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Stockton’s Kara Wright (#3) slams the ball over the net as Milledgeville’s Emily Geison (#31) makes the block. Lady Missile Cecilia Ottens (#35) is also pictured. The Lady Blackhawks took the 25-12, 25-13 victory to advance during the Pearl City Varsity Volleyball Tourney. (PA photo/Craig Lang)


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Milledgeville’s Haley McAuliffe tips the ball over the net during Saturday morning’s Pearl City Varsity Tournament. The Lady Missiles fell to Pearl City in the consolation semifinal match. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

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Milledgeville’s Haley McAuliffe tips the ball over the net during Saturday morning’s Pearl City Varsity Tournament. The Lady Missiles fell to Pearl City in the consolation semifinal match. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

‘Catz Roll Over Pirates

The EPC Wilcatz remained undefeated (4-0, 3-0 NUIC NW) after dominating Galena in every facet of Friday evening’s contest in Lanark to take the 46-7 victory. The ‘Catz offensive line opened holes for all their running back as EPC rushed for almost three hundred yards and four scores. EPC’s defense was also stingy, limiting Galena to one fourth quarter score and holding the Pirates to under fifty yards of total offense in the first half. The ‘Catz struck first with Walter Ollie scoring on an eight yard run. The two point conversion attempt failed and EPC led 6-0. EPC piled on twenty six second quarter points with QB Devin Heeren scoring on a three yard run, Donny Groezinger running the ball in from seventeen yards out, Mike Harrington scooping up the football after a Boden Brandt sack and taking it three yards into the endzone and a twenty seven yard scoring strike from Heeren to Groezinger to make it 32-0 at the half. Groezinger returned a third quarter kick eighty two yards and Eric Schaney converted the two point attempt to make it 40-0. A nine yard run by Groezinger and the failed extra point kick mad the final score for EPC. Galena managed to get on the board as Pirate Austin Long found the endzone from a yard out and the extra point kick gave Galena their seven points. EPC travels to Lena to fface the Panthers on Friday night while the Pirates host the Sobos from South Beloit.

Marcos Stifle the Missiles

While both teams struggled the get their offenses going in the opening quarter, it was Polo who finally managed to get on track and rolled to the 34-0 win at Floyd Daub Field in Milledgeville on Friday night.

Ethan Ditzler scored on a sixty five yard run to get the Marcos on the board and from there Polo added nineteen more points to take control of the game. QB Brody Grobe found Brian Cavanuagh for a twenty five yard score and a Missile fumble was recovered by Polo at the Missile ten yard line. Grobe again scored from five yards out to make it Polo 20 and the Missiles 0. The Marco’s final two scores were made by fubback Jeff Kimpel who scored on a pair of one yard runs. Turnovers cost Milledgeville big, with two fumbles lost and three interceptions of Jordan Harris passes converted to Polo points on the score board. The Missiles (1-3, 1-2) travel to Hanover on Friday to take on River Ridge while Polo (2-2, 2-2) travels to Freeport to face the Aquin Bulldogs.

Panthers Beat Thunder

Despite trailing by a mere two points (14-12) at the half, the Le-Win Panthers piled on forty five second half points to run by West Carroll 59-26 on Friday evening in Lena. The Thunder special teams accounted for two scores, a ninety seven yard kick return by Brandon Sturtevant and a ninety yard kick return by Shaun Magill. Devin Saunders scored on a sixty one yard run and Magill connected with Trevor Jones for a forty four yard TD. The Panthers host the ‘Catz from EPC on Friday night and the Thunder host the Dakota Indians in Savanna.

Mustangs Exhausted in Second Half

By BILL POPKIN | For The Prairie Advocate News

It was a tale of two halves on Friday evening, September 20 in Sterling, as the Morrison Mustangs challenged the eighth rated team in 2A, the Newman Comets. Defense prevailed in first half action, as both squads were locked in a 0-0 deadlock at intermission. But Newman (3-1) burst out of the tunnel after halftime and blasted the Mustangs (2-2) with four third-quarter touchdowns en route to a 42-0 blowout.

