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Sports Highlights for Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Varsity football schedule

FRIDAY

Amboy at East Dubuque

Dakota at Pecatonica/Durand

Freeport Aquin at Forreston

Galena at West Carroll

Le-Win at EPC (Pearl City)

AFC at River Valley

River Ridge at Stockton

Orangeville at Milledgeville

Warren at Polo

Geneseo at Sterling

LaSalle-Peru at Sycamore

Ottawa at Rochelle

Fulton at Morrison

Port Byron Riverdale at Bureau Valley

Princeton at Orion

Erie/Prophetstown at Kewanee

Sherrard at Monmouth-Roseville

Spring Valley Hall at Peru St. Bede

Belvidere at Rockford Auburn

Rockton Hononegah at Belvidere North

Rockford Jefferson at Freeport

Machesney Park Harlem at Rockford Boylan

Rockford East at Rockford Guilford

SATURDAY

Rockridge at Sterling Newman

Varsity football scores

SEPT. 15

Forreston 30, EPC 18: One team was battle-tested and the other wasn’t, and that may have been the difference in a 30-18 win by Forreston over Eastland-Pearl City in a clash of NUIC heavyweights.

“These guys [Forreston] have been in battles,” said EPC coach Randy Asche, whose team won its first three games by a 144-7 margin. “We haven’t, and they were sharper than us. The blowouts don’t do us much good.”

Winning coach Denny Diduch echoed Asche’s sentiments.

“It’s the first game they’ve been in, and we’ve been in a tough four-quarter game with Lena-Winslow,” Diduch said. “When we execute like we did tonight, we’re a great team.”

It didn’t come easy for the Cardinals, though, trailing twice in the first half. Facing a fourth-and-3 with 20 seconds left before intermission, quarterback Hunter Daws and tight end Sam Barkalow burned the Wildcatz on a 30-yard touchdown pass to take the lead for good at 20-14. On his two previous attempts passing, Daws slipped on the turf for a 9-yard loss, and then was intercepted by Brodie Kaney.

“The coaches talk about keeping composure,” Daws said. “We thought the safeties would crash down and Sam would be open.” The surprising part was how wide open Barkalow was. No one from EPC was within 25 yards of him, as the Wildcatz sold out to stop the run.

“I don’t know if it was that or lack of mental discipline on our part,” Asche said. “Football comes down to horses, and [Diduch] has them. Their kids know how to make plays.”

After Forreston turned the ball over on downs after a 15-play drive to start the second half, it was Barkalow getting it done on the defensive end. With scouts from Western Illinos watching him and EPC’s Peyton Asche, the 6-foot-6 end chased down quarterback Braden Smargiassi for a 10-yard loss deep in EPC territory. “That was a good read, and critical for us in field position,” Forreston defensive coordinator Kyle Zick said. Three plays later, speedster Joe Bowers blocked a punt attempt off his helmet and Hunter Rogers recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

After an exciting first half, that would be the only score for either team. EPC got into the red zone early in the fourth quarter, only to see 145-pound linebacker Cade Kuelling knock down a fourth-down pass attempt. The non-score from the red zone that had Asche the most upset occurred in the second quarter. His team marched from its own 35 to Forreston’s 7 and had first-and-goal, but two consecutive penalties made it first-and-17, and the drive stalled after four incompletions.

“If we score there, maybe it’s a different game,” Asche said. To their credit, the Wildcatz did come back on their next series to grab a 18-14 lead on a 6-yard touchdown run by Jayden Kempel, who had 104 first-half rushing yards, including a 47-yard touchdown.

Nursing a sore leg, AJ Christensen gave Forreston an early 6-0 lead on a 40-yard run in which he broke a tackle in the backfield and tiptoed down the sideline past would-be tacklers. He also had a 7-yard touchdown later in the second quarter for a 14-12 Cardinal lead. Lucas Peterson got behind the secondary and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Smargiassi for a 12-6 EPC lead.

