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Softball

Illinois sectional pairings

Class 4A Normal sectional

Tuesday's game

Belleville West vs. Belleville East, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday's game

Normal Community West vs. Moline, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Sectional championship, 11 a.m.

Class 3A Metamora sectional

Tuesday's games

East Peoria vs. Alleman, 4:30 p.m.

Streator vs. Limestone, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Sectional championship, 11 a.m.

Illinois super-sectional pairings

Class 2A East Peoria super-sectional

Today's game at Illinois Central College

Morrison vs. Rockridge, 11 a.m.

Friday\u2019s results

West Des Moines Valley 3, Bettendorf 1

Bettendorf;000;001;0;--;1;7;0

Valley;200;100;x;--;3;5;0

WP \u2013 Claire Stalzer (2-0). LP \u2013 Madison Temple (0-1). Two or more hits \u2014 Bett, Anna Forari; Valley, Jackie Feldt. 2B \u2013 Valley, Jackie Feldt, Jamie Feldt. RBI \u2014 Bett, Allison Folin; Valley, Jackie Feldt, Jamie Feldt, Madison Stoaks.

Waukee 7, Bettendorf 1

Bettendorf;00;100;0;--1;4;1

Waukee;050;011;x;--;7;12;2

WP \u2013 Erin Richards (1-0). LP \u2013 Sophia DelVecchio (0-1). Two or more hits \u2013 Bett, Alli Wroblewski; Waukee, Sarah Schaffer, Kelli Fogt, Molly Platte. 2B \u2013 Waukee, Nealey, Richards, Costa. HR \u2013 Bett, Wroblewski. RBI \u2013 Bett, Wroblewski; Waukee, Felt 2, Fogt, Costa, Platte, Gray.

Saturday\u2019s results

Bettendorf 11, Saydel 1

Bettendorf;106;40;\u2013;11;13;1

Saydel;00;10;--;1;1;2

WP \u2013 Madison Temple (1-1). LP \u2013 Polke. Two or more hits \u2013 Bett, Alli Wroblewski, Emma Dennison, Kylie Wroblewski. 2B \u2013 Bett, Erin Hatch, Dennison. HR \u2013 Bett, Grace Erpelding; Saydel, Barton. RBI \u2013 Erpelding 5, Dennison 2, Hatch, Allison Folin, Anna Forari, Jessia Wells; Saydel, Barton.

Benton 2, North Scott 1

North Scott;001;000;0;--;1;3;0

Benton;000;000;2;--;2;1;1

WP -- Steinberg. LP -- Newman. HR -- North Scott, Moeller; Benton, Hulsebus. RBI -- North Scott, Moeller; Benton, Hulsebus 2.\u00a0

North Scott 10, Camanche 3

Camanche;000;001;2;--;3;9;5

North Scott;432;001;x;--;10;9;2

WP -- Oetzel. LP -- Wehde. Two or more hits -- Camanche, Parson 3, Carstensen, Wehde; North Scott, Lewis 3, Kilburg, Moeller. 2B -- Camanche, Parson; North Scott, Kilburg, Lewis. HR -- North Scott, Kilburg, Moeller. RBI -- Camanche, Parson, Bussa; North Scott, Kilburg 2, Anderson 2, Moeller 2, Bullock, Lewis, Rains.\u00a0

North Scott 7, Western Dubuque 4

Western Dubuque;030;10;--;4;5;2

North Scott;204;01;--;7;7;3

WP -- Shannon. LP -- Kennedy. Two or more hits -- Western Dubuque, Denlinger; North Scott, Anderson, Lewis. 2B -- North Scott, Anderson. 3B -- North Scott, Schneckloth. RBI -- Western Dubuque, Denlinger 2, Kane; North Scott, Lewis 2, Schneckloth 2, Anderson, Shannon.\u00a0

Record: North Scott 4-2

Baseball

Illinois sectional pairings

Class 4A Bloomington sectional

Tuesday's games

Edwardsville vs. O'Fallon, 4:30 p.m.

Normal Community West vs. Moline, 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Sectional championship, 11 a.m.

Class 3A Metamora sectional

Tuesday's games

Geneseo vs. Normal University, 4:30 p.m.

Morton vs. Dunlap, 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Sectional championship, 10 a.m.

Illinois super-sectional pairings

Class 2A Rock Island sectional

Today's game at Augustana College

Warren vs. Orion, 7 p.m.

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Two swings of the bat led to two costly innings and a 7-5 setback Sunday for the Quad-Cities River Bandits.

Beloit used the long ball to separate itself from Quad-Cities in front of a crowd of 5,273 at Modern Woodmen Park, homering three times off of three River Bandits pitchers.

\u201cWhen you get behind guys who have seven, eight homers already this year, you can\u2019t make a mistake,\u2019\u2019 River Bandits manager Russ Steinhorn said.

Quad-Cities learned that lesson the hard way as the Snappers returned the River Bandits to .500 on the season and won for the second time in three games in the four-game series that ends today.

Beloit\u2019s Edwin Diaz belted a solo home run off of Quad-Cities starter Cionel Perez in the second inning, but it was a two-run shot by Miguel Mercedes off of Salvador Montano in the sixth and a leadoff homer by Collin Theroux off of Gabriel Valdez in a three-run seventh that truly cost the Bandits.

Mercedes broke a 2-2 tie with his ninth homer of the season and Theroux\u2019s sixth home run of the year helped the Snappers build a lead which reached 7-2 at the stretch.

\u201cThose five runs in the two innings, the two home runs both on pitches when we fell behind in the count, those were costly,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said. \u201cWe didn\u2019t put guys away like we need to do.\u2019\u2019

Perez, pitching for the first time since throwing seven hitless inning last Monday, did scatter four hits and struck out seven before exiting a 2-2 game after five innings.

The River Bandits rallied late.

Chuckie Robinson delivered a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and Osvaldo Duarte pulled Quad-Cities within the final margin when he followed a Taylor Jones double with a single to left to open the eighth.

Duarte was thrown out attempting to take an extra base on the play and the Snappers\u2019 Ty Damron and Sam Sheehan didn\u2019t allow another baserunner over the final five outs.

Robinson and Marcos Almonte combined for four of the River Bandits\u2019 nine hits and three of the team\u2019s four runs batted in.

\u201cThat\u2019s good production from the middle of the lineup on a day when we have (Rodrigo) Ayarza and (Yordan) Alvarez off for the day,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said. \u201cWe end up hitting 3-of-11 with runners in scoring position. We need to be better than that.\u2019\u2019

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Clinton 9, Wisconsin 2:\u00a0An offensive outburst helped the Lumberkings end their three-game losing streak Sunday at Ashford University Field.\u00a0

Clinton scattered their runs, with\u00a0Rayder Ascanio and Bryson Brigman each going deep and driving in three. Ascanio, Brigman, Anthony Jimenez, Kristian Brito and Luis Liberato all finished with two-hit performances for the Lumberkings.\u00a0

On the mound, Danny Garcia picked up his fourth win of the season after relieving starter Robert Dugger in the fourth inning. Garcia pitched four innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs.\u00a0

Clinton (19-28) will a have a chance to even the four-game series against Wisconsin (23-24) in the finale Monday at 2 p.m.

\u2014 Staff report

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Dusty Drenth and Bryan Lemkau were in similar situations Sunday.

Having hooked their tee shots and getting it out of the rough, both saw the flag as they were approaching their third shot of a playoff on the par-5 first hole.

Drenth saw success while Lemkau saw sand.

In a battle of Davenport residents, Drenth got past Lemkau with a par to win his first Quad-City Amateur in five years at Emeis Golf Course.

\"I've been playing fairly well this year,\" Drenth said. \"Just trying to get the ball in the hole and have as much fun as I possibly can.\"

It marks the first time since 2008 the tournament was decided in a playoff, when Chris Wilkins defeated Brian Soucinek.

With their third shots right across from each other, Lemkau was just a bit short on his approach while Drenth was right on the money.

Lemkau landed on the lip of the bunker while the former St. Ambrose standout placed his firmly on the green.

Needing a two-putt to win, Drenth softly hit his 25-foot birdie putt and tapped in for a par. He also won a small trophy for having the lowest score of any Davenport resident.

\"That third shot is more uphill than people think,\" Drenth said. \"There was a lot more wind today and I had to make sure I got it on the green.\"

Drenth, who prepped for the Bettendorf Bulldogs, made par after par, but had four holes that cost him.

A double bogey on No. 3 and bogeys on holes 10, 13 and 14 put him going in the opposite direction. The lone positive result was a birdie on the par-5 ninth.

\"I hit it really well on the front,\" Drenth said. \"I had makeable birdie putts, but the ball ends up in weird spots and it takes everything for it to get in the hole.

\"I was just grinding.\"

The end result was a 4-over 76, the highest round of the day after he carded one of the lowest competitive rounds with a 9-under 63 on Friday, following that up with a 1-over 73 on Saturday.

