Morris basketball loses at Rochelle
In area boys basketball action over the weekend, Rochelle beat Morris, Seneca won twice, Coal City and Gardner-South Wilmington each lost and Reed-Custer beat Peotone.
Matt Rosenwinkel led all scorers in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East action with 34 points for the Hubs.
Jake Hogan had 21 points, Ben Ortiz 15 and Jason Matteson 14.
"We didn't match their intensity early," Morris coach Joe Blumberg said. "Aging on the road is tough enough, but playing from behind presents an even bigger challenge."
Rochelle led 34-20 at half and Morris trailed 50-37 after three.
"We shot the ball poorly in the first half. Good looks too," Blumberg said. "But we let missed shots affect other aspects of our game, and that can't happen. We need more offensive rebounds, higher percentage shots, and better defense during the offensive droughts."
Morris connected on seven threes in the fourth quarter, and scored 35 points, pulling to within two possessions on numerous occasions.
"They kept us at arms length," Blumberg said. "Every time we'd get signing four or five, they seemed to hit a big three.
"We didn't have an answer for Rosenwinkel either. He was the best player on the floor tonight."
In freshman action over the weekend, Morris lost to Planifield South 36-33 despite 15 points from Jordan Miracle. Trey Ward added six points.
In the 'B' game, South won 33-24 despite nine points from Ike Robinson and eight points from Andrew Eichhorst.
Peyton Schrag had nine points for Seneca while Conlan Callahan and Jimmy David added eight points each in the Interstate Eight Conference game.
"We are getting great looks, just having a hard time hitting the open shot," Seneca coach Russell Witte said. "Thankfully our defense has been solid."
In the sophomore game, Ben Rhoder had 14 points, James Bowen 12 points and Brandon Viken 10 in a 52-24 win by the Irish.
Coal City 41
The Coalers got off to a slow start and it hurt them in the I-8 loss to the Indians.
"We had the worst first half of basketball of the season," Coal City coach Brad Boresi said. "We fought back in the second half and tied it up with two minutes to go, but our decision making at the end was poor."
For Coal City, Brennen Shetina had 13 points and Jon West 10 points.
Dalton Kinzler had 25 points in the I-8 win by the Comets.
"The kids played extremely hard," R-C coach Mark Porter said. "I don't think we could have shot the ball any better."
On Saturday night, the Fighting Irish improved to 10-0 with the non-conference win.
Callahan had 22 points to lead the way for Seneca.
In the sophomore contest, Seneca won 52-6 with Rhoder leading the way with nine points. Jimmy Wilson and Lars Pihl had eight points each.
Grant Park 43,
Dalton Wright had 14 points and Tristan Noonan 10 points in the River Valley Conference loss.
Coal City 45,
Emily Halliday had 16 points in the non-conference win by the Coalers. Nicole Borgetti had 10 points and Madyson Bunton nine. Donjeta Shabani had nine rebounds and Bunton seven.
For GSW, Chelsea Schultz had 13 points.
In the sophomore contest, Coal City won 21-15 behind eight points and five rebounds by Carly Pavlis. She also had three assists. Makenna Emerson had seven points and eight rebounds.
Seneca improves to 7-4 on the season with the non-conference win.
"Our defense did a great job of communicating tonight," Seneca coach Barb Beck said. "Once we settled down against the press, we were able to execute offensively."
Ten different girls scored for Seneca with Danielle Hauch leading the way with six markers.
In the sophomore contest, Seneca won 50-41. For the yonger Irish, Willow Stuedeman had 14 points and Olivia Taylor and Emma Bedeker 10 apiece.
Emily Burling had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Redskins. Jessica Ponce added 12 points and Jessica Jurak eight.
For the Indians, Kierly McLemen had 10 points in the win and Emily Knaub 14 to lead the way.
Morris fifth at Metamora
The Morris wrestling team competed in the Metamora Invite for the first time in school history and finished in fifth place, missing out on a fourth-place plaque by just four points.
