Tim Rice shot a 2-over-par 38 Tuesday on the back nine at Coyote Creek to lead the Tremont boys golf team past Illini Bluffs 170-194.
Colton Polhemus (40), Alec Gilmer (45) and Landon Pfleder (47) also scored for the Turks. Torrin Lawson (53) and Joel Wockley (57) rounded out the Tremont lineup.
“Tim and Colton had solid rounds,” said Tremont coach Troy Schmidt.
Breden Bruninga (43) led the way for Illini Bluffs. Jack Borland (45), Carson Teel (51) and Zach Eeten (53) also scored for the Tigers. Cam Scott (55) also competed.
“We’re starting to play a little better,” said Illini Bluffs coach Shane Thompson. “Zach Eeten, a freshman, is playing quite well and Jack Borland is playing really well. Look for Breden (Bruninga) to start playing the way he’s capable of playing.”
Tigers roaring: The Illini Bluffs boys soccer team has a four-game winning streak after opening the season with five games without a victory.
The most impressive of the four wins in the streak is a 3-0 victory last week over Illinois Valley Central, a team the Tigers have struggled to beat in recent years.
“We’re playing like I know we can after a disappointing start to the season,” said Illini Bluffs coach Gerard Smith.
Lance Crisp (11:06), Nolan Rademaker (39:52) and Jake Larson (45:37) scored for Illini Bluffs (4-3-2) against IVC. Reid Songeroth assisted on the final two goals.
Smith said the Tigers’ midfield of Rademaker, Larson, Sondgeroth, Nico Aksun and Blake Webb was the main reason why the Tigers applied relentless pressure on the Grey Ghosts.
Illini Bluffs goalie Braden Cox made a dozen saves -- including one on a penalty kick when the Tigers were leading 1-0 -- in recording the shutout. Goalie Mason Goss had nine saves for IVC.
What a match: Hartsburg-Emden outlasted Tremont 17-25, 25-21, 27-25 in a hard-fought volleyball match Monday.
Adelle Baker had 12 kills and three blocks and Violet Thompson had 20 assists and two aces for Tremont (5-4). Hartem improved to 8-1.
Also in volleyball Monday, Illini Bluffs beat Midwest Central 25-22, 25-17. Midwest Central’s Nicole Uselton had nine digs, seven kills and a block. Alexis Lee also had nine digs. Gracie Rademacker of the Raiders had seven assists and Maddy Lawson had three ace serves.
Two wins for Morton: The Morton boys and girls golf teams each defeated East Peoria on Tuesday in Mid-Illini Conference matches.
Tommy Kuhl (31) and Isaac Ingold (39) led the boys team to the win, which kept the Potters perfect in the conference (6-0). Kuhl and Ingold were each assessed a two-stroke penalty for giving each other advice.
Bobby Strode (38) and Andrew Osing (41) also scored for the Potters at Quail Meadows. Cade Coon (41) and Connor Vicary (49) rounded out the Morton lineup.
The Morton girls team beat East Peoria 195-238 at Pine Lakes.
Katy Troyer (40), Peyton Brown (48), Kayla Scheck (53) and Allison Smith (54) scored for the Potters. Olivia Remmert (54) and Maddy Becker (56) also competed for Morton.
Clarice Wolf (51), Kaylee Leach (60), Shelby Davidson (63) and Kayonna Bolding (64) scored for East Peoria.
Youth is serving: Following a sectional championship appearance last fall, the Morton volleyball team is rebuilding around young players. Playing a key part in that is the leadership from the seniors.
“I have a lot of talent coming up in my younger levels, and I’m excited about it because (of the) seniors I had when I was the freshmen coach,” Morton coach Kristen Friedrich said. “I’ve moved up with them every year, and I love that the underclassmen are in the hands of those seniors because I trust them and they really know the game.”
The Potters focus their young offense on 6-foot-1 sophomore Lindsey Dullard. When the Potters are playing well — like when they started 7-3 — they communicate and listen to one another.
“They’re very smart with each other,” Friedrich said. “Our (defensive specialists) call out shots for our offensive hitters and teach them to listen to the shots they’re calling for us, because they’re the ones who see the entire court.”
Friedrich emphasizes learning from each match, win or lose.
“I don’t think losing is a bad thing,” she said. “As long as you’re not giving up on any ball, you’re learning from it.”
Redbirds working: The Metamora volleyball team lost four starters off a 28-8 team that lost in a regional championship match last season.
Coach Tara Ballard said the team has been working hard since that loss. The Redbirds look primed to compete with the best in the area with returning hitters Maddie Stott and Amanda Greening, defensive specialists Rori Dosemagen and Sara DuBois, setter Kennedy Mathews and others.
“Our passing and defense have been really, really good for us,” Ballard said. “All the way around, a lot of people are contributing and working well together.”
Metamora entered Tuesday’s play in a three-way tie for first place in the Mid-Illini Conference with Limestone and Pekin. Ballard said the Redbirds need to defend well against big hitters Brittney Robinson of Limestone and Hannah Thompson of Pekin.
12 events, 13 wins: The Dunlap co-op girls swimming and diving team won the 40th annual Rock Island Relay Invitational on Saturday, winning 12 of the 13 events.
Emma Theobald and freshman Elizabeth Sowards both were on four winning relays. Teammates Caroline Shively, Sophia Spolidorio, Savannah Sowards and Taylor Weaver were all on three winning relays.
“It’s always a fun meet, with the relay set-up,” Dunlap coach Jim Bucher said. “Usually our competition is Pleasant Valley from Iowa. They weren’t there, but Byron (third, behind host Rock Island) showed up with a good team.”
Galesburg finished fifth in the meet, and Peoria Richwoods was seventh.
Broken record: Dunlap co-op senior Emma Theobald, co-winner of last year’s Peoria Journal Star Girls Swimmer of the Year honors, both won events she entered Tuesday in the Eagles’ 147-17 win over Peoria High.
She also broke her own school record in the 100 freestyle by more than a second.
Theobald’s winning time was :52.24, beating her old mark of :53.34. She also was the lead leg in the winning 200 medley relay (1:54.83).
Peoria Journal Star contributed to this report. Steve Stein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.