\"The great thing about golf is some days you have it, some days you don't,\" he said. \"Yesterday was my 'C' game and today was a little bit worse that that.

\"I was confident I was going to break par the last two days. Didn't, but it was good enough to win.\"

Lemkau capitalized on his opportunities. The biggest came on the par-4 11th.

He pulled his tee shot to the right and after about three minutes of searching, his ball was found near multiple trees.

Lemkau's second shot was a thing of beauty, landing on the green and from about 10 feet, poured in his second birdie of the day.

Runner-up for the third consecutive year, Lemkau finished off his day with a birdie on 18 for a 2-under 70 and three round total of 212, good enough for 4-under par that was enough to set up the playoff with Drenth.

While finishing second is painful for Lemkau, he had no problems with how he played.

\"I still feel like I left some shots out there,\" he said. \"I hit the ball well, proud of what I did.

\"Dusty didn't play well the last two days, had multiple chances to win and it took one extra hole for him to prevail.\"

Greg Rios won the Championship 'A' flight with a 54-hole score of 229 and the Senior Championship winner was Tom Norton, who carded a 36-hole score of 143, the lone golfer to be under par.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. \u2013 After moving from an also-ran to a runner-up in Rick Heller\u2019s first three seasons as the baseball coach at Iowa, the Hawkeyes were ready to take the next step Sunday.

More than ready.

Iowa scored five runs in the first inning and rolled to the program\u2019s first-ever Big Ten tournament championship in the event\u2019s 36-year history, clubbing Northwestern 13-4 in the title game at Kaufman Stadium.

\u201cThis group, they never quit, they never died, they kept on battling and that gave us a chance,\u2019\u2019 Heller said. \u201cThey showed up ready to work every day and that got us to this point.\u2019\u2019

Heller viewed the victory as the culmination of a culture change he brought to the Hawkeye program four years ago.

\u201cThose guys are a part of this,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cThey bought in to what we asked them to do. They bought into the idea that we could do a lot of things if we worked at it and year by year, each team has taken it up a notch. We did that again today.\u2019\u2019

Iowa earns the Big Ten\u2019s automatic berth in the NCAA tournament with Sunday\u2019s victory and will learn today when this year\u2019s field is announced at 11 a.m. where its next game will be played.

The Hawkeyes will take a 38-20 record into NCAA play after winning as the fifth seed in the Big Ten tourney.

Heller\u2019s advice to his team before taking the field Sunday was to simply enjoy the moment and play the game and approach it no differently than they had the 57 which preceded it.

\u201cWe just played our game,\u2019\u2019 outfielder Chris Whelan, named the tournament\u2019s most outstanding player, told the Big Ten Network following the championship game. \u201cWe fought tooth and nail every single game and overcame a lot of adversity along the way.\u2019\u2019

By comparison to the tight games Iowa played earlier in the tournament, Sunday\u2019s championship game took on a different tone.

The five-run first inning first inning took some of the pressure off the Hawkeyes and starting pitcher Drake Robison, who gave up four hits over seven innings and left with Iowa in control 10-1.

Jake Adams and Mason McCoy each collected hits in the opening, the start of a record-setting four-hit game for Adams and a three-hit day for McCoy.

Adams tied a Big Ten record for home runs in a season, opening scoring in a four-run seventh inning that broke open a 6-1 game with his 26th of the year and leading off the Hawkeyes\u2019 three-run eighth with his 27th blast of the season.

His second home run of the game moved the junior into a share of the NCAA Division I lead for homers this season and extended Iowa\u2019s lead to double digits.

McCoy scored Iowa\u2019s first run on a balk after reaching on a one-out single in the opening inning.

Tyler Cropley followed with a sacrifice fly, Matt Hoeg doubled a run in, Grant Judkins scored on a wild pitch and Ben Norman collected an RBI single to give the Hawkeyes an early advantage over the Wildcats, who reached the final by edging Maryland 6-5 in a Sunday morning semifinal.

Northwestern cut the Iowa lead to 5-1 in the third inning, but Iowa regained a five-run run lead when it scored on a Judkins fielder\u2019s choice in the fifth.

As pitchers limited the Wildcats to six hits, the Hawkeyes piled up 14 hits from seven spots in the batting order.

\u201cThat\u2019s the way we\u2019re built,\u2019\u2019 Heller said. \u201cWe have to win as a team and when we\u2019ve played our best baseball, that\u2019s how it has worked out.\u2019\u2019

In addition to Whelan at an outfield position, Hawkeyes catcher Cropley and pitchers Ryan Erickson and Josh Martsching were named to the all-tournament team.

Martsching\u2019s work during the tournament included working 5.2 innings of relief to earn the win in Saturday night\u2019s 7-5, 13-inning semifinal win over Minnesota.

Cropley hit his second homer of the game, a solo shot, to break a 5-5 tie in the top of the 13th inning of the longest game of Big Ten tourney history.

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Unable to work his way up on a crowded depth chart at linebacker, sophomore Angelo Garbutt plans to transfer from the Iowa football program.

The Carrollton, Texas, native announced his intentions on Twitter on Sunday afternoon after informing coach Kirk Ferentz of his decision.

\u201cThe University of Iowa has been a place for me to learn, make lasting relationships and sharpen my skills under the leadership of coach Ferentz and his capable team of coaches,\u2019\u2019 Garbutt wrote. \u201cAfter prayer, consulting with my family and coach Ferentz, I have made the decision to leave the University of Iowa.\u2019\u2019

In addition to thanking coaches, staff members and teammates, Garbutt went on to say that it was his decision to \u201cpursue other options to finish my football career and education. I will undergo the recruiting process and will announce my decision.\u2019\u2019

The 6-foot-2, 233-pound native of Carrollton, Texas, was listed as the Hawkeyes\u2019 third-team middle linebacker on the team\u2019s most recent depth chart.

Playing behind senior Josey Jewell and junior Jack Hockaday at the position, Garbutt saw action in just three games last season as a redshirt freshman.

He recorded three solo tackles, two in a season-opening win over Miami (Ohio) and one in a 14-7 victory at Minnesota.

Garbutt initially committed to Oregon State during his high school career, but reopened his recruitment after Mike Riley left the Pac-12 program for Nebraska. He ultimately selected the Hawkeyes over offers from Missouri and Nebraska.

Originally one of four Texas preps who were part of Iowa\u2019s 2015 recruiting class, with Garbutt\u2019s decision to leave the Hawkeyes all four are no longer participating in football at Iowa.

Linebacker Justin Jinning transferred last summer, receiver Jerminic Smith\u2019s departure from the program following academic issues was announced earlier this month and receiver Emmanuel Ogwu left last fall to concentrate on track and continues to compete in that sport for the Hawkeyes.

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Dusty Drenth was 10 strokes worse on Saturday than he was on Friday in the opening round of the Quad-City Amateur.

But the former Bettendorf and St. Ambrose golfer still holds a comfortable six-stroke lead entering today\u2019s final round in the 54-hole tournament.

Drenth followed his opening-round 63 with a 73 at Emeis Golf Course while Dylan Daxon, who started the day in second place, carded a 74.

The best score of the second round was a 69 by Muscatine\u2019s Byron Lemkau, who moved into a tie for second place with Daxon at 142.

Quad City Amateur

At Emeis

Saturday's results

Championship flight

1. Dusty Drenth 63-73\u2014136; 2. Dylan Daxon 68-74\u2014142; 2. Bryan Lemkau 73-69\u2014142; 4. Joe Demory 71-74\u2014145; 4. Trevor Lay 72-73\u2014145; 4. Andy Sirois 73-72\u2014145; 7. Ben Peters 71-75\u2014146; 7. Callen Smith 76-70\u2014146; 9. Jamie Hallstrom 75-72\u2014147; 9. Ryan Schlueter 77-70\u2014147; 11. Dave Schurke 75-73\u2014148; 12. Kyle Yerington 72-77\u2014149; 13. Ryan VanDeRostyn 75-75\u2014150; 13. Sam Herrmann 74-76\u2014150; 14. Ben Gillen 79-72\u2014151; 14. Alex Sierra 74-77\u2014151; 16. Chad Coppinger 74-78\u2014152; 16. Clayton Lee 79-73\u2014152; 16. Matt Schlueter 76-76\u2014152; 16. Toby Kurtis 77-75\u2014152; 16. Cody Flatt 76-76\u2014152; 21. Ben Hanser 73-80\u2014153; 21. Dillon Cooney 77-76\u2014153; 23. Chad Nelson 79-76\u2014155; 23. Greg Rios 78-77\u2014155; 23. Josh Nelson 80-75\u2014155; 26. Brad Hadley 79-77\u2014156; 26. Darrin Clawson 76-80\u2014156; 26. Aaron Willie 76-80\u2014156; 29. Brent Haydon 76-81\u2014157; 29. Bob McCloskey 78-79\u201415731. Adam Talbot 78-81\u2014159; 32. Zach Sharp 80-81\u2014161; 32. Matthew Belew 83-78\u2014161; 32. Kevin Rudd 80-81\u2014161; 35. Brian Doerrfeld 80-83\u2014163; 35. Lucas Jordan 85-78\u2014163; 37. Tyler Paxson 82-82\u2014164; 38. Noah Hogue 83-82\u2014165; 38. Dale Cary 85-80\u2014165; 40. Noah Erickson 84-82\u2014166; 41. Kevin Lloyd 83-86\u2014169; 42. Jay Hickman 83-88\u2014171; 43. Joey Powell 84-91\u2014175; 43. Kenny Peters 85-90\u2014175; 45. Alec Fiser 91-85\u2014176; 46. JT Manjoine 90-87\u2014177; 47. Justin Gripp 92-96--188

