March 08, 2021

Sports Highlights for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017



Route 84 tournament, Erie at West Carroll, 6 p.m.

Route 84 tournament, Stockton at Fulton, 6 p.m.


Sterling at Yorkville, 7 p.m.

Route 84 tournament, Scales Mound at West Carroll, 7:30 p.m.

Route 84 tournament, Fulton Unity at Fulton, 7:30 p.m.


Eastland, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, Newman, Pearl City at Forreston tournament, TBA

Fulton, West Carroll at Route 84 tournament, TBA


Morrison at Sherrard, 7 p.m.

Lena-Winslow at East Dubuque, 7:30 p.m.

Eastland, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, Newman, Pearl City at Forreston tournament, TBA


Morrison at Wethersfield, 7:30 p.m.

Stockton at East Dubuque, 7:30 p.m.

Eastland, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, Newman, Pearl City at Forreston tournament, TBA



Fulton starts 2-0 at Route 84 Tournament: The Steamers scored 22 points in the first quarter to jump out to an early lead on Galena, then pulled away with a 21-point third quarter in a 66-45 win over the Pirates. Tyler Bruggenwirth led the way with 17 points. Kyle Schipper added 10.

In a 49-47 win over Prophetstown, the Steamers trailed 33-27 at halftime, 44-40 after three quarters, then held the Prophets to three points in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. Bruggenwirth scored 17 in that game. Nate Wierema added 11.

West Carroll, Stockton split Route 84 openers: The Thunder outscored AFC 12-8 in an overtime session to win their second overtime game in as many days to down the Raiders 65-61.

West Carroll trailed 30-23 at halftime. Jacob Dunk scored a game-high 23 points for the Thunder, while Dawson Wurster added 14 and Kody Plattenberger chipped in 13.

West Carroll opened its day with a 58-26 loss to East Dubuque. The Warriors led 19-8 after the first quarter, 36-16 at the half, and 53-22 after the third. Kody Plattenberger paced West Carroll with 11 points.

Stockton defeated Fulton Unity, 54-24, at Fulton to open the tournament, then fell to Prophetstown, 49-41, later in the day.


Sterling 62, Morris 43: The Warriors led by a point at halftime, and both teams initially got off to a sluggish start in the third quarter.

A bucket by Micah Kendrick put Sterling up by six at 34-28 with about 5 minutes left in the quarter. The basket was answered on the other end by Morris’ Tyler Spiezio to pull the Redskins back within four.

After that, it was all Warriors. Sterling went on an 11-0 run thanks to a bevy of Morris turnovers.

In that run, Sean Gingrich had a three-point play, and Aidan Shore had a pair of baskets, including a two-handed jam off a rebound.

“We’ve been looking for that kind of intensity all season,” Gingrich said. “When we get that going, we start executing and start making big plays.”

Gingrich led Sterling with 15 points, while Willman had six points and seven rebounds. Kendrick scored seven points, while adding seven steals.

“We knew it’d take a little while to get everyone into shape after football and get everyone playing at the same speed,” Kendrick said. “I think tonight we started to see that happen, and that’s a good sign.”

Eastland 62, Galena 42: The Cougars pulled away from Galena fwith a 24-point fourth quarter in an NUIC West win in Lanark.

Ethan Christians led the Cougars with 18 points. Brett Swalve added 15. Reid Janssen added 12.

Fulton 47, Rockridge 38: The Steamers led by one at halftime before pulling away in the second half for a TRAC West win at home.

Fulton led 23-22 at halftime, then outscored the Rockets 13-4 in the third quarter.

Tyler Bruggenwirth scored 13 points, with Keegan Kloepping scoring nine and Cody Sanderson and Kyle Schipper each scoring eight.

Prophetstown 46, Morrison 32

West Carroll 60, River Ridge 55, OT: The Thunder outscored the Wildcats 11-6 in the extra session to eke out an NUIC West win in Mount Carroll.

Dawson Wurster took a charge with 9 seconds left in overtime with West Carroll up 58-55. Kody Plattenberger poured in a team-high 16 points for the Thunder including a pair of free throws to salt the victory.

Trey Thomas paced River Ridge with 16 points.

DEC. 7

Milledgeville 59, Erie 33: The Missiles beat the Cardinals in a nonconference game in Erie.

Kyle Ottens scored 21 points and Cade Schave added 18 for Milledgeville, who jumped out to a 21-11 lead after one quarter.

Josh Hammer led the Cardinals with 11 points.

