Moline's Hunter Henning lifts Bettendorf's Luke Jefferson during a match earlier this season. Henning, an Illinois state-ranked wrestler in Class 3A, earned a sectional championship last Saturday in Alton. 

Athletes of the week

Caleb Aman

School: Bettendorf

Sport: Boys swimming

Year: Senior

Aman defended his title in the 200 individual medley on Saturday at the state meet in Iowa City. Battling illness, the Wisconsin recruit finished the race in 1 minute, 50.49 seconds. He also anchored the Bulldogs to a school record and state title in the 200 freestyle relay (1:24.82), was second in the 100 backstroke (50.81) and swam on the fifth place 200 medley relay. 

Hunter Henning

School: Moline

Sport: Wrestling

Year: Senior

Ranked ninth in Illinois Class 3A at 195 pounds, Henning earned a sectional title on Saturday in Alton. After opening with a pair of technical fall wins, Henning (35-7) pinned Yorkville's 11th-ranked Ben Stemmet in the finals in 3 minutes, 51 seconds. He'll be one of three Maroons competing at the state tournament this week in Champaign. 

Zoey Long

School: Muscatine

Sport: Girls basketball

Year: Freshman

Averaging around 3 points per game for the season entering last Friday, Long came off the bench and tied a school record with nine 3-point field goals and scored a career-high 29 points for the Muskies in their road win over Davenport West. The 5-foot-5 freshman was 10 of 15 from the field along with a pair of assists. 

Teams of the week

Assumption wrestling

Last week: claimed regional duals title

The Knights secured their 11th consecutive trip to the state duals tournament with wins over Mount Vernon (35-29) and Washington (44-27). Assumption also advanced five individuals to the Class 2A state tournament at Saturday's district meet in Fairfield — Matt Robertson, Kole Kreinbring, Julien Broderson, Seth Adrian and Henry Martens. 

Davenport West boys basketball

Last week: defeated North and Muscatine

The Falcons went on the road and knocked off two teams either tied or above them in the conference standings. Brett Erwin had 23 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-63 victory over North, and Trey Sampson finished with 22 points and 10 bards in a 58-48 triumph against Muscatine. The Falcons held all-stater Joe Wieskamp to 24 points, his second lowest point total of the season.

Wethersfield girls basketball

Last week: won Class 1A regional title

Behind 25 points from Brittney Litton and 11 from Lexi Nichols, Wethersfield clobbered Amboy 59-39 on Friday to capture its 25th win of the season and a regional championship, the program's first in six years. Nichols and Litton also tallied double figures during the Flying Geese's 73-34 regional semifinal win over LaMoille-Ohio. 


Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.