Seniors

1. Tom Norton 69; 2. Dave Waugh 71; 3. Mark Drenth 73; 4. Tom Wolfe 76; 5. Tim Buckwalter 77; 5. Tim Flaherty 77; 7. Bob Moeller 78; 7. Ron Wastyn 78; 9. John Callas 79; 10. Tim Richmiller 80; 10. Dave Holmes 80; 10. Jody Peterson 80; 13. Jeff Tucker 81; 13. Mike Stephens 81; 13. Kyle Coopman 81; 6. Pieter Hanson 82; 17. Todd Newell 83; 17. Joe Cawiezell 83; 19. KC Jones 85; 20. Jeff Harrop 86; 20. Tom Swanwick 86; 22. Tom Mosenfelder 88

Super Seniors

1. John Brooke 78; 1. Reed Swensen 78; 3. Jerry Ralfs 82; 4. Barry Black 83; 5, Alan Blackwood 84; 5. Terry Porter 84; 7. Darrell Reynolds 89; 8. Bill Scott 105

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In the midst of the only inning Beloit touched what Carson LaRue was delivering to home plate Saturday, an assist from a teammate helped the Quad-Cities righthander put it all together.

River Bandits shortstop Alex DeGoti called time, walked to the mound and simply gave LaRue a chance to breathe.

\u201cHe didn\u2019t really say anything, just came over and let me think for a couple of seconds. From that point on, everything seemed to be there,\u2019\u2019 LaRue said leading Quad-Cities to a 3-1 Midwest League victory over Beloit in front of a crowd of 4,361 at Modern Woodmen Park.

LaRue gave up only two hits and walked just two batters, all during the Snappers\u2019 one-run third inning, as he faced the minimum in the other six innings of his career-high seven innings of work.

\u201cThere were six innings of no action and he gave that to us with the way he worked,\u2019\u2019 River Bandits manager Russ Steinhorn said after watching LaRue earn his sixth win in seven decisions.

\u201cHe\u2019s been very consistent. He pounds the zone and sticks with his plan and that has led him to a lot of success.\u2019\u2019

Already working with a 2-0 lead Quad-Cities opened in the first inning on the first of two run-scoring doubles by Yordan Alvarez and an RBI single by DeGoti, LaRue retired the first six batters he faced although he was far from comfortable.

\u201cThe first couple of innings, I struggled with my release a bit and a few little things that just weren\u2019t right,\u2019\u2019 LaRue said. \u201cAfter I got out of the third, I felt strong. Everything felt good.\u2019\u2019

Supported by an error-free defense, LaRue retired the final 13 batters he faced and ended his two-hit performance with his fifth strikeout before Erasmo Pinales completed the four-hit victory.

Beloit forced Pinales to earn his third save. He struck out Nate Mondou to end the eighth and strand Snappers on the corners before working a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

\u201cPinales made some big pitches, got some big strikeouts,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said. \u201cHe used a good mix of his stuff and showed us what he is capable of doing.\u2019\u2019

Quad-Cities didn\u2019t have exclusive rights to quality pitching. The River Bandits\u2019 seven hits came before Beloit\u2019s Xavier Altamirano took the mound and retired the final 12 batters he faced after DeGoti reached on an error to open the bottom of the fifth.

\u201cIt was a night where the pitchers were on top of their games on both sides,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said. \u201cWe got just enough hits to get by.\u2019\u2019

In addition to the first-inning runs, the River Bandits put their only other run on the board by answering Beloit\u2019s third-inning run.

Carmen Benedetti and Alvarez doubled in the bottom half of the inning to let Quad-Cities regain a two-run advantage.

\u201cThe offensive guys are doing their job, giving us the run support we need,\u2019\u2019 LaRue said. \u201cEverything, offense, defense, pitching worked the way it is supposed to work.\u2019\u2019

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Just a little more than 20 years ago, the New York Mets had a trio of young pitchers in their organization dubbed \u201cGeneration K.\u201d

That nickname for Bill Pulsipher, Jason Isringhausen and Paul Wilson was derived from the use of \u2018K\u2019 to denote a strikeout in baseball scorekeeping.

The Knights, as in Davenport Assumption, have the high school version of \u201cGeneration K.\u201d

Ranked second in Iowa Class 3A, Assumption has three Division I pitching prospects anchoring its staff this summer in Trenton Wallace, Ben Beutel and Daniel Powers.

\u201cThis is definitely unique,\u201d Wallace said. \u201cIt is kind of crazy, really. You don\u2019t see a lot of high school staffs like this.\u201d

High school teams can trot out one pitching stalwart, maybe two. Three? It is a rarity.\u00a0

In 17 years of leading Assumption, a school with nine state championships, Billy Argo said he\u2019s never had the top end of his rotation this loaded.

Wallace, set to join Rick Heller\u2019s program at Iowa in the fall, is the reigning Mississippi Athletic Conference and Quad-City Times metro player of the year. He was 6-1 with a state-best 0.28 ERA last year.

Beutel, who transferred in from Davenport North after last season, has signed with Bowling Green. He was North\u2019s top pitcher a year ago with an ERA below 1.50.

Powers is a junior and committed to Kansas State. He recorded a 4-2 mark and a 1.79 ERA for the Knights last year.

\u201cIt motivates the team that much more,\u201d Beutel said. \u201cJust knowing the guy on the mound can do spectacular things, it gives us a good mindset that we can do anything or beat anyone.\u201d

That competitiveness is what drew Beutel to Assumption.

\u201cAssumption has been known to build players up to reach their full potential,\u201d he said. \u201cThat\u2019s what brought me over here.\u201d

All three have fastballs clocked in the 80s. Wallace mixes in a sharp breaking ball. Beutel leans on a cutter and Powers has shown an overpowering curveball.

The three, all pitching since they were 6 or 7 years old, combined for 166 strikeouts in 137 innings last year.

\u201cIt is really friendly among us, but it does motivate us always to be our best and push each other,\u201d Powers said. \u201cWe want to be uncommon, we want to be special.\u201d

So far in the opening week, they\u2019ve been extraordinary.

Going into Saturday\u2019s doubleheader against West Des Moines Valley, the Knights were 5-0 with four shutouts. They had surrendered only one run, 13 hits and struck out 47 in 32 innings.

Beutel threw a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts Friday against Iowa City High.

\u201cIt is insane,\u201d Powers said. \u201cEverybody is coming in and dominating hitters. That\u2019s nice to see early because it gives everybody confidence going into conference play.\u201d

All three occupy a position in the field when they don\u2019t pitch. Wallace plays first base or the outfield. Beutel is in center field and Powers at third base.

\u201cI like to soak in the competitive edge those guys show,\u201d Wallace said. \u201cThey\u2019re definitely great competitors, bulldogs on the mound. It pushes everyone on our team.\u201d

Of Assumption\u2019s top four pitchers, three are southpaws in Wallace, Beutel and sophomore Nick Gottilla. Argo said his program went seven or eight years without a left-handed conference starter early in his tenure.

He has plenty of options now.

Wallace believes it creates an intimidation factor and can mentally wear on opponents, particularly for conference foes who could run into them in back-to-back games.

\u201cIf they see what we can do before we even get on the mound, it might fluster them some and shut them down mentally,\u201d he said.

Argo takes an alternative viewpoint.

\u201cIf teams have the right mindset, it can be a motivating factor,\u201d Argo said. \u201cNot that we didn\u2019t already have a target, we\u2019ll make the target a little bit bigger. Any competitive kid can say, \u2018Hey, I\u2019m going to show them they\u2019re not that good. I can compete with them.\u2019

\u201cAnything can happen in a seven-inning high school baseball game.\u201d

Assumption has seen what an ace can do to a good lineup

The Knights have had their season end in the district final each of the past two years by Central DeWitt southpaw TJ Sikkema. Both outcomes were 1-0.

Sikkema is pitching in the Southeastern Conference for Missouri.\u00a0

\u201cI really feel like it is our time, our year,\u201d Argo said. \u201cWe might not have been as good pitching wise but our \u201915 and \u201916 teams were just as good as the \u201914 team that won it. We just ran into a guy that was better than our guy that day.\u201d

Assumption\u2019s staff runs much deeper than its top three.

Gottilla, at Davenport Central last season, is the team\u2019s No. 4. Senior Peyton Berthel, senior Nolan Melchert and junior Ryan Wohlers have combined for seven innings of scoreless relief.

