Posted Online: Feb. 15, 2013, 11:43 pm
Friday's Sports Shorts
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Prep boys' basketball
Rockets, Titans share WCC North title:After topping Rockridge on its home court last Friday to create a two-way tie atop the West Central North standings, the Monmouth-Roseville Titans (22-4) took care of their business Friday night, beating Sherrard 75-52 at the Shoebox to finish 8-2 and clinch a share of the championship.
Rockridge (21-4) also finished at 8-2, going on the road and topping Macomb 55-41 to share first place after finishing a game behind the Titans in last year's WCC North race. No other information was available on this game at press time.
In its win over the Tigers, Mon-Rose was bolstered by a 20-point outing from junior guard Martel Hunter, who scored seven of his points in the third quarter to turn the Titans' 37-28 halftime lead into a 55-43 advantage entering the fourth. Clayton Bjustrom's 17 points led the Tigers.
Illini West 38, Orion 36:Down 32-21 entering the fourth quarter, the Orion Chargers fell just short of pulling off a dramatic senior night comeback as their namesakes from Carthage Illini West held on for the West Central North victory. Led by nine points apiece from Adam Killion and Dylan Schultz, Orion fell just short after battling back from a 17-4 first-period deficit.
Erie 78, Fulton 59:Playing his final regular-season home game at the Cardinal Cage, Erie senior Jacob Johnston gave what the hometown fans quite a show by lighting up Three Rivers Conference rival Fulton for 37 points. Teammates Connor Saad and Owen McConnell added 16 and 12 points, respectively, as the Cardinals broke the game open after leading 35-29 at halftime. Jake Willging's 14 paced the Steamers.
Morrison 60, Amboy 19:The Morrison Mustangs dominated on the defensive end as they won for just the fifth time in 30 games and the first time in Three Rivers Conference play, blitzing Amboy on senior night. Connor Duncan's 11 points paced a balanced attack for the 'Stangs, who held Amboy standout Tyson Powers to just seven points.
Wethersfield 74, Annawan 60:Led by Trevor Lay's 25 points, the Wethersfield Flying Geese enjoyed a successful senior night by beating Lincoln Trail Conference rival Annawan in the "Titan Bowl'' -- named for the schools' co-op moniker -- in Kewanee. Weathering a 17-point outing by the Braves' Tony Gripp and 16 rebounds from teammate Michael Smith, the Geese worked their way to a 41-31 halftime lead and gradually pulled away from there.
Ridgewood 82, West Central 70:In a high-scoring senior night matchup in Woodhull, Ridgewood's Elisha McCreary led the Spartans with 25 points as they outgunned Biggsville West Central at Walt Minder Gymnasium. Ridge Greenman added 18 points and James Brooks 16 as the hosts pulled away in the second half after holding a 33-25 halftime edge.
Galva 52, United 38: Dexter Ingels put Galva's team on his back to take them to a Lincoln Trail Conference victory.Ingels scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the first half, pushing the Wildcats to a 27-14 halftime lead. Galva's David Jeffries dropped in another 13 points, Reece Hoxworth added another 12 points. United's Isaac Taber and Danton McMullin each scored eight points for the Red Storm.
Bettendorf perfect in MAC:The Bettendorf Bulldogs wrapped up a perfect season with Friday's 41-28 victory over North Scott at The Pit in Eldridge. The Bulldogs moved to 21-0, including a 16-0 run to the Mississippi Athletic Conference title.
It wasn't a great night for the other top teams in the league as North Scott (19-3, 13-3 MAC) and Davenport Assumption (15-6, 12-4) each fell, but still maintained their No. 2 and 3 spots in the league, respectively. Assumption was shocked 52-50 by Davenport West (8-12, 6-10 MAC).
Fourth-place Pleasant Valley (14-6, 11-5 MAC) was a winner, knocking off Clinton (7-14, 4-12 MAC) by a 69-50 count.
In Friday's other MAC games, Davenport Central topped Davenport North 68-59 and Burlington beat Muscatine 55-49. Central's Blue Devils improved to 10-11, 7-9 in the MAC and North dropped to 5-16, 2-14. Burlington moved to 8-13, 6-10 MAC and Muscatine fell to 4-17, 3-13.