DEC. 6

Bureau Valley 77, Morrison 47: The Storm went on the road and gained a 30-point TRAC crossover win against the Mustangs.

DEC. 5

Sterling 62, Alleman 57, OT: The Golden Warriors used hot shooting to grab a second-quarter lead at Musgrove Fieldhouse. The shooting cooled in the second half, and Sterling needed a late basket to force overtime before handing the Pioneers their first loss in seven games.

The Pioneers’ Saurabh Patwal hit a 3-pointer with 18.3 seconds left to put Alleman up 54-52, but Sterling answered by getting the ball to Sean Gingrich and having him drive the lane and hit to tie the score at 54.

Gingrich scored a career-high 25 points for the Golden Warriors, who outscored Alleman 8-3 in the extra period. Daniel Pontnack added 15 points.

Newman 50, Rockridge 35: Not too many teams attempt just 30 shots and win by 15 points, but that's exactly what the the Comets did Tuesday night in a 50-35 win over the Rockets.

After Devon House pulled down a defensive rebound late in the second quarter, he passed to Behrens, who drove inside from the right elbow, weaved his way around both defenders, and put up a shot to give the Comets their biggest lead to that point at 23-18.

More Comets points followed, and they closed the half with on a 7-0 run. House, who led the Comets with 14 points and six rebounds, scored two more buckets, while Behrens added a 3, as part of an 11-0 run to open the third quarter.

Newman was 12-for-17 on 2-point shots, and 4-13 on 3-point shots.

Stockton 40, Morrison 30: Luke Huschitt's 20 points led the Blackhawks in a nonconference home win against the Mustangs.

Morrison led 11-7 after one quarter, but Stockton took the lead by outscoring the Mustangs 14-8 in the second.

Ethan Medenblik led with 13 points for Morison, who also had 11 points and seven rebounds from Ben Brackemyer and nine points from Kaleb Banks.

DEC. 4

Polo 80, Lena-Winslow 61: The Marcos picked up an NUIC crossover win on the road against the Panthers.



Pearl City tournament, Fulton at Pearl City, 5:30 p.m.

Aquin at Milledgeville, 7:30 p.m.

Stillman Valley at Stockton, 7:30 p.m.

Pearl City tournament, Orangeville at Pearl City, 8 p.m.


Hall at Newman, 7 p.m.

Erie at Morrison, 7 p.m.

Polo at West Carroll, 7 p.m.

Lena-Winslow at Orangeville, 7:30 p.m.

Milledgeville at AFC, 7:30 p.m.


Galena at Stockton, 7:30 p.m.

Sterling Shootout, Richwoods at Sterling, 7:45 p.m.


Sterling Shootout, Hononegah at Sterling, 10 a.m.

Polo tournament, West Carroll vs. Milledgeville, 2 p.m.

Sterling Shootout, Rock Falls at Sterling, 2:30 p.m.

Polo tournament, Eastland vs. Warren, 3:15 p.m.


Polo tournament, West Carroll vs. Prophetstown, 5 p.m.

Polo tournament, Warren at Polo, 6:15 p.m.

Polo tournament, Eastland vs. Oregon, 7:30 p.m.


Morrison at Bureau Valley, 7 p.m.

Polo tournament, Milledgeville vs. Dixon, 6:15 p.m.

Polo tournament, Eastland at Polo, 7:30 p.m.



Milledgeville 42, Morrison 30: The Missiles scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Fillies in a non conference game in Milledgeville.

Mady Frederick scored 18 points, hitting eight free throws, to lead Milledgeville. Rebecca Waite added 16 points.

Peyton Tegeler scored 17 points to lead the Fillies, scoring all eight of her team’s points in the fourth quarter.

DEC. 7

Eastland 58, East Dubuque 48: The Cougars stayed perfect in NUIC West play, leading wire-to-wire in a home win.

Katie Krogman had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Eastland, while Erin Henze added 17 points and seven assists. Lydia Coatney chipped in 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Henze and Coatney each nailed three 3-pointers.

Ottawa 39, Sterling 38: The Golden Warriors did a terrific job crashing the boards against the Pirates, who crashed a potential upset party in a NIB-12 West game at Musgrove Fieldhouse.

Sterling found plenty of opportunities to grab its own missed shots, which kept it in front of the Pirates for most of the second half. However, Ottawa chipped away at the lead, and finally got it with 5.5 seconds left on a Molly Harris baseline jumper.

Sterling out rebounded Ottawa 30-21 – including 12-5 on the offensive glass – while making second-chance shots off seven of the offensive boards.

