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Eilers dealing in Golden Warriors’ road win

Comets rake against Bobcats in softball sweep; Forrest breaks Dixon school record in hurdles

Jayme Eilers – Sterling softball
Jayme Eilers – Sterling softball

Jayme Eilers tossed another gem as the Sterling softball team won 3-0 at Yorkville on Saturday.

Eilers went the distance and allowed four hits and one walk, with 11 strikeouts.

Olivia Edmondson, Genea Garza and Hannah Jacoby drove in runs for Sterling. Gretchen Gould had two hits, including a double.

Comets sweep Bobcats: Newman scored big early and took both ends of a road doubleheader against Somonauk, 13-3 and 15-2. Both were five-inning games.

The Comets scored 11 runs in the first two innings of the opener. Mattea Bianchi drove in four runs, and Madison Craft and Jordan Johnson added two each. Elle Koerner, Hailey Frank, Trinity Martinez, Josie Rank and Bianchi each scored two runs.

In Game 2, the Comets raced out to a 10-1 lead after two innings, and rapped out 19 hits. Frank collected four hits, including a double, while Craft and Bianchi had three apiece. Bianchi homered, doubled, and drove in six runs.

Jordan Mortland was the winning pitcher in Game 1, and Koerner was the winning pitcher in Game 2.

Forreston 9, Amboy 3: The Cardinals put the game on ice with a six-run fifth inning to win in

Taylor Greenfield singled three times for the Cardinals, while Brycelyn Smith and Kara Erdman each had two hits.

Bailee Highbarger was a home run short of the cycle for Amboy. Kyleigh Donna, Noelle Jones, Gabby Jones and Abbie Ely each had two hits for the Clippers.


Freeport 13, Dixon 11: The Dukes led 4-0 after two innings, but were unable to hold on in a road loss to the Pretzels.

Andrew Long drove in three runs and scored three runs to pace the offense for Dixon (9-4). Payton Lawrence drove in two runs, and Isaic Sanchez scored twice.

Newman 10, Forreston 6: The Comets took charge with a six-run second inning, and rapped out 14 hits in posting a road win against the Cardinals.

Chase Graham had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs to lead Newman. Ethan VanLanduit also had three RBIs, Jake Ackman had a double and two singles, and Luke Olson, Kaleb Crawford and Jake Ackman each scored two runs.

Henry Bauby allowed six runs (two earned), five hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings to get the win.

Pearl City 9, Oregon 6: The Hawks hurt themselves with seven errors in a home loss against the Wolves. Josh Sitze had three hits for Oregon.

Dakota 5, West Carroll 3: The Thunder fell to the Indians on the road in an NUIC crossover game.

Girls soccer

Dixon 8, Indian Creek 0: Olivia Dennison had a hat trick as the Duchesses blanked the Timberwolves in Waterman.

Also for Dixon (12-1-1), Hallie Nelson and Emma Evans each had two goals, Abby Goff had two assists and one goal, Avery Fox dished two assists, and Madison Stegbauer, Raven Day and Maddie Cumberland each had one assist.

Sterling 1, Byron 0: Ellie Gasso scored the lone goal, with an assist from Tiara Munoz, as the Golden Warriors edged the visiting Tigers at Roscoe Eades Stadium.

Boys track & field

Dukes 9th in suburbs: Dixon got three individual wins and a relay victory as it placed ninth at an ABC meet at Wheaton Warrenville South. The Dukes scored 34 points; Batavia won the team title with 81 points.

Aaron Duncan won both the shot put (50 feet, 6 inches) and discus (145-9) in the A flight, while Jacob Gusse won the C triple jump (38-10 1/2). The foursome of Collin Grady, Cadyn Grafton, Andrew Lohse and Brock Drengenberg clocked an 8:16.42 to win the A 4x800 relay.

Jaylen Carr took third in the C high jump (5-5), Gabe Sohn (B discus, 113-9) and Jericho Kirby (B triple jump, 38-2 1/2) both finished fourth, and Kade Callison was fifth in the A triple jump (40-10). Dre Jackson placed sixth in the C shot put (40-3 1/2), and the Dukes added a fifth-place finish in the A 4x400 relay (3:33.88).

Forrest shines in Edwardsville: Dixon senior Brayden Forrest ventured to the Winston Brown Invitational in Edwardsville, and the trip was well worth it.

Forrest turned in a time of 14.37 seconds to place second in the 110 high hurdles, behind only Crete-Monee’s Victor Cameron, who won in 14.01.

Forrest’s time set a new school record, as it eclipsed the 14.57 ran by Jared Harrison in 2018.

Rockets’ Smith cruises at Palatine: Just 1 day after cutting his season best in the 3,200 run by 5.3 seconds, Rock Falls senior Dawson Smith competed at the prestigious Distance Night in Palatine and set a personal best time.

Smith won the first of the meet’s two 3,200 elite heats in 9:25.64, which is more than 39 seconds better than his win Friday at the Rock Falls Invitational. His time was 16th-best overall; Lincoln-Way Central’s Jared Kreis won the second heat in 9:02.47.

Smith’s previous PR was 9:28.19.

Boys tennis

Sterling 3rd at Galesburg: The Golden Warriors finished behind Macomb and champion Dunlap at the eight-team Galesburg

Grant Bright won two matches at No. 2 singles; he beat Pekin’s Ben Peterson 6-0, 6-0, and Macomb’s Matt Jacques 6-4, 6-3. The No. 3 doubles team of Fritiof Fagergren and Josiah Schmitt also won a pair of matches beating Pekin 6-2, 6-2 and Galesburg 6-1, 7-5.

Dillon Nitz at No. 1 singles, Andrew Ivarson and Nathaniel Stout at No. 1 doubles, and Jonas Hicks and Matthew Valentino at No. 2 doubles all won one match.

Comets 2nd in Iowa: Newman finished second place behind host Camanche, Iowa, at the Camanche Invitational.

Isaac Blaney and Brady Moran finished first at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively, for Newman. Moran also picked up a top finish at No. 2 doubles alongside Jonathan Rhodes.

Blaney and Jake Terveer claimed second at No. 1 doubles. Rhodes (No. 1 singles), Terveer (No. 2 singles), Kyle Tunink (No. 5 singles) and Lucas Ely (No. 6 singles) all placed third. Tunink also placed third in No. 3 doubles alongside Marvel Zhang.

Men’s tennis

Lake County 9, Sauk Valley 0: The Skyhawks were swept by the Lancers in a home dual.

Henry Steinhagen played the closest match of the day at No. 3 singles, losing 6-4, 6-3. 

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