Led by top-10 finishes from Mason Weigle and Steven Kitzman, the Dixon boys golf team finished fourth at the Salley Wessels Invite on Saturday at Sunset Golf Club in Mt. Morris.
Weigle shot an 83 to place seventh, and Kitzman was 10th with an 84 for the Dukes, who scored a 357 to finish behind Byron (338), Yorkville (344) and Stillman Valley (353). Oregon was seventh (405), Forreston placed eighth (446), and Polo took 10th (569).
Alex Harrison (90) added a 16th-place finish for Dixon, one spot ahead of Oregon’s Isaac Kaltenbrun (91). The Hawks’ Logan Sarver tied for 26th (99), and the Dukes’ Grant Jacobs and Polo’s Cody Buskohl tied for 29th, as both shot 100s.
Hayden Stralow led Forreston in a tie for 31st (102). Byron’s Mason Brandt was medalist with a 76.
Sterling 7th in Freeport: The Golden Warriors shot a 378 at the Pretzel Invite, which was won by Hononegah with a 327; the Indians also had the medalist in Cade Bastian, who shot a 73 to win by four strokes.
Dale Guerrieri led Sterling in a tie for 22nd place with a 90, while Carter Morris tied for 29th with a 94. Cam O’Brien and Cale Cushman tied for 38th with 97s.
Amboy’s Wilson 7th in Port Byron: Wes Wilson shot a 76 to take seventh place at the Brinkmeier Classic, hosted by Riverdale.
Rockridge’s Drew Hall was medalist with a 68, one shot ahead of Sherrard’s Brennan Welch, and two strokes better than his Rockets teammate James Moorhusen. Macomb took the team team title with a 301, five strokes fewer than the host Rams.
Morrison led the local teams in sixth place (338), Fulton was seventh (350), Amboy placed eighth (352), Newman took 10th (355), and Erie-Prophetstown finished 13th (400).
Fulton’s Ian Wiebenga finished 14th with a 79, and Morrison’s Isaac Melton and Amboy’s Jackson Brubaker tied for 16th with an 80.
Newman’s top score was an 85 from Logan Palmer, good for a tie for 30th. Erie-Prophetstown’s Ethan Palmer tied for 44th with a 91.
Drew 2nd, Sterling 3rd at Geneseo: Dixon’s Katie Drew tied for second place individually, and Sterling took third as a team at the Geneseo Invite.
Drew fired an 81 to tie Peoria Notre Dame’s Addie Jennetten for runner-up honors, three strokes behind medalist Mya Mirocha of Kewanee.
Maddie Pink led the Golden Warriors with an eighth-place finish, shooting a 90. Sterling scored a 437, finishing behind Peoria Notre Dame (349) and Geneseo (383). Plano was fourth (490).
Libbi Kendrick added a top-20 finish for the Warriors, placing 19th with a 110. Makayla Wolfe (25th, 118) and Jozlyn Johnson (26th, 119) also competed.
Tya Collins was Dixon’s only other golfer; she tied for 30th with a 141.
Boys cross country
Comets, Loftus both 2nd in Walnut: Newman scored 97 points as a team at the Dale Donner Invite, finishing in second place, only two points behind Sandwich. Amboy-LaMoille’s Brock Loftus was second individually in 16:04.8, behind only Fieldcrest’s Mason Stoeger (15:39.8).
The Clippers ran to fourth as a team (112), and Rock Falls was fifth (149). Erie-Prophetstown placed 15th (347), while host Bureau Valley, Morrison, Polo and West Carroll were area schools that did not field full teams.
Amboy-LaMoille’s Ian Eller placed sixth in 17:00.7, while Newman’s top finishers were Lucas Schaab in 11th (17:28.5) and Tom Powers in 17th (17:41.6). Bureau Valley’s Elijah House took 15th in 17:35.8.
Jose Gomez’s 18th place (17:42.7) paced Rock Falls, which also got a 21st from Matthew Marcum (17:47.2). Polo’s Carson Jones was 22nd (17:53.3), and Morrison’s Brady Wolf took 25th (17:59.3).
