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Coal Valley's Patrick ranked No. 9 nationally: Nicholas Patrick of Coal Valley continued his climb up the national tennis rankings, recently improving to No. 9 in the USTA Boys' 12 combined rankings.

The Seton Catholic seventh-grader is the top-ranked 12-and-under boys' player in singles and doubles in the Missouri Valley. He and Cooper Woestendick, another top 12-and-under player nationally, won the 14-and-under Missouri Valley doubles championship at a "supers" tournament at the end of October. Patrick placed fifth in singles and lost only to the No. 1 seed, Humza Noor in the same tournament.

Patrick had a successful October, winning a singles title by defeating Jake Dolphin and a doubles title (with Pranith Sepuri) at the QCTC Jr. Open Oct. 4. He also reached the singles and doubles finals in a mid-October clay court tournament in Florida.

UT grad O'Brien All-Conference at Loras: United Township grad and Loras College sophomore soccer player Ryleigh O'Brien was recently named to the American Rivers Conference women's soccer team. O'Brien started all 18 games and scored nine goals this season, including a hat trick, six assists and 24 points.

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She was one of six players selected on the Duhawks, which won a second straight regular season title after going 13-5, 7-1.

Loras fell 3-2 to Luther College in Wednesday's ARC Tournament Semifinal, where O'Brien had one goal and one assist.

Monmouth's Carius a D3hoops.com All-American: Monmouth College senior forward Will Carius (Pleasant Valley HS) picked up All-American honors from D3hoops.com, his fourth All-American award. He earned third team All-American honors from D3hoops.com and the NABC following last season, when he averaged 25.5 points and 11 rebounds per game. He had the Monmouth single-season (664) and single-game record in points (62) and tied in rebounds (25). Will, the son of Brant Carius, was also named a preseason Street & Smith's All-American in September.

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