The Dixon boys basketball team dropped its season opener at the Dean Riley “Shootin’ the Rock” Tournament on Monday night in Ottawa, falling 82-50 to Oak Forest.
Riley Abell hit four 3-pointers and led the way with 14 points, and Jacob Gaither scored 10 points for the Dukes, who trailed 24-14 after one quarter, 42-28 at halftime, and 69-42 through three quarters. Jath St. Pier and Wyatt Wetzell both finished with five points for Dixon.
Indiana State commit Robbie Avila led Oak Forest with 40 points and 11 rebounds, and Fred Robinson IV scored 23.
Amboy 54, Polo 40: The Clippers used a 15-7 second-quarter run to take control in their season opener against the Marcos in Ashton.
Brennan Blaine hit four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for Amboy, while Ian Eller had 10 points, Connor Simpson added eight, and Tucker Lindenmeyer scored seven.
Cooper Blake led Polo with 15 points, Kahlil Sankey had 12, and Carson Jones hit a pair of 3s and scored seven points.
Midland 82, AFC 43: The Raiders couldn’t keep up with Midland in the opener at their own tournament.
Milledgeville 57, Oregon 29: The Missiles outscored the Hawks 18-6 in the second quarter and 21-11 in the third to pull away for a season-opening win at the Oregon tournament.
Kieren Harris had a game-high 16 points, and Connor Nye scored 14 for Milledgeville.
Joey Gelander’s nine points paced Oregon.
Pecatonica 73, Morrison 50: The Mustangs were outscored 27-10 in the third quarter in their season opener at the Oregon tournament.
Trey Strating’s 19 points paced Morrison, while Alex Anderson added 12 points, and Andre McQueen scored 10.
Hunter Hoffman finished with 15 points, Bo Seaton had 14, Kelton Gann scored 13, and Korbin Green chipped in 11 in a balanced attack for Pec.
Fulton 49, Sherrard 30: The Steamers outscored the Tigers 29-13 in the second half to open their season with a win at the Orion tournament.
Baylen Damhoff’s 17 points paced Fulton, with Ian Wiebenga adding eight points, Ethan Price scoring seven, and Brock Mason chipping in six.
Eight different players scored for Sherrard.
Dixon 66, St. Bede 46: The Duchesses grabbed an early lead and pulled away from there in a nonconference win in Peru.
Sam Tourtillott had 14 points, six assists and four steals for Dixon (5-0), while Harvest Day had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Rylee Pfoutz finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Kait and Abby Knipple both had seven points and three steals, and Hannah Steinmeyer scored six points for the Duchesses, who led 24-13 after one quarter, 41-25 at halftime, and 56-31 through three quarters.
Leah Smudzinksi’s 14 points paced the Bruins.
Stillman Valley 37, Eastland 32: The Cougars’ fourth-quarter rally fell short, after they fell behind 17-10 at halftime, and trailed 27-17 through three quarters at the Forreston tournament.
Chloe Sweitzer had seven points and three rebounds for Eastland. Quinc Haverland and Addison Burkholder each scored six points, with Haverland grabbing six rebounds, and Burkholder adding four rebounds and two steals.
Stockton 45, Forreston 31: The Cardinals fell behind 13-6 after one quarter, then the Blackhawks pulled away with a 14-7 scoring edge in the fourth period at the Forreston tournament.
Brooke Boettner had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while also nabbing three steals for Forreston. Jenna Greenfield scored seven points, and Rylee Broshous added four points, five steals and four assists.
Brynn Haas had 20 points to lead Stockton.
Morrison 53, East Dubuque 23: The Fillies jumped out to a 14-4 lead after one quarter, then put away a win at the Warren tournament with a 20-4 scoring edge in the third period.
Camryn Veltrop had 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks to lead Morrison, while Shelby Veltrop added 14 points, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Jordan Eads hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points, four rebounds and two steals. Kalli Fisher had three points, five steals and three assists, and Kendra Fisher chipped in four assists and three steals.
Anna Berryman led the Warriors with eight points.
Local earn all-BNC honors: Ten area volleyball players were named to the Big Northern all-conference team, the league announced Monday.
Rock Falls senior hitters Mallory Pinske and Maya Sands were both named to the first team, while teammates Claire Bickett (sophomore hitter) and Cara Goff (senior libero) were second-team selections. Dixon seniors Elena Castillo-Wetzel (libero) and Mallory Coley (hitter) were also second-team picks, as was Oregon senior hitter Jenae Bothe.
Locals named honorable mention all-conference were Dixon junior middle Ella Govig, Oregon senior hitter Ava Wight, and Rock Falls sophomore setter Denali Stonitsch.
Five Dukes, four Hawks named all-BNC: The Big Northern Conference announced its boys soccer all-conference team Monday, with Dixon senior forward Bradyn Langloss earning a spot on the first team.
The Dukes also had two second-team selections in senior Lucas Healy and junior Damien Beck, and the Oregon Hawks had a pair of second-teamers in seniors Joey Gelander and Liam Dickson-Harriett.
Locals earning honorable mention nods were Dixon seniors Luis Xique and Owen Grot, Oregon senior Isaac Nelson, and Hawks junior Jacob Vegliando.