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Prep boys basketball
Kewanee 68, Riverdale 62:
A little more balance and six more free throws proved to be the difference as the Boilermakers moved a significant step closer to an outright Three Rivers Athletic Conference title. Kewanee was 20-of-26 from the free-throw line in moving to 20-4, 12-0 in the league for a one-game lead over Sterling Newman with two league games left. Kewanee finishes by hosting Amboy (Saturday) and Bureau Valley (Tuesday).

Dayton Ince was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line in leading the Boilers with 18 points. Jared Nimrick added 16 points, Donovan Oliver 12 and Matt Gustafson 10. Riverdale (13-12, 8-4 TRAC) was led by Jared Richmond's game-high 23 points as he buried four 3-pointers and was perfect on five tries from the charity stripe. Mitchell Sand added 12 for Rams and Zach Mikles chipped in 10.

Sterling Newman 67, Morrison 38: AJ Sharp buried seven 3-pointers en route to a game-high 25 points in leading the Comets to the TRAC-9 victory that kept them in position for a league title share. Newman also received 13 points from Kyle Moore and 11 from Nic Miller as it moved to 21-3, 11-1, just a game behind Kewanee.Hunter Hamstra led Morrison (4-24, 0-12 TRAC-9) with nine points.

Prep girls basketball
Geneseo 48, Dixon 34:
A trio scored in double figures, and the hosting Maple Leafs closed the regular season by finishing .500 in Northern Illinois Big 12 West play. Molly DeBrock (14 points), Darci Dietrich (12) and Jamie DeFauw (11 points) paced Geneseo (13-14, 5-5). Brooke Bailey's game-high 21 points led Dixon (10-17, 4-6).

QC college women's basketball
Black Hawk 81, Highland 76:
Former Moline prep Sanela Causevic scored 22 points, former Ridgewood standout Ella Teel 15 points and former Rock Island standout Rayven Morrow 12 as the Lady Braves won the Arrowhead Conference road contest.

QC college signings
Argo to SAU:
Passing on a couple of opportunities to go to the Division I rout, former Davenport Assumption High School standout and current Black Hawk Brave Tommy Argo has signed to play baseball at St. Ambrose University.

Argo said he was excited about the opportunity to stay home and play, never figuring he would pass up Div. I chances, which included the University of Iowa.

Instead, he will play for Coach Jim Callahan and the Bees, who are coming off a Midwest Collegiate Conference title share. Argo, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder, will have two years of athletic eligibility remaining at St. Ambrose.

"I was excited about the decision but it was very tough. Many factors figured in to which school to choose but St. Ambrose was best for me and my family," Argo said. "Attending St. Ambrose will allow me to continue to play the sport I love.

"One of the reasons I choose to continue to play baseball at St. Ambrose was how competitive they have been in recent years. And getting a degree from St. Ambrose meant a lot, and is a degree I can be proud of."

During his high school career, Argo was named to the Iowa Newspaper Association All-State Class 3A-First Team in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, he was voted the Mississippi Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

At Black Hawk, he pitched in 11 games and compiled a 4-2 record last season as a BHC freshman. Argo had a strikeout/innings pitched ratio of 0.94, fanning 34 in 36 innings of work.

Jones to stay home, inks with SAU: Spencer Jones has signed a letter of intent and will transfer to St. Ambrose this fall after completing his eligibility at Black Hawk College. The 2011 graduate of Davenport North High School will have two years of athletic eligibility remaining.

During his high school career at North, Jones was named to the Mississippi Athletic Conference Boy's Golf All-Conference Team three times. He also won the Davenport Boy's High School City Championship twice while representing North High School. At Black Hawk, he was selected to the Arrowhead Conference Men's Golf All-Conference Team for the 2012-13 season.