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NIU

Area roundup: Barbs send 10 werstlers into sectional semifinals; NIU softball splits

Of the 14 wrestlers DeKalb put forth to start Friday’s Class 3A Conant Sectional, 10 advance to Saturday’s semifinals and still have a chance to make a run to the individual state tournament.

The other four Barbs enter the consolation round and must win out to make state.

Barbs wrestlers moving on to the semifinals include Ben Aranda (106 pounds), Tommy Curran (113), Danny Curran (120), Blake McGee (126), Fabian Lopez (132), Damien Lopez (138), Bradley Gillum (145), Austin Johnson (160), Logan Roach (182) and Blah Dahnweih (195).

Competing in the consolations are Michael Clayton (152), Tucker Ikens (170), Bryan Mora (220) and George Colbert (285).

Spartans send two to semis: Alex Crawford (106 pounds) and Colton Berg (160) will represent Sycamore in the semifinals at Saturday’s Class 2A Geneseo Sectional, while nine
Spartan wrestlers will compete in
the consolation.

Those competing in the consolations for Sycamore are Samuel Sprinkle (113), Trevor Boryla (120), Sam Carlson (126), Nicholas Lockhart (132), Syler Larson (138), Zak Kozumplik (170), Jaden Johns (195), Logan Egler (220) and Zechariah Hollingsworth (285).

Cogs face uphill battle for state: All three of Genoa-Kingston’s wrestlers will be in the consolations at Saturday’s Class 1A Byron Sectional.

Jacob Bray (106 pounds) won his first match before falling in the quarterfinals. Jesse Torres (126) and Tristan Mangum (170) both lost their first matches to fall into the consolations.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

NIU softball splits in Louisiana: The Huskies fell to San Jose State 3-2 to start the day and defeated Southeastern Louisiana 7-3.

“That first game we played phenomenally well for six innings,” said NIU head coach Christina Sutcliffe via an NIU press release. “Unfortunately we couldn’t hold onto it. What makes softball so hard is you have to bounce back 20-30 minutes later and play another game.”

A four-run fifth proved to be the difference in the game over Southeastern Louisiana (0-2). The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Lions tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. NIU took a 3-2 lead on a RBI single by Anne Allen in the top of the second.

Dominique Greeno blasted NIU’s first homer of the season, a grand slam, to right center to give NIU a 7-2 advantage.

NIU carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh against San Jose State, but was unable to hold it. The Spartans took advantage of the Huskie defense, scoring two runs on a pair of Huskie errors.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Royals bested by Serena: Hinckley-Big Rock couldn’t keep up with Serena, falling 57-35.

Newark wins high-scoring affair: Indian Creek was bested on the road by Newark, 82-71.

Indian Creek (18-7) was led by 18 points from Cooper Larsen. Cam Russell scored 16, Michael Lampson and Connor Todd provided 13 points apiece, and Tyler Swanson added 10.

Cogs edged by Dixon: Genoa-Kingston kept the game close but ultimately fell to Dixon at home, 57-51.

Nathan Nesler scored 18 points and Brett Marth added 15, including three 3-pointers.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Knights best LaSalle-Peru: Kaneland edged LaSalle-Peru 51-40, behind a balanced offensive effort.

Chloe Conley scored 11 to lead the Knights. Kelsey Modaff scored 10 points and added five rebounds. Kylie Holubecki and Delaney Sheehan each contributed six points.

Kaneland will open the postseason Tuesday against the winner of St. Edward vs. IMSA at the Class 3A Kaneland Regional.

Rock Falls blasts G-K: Genoa-Kingston couldn’t keep up with Rock Falls, succumbing to a 71-27 defeat. Bridget Babb scored 10 points and Sam Winker added eight.

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