Mendota wins boys basketball opener in Seneca: NewsTribune roundup for Monday, Nov. 20, 2023

St. Bede girls win Tri-County opener

Mendota's Izaiah Nanez is the NewsTribune boys soccer player of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2023 in Mendota.


Mendota 62, Newark 23: Izaiah Nanez scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Trojans cruised to a victory Monday at the Seneca Turkey Tournament on the first day of boys basketball around the state.

Cale Strouss had nine points and five steals for Mendota, while Braiden Freeman added seven points and 10 rebounds.

LaMoille 47, West Carroll 38: Tyler Billhorn poured in 29 points to lead the Lions to a victory in the Ashton-Franklin Center Thanksgiving Tournament.

Earlville 83, Dwight 63: The Red Raiders opened the season with a 20-point victory in the Route 17 Classic in Dwight.

Ryan Browder had 24 points, five assists and three steals for Earlville; Griffin Cook had 23 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals; and Adam Waite contributed 19 points and 25 rebounds.

At Kewanee: Putnam County and Bureau Valley won their openers at Wethersfield’s Wally Keller Invitational.

The Panthers topped Elmwood 58-35, while the Storm topped the host Geese 53-38.

Woodland 77, St. Bede 45: The Bruins lost their season opener in the Route 17 Classic in Streator.


St. Bede 51, Roanoke-Benson 35: Quin McClain and Lilli McLain scored 10 points each as the Bruins opened Tri-County Conference play with a victory in Peru.

Ali Bosnich and Ashlyn Ehm each contributed seven points for St. Bede.

Putnam County 43, Seneca 36: Maggie Richetta scored 18 points to lead the Panthers to a Tri-County Conference victory in Granville.

Ava Hatton contributed 17 points for Putnam County (4-1, 1-0 TCC).

Fieldcrest 46, Pontiac 42: Macy Gochanour scored 19 points as the Knights picked up a nonconference victory in Minonk.

Kaitlin White added 15 points for the Knights (4-1), who led 30-16 at halftime and 42-34 after three quarters.


La Salle-Peru 2,995, Streator 2,543: Aaron Siebert rolled a 663 series to help the Cavaliers to a nonconference victory at the Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru.

Grady Sandor bowled a 457 series for L-P, while Joey Patyk added a 437 series.

Mendota 3,283, Hall 2,653: Paxton Bauer bowled a 618 series as the Trojans earned a victory over Hall at the Mendota Elks in Mendota.

Landon Bauer rolled a 577 series for Mendota, while Kooper Novak added a 567 series.

Bryce Smith led the Red Devils with a 631 series, while Kaiden Kenny contributed a 541 series.