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AREA ROUNDUP: Somonauk cheer squad 8th at state

BLOOMINGTON — For Somonauk, eight is great.
The Somonauk High School competitive cheerleading squad finished eighth in the Small Team division at Saturday's IHSA State Finals, held here at the Grossinger Motors Arena.
The Bobcats team posted a score of 77.53 to net them their standing in the 10-team final field. Farmington was the Small Division with a score of 85.31.
 
Wrestling
Seneca wrestlers advance 10 to Oregon Sectional
At Aurora, the Seneca Fighting Irish, led by champion Mason Dooley, advanced 10 wrestlers from Saturday's Aurora Christian 1A Regional and placed second in the team standings here on Saturday afternoon.
Also at Aurora, Marquette advanced three competitors and finished fourth as a team and ninth-place Somonauk one to next week's Oregon Sectional.
Claiming the lone championship for the Irish, whose 162.5 points was second only to host Aurora Christian's dominating 278.5, was Dooley, who pinned ACC's Alex Knauf at 1:17 in the final match.
Also wrestling for the titles but taking second places were Ben Virgo at 113, who lost to ACC's Tyler Eby by fall (:35) in the final; Brett Yegge at 120, second after losing to the hosts' Cameron Johnson by fall (:18); Zane Comrie at 132 following his loss to Andrew Stewart of Aurora Christian by fall (3:03).
Other seconds went to Jackson Beene at 145, despite dropping a 20-4 tech fall decision to ACC's Eli Ibarra, and Nathan Elliott at 195 after losing to the hosts' Darrell Gregg by fall (1.00).
Third places went to Mason Widman at 106, Joey Hatz at 152 after beating Marquette's Brenton Sampson 17-12 in the deciding match; Levi Clark at 182 with a pin (1:58) of Sebastian Barocio of ACC; and Jacob Hampton after his win by fall (1:52) over Alden-Hebron's A.J. Brewer.
For the Crusaders, Hunter McAlpine led the way by placing second, reaching the title match at 220 before falling to ACC's Angel Jaimes (3:31).
Third places went to Keegan Jaros at 195 after he pinned Genoa-Kingston's Will Butterfield at :38; and to Logan Petre at 126 following his fall at 1:03 over Mooseheart's Abdou Drame.
Somonauk's Joey Rowan was also a second-place finisher, earning a title match but falling to ACC's Jack Certa by fall at 5:22.
 
Girls bowling
Lady Bulldogs move on to sectional
The Streator Lady Bulldogs finished fourth as a team in the Decatur MacArthur Regional at Spare Time Lanes to move on to the La Salle-Peru Sectional.
Felicity Kruger (high games of 201 and a pair of 179s) and Kaylee Sroka (201, 197, 178) rolled 1,026 and 1,024 series, respectively, to lead Streator. Madi Mertes (187) added a 942 series. Hallie Ligori (172) and Gabby Pickens had 888 and 817 series, respectively.
"The team has traveled down a long road this year; young and inexperienced, they have come a long way," Lady Bulldogs coach Nancy Longnecker said. "I am looking forward to the next few years with them! Not to mention how proud I am of them!"

Lady Pirates take part in regional
Emma Lieser rolled a 1,028 six-game series — which included games of 196 and 184 — for Ottawa in the Minooka Regional at Channahon Lanes. Kyra Straith had a 952 series (214 high game) and Kaitlyn Gribbins a 885 series (175 high game).
 
Boys basketball
Olympia 65, Flanagan-Cornell 61
At Stanford, Karson Kimpling had 21 points for the Falcons (10-14) during their nonconference loss to the Spartans. Tyler Harms had 14 points and Jeremy Durdan 11.
 
Girls basketball
Midland 58, Paw Paw 57
The Lady Bulldogs were edged by the Timberwolves in a nonconference contest.
Brooke Heiman scored 26 points and dished out five assists for Paw Paw (13-10). Joslyn Hopkins had 12 points and five assists.
"The girls dug themselves a hole twice in the game and came back, just came up a little short at the end," said coach Josh Sarver, whose Lady Bulldogs missed half of their 36 free-throw attempts. "We still closed out the regular season with a winning record, and I'm very proud of the girls for accomplishing that goal that I had at the beginning of the season."
 
Marian Central 47, Sandwich 24
At Woodstock, the Lady Indians fell to the Hurricanes in a nonconference game.
Marian Central Catholic led 21-4 after one quarter, 35-8 at the half and 45-18 through three periods of play.
Sarah Ness had six points for Sandwich (15-9).

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