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Morris soccer remains unbeaten, defeats Sycamore

The Morris soccer team maintained its unbeaten record this week, beating a pair of Northern Illinois Big 12 East foes. The Redskins defeated Yorkville 5-3 on Tuesday at home and then went to Sycamore and beat the Spartans 4-1 on Thursday.

Morris 4, Sycamore 1

Chava Villanueva scored a hat trick for the Redskins and Ricardo Del Toro added a goal and an assist in the win. Luke Rodriguez also had an assist.

“This was a tough game for us,” Morris coach David Valdivia said. “We were late from a long bus ride and got scored on right away. We played flat and did not win the ball in the middle. Until the last 12 minutes, we woke up and until the second half we improved.”

Morris is 10-0-2 overall and 3-0-1 in the NIB12E.

In the JV contest, Morris won 2-1, getting goals from Bulmaro Torres and Josh Lain. Matt Samolis and Bryan Pfaff had assists.

Morris 5, Yorkville 3

Villanueva had another hat trick on Tuesday while Del Toro added the other two goals in the win against the Foxes.

“This was a great win for us. Chava and Ricardo really stepped up today,” Valdivia said. “We put pressure on and won 90 percent of the balls and kept pressing. Tyler Pletch had a great game today. He really stepped up and won every ball on defense.”


Coal City def. Reed-Custer, 25-8, 25-21

The Coalers got the win behind 10 kills and 10 digs from Emily Halliday.

Also for Coal City, Nicole Borgetti had three kills and four blocks, Kassie Aldridge had 15 assists and five digs and Britta Spelde had four aces and four kills.

GSW def. Tri-Point,

12-25, 25-19, 25-16

The Panthers fought back to win the River Valley Conference match against the Chargers.

Breann Fisher led the locals with seven kills and Bryanna DeMoraes added six in the win.

Emily Foley had 13 assists and Sophie Barna and Lexi Posing had nine and eight digs, respectively.

In the JV match, GSW won 25-4, 25-14 behind seven aces from Jenni Price.

Seneca def. Dwight,

25-22, 25-8

Lexi Wilkinson had 11 service points and Taylor Vandeberg had five kills in the win.

Both Madison Syss and Kayla Haines had 10 assists. Jessica Club had 10 digs.

In the frosh-soph contest, Seneca won 25-17, 25-19 behind 11 points from Michaela Coughlin.

Newark def. Serena,

25-13, 25-14

Maddie Friestad had 11 points and two aces and Rachel Lape dished out 12 assists in the win.

Kristine Nichols had four kills, Kristine Zitt had four kills and three blocks and Jasmine Mitchell had three kills and two blocks.


Sycamore 163, Morris 165

Trevor Lines had a round of 37 at the Morris Country Club and Justin Larsen added a 42.

In JV action, Morris won 194-199 with Kyle Jacobson carding a 46, Nick Bonomo a 49 and Keaton Cryder a 49.

Reed-Custer wins

Dwight Invite

The Comets shot a 225 to win the event while Sandwich was second, just one stroke behind. Dwight was fourth (235), Seneca fifth (236) and Coal City seventh (245).

Individually the top scoring came from Beecher’s Michael Barber and Marty Gaffney. They ended with a 71.


Seneca 254, Dwight 271

Natalie Hamilton was the medalist for Seneca in the dual held at Nettle Creek Country Club. Sam DeGraaf ended with a 61, Heather Vroman a 71 and Hannah Cisco a 68 for the Lady Irish.

Dwight was led by a 60 from Amber Curl, a 62 from Nicole Murphy, a 66 from Ellie Shaw and an 83 from Savannah Kline.


Morris 3,

Ottawa 2

Emma Dingbaum got the win (6-0, 6-0) at No. 2 singles and the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams also won for the Redskins.

The No. 1 Morris team of Leah Lines and Monica Davy won 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) and the No. 2 team of Carly Williamson and Savannah Carter won 6-3, 4-6 (6-4).


Morris defeats Sandwich in Chief Dual

The Redskins won the annual meeting between the Redskins and the Indians over the 3-mile course at MCHS. The scoring was done by averaging the times of all the runners for each team and Morris won with a slightly better average than Sandwich (20:59:56-21:38:32).

Morris runners participating on the day included: Jacob Wantland (16:22); Jake Hesslau (17:24); Austin Patterson (17:31); Alan Alvarez (17:58); Nick Marino (18:03); Tristan DeGrush (18:09); Vincente Gallegos (18:25); Eric Robinson (18:27); Sam Allen (18:47); Jon Turman (19:02); Brock Kukman (19:05); Jeff Burton (19:07); Jayson Podschweit (19:17); Chet Lear (20:05); Kris Eliakis (20:15); Austin Stacy (20:42); Maria Blanco (21:58); Bridget Gile (22:22); Emily Ashworth (22:29); Noah Rose (22:48); Nate Mullaney (23:42); Meghan Smith (23:57); Alexis Halcomb (24:00); Katie Erickson (24:05); John Struck (24:29); Olivia Thorson (26:58); Avery Norris (27:17) and Valerie Pfaff (27:17).



Morris 56,

Dixon 0

Keagan Sobol led Morris with three touchdowns, while also adding an interception and a fumble recovery. Tommy Balentine added a long touchdown run and a punt return for a score.

Joe Webb had a touchdown run and two interceptions on defense and Michael Feeney and Michael Gerischer also had long TD runs. Keegan Webber also recorded an interception.

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