Sports Highlights for Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Varsity Football Scores

OCT. 20

EPC 41, Polo 7: The playoffs essentially started Friday night for Eastland-Pearl City and Polo.

The Wildcatz were able to rest easy after rolling to a 41-7 victory in an NUIC crossover. For the Marcos, a day-long waiting game was in the works, and they fell off the playoff bubble on Saturday night without a postseason spot.

EPC (5-4) became playoff eligible with the win, and was in good shape with 41 playoff points (combined wins by its nine opponents). In the past 5 years, the cutoff mark for 5-4 teams to get in had been 37 points (2016), 35 (2015), 39 (2014), 36 (2013) and 38 (2012).

“We knew we needed this game,” junior running back Jayden Kempel said, “and it feels really good to come out and play the way we did.”

Polo (5-4), meanwhile, was in a tenuous position due to its inability to get anything going against a stout EPC defense. The Marcos rushed 41 times for 93 yards – and a good chunk of those came late in the game after the outcome had been decided. The Wildcatz also got a pair of interceptions from safety Brock Smargiassi.

“We just don’t see that kind of defense in our half of the conference,” Polo quarterback Braiden Soltow said. “They’re huge on the line but they can move, the linebackers are all sure tacklers, and their defensive backs are solid. They just shut us down.”

The Marcos avoided a shutout when Soltow completed a 1-yard pass to Baylee Wiemken with 7 minutes, 21 seconds remaining in the contest. It got Polo within 35-7 at the time.

EPC seized control by scoring on its first two possessions. Jayden Kempel scored on a 43-yard run midway through the first quarter for the first TD. A 60-yard run by Jarod Kempel set up the Wildcatz’ second score, a 1-yard plunge by Braden Smargiassi with 1:23 left in the first quarter. EPC took a 13-0 lead into halftime, then put the game on ice by scoring three times in the third quarter. Eli Dertz scored on TD runs of 3 and 34 yards, while Lucas Petersen hauled in a 40-yard TD pass from Braden Smargiassi.

West Carroll 43, East Dubuque 6: Kody Plattenberger threw touchdown passes to Jacob Dunk, Matt Eacker and Michael Popkin and the Thunder added TD runs from Kaleb Plattenberger, Kaleb Hartman and Tim Fosdick in the senior night win. Kody Plattenberger completed 8 of 14 passes for 225 yards. Hartman gained 125 yards rushing on 22 carries.

Freeport Aquin 38, Milledgeville 0: The Missiles' bid for second place in the NUIC Upstate fell short with a shutout loss in Freeport.

Morrison 36, Bureau Valley 32: Play after play, drive after drive, the Morrison rushing attack could not be stopped. The Mustangs, despite getting off to a slow start with a safety on their second play from scrimmage, found the end zone on the next 5 possessions and held off a late Bureau Valley rally for a 36-32 win, eliminating the Storm from playoff contention in the process.

Nine different Morrison backs accounted for 50 carries and 241 rushing yards.

"We just played our brand of football," Grant Slater said. "Once the line pushes, does their job, everyone gets where they need to get. We just run hard, shed tackles, get yards.”

Aaron Deter, who led the way with 66 yards on 16 carries, made the most of his carries, often using a second effort after being hit by a Bureau Valley player, keeping his legs churning and turning a loss into a gain.

"I guess that's just my role on the team," Deter said. "I'm not going to run outside and dance around. I'm supposed to get the extra yards that I can.”

Morrison (4-5, 1-5 TRAC Rock) trailed 8-0 after a safety for an illegal block in the back of the end zone and a Tyler Gustafson-to-Nate Paup touchdown pass for the Storm. But then the Mustangs offense got moving. Morrison eventually built a 36-16 lead with 7:35 left in the game, but the Storm answered. Bureau Valley scored on a one-play drive as Gustafson found Kale Barnett for a 68-yard score. Those two connected again on a 39-yard touchdown with 2:45 to play. "

But Bureau Valley (4-5, 1-5 TRAC Rock) needed a stop on defense, and with just over 1 minute left, Slater made a spin move to avoid one tackler and get past the first-down marker to allow Morrison to run out the clock with a pair of kneel-downs.

