BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Morrison at Milledgeville, 7:30 p.m.
Stockton at Eastland, 7:30 p.m.
St. Bede at Newman, 7 p.m.
Stillman Valley at Pearl City, 7:30 p.m.
Polo at Lena-Winslow, 7:30 p.m.
Alleman at Sterling, 7 p.m.
Rockridge at Newman, 7 p.m.
Morrison at Stockton, 7:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL RESULTS
Milledgeville 61, St. Bede 59, OT: The Missiles rallied from a 33-20 halftime deficit to force overtime, then outscored the Bruins 6-4 in the extra period to win the title at the Oregon tournament.
Cade Schave poured in 27 points for Milledgeville (4-0), with Kyle Ottens adding 17. The Missiles outscored St. Bede 16-8 in the third quarter and 19-14 in the fourth. Ottens and Schave were all-tournament selections, as was Oregon’s Trey Woolsey.
Jackson Funfsinn led the Bruins (2-2) with 22 points, and was also named to the all-tournament team.
Christian Life 71, Morrison 41: The Mustangs trailed 21-11 after one quarter and never recovered in a loss at the Blackhawk Center.
All-tournament pick Ben Brackemyer scored 21 points for Morrison (0-4), with Ethan Medenblik adding nine.
Michael Hart scored a game-high 26 for Christian Life (1-3).
Kewanee 47, West Carroll 44: The Thunder’s fourth-quarter rally fell short at the Blackhawk Center, as a 40-29 deficit after three periods was too much to overcome.
Dawson Wurster’s 13 points paced West Carroll (1-3), while Kody Plattenberger and Jacob Dunk each scored nine.
All-tournament selection Kavon Russell had a game-high 18 points to lead the Boilermakers (2-2).
Newman 64, Rockford Christian 59
Rock Island tournament
Minooka 47, Sterling 36: The Golden Warriors got 12 points from Aiden Shore and 11 from Sean Gingrich, but fell at Rock Island.
Micah Kendrick added eight points.
Sterling trailed 34-23 after three quarters and scored 14 points in the fourth, but Minooka held on.
Milledgeville 84, Rockford Christian 80: The Milledgeville Missiles moved within one win of claiming the Oregon tournament title, downing Rockford Christian in a matchup of previously unbeaten teams .
Kyle Ottens scored 14 of his game-high 37 points in the first quarter, and the Missiles (3-0) shot 68 percent in the first half. After falling behind by 10 in the third quarter, Blayne Kappes hit back-to-back 3-pointers down the stretch to give Milledgeville the lead for good at 78-77.
Nathan Rahn added 20 points for the Missiles.
“We were nailing everything and tearing it up,” Milledgeville coach Brad Grenoble said. “We got up big, then they made a good coaching adjustment and starting banging us around with a man [defense]. But those [3s] were big by Kappes, and we made plays when we had to.”
Oregon 60, West Carroll 49: The Hawks moved to 2-1 at their own tournament with a win over the Thunder.
Senior guard Jared Pottorff scored a game-high 18 points for Oregon. Ryker Finch had 14 points on seven 2-point buckets, while Trey Woolsey connected on four 3-pointers on his way to a 14-point night. Jaspreet Gill went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line on his way to 10 points.
Dawson Wurster scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for West Carroll. Aaron Haring added 11.
St. Bede 62, Morrison 46: The Mustangs fell to 0-3 with a loss to the Bruins. Ben Brackemyer led Morrison with 14 points.
Kaleb Banks added 10, while Ethan Medenblik added eight. Luke Sanchez nailed 4 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 28 points for St. Bede.
Rock Island tournament
Golden Warriors falter twice: Sterling started its day with a close 50-40 loss to St. Charles North at the Rock Island-Milan Boosters Thanksgiving tournament before ending with a 63-34 defeat at the hands of Chicago Bogan.
The Warriors (0-3) led 26-25 at the half against St. Charles North, but couldn’t hang on. Micah Kendrick poured in 16 points, while Sean Gingrich added 12.
