DeKalb girls soccer, which won the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title, had six girls named to the all-conference team.
Seniors Kelly Cardine, the conference MVP, and Carlie Hayes were honored along with juniors Maddie Frye, Morgan Beaty, Abby Hickey and Maddie Krmenec.
Kaneland placed five players on the all-conference team. Goalkeeper Jordan Ginther was the lone senior selected with Delaney Stryczek, Courtney Diddell, Madi Jurcenko and Sage Schlehofer.
Sycamore had three players honored as Katherine Kohler, Lauren Miller and Paige Kohler each made it.
DeKalb's Kayla Perkins, Kaneland's Biandra Powell and Sycamore's Alyssa Hepker and Jessica Johnson were named all-conference honorable mention.
Sycamore baseball bolted out to a five-run lead in the first inning and cruised to a 10-0 win in six innings over Rockford East in the Class 3A Sycamore Sectional semifinals.
The Spartans scored four runs in their first at-bats before Rockford East made a pitching change. They tacked on an additional run to end the first and scored one more in the fourth and fifth. Sycamore added three more in the fifth before ending the game with the 10-run rule in the sixth inning.
The Spartans advance to play St. Francis in the sectional final on Saturday at Sycamore Park at 11 a.m.
Sycamore has never won a sectional title and this marks the program's first appearance in a sectional final since 2004 when the IHSA had two classes and eight teams made the state tournament.
DeKalb sophomore Haley Tadd's walk-off hit in the seventh inning gave DeKalb a 4-3 win over Harlem in the Class 4A Prairie Ridge Sectional semifinals.
The Barbs advance to Saturday's sectional final at 11 a.m. and will face Gurnee, which defeated McHenry in Tuesday's sectional semifinal.
The Barbs and Huskies were scoreless through three innings before Harlem loaded the bases and scored three runs in the top of the fourth. DeKalb responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, capped by an RBI double by Sabrina Killeen.
Morgan Newport relieved Katie Kowalski for the final three innings and got the win.
It is DeKalb's first sectional title appearance since 2011 when the Barbs defeated Cary-Grove, 3-0, to win the program's only sectional championship.
Sycamore sophomore Dion Hooker won the Class 2A state championship in the 200 on Saturday.
Hooker had a bit of a slow start and was in third after the first 100 meters, but turned it on down the homestretch and broke the finish line in first to win his first state championship.
He becomes the first Sycamore boys track athlete to win a state title since 1978.
Earlier, Hooker was sixth in the 100.
Earlier in the day, the Kaneland 4x800 relay team of Conor Johnson, Nate Kucera, Luis Acosta and Kyle Carter won the Class 2A state championship.
Kaneland overcame some trouble on the first handoff between Johnson and Carter, but Carter ran a strong second leg to put Kaneland into the lead.
Acosta kept the lead on the third leg and Kucera just held on down the last 150 meters for the win.
It is the first relay state championship for Kaneland since 2010, when the Knights' 4x400 relay team won state.
2:15 p.m.: Genoa-Kingston's Danielle Neisendorf finished her impressive career with a ninth-place finish in high jump, clearing the bar at 5-0.
Neisendorf qualified for state in high jump all four years at G-K and earned two state medals. She was seventh last year. Neisendorf battled injuries ever since her sophomore year, but always managed to get to state, advancing to the finals each of the last two years.
2 p.m.: Indian Creek's Emily Schilling places seventh in the Class A 800 with a time of 2:20.62. That mark is a new personal best for the sophomore.
Schilling also has the 1600 later today. Schilling is in a unique situation as Indian Creek does not have a fall cross country team. She ran for a club team during the fall to keep in shape before coming back to Indian Creek for the indoor track season.
Also from earlier, Kaneland's Brianna Bower took seventh in the 3,200, running 11:19.33. The freshman earned her first career track and field medal and will be a name to watch in future cross country and track seasons.
1:30 p.m.: After finishing third in the long jump earlier in the day, DeKalb's Jasmine Brown won the Class 3A triple jump state title.
