PREP ROUNDUP: Kaneland, DeKalb boys cross country post top five individual finishes
ELBURN – The DeKalb boys cross country team finished fifth Saturday at the Eddington Invitational, which was held at Elburn Woods Forest Preserve. The Barbs had 129 points. Kaneland was sixth with 140 and Sycamore took 10th with 299.
Marc Dubrick took second overall for DeKalb with a time of 15:53.
Kaneland’s Kyle Carter was fourth (16:08).
“He has a goal of running in the 15s on our home course,” Kaneland coach Chad Clarey said. “Given the times we ran today we were pretty comfortable with where we finished. Hopefully we’ll keep the train rolling from here.”
Connor Johnson took 18th (16:41.1) and was one of several Knights to establish personal bests. John Meisenger, Ryan Bower, Nathaniel Kucera and Ryan Paulson also had career bests.
Sycamore’s Mark Stice was eighth (16:27).
The Barbs’ Isaac Hietanen took 21st (16:44.6) while teammate Patrick Martin (16:44.7) was right behind him.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Knights fifth at Eddington: Victoria Clinton took third place for Kaneland at the Eddington Invitational, finishing with a mark of 18:07. The Knights took fifth as a team, finishing with 117 points. DeKalb was eighth with 194 and Sycamore took 10th with 254.
The Barbs’ Kelsey Schrader took fifth overall (18:32). Kaneland’s Brianna Bower (19:59) was 20th, while the Spartans’ Maggie Lalowski took 23rd with a time of 20:11.
Hawks’ conversion comes up short: The Kirkland-Hiawatha football team came close to sending Saturday’s Northeastern Athletic game into overtime, but a 2-point conversion came up short.
Mike Mercado ran in a 4-yard touchdown with 48 seconds left in the game for the Hawks, but the 2-point conversion came up empty as the Hawks lost 14-12 to Rockford Christian Life in Rockford.
Dakotah Quimby had the Hawks’ (2-2) other score for the night. Quimby ran in a 13-yard touchdown with 11:53 left in the second quarter, but Hiawatha’s extra point was blocked.
Hiawatha also missed a 26-yard field goal attempt with 27 seconds left in the second quarter.
Royals take fifth at invite: Hinckley-Big Rock went 1-4 at the Aurora Christian Invitational, good for fifth place. Abbie Tosch and Beth Klein each had 18 kills for H-BR, while Lauren Paver finished with 17 kills, 27 digs and eight aces. Klein had eight blocks while Tosch added six.
Caitlyn Flanigan had 33 digs for H-BR.
Timberwolves take fifth at invite: Indian Creek went 3-2 at the Genoa-Kingston Invitational, beating IMSA, South Beloit and Hampshire. Kate Thuestad had 29 kills, 33 digs, five blocks and five aces on the day for the Timberwolves. Dallas Boehne had 48 assists, and Ariel Russell finished with 15 kills, 29 digs and four aces.
Indian Creek lost to Plano and Genoa-Kingston. The Timberwolves are now 5-7 overall.
“After losing to Genoa the first game, we came back and played with vengeance even though we lost the second game, we played much better after that,” Indian Creek coach Stephanie Crutcher said. “Kate had a great day overall. We needed to get some wins to help build our confidence.”
DeKalb takes third: Connor Hoyle shot an 83 for DeKalb at the Freeport Pretzel Invite, a score good for 16th place. Teammate Chris Clark was 29th with an 86, while Ben Melms took 45th with a 91.
Sycamore, HB-R compete at ACC: Sycamore shot 319 to finish fifth at the Aurora Central Catholic Invitational at Phillips Park in Aurora. Sycamore’s Felix Mack finished in the top 10 for the Spartans.
Hinckley-Big Rock shot a 387 to finish 19th overall with Timothy Christian shooting a 308 to win the invite.
Oregon 6, Indian Creek 0: Ian Holley and Matt Ajvazi each had a goal and an assist to lead the Hawks past the Timberwolves in Shabbona.
Also for Oregon (6-1-1), Jake Kleveland, Tom McCormick, Colton Janco and Jarrett Reynolds each had goals. Mark Schmidt added an assist. Alex Ketter had eight saves in recording his third shutout this season.
• Shaw Media contributed to this report.