Kylie Nicklaus placed eighth overall with a time of 19 minutes, 56 seconds to lead the Sterling girls cross country team to second place at the 14-team Silver Streak Invitational on Saturday in Galesburg.
The Golden Warriors amassed 104 points, behind only Dunlap, which had 57. Peoria Notrte Dame (108), Dixon (145) and Metamora (152) rounded out the top five.
Nicklaus was backed by Lillian Peavy (12th, 20:14) and Madilyn Barnhart (18th, 20:31) for Sterling.
For Dixon, the top finishers were Paige Stees (14th, 20:23), Jade Miller (16th, 20:27) and Grace Johnson (19th, 20:39).
Dunlap's Saniya Mathew won the race in 18:09.4.
Boys cross country
Dukes, Warriors finish in top 5: Dixon placed third, and Sterling was fifth at the 14-team Silver Streak Invitational in Galesburg.
Metamora (72), United Township (78), Dixon (132), Normal West (133) and Sterling (136) were the top five squads.
Leading the way for the Dukes were Brock Drengenberg (19th, 17 minutes, 13 seconds), Christian Seagren (21st, 17:15) and Cadyn Grafton (23rd, 17:21).
For the Golden Warriors, the top runners were Sam Brown (11th, 16:55), Javon Bruce (13th, 16:59) and Sam Janssen (15th, 17:11).
Normal West's Charlie Wetzel won in 15:09.
Quincy 3, Sterling 0: The Golden Warriors dropped a Western Big 6 match at Roscoe Eades Stadium.
The Blue Devils’ Andrew VanderMaiden put Quincy on the board with a 15th-minute goal. Carter Venvertloh added another in the 32nd minute. Jack Bartley scored Quincy’s third goal.
E-P 3rd at Mercer County: The Panthers shot a 350 to take third place at the nine-team Mercer County Co-ed Meet.
Sherrard shot a 334 to win. Rockridge’s Drew Hall was the medalist, shooting a 78.
Bryce Rosenow led Erie-Prophetstown with an 84. Logan Wunderlich shot an 88, while Dawson Haggard and Isaac Goodson each shot 89.
Warriors 2nd at Harlem: McKenzie Hubbard took first place at No. 2 singles as Sterling took second behind Auburn at the six-team Harlem Invitational in Machesney Park.
Second-place finishers included the No. 1 doubles team of Saryn Seely and Abby Aitken; the No. 3 doubles team of Angelina Ramos and Amy Ziegler; and the No. 4 doubles duo of Kate Preston and Kaleign Martinez.
Placing third were No. 1 singles player Moira Roddy, along with the No. 2 doubles team of Olivia Pitkin and Anna Meltzer.
Sterling sweeps conference triangular: The Golden Warriors faced a pair of Western Big 6 rivals in Geneseo, and picked up their first two conference wins, beating the Leafs 25-22, 25-19 and beating Quincy 25-17, 25-13.
Against Geneseo, Grace Egan had 10 kills, two blocks and three aces. Bree Borum had nine kills, two blocks, seven assists, 15 digs and two aces. Riley Dittmar had 11 assists, and Amaiya Hernandez and Grace Gould each had 10 digs.
In the win over Quincy, Borum had 11 kills, two blocks, eight assists and three aces. Hernandez had 10 digs and two aces. Egan had five kills, Kate Rowzee had a block, Dittmar had eight assists, and Gould had seven digs.
Hawks 2nd in own invite: Oregon won three of five matches and placed second overall in its own invitational at the Black Hawk Center.
In pool play on Friday, the Hawks lost to Woodstock North 25-17, 25-23 and defeated Lena-Winslow 25-14, 25-11.
On Saturday morning, Oregon concluded pool play with a 25-21, 25-20 win against Aquin. In the placement round, the Hawks gained a 25-17, 22-25, 15-12 win against IMSA.
In the championship match, Oregon fell 25-23, 25-20 to Dakota.
West Carroll placed seventh after a 25-21, 25-15 win against Pearl City.
In the 11th-place match, Eastland fell 25-22, 25-18 against Stockton. Karlie Krogman led the Cougars with 38 kills and nine blocks for the tournament, while Erin Henze dished 89 assists and Paige Bardell had 57 digs.
Mendota defeated Erie-Prophetstown 25-19, 25-22 in the 15th-place match.
The all-tournament team included Krogman, Brenna Noon and Ella Martin of Oregon, and West Carroll's Dahyiitihi Yazzie.
Faith Christian wins in Rockford: The Falcons went 4-1 to take first place in a tournament at the Sports Factory in Rockford, hosted by the Rockford Fire.
Faith Christian lost to the hosts in three sets, 10-25, 25-20, 16-14, but rebounded to beat the Madison Tigers 25-19, 25-23; the Cru out of Yorkville 25-15, 25-11; Quincy 25-17, 25-20; and Oak Hill 25-22, 25-12.
Meghan Van Buren had 29 kills and 58 assists, Naomi Barrett had 47 kills, and Claire Miller had 10 aces.
Warriors 3rd at own invite: Sterling and Rockford Auburn each had 304 points to tie for third place at the eight-team Sterling Invitational at the Duis Center.
Moline (447) and Peoria Notre Dame (393) took the top two spots.
First-place finishers included Kierstyn Folgers in the JV 50 freestyle (29.31 seconds); Lauren Moeller in the varsity 50 freestyle (26.01); Katie Garland in the JV 100 freestyle (1:04.98); and the JV 200 freestyle relay foursome of Garland, Jazmin Olivas, Paige Geil and Elizabeth Capes (2:01.83).
Taking second were the JV 200 medley relay team of Rebecca Riley, Geil, Capes and Garland (2:17.76); and Moeller in the varsity 100 backstroke (1:03.82).
McHenry 7, Sauk Valley 2: The Skyhawks dropped a match on the road, with both wins coming in singles play.
At No. 1 singles, Maddy Jacobs beat Merritt Whiteside 6-0, 6-0. At No. 3 singles, Chloe Klein beat Gabby Barnvos 6-3, 6-3.
Jacobs and Sonia Chino pushed Kyleigh Kessler and Barnvos to a third set at No. 1 doubles, but fell 6-3, 1-6, 10-6.
Sauk 0-4 in Iowa: The Skyhawks lost to four top-20 teams over the weekend at the Kirkwood Invitational in Cedar Rapids.
On Friday, Sauk (4-6) fell to No. 17 Lincoln Land 15-25, 25-14, 26-24, 29-27, then lost to No. 9 Kirkwood 25-15, 25-11, 25-16. On Saturday, the Skyhawks lost to No. 1 Parkland 25-10, 25-28, 25-9, then fell to No. 12 Illinois Central 25-13, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 15-11.
Lexi Greve spiked 42 kills, Hannah Wilson added 28 kills, and Juliana Rotella had 28 kills and 39 digs. Aleah Wight led the way with 71 digs, Jaida Dean spiked 25 kills, and Emily Shrimplin (65) and Madison Craft (64) combined for 129 assists.
Bree Borum, Sterling volleyball, 20 kills, 4 blocks, 15 ssist, 5 aces in 2 wins
Karlie Krogman, Eastland volleyball, 38 kills, 9 blocks at Oregon Invite
Meghan Van Buren, Faith Christian volleyball, 29 kills, 58 assists at Rockford Fire tournament
Lauren Moeller, Sterling swimming, won 50 freestyle, 2nd in 100 backstroke at Sterling Invite
McKenzie Hubbard, Sterling tennis, first place at Harlem Invite