Prep Sports Notebook | Back to business, area teams start 2024 with wins

Spartans wrestlers post six pins in victory over BHRA
BISMARCK - Emmit Holt, Camden Getty Holden Brazelton, Brandon Goodwin, Nathan Daly, and Quincy Jones won their matches by fall on Tuesday in a dual meet against Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin.

The St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling program won the first match of 2024, dominating the Blue Devils, 60-18.

Corbin Smith, a junior, picked a forfeit at 175-lbs. Sophomores Coy Hayes and Devan Swisher also earn wins via forfeits. Maddie Wells, also a sophomore, was awarded a forfeit at 132-lbs.

Rockets double-trouble for visiting Panthers
TOLONO - Going 5-for-7 from the free-throw line, Reagan Little scored a game-high 15 points in the Rockets' first home basketball game of the year. Paxton-Buckley-Loda (1-16) was no match for Unity, falling, 56-26.

Claire Meharry added 11 points, and Addison Ray contributed eight points in Unity's 30-point conference win over the visiting Panthers.

Meharry led the Rockets (11-7) in the paint with five rebounds. Little collected four boards and three assists against PBL, and Raegen Stringer padded her stats with five assists, four rebounds, and a pair of steals.

The Paxton-Buckley-Loda was paced by junior Tanner Grahm's ten points, all delivered in the second half.

SJO girls squeak by Pontiac, 59-57
Pontiac - Pontiac starter Bailey Masching may have put on a clinic with her 28 points, but it was nowhere near enough to keep the Spartans from picking up a close 59-57 win over the Indians. Thanks to double-digit contributions from Katie Ericksen, Addison Frick, and Addiysn Martinie, St. Joseph-Ogden improves to 8-8 on the season with the first conference victory.

Ericksen had another big game, draining 19 points across all four frames. Martinie did the same, closing out the game with 17 points, and the pair tallied seven of SJO's nine treys. Frick finished 12 points through a strong performance in the fourth quarter.

The Spartans host Prairie Central on Monday and play the next two games on the road at Illinois Valley Central on Monday and St. Thomas More on January 15.