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  • Huntley salvages split with Hononegah with 9th-inning decision Apr 12, 2014 11:03 PM
    The second game of a Saturday softball doubleheader in Hononegah went 9 innings, but Huntley (4-4) escaped with a 7-6 nonconference win behind Megan Baczewski (2-for-4, 2 RBI), who doubled and smacked the game-winning hit. Tamara Funke went 3-for-5 at the dish and Hayley O’Mara smashed a 3-run homer as Huntley strung out 13 hits. Game 1 went to the Indians, who managed to score 4 runs in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie on th way to a 5-1 victory. Shannon Walsh went 3-for-4 and Kateri Conklin 2-for-3 at the plate. Conklin suffered the loss in the circle. Jacobs 12, Leyden 7: The Golden Eagle offense was fueled by 6 doubles against Leyden, including 2 from Alyssa Lach (4-for-5, 2 RBI), who scored 4 runs in a nonconference win. Sarah Murray (2-for-5, 2 RBI) doubled and pushed a run across while Dainelle O’Toole (2-for-3, RBI) tripled as Jacobs cushioned the lead with 5 in the seventh after clinging to a 1-run lead. Jacobs 7, Palatine 1: Jacobs went 2-0 on the day after Kelsey Peters earned a win giving up 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 2 and walking 1 in nonconference action. Jacobs (8-2) cruised behind 4 runs in the fifth and 2 in the sixth. Emily Borg (2-for-4, RBI) doubled twice and Payton Spirling (2-for-2, RBI) doubled. South Elgin 10, Naperville North 7: South Elgin walked off with 3 runs in the seventh for a nonconference win. Paige Allen went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and catcher Alyssa Buddle (1-for-4, 4 RBI) also homered. Mallory Mecklenburg (3-for-4) drove in 2 RBI. Naperville North 19, South Elgin 13: Game 2 was a complete slugfest as the teams combined for 10 runs in the seventh alone as North entered the frame up 12-10. South Elgin (5-4) Cassidy Westlund (3-for-4) drove in 4 RBI, Buddle went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a homer in the loss. Westminster Christian ties: After the Warriors (2-3-1) dropped the first game 10-0 to Chicago Christian without a hit in 5 innings, they battled back in Game 2, which ended in a 7-7 tie in eight innings due to darkness. Rachel Fugiel (1-for-2) and Jessie Sutter (2-for-5) each tripled and Sarah Schmitt went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI.

  • St. Edward wins in Urbana Invitational Apr 11, 2014 10:45 PM
    St. Edward 3, St. Thomas More 0: The Green Wave (6-1) began the Urbana Soccer Invitational on the right note with 2 goals from Chelsea Gnan. Alex Zeller also scored and Monica Ramirez notched 2 assists down in Champaign. Hinckley-Big Rock 4, Harvest Christian 0: The Lions (2-1) dropped their first game of the spring in nonconference action. Despite the loss, Sydney Doby recorded 12 saves in net.

