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Area roundup: Both DeKalb doubles teams reach second day of state; NIU softball loses

Both DeKalb badminton doubles teams reached the second day of the IHSA State Tournament in Charleston on Friday.

Hui Zhu and Holly Trapp on one team, and En-Tso Liou and Helene Collin on another, reached the fourth round of the elimination bracket, guaranteeing more matches Saturday.

Zhu and Trapp started the day with a 22-20, 18-21, 21-19 loss to the Naperville Central duo of Joyce Zheng and Kathy Zheng. They then rattled off three straight wins to qualify for Saturday, including coming from behind for a 20-22, 21-13, 21-11 win in the second consolation round against the Lincoln-Way East duo of Savanna Watson and Veda Prestamer.

Liou and Collin started with a pair of wins in the championship bracket, but lost, 21-12, 21-17, to Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li, a Stevenson duo that’s still alive in the quarterfinals.

Collin and Liou open in the fourth round of the consolation bracket as the tourney concludes Saturday.


Cleaveland qualifies for state: Hinckley-Big Rock’s Izabella Cleaveland won the 3,200-meter race at the Class 1A Seneca Sectional, claiming a spot at the state meet.

Cleaveland finished in 12 minutes, 34.87 seconds, winning by less than 0.3 seconds against Chicago Christian’s Emily Damstra.

No other H-BR or Indian Creek athletes qualified for the state meet, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Charleston.


Huskies lose first Mid-American Conference tourney game: NIU was no-hit by No. 1 Ohio in the final winner’s bracket game and lost, 8-0.

The Bobcats earned a spot in the title game and will face the winner of Saturday’s Ball State-NIU game. The winner of that will have to beat Ohio twice later Saturday to claim the crown.

“We did not do a good enough job getting out of the inning,” coach Christina Sutcliffe said. “If we took care of that, we would be alright.

“We are fine. We have a pitching staff that can get through three games easily in one day. I am not worried.”


Indian Creek beats LaMoille: Cooper Larsen and Ray Ragan each had two hits and two RBIs in the Timberwolves’ 14-3 win.

Brendan Wortman added two hits and an RBI as Jordan Morris picked up the win for IC (13-10-1, 10-3-1).

DeKalb falls to Batavia: The Barbs lost at home, 10-0, in six innings.

The Barbs managed two hits in the game, by Bryce Wheeler and Charles Roberts.


Kaneland rolls past LaSalle-Peru: The Knights pounded out eight runs in the third inning of a 12-1 win in five innings.

Emille Erickson allowed five hits and struck out five in the complete game.

Rose Roach had a home run and finished with two hits. Hailey Roach and Lillie Lindgren each had two hits for Kaneland.


NIU wins in 11: Hunter Bross led off the 11th inning with a homer to lead the Huskies to a 4-3 win at Bowling Green.

“Hunter’s homer was one of the biggest and hardest-hit balls I’ve seen,” coach Mike Kunigonis said. “The wind was howling in, and he turned the wind around. It was a giant moment for him and the team.”

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