Sterling simply couldn’t keep up with Bogan. Aiden Shore scored a team-high 10 points. Tyler Willman added eight. Kendrick and Daniel Pontnack pitched in seven each.
River Ridge tournament
Steamers remain undefeated: Fulton dominated on the inside and on the perimeter in a 75-40 rout of Scales Mound and a lopsided 76-54 win against the host Wildcats.
Senior center Nate Wierema scored a game-high 21 points for the Steamers against the Hornets. Point guard Cody Sanderson nailed four 3-pointers on his way to 20 points.
Fulton finished with four players in double figures against River Ridge. Junior guard Keegan Kloepping had a breakout game with 22 points – including 5 3-pointers. Sanderson added 15 to round out the backcourt, while big men Wierema (16 points) and Tyler Bruggenwirth (13 points) took charge in the post.
Rock Island 74, Sterling 42: Sean Gingrich hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points for Sterling in a loss to Rock Island in the Rock Island-Milan Boosters Thanksgiving tournament. Aiden Shore finished with six points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Sterling. Randy Tucker drained five 3s and scored 20 points to lead the Rocks.
Newman 76, Christian Life 37: Travis Williams paced a balanced attack with 16 points as the Comets crushed the Eagles. Devon House and Cade Gorzny added 12 points apiece for Newman. Michael Hart scored 10 points for Christian Life.
St. Bede 43, Oregon 41
River Ridge tournament
Fulton 49, Pearl City 45: The Steamers survived a late rally from the Wolves in their season opener at Hanover.
Fulton led just 5-4 after the first quarter, but broke out to a 25-12 lead at halftime. Pearl City (0-2) outscored the Steamers 19-10 in the fourth, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Tyler Bruggenwirth finished with a game-high 19 points to lead Fulton. Cody Sanderson pitched in nine, Kyle Schipper had eight, and Nate Wierema added seven.
Lucas Petersen led the Wolves with 15 points.
Milledgeville 55, Newman 54: Kyle Aude was quiet for most of the game against Newman, but the Milledgeville senior picked a perfect time to make some noise. Aude’s 3-pointer at the buzzer capped off a furious comeback and lifted the Missiles to a victory against the Comets at the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament. It was the first game-winning basket for the 5-foot-11 guard.
“I never did, and I didn’t think I ever would,” Aude said.
The game-winning play was set up when Newman’s Devon House missed the second of a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity with 7.6 seconds on the clock. Milledgeville’s Nathan Rahn grabbed the rebound and flipped it to Kyle Ottens, who dribbled across halfcourt toward the top of the key.
With the lane clogged with Comets, Ottens delivered the ball to Aude in the left corner. He caught the ball cleanly and let it fly. The ball hit nothing but net as the buzzer sounded.
“When Brad drew it up, I knew I had that burden on my shoulder to take that shot,” Aude said. “I had to make it for the team.”
During a timeout prior to House’s trip to the line, Milledgeville coach Brad Grenoble drew up a play in which Ottens would be the key.
“[Assistant] Coach [Scott] Scholl gave me a board, and I go, ‘OK, here we go,’” Grenoble said. “‘We’re going to inbound it, Ottens, you take it. Blayner [Blayne Kappes], I want you weak side. Aude, you go strong side. Ottens, you take it all the way to the hoop to tie this game up or kick it out to Aude and see what happens.’ We got lucky. Merry Christmas early.”
The uber-athletic Ottens had success getting into the paint against the Newman defense all night and led all scorers with 21 points. On the final possession, however, that wasn’t an option.
“I was planning on getting to the rim, but I got doubled,” Ottens said. “I was looking for [Cade] Schave, but he got picked up, so I threw it to Aude, and he made the big shot.”
House finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Newman (1-1), while Travis Williams added 12 points and nine boards. Brycen Bartel came off the bench to score eight points.
