Posted Online: Jan. 31, 2013, 11:35 pm

QC Sports Shorts from Jan. 31

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Prep boys' basketball
Lincoln Trail Conference tournament:Three weeks after tangling in regular-season Lincoln Trail Conference play, the Annawan Braves and the Ridgewood Spartans will meet again for the right to play on the final night of the LTC Tournament.

In Thursday's losers' bracket quarterfinals, the Braves (9-16) got a game-high 21 points from senior standout Tony Gripp as they used a 16-5 third-quarter run to post a 55-41 victory over Sciota West Prairie on their home court. Grant Baele added 15 points for Annawan and Michael Smith snared 11 rebounds as the Braves overcame a 28-22 halftime deficit.

At Walt Minder Gymnasium in Woodhull, the Spartans (12-10) broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to post a 62-52 win over United to set up tonight's 7:30 losers' bracket semifinal matchup at the Mercer County Intermediate School. Ridge Greenman's 13 points were seconded by 12 points each from James Brooks and Sam Althaus.

In Thursday's other contest, West Central got 26 points from Colin Rothzen as the Heat were able to outgun Princeville for an 81-69 victory. ROWVA received a bye and awaits West Central in the 6 p.m. consolation opener.

The winner's bracket semifinals featureWethersfield (19-3) vs. Mercer County (13-8) at 6 p.m., andGalva (17-3) vs. Stark County (9-12) at 7:30 p.m. at Mercer County High School.

Riverdale 70, Amboy 43:Jared Richmond scored a game-high 27 points to keep the defending champion Rams mathematically still alive in the Three Rivers Conference race. Mitchell Sand added 10 points for Riverdale (13-11, 8-3), which trails league-leading Kewanee (18-3, 11-0) with three TRAC games remaining.Amboy fell to 6-17, 2-10 in the league.

Prep girls' basketball
Annawan 63, IVC 42:One night after capping a 10-0 Lincoln Trail Conference run, the Annawan Bravettes wrapped up a 24-2 regular season by rolling past Chillicothe IVC behind Celina VanHyfte's game-high 28 points. Maddie Jackson (11 points) and Megan Foes (10) also hit double figures for Annawan, which outscored the Lady Ghosts 28-11 in the second quarter to take a 44-21 halftime lead and control of the contest.

Illini West 37, Rockridge 25: Michaela Gronewold scored 13 points, and the Chargers limited Rockridge to 36-percent shooting in West Central North action. The Rockets (11-16, 3-7) committed 21 turnovers and Miranda Potter was their leading scorer with eight points. Molly Wright chipped in a game-best eight rebounds for Rockridge. Despite the win, Illini West (17-10, 8-2) settled for second with Sherrard (24-3, 9-1) claiming a second straight outright league with a victory at Orion (18-9, 5-5).

Monmouth-Roseville 53, Macomb 50: Colleen Judge led the way with a game-high 15 points, six down the stretch of the West Central North finale for both teams. The victorious Titans (13-16, 3-7) rallied from a seven-point first quarter, then held off a fourth-quarter comeback by Macomb (11-15, 2-8).

Wethersfield 68, Morrison 33: The Flying Geese (22-7) braved the chilly temperatures for the non-conference road win at Morrison (5-20). Details were unavailable at press time.

West Prairie 55, ROWVA 38: Despite 11 points from Mikaylin Bent, the Tigers (13-12, 5-4) were tamed heading into their rescheduled Lincoln Trail Conference finale tonight. Emily Hopping (23 points) and Maria Steck (18) points proved to be an unbeatable 1-2 punch for West Central (14-11, 7-2).

Prep girls bowling
Sterling 2,779, United Township 2,747: The Panthers lost by just 32 pins in their final tune-up before Saturday's sectional. Kalya Crawford led the way for United Township with 594, just seven pins off of the high series. Her 226 was the high game on the day.

QC college men's hoops
Black Hawk 80, Illinois Valley 77:
The Black Hawk Braves won their fourth in a row, rallying for the Arrowhead Conference road victory despite Cody Cooley not making the trip because of an illness.

Duol Mayot (game-high 29 points) split a pair of free-throws with 4.1 seconds left to give the Braves the final margin. The hosts got off what BHC coach Darren Bizarri called a "highly-contested 3-pointer'' off at the buzzer that was well off the mark.

Bizarri said his team, which moved to 11-11 overall and 4-2 in the league, trailed by 11 points in the second half before taking a lead as large as nine in the final 20 minutes. Austin Long and Heith Beach each added 11 points to the victory.

College track & field
Augie teams up in rankings:
Both the Augustana College men's and women's indoor track & field teams moved up one spot in their respective NCAA Division III Dual Meet Power Rankings. Both Viking teams moved from fourth to third after impressive performances at last weekend's Olivet Nazarene Invitational – the men tying for first place and the women placing a strong third while setting two school records.

This poll, conducted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, quantifiesthe depth of each team. The team's total score is the sum of all points earned in each event. Two individual athletes are scored per event, as well as one relay team. The points are based on the best marks of an event in the current season, with the faster times and farther distances worth more.

Both teams are in action at the Warhawk Invitational in Whitewater, Wisc., this weekend. The men compete today and the women on Saturday.