion 21

Morrison 41, Kewanee 27

River Ridge 8, Galena 3

Le-Win 59, East Dubuque 0

Freeport Aquin 42, AFC 19

Orangeville 46, Warren 0

Freeport 23, Machesney Park Harlem 20

Byron 42, Stillman Valley 19

Dixon 63, Rockford Christian 26

Genoa-Kingston 49, Rock Falls 6

North Boone 42, Oregon 0

Quincy 21, Geneseo 17

Varsity volleyball schedule


Erie at Morrison

Amboy at Forreston

Warren at River Ridge

Durand at Freeport Aquin

Fulton at Orion

Spring Valley Hall at Sterling Newman

Freeport at Rockton Hononegah

Sterling at Geneseo


Eastland, Fulton at Mount Pulaski tourney


Eastland, Fulton at Mount Pulaski tourney

Milledgeville at Pearl City tourney

Freeport at Belvidere North tourney


West Carroll at Eastland

Milledgeville at AFC

Freeport Aquin at Dakota


Polo at Milledgeville

Morrison at Orion

Forreston at AFC

Pearl City at River Ridge

Freeport Aquin at Pecatonica

Fulton at Erie

Machesney Park Harlem at Freeport

Rochelle at Sterling

Varsity volleyball results

SEPT.. 5

Milledgeville 2, Polo 0 (25-23, 25-18): Good teams fight through adversity, and Milledgeville volleyball coach Kurt Folk was pleased to see his team display that quality Tuesday night. The Missiles rallied in each set after calls went against them, and pulled out a hard-fought victory over rival Polo in the NUIC East opener for both teams.

“The mark of a good player, the mark of a good team, is they fight back from adversity,” Folk said. “They showed good character today, didn’t get down when things weren’t going their way, but persevered.”

The first instance came late in the first set. After a missed call on a Polo touch of a Kortney Queckboerner spike that went out of bounds tied the score at 21-all, the Marcos (0-4, 0-1) took advantage. Freshman Becca Wagner tipped a kill, then senior Rilley Peterson served an ace for a 23-21 lead, forcing a Milledgeville timeout. The Missiles (2-1, 1-0) came storming back after that. A service error made it 23-22 Polo, then Jocelyn Folkers ripped a kill to tie it at 23. Rebecca Waite’s block gave Milledgeville set point, then she slammed a kill to finish it off.

“You know what you’re going to get with her,” Folk said of Waite, who finished with 11 kills, 2 blocks and 5 assists. “She can get up and put it down, and they didn’t have a block at the net that could stop her, so we took advantage.” That was especially evident midway through the second set. After a kill by Cassie Bushman, an ace by Zoie Sellers, and a kill by Wagner put Polo ahead 8-7, Waite took over. The senior hitter slammed three straight kills for a 10-8 lead, then after Kaleigh Tarbill’s kill broke a 10-10 tie, Waite slammed two more kills and stuffed a block for a 14-10 Milledgeville lead.

The next play should have been a Folkers kill, but another Polo touch at the net was missed, giving Polo a sideout. But Folkers slammed the next one to get the serve back, then Queckboerner tipped one over and Waite got a pair of points on Marco miscues for an 18-11 lead.

“We used the calls that didn’t go our way to push harder and get the next points,” Waite said. “We just kept fighting, found a rhythm and kept it going.

“My shoulder was hurting at the start, just a little sore, and I was laying off a little bit, but I got it loosened up as the match went on.”

The Marcos kept fighting, getting aces from Mallory Patterson and Peterson to get within 19-15, then a Wagner block to make it 21-17, but the Missiles had too much firepower. Smith served an ace for a 23-17 lead, then set up Waite for a kill for match point. The teams traded errors to end it.