  • Semro, Cary-Grove roll past Hampshire Apr 11, 2014 10:47 PM
    Softball Cary-Grove 16, Hampshire 6: The Trojans (4-2) exploded for 11 runs in the sixth inning which sealed a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Lisa Semro smashed a homer and drove in 4 and while Grace Pilz (3-for-4, 3 RBI) tripled. Caitlyn Adams (1-0) pitched the sixth and only allowed 1 hit for the win. Peyton Dechant homered and drove in 4 RBI for the Whip-Purs (6-5) while Sara Finn and Becca Hurst each doubled. Elgin 9, Prospect 2: Kelly Bremer went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI in the Maroons’ nonconference win. Jessica Rago pitched a complete game 6-hitter with 2 earned runs, 2 strikeouts and 1 walk in the circle. At the plate, Rago (2-for-2, 3 RBI) homered for Elgin (4-5), who jumped out to a 4-0 first inning lead. Anna Eckholm (2-for-5, RBI) also doubled and both Melanie Berg and Jennah Perryman had 2 hits. Bartlett 10, Larkin 0: The Hawks (9-2, 3-0) continue to roll in UEC play, winning in 6 innings. Amy Johnson (1-1) went the distance and surrendered 1 hit while striking out 5 and walking 1 while Sarah Schmidt (2-for-3, 2B) and Lauren Janczak (2-for-4, RBI) led the offense. Sarah Hanson took the loss for the Royals (2-6), giving up 10 runs (8 earned) on 11 hits, while Sam Wahl picked up the Royals’ lone hit in the sixth. Streamwood 8, East Aurora 2: Thanks to a big day from Katie Purcell, the Sabres (1-3, 1-1) snagged their first victory of the year in a UEC tilt. Purcell had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 3 runs while Jessica Daley doubled twice. Kaitlyn Hedger (1-3) pitched a complete game, giving up 2 unearned runs on 3 hits and 12 strikeouts. St. Edward 6, Chicago Christian 5: The Green Wave (3-3, 2-1) survived a late charge by SCC foe Chicago Christian and got back to the .500 mark. Alison Stratman blasted a home run and drove in 2 RBI while Ryann Scully (2 RBI) doubled as well. Lindsay Zdroik (3-2) threw 5 innings, giving up 5 hits and 3 runs, while striking out 7 for the win. Crystal Lake South 10, Johnsburg 0: The Gators’ offense made quick work of the Skyhawks in 4 innings of FVC crossover action. Scoring 10 runs off 10 hits, Sam McLean (1-for-3) led CLS with 3 RBI. Kim Woods knocked in 2 RBI and Taylor Kassell, Jenica Terry, Amy Ciavarella and Caitlin Fater each had an RBI. Hailee Massie allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 in 3 innings pitched. Burlington Central 9, Barrington 8: The Rockets (6-3) survived a 6-run seventh by the Broncos and escaped with the nonconference win. Kelly Wiater and Emily Kisch each went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and 2 RBI. Tori Harvey’s only hit went over the fence and Brooke Gaylord (7 IP, 9H, 8R, 3 ER, 5 K, 5 BB) earned the win in the circle. Grayslake Central 15, Dundee-Crown 3: The Rams’ 7-run fifth broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Chargers a FVC crossover loss. Megan Emerson (3-for-4) and Amanda Moore (2-for-3) each doubled for the D-C. Jacobs 6, Glenbrook South 2: Alyssa Lach (1-for-3) drove in 2 RBI for the Golden Eagles (5-2), who won a nonconference game in 5 innings. Kelsey Cummins (2-for-3) and Emily Borg (2-for-3, double) both drove in an RBI.

  • Dundee-Crown rallies for victory Apr 12, 2014 12:02 AM
    The Dundee-Crown baseball team overcame a 2-1 deficit with a 5-run bottom of the fifth against Crystal Lake Central to win their Fox Valley Conference crossover 8-3 on Friday. The Chargers’ rally was keyed by 2-run doubles from Mark Waldron and Riley Alvarado.

  • VanDyke, Bartlett shut down Larkin Apr 10, 2014 11:45 PM
    Senior Doug VanDyke struck out six in a 3-hit shutout of visiting Larkin in an Upstate Eight Conference baseball crossover Thursday as the Hawks prevailed 4-0.

  • Kruk takes all-time scoring lead at St. Edward Apr 10, 2014 10:35 PM
    Allison Kruk eclipsed a major St. Edward soccer milestone as her second goal in a Suburban Christian Conference win marked her as the all-time leading goal scorer in Green Wave girls soccer history with 51 after Thursday's 5-0 victory over Montini.

  • Burlington Central handles Marengo Apr 9, 2014 10:24 PM
    Burlington Central 8, Marengo 4: The Rockets collected 8 hits and capitalized on 5 Marengo errors to double up the Indians in the Big Northern East. Winning pitcher Jacob Schutta allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and a walk and struck out 5 in 6⅓ innings. Parker Boron earned the save. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Boron struck out one hitter before he induced a game-ending flyball to right field. Tanner Smith, Mike Lee, Bryan Cynova and Danny Gerke each drove in 2 runs for Central (7-1, 2-0). West Chicago 14, St. Edward 6: Jack Tierney went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and Tighe Koehring doubled and drove in a run, but St. Edward was outhit 12-8 and committed 5 errors in this nonconference loss. Alex Lara took the loss for the Green Wave (1-7-1). Palatine 11, Crystal Lake South 6: Michael Avella went 3-for-3 with a double and scored twice and the Gators outhit the Pirates 12-10, but 7 errors led to 6 unearned runs in this nonconference loss. Starting pitcher Dakota Siwula took the loss for CL South (4-3) Sycamore 13, Hampshire 3: A 4-run first inning and a 5-run sixth powered the Spartans past host Hampshire in nonconference play. Brandon Bowen finished 2-for-3 and RJ Consigny and Tyler Schutt doubled for Hampshire (2-6). Starting pitcher Kyle Rutkowski took the loss.