Erie-Prophetstown was led by Andrew Bomleny in 58th place (19:13.3). West Carroll’s top finisher was Zaiden Smith in 132nd (23:41.8).
Dixon 15th in Maple Park: The Dukes scored 423 points to finish 15th at the 18-team Kaneland Invite, as DeKalb won the team title with 77 points.
Aaron Conderman led Dixon in 41st place (17:04.41). Jacksen Ortgiesen was the only other Dukes runner to finish in the top 100, placing 97th (18:24.58).
DeKalb’s Riley Newport won the race in 15:19.32.
Sterling runs in Geneseo: The Golden Warriors competed in the Geneseo Invite at Richmond Hill Park, with each class running their own race.
Sterling’s Dale Johnson had the best time on the day, winning the sophomore race in 16:16.0. Ben Munoz-Ripley was ninth (18:19.1) in that race, while Conner Pham added an eighth-place finish (18:46.6) in the junior race, and Cameron Taylor was ninth (18:17.0) in the senior race.
Girls cross country
Dixon 3rd in Maple Park: The Duchesses took third at the 15-team Kaneland Invite, led by sophomore Emma Smith’s fourth-place finish in 18:53.77.
Emily Conderman took 13th (20:16.29), and Keeley Mick finished 15th (20:19.45) for Dixon, which scored 84 points to place behind only Crystal Lake Central (45) and Lisle Benet (58). Emily Smith (21:04.63) and Kait Knipple (21:17.06) finished 29th and 30th for Dixon.
Crystal Lake Central’s Hadley Ferrero won the race in 18:00.06.
Rockets’ Hultin 8th in Walnut: Rock Falls junior Tayli Hultin was the top local finisher at the Dale Donner Invite, placing eighth in 20:16.0.
The Rockets took 10th as a team with 232 points, while Erie-Prophetstown was 11th (241) and Amboy-LaMoille placed 15th (337). Newman, Polo, Bureau Valley and West Carroll did not field full teams.
Amboy-LaMoille’s Lauren Althaus placed 24th (21:09.0), and Elly Jones took 36th (22:05.1). Dylan Chandler led Erie-Prophetstown in 27th place (21:17.7), Rock Falls’ Gracie Rippy was 32nd (21:52.2), Newman’s Claire Crisham placed 39th (22:08.4), and Erie-Prophetstown’s Jillian Norman finished 48th (22:37.9).
Courtney Grobe paced Polo in 62nd (23:17.6), Amalie Graversgaard led BV in 64th (23:19.4), and Morrison’s Erika King took 75th (24:10.0). Olivia Shelly led West Carroll in 123rd place (26:53.9).
Sterling runs in Geneseo: The Golden Warriors were led at the Geneseo Invite by sophomores Rhylee Wade (22:02.4) and Lainey Block (22:19.9), who took fourth and fifth in that class’ race at Richmond Hill Park.
Sarah Navarro was seventh (22:45.7) among the seniors, as each class held its own race.
Dixon 4, Hinckley-Big Rock 1: Bradyn Langloss scored his second hat trick in three days, and also dished an assist in the Dukes’ nonconference victory at Sauk Valley C.C.
Kaiser Khawaja scored the other goal for Dixon (6-4-1), and Luis Xique assisted on all three of Langloss’ goals.
Oregon 2, Indian Creek 1: Joey Gelander had a goal and an assist to lead the Hawks to a nonconference win at Oregon Park West.
Jacob Vegliando also scored a goal for Oregon (6-8), and Isaac Nelson dished an assist. Gavin Morrow made 10 saves in goal.
Rock Falls takes title: The Rockets went 4-0 to win the Bradley Bourbonnais tournament, beating Yorkville, Herscher, Beecher and Plainfield South in straight sets.
Mallory Pinske led Rock Falls (13-0) with 30 kills and seven blocks, Maya Sands added 24 kills, 39 digs, two blocks and three aces, and Claire Bickett finished with 22 kills and 21 digs. Cara Goff also had 39 digs, Sophia Moeller added 16 digs, Nicolette Udell had nine kills, and Emily Lego had six kills and four blocks. Cadence Stonitsch had 44 assists, 30 digs and four aces, and Denali Stonitsch chipped in 34 assists, 14 digs and three aces.
