Posted Online: Jan. 19, 2013, 12:06 am
Q-C Sports Shorts
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Prep boys' basketball
Rockridge 65, Sherrard 35: The Rockets (16-2) opened the game inspired, taking a 21-6 advantage en route to staying perfect in the West Central North. Rockridge's Ethan Happ scored 18 points and Bryan Heath added another 17 points with four 3-pointers. Clayton Bjustrom led the Tigers with nine points.
Monmouth-Roseville 57, Orion 48: The Chargers got within 40-35 in the fourth quarter, but the homestanding Titans (13-4, 4-2 West Central North) were able to hold on to the conference win behind the junior duo of Martel Hunter (16 points) and Trayvon Smith (12). Dylan Schultz led all scorers with 17 points for Orion (12-9, 1-4), with Jason Marshall adding 14.
Kewanee 78, Riverdale 73: Down by 12 entering the fourth quarter at Brockman Gymnasium, the Riverdale Rams fought their way back as senior guard Jared Richmond scored 14 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter. However, the Rams' (10-10, 5-3 Three Rivers Conference) comeback fell just short as Kewanee (16-3) stayed perfect in the league at 8-0 behind 20 points from freshman phenom Donovan Oliver.
Oliver's efforts were augmented by the trio of Dayton Ince (17 points), Dalton Nuding (13) and Matt Gustafson (12 points). The Boilermakers roared to a 26-11 lead after one en route to an 11-point halftime lead. Helping Richmond to ignite Riverdale's late comeback bid was Cole Solomon, who added 13 points.
Prophetstown 53, Morrison 42: The Prophetstown Prophets had a dual scoring threat with Zach Inskeep and Carter Ames. Ames put in 17 points and Inskeep added another 15 points to help their team to the Three Rivers Conference win in the matchup of Illinois 78 rivals. Morrison's Will Greul lead the way with 13 points for the Mustangs.
Erie 46, Amboy 30: It was a milestone night for Jacob Johnston, who led Erie's Three Rivers Conference victory. The senior scored a game-high 19 points to surpass the 1,000-point plateau for his career. Johnston now sits with 1,007 points.
West Central 74, Annawan 66: Annawan senior forward Michael Smith powered his way to a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, but four double-figure scorers for visiting Biggsville West Central made the difference as the Heat scored the Lincoln Trail Conference victory. Led by Colin Rothzen's 20 points, West Central went up 34-31 at halftime and was able to maintain that margin throughout. Grant Baele added 16 points for the Braves, with Tony Gripp netting 15.
Ridgewood 60, Monmouth United 39: The Ridgewood Spartans' James Brooks scored a game-high 16 points to power his 10-7 club to the Lincoln Trail Conference victory. Elisha McCreary added a double digit effort for Ridgewood with 13 points. The Spartans' defense held United in check in the first half taking a 26-13 advantage into halftime.
Galva 45, ROWVA 41: Reece and Rhett Hoxworth provided the offense for the defending Lincoln Trail Conference champs. Reece (12 points) and Rhett (11 points) combined for 23 of the Wildcats' 45 points. Teammate Dexter Ingels chipped in seven of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help Galva close out league victory.
MAC roundup: The Bettendorf Bulldogs continued their romp through the Mississippi Athletic Conference season with a 50-39 victory over Pleasant Valley on Friday at the Dawg Pound. The victory moves Bettendorf to 12-0 on the season and 8-0 in the MAC, a game ahead of Davenport Assumption.
The Assumption Knights again rode Billy Daniel's offense, this time to a 72-47 drubbing of Davenport Central (4-8, 2-6 MAC). Daniel led all scorers with 25 points as the Knights moved to 10-3, 7-1.
In other games, North Scott (11-2, 6-2) beat Clinton (4-8, 2-6) 60-31; Muscatine (3-10, 2-6) beat Davenport North (4-9, 1-7) 80-66; and Burlington (4-8, 3-5) beat Davenport West (5-7, 3-5) 56-51.
Q-C college men's volleyball
Fighting Bees fall in NAIA championship rematch: The NAIA's No. 1 ranked team, and defending national champion, Park, opened the season with a 25-16, 27-25 25-23 win against No. 4 St. Ambrose. SAU's Kyle Schwetz and George Langheld led the team with seven kills each, and Nick Lynch set up the offense with 18 assists. The Pirates won their third National championship after defeating the Bees at Lee Lohman Arena 25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 25-17 last season.