At the annual Rock River Run cross country event held Saturday at Sterling’s Hoover Park, the Ottawa girls had a third-place finish, believed to be the top team finish at such a large invitational in program history, per coach Daniel Heaver.
Ottawa (147) was third behind winner Kaneland (74) and runner-up Rock Falls (133). Grace Carroll (10th, 20:11.6) and Kendra Martin (15th, 20:35.10 medaled for the Pirates, followed to the finish by teammates Lainey Billings (31st, 21:08.7), Eva Heimsoth (45th, 21:33.7), Gianna Corsolini (57th, 21:47.4), Megan Smelko (90th, 22:39.6) and Addyson Miller (94th, 22:46.1).
In the boys event, Kaneland (55) placed first in the team standings, while Ottawa (44) was 16th. Sandwich’s Dayton Beatty (34th, 16:57.4) and Hudson Wills (47th, 17:20.0) were in the top 50, while Ottawa was paced by Liam Tipple (108th, 18:54.9), Cole Smelko (114th, 19:03.2), Aaron Noble (122nd, 19:13.1), Deklan Ragan (123rd, 19:22.0) and Duncan Perry (128th, 19:32.7).
Earlville 5, Oregon 0: the Red Raiders got a hat trick and an assist from Griffin Cook, a goal and an assist apiece courtesy of Bryar Keller and Diego Vazquez and one assist from Easton Fruit.
Ottawa takes title at Mendota Ryder Cup: At the Mendota Ryder Cup, the Ottawa Pirates captured first place with a score of 229, while the pairing of Drake Kaufman and Drake Stoudt broke the team record at the event with their 3-under-par 67.
Jonathan Cooper and Seth Cooper (74) and Alex Billings and Chandler Creedon (88) rounded out Ottawa’s victorious score.
JV girls tennis
Ottawa 4th at own invite: At the Ottawa Frosh/Soph Invitational, the host Corsairs placed fourth led by a second-place, medal-winning showing at No. 1 singles from McKenzie Eichelkraut. The No. 2 doubles team of Peyton Bryson and Lexi Innis placed third by going 2-1. Gabby Cooper was fourth, the doubles team of Mika Moreland and Aubrey Sanders was fifth, and the tandem of Adalyn Borowski and Bianca Sipula finished sixth.