The Morris basketball team picked up a key Northern Illinois Big 12 East win over rival Yorkville on Satuday, defeating the Foxes, 58-55. The win improves the Redskins record to 5-1 on the young season and 2-0 in conference action.
“The game was eerily similar to last year’s game up there. We led by six or eight with two [minutes] to play,” Morris coach Joe Blumberg said. “We have talked extensively about closing out games, hitting free throws and making smarter passes, especially against pressure. We didn’t make great decisions late but we found a way to win and, after two one-point losses to them [last year], we’ll take a win at Yorkville any way we can get it.”
Austin Patterson had 25 points for the Redskins and Tanner Sampson 12 in the win.
“I thought Tanner gave us some big baskets in the lane and obviously our guys did a good job of finding Patty on the perimiter,” Blumberg said. “We got some big stops and bent, but didn’t break when they made their runs.”
Morris second in Buffalo Grove
The Morris wrestling team finished second at the Buffalo Grove Rex Lewis Open on Saturday, finishing with 145 team points. South Milwaukee won the event with a team score of 152.
“We braved the elements Saturday morning. … It was definitely worth the trip as the boys came ready to wrestle,” Morris coach Jon Lanning said. “We gave it a good run. We worked our way up the standings all day. … We were in second place and two points out heading into the semifinals. South Milwaukee has a nice team.”
Morris crowned two champions on the day in Tony Menozi at 106 pounds and Kenny Baldridge at 132 pounds.
“Kenny dominated that tournament, recording two technical falls and a pin in the finals,” Lanning said.
Morris also got second-place finishes from 160-pounder Trevor Allbert and 220-pounder Dalton Ness.
“Both of those seniors wrestled pretty well today,” Lanning said. “A few mistakes in the finals cost them championships and they are right there, bringing stability to a young team.”
A.J. Vota and Andrew Fought each finished third for the Redskins who lost to the eventual champion in their weight class and Andrew Smith and Dominic Byrtly each were fifth. Ethan Elleson and Ryan Kowalczyk were both sixth.
At the Ottawa JV Tournament on Saturday, Mason Dryfhout was crowned champion with Merrick Harpetian third, Josh Skrapits fourth and both Ian Bernard and Brandon Walker fifth.
Last Thursday, Morris beat Rochelle in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East match. Wins by the Redskins came from: Tony Menozi at 106 pounds (tech fall 20-4); Dominic Byerly at 126 pounds (fall 1:30); Kenny Baldridge at 132 pounds (forfeit); A.J. Vota at 138 pounds (5-3); Cody Decker at 145 pounds (9-7); Trevor Allbert at 160 pounds (1:00); Ryan Kowalczyk at 182 pounds (fall at 1:19); Dalton Ness at 220 pounds (fall 1:20) and Andrew Fought at 285 pounds (fall 3:58).
At the JV level, Morris wins came from: Ian Bernard at 106 pounds; Brandon Walker at 126 pounds; Merrick Hairpetian at 145 pounds; Victor Touissant at 220 pounds; Mason Dryfhout at 285 pounds; Joe Jordan at 126 pounds and Brandon Hall at 285 pounds.
For the Redskins, Julie Jurasits had 23 points while Leona Burton added 17 points and Jessica Ponce had seven points.
In the frosh-soph game Morris lost by a 35-14 score.
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Erin Heide scored 14 points while Kelly Carnagio, Sydney Arlis and Abbie Hoeg scored eight each.
“We scored six straight points at the end of the first half to open up a 30-15 margin,” Minooka coach Ray Liberatore said. “They never got closer than nine the rest of the way.”
At the sophomore level, Minooka won 38-34 behind Heather Bonde’s 21 points and Kennadi Miller’s 11 points.
Taylor Speed scored 11 points and Breann Fisher had nine in the loss.
GSW is now 3-6 on the season.
For the second time this season, the Lady Irish beat the Lady Norse in nonconference action.
“It was a great high school basketball game,” Seneca coach Barb Beck said. “We put up a great effort in the second half today. In the fourth quarter we were able to knock down some jumpers and came out on top against a great program.”
Seneca was led by Mallory Misener and Jacey Lamboley with 10 points each. Six of Lamboley’s points came in the fourth quarter, and six of Danielle Hauch’s seven points also came in the fourth quarter.
Newark was led by Rachel Lape’s nine points and Kristine Zitt’s eight points.
“Thirty turnovers really caught up to us,” Newark coach Brian Holman said. “Seneca is a good, experienced ball club and their experience won over in the fourth quarter.”
At the frosh-soph level, Newark won 37-24 despite 10 points from Claudia Paulson and seven points from Paige Hacker.
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Emily Halliday had 22 points and Britta Spelde had 12 points in the win.
“I thought Spelde did a great job on Martinez tonight,” Coal City coach Brad Schmitt said. “I thought our guards out front applied enough pressure to limit their looks on the perimeter. We have to keep up our intensity for four quarters as we begin to get into the second half of our season.”
At the frosh-soph level Coal City defeated Plano 37-26 with Mackenna Emerson and Maddie Halliday scoring 10 points each for the Coalers. Emerson had 13 steals and Taylor Meents eight rebounds.