That depth is critical given the new pitch-count guidelines.

An individual can\u2019t exceed 110 pitches in an outing. If a pitcher throws more than 40 in a day, they are required to have at least two days rest.

\u201cOn our staff, nobody breaks 90 or 95 pitches until the playoffs,\u201d Powers said. \u201cOur coaches take really good care of us.\u201d

Assumption hopes its pocket full of aces, the league's top defense from a year ago and a solid lineup can result in a trip to Principal Park come late July.

The Knights are attempting to become the first school in Iowa to win 10 state summer baseball championships.

\u201cThis year, our motto is to keep piling on,\u201d Wallace said. \u201cIf we can do the same thing this year as we did last year, we\u2019ll be more prepared for the playoffs.

\u201cWe want to get back to state and make a run at the title. We have the best team to do it this year.\u201d

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Assumption

Coach: Billy Argo, 17th season (465-186)

2016 record: 31-8, 16-2 MAC (1st place)

Impact players: Trenton Wallace, sr., P/1B/OF (.403 avg., 17 doubles, 51 RBIs; 6-1, 0.28 ERA, 50 IP, 70 Ks); Luke Fennelly, sr., SS (.323 avg., 8 doubles, 21 RBIs); Justus Burke, sr., OF (.311 avg., 14 doubles, 30 RBIs, 11 SB)

Fresh faces: Ben Beutel, sr., P/OF; Nick Gottilla, so., P/OF; Donaven Juarez, jr., C/1B

Skinny: Class 3A second-ranked Assumption has seven starters back from last year's MAC title team. Wallace, the reigning MAC and metro player of the year, headlines the group. With he, Daniel Powers and Beutel, a North transfer, Assumption has three Division I recruits in its rotation. The Knights have lost in district final last two years to Central DeWitt's TJ Sikkema by 1-0 scores.\u00a0

Bettendorf

Coach: Jay Fitzgerald, 21st season (474-285)

2016 record: 15-20, 10-8 (T4th)

Impact players: Andy Whiteman, sr., SS/CF (.383 avg., 14 extra-base hits, 15 SB); Justin Hutter, sr., 2B/3B (.295 avg., 7 doubles, 15 RBIs); Luke Soko, jr., P/IF (4-5, 3.50 ERA, 48 IP, 34 Ks)

Fresh faces: Carter Bell, so., P/IF; Tyler Chia, so., P/IF; Steven Chia, so., C/3B

Skinny: Led by Whiteman, a three-year starter, Fitzgerald has only three players returning who registered at least 50 varsity at-bats last season. The Bulldogs had three sophomores in their starting lineup on opening night. Pitching depth is a plus with 11 available arms, but Bulldogs need an ace or two to emerge after compiling a 5.31 team ERA last year.\u00a0

Burlington

Coach: Brock Schneden, 6th season (82-95-1)

2016 record: 18-21, 3-15 (T9th)

Impact players: Josh Vorwerk, sr., IF/P (.325 avg., 4 doubles, 13 RBIs); Nick Hagen, sr., C (.316 avg., 4 doubles, 28 RBIs); Jake Shores, sr., P (3-3, 4.32 ERA, 47 IP, 31 Ks)

Fresh faces: Mason Leinbach, jr., IF/C; Everett Willson, jr., OF/P; Blaise Rosson, jr., OF/P

Skinny: The Grayhounds graduated their top three hitters and Scheden said a lot of juniors will be counted on for production. \"Their transition to the varsity game will determine the amount of success this team experiences,\" Schneden said. Vorwerk was an all-conference second baseman last year. Burlington does not bring back a pitcher who had an ERA under 4 last season.

Clinton

Coach: Kevin Cunningham, 6th season (99-84)

2016 record: 13-21, 7-11 (7th)

Impact players: Tyler Mulholland, sr., 1B (.375 avg., 42 hits, 10 extra bases); Ethan Chapman, sr., P (2-5, 2.92 ERA, 48 IP); Johnny Sullivan, sr., SS (.333 avg.)

Fresh faces: Camden Pennock, jr., P/3B; Dallas Deyo, jr., C; Gage Harris, sr., OF

Skinny: Clinton has a dozen seniors on its roster, among the most of any team in the league. The River Kings have good speed at the top with Harris and Ty Wenzel while Sullivan, Makai Hart and Mulholland man the middle of the lineup. Clinton has depth on mound with 10 varsity arms, but it must get better consistency after giving up 157 free passes last season.\u00a0

Davenport Central

Coach: Chris Cartee, 1st season (0-0)

2016 record: 25-11, 13-5 (3rd)

Impact players: Bobby Magnus, sr., OF (.342 avg., 24 RBIs); Andrew Hegland, sr., IF (.241 avg., 10 RBIs); Mitch Lawson, sr., P (2-1, 4.26 ERA, 24.2 IP)

Fresh faces: Brendan Gogulich, jr., OF; Eddie Van Camp, jr., OF/P; Elijah Mitchell, jr., OF

Skinny: Cartee, who served as the pitching coach last summer, takes over as the head coach following a 19-year run by Jay Ryan. The Blue Devils graduated six of their top eight hitters and aren't expected to have their top arm from a substate final squad. Magnus is the only full-time starter returning, and Cartee said a lack of returning depth at nearly every position is a concern.\u00a0

Davenport North

Coach: Cory Wachal, 13th season (176-247)

2016 record: 15-19, 3-15 (T9th)

Impact players: Ryan Healey, sr., IF/DH (.311 avg., 29 runs, 7 SB); Bryan Verdon, so., P/OF (.317 avg., 4 doubles, 13 RBIs); Tyler Josund, sr., P/IF (3-3, 3.33 ERA, 27.1 IP)

Fresh faces: Jared Beck, jr., P/1B; Adam Borcher, jr., OF; Rudy Juarez, jr., IF

Skinny: Even with the departure of Beutel, Wachal is confident about his team's top-end pitching with 6-foot-11 Beck, Verdon, Josund and Spencer Peachee. North was last in the MAC in fielding percentage last season, an area that must improve along with its situational hitting. The Wildcats were 10-5 in mid-June last year before losing 14 of their last 19 games.

Davenport West

Coach: Scott Beatty, 2nd season (22-13)

2016 record: 22-13, 10-8 (T4th)

Impact players: Clayton Nettleton, jr., P/DH (.319 avg., 21 RBIs; 8-5, 1.57 ERA, 77.1 IP, 95 Ks); Trevor Burkhart, jr., SS (.385 avg., 47 hits, 32 SB); Colton Jones, sr., 1B (.315 avg., 7 extra-base hits, 24 RBIs)

Fresh faces: Noah McCreary, jr., 2B/P; Ryan McKown, fr., 1B/C; Trenton Smith, jr., OF/P

Skinny: Behind two shutouts and nearly four innings of relief from Nettleton in the substate tournament, West made the state tournament last year for first time since 2001. The Iowa recruit is back to anchor the rotation along with four other starters. Beatty's team hit nearly .290 last summer, but it was near bottom of MAC in extra-base hits.\u00a0

Muscatine

Coach: Edwin Colon, 3rd season (27-36)

2016 record: 15-18, 6-12 (8th)

Impact players: Jackson Foulk, jr., C/OF (.320 avg., 11 extra-base hits, 24 RBIs); Jake Mussehl, sr., 1B/3B (.310 avg., 22 RBIs); Gavyn Ashley, jr., SS (.300 avg., 6 doubles)

Fresh faces: Nolan Osland, sr., OF/C; Bryce Owen, so., Utility; Chris Kent, jr., P/OF

Skinny: This is the most experienced team the Muskies have had under Colon with six seniors and 11 juniors. Team has speed and athleticism at top of lineup along with some pop in the middle with Osland, Mussehl and Foulk. Pitching is a concern as three of top five arms from last year are gone. \"The pitching is going to have to be a group effort,\" Colon said.

North Scott

Coach: Blake Hanna, 10th season (205-140)

2016 record: 27-12, 14-4 (2nd)

Impact players: Ben Steidler, sr., P/1B (7-1, 2.48 ERA, 53 IP, 31 Ks); Tony Barreca, jr., C (.397 avg., 5 doubles, 17 RBIs, 22 SB); Brooks Sunny, jr., 3B (.339 avg., 7 doubles, 29 RBIs)

Fresh faces: Tristan Klaus, sr., OF; Graysen Drezek, fr., P/SS; Luke Wilder, jr., P/OF

Skinny: North Scott appears to be the most equipped to challenge Assumption for league title. Lancers return seven players who received some type of all-conference recognition, including first-team choices Barreca and Sunny. Barreca is moving from outfield to catcher. Steidler and Adam Sacia headline a rotation that was in top half of league last summer with a 3.09 ERA.\u00a0

Pleasant Valley

Coach: Bill Sandry, 2nd season (14-22)

2016 record: 14-22, 8-10 (6th)

Impact players: Max Slavens, so., IF (.328 avg., 9 doubles, 24 RBIs, 6 SB); Ryan Morrissey, sr., C (.365 avg., 8 doubles, 2 HR, 19 RBI); Will Christophersen, jr., P (2-4, 2.98 ERA, 42.1 IP, 57 Ks)

Fresh faces: Carter Hoskins, so., OF; Jack Young, fr., IF/P; Kyle Stoddard, jr,. P

Skinny: PV brings back five players who recorded at least 70 at-bats and hit at least .280. That, coupled with Christophersen and Stoddard at the top of the rotation, should make the Spartans formidable. Sandry said a focus in offseason was developing arm strength and consistency in pitching staff. PV pitching combined for 24 strikeouts in season-opening sweep of Dubuque Senior.