Milledgeville 65, River Valley 0: The Missiles had no trouble picking up the nonconference win at home. Carson Boyer scored on touchdowns of 16 and 46 yards and a 65-yard punt return. Nate Rahn scored on a 20-yard run and a 30-yard run, Jack Munz scored on a 35-yard keeper, Marcus McKenna scored on runs of 2 and 44 yards, and Matt Balsiger capped off the scoring with a 3-yard run. Rahn gained 90 yards on the ground. McKenna added 77 and Boyer had 74 on 4 carries. The Missiles did not punt in the game.

West Carroll 14, Stockton 0: The Thunder took a first-quarter lead on a 24-yard TD run by Kaleb Hartman and added a third-quarter score on a 3-yard run by Cory Simpson as they took the home victory at Massy Field. Hartman led the West Carroll running attack, rushing 24 times for 115 yards. Simpson added 57 yards on 13 touches. Thunder QB Kody Plattenberger completed 6 of 14 passes for 86 yards. The Thunder defense was led by Hartman and Dean Holms, each with 9 tackles.

Sterling Newman 54, Morrison 0: The punctuation mark most commonly used leading up to Friday’s game between Newman and Morrison was a question mark. As in, is Morrison back? Is the rivalry back? Could the Mustangs knock off the No. 1 ranked team in 2A? 

After the Comets’ convincing defeat of the Mustangs, the punctuation marks that were left were a period and an exclamation point. The period was at the end of the statement made by the Newman (4-0, 2-0 TRAC Rock) defense. The Comets held the Mustangs to negative-39 yards in the first half and 1 first down, and a total of 3 yards for the game. 

“They were playing downhill all night,” Morrison’s Aaron Deter said. “They were filling the gaps, making it really tough.”

Deter rushed for 20 yards on 11 bruising carries. Morrison didn’t help its own cause by putting the ball on the ground 7 times and losing 3 of those fumbles.

“The ball hits the ground, and we all just want to get after it,” Newman’s Luke Olson said. “Most of all, though, we just want to keep doing our assignments.”

The exclamation point came from the Newman offense, led by the dynamic Easton Bianchi, who slashed his way for 44 yards and a touchdown on the Comets’ third play from scrimmage. After a Morrison (3-1, 0-1) turnover, Bianchi caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Landen Vesley on the first play of the ensuing drive. Bianchi, who finished with 92 rushing yards on 4 carries, also returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown. 

“We know we can have big plays,” Newman’s Chase Graham said. “It starts with our offensive line. They were really opening up holes. When they do that, it makes our job pretty easy.”

Graham, who had 7 tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks, also rushed for a 43-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Cade Gorzny had 86 yards and a touchdown for Newman, while Olson added 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Rockridge 40, Fulton 39: Fulton’s Austin Schroeder carried for 319 yards and 4 touchdowns, but a late score by Rockridge had the Rockets come away with a win in Fulton. Bryce Grant was 8-for-15 passing for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Steamers led 33-14 at halftime and by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter, up 39-26, but the Rockets rallied to win.

