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Local roundup: Comets claim third at Oregon

Newman's Kade Decker passes the ball during the Comets' semifinal Saturday against Rockford Christian at the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament.
Newman's Kade Decker passes the ball during the Comets' semifinal Saturday against Rockford Christian at the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament.

Newman took third place in the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament with a 69-50 win over Aquin on Saturday night.

Aquin led 16-11 after one quarter, but the Comets scored 21 in the second to take a 32-25 lead into halftime, then added 21 more in the third to go up 53-34.

Devon House scored 21 points, Marcus Williams added 18, and Nolan Britt scored 12.

Pecatonica 65, Milledgeville 44: The Missiles fell in the fifth-place game, as Treyton Selman scored 14 points and Kieran Harris added 12.

Austin Carlson led Pecatonica with 22.

South Beloit 49, Morrison 39: The Mustangs fell in the ninth-place game to the SoBos.

South Beloit led 18-4 after one quarter and 28-17 at halftime before Morrison scored 14 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 37-31.

Nathan Mickley led the Mustangs with 13 points, Keegan Anderson scored nine, and T.C. Ottens scored eight.

North Boone 54, West Carroll 52: The Vikings claimed 11th place in the Oregon Tournament.

West Carroll led 30-27 at halftime, but could not hold that lead in the second half.

Michael Popkin led West Carroll with 19 points, while Jacob McLuckie added 11 and Derek Tracy scored eight.

Oregon 60, Aquin 57: The Hawks led 37-28 at halftime of a semifinal at the Blackhawk Center, then held off a Bulldog rally to advance to the title game at their own tournament.

Trey Woolsey had 19 points, and Noah Campos scored 12 to lead Oregon, which led 49-44 heading into the fourth quarter. Josh Sitze finished with nine points, and Eli Rufer and Riley Birnbaum added eight each for the balanced Hawks.

Will Gustafson’s 16 points paced Aquin, and Ben Hunziker added 12.

Rockford Christian 72, Newman 60: The Comets lost in the semifinals at Oregon despite 55 points from Marcus Williams and Devon House.

Williams poured in 29, and House scored 26 for Newman, which led 24-6 after one quarter, 32-25 at halftime, and 47-42 heading into the fourth.

Marcus Hill hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 39 points for the Royal Lions, who outscored the Comets 30-13 in the final period.

Milledgeville 65, Christian Life 62: The Missiles led throughout before holding off the Eagles’ fourth-quarter rally to advance to the fifth-place game in Oregon.

Treyton Selman had 26 points, and Nicholas Smith scored 17 for Milledgeville, which led 35-16 at halftime and 50-40 after three quarters.

Josh Kruse’s 24 points paced Rockford Christian.

Morrison 45, West Carroll 36: The Mustangs outscored the Thunder 31-24 in the second half to advance to the ninth-place game in Oregon.

T.C. Ottens had 16 points and Ashton Smith scored 13 for Morrison, which led 14-12 at halftime before pulling away.

Jackson Miller’s 10 points led West Carroll, while Derek Tracy added eight.

Strombom Tournament

Burlington Central 69, Sterling 54: The Golden Warriors fell in the championship game of the Strombom Tournament at Sycamore.

Burlington Central led 16-15 after one and 29-23 at halftime, then pulled away in the third quarter to take a 54-37 lead heading into the fourth.

Trevor Vos led the Warriors with 11 points. Cooper Willman added nine, and Noel Aponte scored eight. Nine different Warriors scored.

Jake Lenshow led Burlington Central with 20 points.

Geneseo Tournament

Rockets 0-2 on final day: Rock Falls dropped a pair of close games on the last day at Geneseo, falling 58-51 to Princeton and 44-43 to the host Maple Leafs.

Jalen Bickett's 14 points led the way against Princeton, while Jeriah George added 12 as eight different players scored for the Rockets, who led 30-22 at halftime before being outscored 36-21 in the second half.

Rock Falls trailed most of the way against Geneseo, falling behind 24-17 at halftime and 37-33 after three quarters. Jalen Johnson scored 17, and George finished with nine ponts on his way to all-tournament honors.

Wethersfield Tournament

Bureau Valley 65, Putnam County 63: Dalton Dean hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead the Storm over the Panthers in Kewanee.

Dean finished with 12 points, while Adam Johnson led the Storm with 18. Mac Nugent scored nine, and Carter Salisbury added eight.