Folkers finished with 5 kills and a block for the Missiles, and Smith dished 15 assists to go with a pair of kills and 5 service points. Queckboerner had 3 kills and 6 points, and Sabreena Hartman led the way with 8 digs and served for 5 points. Peterson had 4 of Polo’s 10 kills, and also served 2 aces. Sellers had 6 points and 3 digs, Bushman also added 3 digs, and Wagner finished with 4 points, 2 kills and a block. Patterson dished 6 assists, served 3 points and slammed a kill.

Le-Win 2, Pearl City 0 (25-17, 25-22): Le-Win’s Madilyn Schultz had 9 kills and 5 digs to lead the Lady Panthers to the two-set win over Pearl City on the road. Teammate Carmen DeVries added 6 kills and Jaden Julius added 5. For the Lady Wolves, Tyra Clark had 5 kills, 4 digs and 1 block. Her sister Tia added 4 kills a pair of service aces and a dig.

Fulton 2, Morrison 0 (25-11, 25-22): After making many service errors in a loss last week to Bureau Valley, a point of emphasis for the Fulton Steamers would certainly be firing better serves. In a TRAC West match at Morrison, the Steamers’ work behind the service line paid off. Fulton reeled off 13 ace serves, including 7 in the second set of a win over the Filles. Emily Schipper was the first Steamer to serve in the match, and her jump serve proved difficult for the Fillies (0-8, 0-1 TRAC West) to return. Brooke Huizenga opened the match with the first of her match-high 6 kills before Schipper stepped behind the line. Her pair of aces put Fulton up 3-0, which proved to be enough to keep the Steamers (3-1, 1-0) ahead in the first set.

“Our last game we played, we missed 15 serves,” Fulton coach Stacy Germann said. “Today was good, but there were still a little more [errors] than I would have liked, but when you serve aggressively, you know you’re going to miss a few more; as long as your aces outweigh your errors.”

Schipper served up 5 aces, including 3 in a row in the second set. Genna Stage served up 4 aces, Huizenga and Kylee Sweenie each had 2, and Kearston Norman added 1 – which started off the second set.

The Fillies, who had only 1 kill in the first set, came back after Norman’s ace and strung together 6 points – the first 5 coming on Steamer hitting errors, and the last coming on Makayla Troutman’s kill from the left corner. Morrison’s 6-1 lead would be its largest of the set, but the Fillies trailed by one at 20-19 at the latest.

“That has been our biggest goals this season, and it will continue to be working on the transition from Game 1 to Game 2, and to work on the mentality to recover,” Morrison coach Julia Deter said. “Game 1 so far this season has been our weakest game of the match. Fulton’s always a good rivalry, and the girls were extra pumped for this match.”

Morrison held onto its second-set lead until a pair of Stage aces put Fulton ahead 12-11. The Fillies soon regained the lead after a Fulton service error – one of just 5 for the Steamers – and a hitting error, before Emily Szabo’s tip from center put her team up by two. However, a Schipper kill from the left corner narrowed the lead to one, and 4 consecutive hitting errors gave the Steamers their final lead.

Szabo led the Fillies with 5 kills and 3 blocks up front, and with 9 digs defensively. MacKenzie Petkus led the Fillies with 20 assists, and Sweenie led Fulton with 11.

Sterling Newman 2, Kewanee 0 (25-16, 25-21)

Sterling 2, United Township 0 (25-9, 25-15)

Forreston 2, AFC 0 (25-8, 25-17)

Stockton 2, West Carroll 0 (25-5, 25-22)

River Ridge 2, East Dubuque 0 (25-17, 25-14)

Belvidere North 2, Freeport 1 (15-25, 25-12, 25-17)

Warren 2, Scales Mound 1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-17)

Durand 2, Orangeville 0 (25-14, 25-9)

Maple Park Kaneland 2, Rock Falls 0 (25-14, 25-21)

Rockridge 2, Erie 0 (25-15, 25-20)

Rockford Lutheran 2, Byron 0 (25-14, 25-16)

Bureau Valley 2, Prophetstown 0 (25-12, 25-19)


Oregon 2, Sterling Newman 0 (25-18, 25-20)

Winnebago 2, Warren 0 (25-21, 25-20)


Le-Win 2, Eastland 1 (25-6, 22-25, 25-18): The Lady Panthers took the home match with the Lady Cougars. Le-Win took control in the first set and rolled to the win. Eastland came right back to claim the second set, and the Lady Panthers took the match win with the third-set victory. Madilyn Schultz led Le-Win with 9 kills and 6 digs. The win improves Le-Win record to 8-1.

