The Northern Illinois Sports Hall of Fame Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 7th at Manny’s Pizza in Savanna. An “Attitude Adjustment” will be held at 5:45 with dinner at 6:30 and the meeting to follow. Members are urged to attend. The purpose of the meeting will be to evaluate the 2012 induction banquet and set the calendar for next year. Members are asked to RSVP to Brian Reusch.
IHSA Volleyball Sectionals
Class 1A Polo Sectional
Rockford (Keith Country Day) 2 Newark 0 (25-14, 25-17)
Stockton 2 Erie 0 (26-24, 25-17)
Rockford (Keith Country Day) 2 Stockton 1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-16)
Class 2A Byron Sectional
Dakota 2 North Boone 0 (25-6, 25-13)
Oregon 2 Westmont 1 (25-7, 22-25, 25-22)
Dakota 2 Oregon 0 (25-13, 25-22)
Class 3A Mendota Sectional
Dunlap 2 Freeport 0 (25-21, 25-18)
Rock Falls 2 LaSalle-Peru 0 (25-20, 25-16)
Rock Falls 2 Dunlap 0 (25-11, 25-18)
IHSA Volleyball Super Sectionals
Rockford (Keith Country Day) 2 Elgin (Harvest Christian Academy) 1 (18-25, 25-19, 25-18)
Dakota 2 Chicago (University) 0 (25-10, 25-9)
Port Byron/Riverdale 2 Watseka 0 (25-23, 25-19)
Champaign (Centennial) 2 Rock Falls 0 (25-17, 25-21)
IHSA Volleyball State Finals
At Redbird Arena, Normal
Mt Pulaski vs. Valmeyer – 9 a.m.
Rockford (Keith Country Day) vs. Kansas (Coop) – 10:30 a.m.
Third Place game – 9 a.m.
Championship game – 10:30 a.m.
Dakota vs. Edwards County – 12 noon
Deer Creek-Mackinaw vs. Port Byron/Riverdale – 1:30 p.m.
Third Place game – 12:25 p.m.
Championship game – 1:55 p.m.
Champaign (Centennial) vs. Wheaton (St. Francis) – 4:30 p.m.
Rickmond-Burton vs. Jacksonville – 6 p.m.
Third Place game – 4 p.m.
Championship game – 5:30 p.m.
Comets Grind Out The Win
The Comets Nick Rude (#21) carries the football during Saturday afternoon’s second round 3A playoff game in Sterling. Rude carried the football twenty seven times for one hundred seventy nine yards in the Newman twelve point win. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
In a close first half, the Sterling Newman Comets did what they do best in the second half to claim the twelve point win at Roscoe Eades Stadium on Saturday in Sterling.
Newman scored first to go up seven to nothing but the Titans responded with a score to knot the contest at seven. Sophomore Dillan Heffelfinger’s four yard TD run put the Comets up thirteen to seven in the third quarter.
Sterling Newman used running backs Nick Rude, Heffelfinger and Brian Bahrs to pound the football down the field and run the clock. The Comets went up nineteen to seven as Heffelfinger again found the end zone. An eight yard run by Martel Hunter closed the gap to five points with just over eleven minutes tp play. Newman drove down the field and scored their final TD on a run by Bahrs to seal the Comet victory.
Rude led the Comets ground game, rushing the ball twenty seven times for one hundred seventy nine yards. Hunter, who piled up over seventeen hundred yards for the season, was held to just seventy two yards on twenty seven carries for the Titans.
The Comets (9-2) travel to Wilmington to face the (9-2) Wildcats in the Class 3A Quarterfinals.
Monmouth Roseville Titan Martel Hunter runs the football Saturday during second round playoff action at Roscoe Eades Stadium in Sterling. Hunter is pursued by Sterling Newman’s Maison Bittner (#17). The 11-0 Comets prevailed to claim the 26-14 victory and will travel to Wimington to face the 9-2 Wildcats in the IHSA Class 3A Quarterfinals. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Forreston Earns Overtime Win
Despite not being known as a primarily passing team, the Cardinals used the pass effectively on Saturday to down the Ottawa Marquette Crusaders 35-34 in overtime.