"Coach handed me the ball and said 'if you get a first down, we're going to win this game,'" Slater said. "The only thing that was going through my mind was that I'm going to get that first down."

Fulton 46, Erie/Prophetstown 0: Fulton's Bryce Grant scored on a 31-yard run, a 19-yard pass to Tyler Bruggenwirth, a 75-yard run, and a 42-yard interception return in the Steamers’ shutout win over Erie-Prophetstown. Fulton also got touchdown runs from Austin Rash and Austin Schroeder.

Fulton’s defense limited the Panthers to 42 yards of total offense as Erie-Prophetstown rushed 26 times for 43 yards and lost a yard in the passing game.

Forreston 54, Amboy 6

Sterling Newman 51, Riverdale 0

Sterling 31, DeKalb 3

Le-Win 55, Dakota 7

Stockton 28, Orangeville 16

Pecatonica/Durand 20, Galena 12

AFC 34, Warren 8

Mooseheart 57, River Ridge 36

Freeport 35, Belvidere 20

Byron 50, Winnebago 6

Rock Falls 20, Woodstock North 14

Rockford Christian 49, Oregon 13

Stillman Valley 36, Rockford Lutheran 25

Geneseo 21, Morris 17

Rochelle 43, Sycamore 21

IHSA Football Playoff Pairings


Princeville (7-2) at Dakota (7-2), 2 p.m. Saturday

Abingdon (7-2) at Milledgeville (7-2), 1 p.m. Saturday

Cuba (6-3) at Stockton (7-2), 1 p.m. Saturday

Fulton (6-3) at Ottawa Marquette (7-2), 1 p.m. Saturday

Stark County (5-4) at Le-Win (9-0), 2 p.m.. Saturday

Fisher (6-3) at Freeport Aquin (7-2), 2 p.m. Saturday

Orangeville (5-4) at Kewanee Wethersfield (8-1), 2 p.m. Saturday

Salt Fork (5-4) at Forreston (8-1), 3:30 p.m. Saturday


EPC (5-4) at Gibson City (9-0), 2 p.m. Saturday

West Carroll (6-3) at Fieldcrest (7-2), 2 p.m. Saturday

Aurora Christian (5-4) at Sterling Newman (9-0), 7 p.m. Saturday


Arlington Heights St. Viator (5-4) at Sterling (9-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

Varsity Volleyball Results

OCT. 16

Eastland 2, Pearl City 0 (25-20, 25-14): Katie Krogman had 12 kills, 8 digs and 2 aces as the Cougars took care of the visiting Wolves. Also for Eastland (14-16-4, 7-5 NUIC West), Gabby Snyder had 18 digs and 3 aces, Jordan Miller had 12 digs, Erin Henze (14) and Erice Dambman (11) combined for 25 assists, and Mac Byer added 6kills.

Le-Win 2, West Carroll 0 (25-15, 25-22)

Sterling Newman 2, Bureau Valley 0 (25-16, 25-19)

AFC 2, Polo 0 (25-21, 25-20)

River Ridge 2, East Dubuque 0 (25-19, 25-15)

Dakota 2, Orangeville 0 (25-17, 25-11)

Durand 2, Freeport Aquin 0 (25-18, 25-14)

Winnebago 2, Dixon 1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-19)

Kewanee 2, Prophetstown 1 (13-25, 25-17, 25-23)

LaMoille/Ohio 2, Amboy 1 (16-25, 25-22, 25-22)

OCT. 17

Riverdale 2, Fulton 0 (25-16, 25-7): Emily Schipper had 6 digs and 4 kills for the Steamers in a road loss to the Rams. Also for Fulton, Brooke Huizenga had 3 kills and 2 assists, and Kearra Kohrt added 5 digs.

