Prep girls' basketball|
Annawan 60, Mercer County 31: Celina VanHyfte scored a game-high 26 points, and the Bravettes (16-2, 7-0) remained unbeaten in Lincoln Trail Conference play. Mercer County (4-16, 1-6) trailed 22-4 after one quarter and 40-11 at halftime. Bridget Anderson and Kristen Heath both scored eight points to lead the Golden Eagles. Both teams open LTC Tournament in their next game -- Mercer County on Saturday, and top-seeded Annawan on Monday.
Wethersfield 61, ROWVA 36: The Flying Geese (17-4) rebounded big time from Monday's loss by Orion, improving to 5-1 in Lincoln Trail Conference action. ROWVA fell to 5-2 in league play.
Ridgewood 58, West Prairie 50: The Spartans evened their record in league play (3-3) heading into this weekend's start to the Lincoln Trail Conference tournament.
Stark County 68, Galva-Williamsfield 32: Ashley Phillips scored a game-best 21 points to keep the Rebels (6-1) within a game of Lincoln Trail Conference leader Annawan. Alex Strom had 14 points for GW (1-5 LTC).
Monmouth-Rosevile 52, Brown County 45: Colleen Judge's team-high 17 points helped the Titans to the victory in the Camp Point Central Tournament. Destiny Smith added 16 points for Monmouth-Roseville.
Erie-Prophetstown splits: The Panthers dropped a 43-33 decision to Dakota, but rebounded with a 51-22 Three Rivers Conference victory over Sterling Newman. Brandon McCullough (106 pounds), Josh Bowling (113), Tyler Naftzger (120), Seth Montgomery (160), Jace Bright (220) and Alan Kuhlemeier (285) each had two wins for Erie-Prophetstown, which now is 4-0 in league duals.
College women's basketball
Augustana 60, Wheaton 53: The hosting Vikings held off a late comeback to surprise the Thunder in CCIW action. Augie (5-8, 1-2) led by as many as 22 points in the second half, yet saw Wheaton (11-2, 2-1) whittle the edge to four with 45 seconds remaining. However, Augie hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch, including a pair from game-high scorer Jessica Baids (19 points) and another by Molly Etheridge (11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists). Amy Hicks (12) also scored in double figures for the Vikings. Wheaton wasted a double-double by Ellie Zeller (11 points, 11 rebounds).
College men's basketball
Illinois College 78, Knox 62: Wethersfield grad Nathan Kohler finished with 15 points and game-highs in assists (eight) and steals (three) in a Midwest Conference win for Illinois College (6-6, 3-4). David Jones scored a game-high 19 for Knox (1-11, 1-6).
Summit League Athlete of the Month: Western Illinois' Terell Parks earned the male-portion of the honor after averaging a double-double for the league leaders. The senior forward/center led the Leathernecks to a perfect 6-0 record in December by averaging 13.7 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. WIU is currently undefeated in league play (5-0) and owns a 12-3 overall mark for the program's best start since the 1957-58 season.
Monmouth recordbreakers: United Township products Erin Willhite and Breanna Hoepfner were part of Monmouth's record-setting effort against Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Indiana won both team competitions in West Palm Beach, Fla., but the Fighting Scots broke one team record, set eight personal bests and earned a pair of individual freestyle wins against their much-larger competition. Willhite, a sophomore, finished third in both the 50 free (26.20) and 100 free (57.87). Hoepfner, a freshman, took fifth in the 100 individual medley in 1:14.16, to finish just behind a school record by teammate Amanda Zaidel.
College track & field
Women's national rankings: Three-time national qualifier Emily Tysma of Riverdale is among the reasons the Monmouth women appear in the initial Division III national Top 10 of the season. Tysma is one of four national qualifiers from last year back for the nation's No. 10-ranked squad, according to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Sherrard's Lacey Hainline also is part of the Fighting Scots, who open the season this weekend at the University of Dubuque.
College men's golf
Signing: One of Chicagoland's top prep golfers, Dan Ormiston, will play for St. Ambrose. The Hinsdale South senior was the medalist last fall in the West Suburban Gold Conference Tournament. Ormiston, the school's MVP, also competed on the Cog Hill Junior Tour last summer, winning three tour events. Ormiston joins a program that has qualified for the NAIA Men's Golf National Tournament 18 of the last 20 years, including a third-place showing in 2004.
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