Freeport Aquin 28, Polo 0

Sterling 49, LaSalle-Peru 0

Le-Win 54, Galena 12

Amboy 27, Pecatonica/Durand 6

Dakota 41, East Dubuque 26

Orangeville 20, AFC 0

River Ridge 32, Warren 12

Rockford Guilford 56, Freeport 20

Byron 52, North Boone 28

Dixon 69, Rockford Lutheran 7

Rock Falls 31, Oregon 8

NUIC (Northwest) Football Standings

1) Le-Win - 4-0 conference, 4-0 overall, PF: 175, PA: 46

2) Forreston - 3-1 conference, 3-1 overall, PF: 158, PA: 52

3) EPC - 3-1 conference, 3-1 overall, PF: 162, PA: 37

4) West Carroll - 2-1 conference, 3-1 overall, PF: 106, PA: 40

5) Dakota - 2-1 conference, 3-1 overall, PF: 123, PA: 72

6) Amboy - 1-2 conference, 1-3 overall, PF: 39, PA: 88

7) East Dubuque - 1-3 conference, 1-3 overall, PF: 58, PA: 163

8) Galena - 0-3 conference, 0-4 overall, PF: 22, PA: 122

9) Pecatonica/Durand - 0-4 conference, 0-4 overall, PF: 12, PA: 173  

NUIC (Upstate) Football Standings

Freeport Aquin - 3-0 conference, 4-0 overall, PF: 132, PA: 34

Orangeville - 3-1 conference, 3-1 overall, PF: 104, PA: 28

Stockton - 2-0 conference, 2-2 overall, PF: 81, PA: 69

Milledgeville - 1-1 conference, 3-1 overall, PF: 113, PA: 34

Polo - 1-2 conference, 2-2 overall, PF: 81, PA: 60

River Ridge - 1-2 conference, 2-2 overall, PF: 54, PA: 60

AFC - 1-2 conference, 1-3 overall, PF: 44, PA: 115

Warren - 0-4 conference, 0-4 overall, PF: 20, PA: 156

Three Rivers (Rock) Football Standings

Sterling Newman - 2-0 conference, 4-0 overall, PF: 182, PA: 21

Rockridge - 2-0 conference, 4-0 overall, PF: 158, PA: 70

Fulton - 1-1 conference, 3-1 overall, PF: 169, PA: 86

Orion - 1-1 conference, 3-1 overall, PF: 136, PA: 49

Bureau Valley - 0-1 conference, 3-1 overall, PF: 106, PA: 131

Morrison - 0-1 conference, 3-1 overall, PF: 107, PA: 102

Riverdale - 0-2 conference, 1-3 overall, PF: 66, PA: 143

Varsity volleyball schedule

TODAY

Sterling Newman at Bureau Valley

THURSDAY

Eastland at East Dubuque

River Ridge at Galena

Pearl City at Le-Win

Riverdale at Fulton

Freeport at Rockford Guilford

Ottawa at Sterling

MONDAY

Stockton at Pearl City

Milledgeville at Forreston

Morrison at Fulton

TUESDAY

Polo at Freeport Aquin

Forreston at Orangeville

Fulton at Sherrard

Varsity volleyball results

SEPT. 11

Stockton 2, Eastland 0 (25-16, 25-13): Katie Krogman had 4 kills, Gabby Snyder (9) and Jordan Miller (6) combined for 15 digs, and Erin Henze added 7 assists for the Cougars in a home loss to the Blackhawks.

Pearl City 2, West Carroll 0 (25-15, 25-7): Caitlyn Krell had 11 assists, 9 aces and 6 digs as the Wolves handled the Thunder in Savanna. Maddy Brenner added 3 digs and 2 kills, while Brooke Hass contributed 5 kills, a block and a pair of assists.

Amboy 2, Milledgeville 1 (25-23, 16-25, 25-23): Shannon Lytle had 8 kills and Dani Hochstatter added 6 as the Clippers knocked off the visiting Missiles. Also for Amboy (6-4-1), Rachel Lachat had 6 assists, Kallie Appleman had 5 assists, and Noelle Jones added 6 blocks. For Milledgeville, Rebecca Waite had 9 kills, Holly Smith dished 16 assists and Sabreena Hartman added 11 digs.

