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Sterling still unbeaten in duals

Rockets top Pioneers; Panthers blank Storm; Marcos down Raiders


The Sterling boys tennis team improved to 7-0 in dual meets this season, winning both singles matches and at No. 1 doubles to top Genseso 3-2 at home on Thursday.

Dillon Nitz won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and Grant Bright added a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles.

Andrew Ivarson and Nathaniel Stout teamed up to take a 6-3, 7-6 (2) decision at No. 1 doubles.


Ottawa 7, Sterling 2: The Pirates broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the fourth to beat the Warriors at Gartner Park.

Cooper Willman and Camden Bailey both went 3-for-4 for Sterling, with Bailey hitting a double and driving in a run. Haze Morales also drove in a run.

Alex Escalanta pitched three innings and took the loss, allowing five runs and four hits, walking five.

Rock Falls 11, Alleman 7: The Rockets slugged their way to a nonconference home win over the Pioneers.

Chase Chappell blasted a three-run home run, while Kody Velazquez hit a two-run homer for Rock Falls. Austin Sandrock ripped two doubles and a single. Noah Schueler had a single, a double and two RBIs. Grant Wasson had two singles and two RBIs.

Jared Rasmussen drove in a pair of runs, and picked up the save; he struck out three in 2 2/3 innings. Jalen Bickett earned the win, allowing six runs (five earned), four hits and five walks while striking out five.

Stillman Valley 9, Oregon 2: The Hawks suffered a Big Northern road loss against the Cardinals.

Erie-Prophetstown 9, Bureau Valley 0: Three Panther pitchers combined on a one-hitter in a TRAC East road win over the Storm in Manlius.

Josh Hammer earned the win, allowing a single to Brock Foster and striking out six in two innings. Travis Coleman struck out five in three innings, and Bryce Rosenow struck out three in two innings.

Harrison Ames hit a home run and a single, driving in two runs. Coleman had a single, a double and two RBIs, while Clayton Johnson had a single, a double and an RBI. Hammer drove in two runs, while Erik Daubman Jr. picked up an RBI.

Matt Philhower took the loss for BV. Foster and Gage Aber also pitched for the Storm.

Orion 12, Fulton 0: The Steamers dropped a TRAC West home game to the Chargers at Drives Park.

Polo 14, AFC 4: The Marcos won an NUIC East road game thanks in part to a six-run fourth inning, and they also scored three in the second and four in the seventh in Ashton.

Lucas Hammond had four hits, including a double, and two RBIs, while Justin Young had three hits and three RBIs for Polo (6-2, 4-1). Ramsey Shroyer had two hits and drove in two runs, Cole Faivre had a double and two RBIs, and Braiden Soltow gave up four runs – two earned – and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven, walking one and hitting a batter.

Jeremy Etes and Luke Warner both had two hits and an RBI for the Raiders (1-11, 0-8), and Cameron Kida also drove in a run. Preston Kopp (0-5) took the loss in the mound.

Amboy 9, Durand-Pecatonica 3: The Clippers won an NUIC East road game in Pecatonica, as Mitchell McLaughlin struck out nine in his 6 2/3 innings on the mound.

McLaughlin also went 4-for-5 at the plate as part of Amboy’s 15-hit performance. The Clippers also stole six bases.

East Dubuque 6, Eastland 2: The Cougars couldn’t keep pace with the Warriors in an NUIC West home loss.

Kaden Henze allowed four earned runs, 13 hits and a walk while striking out seven. Owen Rogers drove in a run for Eastland.

Track & field

Panthers take own invite: Erie-Prophetstown accumulated 114 points to win the Ed Schmidt Invitational at Wayne Hein Memorial Field in Erie.

Morrison (57 points), Milledgeville-Eastland (42), West Carroll (30) and Fulton (24) also competed.

Levi Cole won the high jump (6-2) and triple jump (38-7 3/4) for E-P, and joined Kadin Jacobs, Eric Robinson and Cameron Stout in the top 4x200 relay (1:37.83). Robinson also won the 200 with a time of 24.15 seconds.

The Panthers’ 4x400 relay of Max Weidel, Ben DeNeve, Cameron Abell and Alex Gustaf won in 3:46.35, while Weidel and DeNeve joined Chris Link and Tyler Holldorf in the 4x800 relay (8:40.45). Abell cleared 13-6 to win the pole vault. Sonny Ramirez won the long jump (18-3), Brady Ballard took the shot put (40-7), and Gabe Friedrichsen won the discus (124-1).

Morrison’s Justice Brainerd won the 100 with a time of 12.25 seconds, and teamed with Nick Allen, Nathan Mickley and Thomas Dauphin to take the 4x100 relay (47.78). Keegan Anderson won the 400 (49.28), Hunter Newman took the 800 (2:03.96), and Brady Wolf won the 110 hurdles (17.94) for the Mustangs.

Milledgeville-Eastland’s Jayden Day won the mile with a time of 4:55.27. West Carroll’s Briar Nevills took the 3,200 (10:49.45), while the Thunder’s Bradley Storjohann won the 300 hurdles (45.40).

Thursday’s stars

Josh Hammer, Travis Coleman & Bryce Rosenow, E-P baseball, combined 1-hitter

Lucas Hammond, Polo baseball, 4 hits, 2B, 2 RBIs

Jusitn Young, Polo baseball, 3 hits, 3 RBIs

Dillon Nitz, Sterling tennis, 6-0, 6-0 win

Mitchell McLaughlin, Amboy baseball, 9 Ks, 4-for-5 at the plate

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