For Milledgeville (2-0), Ottens collected 13 rebounds in addition to his 21 points. Schave had 14 points and eight boards, and Rahn added 11 points.
Oregon 46, Morrison 40: Five turnovers by your team and 7-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc by your opponent is a good recipe for defeat. That’s what happened in the first quarter to Morrison in a loss to Oregon Nov. 21 in the Hawks’ Thanksgiving Tournament.
“It’s hard to come back when you get behind so early,” said Morrison’s Ben Brackemeyer, who led his team with 20 points. “We got flustered with the pressure.”
With a skeleton roster of seven players, Oregon had five of them score points in racing to a 30-7 lead 2 minutes into the second quarter. Leading the way was Jared Pottorff with four 3-pointers in that stretch.
A Grant Slater three-point play started a 15-0 run for the Mustangs, as Brackemeyer chipped in eight points to close within 30-22.
Oregon sophomore Trey Woolsey nailed a long-range 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to stop the Mustang run and give his team some momentum. He went on to score Oregon’s remaining 13 points of the game.
A pair of Woolsey 3s pushed the Hawk lead to 39-22 before the 6-foot-5 Brackemeyer and his supporting cast went on another run.
Brackemeyer scored back-to-back baskets and Ethan Medenblik popped in a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 39-29 as the third quarter ended.
Things got interesting with 6 minutes to play after Grant Abell grabbed two straight offensive boards and fed Jacob Schlegel for a 3 to make it 39-34.
Woolsey bailed out his teammates with two baskets – one of them a 3-pointer – and a pair of free throws to hold Morrison at bay.
West Carroll 44, St. Bede 33: The Thunder trailed 7-5 after one, then scored 14 points in the second quarter to take the lead. Kody Plattenberger and Dawson Wurster each scored 13 points for West Carroll. Jacob Dunk added nine.
Newman 58, West Carroll 37: Travis Williams scored 23 points to lead the Comets to an Oregon Tournament win.
Julian Heald added 11 points as Newman pulled away in the middle two quarters, leading 22-13 at halftime and 40-23 after three.
Jacob Dunk led the Thunder with 13 points.
Milledgeville 58, Kewanee 38: Kyle Ottens led the Missiles with 27 points at the Oregon Tournament. He hit four 3-pointers, including two as part of a 20-point Milledgeville second quarter. Cade Schave added 16 points.
Rockford Christian 63, Morrison 37:The Lions scored 22 points in the second quarter to pull away for the win at Oregon. Ben Brackemyer led the Mustangs with 16 points.
Oregon 76, Christian Life 59
GIRL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Sterling at Winnebago, 7:15 p.m.
Princeton at Newman, 7 p.m.
Rockridge at Morrison, 7 p.m.
Morris at Sterling, 7 p.m.
Prophetstown at Morrison, 7 p.m.
Eastland at Stockton, 7:30 p.m.
River Ridge at West Carroll, 7:30 p.m.
Le-Win at Pearl City, 7:30 p.m.
Sterling at DeKalb, 6 p.m.
Prophetstown at Newman, 7 p.m.
Morrison at Riverdale, 7 p.m.
Fulton at Rockridge, 7 p.m.
Eastland at Pearl City, 7:30 p.m.
Sterling at Yorkville, 7 p.m.
Polo at Milledgeville, 7:30 p.m.
West Carroll at East Dubuque, 7:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL RESULTS
Sauk Valley Shootout
Dixon 50, Newman 33: For three quarters at Rock Falls’ Tabor Gym, Newman held undefeated Dixon in check with an active zone.
In the end though, the Duchesses knocked down shots in the fourth, as they outscored the Comets 18-3 in the final 8 minutes to pull away. The victory gave Dixon its first Sauk Valley Shootout title.
“It’s an amazing feeling to finally be able to win it the first time,” senior point guard Brittany Pitzer said. “I think it’ll build our confidence for the rest of the season. We’re going to keep working hard, and hopefully keep winning.”
