The Morris boys basketball team beat Rochelle, 59-47, on Friday in Rochelle. Sycamore and the Redskins are tied atop the Northern Illinois Big 12 East standings with a 4-1 record after a loss by the Spartans against DeKalb.
“It has been tough to keep the team’s focus on Rochelle … they have been anticipating the Sycamore game for some time,” Morris coach Joe Blumberg said. “But if we had laid and egg in Rochelle, the Sycamore game doesn’t mean as much.”
Austin Patterson had 23 points to lead the Redskins while Evan Bjelland had 10 and Tanner Sampson had nine.
“We warned the guys that Rochelle was much improved and they are tough to beat at home,” Blumberg said. “They were scrappy and outplayed us in the first half. Patty and Evan hit some big threes in the third to give us the lead. It was not our most crisp and well-played game, but after two weeks off, a win is a win.”
Morris is now 13-3 overall.
Caleb Boma led Dwight with 13 points to lead the Trojans.
Families of Faith 76,
Josiah Blan and Vincent Dorantes had 19 points each in the win while Brandon Cline and Cody Blan added 16 each.
Julie Jurasits had 20 points and Katie Friend had 11 in the loss to the Hubs.
Plainfield East 38
Erin Heide had 20 points while Kelly Carnage added 16 in the win.
Coal City 28
Getting wins for the Coalers were: Joey Rivera at 106 pounds (fall :37), Taylor Cirrencione at 113 (fall 1:53), Cody Minnick at 120 (fall 2:22), Corey Jurzak at 126 (10-2 major decision), Casey Brown at 132 (4-2 decision) and Jake Frost at 195 (2-1 in overtime).
Leading the Braves was Aurelius Lennon-Rios with 14 points while Nathan Wantland added nine in the win in the regional at Crest Hill.
Grand Ridge 16
The Mavericks won the Seneca Class 7-2A Regional behind Isaac Brockman’s 21 points.
Sam Grushkin added 11 points and Brody Baudino had seven.
Coal City def. ICS,
Lilly Solt had eight points in the win by the Warriors while Megan Lacy and Jessie Winslow each added seven.