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Little Giants win Paw Paw Invite

Princeton’s Dylan Schaefer takes aim against Sterling Tuesday at Tiskilwa. He tied the game at 4 with a goal less than two minutes to play.
Princeton’s Dylan Schaefer takes aim against Sterling Tuesday at Tiskilwa. He tied the game at 4 with a goal less than two minutes to play.

The DePue Little Giants swept the field to capture the Paw Paw Invitational soccer tournament.

The Little Giants defeated Serena 3-0, Paw Paw 5-1 and Newark 6-0. Carlos Acosta had a total of eight goals on the day. Alberto Martinez had two assists vs. Paw Paw and a goal vs. Newark. Hugo Perez had a goal in each match.

DePue coach Tim Stevens praised the “lockdown” play from the DePue defense made up of Isaac Reyes, Austin Zimmer, Cristian Mendez and Ben Helland.

“They were able to keep the goalie clean the majority of the tournament,” he said.

Princeton 4, Sterling 4: There is tying in soccer. Princeton and Sterling played to a 4-4 tie after 80 minutes of soccer at the Tiskilwa pitch Tuesday, both scoring three goals in the second half.

Sterling took a 4-3 lead with 2:45 left to play. Dylan Schaefer had the game-tying goal for the Tigers on an assist by Tyler Marvin. Tyson Lorenzen scored on a penalty kick in the first half for PHS. Schaefer and Zach Andersen gave PHS a 3-2 lead in the second half.

Boys golf

At Deer Valley: Riverdale edged Princeton by one stroke, 167-168, in a Three Rivers Conference triangular Tuesday with Prophetstown (216). Princeton’s Zach Hicks was medalist at 35. Colby Robbins and Miles Rose added 44s and Ian Nichols a 45. Also for PHS, Derec Roberson had a 46 and a Colin Pierson a 47.

Princeton (213) won the JV meet by 12 strokes over Riverdale. Scoring for PHS were Josh Eggers (50), Bryce Nyman (54), Austin Jamison (54) and Colton Ervin (55),

At Fyre Lake: St. Bede (188) placed second between Sherrard (168) and Rockridge (202) in a Three Rivers triangular. Jarret Olson led the Bruins at 45.

At Spring Creek: Medalist Colton Philhower (37) and the Kewanee Boilermakers (161) got the best of Fulton (173) and host Hall (184) in Three Rivers Conference play Tuesday. Pete Mautino and Matt Hoscheid shot 44s for Hall and Nick Scheri and Aaron Mitchell added 48s.

Hall’s Evan Alig shared JV medalist honors with Kewanee’s Logan Hamilton at 46.

At Chapel Hill: The Princeton Tigers  (169) swept a Three Rivers triangular Wednesday, defeating Morrison (174) and Rockridge (191). PHS senior Zach Hicks fired a 2-over par 38 to claim medalist honors. Colby Robbins and Colin Pierson had 43s and Ian Nichols a 45 as the Tigers improved to 3-1 in TRAC play and 6-3 overall.  Also for PHS were Derec Roberson (46) and Mile Rose (49).

Colton Ervin was meet medalist for the Princeton JV, which had their own sweep. Aiding the cause were Josh Eggers (51), Bryce Nyman (54), Alex Heaton (55), Hunter Culjan (61) and Seth Torchia (62).

At Valley View: The St. Bede Bruins (171) picked up two Three Rivers victories Wednesday, defeating Erie (186) and Orion (195). Jarret Olson's 42 to led the Bruins, who also scored with 43s by Joey Dudek, Joe Kim and Jack Kunkel. Erie's Koby Kuhnen was medalist at 40.

St. Bede also topped the Erie JV 205-210, led by Adam Lenkaitis' 46, Ben Sons (51), Matt Snyder (51) and Killian Anderson (57).

At Indian Oaks: Amboy/LaMoille topped HBR 180-208 in Littln Ten Conference play Wednesday. The Clippers were led by medalist Jake Lucas' 41. Also scoring for the A/L co-op were Griffin Kozeal (44), Logan Thake (46) and Josh Gross (49).

Girls golf

At Chapel Hill: The Princeton Tigresses told coach Will Gross they wanted to crack the 200-stroke mark for the first time this season. Then they went out and did it.

The Tigresses met that goal by two strokes at 198 to defeat Three Rivers foes Rockridge (210) and Depue (262). Sophomore Arraia Hicks got her third meet medalist with a 46. Also for PHS (4-4), Sophia Suarez and Audra Reidner added 48s, Julie Miller a 56 and Sarah Crowe a 61.

"The girls told me that at their team huddle prior to the start of the match that they decided that they wanted to break the 200 barrier for the first time this year and they worked together and accomplished just that.  It's that kind of heart and desire that makes me unable to be anymore proud and honored to be their coach," Gross said.

"I was extremely proud of the attitude and determination to improve that the girls displayed throughout the match.  We had two of our best practices leading up to this match and it payed dividends as Julie Miller and Audra Reidner put up career lows to help us regain our momentum and beat a tough TRAC team in Rockridge, whom defeated us last week, none the less posted the lowest team score since I took over as their head coach with a 198."

Mercedez Ruiz led DePue at 53.

At Valley View: Sydney Eustice claimed medalist honors at 46 to lead the St. Bede Lady Bruins (197) to victory over hostOrion (262) Wednesday. Also scoring for the Lady Bruins were Aiko Mendoza (48), Gabrielle Mendoza (49) and Tess Montez (54).

Cross country

At Chillicothe: The Bureau Valley boys won the 2013 season opener in cross country, defeating host IVC (55) and Henry/Midland (61). Henry’s Alex Pettis (17:23.6) was the race winner, followed by BV’s Ryan Taylor (18:17.8) and IVC’s John Offutt (18:51.5). Next in line were BV’s Kane Eastwood (19:07) and Colton Peterson (19:35.2).

H/M (27) won the girls meet with IVC (40) in second and BV (59) in third. IVC’s Katherine Scheider took first place followed by Henry’s Jillian Monier (21:02) and BV’s Regan Weidner (21:41.9).

At LaSalle: Princeton’s Zoe Mead took third place in the season-opening meet at Baker Lake. L-P won the meet with 41 points, St. Bede (109) was fourth and Princeton (116) took fifth. Cody Workman (19:37) placed 16th in the boys meet for PHS, which placed sixth (150).


Addition: The No. 1 doubles teams of Anjali Patel and Brittany Krohn were inadvertently left off of the Princeton team preview. The BCR regrets the error. PHS coach Connie Lind said the juniors look to pick up where they left off playing well at No. 1 doubles at the F/S level. They “are both strong servers and aggressive at the net,” she said.

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