At the Seneca Turkey Tournament on Monday, the Somonauk Bobcats started what they expect to be a fun and successful season with a 65-40 victory over the St. Anne Cardinals.
Alex Krejci led Somonauk (1-0) with 21 points, with Brock Zimmerman adding 16 markers.
Somonauk resumes play in Seneca on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against Hall.
Seneca 46, Mendota 40: At the Seneca Turkey Tournament, the Seneca Fighting Irish found themselves down 9–0 in a frantic first half-quarter but took advantage of the Trojans’ cold shooting and turnovers to build a 16-point advantage late in the third quarter. That lead quickly dissipated in the fourth quarter under increasing pressure from Mendota’s aggressive defense, the Trojans getting within two points on a bucket by Rafael Romero with 51.8 seconds to go.
That’s when Seneca’s Zach Pfeifer stepped up with a clutch free throw and, after missing the second toss, stole the ball and put it in to widen the lead back to five.
Pfeifer finished with a team-best 18 points, and freshman Paxton Giertz added 10 to pace the Irish, who survived despite being outrebounded, 34-32, and committing a whopping 27 turnovers.
– Read Charlie Ellerbrock’s full report on this game at mywebtimes.com.
Dwight 68, Earlville 53: In the Dwight portion of the Route 17 Classic on Monday, the Red Raiders fell in their season opener despite having three players – Bryar Keller (18 points), Garrett Cook (16 points) and Ryan Browder (10 points) – score in double digits.
Earlville returns to Dwight on Tuesday to face Momence.
Coal City 51, Serena 42: At the Coal City Thanksgiving Tournament, the Huskers dropped their opener to the Coalers. Camden Figgins led Serena with 10 points, followed by nine points from Braxton Hart and eight points from Ben Shugrue.
Seneca 50, Midland 19: At rural Varna, the visiting Irish improved to 3-2 and won their Tri-County opener led by nine points apiece from Kennedy Hartwig and Carly Greve.
Emma Smith added seven points in a victory coach Brian Holman called “our best effort of the year.”
Fieldcrest 67, Pontiac 54: At Minonk, the host Knights moved to 5-0 and were in command throughout, leading, 45-18, at halftime.
Haley Carver (15 points), Ella Goodrich (15 points) and Ashlyn May (14 points, 10 assists) and Carolyn Megow (11 points) led Fieldcrest.
Earlville 55, Plano 24: At Earlville, the host Red Raiders secured the convincing triumph led by Elizabeth Browder’s double-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Madyson Olson added 14 points and six steals for Earlville.
Ryssa Woodhouse scored eight points for the Reapers.
Marquette 58, Herscher 46: On Saturday in the third-place game of the Falcon-Irish Classic, the Crusaders (3-1) topped Herscher paced by Izzy Garkey (16 points, seven rebounds, three steals) and Avery Durdan (10 points, three steals).
La Salle-Peru 3,307, Streator 3,117: At Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, the Bulldogs fell short to the host Cavaliers. Streator was led by Anthony Dominic’s 574 series, with a 209 high game. Adam Jakupcak had a 558 (251), Brady Grabowski a 527 (202), Ben Pond a 524 and Keith Scott 524.
On Saturday at the Survivor Tournament at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford, Streator placed fifth out of 16 teams. The Bulldogs were paced by Dominic’s six-game 1,250, followed by Grabowski (1,196), Adam Jakupcak (1,149), Keith Scott (1,113) and Pond (1,013).
JV BOYS BASKETBALL
Streator 49, Pontiac 35: At the Dean Riley Shootin’ the Rock Thanksgiving Tournament in Love Gym, the Bullpups opened the season with a win over the Indians
JV BOYS BOWLING
La Salle-Peru 1,907, Streator 1,597: At Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, the Bullpups fell short to the host Cavaliers. Izak Gallik paced Streator with a 349, while Damarius Porter rolled a 139 game.