The Sterling girls basketball team fell behind early and couldn’t catch up in the second half of a 58-32 loss to Alleman in a Western Big 6 game Thursday night at Musgrove Fieldhouse.
The Golden Warriors trailed 14-7 after the opening quarter, then were outscored 23-7 in the second period and couldn’t make up the 37-14 halftime deficit.
Kaydence Weeks led Sterling (1-14, 0-8 WB6) with eight points, Addie McCombs scored six, and Delali Amankwa finished with five.
Clair Hulke had 22 points to pace the Pioneers, and Averi Rangel added 12.
Morrison 61, Orion 36: Camryn and Shelby Veltrop combined for 38 points to lift the past the host Chargers in a Three Rivers West contest.
Camryn Veltop led all scorers with 22 points, and Shelby Veltrop added 16 points for Morrison. Jordan Eads and Kendra Fisher had eight points each, and Diana Robbins scored seven.
Madeline Nightingale paced Orion with 11 points.
Hall 40, Bureau Valley 29: The Storm lost a Three Rivers East game in Spring Valley. Lexie Marquez had seven points and five rebounds for BV, and Kate Salisbury added six points, five rebounds and three steals.
Amboy 52, AFC 16: The Clippers amassed a 34-6 halftime lead and cruised to a decisive win over the Raiders in an NUIC South game in Ashton.
Elly Jones and Olivia Dinges led Amboy with 14 points each, while Maeve Larson chipped in nine.
Taylor Jahn scored eight points to lead AFC.
Genoa-Kingston 53, Polo 39: The Marcos led 16-9 after the opening quarter, but were outscored 17-6 in the second, 15-10 in the third, and 12-7 in the fourth in a nonconference road loss.
Lindee Poper had 22 points, six rebounds and five blocks for Polo, and Nicole Boelens and Laura Wright each finished with five points; Boelens also had six rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Kadence Sheaffer chipped in four points, four steals and two assists, Natalie Nelson dished five assists, and Bekah Zeigler pulled down five rebounds.
Ally Poegel’s 22 points paced the Cogs, while Emily Trzynka scored 12 and Emily Gilbert added 11.
Forreston 42, Milledgeville 15: The Cardinals built a 27-2 halftime lead and never looked back, rolling to an NUIC South victory over the Missiles.
Jenna Greenfield had 13 points, six rebounds and four steals for Forreston, while Brooke Boettner added 12 points, six rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocks. Keeli Larson had six points, eight rebounds, five blocks and two steals, and Letrese Buisker chipped in four points, nine rebounds and two assists.
Rylee Matthews led Milledgeville with six points and five rebounds, Olivia Schurman scored five points, and Lily Smith added four points and five rebounds.
Eastland 57, Fulton 13: The Cougars led 18-3 after the opening quarter, then pitched a shutout in the second period to take a 33-3 lead into halftime in an NUIC South win.
Chloe Sweitzer had 11 points, four assists and three steals for Eastland (8-9, 4-0), and Delana Erbsen added 10 points and five rebounds. Quinc Haverland finished with nine points and four rebounds, Annika Myre had seven points, five assists and two steals, Sarah Kempel scored six points, and Addison Burkholder chipped in six points and four steals.
Kylie Smither scored four points for Fulton, and Reese Dykstra and Kira Wilson added three points apiece.
Sterling 104, Dunlap 72, Monmouth-Roseville 7: The Water Warriors won a triangular in Dunlap, taking the top spot in nine of the 12 events.
Michael Garland, Skylar Drolema and Reiley Austin all won four events for Sterling, with each taking two individual races and two relays. Garland won the 200 IM (2:06.80) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.10), Drolema was tops in the 50 freestyle (23.63 seconds) and 100 butterfly (55.61), and Austin took the 100 freestyle (50.22) and 100 backstroke (59.43).
The trio teamed with Braeden Ruiz to win the 200 medley relay (1:46.67), and joined Mason Adams to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.66).