Josi Borum led Sterling with 14 points – shooting 7-for-11 from the field – and seven rebounds.

Pearl City 44, River Ridge-Scales Mound 38: Gwen Heimerdinger led the Wolves with 14 points in a NUIC West home win over the Wildcats.

DEC. 5

Milledgeville 65, West Carroll 35: The Missiles cruised to a win in Savanna.

Milledgeville led 20-10 after the first quarter, then held the Thunder to six in the second quarter to take a 34-16 halftime lead.

Mady Frederick scored 26 points for Milledgeville. Rebecca Waite added 18, and Sabreena Hartman scored nine.

Jena Sidvy led West Carroll with nine points.

Riverdale 49, Fulton 29: Abigail Weaver had 11 points, five steals and four rebounds for the Rams in a TRAC West home win against the Steamers.

DEC. 4

Eastland 51, Pearl City 28: Lydia Coatney nearly outscored the Wolves by herself with a 24-point outburst in the Cougars' NUIC West road win.

Coatney drilled six 3s. Erin Henze added a trio of triples in adding 11 points and seven assists for Eastland (7-1, 4-0).

Jordan Miller, Katie Krogman and Sage Walrath added five points each for the Cougars.

Tyra Clark led Pearl City with eight points.

Newman 47, Prophetstown 36: The Comets held the Prophets to just 3-for-18 from 3-point range, while Newman built up a working margin it maintained throughout the contest.

Newman pounded away on the inside, whether it be with post players who battled in the paint or wings who slashed their way inside. Alejandra Padilla, one of those outside slashers, hit 6 of 10 shots, most of them little runners in the lane, to lead her team with 12 points. It was one below her season-high of 13 against Rock Falls back on Nov. 17.

Hannah Wilson was 5-for-5 from the field for 10 points, and Payton Murray matched that total. Chloe Klein came off the bench to grab a team-high seven rebounds. Lauren Wilson chipped in five points, five boards and four steals.

Prophetstown was 0-for-8 from the field the final 8 minutes, and missed 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final 2:11 to halt any potential comeback.

Courtney Pierceson led Prophetstown with 12 points, but it came on 2-for-16 shooting. She was 2-for-14 from 3-point range.

Fulton 39, Rockridge 32: The Steamers outscored the Rockets 16-8 in the final 8 minutes to win a Three Rivers West contest in Taylor Ridge.

Emily Schipper scored six of her team-high 12 points in the fourth for the Steamers. Rylee Leitzen added six points, Kylee Sweenie and Abby Willging had five apiece, and Kearra Khort and Chloe Lindeman added four each for a balanced Fulton offense.

Riverdale 54, Morrison 36: Peyton Tegeler had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Fillies in a TRAC West road loss to the Rams.

DEC. 4

Yorkville 57, Sterling 39: The Golden Warriors fell on the road in a NIB-12 crossover.

The Foxes jumped out to a 33-11 halftime lead before Sterling outscored them 17-12 in the third.

Josi Borum led the Warriors with 11 points. Gretchen Gould and Gabbi Schilling each scored eight.

Milledgeville 60, Polo 41: The Missiles used a 22-8 third-quarter surge to pull away from the Marcos in an NUIC win at home.

Mady Frederick scored 34 points for Milledgeville, hitting four 3-pointers and all four of her free throws. Rebecca Waite added 11 points, and Jocelyn Folkers had 10.

Alex Dusing paced Polo with 13 points, as 11 different Marcos scored in the game.



Lena-Winslow/Stockton at Byron, 5:30 p.m.

Newman, Morrison at Polo, 5:30 p.m.

Erie-Prophetstown, Fulton at Mercer County, 5:30 p.m.

Geneseo at Sterling, 6 p.m.


Fulton, Lena-Winslow/Stockton, Morrison, Newman at Erie-Prophetstown Invitational, 9 a.m.


Alleman at Fulton, 6 p.m.



Sterling crowns two at DeJarnatt: Freshmen Brayden Porter and Mauricio Garcia won championships while the Golden Warriors finished runner-up to Clinton (Iowa) at the 40th Annual Carson DeJarnatt Invitational at Musgrove Fieldhouse.

Porter (120) wasted no time in his 120-pound championship bout, pinning Pleasant Valley (IA)’s Hunter Meyrer in just 1:44. Garcia (126), on the other hand, was a bit more patient, waiting until 5:41 had ticked off the clock before pinning Belvidere North’s Issac Hernandez.

