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Prep roundup: Kaneland girls v'ball opens with split

Kaneland girls volleyball coach Cyndi Violette picked up her first win and loss of the 2010s on the same day.

Opening pool play in the Wheaton North tournament Wednesday behind Violette, who guided the program about 15 years ago, the Knights advanced to Saturday’s silver championship bracket by rebounding for a 23-25, 25-19, 27-26 win in their second match after an opening loss (25-17, 25-15) to Glenbard South.

“We played much better against Romeoville,” Violett said, “and the girls really started playing like themselves.”

Violette returned to the Knights’ bench just a few days before preseason practice started after predecessor Kerri McCastland accepted a dean’s position at DeKalb.

She served as an assistant in the program after stepping down from the head coaching position, citing family and the pursuit of her master’s degree.

“It felt good to finally get that first match under our belts tonight,” Violett said. “There was some relief, I think, and it just helped a lot.”

Spartans win opener: Sycamore defeated Plano in straight sets in nonconference action to start the season.


Indian Creek wins tourney: Indian Creek shot a 14-under-par 57 to win the 10-team Norseman Scramble at Whitetail Ridge Golf Course in Yorkville.

Team members were Peyton Gatz, Drew Headley, David Boehne, Jak Wieseler and Emerson Witte.

Royals drop nonconference dual: Amboy defeated Hinckley-Big Rock, 174-212, in a nonconference dual at Shady Oaks in Amboy.



Barbs open Barb Cup with win: DeKalb defeated Belvidere North, 1-0, in its first match of the Barb Cup in DeKalb. The Barbs are competing in the Orange Pool and finish pool play against Burlington Central at 6:30 p.m. today. Also, in Barb Cup action, Sterling defeated Freeport, 6-2, in Black Pool play.

Spartans win two: Sycamore won two matches to win Group D at the Earlville-Leland tournament.

Sycamore won, 8-0, vs. Bishop McNamara and, 3-1, against Winnetka North Shore County Day.


Cogs compete at Rocket Invite: The Genoa-Kingston boys team finished in sixth place, while the Lady Cogs finished eighth at the Rocket Invite at Centennial Park in Rock Falls.

Andy Voltz, CJ McPherson and Ethan Bode led GK in the boys race all finishing within 3 seconds of each other at 19:15, 19:17 and 19:18 respectively. Brianna Campbell was the top girls place-winner as she finished the 3-mile course in 24:43 with Anna Drendel right behind her at 25:11.


Hawks pick up win: Hiawatha defeated Westminster Christian, 16-25, 25-18, 25-12 in nonconference action.

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