Newman’s Coach Papoccia stayed with running plays in the second half, a staple of his Comet teams. At the beginning of the ballgame, however, his team attempted several passes that would have turned into easy touchdowns, but the receivers dropped the pigskin repeatedly. Morrison had 88 yards of offense in the first half, while the Comets countered with 78 in the same timeframe.

Newman scored on every drive in the third quarter, and built a 28-0 cushion going into the waning minutes of the contest. They tacked on two more touchdowns in the final quarter to win handily 42-0.

Morrison had no first downs and 13 total yards of offense in the last half of the game. Newman’s offensive line did an admirable job, opening up gaping holes for the Comet backs. Fatigue played an integral part in the Mustang demise in the second half, as they had seven players going both ways, while Newman had 22 reserves on their bench to call on at any time.

Turnovers also played an important part in the game. Morrison gave up the football three times, one with a fumble and two by interceptions. Newman lost the football one time via a first half interception.

The Mustang offense has now scored one touchdown in the last three games. Newman has won 9 of the last 14 contests in the series.

Morrison travels to Amboy on September 27 to battle the 1-3 Clippers. Game time is approximately 7:30 P.M.

Varsity Football Scores

September 20

Forreston 55 Warren 14

River Ridge 33 Orangeville 22

Le-Win 59 West Carroll 26

Stockton 48 AFC 0

Sterling Newman 42 Morrison 0

Erie/Prophetstown 41 Fulton 7

Freeport Aquin 38 East Dubuque 32 (OT)

South Beloit 19 Durand 7

Rochelle 58 Sterling 21

Byron 56 Rock Falls 43

Rockford East 36 Freeport 29

Morris 38 Dixon 21

Rockford Boylan 47 Rockford Guilford 21

Winnebago 28 Rockford Lutheran 26

Kewanee 33 Bureau Valley 19

Orion 33 Spring Valley Hall 7

Peru St. Bede 40 Princeton 6

Sycamore 19 Geneseo 0

Machesney Park Harlem 31 Belvidere North 10

DeKalb 56 Ottawa 28

LaSalle-Peru 16 Yorkville 9

Rockton Hononegah 46 Belvidere 12

Amboy 41 Port Byron/Riverdale 0

Rockridge 52 Sherrard 6

September 21

Fisher 22 Dakota 16

Varsity Football Schedule

September 27

Dakota at West Carroll

Forreston at Durand

South Beloit at Galena

EPC at Le-Win

El Paso at AFC

Stockton at East Dubuque

Polo at Freeport Aquin

Milledgeville at River Ridge

Warren at Orangeville

Machesney Park Harlem at Belvidere

Belvidere North at Rockford Guilford

Rockford Boylan at Freeport

Rockford Auburn at Rockton Hononegah

Rockford East at Rockford Jefferson

Morrison at Amboy

Erie/Prophetstown at Bureau Valley

Sterling Newman at Fulton

Peru St. Bede at Port Byron Riverdale

Princeton at Kewanee

Orion at Sherrard

Rockridge at Spring Valley Hall

Geneseo at Dixon

LaSalle-Peru at Sterling

Sycamore at Ottawa Township

DeKalb at Streator Township

Rochelle at Maple Park Kaneland

Morris at Yorkville

Varsity Volleyball Scores

September 16

Milledgeville 2 AFC 0 (25-21, 25-10)

Rock Falls 2 Winnebago 0 (25-21, 25-20)

September 17

Forreston 2 South Beloit 0 (25-7, 25-22)

Eastland 2 West Carroll 0 (25-15, 25-19)

Le-Win 2 Stockton 1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-23)

Sterling Newman 2 Morrison 0 (25-11, 26-24)

Bureau Valley 2 Fulton 0 (25-17, 25-20)

Erie 2 Amboy 0 (25-22, 25-6)

Prophetstown 2 Riverdale 0 (25-23, 25-20)

LaSalle-Peru 2 Sterling 1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-18)

Warren 2 East Dubuque 0 (25-20, 25-17)

September 18

Stockton 2 West Carroll 0 (25-10, 25-16)

