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Prep roundup: Sycamore bowling wins 1st NI Big 12 title

The Sycamore boys bowling team won its first Northern Illinois Big 12 title Monday, as the Spartans rolled a 7,055 at Streator. DeKalb took second with a 7,023.

Sycamore’s Kyle Bonnell won the individual title with a 1,347. The Spartans’ Alex Burchard took third with a 1,318 and Brendan Frank was eighth after rolling a 1,234.

“We battled as a team today, there was very tough competition there today, this team sticks together through everything,” Spartans
coach Aaron Williams said. “I was so proud of these guys today, especially my seniors – Alex, Brendan and Kyle led this team like I expected them to.”

Michael Belluzzi rolled a 1,322 for DeKalb, which was good for second behind Bonnell. Ranzy Collins had a 1,206 series for the Barbs.


G-K comes back to beat Woodstock: Despite trailing by nine points at halftime, the Genoa-Kingston boys basketball team beat Woodstock North, 62-53, in a nonconference game.

Tommy Hansen led the Cogs with 25 points. Tommy Lucca added 17 while Connor Bankson finished with eight.

G-K is now 11-5.

“After a little halftime talk, we came out pretty inspired. It was time for us to step up to the plate and take some accountability, and I think the guys did that tonight,” G-K coach Corey Jenkins said. “They started playing where we were a month ago, playing to that level again. That’s pretty exciting to see.”

Hawks’ comeback not enough: Mike Mercado had 20 points for Hiawatha in a 68-63 loss to Rockford Christian Life. Alex Flores added 19 points for the Hawks (1-8) and Evan Williams had 10.

Hiawatha was down 10 points at halftime but got back into the game thanks to a 10-0 run after switching to a man-to-man defense.

“Really hard-fought game,” Hawks coach Franz Schumacher said. “The progress we’re making is tremendous. We’re excited about where we’re headed.”


H-BR gets LTC win: Hinckley-Big Rock topped Paw Paw 52-16. Karrigan Cowan led the Royals with 15 points, while Lauren Paver finished with 11 and Jacqueline Madden had eight. Lexi Gonzalez added seven.

H-BR will play Lisle on Wednesday in a game rescheduled from Jan. 6.

Cogs suffer close loss: Genoa-Kingston fell to Marengo, 37-34. Andrea Strohmaier led the Cogs with nine points, while Julie Galauner added eight.

G-K is now 5-12 and 1-4 in conference play.


Co-op remains unbeaten: DeKalb-Sycamore beat Ottawa, 54-40. The scores were lower because Ottawa only has a four-lane pool, and the meet was scored differently as well.

Daniel Hein won both the 100 and 200 freestyle for the co-op. Dylan Powers won the 100 butterfly, while Ryan Schultz took home the 500 freestyle and Jacob Bjork won the 100 breaststroke.

The DeKalb-Sycamore team of Holden Mackey, Michael Carlson, Powers and Hein won the 400 freestyle relay.

The co-op has won every meet it has competed in this year, dual or invite.

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