Bureau Valley led 14-8 after one quarter, but the Panthers scored 25 in the second to take a 33-25 halftime lead. The teams were tied 42-42 headed into the fourth.

River Ridge Tournament

Fulton splits in Hanover: The Steamers finished with a 3-1 record at the River Ridge Turkey Tournament with a 61-58 loss to East Dubuque and a 62-56 win over River Ridge on Saturday.

Against East Dubuque, Fulton led 15-12 after the first quarter but trailed 27-26 at halftime. East Dubuque led 45-43 after three. Kyler Pessman led Fulton with 23 points, Connor Barnett scored 19 and Bradlee Damhoff added 14.

Pessman and Devin VanZuiden each had 13 in the win over River Ridge, Damhoff and Barnett each had 12, and Kraig Schipper added seven.

River Ridge led 17-10 after the first quarter, but Fulton scored 21 points in the second to take a 31-27 halftime lead. River Ridge regained the lead in the third to go up 45-41 heading into the fourth, and Fulton went on another run with 21 points in the game’s final 8 minutes.

Orion Tournament

Erie-Prophetstown 49, Mercer County 23: The Panthers took seventh place at the Orion tournament, jumping out to an early 22-3 lead in the seventh-place game and leading 38-10 by halftime.

Bryce Rosenow scored 15 points for Erie-Prophetstown, and earned all-tournament honors. Dawson Haggard added 13, and Eric Robinson scored seven.

AFC Tournament

LaMoille-Ohio 52, AFC 39: The host Raiders fell in the third-place game to the Lions, as LaMoille-Ohio outscored AFC 19-6 in the final quarter.

The Lions led 14-6 after one quarter, but the Raiders scored 17 points in the second to lead 23-21 at halftime.

Peyton Lanning and Jesus Aguilar each scored 11 points for AFC.

Midland 45, Amboy 33: The Clippers fell in the fifth-place game at AFC.

Trevor Vaessen led Amboy with 11 points.

Midland jumped out to a 9-3 lead after one, with an Andruw Jones bucket and free throw the Clippers’ only scoring of the opening 8 minutes.

Amboy scored 18 points in the second quarter to lead 21-20 at halftime, but Midland answered to lead 30-28 after three, then outscored the Clippers 15-5 in the final quarter.

Girls basketball

Rock Falls 60, Ottawa 25: The Rockets led 19-8 after one quarter and upped the margin to 35-13 by halftime in rolling to a win over the Pirates at Tabor Gym.

Mallory Pinske led Rock Falls with 12 points, and Kylie Fischbach scored 10 as all 10 Rockets scored in the game. Elise Moeller added nine points, and Arleth Diaz chipped in seven.

Girls bowling

Duchesses 7th at Rock Island: Dixon scored 4,809 to claim seventh place at the Rock Island Invitational. Sterling had a pinfall of 4,588 to take 11th, while Erie-Prophetstown took 14th with a 3,718.

Lockport won the 15-team tournament with a total pinfall of 5,767. Freeport’s Bailey Busker won the individual title with a six-game series of 1,246.

Tori Baker led Dixon with a 1,079 series that included a 234 third game and a 211 fourth game. Riley Kavanaugh had a 203 third game on her way to a 1,028 series. Dixon also got a 963 from Kaylie Yocum, an 891 from Tianna Bryson, and an 848 from Kaitlyn Hansen.

Grace Schultz had a 1,073 series for Sterling which included a 219 first game and a 205 fourth game. Zoey Paone rolled a 1,057, including a 199 in the fifth game. Kylie Bresley rolled 890, Hannah Conderman rolled 817, and Elayna Felder added a 751.

Alison Croegaert led the Panthers with a 932 series. E-P also had a 758 from Berkley Eggers, a 693 from Sydney Melton, a 679 from Kerie Battaglia, and a 656 from Jenna Gibson.

Wrestling

Rockets 13th at Antioch: Four Rock Falls wrestlers finished in the top eight at the Antioch Invitational, as the Rockets placed 13th out 18 as the only Class 1A team in the field.

Adam Meenen went 8-2 and finished fourth at 145 pounds in the two-day tournament, while Izaih James also had an 8-2 record and finished fifth at 152. Marcus Mendoza took seventh at 132 pounds with a 7-3 record, and Reiley Dowd placed eighth at 170.

Rock Falls scored 164 points. Chesterton won the team title with 454.5 points.

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