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PREP ROUNDUP: Sycamore baseball sweeps Sterling

The Sycamore baseball team swept a doubleheader with Sterling, winning 4-1 and 3-1.

Alex Keller threw a complete game for the Spartans in game one, earning the victory, while David Scholz had two hits for Sycamore. Alec Kozak had two runs scored.

Mitchell Jordan earned the victory in Game 2, hurling a complete game. Kozak had two hits while Keller and Brett Weaver had RBIs.

"Played good the whole day and our pitching was great all day," Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh said. "We didn't swing the bats very well but got some timely hits in each game."

Cogs split with H-BR: Hinckley-Big Rock beat Genoa-Kingston, 6-5, in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday. The Cogs came back to win the second game, 12-3.

Will Crozier went 2-for-4 with four RBIs for G-K in the first game, while Jake Langford was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases. Tommy Hansen earned the win for the Cogs in Game 2, throwing six innings without giving up an earned run. Crozier went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored, while Joe Murray was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.


Spartans split with Jacobs: Jacobs beat Sycamore, 9-4, in Game 1 of a doubleheader, but the Spartans came back to get an 8-5 victory in Game 2.

Brit Huber went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs for Sycamore in Game 1, while Taylor Jones finished 2-for-4.

The Spartans' Jasmyne Taylor was 2-for-3 with a grand slam and a double in Game 2, while Tristyn Criswell finished 2-for-2 and Jordyn Schultz 2-for-5.

McKenna Marcinkowski got the win to improve to 3-2 on the season.

Sycamore is now 7-12.

"You could tell the kids really enjoyed playing today after finally getting some nice weather. We had good energy in both games. Brit Huber had a big hit in Game 1 to get us going and Jasmyne Taylor gave us a great start in Game 2 with a grand slam," Sycamore coach Jill Carpenter said. "We played outstanding defense both games and that really kept us in Game 1 and kept us winning Game 2. Our outfield played exceptionally well, running down some tough outs, getting to their backups and throwing three people out. McKenna did a nice job hitting her spots for the most part and the defense really stepped up behind her."


Cogs get shutout: Genoa-Kingston defeated Harvard, 6-0, to improve to 6-9 and 4-5 in conference play.

Shannon Schumacher had two goals for the Cogs, with Viviana Beltran, Nicole Hebel, Katie Gahlbeck and Perla Orozco also scoring. Hebel, Danielle Johnson and Abbey Rasmussen had assists.

"Once we got going in the first half we really pressed their defense and got our attack organized well to put in some nice shots," G-K coach Randy Tate said. "I thought we played well as a unit and we were able to have a balanced attack with several players invovled with our scoring. The defense also held strong, limiting their offense to very little opportunities."


DeKalb wins invite: DeKalb won the Harlem Invitational with 7-0 wins over the host Huskies and Elgin Larkin and a 5-2 win over East Moline United. Matt Kulma (No. 1 singles) and Phil Henrickson (No. 2 singles) each had three victories.

The Barbs also beat Rochelle, 4-1. Kulma and Henrickson had wins, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Nick Sablich and Ben Hart and the No. 3 doubles combo of Nick Seldal and Logan Parsons.


Johnsen leads the way for H-BR: Hinckley-Big Rock competed at the 22-team Oregon Hawk Classic. Christian Johnsen was the Royals' top performer, finishing fourth in the long jump at 20 feet, 2 inches. Bill Weissinger took fifth in the high jump and Mack Carls was sixth in the discus.


Spartans advance to state: Sycamore took third at the Pierce Lake Sectional to earn a spot in the IHSA State Tournament. DeKalb was sixth and Genoa-Kingston took ninth. Sycamore's Chris Cartell had the big bass of the day at 4.10 pounds.


Hawks get LTC win: Freshman Madison Marshall pitched a complete game for Hiawatha in a 14-3 win over Hinckley-Big Rock.


Royals top ACC: Jacqueline Madden scored the game-winning goal for Hinckley-Big Rock in a 2-1 win over Aurora Central Catholic. Andrea Binckley had the other tally for H-BR, who is now 8-5-2.


Kaneland wins CLC Invite: Kyle Carter finished first in the 800-meter run for Kaneland with a time of 1:58.20 as the Knights won the Crystal Lake Central Invite with 140.5 points.

The Knights' 800 relay of Dylan Pennington, Brandon Cottier, Issac Swithers and Brnadon Bishop took first at 1:31.92. Kaneland's 1600 relay of Bishop, Carter, Dylan Nauert and Nathaniel Kucera also won with a mark of 3:22.88.

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