Forreston 2, Milledgeville 0 (25-17, 25-9): The Lady Cardinals traveled to Milledgeville and left with the two-set victory. The Lady Missiles battled in set one to keep it close before Forreston pulled away. In the second set, Forreston took control early and never let up. The Lady Cardinals' Allison Bondele had 14 kills and teammate Katie Erdmann added 12. Courtney Timm added 22 assists.

Stockton 2, Pearl City 0 (28-26, 25-17)

River Ridge 2, Scales Mound 0 (25-23, 25-19)

Riverdale 2, Morrison 0 (25-11, 25-9)

Sterling 2, Stillman Valley 0 (25-18, 25-16)

Sterling Newman 2, Prophetstown 0 (25-20, 25-15)

Pecatonica 2, Orangeville 0 (25-17, 25-10)

Durand 2, Dakota 0 (25-13, 25-13)


Fulton 2, Byron 0 (26-24, 25-16)

Pearl City 2, Fulton 1 (25-13, 14-25, 15-8)

Freeport Aquin 2, Fulton 1 (25-16, 24-26, 15-9)

Scales Mound 2, Milledgeville 1 (25-17, 24-26, 15-7)

Forreston 2, North Boone 0 (25-18, 25-20)

Freeport Aquin 2, Scales Mound 0 (25-21, 25-23)

Forreston 2, Winnebago 1 (21-25, 25-21, 15-8)

Genoa-Kingston 2, Fulton 0 (25-9, 25-18)

Pearl City 2, Winnebago 1 (20-25, 25-23, 15-9)

Milledgeville 2, North Boone 0 (25-19, 25-16)

Varsity boys golf scores


at Sandburr Run, Thomson

1- Le-Win/Pearl City: 192

2- West Carroll: 200

Medalists: Jaryd Breece, L-W/PC & Ethan Reiland, WC (46)

West Carroll scores: Deacon Hill: 47, Ty Aljets: 52, Jacob McLuckie: 55, Aaron Haring: 57, Brody Artman: 61

at Deer Valley, Deer Grove

1- Prophetstown: 181

2- Morrison: 209

3- Erie: 222

Medalist: Jaden Taylor, Prophetstown (38)

Morrison scores: Noah VanZuiden: 47, Ryan Damhoff: 52, Adam Lindstrom: 54, Jacob Brown: 56

at Emerald Hill, Sterling

1- Sterling Newman: 165

2- Bureau Valley: 169

3- Sherrard: 193

Medalist: Cody Britt, Sterling Newman (38)

Other Newman scores: Jacob Rude: 39, Blake Wolfe: 42, Cael Sanders: 46, Josh Payan: 48, Brady Moran: 57

at Valley View, Cambridge

1- Riverdale: 151

2- Fulton: 173

3- Orion: 196

Medalist: Tyler Bussert, Riverdale (34)

Fulton scores: Andrew Schrader: 38, Jason Sikkema: 39, Patrick Wiebenga: 45, Alex Hartman: 51, Josh Vanderploeg: 54, Tim Outzen: 55


at Storybrook, Hanover

1- Polo: 171

2- River Ridge: 183

Medalist: Trevin Woodin, Polo (39)

Other Polo scores: Hayden Bittinger: 42, Mack Llanas: 45, Lane Hopkins: 45, Megan Call: 62, Justin Young: 68

at Westlake Village, Pecatonica

1- Eastland/Milledgeville: 184

2- Pecatonica: 214

Medalist: Kaden Henze, E/M (44)

