Prep girls' basketball|
Rock Island gets two victories: The Rock Island Rocks opened play in the Abingdon/Knoxville Tournament with two impressive victories over Biggsville West Central (82-51) and Knoxville (73-61). Jazmiah Quinn led Rocky (9-0) with 12 points in the West Central win and Jacklyn Young added 10. Shavonne Brewer scored a game-high 27 points in the nightcap, including three 3-pointers. Jacqueline Twing scored 10 points as well.
Moline 54, Peoria Notre Dame 48: The Moline Maroons won for the second time in three days with a close victory at Peoria Notre Dame. Morgan Gerard and Kristina Bozickovic each tallied 12 points for Moline (4-6), which outscored the Irish 18-14 in the fourth quarter. Jordan de los Reyes added seven points in the win.
Sherrard 52, Illini West 50:The Sherrard Tigers couldn't shake West Central North rival Illini West throughout Saturday's game at Carthage, but ultimately they didn't break as they held on for a 10-0 start and a 3-0 WCC North mark. Senior guard Erin Barton's 15 points paced a trio of double-digit Tiger scorers as they weathered a 20-point outing by the Chargers' Graci Bastert. Shelby Calderone and Riley Strandgard each added 11 for the Tigers, with Strandgard's points coming on an 11-of-14 outing from the foul line.
Orion 79, Macomb 53: It was a historic day for the Orion Chargers. Senior center Cassidy Clark scored 36 points, which tied a single-game school record. Clark had 13 rebounds to go with the outstanding scoring output, and also blocked 11 shots to complete the triple-double. Classmate Katie Garrity just missed her second double-double of the week with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Rockridge 53, Monmouth-Roseville 35: Destiny Grawe had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds and Michaela Stoneking had 12 points, five assists and three steals to lead the Rockridge Rockets to the West Central North win. Rockridge's defense was too stout for the Titans, who were forced into 27 percent shooting (12 of 44) from the field and 27 turnovers. The host Rockets stretched a 12-10 first-period lead to 34-21 entering the fourth quarter. M-R's Destiny Smith led all scorers with 14 points.
Sterling Newman 38, Erie 32:Erie's Cobert sisters gave their all and then some against Three Rivers Conference rival Sterling Newman, but it wasn't quite enough as the Comets rallied from a 16-15 halftime deficit to drop the Cardinals (7-3) to 2-3 in league play. Junior guard Courtney Cobert popped in a team-high 14 points, with freshman forward Rachel Cobert powering her way to 20 rebounds and adding nine points.
Illini Bluffs 67, United 37: The United Red Storm were outscored 43-14 in the first half of their loss in the Abingdon/Knoxville Tournament. Callie Brunswig scored a team-high 10 points for United, and Cassandra Ellison added nine.
Galva 56, Fulton Unity Christian 19: Galva dominated the game buzzer to buzzer. The Lady Cats led 15-4 after the first quarter and 27-11 at half time. Galva was led by Alex Strom's game-high 18 points, and Katelyn Klein's 12 points. Strom converted onthe only two 3-pointers in the game.
Prep boys' basketball
Erie 70, Freeport JV 35: Despite going scoreless in the fourth period, Erie senior Jacob Johnston nearly outscored the Pretzels in the opening round of the West Carroll Tournament. Johnston tallied 34 points -- scoring 26 in the first half -- with two 3-pointers. Connor Saad added 12 points for the Cardinals (5-4).
Orion 55, Rockford Christian Life 48: Dylan Schultz's game-high 18 points carried the Orion Chargers to the win at the Forreston Holiday Tournament. Schultz buried four 3-pointers and finished 3 of 4 from the foul line. Orion (5-4) also received eight points from Cody VanderHeiden.
Freeport Aquin 62, Morrison 42: The Morrison Mustangs started play in the Forreston Holiday Tournament by being outscored 24-8 in the first quarter and not being able catch up from there. Matt Wilkens and Brock Deter each had 11 points in the loss.
Mercer County wins twice: The second-ranked Mercer County Golden Eagles extended their winning streak to three matches after wins over St. Joseph-Ogden (57-13) and Monticello (42-20). Preston Adams (120 pounds), Tristen Finch (138), Zach Nelson (152), Jesse Snyder (160), Bobby Lincoln (220) and Alex Kisner (285) all won twice for the Eagles.
