Sterling hung with No. 1 seed Geneseo for the first half of Saturday night's Class 2A Geneseo Regional title game, but the sixth-seeded Golden Warriors couldn't keep up over the final 40 minutes in a 5-0 loss.
Although they played from behind for most of the Class 2A Geneseo Regional semifinal against Rock Island on Tuesday night, the Sterling Golden Warriors never gave in – and after two OT periods, they won a penalty-kick shootout to advance to Saturday's regional championship.
Geneseo set the tone right away in its Class 2A regional semifinal matchup vs. Dixon on Tuesday evening, as Connor Nelson scored his first of three goals in the first minute. From there, the Maple Leafs never relented, rolling past the Dukes 5-1 Tuesday evening at Geneseo.
After the Genoa-Kingston Cogs struck quickly and decisively for a pair of goals in a 42-second span midway through the first half, they took control and never let up in a 5-0 victory over the Oregon Hawks in the 1A Oregon Regional final Friday afternoon at Oregon Park West.
“I didn’t really think I was going to get to kick, but it was cool that it happened,” Morrow said. “I missed a PK in the first game we had against these guys, and then this time, I actually put it in. So that felt pretty good.”
Led by race winner Dale Johnson, the Sterling boys cross country team took second at the Western Big 6 Conference Meet on Thursday afternoon at Empire Park in Hampton. The Golden Warrior girls also took second, led by Rhylee Wade's fifth-place finish.
After both goalkeepers pitched shutouts for 100 minutes of Wednesday, it was only fitting that the game came down to them facing off. Oregon keeper Gavin Morrow hit a Golden Goal penalty kick to send the Hawks to a 1-0 win over Winnebago in their 1A Oregon Regional semifinal.
The Dixon volleyball team finished 3-1 at its own tournament on Saturday, losing the finale after a 3-0 start. Also, Sterling's Dale Johnson ran to second place at the Sterling Invite, while the Golden Warriors girls team finished fifth at Hoover Park.