"The tournament was a good move for us as it is a lot of the teams from the Peoria area that we will see at the sectionals this season. We wrestled pretty well in the early rounds but faltered a little in the placing matches which was a little disappointing, but still a good day for us," Morris coach Jon Lanning said. "We still have not yet had five days of practice in a row with everyone in the room. It is a season of wrestling our way into shape during our meets.
The Redskins were paced by 195-pound senior captain Nik Countryman. He captured his second champtionship title in two weeks.
"It has not been pretty for Nik thus far this season but he finds ways to get it done," Lanning said. "The state football run has taken a toll on Nik and he is not yet in the type of shape he needs to be in to see the explosive Nik Countryman for three periods. One advantage to not being in shape yet for him is that he is finding ways to win close matches and that will benefit him come February.
Countryman captured the title, defeating Toby Riveria of Champaign Central High School 9-7.
Morris received a second-place finish from Kenny Baldridge, who was defeated by Nelson Baker of Byron in the finals by fall in 3:12.
"Kenny had a good day but he lost to a tough competitor in Baker," Lanning said. "It was one of the premier match ups of the tournament."
Justin Barkley also finished in second place behind Normal West's Michael Triplett (fall in 1:48).
"Barkley, who normally scrambles very well, was in a match with another scrambler and just got out-hoarsed in a scramble situation and found himself on his back," Lanning said.
Morris received fourth-place finishes from (160) Trevor Allbert, (220) Dalton Ness, and (285) Andrew Faught.
"All of these guys are young and are learning to get better everytime they go out," Lanning said. "They just need to make little adjustments that are going to put them where they want to be by the end of the year.
Morris got a fifth place finish from newcomer (145) Ryan Potchnick and a sxith-place finish from (138) Emmet Chouinard.
Seneca at PORTA Duals
Fighting Irish 3-1 at Duals
Winners for the Irish included: (120) Kyle Sigmon by forfeit, (132) Sage Friese by fall in 3:48 over Dalton Snell, (138) Bryce Coyle 13-9, (145) Gary Wantroba by fall in 2:21, (152) Lucas Altobella by tech fall, (160) Tommy Lovett by fall in 3:48 and (285) Brandon Webb by fall in 3:59.
Winners for the Irish included: Sigmon by forfeit, Friese over Kylan Brent by fall in :42, Coyle by forfeit and Webb by fall in 3:10.
Winners for the Irish included: (106) Tyler Williams by tech fall, Sigmon by fall in :42, Friese by fall in :41, Lovett by fall in 2:22, (182) Jonah Lamboley by fall in 2:53 and Webb by fall in :45 over Brandon Helm.
Winners for the Irish included: Sigmon by forfeit, Friese by forfeit, Coyle by fall in :47, Wantroba by fall in :55, Altobella by fall in 1:34, Lovett by fall in 1:53 and Webb by fall in 3:43.
"I was proud of our effort down at this quad in our last matches before final exams and the holiday break. It was a good effort as we start to prepare for the second half of the season," Seneca coach Todd Yegge said. "Our athletes are starting to show signs of getting on their offense more and attacking in a more aggressive way on their feet, which is helping provide back exposure opportunities. We had quality opponents today and performed well as a team. I was really happy with the efforts of the team to step up and pick each other up going after bonus points in the duals due to the fact that we had four open weight classes today."
Coal City 35
Jake Brnca and Ty Hakey had seven points apiece for the Warriors in a game played at the United Center in Chicago.
Little Redskins at Yorkville Tournament
Placing for Morris were: Paxton Welch (second), Justin Mann (second), Eddie Wolf (third), Aidan Romak (third), Bryce Claypool (third), Tristan Martin (third), Trevor Nystedt (fourth), Chaser Ellison (fourth), Tyse Phillips (fourth), Robby Bates (fourth) and T.J. Weber (fourth).
Joe Muscato, Zach Romak, R.J. Roderick, Mason Young and Mundo Meyer also wrestled but did not place.