Brittany Pitzer paced Dixon (5-0) with a game-high 16 points, and added five rebounds, a pair of rebounds and assists and a block
Payton Murray scored six of her eight points in the first quarter for Newman (2-3), adding four rebounds by game’s end. Savannah Skinner also finished with eight points and four boards.
Rock Falls 52, Sterling 46: Molly Buck scored 18 points and had 8 rebounds and 10 steals to lead Rock Falls to the win over its arch rival in the Sauk Valley Shootout.
Grace Gould led Sterling (2-3) with 12 points. Josi Borum had nine points and nine rebounds, Gretchen Gould had eight points and 11 rebounds, and Gabbi Schilling scored eight points.
Prophetstown 51, West Carroll 16: The Prophets improved to 5-0 on the year as they jumped out to a quick 14-2 lead after one and extended it to 30-4 by halftime. Courtney Pierceson led the Prophets with 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Dena Johnson added 13 points, and Emma Camper had nine rebounds and six steals.
Stockton 52, Eastland 48: A cold shooting spell lasted most of the night for the Eastland Cougars, and a late rally fell short in a loss to Stockton in the final game of the Forrreston Tournament.The Cougars hit 7-for-27 from the field in the first half and 3-for-16 in the third quarter before things began to turn around in the fourth.
“I think we had a lot of good looks, but we just couldn’t finish,” Eastland’s Katie Krogman said. “I think our intensity was a little bit low in the first three, maybe three and a half quarters. We revved it up in the fourth quarter. It we hadn’t got in such a big hole, we would have come out on top.”
Stockton led by 13 heading into the final quarter, and by as many as 14 at one point before the Couars rallied. Erin Henze hit a layup and Katie Krogman followed with back-to-back baskets in the paint before Lydia Coatney got a steal and layup to cut the lead to 49-40. Henze and Coatney also hit from the free throw line, and Karlie Krogman added a basket to make it 51-46, but then shooting cooled again with Eastland missing a pair of 3-pointers.
“It comes from the defensive end,” Eastland coach Nicole Brinker said. “We were flat for three quarters, and that’s just no excuse.”
Katie Krogman led Eastland with 15 points. Tiana Timpe led Stockton with 21.
Rochelle 64, Morrison 32: The Fillies scored 11 points in the first quarter but could not keep up that pace, and could not keep pace with the Hubs in a loss at the Forreston tournament. Peyton Tegeler led Morrison with 21 points. Abby Lundquist led Rochelle with 18.
Sauk Valley Shootout
Stillman Valley 55, Newman 54: The Comets led the whole game before a bucket by the Cardinals with just 2 seconds left at the Sauk Valley Shootout inside Rock Falls’ Tabor Gym.
Newman (2-2) led 19-11 after the first quarter, 32-28 at halftime and 42-37 after three, but was outscored 18-12 in the final 8 minutes.
Lauren Wilson had 12 points to lead the Comets, going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Delaney Hinrichs also went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, finishing with eight points.
Anna Broski had a game-high 23 points to lead Stillman, which picked up its first win of the season.
Sterling 55, Erie 28
Dixon 62, Rock Falls 54
Eastland 45, Morrison 24: The Cougars led 17-0 after one quarter and 36-7 by halftime to stay perfect on the season with their fourth win at the Forreston tournament.
Erin Henze’s 15 points, four assists and three steals paced Eastland (5-0). Karlie Krogman added seven rebounds and eight steals, Katie Krogman had six points and six boards, and Lydia Coatney chipped in five points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Peyton Tegeler led the Fillies with 12 points.
St. Bede, Sherrard at Fulton, 5:30 p.m.
Amboy, Putnam County at Newman, 5:30 p.m.
Erie-Prophetstown, Morrison at Princeton, 5:30 p.m.
Morris at Sterling, 6 p.m.
Rock Falls, Fulton at Orion, 5:30 p.m.
Newman, Alleman at Kewanee, 5:30 p.m.