Dixon 2, Morrison 0 (25-12, 25-20): Juliana Rotella served the Duchesses well, scoring the final 13 first-set points to break a tie and serving 6 aces in that string. Dixon (8-2) established the go-ahead lead in the first set at 13-12 after a Fillies’ hitting error. Sarah Stegbauer followed with a kill, and Maddy Melvin followed with a stuff block against Emily Szabo’s left-corner attack. The go-ahead was enough for Rotella to have better focus behind the service line. With 3 straight aces, she gave the Duchesses a commanding 18-12 lead. Rotella added aces for the 20th, 22nd, and set points. Dixon’s surge put an end to a strong start by Morrison (0-10), which had struggled most of the season with keeping opening sets competitive early. The Fillies got out to a 3-1 lead, but the Duchesses shot back for a 9-4 advantage. Morrison’s 8-2 run gave the Fillies a 12-11 lead before a wild serve and a hitting error put Dixon ahead. Despite trailing wire-to-wire in the second set, the Fillies kept close with the Duchesses, and fended off 4 match-point situations before a wild serve ended it. Ally Noble’s back-to-back aces and a Kaylee Shetler block helped prolong the match. Brenna Melvin led the Duchesses with 7 kills. Maddy Melvin led with 9 assists, and Emma Carlson led with 10 digs. Makayla Troutman led the Fillies with 4 kills.

Orion 2, Fulton 0 (25-7, 25-13): The Chargers dominated the Steamers in a TRAC West match. Brooke Huizenga had 5 kills, 5 digs and Fulton’s only ace. Kylee Sweenie added 5 assists and 2 digs. 

Dakota 2, Pecatonica 1 (26-24, 17-25, 25-19)

Scales Mound 2, East Dubuque 1 (25-19, 22-25, 28-26)

SEPT. 12

Eastland 2, Pearl City 1 (19-25, 28-26, 26-24): The Cougars dropped the first set, but rallied to win the next two in an NUIC West match in Pearl City. Gabby Snyder led Eastland with 39 digs. Katie Krogman had 9 kills, while Sage Walrath and Mac Byer each had 8. Erica Dambman had 19 assists. Caitlyn Krell had 26 assists for the Wolves.

Le-Win 2, West Carroll 0 (25-13, 25-17): The Lady Panthers improved their record to 9 wins against just a single loss as they took the two-set road win in Savanna. 

Sherrard 2, Morrison 0 (26-24, 25-13): The Fillies could not pull out a close first set en route to a straight-sets loss at home in TRAC West play. Kaylee Shetler and Emily Szabo each had 4 kills, and Shetler added 3 blocks. Madison Steines had 14 digs.

Rockridge 2, Fulton 1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-18): The Steamers won the first set, but could not take another in a TRAC West loss at home. Emily Schipper had 14 kills, 3 aces and 7 digs for Fulton. Brooke Huizenga had 13 kills, Kearra Kohrt had 12 digs, and Kylee Sweenie had 20 assists.

Forreston 2, Polo 0 (25-10, 25-10)

Sterling Newman 2, Peru St. Bede 1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-18)

Sterling 2, Rock Falls 0 (25-11, 25-18)

Galena 2, Warren 1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-21)

Stockton 2, River Ridge 0 (25-14, 27-25)

Byron 2, Winnebago 1 (25-22, 13-25, 25-20)

Oregon 2, Pecatonica 0 (26-24, 25-11)

SEPT. 13

Sterling 2, Geneseo 0 (25-23, 25-18)

SEPT. 14

River Ridge 2, Warren 0 (25-18, 25-20)

Polo 2, AFC 0 (25-20, 25-19)

Forreston 2, Amboy 0 (25-20, 25-7)

Sterling Newman 2, Spring Valley Hall 0 (25-12, 25-17)

Erie 2, Morrison 1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-22)

Rockton Hononegah 2, Freeport 1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-21)

Stockton 2, Scales Mound 0 (25-12, 25-23)

Durand 2, Freeport Aquin 0 (25-15, 25-10)

Galena 2, East Dubuque 1 (25-14, 25-27, 25-14)

Dakota 2, Orangeville 0 (25-20, 25-22)

Rockford Lutheran 2, Dixon 0 (25-17, 25-23)

Oregon 2, North Boone 0 (25-14, 25-11)

SEPT. 15-16

Taylorville 2, Eastland 0 (25-18, 25-16)

Newark 2, Eastland 0 (25-17, 27-25)