\u2014 Matt Coss

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Teams to watch

Calamus-Wheatland:\u00a0Coming off a 22-win season, the Warriors return a nice nucleus powered by seniors Brett Kelting and Garrett Rickels. Kelting was a second team all-stater in Class 1A after hitting .541 and posting a 1.18 ERA. Rickels batted almost .380, and is joined by Max Hansen, Hunter Rickels and Brant Boeckmann in the starting lineup. Cal-Wheat is 0-4, but has lost three one-run games -- two to 1A No. 4 North Linn and one to 3A Central DeWitt.

Central DeWitt: TJ Sikkema and Max Steffens, which combined for 15 wins and nearly 200 strikeouts last season, are gone from a 32-win Class 3A state tournament squad. Still, the Sabers have mound experience with McGwire Eden, Brad Gannon and Garrett Finley. Coach Shane Sikkema said roster versatility will create competition for spots. The Sabers have limited pop so manufacturing runs are essential. They've won first three games by 1-0, 3-1 and 3-2 scores.

Northeast: Just outside the top 10 in 2A to start the season, the Rebels bring back good experience on the mound with Jon Dobson (8-2, 1.97 ERA), Axel Dondiego (5-2, 2.01) and Kyle Dell (3-2, 2.40) from a 28-8 team that reached the district final. Zach Parson is Northeast's top returning hitter after batting .412 with 14 doubles and 13 stolen bases last year. The Rebels split a league doubleheader with seventh-ranked Cascade on Thursday.\u00a0

Wilton: The Beavers were on target to reach the state tournament last season but were upset 2-0 in the substate final by Iowa City Regina. Wilton returns two of its top three pitchers from that 29-win team in senior Evan Reifert (9-0, 1.29 ERA) and sophomore Jared Townsend (5-1, 1.69 ERA). Reifert and Townsend combined for 30 strikeouts in opening week. Coach Jake Souhrada said hitting will define River Valley Conference South favorite's success.\u00a0

Players to watch

Nate Brinker, jr., Bellevue Marquette:\u00a0Batted .347 with 11 doubles and a team-high 36 RBIs last summer for the 22-win Mohawks. On the mound, he was 7-3 with a 1.42 ERA in 59 innings.\u00a0

Trace Howard, jr., Wapello:\u00a0A second team all-stater in Class 2A as a sophomore, the outfielder hit .459 with 13 extra-base hits, 22 RBIs and 28 stolen bases for an 18-12 squad.

Curtis Lilienthal, jr., Durant: He was one of the Wildcats' top performers as a sophomore with a .360 average and a 2-1 mark on the hill with a 3.16 ERA in nearly 25 innings.\u00a0

Kaleb Timmsen, sr., Wilton: Behind Javin Drake and Reifert, the outfielder turned catcher was Beavers' most consistent hitting threat last year with a .432 average and 26 RBIs.\u00a0

-- Matt Coss

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CHARLESTON, Ill. \u2014\u00a0It was a day of many accomplishments for the Quad-City area contingent at the IHSA state track meet Saturday, but despite very strong showings by Geneseo in Class 2A (fourth place) and Mercer County in Class 1A (eighth), no team came home with a trophy.

The Leafs, who took second in the meet a year ago, scored 31 points, six out of a tie for first place with Freeport and Normal University High, and two points out of third place and a trophy.

Geneseo coach Don Fredericks, knowing Geneseo was a school of just over 800 students up against schools with as many as 1,500 in Class 2A, was not at all disappointed.

\u201cWe are the fourth best team in the state,\u201d he said. \u201cWe are pretty proud of that.

\u201cAnd the way the team finished the meet, especially for our seniors, by winning the school\u2019s first relay state championship ever, it broke our school record doing it,\u201d he said of the championship 1600 relay team. \"Pretty special stuff.\u201d

The 1600 team of Reed Vanderheyden, Nathan Soria, Lucas Hofer and Nick Swartzendruber came in with a time of 3:21.27.

\"It's amazing. My teammates did a great job of getting me into a good position,\u201d Swartzendruber said. \u201cAll I had to do was keep it and that's what I did. Unbelievable that we won.\"

Geneseo also got a second place from its 3,200 relay team of Cayson Frerichs, Andrew Benhart, Soria and Swartzendruber. Swartzendruber also took seventh in the 400.

The Leafs also got a fifth from Vanderheyden in the 300 hurdles and a seventh in the 100 high hurdles, and an eighth from Sam Thomas in the shot put.

\u201cI am just proud of our team,\u201d Fredericks said. \u201cI am not disappointed in any shape or form.\u201d

Other Class 2A placers were Erie\u2019s 1,600 relay (fourth), its 3,200 relay (fifth) and the Cardinals\u2019 Kyle Kruhtoff in the pole vault (seventh) plus Alleman\u2019s Seth Sottos (seventh) in the 200.

The highest anyone finished in Class 3A was United Township\u2019s Jean-Luc Sogloghun, who took fourth in the triple jump, an improvement of two places over his finish a year ago.

\u201cI am pretty pleased with my jump,\u201d said Soglohun, who scratched on his last two jumps after going 47-03.25 on his first jump Saturday, an improvement of more than a foot on his best jump Friday. \u201cI was pointing for a top three, but fourth is still a great way to finish the season.\u201d

Rock Island\u2019s Courtney Lindsey, a junior, took sixth in the 200.

\"You know, it was not what I expected, but it's a confidence booster for next year knowing what I can do,\u201d he said. \u201cI plan on coming in next year stronger.\u201d

In Class 1A, Mercer County took eighth overall, but with 28 points but was just three points out of third place and a team trophy.

As it was, all of the Eagles\u2019 relays placed higher than they were seeded led by the second-place finish of the 3,200 (Ethan Morrow,

Zach Leonhart, Nick Hawk and Cody Jackson) with a time of 8:11.31.

\"It's been a crazy four years working toward this,\u201d said Hawk. \u201cWe got down here last year and didn't make finals. This year we just used that as fuel to make it. Getting second, that's crazy. We've never ran anywhere close to that time.\u201d

The Eagles\u2019 400 relay team came in with the 10th best time out of the sectionals, but took third at state while the 800 relay also brought home third place medals.

Mercer County\u2019s Mike Neeld took sixth in the 300 hurdles and Ethan Morrow ninth in the 1,600.

Kewanee Wethersfield-Annawan Co-op got a third place finish from Ben Buresh in the long jump with a personal best of 22-2, and a fourth in the 400.

\"I am pretty stoked. It's always good to PR at state,\u201d said Buresh, who went from ninth on Friday to third place.

\"I hit (22-2) on my first jump. You never know (where that could place you). There's a lot of good jumpers around here, but I had a feeling that was going to go pretty far.\"

Other Class A placers from the area included Fulton's Kyle McLuckie, who took eighth in the shot put, and Rockridge\u2019s 1,600 relay team, which took ninth.

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GALESBURG, Ill. \u2014 Kyle Wise was sitting on the bench for most of the game but made sure to stay mentally focused Saturday.

He had to watch as his Geneseo baseball team fell in an early six-run hole, then scratched and clawed its way back to within striking distance in a Class 3A regional championship game against Peoria Notre Dame at the Charles J. Bednar Complex at Galesburg High School.

Finally, with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning, Wise got his chance.

The Geneseo junior delivered a pinch-hit, three-run double, giving the Maple Leafs a 9-7 lead and eventual win, completing the rally and giving Geneseo its third straight regional title.

The Maple Leafs face Normal University in a sectional semifinal at Metamora High School Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

\"Honestly, just come through for my teammates,\" Wise said. \"We all battled back really well after that six-run inning. We were chipping away and I knew, bases loaded with two outs, something good would happen.\"

Things looked bleak for Geneseo (24-10) after Peoria Notre Dame put up six runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 7-1 lead. The Irish loaded the bases but had two outs after Jacob Pauley struck out Alex Skibba. Pauley nearly worked out of the jam, but Jimmy Kelly laced a three-run double just out of reach of the outfielder, then Braedon Blackford hit a two-run home run.

Geneseo answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning, a big step in the comeback.

