Alleman, Geneseo fall shy: Promising seasons for both Alleman and Geneseo came to an end amid rainy and windy conditions at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake on Tuesday. Alleman took eighth in the Class 2A sectional with a 357 total, one shot ahead of ninth-place Geneseo.
Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge won the sectional with a 318 total. Neither Alleman nor Geneseo qualified a golfer for the state tourney this weekend, after the two teams finished 1-2 last week at the Mendota Regional.
Ryan Rochholz led Alleman with an 86. Gabe Beardsley and Luke Lofgren shot 88s. Geneseo's top shooter was Seth Winchell with an 86. Devin Van Rycke shot an 88. Golfers needed an 84 to advance. Medalist honors went to Nick Ceruzzi of Sterling who shot a 71.
PV 3, Burlington 0: Elissa Moylan had 11 kills and Adrea Arthofer recorded 18 digs in Pleasant Valley's 25-20, 25-10, 25-11 victory over the Grayhounds on Tuesday. The victory secured at least a share of the Mississippi Athletic Conference title for the Spartans (24-2, 8-0).
Brooke Harris added 28 assists and 11 digs for the Spartans.
Alleman 2, UT 0: Kiah O'Neal had eight kills and two blocks and Lydia Dorsey had 10 assists to lead the Pioneers to a 25-17, 25-22 win over United Township.
Alleman 3, Illini Bluffs 0: Brendan Hird, Sean O'Hearn and Patrick Schmitt scored goals to lead the Pioneers to a Class 1A regional semifinal victory Tuesday.
Alleman will face top-seeded Monmouth-Roseville, which defeated Kewanee 5-0, in the regional final on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Clinton hires new coach: Nate Herrig has been appointed as the new softball coach at Clinton. The 2005 Clinton graduate takes over for Emily Hoague, who spent the past five seasons leading the program.
Herrig lettered in football, basketball, soccer track and baseball during high school. He played football at Northern Iowa and served as a team captain.
After graduation, Herrig returned to Clinton to become a math teacher and been an assistant football, softball, track and basketball coach.
"His experience as a former high school and collegiate athlete and his experience in the softball program will certainly be beneficial," Clinton activities director Justin Remington said. "Nate is committed to working hard in order to rebuild our program."
Clinton was 8-29 this past summer and lost in the regional opener to Davenport Central.
— Staff report