Sterling 2, Ottawa 0 (25-13, 25-9): Dale Dykeman became the all-time winningest volleyball coach at Sterling High School after the Golden Warriors crushed the Pirates in Ottawa. Dykeman, in his sixth season as head coach, now has 186 career wins. Roberta Fredericks guided the program to a 185-193 record from 1979 to 1993. Josi Borum paced Sterling (32-2, 6-1 NIB-12 West) with 8 kills, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 2 aces. Brooklyn Borum finished with 6 kills, Bree Borum had 8 assists and 2 aces, and Lexi Rodriguez added 10 digs.

Dixon 2, North Boone 0 (25-12, 25-22)

Oregon 2, Byron 0 (25-21, 25-12)

Sherrard 2, Erie 0 (25-12, 25-22)

Rock Falls 2, Winnebago 0 (25-23, 25-22)

Rockton Hononegah 2, Freeport 0 (25-16, 25-17)

Stillman Valley 2, Rockford Christian 0 (25-15, 25-20)

OCT. 18

River Ridge 2, Scales Mound 0 (25-23, 25-20)

Belvidere North 2, Freeport 0 (25-14, 25-18)

OCT. 19

Eastland 2, West Carroll 0 (25-19, 25-7): Jordan Miller’s 9 digs and 6 aces led the Cougars to an NUIC West win in Savanna. Katie Krogman spiked 7 kills, and Sage Walrath added 4 kills for Eastland. Gabby Snyder had 6 digs and 5 aces, and Erin Henze and Erica Dambman both dished 10 assists.

Milledgeville 2, AFC 0 (25-20,25-23): The Missiles claimed a hard-fought NUIC East victory at home, led by Rebecca Waite’s 7 kills, 12 digs, 10 assists and 2 blocks. Kortney Queckboerner added 5 kills for Milledgeville, and Holly Smith finished with 4 kills, 9 assists and 2 aces. Ciara Miller and Sabreena Hartman chipped in 7 digs each. Madeline Prestegaard had 5 blocks and 3 kills for the Raiders. Jaynee Prestegaard had 4 kills. Sammy Smith had f5 assists.

Fulton 2, Sherrard 0 (25-20, 25-15): The Steamers pulled out a win at home behind 11 assists from Kylee Sweenie. Brooke Huizenga added 7 digs. Huizenga and Emily Schipper each had 6 kills.

Sterling 2, LaSalle-Peru 0 (26-24, 25-14)

Amboy 2, Polo 0 (25-19, 25-23)

Stockton 2, Le-Win 0 (26-24, 25-21)

Freeport Aquin 2, Dakota 0 (28-26, 25-15)

Machesney Park Harlem 2, Freeport 0 (25-17, 25-21)

Durand 2, Pecatonica 0 (25-23, 25-13)

Riverdale 2, Erie 0 (25-14, 25-13)

Rock Falls 2, Dixon 0 (25-16, 25-9)

Oregon 2, Genoa-Kingston 1 (25-20, 18-25, 25-21)

Winnebago 2, Rockford Lutheran 0 (25-19, 25-23)

1A Volleyball Regionals



AFC vs. Erie/Polo winner vs. Eastland/Milledgeville winner, 6 p.m.



Rockford Keith Country Day vs. Aquin/Orangeville winner vs. Le-Win vs. Pearl City/Rockford Christian Life winner, 6 p.m.



Durand vs. Scales Mound/Warren winner vs. River Ridge vs. Stockton/East Dubuque winner, 6 p.m.

Sectional at Sterling Newman, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1

2A Volleyball Regionals



Galena vs. Byron/West Carroll winner vs. Forreston/Dakota winner, 6 p.m.



Orion vs. Fulton/Prophetstown winner vs. Bureau Valley vs. Princeton/Morrison winner, 6 p.m.

Sectional at Oregon, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1

3A Volleyball Regionals



Sterling vs. Geneseo/Kewanee winner vs. Metamora/Dunlap winner, 6 p.m.



LaSalle-Peru vs. Dixon/Freeport winner vs. Rock Falls vs. IVC/Mendota winner, 6 p.m.

Sectional at Galesburg, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1

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