Noah Garcia (132) and Turner Garcia (160) placed second and Julian Hernandez (113) third for Sterling.

Ivey wins at Plano: Newman's Brody Ivey won the 145-pound title at the Reaper Classic.

The Comets placed ninth with 96 points.

Kyle Tunink (120), Cael Sanders (152) and Mason Newman (170) took third for the Comets.

Steamers and Thunder go 2-3 in Iowa: Fulton finished second with 159 points at the North Cedar Invitational in Clarence, Iowa, while West Carroll claimed third with 121.5 points.

Camanche (Iowa) took the team title with 171.5 points behind four individual champs.

The Steamers’ Fleetwood twins both won titles, as Tyler won by a 12-3 major decision in his 132-pound championship bout, while Taylor won via pinfall in 2:54 in the heavyweight division.

Tony Heinitz took second at 160 pounds for Fulton. Max and Eli Pannell both won via decision in their third-place bouts.

Ethen Doty (120) and Eli Dertz (195) both won titles for the Thunder with pins.

West Carroll’s Briar Nevills pinned Fulton’s Logan Graham in 3:48 to take third at 106 pounds. Trapper Hartman pinned teammate Miguel Watkins in 3:39 to take third at 113. Cameron Simpson (138) also took third via pinfall.

DEC. 7

Sterling splits on road: The Golden Warriors defeated host Marengo 41-34, and lost to Rochelle 39-28 in a triangular in Rochelle.

Mauricio Garcia (126 pounds) and Moises Lopez (182) both won a pair of pins for Sterling, while Brayden Porter (120) won by pin and major decision, and Pedro Rodriguez (285) won a pin and a decision.

Against Marengo, Turner Garcia (160) added a pin, Noah Garcia (132) and Isaiah Figueroa (138) had major decisions.

Sterling is one win away from 900 dual wins in program history.

Fulton sweeps at home: The Steamers defeated Newman 60-22 and AFC 71-12 in a home triangular.

Tyler Fleetwood (138 pounds), Max Pannell (195), Eli Pannell (220) and Taylor Fleetwood (285) all notched two pins, while Tony Heinitz (160) won by pin and major decision. Ethan Rash (170) added a pin against AFC.

Newman got pins from Kyle Tunink (126) and Brody Ivey (145) against Fulton, and Mason Newman (170) won a major decision.

West Carroll swept at home: The Thunder fell to Oregon, 33-27, and Rockridge, 36-30.

West Carroll got pins from Miguel Watkins (126) and Daltin Coyer (160) against Oregon, and Eli Dertz (195) won a 10-4 decision. The Thunder lost 36-30 to Rockridge, with Trapper Hartman (113) and Ethan Doty (126) winning by pin.

DEC. 5

LaSalle-Peru 46, Sterling 20: Isaiah Figueroa (138 pounds) and Turner Garcia (160) won by pin for the Golden Warriors in a road loss to the Cavaliers.

Noah Garcia (132) and Cade Lyons (220) won by major decision.

DEC. 4

Lena-Winslow/Stockton 48, Erie-Prophetstown 26


Three local teams in first AP poll

The first AP basketball poll of the new season has the Eastland girls ranked No. 5 in Class 1A, with AFC ranked No. 10. Prophetstown received votes in Class 1A and Bureau Valley received votes in 2A.

In the boys basketball polls, Polo is ranked No. 9, while Newman and Milledgeville received votes in Class 1A.


Beyers leads Gannon to D2 Final Four

Eastland alumna Ashley Beyers, a 5-11 freshman setter for Gannon University, led the Golden Knights to the NCAA Division II Volleyball Final Four.

Beyers, who was a part of Eastland’s state championship volleyball squad in 2015 and runner-up unit the following season, led Gannon with 823 assists on the season, and also tallied 220 digs – including a season-high 25 in a 3-2 loss Friday to Florida Southern in the NCAA semifinal round. Beyers dished out 47 assists in that game.

Gannon defeated Regis in straight sets (3-0) Thursday to advance to the first Final Four in program history. Beyers led the Knights with 28 assists and three aces, and added 10 digs.


Ollie named to D3 region team

Loras junior kick returner Walter Ollie, a 2015 Pearl City graduate, was named to the All-West Region Team as a Second Team returner.

Ollie, who is an All-Iowa Conference First Team honoree, tallied 863 kick return yards and scored on two returns for the Duhawks. He owns Loras’ all-time kick return yardage total (1,282 yards) and set the record for kick return average (27 yards per return).