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Area roundup: Occhipinti third, Kaneland second, Sycamore fifth at Peoria XC meet

Fifth at a state championship-caliber meet on the surface seems like a great result.

But Sycamore coach Mike Lambdin said his Spartans, who were seeded first coming into the Race to the Finish at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, felt let down by taking fifth with 286 points in the 2A boys race, behind winner Dixon (105) and runners-up Kaneland (148).

"It was a very somber feeling among the boys when the race was done," Lambdin said. "We were ranked as the best team in the meet so to finish fifth was disappointing. It was an eye opener. It lets us know what we need to get done if we want to reach our goals for the season."

There were races in all three classes for both boys and girls. Katherine Olsen had a great race for DeKalb, taking eighth in 17:21.20 in the 3A girls race as DeKalb was 15th. In the 2A boys race, Daniel Occhipinti was third in 15:22.8 to help the Knights finish second overall. The Sycamore girls were 16th in the 2A race and Genoa-Kingston was 20th in the 1A girls race. The Cog boys were 35th in the 1A boys race, and the DeKalb boys were 20th in 3A.

For the Spartan boys, David Lerohl took 17th in 16:02 and Aaron Tier was 33rd in 16:18. But no other Spartan was within 25 seconds, odd for the pack team, Lamdin said.

"The success of this team is a pack team, and the pack did not hold together," Lambdin said. "Lerohl and Trier were close to where they were supposed to be but at least three others are supposed to be with them and they were not close today."

For the Sycamore girls, Hannah Kirby was 30th in 19:03. Coach Adam Bezinovich said fifth runner Chey Judd was a big part of the girls finishing ahead of a ranked team in the meet with her 20:59.

Aidan Donahue was 21st for the DeKalb boys in 15:17.1, while teammate Emmanuel Yepiz was 26th in 15:20.8. In addition to Occhipinti for Kaneland, Jacob Wieglos was 19th in 16:03.9.

Ryan Wade paced Genoa-Kingston with an 18:04.1 on the boys side, while Alex Jerbi was 53rd with a 20:29.1 for the Cog girls.


DeKalb blasts Harlem: The Barbs were 8-0 winners on the road.

Mauro Talamantes, Andrew Leon and Isaak Cordova each scored two goals, while Thomas Vilet and Julian Garcia added single goals. Tyler Scarbrough had three assists.

IC rolls past Winnebago: Drew Gaston scored five goals as the Timberwolves won, 9-3.

Cameron Russell and Jaeden Bouma each scored twice. Russell had three assists for Indian Creek (6-2).


NIU falls to Alabama: The Northern Illinois University volleyball team wrapped up the Hampton Inn Bama Bash on Saturday afternoon with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-12 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide at Foster Auditorium.

“It was our first chance to play for a title this season,” said head coach Ray Gooden following Saturday’s match. “We had moments where we did some good things and some moments where we’re learning and playing our way through.”
Meg Wolowicz led NIU with 10 kills and added nine digs. Jori Radtke had six kills and 10 digs. Miranda Karlen also had 10 digs.

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