Other E/M scores: Riley Stover: 46, Brady Balk: 47, Dawson DeMichele: 47, Ethan Doty: 49, Treyton Selman: 53

at Lake Erie CC, Erie

1- Sterling Newman: 169

2- Princeton: 183

3- Erie: 224

Medalist: Jacob Rude, Newman (38)

Other Newman scores: Cael Sanders: 42, Blake Wolfe: 43, Josh Payan: 46, Cody Britt: 47, Brady Moran: 57

at Fulton CC, Fulton

1- Fulton: 156

2- Rockridge: 174

3- Prophetstown: 189

Medalist: Andrew Schrader, Fulton (35)

Other Fulton scores: Jason Sikkema: 38, Patrick Wiebenga: 40, Brady Schaver: 43, Josh Vanderploeg: 46, Matt Outzen: 64


at Lake Carroll, Lanark

1- West Carroll: 200

2- Eastland/Milledgeville: 212

Medalist: Ethan Reiland, West Carroll (44)

Other WC scores: Aaron Haring: 46, Deacon Hill: 52, Brody Artman: 58, Jacob McLuckie: 61, Ty Aljets: 63

E/M scores: Kaden Henze: 45, Riley Stover: 54, Brady Balk: 55, Ethan Doty: 58, Dawson DeMichele: 60, Treyton Selman: 61

at Deer Valley, Deer Grove

1- Sherrard: 177

2- Morrison: 197

3- Spring Valley Hall: 212

Medalist: Evan Earl, Sherrard (38)

Morrison scores: Adam Lindstrom: 41, Corbin Wilkens: 47, Noah VanZuiden: 51, Ryan Damhoff: 58, Jacob Brown: 70

at Silver Ridge, Oregon

1- Polo: 191

2- East Dubuque: 208

Medalist: Mack Llanas, Polo (39)

Other Polo scores: Lane Hopkins: 42, Justin Young: 54, Trevin Woodin: 56, Hayden Bittinger: 57, Scott Prerost: 63

at Hughes Creek, Elburn

1- Kaneland: 151

2- Sterling: 192

Medalist: Will Meredith, Kaneland (33)

Sterling scores: Jake Alston: 42, Nick Ceruzzi: 44, Joe Sivita: 48, Charles Lehman: 48, Nathaniel Stout: 49, Nate Olson: 49, Luke Steinke: 50, Kurt Clevenger: 54

Varsity girls golf scores


at Sandburr Run, Thomson

1- West Carroll: 259

2- Le-Win/Pearl City: 284

Medalist: Emily Hartman, West Carroll (54)

Other West Carroll scores: Hannah Guilinger: 61, Bella Mendoza: 70, Corey Johnson: 74, Sam Knight: 74, Celia Hartman: 85

Le-Win/Pearl City scores: Makenzie Endress: 60, Sydney Monks: 70, Liana Rosenstiel: 70, April Woolcock: 84


at Sandburr Run, Thomson

1- Erie: 197

2- West Carroll: 255

Medalist: Madison Newton, Erie (45)

West Carroll scores: Emily Hartman: 54, Bella Mendoza: 65, Hannah Guilinger: 66, Corey Johnston: 70, Sam Knight: 76, Celia Hartman: 88


at Lake Carroll, Lanark

1- Eastland/Milledgeville: 216

2- West Carroll: 267

Medalist: Jenna French, E/M (50)

Other E/M scores: Chloe Anderson: 52, Emma Norton: 52, Ashley Janssen: 62, Naomi Mullen: 78

Other West Carroll scores: Emily Hartman: 53, Bella Mendoza: 66, Corey Johnston: 73, Sam Knight: 75, Celia Hartman: 88

at Prophet Hills, Prophetstown

1- Prophetstown: 239

2- Bureau Valley: 254

3- Rock Falls: 276

4- Le-Win/Pearl City: 294

Medalist: Mackenzie Law, Bureau Valley (55)

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