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Area roundup: DeKalb girls track ends 32-year drought; Barb badminton sends to teams to state; NIU baseball loses

The individual champs kept coming, and by the time the night was over the DeKalb girls track team won its first conference title in 32 years.

The Barbs won the Northern Illinois Big 12 Track Meet on Friday in Ottawa to snap the drought.

Bri Buggs won a pair of titles – winning the 100-meter dash in 12.06 seconds and the 200 in 24.71 to set a new school record.

Buggs, Kmaris Kirkwood, Sierra Long and Kyra Ozier won the 400 relay in 48.2, while the 800 relay – which also featured Buggs and Kirkwood, won in 1:43.07.

The 1,600 relay of Long, Ozier, Kirkwood and Katherine Olson won in 4:00.16.


Kaneland takes care of Morris: The Knights rolled to a 3-0 home win.

Rachel Lutter scored twice in
five minutes in the second half. Mallory Burgin opened the scoring with a goal in the 29th minute for the Knights (12-2-2, 4-1-2).


Sycamore falls to Geneseo: Gracyn Gabriel was 2 for 3 with an RBI, but the Spartans lost, 3-1.

Faith Reynolds took the loss for Sycamore (15-8, 8-2), allowing three earned runs and seven hits.

She walked none and struck out five.


Barbs send two teams to state: It was an all-DeKalb finals in the doubles of the IHSA Palatine Regional on Friday.

En-Tso Liou and Helene Collin defeated Holly Trapp and Hui Zhu in the finals as both groups advanced to state.

The state championships begin Friday in Charleston.


NIU falls in extras: Despite a career performance from junior Tanner Foster the Huskies lost, 6-3, to Toledo in 10 innings in Mid-American Conference play.

Foster worked eight innings and struck out a career-high 12, also a season-best for the Huskies (16-30, 5-14 MAC), but the Huskies’ bullpen yielded two runs in the top of the ninth and three in the 10th.

“Heartbreaker tonight,” Huskies coach Mike Kunigonis said. “We had opportunities to extend our lead early but couldn’t bust through. Tanner was fantastic. He competed for every pitch.”

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