\"Coach (Jayme Farrell) got them got them together and told them if we just keep chipping away, we saw that after we scored one run to make it 6-2, (Peoria Notre Dame was) starting to scramble, they were kind of on their heels a little bit,\" Geneseo head coach Scott Christensen said. \"We didn't give up. Being the No. 1 seed there was a little bit of pressure on us and winning the last two years I think helped the seniors. They've been through it before and they knew what it takes to win.\"

Peoria Notre Dame (19-11) went to its bullpen in the fifth inning and Geneseo took advantage, working two straight walks to start the inning, then cut the lead to 7-4 on an RBI double from Cade Humphries and a sacrifice fly from Jordan Anderson.

The Maple Leafs completed the comeback in the sixth inning, doing all their damage with two outs in the inning, capped by Wise's big hit.

Jaren Brucher got the win, pitching the last two innings and buckled down in the seventh after Peoria Notre Dame got two runners on with a pair of two-out walks. Brucher got Nico Shadid to fly out to right field to end the game.

\"It was crazy, a lot of ups and downs. We struggled in the beginning but we felt good down the stretch and we knew we had it in us to fight back,\" Brucher said. \"I just told (catcher Keaton Rice) let's work offspeed, just put it over the plate and let my defense make plays, credit to them.\"

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Boys tennis

Bettendorf doubles third: Bettendorf's Isaac Luebke and Yash Singh moved up one spot on the medal stand this season at the Class 2A state tournament.\u00a0

After taking fourth a year ago, Luebke and Singh rebounded from a semifinal loss to win the third-place match Saturday at Veterans Memorial Tennis Center in Cedar Rapids.

Luebke and Singh were undefeated for the season until a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Cedar Rapids Washington's Rami Scheetz and Ty Sherman in Saturday's opener. They defeated a team from Mason City for third, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-4).\u00a0

Pleasant Valley's Sriram Sugumaran won a pair of matches Saturday to place fifth in singles. He finished his career as a four-time state place winner. Bettendorf's Jacob Panjwani was seventh in singles while PV's doubles team of Nathan Wong and Vincent Gnad also placed.\u00a0

In Class 1A at Waterloo, Davenport Assumption's Jack Thomas finished fourth. Thomas lost a pair of straight-set matches Saturday to second-seeded Jake Malik of LeMars and top-seeded Nate Meister of Marion.

Thomas' teammate, Luke Fennelly, took fifth place after two wins. He beat Reed Morris of Clarke 6-0, 6-1 in his final match.

Baseball

Orion 7, Mercer County 2:\u00a0Orion continued its late-season hot streak to claim the first sectional championship in the school\u2019s history at Farmington.

The Chargers, who have won 11 of their last 12 games following a 9-11 start, take on Warren-Stockton on Monday in the Class 2A supersectional at Augustana College\u2019s complex.

Mercer County ended its season 24-6.

Geneseo 9, Peoria Notre Dame 7: Geneseo scored eight runs in the final three innings to rally past Peoria Notre Dame at the Charles J. Bednar Complex in Galesburg, claiming its third straight Class 3A regional title.

The Maple Leafs trailed 7-2 after four innings.

Kyle Wise hit a pinch-hit, three-run double in the sixth inning, capping a five-run inning in which the Maple Leafs (24-10) scored five runs, all with two outs.

Geneseo now faces Normal University at Metamora on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Softball

Alleman 11, Notre Dame 4:\u00a0Jessica Pauley went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Becca Barnett went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs as Alleman beat Peoria Notre Dame, claiming a Class 3A regional title.

Mattie Buller struck out two in seven innings of work, working with plenty of cushion after Alleman scored seven runs in the first inning.

The Pioneers (19-13) face East Peoria at the Metamora sectional semifinal Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Morrison 11, Newman 2:\u00a0Emma Sitzmore went 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBIs, spurring the Fillies to victory over Sterling Newman, giving Morrison a Class 2A sectional title.

Lauren Rice pitched seven innings, giving up seven hits and striking out eight. Jaeden Workman and Brooke Stralow each went 3-for-4 and combined for five RBIs for the Fillies, who face Rockridge on Monday at a super-sectional at Illinois Central College in East Peoria.

Streator 2, Geneseo 1:\u00a0Brenna McCann hit a home run with one out in the seventh, helping Streator rally to beat Geneseo in the Class 3A regional championship.\u00a0

Breanna Jones had an RBI for the Maple Leafs.

Princeville 5, Galva 4:\u00a0The Wildcats put together a late-inning rally but fell just short in a Class 1A sectional title game.

Girls soccer

Central 2, West 0:\u00a0Davenport Central got past its city rival in the opening round of the Class 3A regional. The Blue Devils now face Bettendorf on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Boys soccer

Solon 1, Columbus 0: Isaac Vang scored the only goal of the game in the 45th minute to end Columbus' season.

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LIVERMORE, Iowa \u2014\u00a0Central DeWitt was not the best boys golf team at its sectional or district the past two weeks.\u00a0

It was the best when it mattered most.

The Sabers captured their first Class 3A state championship in boys golf Saturday at Spring Valley Golf Course.

Central DeWitt finished with a two-round total of 622, seven strokes better than two-time defending champion Webster City.

\"We didn't want to go out there and get last like we have a couple times in the past,\" senior McGwire Eden said. \"We wanted more than that. We played a practice round on the way up (Thursday) and we felt confident going into it.\"

Runner-up to Benton Community at sectionals and districts, Central DeWitt had the low round Friday with a 308. It followed with a 314 in the final 18.

Going into the season, Eden felt getting to state was attainable. Winning it?\u00a0

\"I didn't know how far we could get,\" Eden said. \"It's kind of crazy because I've played on better golf teams, but the chemistry, working together and the fun fit well for this group.\"

Junior Rielly McGranahan was second in the individual race with rounds of 72 and 76 for a 148, seven shots back of medalist Tommy Doyle of Gilbert.\u00a0

Eden tied for fourth with two rounds of 75. Tanner Steffens made the biggest leap for the Sabers, turning in an 80 after opening with 99.\u00a0

Brad Gannon, Jacob Brainerd and Tucker Kinney also were in the Sabers' lineup. All six factored into the team scoring one of the two rounds.\u00a0

\"That was the best part about it,\" Eden said. \"It wasn't just four guys scoring and two guys left back. Everybody contributed to our score. That shows a lot.\"

It was the first state championship for Central DeWitt in any sport since boys track and field won the 3A title in 2009.

\"It really hasn't sunk in yet,\" said Eden, who turns his attention to baseball season Monday. \"This is a really good feeling.\"

At the Class 2A state tournament in Fort Dodge, Wilton finished ninth with a two-day total of 672. Wilton's Jake Fratzke was 19th after rounds of 74 and 76. Durant's Leo Callison shot 75 Saturday to conclude 32nd.

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KNOXVILLE, Ill. \u2014 Manufacturing runs has always been a focus for the Rockridge softball team.

But its bats definitely have some pop.

The Class 2A No. 4 Rockets clubbed five home runs Saturday to power their way to a second straight sectional title, beating Illini West 13-2 at Mable Woolsey Elementary School, setting up a date with Three Rivers rival Morrison Monday at Illinois Central College in East Peoria.

\"I didn't want to sit there and be like my Cubs and just wait for a home run,\" head coach John Nelson said. \"I wanted to get runners on, to do what we usually do best, bunt them over, hit behind the runners and manufacture runs. Today the long ball was there and the manufacturing wasn't, so, thanks.\"

Ashley Minyard got the scoring started in the second inning. After a leadoff runner was negated by a double play, Minyard hit the first pitch she saw off the top of the right field fence and over to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead.

\"I was watching it and realized that was going to come down right on it and it did so I was hoping it wasn't going to bounce back in. It felt pretty good,\" said Minyard, who went 4-for-4 on the day with two RBIs. \"Illini West is a great program, they turned that great double play on us and I think it was a good way to answer back and get our momentum going.\"

After Daria Parchert hit a long home run in the fourth inning to give Rockridge (31-6) a 2-0 lead, the Rockets put together the knockout blow in the fifth.

Amelia Thomas and Kadey Garrett both clubbed three-run home runs in the inning, part of a seven-run frame for the Rockets, more than enough cushion for pitcher Maddie Bayne, who only allowed one hit in five innings of work, a home run to Baylee Clampitt in the bottom of the fifth.

Bayne's line was solid, but also helped out by strong Rockridge defense. Early in the game, with Rockridge just leading 1-0, the Chargers got the first two runners on in the third inning. But the Rockets turned a 2-4-6 double play, and Bayne struck out Kelly Sirtak to end the inning, the Chargers' (27-6-1) only real legitimate threat.

\"We know our pitchers are going to do their best to throw strikes and come at them but we just have to stay behind them and protect them as much as we can,\" said the shortstop Parchert, who hit two home runs on the day. \"We just believe in everybody in our team at the plate or on the field, we just have a lot of confidence in everybody.\"

Rockridge now turns its attention to sixth-ranked Morrison, 11-2 winners over Sterling Newman. The teams split their regular season matchup, with Rockridge winning at home 8-3 and Morrison winning its home game 3-2.

With a state berth on the line, excitement is high for the rubber match.

