|HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
The football season is over for the United Red Storm. United (10-2) lost to Lexington in Class 1A Football Quarterfinal play Saturday 24-13. Both of United's touchdowns came in the second half, and by Adam Olin, one of which came on a 33 yard run in the fourth quarter. Lexington dominated in total yards, garnering 422 versus United's 212, and also dominating in rushing yards, 336 versus 117. Lexington now plays Lena-Winslow (11-1), who defeated East Dubuque (10-2) 32-6.
South Fulton's (8-4) season comes to and end, getting shut out by Tuscola (9-3) 38-0. Tuscola now plays Jacksonville Routt (9-3), who pulled out a victory against last year's state champion Triopia (10-2) 10-7 in Overtime.
Annawan-Wethersfield (10-2) lost to Gibson City (11-1) 32-20 in Kewanee in the Class 2A Quarterfinals. Gibson City now plays undefeated Morrison (12-0), who beat Orion (10-2) 14-7.
Peoria Richwoods (11-1) upset Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin (11-1) at home 29-20 in the Class 5A Quarterfinals. The Knights now play Joliet Catholic Academy (10-2), who knocked previously undefeated Washington (11-1) out of the playoffs, defeating them 45-7.
Mike Kafka threw for 305 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score and Sherrick McManis made a last-minute interception to preserve Northwestern's (7-4, 4-3) 21-16 win Saturday over Illinois (3-7, 2-6), making the Wildcats bowl eligible. Jacob Charest made his first start, but was benched at halftime in favor of Eddie McGee before returning to lead the Illini to two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Northwestern hasn't been to consecutive bowls since going to the Rose and Citrus following the 1995 and 1996 seasons.
Ohio State is going to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 13 years. Backup kicker Devin Barclay kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime to give tenth-ranked Ohio State a 27-24 victory over No. 15 Iowa. The Buckeyes clinched at least a share of their fifth consecutive Big Ten title and the conference's automatic BCS bid.
Northern Iowa (7-3, 5-2 Missouri Valley) 34, Western Illinois (1-9, 0-7 Misouri Valley) 0
Youngstown State (5-5, 3-4 Missouri Valley) 30, Illinois State (5-5, 4-3) 18
S. Illinois (9-1, 8-0) 44, Missouri St. (6-5, 4-4) 24
HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING
The Galesburg Silver Streaks Girls Swimming and Diving Team missed out on a Sectional title Saturday, placing second at the United Township Sectional. Sterling won the title with 230 points, while GHS scored 219. Kelly Napier is the Streaks' only individual qualifier for state, making her third straight trip after scoring 383.55 in the 1-Meter Dive, a score that coaches say is her best ever.
1. Sterling, 230
2. Galesburg, 219
3. Dunlap 179
4. United Township, 159
5. Moline, 147
6. Rock Island, 85
7. Sterling Newman, 77
7. Ottawa, 77
9. Morrison, 75
10. Pontiac, 49
11. Macomb, 19
Monmouth College Men's Swim Team placed second at their own invitational Saturday, while Loras College picked up the victory. Knox College placed 5th. On the women's side, the Prairie Fire placed first at Monmouth, while the Scots women placed third.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
S. Illinois 91, Tenn.-Martin 63
Illinois St. at SIU-Edwardsville, 2:30 p.m.
W. Illinois at Kansas St., 3 p.m.
Idaho St. at Bradley, 6:05 p.m.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Illinois St. 61, UCLA 55
W. Illinois at Purdue, 12 p.m.
Ill.-Chicago at Bradley, 2:05 p.m.
Siena at Illinois, 4 p.m.
Santa Clara vs. Illinois St. or UCLA, 11:30 p.m.
Illinois St. or UCLA at Iowa, 2 p.m.
MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY
Peoria 5, Milwaukee 4
(The Rivermen are off Sunday)
Bloomington 5, Quad City Mallards 2
(The Mallards play Bloomington again Sunday at 4pm, this time at the iWireless Center)
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
San Jose Sharks 3, St. Louis Blues 1
San Jose plays the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday at 6pm at the United Center, while the Blues are off.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE -- SUNDAY
New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams, 12 p.m.
(Portions of this report Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)