Braiden Herrera won the 1-meter diving competition with 191.10 points.
Newman sweeps on road: The Comets defeated host Riverdale 53-18 and St. Bede 66-6 in a Three Rivers triangular in Port Byron.
Carter Rude (132 pounds), Daniel Kelly (138), Hunter Luyando (182) and Hayden Witt (285) all had a pair of pins for Newman, while Brady Grennan (120) won by technical fall and pin, and Brendan Tunink (145) won by decision and pin.
Nik Nardini (220) added a decision win against Riverdale, while Briar Ivey (113), Mason Glaudel (152) and Tom Powers (160) all won by pin against St. Bede.
Erie-Prophetstown sweeps at home: The Panthers defeated Monmouth-Roseville 55-18 and Mendota 66-12 in a pair of Three Rivers wins in Erie.
Wyatt Goossens (113 pounds) and Aiden Jepson (132) both won twice with pins for E-P. Grace Friedrichsen (138) added a pin against Mendota, and the Panthers also got eight forfeits from the Trojans.
Victor Bonnell (138), Andrew Bomleny (195) and Elijah Friedrichsen (285) all had pins against Mon-Rose, with Luke Otten (182) winning a 15-2 major decision and Alex Bomleny (145) adding a 9-7 decision.
Oregon splits in Stillman: The Hawks defeated Genoa-Kingston 48-32, but lost to host Stillman Valley 42-28 in a Big Northern triangular.
Oregon won two bouts and received six forfeits from the Cogs. Jackson Glendenning (138 pounds) and Gabe Eckerd (170) notched pins.
The Hawks won four bouts against Stillman, and received two forfeits. Lane Halverson (138) won by pin, Seth Stevens (152) won a 10-2 major decision, and Anthony Bauer (17-16 at 145) and Evan Flaharty (6-5 at 285) won decisions.
Oregon 3,263, Rockford Lutheran 2,683: The Hawks capped their season with a 16-3 record after defeating the Crusaders at Town & Country Lanes in Mt. Morris.
Leading Oregon with series exceeding 600 were Brandon Rowe with a 607 (209, 200, 198 games), Isaac Kaltenbrun with a 602 (223 high game), and Roberto Hernandez with a 602 (201, 202, 199 games). Brady Davis bowled a 519 with a 225 second game, Stylar Klapp closed his 516 series with a 206 final game, and Bryan Immel rolled a 417 to complete the Hawks’ lineup.
Jay Starnes led Rockford Lutheran with a 650 series.
Geneseo 3,477, Erie-Prophetstown 2,005: Bryce VanDeWostine bowled a 526 series, and Michael Miner rolled a 513 to lead the Panthers in a nonconference loss on the road.
Shawn Chandler had a 388, Keith Goodson added a 299, and Dom Bray chipped in a 279 to finish out the Panthers’ scoring.
Gabe Durnell, Landen Pruett and Carter VanKlaveren paced Geneseo with matching 598 series.
Egan named All-Amercian: Sterling junior hitter Grace Egan was named to the PrepVolleyball.com All-America team, one of only three players from the state of Illinois to be honored on the first or second team.
Egan, an Ohio State commit who led the area with 471 kills this past season to go with 263 digs, 39 blocks and 35 aces, was a second-team All-America selection. Only two other Illinois players were honored among the top 80 players in the country.
Dixon native earns All-America honors: Former Dixon cross country and track standout Leah Drengenberg was named to the College Triathlon Coaches Association All-America team for the 2021 fall season.
Drengenberg, a fourth-year junior at the University of South Dakota, was an honorable mention selection. She was one of only 21 Division I athletes honored after she finished 17th at the national meet in a time of 1:08:30.6. Drengenberg was USD’s first-ever All-American at the 2019 meet.
Her senior teammate Maddie Lavin was a first-team pick, and USD freshman Micah Poellet and third-year sophomore Ella Kubas were second-team selections.