Brown had the best mark in Friday's prelims by more than a foot and she becomes the first DeKalb girls track athlete to win an IHSA state championship.
1 p.m.: DeKalb's Kelsey Schrader finishes 23rd in the 3,200 race for Class 3A. The junior ran in the first of two heats this morning and finished in 11:11.64.
Schrader had been dealing with some injury issues that came up during the sectional meet. Expect her to have another strong cross country season as a senior next fall.
Kaneland's Lauren Zick finishes 11th in the Class 2A long jump. She jumped 16-11.25 in the finals, less than four inches away from getting on the medal stand.
Zick was another local athlete not at full strength coming into the state meet. She'll be one to watch in her senior year in 2014.
12:45 p.m.: DeKalb's Jasmine Brown finishes third in the long jump with a mark of 18 feet, 6.5 inches.
The senior matched her longest mark in Friday's preliminary round. She will come back later today and compete in the triple jump, where she is the odds-on favorite to win the state championship.
11:15 a.m.: Kaneland's 4x800 relay team of Amanda Lesak, Aislinn Lodwig, Jessica Kucera and Sydney Strang just managed to get on the medal stand by finishing ninth in 9:40.76.
The Knights should be able to put together another strong distance relay next year as Lodwig and Kucera are sophomores while Strang is a junior. Lesak graduates as a senior, but the Knights have many distance prospects who could fill her spot.
9:00 a.m.: We have about an hour before the event finals start at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. It should be a banner day for our local athletes as many have a great chance to medal and some will be in contention for a state championship.
We'll have updates here as we go through the day on how all of our local athletes are doing. Here's a list of who will be participating in which events today.
DeKALB - Class 3A
Jasmine Brown (long jump, triple jump)
Kelsey Schrader (3,200)
GENOA-KINGSTON - Class 2A
Danielle Neisendorf (high jump)
KANELAND - Class 2A
Lauren Zick (long jump)
Brianna Bower (3,200)
Christina Delach (pole vault)
INDIAN CREEK - Class 1A
Emily Schilling (1,600, 800)
The IHSA announced that the postponed Bass Fishing State Finals will be held on May 31-June 1 at Carlyle Lake. The tournament had originally been set for May 3-4, but was postponed due to high water levels at Carlyle Lake.
“We share in the frustration of the qualifying anglers who want to get out and fish,” said IHSA Associate Executive Director Kurt Gibson. “However, we need to make sure that Carlyle Lake has the opportunity to properly lower its water levels before we conduct our state championship. We are confident that, in looking at both the long range weather models and also speaking with the Corps of Engineers, water levels will have dropped sufficiently by the end of the month and enable us to host the state finals at one of our state’s premier fishing venues.”
Indian Creek and Sycamore had boats qualify for the state finals.
Genoa-Kingston vs. Wheaton Academy at G-K, 5/20, 4:30 p.m.
Kaneland vs. Sandwich at Kaneland, 5/23, 4 p.m.
Sycamore vs. Dixon / Rochelle at Rochelle, 5/22, 4:30 p.m.
DeKalb vs. Dundee-Crown at DeKalb, 5/23, 4 p.m.
Complete baseball brackets can be found here
Sycamore vs. Hampshire at Sycamore, 5/20, 4:30 p.m.
Marengo vs. Genoa-Kingston at Sycamore, 5/22, 4:30 p.m.
Kaneland vs. IMSA / Sandwich at Rosary, 5/21, 4:30 p.m.
DeKalb vs. Huntley at Jacobs, 5/22, 4:30 p.m.
Complete softball brackets can be found here
Class 4A DeKalb Regional
5. Rockford Jefferson
Class 3A Rochelle Regional
2. Rock Falls
Class 3A Kaneland Regional
1. St. Francis
Class 3A Burlington Central Regional
2. Burlington Central
5. Wheaton Academy
Class 4A Jacobs Regional
4. Crystal Lake South
Class 3A Sycamore Regional
1. Burlington Central
Class 3A Rosary Regiona
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