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Prep Roundup: Sycamore’s Aurand advances to sectionals

Austin Freeman of DeKalb tees off during the St. Charles East 3A Boys Golf Regional at St. Andrews Golf Course in West Chicago Tuesday morning.
Austin Freeman of DeKalb tees off during the St. Charles East 3A Boys Golf Regional at St. Andrews Golf Course in West Chicago Tuesday morning.

AURORA – Sycamore’s Ryan Aurand advanced to sectionals for the second straight season by qualifying individually with a 4-over-par 75 at Tuesday’s Class 2A Aurora Central Catholic Boys Golf Regional at Phillips Park Golf Course.

Aurand said his 10-foot, downhill, right-breaking putt to save par on the 14th hole reinforced that his round was headed down the right path. He saved the fist-pumping for a later date.

“It’s only regionals, I can’t get too excited about it yet,” said Aurand, one of only two seniors on the Spartans.

Aurand said he’s never played at Park Hills in Freeport, where Monday’s sectional will be held, but plans to play a practice round there Sunday.

The Spartans’ Martin Hurst was the team’s second-best scorer, shooting an 85 that was three strokes off the individual cut. Sycamore’s team score of 352 was eighth out of 10 teams at the regional, with Burlington Central taking the team title with a program record 295. 

Kaneland’s depth kept the Knights alive for another week.

Kaneland tied St. Edward for the third and final advancing spot, but the Knights move on to sectionals based on a fifth-score tiebreaker.

The Knights advanced to the IHSA 2A state tournament as a team last year, and now will have the opportunity to make it again Monday.

“It means a lot to us,” Kaneland senior Matt Yonkovich said. “It means we’ve got to practice hard this next week. We’ve got to shoot better as a team at sectionals to advance.” 

Yonkovich paced Kaneland with a 4-under-par 67. That score, remarkably, was not enough to nab the individual title, which went to Burlington Central’s Matt Weber (66).

Still, Yonkovich thinks his sparkling round “will stand out quite a bit” to prospective college recruiters.”[Weber’s] a really good golfer,” Yonkovich said. “It’s a little upsetting [not to win with 67], but he did good.”

Brody Kuhar (78), Jeremy Faletto (81) and Jesse Denton and Stephen Cannell (84 each) also came through for Kaneland (310 team score).

Indian Creek advances: Indian Creek took second place at the Class A Putnam County Regional, shooting a team score of 355.

Peyton Gatz (86), David Boehne (88), Drew Headley (90) and Emerson Witte (91) contributed to the scoring for Indian Creek, which will play Monday in the Byron Sectional.

Barbs take sixth: DeKalb boys golf took 6th at the Class 3A St. Charles East Regional, shooting a 336. Sophomores Connor Hoyle (81) and Ben Melms (84) advanced as individuals to the sectional round.

Melms advanced after playing in a playoff with four golfers. Jacob Cook, who also shot an 84, did not advance. Austin Freeman shot 87 to complete the Barbs’ scoring.

“I was happy for both of those guys because they’re getting to experience what it’s like to go to a sectional,” DeKalb coach John Cordes said. “I think it will really pay off for next year.”

Cogs fourth: Genoa-Kingston took fourth at the Class 2A Belvidere North Regional, shooting 360 collectively. The Cogs were only two shots behind Winnebago for the third team qualifying spot. Tommy Lucca (75) and Nick Adamczyk (77) advanced individually for the Cogs.

H-BR finishes 11th: Hinckley-Big Rock finished 11th at the Class A Westminster Christian Regional, shooting a team score of 431.


Barbs win in three: DeKalb held on for a 25-20, 22-25, 25-23 win over LaSalle-Peru at home.

DeKalb got 13 kills from Courtney Bemis and 11 from Abby Hickey. Madison Lord dished out 31 assists and Nicole Schladt had 20 digs for the Barbs (17-3, 5-0).

Cogs run past North Boone: Genoa-Kingston defeated North Boone, 25-14, 25-9 in a Big Northern Conference road match.

Bridget Halat finished with 11 kills and Olivia Cotton had 11 digs. Bria Rogalla had five aces on the night for G-K (13-8, 6-2).

Indian Creek downs Hiawatha: Indian Creek defeated Hiawatha, 25-15, 25-13, in the consolation semifinals of the Little Ten tournament.

Rebecca Goodrich recorded five kills, Kayla Kauffman had three aces, Rebecca Boehne dished out 12 assists, Bailey Martenson chipped in with 8 digs, Emma Goodrich had 11 kills and Josie Diehl had four kills for the Timberwolves (7-11).  


Barbs cruise: DeKalb defeated Yorkville, 4-1, to remain undefeated in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.

Akim Suraji and Trevor Freeland each had two goals while Sean Woodford and Dylan Hottsmith each recorded two assists.

“We did a good job of building off the Moline performance. Our defending was really solid,” DeKalb coach Brent McIntosh said. “Specifically, Skyler Weissar and Owen Smith played very well for us.”

DeKalb is 13-2, 7-0 in conference.

Sommerfeld ties record: Tim Sommerfeld tied a school record with five goals in Indian Creek’s 5-1 win over Paw Paw in the consolation semifinal of the Little Ten tournament.

Jeremy Potter made 14 saves in net while Trevor Guerra and Jake Dodd each had two assists for Indian Creek (4-13-1).

G-K downs Marengo: Genoa-Kingston defeated Marengo, 5-2, in a Big Northern Conference match.

Juan DaSilva had two goals while Brett Devine, Garrett Windau and William Crozier also scored. Uriel Ortega had three assists on the day.

The Cogs (11-6-1, 7-3-1-) play Rockford Christian on Thursday at home.

Kaneland rallies past Morris: Kaneland defeated Morris, 3-2, in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East matchup. Two goals from Angel Esconfrias in the second half gave Kaneland  the victory. Arsim Azemi scored in the first half and also had an assist. 


Sycamore wins invite: Sycamore won the 5-team Winnebago Invite with 28 points.

Maggie Lalowski finished first, completing the 2.05-mile course in 11:43. Stephanie Cole was third in 12:54 while Hannah Cerny took fifth in 13:02. Kylie Ocker (ninth, 13:51) and Amy Schroeder (10th, 13:53) rounded out the scoring for Sycamore.


Kaneland shuts out Ottawa: Kaneland defeated Ottawa, 7-0, in a home dual match. Sammie Schrepferman, Stephanie Zwick and Emily Lutter each won easily in two sets in singles.

The doubles teams of Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil and Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz cruised in straight sets. Kaylee Shoaff and Mallory Dugan combined to win in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles.



Ottawa downs DeKalb: Ottawa defeated DeKalb, 4-1, in a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover match. Mary Ellen Green won at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-4.

• Jay Schwab contributed to this report.

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