Sikkema, Miner reach state: Seth Sikkema of Fulton and Jacob Miner of United Township became the first boys bowlers from the Quad-City area ever to qualify for the Illinois state high school bowling tournament.
Sikkema won the individual championship at the Vernon Hills sectional on Saturday and and Miner finished sixth in sectional competition to advance to the state tournament next Friday and Saturday at the St. Clair Bowl in O'Fallon, Illinois.
A junior, Sikkema rolled a 1,401 series to defeat Mitchel Guzzle of Rock Falls by 10 pins for the sectional title at Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills. Miner, a sophomore, was one of seven individual state qualifiers from the sectional with his score of 1,321.
The Panthers' Jayson Miner and two additional entries from Fulton, Matthew Eads and Blake Dombush, also qualified for the sectional.
The Illinois High School Association has sanctioned boys bowling as a sport since the 2003-04 school year but until Saturday, no Quad-City area entries had advanced to the two-day state tourney which begins Friday.
Lancers fourth at Ed Winger: North Scott finished fourth place in the 22-team Ed Winger Classic Saturday in Urbandale.
Collin Lewis (138 pounds) and Wyatt Wriedt (220) each took second place. Lewis was pinned by Southeast Polk's Nathan Lendt in the final, while Wriedt suffered his first loss of the season in 31 matches.
West Des Moines Valley's Rocky Lombardi scored a takedown in overtime to beat Wriedt 3-1. The state's top two 220-pounders have split matches this season.
North Scott's Jacob Schipper placed third at 113. Bettendorf was 11th with 70 points. Will Jefferson was the Bulldogs' top finisher, placing fourth at 132.
Southeast Polk won the meet with 246.5 points, 55 more than WDM Valley.
West Liberty 3rd at L-M: Led by three individual champs, West Liberty placed third Saturday at the Louisa-Muscatine Invitational behind Cedar Rapids Kennedy and West Delaware.
Will Esmoil (106 pounds), Bryce Esmoil (195) and Andy Lopez (285) won titles for the Comets, who tallied 153 points.
Davenport West, sixth in the 10-team field, had two champions in Anthony Stock (170) and Garrett Brooks (220).
Davenport North 93, CR Washington 76: Paige Bradford scored a season-high 33 points while Jacionna Stowers tallied 18 and Mckenzie O'Brien finished with 14 for the Wildcats.
Class 5A fourth-ranked North (12-2) scored 33 points in the third quarter to seize control. Leading scorer Jinaya Houston left the game in the second quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return. North coach Ron O'Brien was hopeful Houston would return this week.
Rock Island 74, Normal West 40: Brea Beal had 21 points while Chrislyn Carr totaled 17 as the Class 4A second-ranked Rocks cruised to a non-conference victory.
— Staff report