Forreston QB Brett Carlson put the Cardinals on the board first as he found Robert DeVries with an eleven yard scoring strike to put Forreston up. The Crusaders came right back with a score to knot the game at seven. Carlson found DeVries again with a sixty nine yard pass that put the Cardinals up thirteen to seven.
Ottawa Marquette jumped out to a fifteen point lead (28-13) in the third as Crusader Curtiss Johnson scored his first TD of the game. A nine play, sixty four yard drive by Forreston was capped off with a Ross Williams two yard TD run to cut the Crusader lead to just seven points with just under thirty seconds left in the third quarter.
A recovered onside kick led to a five yard score by Bryan Kraft and the two point conversion attempt was good to knot the contest at twenty eight with just under ten minutes left to play. Johnson again found the end zone to put Ottawa Marquette on top thirty four to twenty eight. The two point conversion failed setting up the Cardinals for the win.
On fourth and goal from the four yard line, Carlson found DeVries again and the Williams extra point kick gave the Cardinals the win. Carlson threw for ninety nine yards in the game, all to DeVries. Kraft ran the ball twenty three times for one hundred five yards. Johnson led the Crusaders with one hundred thirty yards on twenty six carries.
The victory advances Forreston (9-2) to the Class 1A Quarterfinals where they face the (9-2) Stark County Rebels in Toulon.
Le-Win Tops Hales Franciscan
The Panthers scored first on Saturday in Chicago as Shay Chenong caught a TD pass to put the Panthers up seven to nothing. A Patrick Nelson forty five yard TD reception knotted the score at seven. Chenong snagged another pass for a score to put Le-Win up thirteen to seven. A forty five yard punt return for a score by Tyler Oakley put the Panthers up nineteen to seven.
A blocked punt by Panther Tyler Walker was recovered by Hales in the end zone for a Panther safety putting them up twenty one to seven. A fifty seven yard run by Hales Franciscan’s Joe Morrow cut the Panther lead to twenty one to fourteen just before the half.
A fumble by Hales QB Donovan Jenkins was recovered by Le-Win, setting up an Austin Mancosky TD run to put the Panthers up twenty seven to fourteen. Hales scored their final TD with just a few ticks left on the clock and their onside kick attempt went out of bound to seal the victory for Le-Win.
The Panthers (9-2) travel to Stockton to face the undefeated (11-0) Blackhawks in the Quarterfinals.
IHSA 2nd Round Football Playoff Scores
Forreston 35 Ottawa Marquette 34 (OT)
Le-Win 27 Hales Franciscan 21
Stockton 44 Galena 7
Amboy 43 Orion 18
Mercer County 42 Rockford Lutheran 14
Sterling Newman 26 Monmouth-Roseville 14
Winnebago 56 Elmwood (Brimfield Coop) 20
Rock Island Alleman 42 Stillman Valley 7
Coal City 12 Geneseo 10
Lombard Montini 24 Sycamore 22
Rockford Boylan 22 Oak Park Fenwick 21
Lake Zurich 17 Rockton Hononegah 6
IHSA Football Quarter Finals
#5 (9-2) Le-Win at #1 (11-0) Stockton – Sat. Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
#7 (9-2) Forreston at #6 (9-2) Stark County – Sat. Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.
#2 (11-0) Mercer County at #4 (9-2) Amboy – Sat. Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
#2 (11-0) Sterling Newman at #11 (9-2) Wilmington – Sat. Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.
#9 (9-2) Winnebago at #4 (10-1) Aurora Christian – Sat. Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.
#1 (10-1) Rock Island Alleman at #2 (10-1) Coal City – Sat. Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
#2 (11-0) Rockford Boylan at #6 (9-2) Lake Zurich – Sat. Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.