Fulton finishes strong down south: After dropping their first two matches at the Mt. Pulaski Invite on Friday, the Steamers went 2-1 on Saturday, with straight-set wins over Williamsville and Mt. Pulaski.
Brooklyn Brennan had 23 kills, 39 assists, 29 digs and seven aces in the five matches, while Teegan Germann added a team-high 49 digs to go with four kills, four assists and two aces. Gracie Sanderson had 16 kills and four blocks, Kara Stoecker added 12 kills and six blocks, and Ava Bowen had 10 kills and a team-high seven blocks. Reese Dykstra finished with 11 kills, seven aces and two blocks, and Annaka Hackett had nine kills and two blocks. Jersey Boysen added 38 assists and 13 digs, Lauren Mahoney had 26 digs, and Mikayla Gazo chipped in 14 digs and three aces.
Fulton lost to Maroa-Forsyth on Day 2, after losses to Mendon Unity and Judah Christian to open the tournament.
Polo 5th, Panthers 6th in Pearl City: The Marcos were 3-1-1 and Erie-Prophetstown went 1-4 on the day at the Pearl City Invite, as Polo defeated the Panthers in the consolation championship match.
In pool play, Polo downed EP in straight sets, split two sets with Indian Creek, and lost in two sets to Pearl City. The Marcos then downed River Ridge 25-14, 20-25, 25-15 in the consolation semifinals, before a 25-17, 22-25, 25-18 win in the consolation final.
After dropping all three pool-play matches in straight sets, the Panthers defeated Marengo 25-22, 24-26, 25-16 in the consolation semifinals before falling to Polo in the title tilt.
Kennedy Buck had 38 kills, 43 assists, 26 digs and five blocks on the day for EP, while Jaiden Oleson added 57 assists and five aces, and Emma Davis finished with 57 digs and seven aces. Sarii Kochevar had 19 kills and Hailey Bush spiked 18, Isabelle VanOosten chipped in 24 digs, and Madyson Bushaw stuffed seven blocks.
Skyhawks 4-0 at Waubonsee: Sauk Valley went undefeated in the two-day Waubonsee Region Crossover Tournament in Sugar Grove, defeating Oakto 3-0 and Moraine Valley 3-1 on Friday, then topping Lake County 3-0 and Elgin 3-0 on Saturday.
Michal Willman had 62 kills, 53 digs and eight blocks on the weekend, while Kiley Sanders added 38 kills to go with team highs in digs (61) and aces (10) for the Skyhawks (19-1). Tiana Tichler had 21 kills and six blocks, Jaelyn Fitzgerald finished with 17 kills and seven blocks, Juliana Rotella spiked 12 kills, Kierra Collins added eight kills and seven blocks, and Addyson Kinn had five kills and nine assists. Audra Goff dished 79 assists, Gabby Jones added 58 assists, Hannah Adams served seven aces, and Maddie Sands chipped in 56 digs.
Women’s college tennis
Skyhawks 2-0 in Wisconsin: Sauk Valley defeated Bryant and Stratton 6-3 and Milwaukee Area Technical College 9-0 in a pair of matches in Wisconsin over the weekend.
On Saturday against Bryant and Stratton, Kenzie Hubbard won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, while Meghan Van Buren, Lexi Sneek and Olivia Pitkin received forfeits. Sneek and Saryn Seeley won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, and Sauk (4-0) received forfeits at the other two doubles spots.
Against MATC on Sunday, Sydney Schott, Seeley and Van Buren all won 6-0, 6-0 in singles play, and Hubbard notched a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles; Sneek and Pitkin again received forfeits. In doubles play, Seeley and Sneek won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1, Schott and Van Buren won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2, and the Skyhawks got a forfeit at No. 3.
Geneseo 4, Dixon 1: The Duchesses dropped a nonconference dual on Friday, as Chloe Coil notched the lone win at No. 1 singles, taking a 6-3, 6-2 decision.
Miriya Jones won the first set before falling 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 at No. 2 singles, while Leah Kuehl and Grace Ferguson also won the first set before losing in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles, 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.