\"We've known that since Day 1 that we'd be able to face them in the super and we love their team, we love what they do,\" Nelson said. \"We know them very well and we're very much looking forward to this game on Monday.\"

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With former players who helped build Bettendorf boys soccer into the powerhouse that it is looking on Saturday afternoon, the current Bulldogs team marked their own place in history.

For the first time in five years, Bettendorf punched its ticket to the state tournament in Des Moines with a 5-2 victory over Davenport Central in a Class 3A substate final at Touvelle Stadium.

Bettendorf (14-1) advances to the state quarterfinals where it will play Urbandale on Thursday at 5:10 p.m.

Bulldogs coach Ben Pennington, who has coached soccer at Bettendorf for 36 years, said former players Tim Stoltz and Brian Lockey were in attendance for the game. Nathan Seaberg, who was one of the most prolific goal scorers in the school's history, was also on hand to celebrate with the Bulldogs.

Pennington said seeing Stoltz and Lockey, who live in the suburbs of Chicago and played for Pennington when he just started out in the early 1980s, brought back great memories.

\"It's nice to see those guys and have their support,\" he said. \"They played for me and they are a part of all this.\"

The Bulldogs had lost their last four substate final games all by one goal. It seemed from the opening whistle that this team was determined to return to the state tournament, where it was a participant every year from 1995 to 2012.

Junior Blake Rollinger got things going for the home team in the seventh minute when he took an over-the-top lob pass from Dustin Harris into the penalty area and whipped a shot past Central keeper Damien Burtle to make it 1-0.

Rollinger said the team came out determined to jump on the talented Blue Devils early.

\"We knew Central was going to challenge us hard but we focused all week on coming out with intensity and going right at them,\" Rollinger said. \"We wanted to get this one for all the coaches and the players who didn't make it (to state).\"

The Bulldogs sent seven shots on Burtle within in the first 15 minutes of the contest. Junior Zach Elias added the second goal for the Bulldogs in the 19th minute, in what could be nominated for the goal of the season.

Elias focused in on a pass from Rollinger that came from midfield and was slightly bouncing away from him roughly 20 yards from goal. Still going to his left, Elias used the outside of his right foot to flick a shot back towards the far left post. The slow-moving, floating possibly stunned Burtle, who couldn't react in time just to watch the slowing bouncing ball sneak inside the left post.

\"It was beautiful,\" Rollinger said. \"Zach's footwork sometimes is amazing to watch.\"

Bettendorf pushed the lead to 3-0 just 21 seconds into the second half as Rollinger put a cross six yards out in front of goal that George Elias got a header on to increase the lead.

But the Blue Devils (12-5) didn't go away. Central was able to pull a goal back in the 58th minute when Dario Gonzalez converted a penalty kick to make it 3-1. The Blue Devils, who only had one shot on goal in the first half, managed to make Bulldogs keeper Sam Murphy a busy man in the last 40 minutes with nine shots on goal. Murphy made six of his seven saves in the game's last 25 minutes.

\"Central is a dangerous team and we knew they were not going away,\" Murphy said. \"I like the fact that they challenged us and didn't pack it in. We were able to answer.\"

Bettendorf regained its breathing room when sophomore Keegan Schmidt let loose a 35-yard blast that found the top right corner to make it 4-1 in the 60th minute. The Blue Devils got their second goal when Alex McLeland headed in a great free kick from Joey Lantzky in the 68th minute. Harris snagged the Bulldogs' last goal in the 78th minute.

Central coach Sean Harkness said he was proud of his team's season and the foundation that seniors Daniel Deckert, Nate Trasoech, Keegan Clark, Matt Gonzalez and Dario Gonzalez are leaving behind.

\"They never stopped fighting,\" Harkness said. \"This group has really helped turn things around and this senior group has been the core and it's tough to see them go.\"

While the Blue Devils season is over, the Bulldogs have their sights set on bigger things, now that they are back in familiar territory.

\"It's the best feeling I could ask for and there is no group of guys I would rather go to war with every single day than these guys,\" Murphy said. \"We will be ready for anything and it's just going to be a matter of executing.\"

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As Moline came to the plate in the top of the seventh, the Class 4A regional title game at Douglas Park on Saturday had all the makings of a snake-bit Moline loss.

The Maroons had hit the ball well all day, but usually found leather rather than turf. Plus, what could have been the winning run was scored on an errant Moline pick-off throw to second base in the fourth inning giving Danville a one-run lead.

That\u2019s how it stood as the Maroons\u2019 Ben Monroe came to the plate in the top of the seventh. He quickly signaled things were far from over with his second double of the game, a ball hit so deep to left, many \u2014\u00a0including Monroe \u2014\u00a0thought it was out. No worries, Brody Harding followed with his third hit of the game, a double to right center and the game was tied.

It turned out Moline was just getting started, as after a walk to Eric Maffie, Nick Drobushevich hit a triple, Dan Anderson put down an RBI fielder's choice bunt and Michael Conner hit a sacrifice fly.

It would end a 6-2 Moline championship victory after Jordan Benson retired Danville in order in the seventh.

\u201cThey never really panicked,\u201d said Moline coach Craig Schimmel, whose 22-12 club advances to Wednesday\u2019s sectional at 6 p.m. in Bloomington against Normal Community West. \u201cI never felt any panic in the dugout.

\u201cAs they came off the field in the bottom of the sixth, I told them it\u2019s the hardest three outs in baseball to get \u2014\u00a0the last three. I thought we had some really good at bats in the seventh inning.\u201d

It began with Monroe, whose double almost made it out of newly refurbished Douglas Park.

\u201cI did a little too much of a trot,\u201d admitted Monroe. \u201cI probably shouldn\u2019t have done that. I made it to second in scoring position, so it was good.\u201d

Harding, who had two doubles amid his three hits Saturday, then tied it up with a no-doubt double to right-center and Drobushevich, who had been intentionally walked twice, delivered.

\u201cI was just up there thinking about our seniors, knowing that this could be their last game,\u201d said Drobushevich, who also threw out a runner easily at the plate on a perfect peg from center field in the third inning. \u201cWe all really wanted to do well for them. I just happened to do it there.\u201d

He also credited a Danville defense that made play after play to hold Moline at bay until the seventh. \u201cThey are a very good defensive team,\u201d he said. \u201cThey were playing us the right way but right in the last inning we really were burning them.\u201d

Top-seeded Danville ends its season at 21-11. Coach Geoff Desmond said he went from starter Quentin Smith to shortstop DeVante Hicks the last two innings because of Smith\u2019s pitch count.

\u201cWe\u2019ve been a team, I can\u2019t tell you how many conference games we\u2019ve used three-plus (pitchers) in one game,\u201d Desmond said. \u201cHe had a 90-pitch count today, and he was creeping up around 80. And our shortstop has been our most successful bullpen guy all year round. The way he threw in the sixth inning \u2026 I thought hey, DeVante\u2019s going to get another save for us.\u201d

That Moline\u2019s bats pounded the ball in the seventh was not a total shock to Desmond either.

\u201cFrom being around baseball as much as I have and coaching, you can look at the guys the way they swing and you can tell they\u2019re players,\u201d he said. \u201cThey had other good hits earlier.\u201d

He was disappointed his team didn\u2019t score more, but praised Benson, who retired the last 11 he faced.

\u201cIf there is anything we could have done better, it\u2019s just lay off the curve balls that weren\u2019t strikes,\u201dDesmond said. \u201cWe had too many good hitters that instead of taking that curve in the dirt\u2026 and getting the hitter\u2019s count, we were fishing for it. To his credit, maybe he throws a pretty tight curve ball.\u201d

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IOWA CITY \u2014 Corbin Stone coached his final game with the Pleasant Valley boys soccer program Saturday afternoon.

After a 1-0 Class 3A substate final loss to fourth-ranked Iowa City High at the Hawkeye Soccer Complex, Stone\u2019s message was succinct to his team.

\u201cI told them I expect to see them in Des Moines (for the state tournament) next year,\u201d he said.

The 10th-ranked Spartans have never qualified for the state tournament, but the wait could be over soon. PV increased its win total by six this season and has only four seniors on the roster.

Stone just won\u2019t be coaching them when or if that breakthrough occurs. His wife accepted a job in the Des Moines area before the season. The family will move to central Iowa in the next couple of weeks.

\u201cThe culture has changed a lot, and for the better,\u201d senior keeper Josh Stivers said. \u201cHe\u2019s done everything. He built this basically from scratch the last three years, gave us a a game plan and we went with it.\u201d

For the third time in four seasons, the Little Hawks (16-3) ended the Spartans\u2019 season.

The only score of the contest came in the 16th minute.

Split wide of the 18-yard box, Cameron Chavez delivered a perfect cross. John Clark darted in and made the one touch to get it past Stivers.

\u201cSince we knew teams were going to be defending us on the 18, we\u2019ve practiced splitting wide and crossing it in either head length or to our feet so we can one touch it in,\u201d Clark said. \u201cI knew Cameron with his left foot could easily play that ball and it was a perfect ball.\u201d

Stone said there was a multitude of miscues that led to the goal, from a lack of pressure up front to deciding to close the opening in front of the goal too late.