Jacey Lamboley had a career-high 20 points in the win by the Lady Irish.
“Jacey stepped up big tonight,” Seneca coach Barb Beck said. “We had great ball movement to find the open shooters.”
Anna Baker had nine points and eight rebounds.
In the frosh-soph game, Page Hacker had 13 points and Sierra Kinney seven in a 34-32 loss.
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Breana Fisher had six points and 12 rebounds, Emily Foley had six points, Lexi Posing had nine points and nine rebounds, and Taylor Speed had 14 rebounds in the win.
Jasmine Mitchell had 10 points and eight rebounds, Rachel Lape had seven points and three rebounds, and Kristine Zitt six points, five rebounds and three assists.
“A good solid team win against a good Earlville team,” Newark coach Brian Holman said. “It was nice to have scoring from all 11 girls and defensively we locked down in the second and third quarters and played a nice stretch of basketball.”
Alyson Wiemken had 11 points and nine rebounds for Dwight.
Hannah Trainor added nine points, Savannah Baldauf had six points and Rachel Dawson had five points and five rebounds.
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The Lady Raiders won the Marseilles Sectional by defeating Grant Park to earn a bid to the IESA State Tournament.
Lyda Robinson and Eve Odum scored 13 points apiece in the victory add Seneca improves to 14-4 on the year.
Carter Gallick had 21 points and Conlan Callahan had 17 points in the Interstate Eight Conference win for the Tigers. Alex Bott wound up with 11 points.
“This was a great win. It is our first win at Herscher in a long time,” Seneca coach Russell Witte said. “For three quarters of the game, we defended really well. Overall, I was very happy with the effort.”
At the sophomore level, Seneca won 29-21 behind 10 points from Ross McCormick and seven points from Cole Gallick.
Matt Eicke, Jack Clausel and Kendall Endres each had 10 points in the win for the Norsemen.
Triston Dircks scored 10 points in a losing effort by the Trojans.
Reed-Custer got 18 points from Travis Schoonover, 16 points from Zach Zoltani, 14 points from Tyler Foote and 13 points from Brent Headrick in the Interstate Eight Conference win.
“The kids did an incredible job,” R-C coach mark Porter said.
Headrick completed a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Lisle won the sophomore game 70-50.
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Josiah Blan recorded a double-double by getting 30 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Cody Blan had 21 points and Brandon Cline and Vincent Dorantes 10 points each.
Minooka wins Lincoln-Way East Invite
The Indians scored first place at the event with a team score of 6,606 pins. Oswego was second with 6,391 pins.
Individually, Jack Russell was seventh overall with a score of 1,360, Alex Guglielmucci 10th with 1,337 pins and Zach Segatto 11th with 1,330.
The top individual at the event was Bolingbrook’s Gio Montecinos who ended with a 1,426 series.
Additionally, John Kauffman had a score of 1,288, Kaie Devine 1,082 and Chris Dombrowski a 209.
Minooka third at Joliet Strikefest
Waubonsie Valley won the Joliet Strikefest on Saturday with a total of 5,964 pins while locally Minooka was third with a team score of 5,742 and Morris was 11th with 5,438.
For Minooka, Emily Koulis led the way with a score of 1,249, which was good for seventh place individually. Also rolling for the Indians were: Kortney Stricker (1,148), Heather McCubbins (1,130), Lexi Jones (1,125) and Kayly Windbiel (1,090).
For Morris, Savannah Strange was 22nd overall with a pin count of 1,170 while Skylar Easson ended at 1,144. Also rolling for the Redskins were: Imelda Garcia (1,057), Taylor Warwick (1,008), Jessica Winter (575) and Amber Benson (484).
Morris 10th at West Chicago Wildcat Relays
On Saturday afternoon, Neuqua Valley won the annual event with 137 team points and Waubonsie Valley was second with 133. The Redskins ended with 10 team points.
Morris’ highest finish came from the 200 butterfly relay team with finished fifth and the Redskins also got sixth in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
In the frosh-soph event, Morris was seventh with 10 points.
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Tyler Spiezio had 16 points in the win by the Hawks while Brennan Goff had eight points.
Saratoga also won the seventh grade game 37-28 with Jacob Overbeck netting 18 points while Ethan Heap added 10 and Chatten Dryfhout had seven.
In another seventh-grade game, Saratoga lost to Chicago Hawthorne, 45-23, despite eight points from Patrick McCabe and seven from Overbeck.
In a sixth grade game against GSW, Saratoga won 30-11 despite Dylan Hill and Nolan Perkins each scoring three points for the Tigers.
In a fifth grade game, GSW beat Saratoga, 19-11, with Caydan Landry scoring seven points in the winning effort.
Jett Walker scored 17 points to lead the Hawks while Tyler Spiezio added 13 points.
In the seventh grade game, GSW won, 24-22, with Jacob Overbeck leading the Hawks with eight points.
In the sixth grade game, Saratoga won, 30-11, behind 12 points by Jack Walker. In the ‘B’ game, GSW won, 17-11, with Zarren Zafiro and Nolan Bruyn scoring four points apiece.