PREP ROUNDUP: Sycamore's Fank takes 23rd at state
Sycamore bowler Brendan Fank finished 23rd at the IHSA state bowling tournament in O'Fallon with a grand total of 2,609 pins from the two days.
Fank had three-game series' of 697 and 616 in Saturday's final day. He rolled a perfect 300 in his third game. Fank also had games of 204 and 242.
The Spartans qualified for state as a team, but failed to qualify for the second round, finishing Day 1 in 15th place.
G-K tops North Boone in shootout: Genoa-Kingston defeated North Boone, 91-72. Tommy Hansen finished with 30 points for the Cogs, with Sal Lopez adding 25. Tommy Lucca had eight points and 12 assists.
G-K is now 14-6 and 6-1 in conference play.
Cogs suffer loss: Winnebago defeated Genoa-Kingston, 41-30, in a Big Northern Conference crossover game.
Julie Galauner led the Cogs with 15 points, while Andrea Strohmaier added six.
"It was our first game in 16 days," G-K coach Kyle Henkel said. "I thought the girls really came out and played hard. We led into the fourth quarter."
T’wolves fall: Newark beat Indian Creek, 66-58, giving the Timberwolves their first conference loss. Both teams came into the game unbeaten in league play.
Garrett Post led Indian Creek (11-6, 5-1 LTC) with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Garrison Govig added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the T'wolves.
Mercado with a big game for Hawks on senior night: Hiawatha senior Mike Mercado scored 31 points against Serena, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks suffered a 74-61 loss. Pancho Garcia had 17 points for Hiawatha.
"I was proud of the kids and their effort," Hawks coach Franz Schumacher said. "They're really working hard."
Kaneland beats St. Edward: A few fans seated in the front row of St. Edward’s home bleachers shifted back one row Friday at the request of a pregame public address announcement.
The maneuver protected an already cozy sideline from getting slick, but every other spot on the floor was fair game for the Kaneland boys basketball team.
Senior John Pruett weaved through Green Wave defenders most often, scoring a career-high 29 points in a 65-55 victory. Fittingly, Pruett shrugged his shoulders and credited some basic tutelage from coach Brian Johnson, who won in his return to his alma mater.
“Whatever I thought was open, I went to it. Just tried to score,” Pruett said. “Just go up strong and try to finish.”
Classmate Tyler Carlson joined Pruett in double figures with 19 points, providing some welcome stability for the 10-6 Knights, who were playing for the first time since Jan. 17.
Knights drop conference game: Kaneland lost to Yorkville, 53-35, in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East game. Kelly Wallner finished with a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Knights (9-13, 2-4 NI Big 12 East).
Cogs seventh at Rockford Lutheran: Genoa-Kingston finished 7th in the 13-team Rockford Lutheran Tournament, as the Cogs tallied 80.5 points. Medal-winners for GK included: Brent Dehmlow (2nd, 113 pounds), Christian Ordlock (4th, 120), Danny Peters (3rd, 138), Joe Murray (2nd, 160) and Tyler Bennett (3rd, 285).
Kaneland beats Batavia: Kaneland’s hopes for victory Friday rested in the hands of a wrestler who could count his varsity experience using one hand.
Freshman Hayden Patterson’s 11-2 victory in the final match of the night at 132 pounds gave the Knights (15-7) a 37-32 nonconference victory over Batavia.
“It was really hard,” Patterson said of dealing with the pressure on him. “I had to keep going and couldn’t give up. I know we were both sweating and I couldn’t even grip anything.”
Pins by Dane Goodenough (138 pounds), Riley Vanik (145), and Tom Price (170) helped the Knights jump out to a 24-0 lead, along with decisions from George Strang (152) and Austin Parks (160).
Austin Kedzie added a pin for the Knights at 106. Kaneland’s Matthew Redman held off a late charge by Joe Posledni to hang on for a 12-11 victory at 126.
Kevin Druley, Dennis D. Jacobs and Kevin Murphy contributed to this report.