Sterling at Dixon Duals, 9 a.m.
Newman, Rockridge at Orion, 5:30 p.m.
Oregon, Erie-Prophetstown at Lena-Winslow, 5:30 p.m.
Warriors win two: Sterling opened its season with a pair of wins in East Moline, 36-33 over the host Panthers and 54-21 against Marian Catholic.
Earning wins against United Township were Mauricio Garcia (126 pounds), Noah Garcia (132), Drake Church (138), Isaiah Figueroa (145), Michael Jackley (152) and Moises Lopez (195).
Adan Ramirez (285) won his bout against Marian, which gave up eight forfeits.
Rockets take two: Rock Falls rolled to a pair of opening-season wins in Amboy, 72-5 over the host Clippers and 64-17 against West Carroll.
Marcus Mendoza (126), Reiley Dowd (132), Lonnie Gribbons (170), Brody Mulvaney (182), Noah Bellini (195) and Browdie Benti (220) had wins for the Rockets against Amboy. Christopher Morris (285) won for Amboy.
Iziah James (126), Devon Parker (145), Butch Elder (152), Cade Adams (160) and Benti (195) won for Rock Falls against West Carroll. Briar Neville (106), Trapper Hartman (113) and Ethan Doty (120) won for the Thunder.
Fulton 48, West Carroll 24: A pair of wins via decision and a pair of second-period pins helped the Steamers beat the Thunder.
Fulton’s Tyler Fleetwood won his 145-pound match with a pinfall in 3:04 against Cameron Simpson. At 160 pounds, Tony Henitz pinned Daltin Coyer in 2:27.
Eli Pannell took a 4-0 decision in the 195-pound match against Eli Dertz, and Jake Pannell won the 152-pound match with a 14-9 decision against Bishop Groezinger.
West Carroll got three wins at the lower weights, all coming from pins. Trapper Hartman pinned Noah Ford in 5:26 at 113 pounds, Ethan Doty pinned Logan Graham at 1:19 in the 120-pound match, and Fischer Jackson pinned Michael Apostolos in 4:47 at 126 pounds.
West Carroll 36, AFC 18: The Thunder took three of the four contested matches at Fulton.
West Carroll’s Kelden McCombie pinned Calvin Berkley in 1:43 in the 145-pound match. Daltin Coyer earned a pin in 1:48 to beat Nathan Page at 160, and Eli Dertz pinned Brian Elshof in 4:24 in the 195-pound match.
AFC picked up a win at 152 pounds when Sam Hahn pinned Bishop Groezinger in 3:32.
STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lena-Winslow 21, Tuscola 20
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 38, Maroa-Forsyth 32
IC Catholic 35, Pleasant Plains 0
Rochester 24, Morris 21
Phillips 33, Dunlap 7
Prairie Ridge 28, Nazareth 21
Batavia 21, Lake Zurich 14, OT
Lincoln-Way East 23, Loyola 14
Comets place five on TRAC all-conference first team
The Three Rivers released its football all-conference teams on Monday for both the Rock and Mississippi divisions.
Five players from Newman, and three each from Morrison and Fulton earned first-team honors.
Newman senior Easton Bianchi was a unanimous selection to the TRAC Rock first team as a running back and a kick/punt returner, as well as a first-team defensive back. Junior Drew Ackman was a first-team selection as a center and defensive lineman.
Guard Trevor Buser and linebacker Chase Graham were also tabbed to the first team at their respective positions for the Comets. Senior Landen Vesley was the first-team punter and second-team quarterback.
Morrison senior Aaron Deter was a unanimous first-team selection at linebacker, and a second-team running back. Other Mustangs named to the first team were defensive lineman Grant Abell and defensive back Reilly Dolan.
Austin Schroeder was a first-team running back for Fulton, while Ethan Fish was a first-teamer on the defensive line for the Steamers. Nate Wierema was tabbed a first-team tackle and a second-team defensive lineman.