PREP ROUNDUP: Kohler, Miller lead Spartans
Katherine Kohler scored on an assist from Emma Norris, and Lauren Miller scored on a penalty kick in the Sycamore girls soccer team’s 2-0 win against Kaneland on Thursday.
“I thought tonight showed what my team is capable of,” Sycamore coach Dave Lichamer said. “We’re capable of playing some very good, solid soccer from all the way in the back with [goalkeeper Olyvia] Rand to all the way to the front with the forwards. We controlled the pace of the game completely.”
Sycamore moved to 13-7-1 overall and 8-1 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference. Kaneland is 8-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the NI Big 12.
Barbs fall in extras: DeKalb lost to Yorkville, 4-3, in nine innings.
Jeremy Karasewski threw eight innings for the Barbs. He gave up three runs and struck out seven in a no-decision. Shaun Johnson took the loss for DeKalb.
Karasewski continued to take the mound despite getting hit in the head while batting in the second inning. He pitched with a big gash on his lip, according to DeKalb coach Jake Howells.
“Quite honestly, it was one of the better pitching performances I’ve seen out of a guy,” Howells said.
Trenton Sopko went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the Barbs (10-11-1, 4-7 NI Big 12).
T’wolves upend Hawks: Jared Landsteiner allowed two earned runs in four innings, and Indian Creek defeated Hiawatha, 10-3. Ricky Cruise was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two doubles for the Timberwolves (13-12, 11-5). The Timberwolves have won eight in a row.
“I think we’re doing a nice job of playing with confidence,” Indian Creek coach Joe Piekarz said.
Will Corn had three hits, and Nick Doolittle added two for the Hawks.
Royals hit 19 wins: Hinckley-Big Rock beat Paw Paw, 16-0.
Jake Shrader got the win for the Royals (19-9, 13-1 Little Ten Conference). Shrader threw a complete game, struck out seven and walked two. Brandon Dillenback went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Bernie Conley was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Marengo beats G-K: Genoa-Kingston lost to Marengo, 7-1.
Mike Murphy took the loss for the Cogs (4-18, 2-6 Big Northern Conference). He struck out eight, walked five and allowed five hits in 42⁄3 innings. Andrew Oplt was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI.
“We just didn’t play good baseball tonight,” G-K coach Josh Latimer said.
Earlville-Leland heads home: Somonauk got a home run from Colin Stahl and another from Jake Morsch as the Bobcats defeated Earlville-Leland, 24-0, in three innings. Earlville-Leland left the game after the third inning.
The Bobcats (20-3, 12-1 LTC) scored 18 runs in the third inning.
Kowalski pitches Barbs to win: Katie Kowalski made her first start in 21⁄2 weeks after a shoulder injury and threw a complete game, striking out seven and giving up five hits in a 6-0 win against Rochelle.
“It is very nice to have her back,” DeKalb coach Jeff Davis said. “It just makes us that much deeper. Kaylin [Kennedy] has been doing a great job, but this should help take some pressure off her.”
Hannah Walter and Sarah Friedlund each had three hits for the Barbs (14-7, 4-3 NI Big 12).
Cogs lose on road: Genoa-Kingston lost to Marengo, 10-0, at Marengo. Paige Keegan and Megan McConnell each had a single for the Cogs (15-10, 4-4 BNC).
Turner leads Hawks: Hiawatha beat Indian Creek, 10-4, to move to 10-10 overall and 6-5 in the Little Ten.
Abby Turner got the win in the circle and went 3 for 5 at the plate. Dani Clark was 2 for 4, and Ashley Tamraz was 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs.
Cogs 11th at BNC: At the Big Northern Conference Meet at Richmond-Burton, Genoa-Kingston finished 11th out of 13 teams with eight points. Danielle Neisendorf cleared 5 feet, 2 inches in the long jump to finish second.
Barbs’ season ends: DeKalb did not qualify anyone for state at the Naperville North Sectional. DeKalb coach Duane Cowley said Tristan Draper played well in singles before being eliminated in a 21-18, 24-22 match.
“I was happy with everyone,” Cowley said. “Everyone stepped up their play tonight. It was a tough sectional.”
Barbs sweep: DeKalb defeated Rochelle, 5-0.
Matt Kulma won at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-0. Phil Henricksen won at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-2.