PV\u2019s coach felt City High\u2019s experience was the difference.

The Little Hawks qualified for their sixth consecutive state tournament next week at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines. The Spartans had only one player on their roster who had played in a substate final.

\u201c(City High\u2019s) level of experience in not making dumb mistakes, fouling at the right times and right places on the field and us not capitalizing on chances we had were big,\u201d Stone said.

\u201cIf we can play a team like that with their level of experience and us only having four seniors and make a game of it, I think the future is bright here.\u201d

The Spartans\u2019 best chance came in the 52nd minute. Off a set piece, freshman Jacob Holland had a crack in front of the goal. His attempt sailed high and wide. PV had only three shots on goal for the match.

\u201cIt just didn\u2019t bounce the right way for us,\u201d senior Cole Edwards said. \u201cThere was some good soccer played on both sides.\u201d

PV (16-4) finished as the Mississippi Athletic Conference runner-up and posted a dozen shutouts. Of its four losses, two were in a penalty-kick shootout and two by one-goal margins.

\u201cThis has been such an enjoyable season to have a group like this, willing to fight for each other, willing to do what they need to do to be successful,\u201d Stone said. \u201cOur culture has come a long way, and they can build on this.

\u201cThey have the foundation and experience now.\u201d

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Augie's Simmons wins D-III title

GENEVA, Ohio \u2014 Marckus Simmons met his expectations Saturday, becoming the first Augustana men\u2019s track and field athlete to win an individual outdoor national championship since 2007.

The Vikings\u2019 senior won the hammer throw with a toss of 202 feet, 1 inch to claim first place in the event at the NCAA Division III Men\u2019s Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Simmons\u2019 effort, along with sixth-place finishes by Isaac Smith in the 400-meter dash and Augustana\u2019s 1,600 relay of Josh Yamamoto, Jeffrey Swanson, Kyle Hucker and Smith lifted the Vikings to a 10th-place finish in the team race with 21 points.

The team finish was Augustana\u2019s fourth top-10 finish in six years and its best since finishing seventh in 2015.

To become the Vikings\u2019 first NCAA outdoor individual champ since Ted McMillan won the high jump and 400 hurdles in 2007, Simmons recorded his winning throw on the second of six attempts and bettered the second-place effort of 190-6 by Michael Couch of Cortland State on all four of his measured throws.

Augustana\u2019s Cody Wheeler, a sophomore from United Township, finished 15th in the event.

Smith, seeded 19th entering the meet, ran the 400 in 47.69 seconds to finish sixth that also included Geneseo native Ethan Reschke of Monmouth, who finished ninth.

The Vikings\u2019 1,600 relay capped the meet with its best performance of the season, finishing sixth in 3:13.83 after entering the meet as the 16th qualifier with a time of 3:15.17.

Ex-Blue Devil Reemtsma is 2nd

GULF SHORES, Ala. \u2014 St. Ambrose hurdler Jack Reemtsma finished his sophomore season in record-setting fashion Saturday, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles at the NAIA Championships.

The Davenport Central graduate finished the race in 53.39 seconds, 17 hundredths of a second better than the school record he set in preliminaries when he topped the previous record set by Mike Anton in 1992.

The Bees' Michael Ohioze completed his collegiate career with a fifth-place finish the 400 in :47.26 and Molly Jo Smith, a senior from Cambridge, took eighth in the women's 400 hurdles in 1:04.27.

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When the Davenport Assumption boys soccer team last made it to the Iowa state tournament, they were crowned champions in 2003.

Fast forward 14 years and this group of Knights have a chance to do it again.

Three goals in the second half spurred second-ranked Assumption past sixth-ranked Danville 4-0 in the substate final Saturday at the St. Vincent Center to clinch their spot in the Class 1A field at Cownie Soccer Park.

It's the seventh trip in program history and the Knights (14-6) will be greeted in the first round by Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Thursday.

\"This is the strongest we've ever been together,\" midfielder Sam Moore said. \"I'm excited to get to state and I'm excited for this run we're having.\"

After multiple corner kick opportunities gone to waste, it was Moore that connected for the afternoon's first goal.

From about 20 yards out, the junior laced his shot that went upper 90 on the left side of the net for his 17th goal of the season in the 28th minute.

\"We've been practicing those all week,\" he said. \"(Goalkeeper Lucas Castro) told me if I get one, make sure I bang it.\"

Moore later added his second in the 74th minute on a penalty kick after being taken down by Bears keeper Sawyer Foster.

Still, the Knights had only four shots in the first half and weren't converting scoring chances.

\"The more we kept playing, the more we kept playing balls down the sideline,\" Trent Fitzpatrick said. \"It started to tire guys out.\"

The senior forward did two things in the span of 30 seconds that shifted all the momentum to Assumption.

Fitzpatrick made Danville (14-3) pay for a defensive mistake, made one move and scooted the ball underneath Foster for the goal.

On the next possession, Fitzpatrick found Ben Buetel on the other side of the pitch, crossed it to him and Buetel did the rest with his left foot that increased the lead to 3-0. Assumption took 11 shots in the final 40 minutes, seven of them on goal.

\"You couldn't have asked for prettier goals,\" Knights head coach Greg Zeller said.

The Bears possessed one of the more prolific goal scorers in 1A, Kole Perkins, who came into the day with 37 goals.

Mainly covered by senior Alex Terrell, the Knights held Perkins scoreless and caused him to get frustrated. Perkins was hit with a yellow card in the 57th minute, one of five in the game and three for Danville.

\"Everyone was pretty happy,\" Terrell said. \"We knew what he was coming in with. When the ball got to his feet, we wouldn't let him turn.\"

None of the players have experienced a state tournament before. Confidence is something that the Knights have had plenty of this season and it's not looking to end with a first round exit.

\"These guys wanted to restart the tradition,\" Zeller said. \"They've been saying we're going to state since day one.\"

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Picking herself up after being struck by a line drive foul ball, Ashley Barker followed her own advice Saturday and gave the Moline softball team an Illinois Class 4A regional championship.

Barker\u2019s two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning lifted the Maroons to a 5-3 victory over Rock Island at Francis Willard Field in a game in which Moline rallied for five runs over the final three innings.

The last two came after Barker was knocked to the dirt in the on-deck circle when she was hit just below the collarbone by a screaming line drive foul off the bat of teammate Megan Adams.

After being attended to by athletic trainers and coaches, Barker picked herself up and shared a few words with Adams to get her back into the game.

\u201cI told her to hit it that hard again, but to just hit it fair the next time,\u2019\u2019 Barker said. \u201cI saw it coming and I was diving, but I couldn\u2019t get out of the way. I felt it. It caught me pretty good.\u2019\u2019

Adams didn\u2019t get a hit, reaching on a two-out dropped third strike that gave Barker a chance to collect her own \u201chard\u2019\u2019 hit.

\u201cThere wasn\u2019t any doubt that I would bat. They could have chopped my arm off and I was going to bat,\u2019\u2019 Barker said. \u201cI wanted that at-bat.\u2019\u2019

Barker made the most of it, driving a towering no-doubt blast over the fence in center to send Moline (23-12) into a 4:30 p.m. sectional semifinal Wednesday at Normal West, a 6-5 regional final winner over Normal Community.

\u201cThis hasn\u2019t been the season a lot people expected, but these players, they\u2019ve never given up,\u2019\u2019 Maroons coach Mark Gerlach said. \u201cThey battled until the end again today against a good Rock Island team and it was those games all year in the Western Big Six that have made us better.\u2019\u2019

The Rocks (25-5) forced Moline to earn its win, grabbing a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when the first five Rock Island hitters reached base.

Sophia Thomer and Lauryn Stegall had the only hits of an opening inning that saw runs score on a hit batter and an errant pickoff throw to third.

\u201cI knew after that first inning I had to get it going, that I couldn\u2019t have another inning like that,\u2019\u2019 Maroons pitcher Ella Specht said.

She allowed only two Rocks to move beyond first base the rest of game, finishing off the six-hit win with six strikeouts including five over the final five innings.

\u201cWe got off to a good start, but Specht put some zeroes up on the board and kept them within striking distance,\u2019\u2019 Rock Island coach Chris Allison said. \u201cIt\u2019s a tough loss after a good season, 25-5, but Moline, they earned it.\u2019\u2019

Rock Island pitcher Ashley Peters allowed one hit through five innings before Abbi Yodts opened the sixth with a single, starting a rally which saw Moline use an Alexa Bishop groundout and a run-scoring single by Adams to pull within 3-2.

Yodts then tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, driving a two-out RBI double down the left field line to send the teams into extra innings.

\u201cI knew what I had to do and I was able to get ahold of a pitch. We kept working. We never quit,\u2019\u2019 Yodts said. \u201cThat\u2019s our team. Why stop now?\u2019\u2019

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