East Dubuque 2 Orangeville 0 (25-13, 25-18)

Rock Falls 2 Byron 1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-14)

September 19

Milledgeville 2 Polo 0 (25-13, 25-10)

Galena 2 River Ridge 0 (25-15, 25-13)

Forreston 2 AFC 0 (25-22, 25-12)

Le-Win 2 Pearl City 0 (25-15, 25-19)

Scales Mound 2 Warren 1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-23)

Sterling 2 Ottawa 0 (25-15, 25-20)

Sterling Newman 2 Fulton 0 (25-21, 25-15)

Pecatonica 2 South Beloit 0 (25-18, 25-18)

September 21

Pearl City Varsity Tourney

Stockton 2 Warren 0 (25-18, 25-19)

Warren 2 Milledgeville 0 (25-22, 25-23)

East Dubuque 2 Riverdale 0 (25-17, 25-5)

Pearl City 1 Riverdale 1 (29-27, 15-25)

Pearl City 2 Orangeville 0 (25-18, 25-14)

Riverdale 2 Orangeville 0 (25-14, 25-20)

Stockton 2 Milledgeville 0 (25-12, 25-13)

Stockton 1 Galena 1 (25-17, 29-20)

Milledgeville 1 Galena 1 (25-18, 14,25)

East Dubuque 2 Pearl City 0 (25-22, 25-13)

Galena 2 Warren 0 (25-17, 25-15)

East Dubuque 2 Orangeville 0 (25-20, 25-10)

Championship Play

Stockton 2 Riverdale 0 (25-10, 25-13)

East Dubuque 2 Galena 1 (26-24, 24-15, 26-24)

Championship Game

Stockton 2 East Dubuque 0 (25-18, 25-21)

Consolation Championship Play

Warren 2 Orangeville 0 (25-18, 25-11)

Pearl City 2 Milledgeville 0 (25-19, 25-20)

Consolation Championship Game

Warren 2 Pearl City 1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-13)

All Tournament Team

East Dubuque: Abby Berryman

Galena: Lauren Kent & Abby Wills

Pearl City: Michaela Heinrich & Kylie Fransen

Riverdale: Sydney Mericle

Stockton: Kara Wright & Madalyn Dower

Warren: Kelsey Tesmer

Varsity Volleyball Schedule

September 26

Eastland at East Dubuque

Milledgeville at Pecatonica

Polo at South Beloit

Rockford Boylan at Freeport

September 28

Milledgeville at Polo Tournament

September 30

Eastland at Warren

Orangeville at Milledgeville

Scales Mound at West Carroll

Pecatonica at Polo

Sterling Newman at Morrison

October 1

Eastland at Scales Mound

Milledgeville at Durand

West Carroll at River Ridge

Polo at Orangeville

Fulton at Morrison

Bureau Valley at Sterling Newman

Belvidere North at Freeport

Varsity Golf Results

September 16

At Blackhawk Run

Stockton (9-0 Conf., 11-0 overall) - 167

Pearl City(2-6 conf., 2-7 overall) - 204

Medalist: Trey Timpe (Stockton) - 41

At Oakville

Pecatonica - 188

West Carroll - 205

Medalist: Erik Durand (Pecatonica) - 44

September 17

At Brushcreek

Pearl City (3-6 conf., 3-7 overall) - 191

Dakota (0-10 conf., 0-11 overall) - 210

Medalist: Alec Heinz (Dakota) - 42

September 18

At Lake Carroll

Eastland (7-0) - 206

Pearl City (0-3) - 267

Medalist: Karissa Freidag (Eastland) - 44

September 18

At Emerald Hill

Princeton - 211

Prophetstown - 265

Sterling - 269

Medalist: Sophia Suarez (Princeton) - 45

Forreston (13-2, 9-1) - 172

Polo (3-10, 3-7) - 201

River Ridge (1-14, 1-12) - 208

Medalist: Bryan Edler (Forreston) - 40

September 19

Belvidere - 206

Freeport 211

At Park Hills

Galena - 179

Freeport Aquin - 206

Medalist: Cullen Barkau (Freeport Aquin) - 36