Athletes of the week
Sport: Cross country
Brown claimed the individual title at the Class 2A Galesburg Regional on Saturday in 19 minutes, 25 seconds — more than 30 seconds in front of runner-up Rachel Ehrhart of Peoria Notre Dame. Brown, fifth at regionals last year, led the Leafs to a second-place team finish and helped them advance to this week's sectional meet in East Peoria.
School: Rock Island
The 6-foot and 225-pound defensive tackle had six tackles for loss in the first half of Rock Island's 61-9 drubbing of Peoria Richwoods last Friday. Afterward, Rogers called it "by far my best game." It was one of the Rocks' best defensive showings of the season as they limited Richwoods to 117 total yards. The win secured a playoff spot for Rock Island (5-4).
Smith, not even Midland's primary quarterback this season, stepped in and completed 9 of 17 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns Friday in the team's 46-44 win over Kee High. Smith also had two rushing scores in a game Midland had to win to reach the 8-man playoffs. For the season, Smith is the team's second-leading rusher with 594 yards.
Teams of the week
Last week: finished Big Six play 10-0
Moline swept Galesburg 25-12, 25-13 and Quincy 25-13, 25-17 on Saturday to finish Western Big Six Conference action at 10-0. The Maroons were balanced offensively, with three players recording at least five kills in the win over Galesburg and four players notching six kills or more versus Quincy. The Maroons took a 24-8-2 record into Tuesday night's regional semifinal.
North Scott football
Last week: defeated Davenport Assumption 48-14
Class 3A fourth-ranked North Scott finished a perfect run through District 5 with a 48-14 home win over Assumption. It was the Lancers' eighth straight win and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Knights. Quarterback Nile McLaughlin completed 10 of 14 passes for 163 yards, while the defense intercepted three passes and kept Assumption scoreless for three quarters.
Tipton boys cross country
Last week: claimed Class 2A state-qualifying title
With five runners in the top 15, top-ranked Tipton captured the district championship on its home course last Thursday. The Tigers finished with 37 points, 41 clear of second-place Davis County. Caleb Shumaker (first), Ben Ellis (fourth) and Trent Pelzer (seventh) led the way for Tipton, which goes to Fort Dodge on Saturday seeking the program's first state championship since 1975.