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Prep boys' basketball
Alleman time changed: With the Alleman football team playing in the Class 4A state championship game on Friday night, Geneseo is bumping up the Pioneers' basketball season opener. Alleman will play Chicago Raby at noon, four hours earlier than it was previously scheduled.
Bureau Valley 68, Annawan 35: Michael Smith's 12 points were a team high, but the Braves suffered a season-opening loss in the Wally Keller Invitational. Grant Baele added nine points for Annawan.
Wethersfield 59, Elmwood 46: The Flying Geese soared to the season-opening win at the Wally Keller Invitational. No other information was available at press time.
Riverdale 58, ROWVA 33: Jared Richmond led the Rams with 19 points at the Ridgewood Thanksgiving Tournament. Mitchell Sand also received double figures for Riverdale with 10 points.
Ridgewood 73, Abingdon 65: Elisha McCreary (18 points), James Brooks (15) and Sam Bolthaus (11) helped the Spartans to the victory in the Ridgewood Thanksgiving Tournament.
Princeton 63, Morrison 31: Alex Volckmann led Morrison in scoring with eight points. The Mustangs, which trailed 23-4 after the first quarter, also received seven points from Kyle Meurs.
Prep girls' basketball
Annawan 80, LaMoille 36: The Bravettes continued their undefeated start by building a 35-3 lead after the first quarter. Celina VanHyfte, who left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury, had 19 points for Annawan. Megan Foes tallied 17 points in the win.
Galva 40, Bureau Valley 38: Donel Samuel's team-high 12 points helped the Wildcats to the nonconference home win. Nicole Withrow added 10 points for Galva.
All-LTC team revealed: The most valuable player for the United volleyball team in its run to a 26-7 record and a Class 2A regional title was senior outside hitter Michelle Ravel.
Averaging 10 kills per match for the Lincoln Trail Conference runner-up Red Storm, Ravel's contributions were deemed worthy of her being named the recepient of the Toney Anderson Memorial Award that annually goes to the LTC's Most Valuable Player.
Ravel was one of two Red Storm players to earn first-team honors. Classmate and libero Andi Hendrix was also honored after tallying 54 aces and averaging nine digs a match.
Wethersfield senior outside hitter Sydney Vincent (131 kills, 267 digs, 42 aces) and junior middle Kayli Smith (183 kills, 85 blocks, 31 aces) earned first-team honors.
Mercer County (17-16) placed junior middle hitter Brooke Nelson (130 kills) on the first team, where she was joined by Ridgewood's (6-23) senior libero Brooklyn Wexell (235 digs, 18 aces).
Hendrickson out at WIU: Western Illinois relieved Mark Hendrickson of his duties as the football coach. He went 18-32 in parts of five season as the Leathernecks head coach, including a playoff berth in 2010.
NIU Duals: Orion's Thorian Twyner mirrored his Northern Illinois teammates over the weekend, picking up a pair of wins before falling to nationally-ranked Purdue. A red-shirt freshman, Twyner scored a 5-0 win over Anthony Hawkins in a 57-0 blowout of Calumet College of St. Joseph. Twyner also scored a 4-3 victory over Loras' Nick Steger in a 41-0 decision by the hosts. However, Purdue beat the Huskies, 37-0, with Twyner falling 10-5 by Danny Sabatello at 133 pounds. Still, NIU coach Ryan Ludwig liked what he saw from Twyner. "That kid is the best wrestler on their team," Ludwig said about Hawkins. "Thorian battled a bit of a slow start, got his motor running and ended up winning a solid match. We were happy about that."
Porter advances: Geneseo's Jordan Porter advanced out of the Punt, Pass and Kick sectionals to participate in the next level of the competition at the Walter Payton Practice Facility in Lake Forest on Saturday. Porter won the regional competition and had one of the top 4 performances at the sectional. All participants will participate in a passing exhibition prior to the Chicago Bears home game with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.