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PREP ROUNDUP: DeKalb-Sycamore swim dominates in season opener

The DeKalb-Sycamore co-op girls swimming team started its season with a dominating win at home over Elgin, 124-35, on Thursday.

Jensen Keck took first place in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 freestyle. Bailey Flemming (200 free), Kylie Olson (100 butterfly), Ana Flavia Michelini (500 free) and Emily Cook (100 backstroke) also had first-place finishes. 

“Overall, I really couldn’t have been happier with the results of the meet,” co-op coach Leah Eames said. “I was just really happy with how the girls came together as a team and supported each other. 

“It was just an overall solid performance from everyone.”

DeKalb-Sycamore (1-0) swept all three relays. The 200 medley relay was won by Cook, Olson, Alexa Miller and Jesse Howland. Flemming, Miller, Olson and Keck combined to win the 200 free and Olson, Cook, Flemming and Keck took first place in the 400 free.


Cogs dominate opener: Genoa-Kingston started its season with a big win over Somonauk at home, sweeping the Bobcats, 25-12, 25-16. 

Bridget Halat and Sam Hansel each had seven kills. Breta Rogala dished out 14 assists while libero Olivia Cotton recorded 14 digs for the Cogs (1-0). 

“The team certainly performed above expectations to start off the season,” G-K coach Keith Foster said. “We seem to have gelled much earlier than we thought that we could.”


Cogs edge Winnebago: Danny Hansen’s late goal gave Genoa-Kingston a 5-4 victory over Winnebago on the road.

“We played a great first half with great team work,” G-K coach Randy Tate said. “I thought we did a nice job moving the ball and being under control. Overall, a much better played game than earlier this week.”

Juan Lechua scored one of his two goals in the first half and Erik Tomlinson also scored on a penalty kick to give G-K a 2-1 lead at half.

Goals by Cris Beltran and Lechuga gave G-K (1-1, 0-1 Big Northern Conference East) a 4-2 lead in the second half.

DeKalb cruises: DeKalb defeated Belvidere North, 3-0, at home in the Barb Cup.

Trevor Freeland, Sean Woodford and Esteban Ibarra each scored for the Barbs.

“I thought in the second half we responded to some of our criticisms we had at hlaftime,” DeKalb coach Brent McIntosh said. “We controlled the game much better in the second half.”

The Barbs (2-0) will play in Saturday’s championship match against Sterling.


McLean places eighth: Genoa-Kingston’s Jason McLean placed eighth in the Cogs’ triangular with Harvest Christian and Hampshire. McLean completed the three-mile course in 19 minutes, 18 seconds. 

The Cogs finished third behind first-place Harvest Christian and Hampshire. 


Hebel takes third: Nicole Hebel took third place in Genoa-Kingston’s triangular with Hampshire and Harvest Christian. Hebel finished the three-mile course in 22:07. 

G-K finished third as a team, behind first-place Hampshire and Harvest Christian. 


DeKalb falls to Belvidere North: DeKalb tennis lost to Belvidere North, 5-0, in a dual match. 



H-BR ties Oregon: Hinckley-Big Rock had a one-goal lead, but gave up a late goal to finish in a 1-1 tie with Oregon.

Jacob Morsch scored midway through the second half and was assisted by Brett Wachowiak.

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