Eastland 2, Mt. Pulaski 1 (25-27, 25-27, 25-18)

Eastland 2, Fulton ) (25-15, 25-20)

West Prairie 2, Eastland 0 (25-18, 25-22)

Eureka 2, Fulton 0 (26-24, 25-23)

Maroa-Forsyth 2, Fulton 0 (25-7, 25-21)

Fulton 2, Rockford Lutheran 0 (25-23, 25-13)

Bloomington Central Catholic 2, Fulton 0 (25-14, 26-24)

Lincoln 2, Le-Win 1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-19)

Le-Win 2, West Prairie 0 (25-21, 25-21)

Le-Win 2, Williamsville 1 (25-11, 23-25, 25-21)

Eureka 2, Le-Win 1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-22)

Pearl City 2, Polo 0 (25-9, 25-21)

Pearl City 2, East Dubuque 0 (25-16, 25-23)

Pearl City 2, Riverdale 0 (25-21, 25-22)

Pearl City 2, Milledgeville 1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-18)

Galena 2, Pearl City 1 (23-25, 25-11, 25-21)

Milledgeville 1, Erie 1 (22-25, 25-21)

Riverdale 2, Polo 0 (25-7, 25-12)

Varsity boys golf results

SEPT. 11

at Lake Carroll, Lanark

1- East Dubuque: 187

2- Eastland/Milledgeville: 200

Medalist: Collin Williamson, East Dubuque (42)

E/MV scores: Kaden Henze: 48, Treyton Selman: 48, Ethan Doty: 51, Riley Stover: 53, Brady Balk: 55, Dawson DeMichele: 56

at Shady Oaks, Sublette

1- Prophetstown: 202

2- Amboy: 213

3- West Carroll: 216

Medalists: Jaden Taylor & Clayton Kemp, Amboy (43)

West Carroll scores: Aaron Haring: 49, Brody Artman: 55, Deacon Hill: 56, Ethan Reiland: 56, Jacob McLuckie: 59, Ty Aljets: 65

at Deer Valley, Deer Grove

1- Riverdale: 156

2- Morrison: 194

Medalist: Tyler Bussert, Riverdale (33)

Morrison scores: Adam Lindstrom: 44, Corbin Wilkens: 44, Noah VanZuiden: 46, Ryan Damhoff: 50, Jacob Brown: 50

at Silver Ridge, Oregon

1- Oregon: 195

2- Forreston: 199

3- Rockford Christian Life: 213

Medalist: Jackson Buck, Oregon (40)

at Hidden Lake, Sheffield

1- Bureau Valley: 160

2- Fulton: 165

3- Princeton: 169

Medalist: Jason Sikkema, Fulton (37)

Other Fulton scores: Andrew Schrader: 39, Patrick Wiebenga: 44, Josh Vanderploeg: 45, Brady Schaver: 47, Alex Hartman: 49

SEPT. 12

at Woodbine Bend, Stockton

1- Stockton: 163

2- River Ridge: 179

3- Eastland/Milledgeville: 195

Medalist: Alex Staver, Stockton (39)

E/MV scores: Kaden Henze: 47, Brady Balk: 48, Riley Stover: 49, Treyton Selman: 51, Ethan Doty: 52, Nick Kane: 55

at Galena Golf Course, Galena

1- Galena: 160

2- Polo: 175

3- Forreston: 186

Medalist: Tyler Moran, Galena (36)

Polo scores: Mack Llanas: 40, Trevin Woodin: 40, Lane Hopkins: 41, Logan Albrecht: 54,Hayden Bittinger: 54, Megan Call: 55

at Emerald Hill, Sterling

1- Sterling: 166

2- Morris: 175

Medalist: Nate Olson, Sterling (37)

Other Sterling scores: Nick Ceruzzi: 39, Jake Alston: 44, Luke Steinke: 46, Joe Sivits: 47, Charles Lehman: 51, Nathaniel Stout: 52, Kurt Clevenger: 61

