Daily Chronicle Athlete of the Week
Nate Nesler, Genoa-Kingston
Why Nesler was selected
The defensive back had an interception as part of the Cogs' 41-13 win at Rock Falls on Friday to start the season. The Chronicle spoke to Nesler about what he expects from the defense and what an opening week win means for a young Genoa-Kingston team
• On what a win means for a team that's loaded with juniors on the offensive line
"I think it's a big confidence boost for us having such a young group and trying to get a handle on that whole varsity feel. It was great. There was a little lull at halftime, but we got over it and it was a big confidence boost for our young guys."
• On how the defense played overall in Week 1
"The defense was what we expected. Obviously there were a few mistakes but its only Week 1. We can't get too wrapped up in that. We did a lot of great things in Week 1 and we know we'll continue to mature."
• On two road games to start the year. Last year, the Cogs rallied around the Road Warriors nickname
"It still gets brought up a little by the seniors because it was such a big thing last year. But this is a new team, and we're trying to move on from last yer. We're ready to start something new and create our own legacy with a new motto this year."
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GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Sycamore wins at G-K: Sycamore won the four-team at Walcamp hosted by Genoa-Kingston on Thursday.
The Spartans won with 23 points while the Cogs were second with 36.
Hannah Kirby (19:19) and Reagan Wesley (20:13) finished first and second overall for the Spartans, whith Ali Flatter fifth in 21:01.
DeKalb sweeps Burlington Central: The Barbs 25-22, 25-19 winners on the road.
Lydia Sabanish had 17 digs and two aces, Julia O'Brien had eight kills and eight digs, and Kallie Siebrasse had eight kills and five digs.
Bella Finch had 21 assists and six digs and Ally Lawler had seven digs.
Kaneland storms back: After losing the first game, the Knights won the last two games for a 22-25, 25-20, 25-14 win over Marian.
Katie Jablonski and Sydney Fedderly had 10 kills each with Grace Franz added seven. Fedderly also had 15 assists, three aces and eight digs. Jablonski had 12 digs. Shelby Hannula had a team-best 16 assists.
DeKalb sweeps Rochelle: The Barbs opened conference play with a 5-0 win at the Hubs.
Dasjha Egusso and KD Jasson won at singles, while the doubles teams of Josie Hoppenworth and Izi Meyer Miller, Kayla Webb and Charlotte Medina, and Hannah Mooberry and Addie Lopez also won.
It was the second win in as many days for DeKalb (2-4 overall, 1-0 Northern Illinois Big 12).
Sycamore beats Fenton: The Spartans rolled to a 7-0 win.
Austin Bunge picked up the second half hat trick, while Drew Tronc scored goals in each half. Tom Kruis and Jacob Jovanovich also scored in the first half.
The Spartans (2-2) play in the third-place game Saturday against Glenbard North.
Kaneland falls to Batavia: The Knights gave up two goals in the first 11 minutes of a 3-0 loss.
The Knights fell to 0-4 on the year.
Marengo trips up G-K: Marengo scored the final three goals is a 4-1 win.
The Cogs outshot the Indians 6-4 in a scoreless first half. Marengo scored in the 48th minute, then G-K scored on a scramble by Eagan Reams, assisted by Aiden Tomlinson in the 57th minute.
Marengo scored two minutes later and didn't relinquish the lead again.
H-BR stays perfect: Cody Cleveland led the way with a 43 as the Royals beat Westminster Christian, 190-238.
Keith Hermann added a 45 for the Royals.
NIU set to host tourney: The Northern Illinois University volleyball team will host its second tournament of the 2018 season this weekend as Nevada, Virginia, and Northern Kentucky come to Victor E. Court for the Holiday Inn Express Invitational.
The Huskies’ block has been a strength early in the 2018 season. NIU is second in the Mid-American Conference in blocks, averaging 2.44 per set. Freshman Jasmine Kemp (DeKalb) is averaging 1.31 blocks per set, second-best in the MAC. She has had seven blocks in each of her last two matches.
“The three teams we’re playing this weekend played against great teams,” coach Ray Gooden said. “They had battles across the board in every category. For us, it’s about continuing to find where our strengths are. We did an OK job getting kills where we have struggled in the past. We continue to improve blocking, and we’ve done a good job at the service line. Now we just have to stay consistent.”
Kaneland boys golf tops Sycamore: The Knights beat their NIB 12 rivals in the their home opener, 151-176.
Will Marshall was the medalist with a 33, Ryan Milton added a 37 and Bryce Stair a 38.