The Sterling boys golf team finished fourth at its own invitational Saturday at Emerald Hill, shooting a 343 to finish behind Moline (311), Kaneland (313) and Riverdale (326).
Dixon placed seventh with a 353, and had the top local finisher in Steven Kitzman, who tied for 16th with an 83.
Mason Hubbard and Braden Hartman led Sterling with 84s, good for a tie for 20th. Cameron O’Brien tied for 24th with an 86, Trevor Dir tied for 31st with an 89, Carter Morris tied for 45th with a 97, and Bryce Hartman tied for 49th with a 100.
Mason Weigle tied for 22nd with an 85, and Alex Harrison tied for 31st with an 89 for Dixon. Ben Oros and Cade Hey tied for 42nd with matching 96s, and Jayce Kastner finished 51st with a 101.
Moline’s Greer Peters and Andre Marriott tied for medalist with 74s, while Kaneland’s Zach Ramos (76), Bradley Franck (77) and Wesley Hollis (79) finished 3-4-5.
Byron wins Freeport title, Sterling 5th: The Byron co-op won the Freeport Invite with 273 points, edging out Guilford by two for the title.
Sterling finished fifth with 191 points, behind Auburn (263) and Freeport (212). Madison Austin won the 50 freestyle (25.26 seconds) and 100 free (54.56), and swam a leg on the winning 400 freestyle relay (3:52.44) with Kate Austin, Sammie Knox and Hazel Pham.
Sammie Knox was fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:06.74) and fifth in the 500 freestyle (5:46.87), and Payton Purdy was fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:07.28) and sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.46) for the Water Warriors, who also finished fourth in both the 200 medley relay (2:00.42) and 200 freestyle relay (1:56.01). Kate Austin added a fifth in the 200 freestyle (2:10.84).
Audrey Kilmer won the 200 IM (2:14.54) and took second in the 100 freestyle (55.68), and also swam on the winning 200 medley relay team (1:56.28) with Lily Swiech, Madi Groharing and Emily Marshall. Swiech also won the 100 breaststroke (1:11.33), while teammate Rylie Vatch took second (1:13.62).
Byron also took second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:48.86) and 400 free relay (3:53.03).
Morrison took 10th with 44 points. Schyon Drolema was sixth in the 100 freestyle (1:00.30) and eighth in the 200 free (2:11.60), Landri Harmon placed eighth in the 200 IM (2:37.38) and 100 backstroke (1:10.44), and both swam on the eighth-place 200 freestyle (2:00.08) and 400 free (4:28.26) relays.
Freeport 1, Dixon 0: The Dukes suffered a shutout at the hands of the Pretzels in a nonconference game in Freeport.
Missiles 2nd in Polo: Milledgeville went 7-1 to finish second at the Polo Invite, behind only Dakota (8-0).
West Carroll took third (5-3), Polo finished fourth 4-4), and Morrison and Amboy tied for sixth (2-6).
Milledgeville’s Emma Foster and Lydia Faulkner were named to the all-tournament team, as were Polo’s Lindee Poper, Morrison’s Jordan Eads, Amboy’s Tyrah Vaessen, and West Carroll’s Lacey Eissens.
Skyhawks 5-2 in Sugar Grove: Sauk Valley won its final four matches at the Waubonsee C.C. tournament over the weekend, finishing 5-2 for the three-day event.
On Friday, Sauk (12-11) defeated Lake County 3-0, then fell to Moraine Valley 3-0. After opening Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Lincoln Land, the Skyhawks beat Waubonsee 3-1, then topped Prairie State 3-0, before winning 3-0 over both South Suburban and Olive Harvey on Sunday.
Nicole Boelens had 67 kills and 76 digs for the weekend, while Tiana Tichler had 42 kills and 16 blocks, and Maya Gartin finished with 34 kills and eight blocks for Sauk. Jaelyn Fitzgerald and Mckenzie Hecht both spiked 30 kills, with Fitzgerald stuffing 11 blocks and Hecht notching 63 digs. Kara Stoecker had 18 kills and 12 blocks, Kierra Collins added 14 kills and seven blocks, and Addyson Kinn led the way with 84 digs. Gabby Jones and Cadence Stonitsch both dished 107 assists, with Stonitsch adding 35 digs and Jones chipping in 32. Reagan Oster had 55 digs, and Mikayla Gazo had 35 digs for the Skyhawks.
Sauk has a pair of Arrowhead Conference matches this week, playing at Highland on Tuesday, then hosting Illinois Valley on Thursday.
Women’s college tennis
Sauk Valley 6, Lake County 3: The Skyhawks improved to 4-2 with a victory over College of Lake County on the road Sunday.
The Skyhawks swept the doubles matches, as Saryn Seeley and Chloe Coil won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1, Madison Hubbs and Olivia Pitkin won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2, and Kenzie Hubbard and Roquelle Penaflor won 6-3, 7-5 at No. 3 doubles.
Hubbard won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, Pitkin won 6-1, 7-6 (4) at No. 4 singles, and Hubbs won 6-1, 2-6, 10-7 at No. 5 singles for Sauk.
Seeley (No. 1) and Penaflor (No. 6) both lost in third-set tiebreakers in singles play.