SEPT. 13

at Wolf Hollow, Lena

1- Winnebago: 166

2- Le-Win/Pearl City: 170

3- Eastland/Milledgeville: 187

Medalist: Marcus Smith, Winnebago (36)

E/MV scores: Brady Balk: 42, Kaden Henze: 48, Riley Stover: 48, Ethan Doty: 49, Treyton Selman: 55, Dawson DeMichele: 56

at Sandburr Run, Thomson

1- Polo: 181

2- West Carroll: 201

Medalist: Mack Llanas, Polo (38)

Other Polo scores: Lane Hopkins: 43, Trevin Woodin: 45, Hayden Bittinger: 55, Justin Young: 57, Logan Albrecht: 58

West Carroll scores: Ethan Reiland: 45, Deacon Hill: 49, Aaron Haring: 52, Jacob McLuckie: 55, Ty Aljets: 59, Brody Artman: 61

at Fulton Country Club, Fulton

1- Fulton: 159

2- Peru St. Bede: 176

3- Morrison: 190

Medalist: Jason Sikkema, Fulton (36)

Other Fulton scores: Andrew Schrader: 39, Patrick Wiebenga: 40, Brady Schaver: 44, Josh Vanderploeg: 46, Alex Hartman: 46

Morrison scores: Adam Lindstrom: 40, Ryan Damhoff: 47, Corbin Wilkens: 51, Noah VanZuiden: 52, Jacob Brown: 62

at Emerald Hill, Sterling

1- Sterling: 159

2- Rock Falls: 184

3- Dixon: 195

Medalist: Nick Ceruzzi, Sterling (36)

Other Sterling scores: Nate Olson: 41, Jake Alston: 41, Luke Steinke: 41, Charles Lehman: 49, JOe Sivits: 55

SEPT. 14

at Pine Hills, Ottawa

1- Sterling: 164

2- Ottawa: 165

Medalist: Nick Ceruzzi, Sterling (36)

Other Sterling scores: Nate Olson: 42, Jake Alston: 42, Luke Steinke: 43, Nathaniel Stout: 45, Josh O’Brien: 47, Charles Lehman: 54, Joe Sivits: 64

Varsity girls golf results

SEPT. 11

at Lake Carroll, Lanark

1- Eastland/Milledgeville: 229

2- East Dubuque: 233

Medalist: Ava Beaves, East Dubuque (49)

E/MV scores: Chloe Anderson: 54, Emma Norton: 56, Jenna French: 58, Ashley Janssen: 61

SEPT. 12

at Sandburr Run, Thomson

1- Prophetstown: 232

2- West Carroll: 236

Medalist: Hannah Guilinger, West Carroll (52)

Other West Carroll scores: Emily Hartman: 53, Celia Hartman: 65, Bella Mendoza: 66, Corey Johnston: 70, Sam Knight: 91

September 13

at Wolf Hollow, Lena

1- Winnebago: 204

2- Eastland/Milledgeville: 211

Medalist: Emma Norton, E/MV (44)

Other E/MV scores: Jenna French: 46, Chloe Anderson: 55, Ashley Janssen: 66, Naomi Mullen: 72

at Galena Gold Club, Galena

1- Galena: 238

2- West Carroll: 279

Medalist: Abby Moyer, Galena (56)

Other West Carroll scores: Corey Johnston: 67, Emily Hartman: 69, Hannah Guilinger: 70, Bella Mendoza: 73, Celia Hartman: 77, Sam Knight: 79

at Deer Valley, Deer Grove

1- Sterling: 211

2- Princeton: 214

3- Prophetstown: 239

4- Indian Creek: 250

Medalists: Emma Boze, Sterling & Kelly Vanderbussche, Princeton (49)

Other Sterling scores: Abigail Sheets: 50, Julia Hoffman: 51, Avery Heintzelman: 61, Olivia Schwingle: 65

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