PREP ROUNDUP: DeKalb wins 3rd consecutive NI Big 12 soccer title
DeKalb defeated Morris, 3-1, to win the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title for the third consecutive season.
"Winning a conference championship is a really impressive accomplishment," DeKalb coach Brent McIntosh said. "The 2010 and 2011 team laid the foundation for this team to build upon. Our defending from the start of the season was our strength and we've kept that mindset throughout the conference part of our season."
Misha Ryzhov, Cully Hicks and Andrew Stratton scored goals for the Barbs, who finished with an 8-1-1 mark in the NI Big 12 East. DeKalb is 11-2-5 overall.
Knights down Spartans: Arsim Azemi scored the lone goal for Kaneland (13-3-2, 7-2-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) in a 1-0 victory over Sycamore.
Kushstrim Ismaili had the assist.
Co-op remains undefeated: DeKalb/Sycamore swimming co-op dominated another meet, winning all 11 events on its way to a 116-40 victory over Fenton.
Natalie Carlson (50-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly), Bailey Flemming (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke) and Jensen Keck (100 free, 100 breast stroke) each won two events for the co-op. Alexa Miller took first in the 500 free and Kylie Olson won the 200 free.
Keck, Miller, Carlson and Emily Cook teamed to win the 200 medley relay while Flemming, Carlson, Jessie Howland and Kate Barrefi took first in the 200 free relay. Flemming, Keck, Miller and Olson won the 400 free relay.
The co-op team remained undefeated on the season at 8-0.
"Our championship meets are coming right around the corner," co-op coach Leah Eames said. "Winning these meets and posting times as far as career-bests, we're right about where we need to be."
Indian Creek downs Paw Paw: The Timberwolves climbed back about .500 with a 25-16, 25-9 victory over Paw Paw. Indian Creek (11-10, 4-3 Little Ten Conference) was led by Kristen Hauck with three aces and Dallas Boehne, who dished out 10 assists. Kate Thuestad chipped in with 12 kills and five digs.
"I was really impressed with Kristen, serving consistently. I'd still like to see us play a little more consistent," Indian Creek coach Stephanie Crutcher said. "We've got the potential of nine games left to play in tournaments...which can really help that."
The Timberwolves play in tournaments on Friday and Saturday before hosting Newark on Tuesday for their final conference match.
Sycamore tops Kaneland: The Spartans won a tough three-set match against Kaneland, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, to stay in first place in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.
Brittany Huber led the Spartans with 12 kills while Hannah Knox added 10 kills and Christina Dailey had 23 digs.
Sycamore is now 20-9 on the season, including a 6-2 mark in conference.
Shayna Tucek had 30 digs in the loss for Kaneland while Ellie Dunn had seven kills and three blocks.
Cogs lose BNC match: Genoa-Kingston lost two close sets in a 25-23, 25-23 loss to Rockford Christian Life.
The Cogs are now 17-11 on the season with a 7-3 mark in the Big Northern Conference East.
DeKalb downs Rochelle: The Barbs responded after Tuesday's loss to Kaneland with a 25-10, 24-26, 25-14 victory over Rochelle.
Courtney Bemis led the way with 12 kills while Madison Lord had nine kills and 18 assists.
The Barbs are 26-7, 5-3 in the NI Big 12 East.
Royals lose to Serena: Hinckley-Big Rock lost to Little Ten Conference rival Serena, 25-19, 25-13.
The Royals are now 3-4 in conference.
Somonauk upends Hiawatha: The Bobcats won a tight contest, 28-26, 20-25, 25-16, over Hiawatha on Thursday.
Dani Clark led Hiawatha with three aces and 11 kills. Savanna Campbell recorded 23 assists.
"The team played with heart and energy," Hiawatha coach Jenna Araujo said. "We are looking forward to a strong finish in the season."
Hiawatha is 5-14, including 1-6 in the Little Ten Conference.