Orion splits: A double forfeit at 113 pounds allowed Orion to earn a 38-36 win over St. Joseph-Ogden. In their other dual, the Chargers dropped a 54-27 decision to Monticello. Jacob DeVolder (126 pounds), Mikey Dierikx (132), Joe DeVolder (152), Payton Loete (170/182), Jon Nicholson (220/285) all won two matches. Dierikx and Nicholson each earned two pins.
Rocks second at Sterling: Led by first-place finishes from B.J. McGhee (120 pounds), Chase Wiggins (132) and Michael Cole (170), Rock Island finished second at Sterling's Carson DeJarnatt Invitational with 187.5 points, 16 behind Clinton. Tyler Dehaven (126), Devin Syler (138), Jean-Louis Sawadago (145) and J.T. Jones (152) all finished second for Rocky.
UT snags two wins: The Panthers earned victories over Lincoln-Way North (38-25) and Rockford East (52-23), but lost to LaSalle-Peru (37-32). Marques Harrison (106), Jeronnie Steward (113), Demerrio Teague (120), Tanner Schuldt (152), Deryck Wessels (160) and Markus Murphy (170) each went unbeaten in three matches on the day.
Terronez wins; Moline 6th at Prospect:Moline freshman 138-pounder Danny Terronez made his first appearance at the Mudge-McMorrow Invitational in Mount Prospect a memorable one, besting Barrington's Kyle Trom 4-3 in the finals to capture first place. Terronez was the lone gold medalist for the Maroons, who tallied 115 points to take sixth out of 18 teams. Adarios Jones settled for a bronze medal at 285 pounds.
Prep girls' bowling
Moline wins UT Invite: The Moline Maroons won yet again on the high school lanes, rolling a 5725 at Highland Park Bowl to top the 11-team UT Panther Invitational field. Moline beat runner-up Sterling by 128 pins. Moline's Aimee Becht (1237) and Jessica Howell (1236) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 6-game series race, not able to catch Sterling senior Amber Granzow's impressive 1358 total (224.6 average).
In the team race, UT (5260) finished sixth and Rock Island (5258) was seventh. Sophomore Kayla Crawford led UT with a 1213 6-game total that was fifth overall. Rock Island sophomore Jordan Sholl finished sixth with her 6-game 1202 total.
Of note, Granzow fired a 781 series in the second shift, rolling games of 244-257-279.
Prep boys' swimming
Freeport Invitational: The Rock Island and Morrison swim teams made their way up to Pretzel country for the 2012 Pretzel Invite in Freeport. Rock Island (353) finished second behind champ DeKalb's 389 points. Morrison's Mustangs finished eighth with 111 points.
Rock Island won three of the six relay events, including the 200 medley relay that the Rocks won by four seconds. The team of John Ponsetto, Kurgan Macias, George Pappas and Josh Fleming swam to a 1:43.78. Fleming and Pappas individually won events as well. Fleming won the 200 yard freestyle (1:50.01) and Pappas won the 200 IM (2:01.13).
Casey Hodge and John Scanlan had Morrison's best finishes. Hodge was sixth in the 200 yard freestyle (2:02.65) and Scanlan was sixth in the 50 free (24.26).
QC college men's hoops
John Wood 88, Black Hawk 56:Down 49-18 at halftime, the Black Hawk Braves couldn't recover as John Wood rolled to the homecourt win in Quincy behind a balanced effort led by T.J. Tisdell's 13 points. Four players scored in double figures for the hosts, while Heith Beach's 11 points paced the Braves (5-6).
QC college women's hoops
Washington Univ. 74, Augustana 61: Augie led 9-8 midway through the first half, but then the 6-1 Lady Bears scored the next 11 points to take a lead they didn't lose the rest of the way en route to the nonconference victory at the Carver Center. Molly Etheridge scored a game-high 18 points to lead Augie as teammate Jessica Baids added 13 off the bench. The Bears had five players in double-digit scoring with four of their starters totaling 52 points. Melissa Gilkey and Alyssa Johanson led Wash U with 15 and 14, respectively.
St. Ambrose 93, Benedictine-Springfield 39: The SAU Queen Bees had little trouble rolling to an 8-2 record with the nonconference victory. Former Geneseo standout Devan Griffin came off the bench with an impressively efficient effort. The freshman scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 14 minutes. Katie Jensen added 11 points as the Queen Bees had 15 players score.
QC college wrestling
Augie second at North Central Invite:Augustana's Matt Burns and Jordan Richardson captured individual titles at 174 and 184 pounds, respectively, to help lead the Vikings to a second-place finish at the North Central Invitational in Naperville. Augie tallied 134.5 points to finish just 5.5 points behind first-place Wabash.
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