Sycamore swept a doubleheader against West Chicago at home on Saturday.
The Spartans won the first game, 6-5, on a walk-off double by Alec Kozak. Nathan Haacker had two hits and two RBIs, including a home run, while Brett Weaver also had two hits and two RBIs. Cole Nelson pitched a complete game for his second win of the season.
Sycamore won the second game, 9-3, behind four strong innings from Weaver, who also hit a three-run home run. Cooper Vinz had three hits while Haacker and Davey Scholz each had two hits. Haacker also had three RBIs.
The Spartans (6-4, 2-2 Northern Illinois Big 12) play Morris at 4:30 p.m. today at home.
Cogs drop doubleheader: Genoa-Kingston lost to Aurora Central Catholic, 5-2 and 19-5.
DeKalb loses first game of season: DeKalb lost its first game of the season, 5-2, to Oswego East. Hannah Walter was 2 for 3, but the Barbs committed five errors in the game. DeKalb (10-1) plays Yorkville on Tuesday at home.
Sycamore swept: Sycamore was swept in a doubleheader by Stillman Valley. The Spartans lost the first game, 6-4, and fell in the second game, 6-2.
Tristyn Criswell was 3 for 8 on the day. McKenna Marcinkowski was 1 for 3 with a double and three RBIs in the first game while Jasmyne Taylor was 2 for 3 with two RBIs in the second game. Sycamore is 4-8 overall.
Ginther earns praise in Knights’ loss: At Maple Park, Kaneland fell to St. Charles East, 2-0. “Sometimes it felt like there were 15 girls out there because it seemed like every time we were trying to make our pass, there they were,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said of his team’s inability to move the ball in the Saints’ territory.
“We couldn’t string together enough passes today. They were quick enough to move over and cut off our passing lanes. They are an aggressive and fast team."
While St. Charles East gave the Knights (3-3-1) few scoring opportunities in the nonconference match, Kaneland’s strong defense, led by Purdue-bound goalkeeper Jordan Ginther, kept the Saints from running away with the match.
“We had the lion’s share of the possessions,” said Saints coach Paul Jennison. “We came up against a very good keeper today. She made four or five saves today that most keepers wouldn’t make. She was, hands down, the best goalkeeper we have seen all year.”
Forward Shannon Rasmussen scored both goals for the 9-9-1 Saints.
“Our defense was outstanding [Saturday],” Parillo said. “They were constantly under pressure and were able to clear out most of the balls. And you got to remember that one of them, Sage [Schlehofer], is a freshman.”
East scored its first goal 69 seconds into the match, when the ball rebounded off Rasumussen into the net and she scored her team’s second goal on a free kick with 3:36 left in the contest before the Knights got in position.
“It’s never fun to lose but St. Charles [East] is a quality team,” Parillo said. “It’s good for our girls to play schools like that because it only makes us better.”
G-K splits: Genoa-Kingston split four games at the St. Edward Tournament. The Cogs beat Elgin Academy, 5-0, and defeated Harvest Christian, 1-0. G-K also lost to St. Edward and Streamwood. Shannon Schumacher had three goals on the day, including the game-winner against Harvest Christian.
Viviana Beltran had two goals while Nicole Hebel scored the other. Alyssa Edwards posted two shutouts in goal.
“We played very well together as a team,” G-K coach Randy Tate said of the Cogs’ game against Elgin Academy. “We were looking for each other and finding each other to connect some nice passes. Defense played solid in the back.”
The Cogs are 2-5 overall and play Burlington Central today.
Sycamore falls: Sycamore lost, 4-0, to Hersey in the Pepsi Showdown.
Kaneland second at Ottawa Invite: At Ottawa, individual top-flight titles from Dylan Kuipers (pole vault, 13-0) and Nathaniel Kucera (800 meters, 1:58.35) helped keep Kaneland competitive. The Knights (182 points) were a narrow runner-up to Metamora (189) in the 15-team event. Kaneland’s 4x400 relay of Brandon Bishop, Kucera, Kyle Carter and Dylan Nauert also was victorious, finishing in 3:30.12.
DeKalb finished seventh with 107 points, Sycamore finished ninth with 79.5 points. Sycamore was led in the top-flight competition by sophomore Dion Hooker who won the 200 meters (23.50) and the 100 meters (10.52).
DeKalb’s Marc Dubrick won the top-flight competition of the 1,600 in 4:27.52 and the 3,200 in 9:45.16.
Kaneland second at home meet: At Maple Park, Host Kaneland (301 points) challenged Huntley (324) for the title at the eight-team Jenni’s ABC Meet. The Knights’ Lauren Zick won titles in the top flights of the 100 (12.30), 200 (25.65) and long jump (17-6). Victoria Clinton was among Kaneland’s other winners, running the 800 in 2:34.47.
Kulma, Henrickson fourth at Geneva: DeKalb’s Matt Kulma and Phil Henrickson took fourth place in the first and second singles, respectively.
The doubles team of Ben Hart and Nick Sablich finished in sixth place at No. 1 doubles.
FRIDAY’S LATE RESULTS
Clark 5th in 800: Hinckley-Big Rock’s Kristen Clark took fifth in the 800 meters at the Seneca Irish Invitational on Friday. The 4x800 relay of Katie Hoffman, Lexi Seierstad, Emily Clark and Kristen Clark took fourth while the 4x400 relay team of Beth Klein, Hoffman, Kristen Clark and Emily Clark was sixth. Neisendorf repeats: Genoa-Kingston’s Danielle Neisendorf repeated as champion of the high jump at the Seneca Invite with a mark of 5-4. G-K’s 4x100 (Felicia Olson, Carly Fischer, Brianna Kramer, Neisendorf) and 4x200 relays (Olson, Fischer, Kramer, Neisendorf) both finished second while Vanessa Garza took fifth in the triple jump.
VanWyhe fourth in hudles: Indian Creek’s Alexis VanWyhe was fourth in the 300 hurdles. Nicole Goodrich was fourth in the discus while Kate Thuestad was fourth in the shot put.
G-K takes second: Genoa-Kingston took second place at the 16-team Seneca Invitational. Weissinger wins high jump: Billy Weissinger won the high jump and took seventh in the 400 at the Seneca Irish Invitational.
Mack Carls was third in the discus and Michael was fourth in the triple jump. Christian Johnsen placed seventh in the high jump and long jump while Zach McNanna was eighth in the 300 hurdles.
Weissinger wins HJ: Billy Weissinger won the high jump and took seventh in the 400 at the Seneca Irish Invitational. Mack Carls was third in the discus and Michael was fourth in the triple jump. Christian Johnsen placed seventh in the high jump and long jump while Zach McNanna was eighth in the 300 hurdles.
• Jared Birchfield contributed to this report.