The Genoa-Kingston girls volleyball team beat Harvard, 25-21, 25-21, to improve to 3-0 and 1-0 in the Big Northern East. Vanessa Garza had six kills for the Cogs, while Cassidy Abraham finished with five. Emily Borak had 13 digs and Olivia Cotton finished with 11 digs.
“[The girls] are 3-0 right now and are riding pretty high,” G-K coach Todd Foster said. “It was our first home match so we came out with a lot of energy.”
Hawks get victory: Ashley Tamraz had four kills and six aces for Hiawatha in a 25-13, 25-13 win over Mooseheart. Savanna Campbell had 18 assists for the Hawks, while Dani Clark finished with 15 digs and Tatiana Spung had five blocks.
“The girls played well together, showing good communication and confidence,” Hawks coach Jenna Araujo said. “We covered our hitters well and were able to counter most attacks from Mooseheart.”
Bobcats win in three: Somonauk defeated Marquette 21-25, 25-23, 25-19. Allison Humes had six kills for the Bobcats, while Jordan Buell finished with 16 digs.
Indians lose I-8 opener: Westmont beat Sandwich, 25-9, 25-9. Melissa Tassone had seven assists for the Indians while Stephany Sanchez led Sandwich with eight digs.
Barbs play to tie: DeKalb tied Hononegah, 2-2. Sean Woodford and Trevor Freeland had goals for the Barbs, who are now 2-1-2.
“I thought our team showed a lot of heart tonight to come back,” DeKalb coach Brent McIntosh said. “We were down 1-0 and scored two goals. It was unfortunate that we couldn’t hold the lead.”
Cogs blank North Boone: Devon Tijerina, Chris Camargo and Juan Lechuga each had two goals for Genoa-Kingston in an 11-0 win over North Boone. Carlos Lechuga, Ulyses Para, William Crozier, Uriel Ortega and Tommy Hansen had one goal apiece.
“We came out a little rusty in the opening minutes, but once we got going, things were just clicking,” G-K coach Randy Tate said. “We had nice ball movement, great combo plays, and everyone was getting involved in the attack. A nice way to open conference play.”
The Cogs are now 5-1 and 1-0 in the Big Northern East.
Spartans remain unbeaten: Angelina Ye got a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, while Alexa Farris won, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 2 singles for the Sycamore girls tennis team in a 5-0 victory over Marengo.
The Spartans’ No. 1 doubles team of Caitlyn Mereness and Aspen Paulsen won, 6-0, 6-2, with Melanie Findlay and Alyssa Gregorec winning 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles. Sycamore is now 6-0-1.
Kaneland falls: Sammie Schrepferman got a 6-2, 6-1 win for Kaneland at No. 1 singles, but the Knights lost to IMSA, 5-2. The Knights’ team of Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil earned a 2-6, 6-2, 5-4 (7-4) victory at No. 1 doubles.
“This is a tough loss. We could have won four matches for sure,” Kaneland coach Tim Larsen said. “That No. 1 doubles match was fantastic. Four outstanding players. Madi and Jelly showed some serious resolve in that match.”
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Kaneland dominates triangular: Kaneland won a triangular over East Aurora and Yorkville. The Knights finished with 15 points. East Aurora had 55 while Yorkville finished with 150.
Kyle Carter took first place for Kaneland, finishing with a time of 16:51. Conor Johnson was second for the Knights (17:15).
“Conor Johnson ran an inspired 23-second season’s best,” Kaneland coach Chad Clarey said. “It’s good to see him taking a lead role for the pack, being aggressive through mile one and maintaining speed the rest of the way.”
Cogs second in Winnebago: Genoa-Kingston took second place at the Winnebago season opener with a total time of 1:03:50.00. Zach Herrmann took 13th for G-K with a time of 12:18.00.
“Zach has been running an outstanding year so far,” G-K coach Tiffany Gawrysh said. “At each race, he is consistently bringing down his time.”
GiRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Clinton leads Knights: Kaneland’s Victoria Clinton took first place in 20:01 as the Knights won a triangular over East Aurora and Yorkville. Kaneland finished with 15 points. Yorkville had 67 and East Aurora finished with 94.
Abby Dodis took second for the Knights (21:29). Maggie Brundige finished third (21:44) and Brianna Bower was fourth at 21:59.
G-K takes third: Genoa-Kingston finished third at the Winnebago season opener with a total time of 1:20:56.81. Renae Kurpius led the Cogs with a ninth-place finish, coming in with a mark of 14:31.00. Nicole Hebel was 17th (15:45.00).
Knights fall to Wheaton Academy: Brody Kuhar earned medalist honors for Kaneland in a 149-150 loss to Wheaton Academy. Luke Kreiter had a 37, while Matt Yonkovich finished with a 38 for the Knights.
H-BR third, T’Wolves fourth in quad: Hinckley-Big Rock took third in a quadrangular at Edgebrook, shooting a 195. Indian Creek was fourth with a 198, while Somonauk won the meet by shooting a 177.
Austin Scott led the Royals by shooting a 43. Luke Winkle and Tyler Runge both finished with a 50. Drew Headley had a 48 to lead the Timberwolves, while Jake Wieseler had a 49. Somonauk’s Alex Lemke was the medalist, finishing with a 50.
Cogs win triangular: Andrea Strohmaier and Emily Wakeley each shot a 42 to earn medalist honors for Genoa-Kingston in the Cogs’ triangular win over Plano and Hinckley-Big Rock. The Cogs had a score of 179. Plano shot a 215 and the Royals finished with a 232.
Angel Cassidy added a career-best 49 for G-K, who is now 9-0-1.
“The girls are really on their way, playing good at the right times,” G-K coach Darrin LaForce said. “Our 3-6’s are really helping our 1’s and 2’s out with good scores.”
Emily Herrmann led H-BR with a 56.
“I believe our players will always benefit when they play with the area’s top 1A players. Most meets do not have the quality of players we had tonight with Wakeley, Strohmaier and [Plano’s] Riley Loux,” H-BR coach Greg Jourdan said. “Emily Herrmann had another breakthrough night and we’ll need her to post as we begin to prepare for the last leg of the season.”