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Prep roundup: DeKalb boys golf second at conference meet

DeKalb’s Austin Freeman tees off on the 18th hole Wednesday at the Northern Illinois Big 12 meet at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle.
DeKalb’s Austin Freeman tees off on the 18th hole Wednesday at the Northern Illinois Big 12 meet at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle.

The DeKalb boys golf team finished second at the Northern Illinois Big 12 meet held at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle. 

The Barbs finished with a 312, four strokes behind Yorkville. Kaneland was third in the East division with a 321, while Sycamore was fourth at 335. 

The Barbs’ Austin Freeman and Jacob Cook each shot 77 to tie for fifth overall. Connor Hoyle and Ben Helms both shot 79, good for ninth overall.

Sycamore’s Ryan Aurand shot 77 to also tie for fifth and Kaneland’s Matt Yonkovich was third with a even-par 72. 

“I’m proud of our kids. I thought they played well, we just got beat by a team that had two guys that shot lights out,” DeKalb coach John Cordes said. “Yorkville’s top two players both shot under par. We were pretty deep from top to bottom. We gave it as good a run as we could have.”

Brody Kuhar (81), Jake Hed (83) and Stephen Cannell (85) also scored for Kaneland.

“Hopefully, we can get our game going by next week,” Knights coach Mark Meyer said. “This is one of those tournaments where we want to take what we can from it and learn from our mistakes and improve for the next tournament. Keep looking ahead so that we can do better on Tuesday.”


Cogs sweep: Genoa-Kingston defeated Harvard in two games, 25-21, 25-18, at home.

Lindsay Sunderlage finished with six blocks while Sam Hansel had five blocks. Oliva Cotton had 16 digs while Bridget Halat recorded five kills.

“We had a solid day at the net,” G-K coach Keith Foster said. “We had a well-rounded offense tonight.”

G-K is 12-8, including 5-2 in the Big Northern Conference East.

Indian Creek loses in three: Indian Creek lost to Westminster Christian, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, on the road.

Rebecca Goodrich recorded four kills, Hannah Mathews had 11 assists, Josie Diehl chipped in with five kills and Bailey Martenson had 14 digs for the Timberwolves (6-9).

“I changed the lineup in the first game and it did not go well,” Indian Creek coach Stephanie Crutcher said. “We were right there. I’m happy with the way we played. I’m kind of kicking myself in the butt for changing it.”


Cogs roll: Genoa-Kingston defeated North Boone, 8-2, at home. The Cogs got goals from Tommy Hanse, William Crozier (2), Erik Tomlinson (2), Uriel Ortega, Danny Hansen and Cris Beltran. Tomlinson had three assists whle Juan DaSilva had two. Ortega and Andrew Caldwell each recorded one assist.

“We got off to a quick early start tonight. We played well as a team with great ball movement and combination passing,” G-K coach Randy Tate said. “Erik Tomlinson had a nice game and was involved in a lot of the scoring. Overall, a nice solid team effort.”

G-K is 9-5-1, including 5-2-1 in the Big Northern Conference East.


Indian Creek rolls: Indian Creek defeated St. Edward, 196-212, at Wing Park in Elgin.

Lauren Francis shot 41, Delaney Bend had a 46, Katherine Nolan carded a 54 and Sammy Bergstrand came in at 55 for the Timberwolves.

“Lauren Francis shot her personal best after working very hard on her game the past couple days,” Indian Creek coach Keith Haag said.

Cogs finish seventh: Genoa-Kingston finished in seventh place at the Big Northern Conference tournament. The Cogs shot 438, while Richmond-Burton won the meet with a 361.

Andrea Strohmaier placed third individually with an 85, while Katie Thurlby finished in a tie for 10th after carding a 96.



Sycamore downs Rochelle: Sycamore defeated Rochelle, 25-17, 19-25, 25-21, on the road Tuesday.

The Spartans (6-7, 2-3 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) go on the road to play Dixon today.


H-BR edges St. Edward: Hinckley-Big Rock defeated St. Edward, 208-217, at Wing Park in Elgin.

H-BR was led by junior Emily Herrmann’s 50 while Sophie Peters and Erin Lyons each carded a 52. Emily Clark shot 54 to cap the scoring.

The Royals play Indian Creek today.

“All four of our scores came from players that will be returning next year,” H-BR coach Greg Jourdan said. “It was a great opportunity for these girls to take ownership of a meet and produce a victory.”


Hiawatha’s Nordgren sixth at G-K meet: Hiawatha’s P.J. Nordgren finished in sixth place in 15:56 at the Matt Walter Invite, hosted by Genoa-Kingston.

Genoa-Kingston’s Jason McClean took 46th for the Cogs, who finished in 11th.


Hebel 32nd at G-K: Genoa-Kingston’s Nicole Hebel was the Cogs’ top finisher, placing 32nd at the Matt Walter Invite, hosted by Genoa-Kingston. The Cogs took ninth out of 11 teams.

Hiawatha’s Christa Nordgren was 36th in 22:24.

Kevin Druley contributed to this report.

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