  • Elgin’s Bremer goes deep twice in victory Apr 9, 2014 10:22 PM
    Elgin 6, West Chicago 2: Kelly Bremer (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored) went home run crazy as she belted 2 of the Maroons’ 3 homers in an Upstate Eight win. Anna Eckholm (2-for-3, RBI) also went yard for Elgin (3-5, 2-0) and Jessica Rago (1-for-3) added 2 RBI. Jennah Perryman (2-1) pitched a complete game and was allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits, 3 walks and 12 strikeouts, including 6 in the final 3 innings. Sycamore 9, Hampshire 8: A commanding 8-run lead for the Whip-Purs was erased late during a stunning, nonconference loss to the Spartans. Sycamore scored 6 runs in the middle innings but rallied for 3 in the seventh after being down 8-0 after 2 innings. Hampshire managed 13 hits and Sara Finn went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles while Ellie Lapi was 2-for-4 with a double. Belvidere 8, Crystal Lake South 5: The Gators held a 4-3 lead after 3 innings but Belvidere rallied for 4 in the fourth to give CLS a nonconference loss. Hailee Massie (2-for-4, RBI) lined a double and Kim Woods was 2-for-4 at the plate. St. Francis 10, St. Edward 0: The Green Wave (2-3, 1-1) were outhit 13-4 in a Suburban Christian Blue loss. Lindsay Zdroik (2-for-3) reached on a double and Emily Stapay and Devyn Ernst both singled.

  • Baseball/Fox Valley roundup Apr 9, 2014 3:43 PM
    Jacobs erupted for 20 hits and capitalized on 11 errors in a 30-0, five-inning bombardment of Woodstock North in a Fox Valley Conference crossover Tuesday. Thirteen Golden Eagles collected hits and 11 drove in at least a run against six Woodstock North pitchers, led by Owen Oreskevich (5 RBI), Ryan Sargent (4) and Brenden Heiss (3). Winning pitcher Ryan George held the Thunder to to 2 hits in 4 innings with 4 strikeouts and 3 walks for Jacobs (7-2). Cary-Grove 4, Woodstock 3: The Trojans scored 4 runs in the first inning and Andrew Splitt held the Blue Streaks to 3 earned runs despite allowing 10 hits and a walk in 5 innings. Larkin Hanselmann pitched 2 scoreless innings to earn the save for Cary-Grove (6-4). Crystal Lake South 8, Hampshire 1: The Gators scored 2 runs in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings of this FVC crossover, led by Garrett Bright (2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI). Junior Matt Schingel tossed a 5-hitter with 6 strikeouts. Seven errors by Hampshire (2-5) doomed starting pitcher Dillon Kuhn, who allowed 6 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits in 6 innings. Lake Park 12, Dundee-Crown 10: A 3-run sixth inning lifted the Lancers past Dundee-Crown (3-6) in nonconference play. Five Chargers enjoyed 2-hit games, including Chase Bloch (2 RBI) and Brett Johnson (2 RBI). Reliever Vince Damato allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits and a walk in the loss. Metea Valley 9, Elgin 5: Jack Koeckritz (0-1) took the loss in this Upstate Eight Conference crossover. Kiko Mari went 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI for Elgin (2-1, 0-1). Huntley 4, Grayslake North 1: Nick Constantino held the Knights to an unearned run on 6 hits and 2 walks and struck out 6 in 5⅓ innings, and Mark Skonieczny went 2-for-4 and drove in a run for Huntley (6-2-1). Streamwood 4, East Aurora 2: Chad Caminitti struck out the last two Tomcats he faced with the tying runs on base to notch a 1-inning save in this Upstate Eight crossover. Winning pitcher Kevin Sojda limited East Aurora to an earned run on 4 hits and 2 walks and struck out 8 in 6 innings, and Kevin Drwal went 2-for-3 and drove in 2 runs for Streamwood (3-3, 1-0). IC Catholic Prep 4, St. Edward 3: Two of St. Edward’s 4 errors led to IC Catholic Prep’s go-ahead, fifth-inning run in this Suburban Christian Gold loss. Losing pitcher Jack Tierney was touched for 4 unearned runs on only 2 hits, but he walked six. Tighe Koerhing and Joe Martell doubled for St. St. Edward (1-6-1, 1-1). Rockford Christian Life 13, Westminster Christian 12: The Warriors scored 4 runs in the top of the sevent to take the lead, but they surrendered 5 runs in the bottom of the frame to drop this Northeastern Athletic Conference matchup. Luke Weston and Brendan Ruffolo each went 4-for-5 and drove in 2 runs for Westminster Christian (1-8, 0-2).

  • Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup Apr 8, 2014 10:20 PM
    South Elgin 2, West Chicago 1: The Storm (7-0, 2-0) kept their unblemished season in tact by rallying from a 1-0 deficit with 2 goals in the second half in Upstate Eight Valley action. Freshman Ella Struwing scored on assist from freshman Missy Greco, who scored the game-winner on a feed from Savanah Uveges with just under 6 minutes left on the clock. Burlington Central 11, Harvard 0: Scoring was an understatement for the Rockets (2-0-1, 1-0-1), who used 7 different scorers to win a Big Northern East tilt. Ellen Jayne turned in a hat trick and 1 assist while Cali Andrew managed 2 goals and 1 assist. Alyssa Messina netted 2 goals as well while sisters Karina and Tatiana Reynoso each scored. Rachael Griffin and freshman Megan Safranski (assist) rounded out the scoring while Ashley Ahrens had 2 assists and Jessica Marchetti and Yareli Vargas each had 1 assist. Bartlett 5, East Aurora 1: Kendra Videckis scored twice and assisted on Haley Coor’s second goal in the Hawks’ Upstate Eight Valley win. Jenna Noesen registered 2 assists for Bartlett (5-2-1, 1-1-0) while Shelly Lijak found the back of the net and Shalen Kaiser and Mariah Martinez assisted as well. Huntley 1, Crystal Lake Central 0: Taryn Jakubowski scored the game-winner with 14 minutes left in the Red Raiders’ Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Kaitlin Costantino added the assist for Huntley (6-2), while Jessica Galason (1 save) recorded her sixth shutout of the season. St. Edward 3, St. Francis 0: The Green Wave (4-1-0, 1-0) garnered their first win over St. Francis since 1999 in the teams’ last Suburban Christian Conference matchup. Monica Ramirez and Allison Kruk led the way, each scoring a goal. Paige Dykstra made 4 saves in net as well. Dundee-Crown 6, Woodstock North 0: Alyssa Moreno scored twice in the Chargers’ FVC crossover win. Shannon Feld had 1 goal and 1 assist while Franki Scarpelli and Krystal Meraz each added 2 assists. Alexis Lewis, Jenny Letheby and Taylor Coffman had goals while Maggie Griffin assisted. Isabel Miranda and Anahi Medina combined for 4 saves in net for D-C. Westminster Christian 3, Cornerstone 0: Lindsey Vanden Bos and Aleska Pedersen each had a boot and an assist in the Warriors’ (2-0) nonconference win. Liz Meschewski also found the net and Emily Beachler posted an assist. Westminster keeper Savannah Dutcher had 6 saves in net. Crystal Lake South 8, Hampshire 0: The Gators (1-2-1) did some damage on the Whip-Purs by using 8 different goal scorers and scoring 4 goals in each half of a FVC crossover win. Erin Woeste and Brandie Minogue posted a goal and an assist each. Alexandra Siavelis, Bianca Miceli, Audrey Collard, Alyssa Gaede, Taylor Mraz and Kimmy Sulikowski scored for the Gators. Jenny Luken added as assist as well. Batavia 5, Elgin 0: Despite 11 saves from Hannah Demel in net, the Maroons (1-2, 0-2) dropped an Upstate Eight River matchup to the Bulldogs.

  • Softball/Fox Valley roundup Apr 8, 2014 9:39 PM
    South Elgin 14, Larkin 0: The Storm (4-1, 1-0) were able to power their way past Larkin on the road for their first win in the Upstate Eight Conference. Sophomore Alexa Rogalla powered the offense with 4 RBI while teammate Brittany Koss added a home run. Taylor Rees earned her second win of the year with 4 innings pitched and just 2 hits allowed. Freshman Emily Rojo took the loss for the Royals. Bartlett 8, Geneva 3: Continuing their winning ways, the Hawks (7-2, 1-0) picked up a win at home in the Upstate Eight Conference. Dana Paul and Alex Morales had 2 hits and a double each. Alyssa Nowak added a triple and a pair of RBI. Pitcher Holly Pagan earned her fifth win of the year for Bartlett. Elgin 15, East Aurora 0: Jessica Rago threw a no-hitter and the Maroons (2-5, 1-0) grabbed an Upstate Eight win on the road. Rago had 11 strikeouts and 2 walks in 5 innings of work. Anna Eckholm (4-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) and Kelly Bremer (2-for-2, HR, RBI) led Elgin’s 20-hit attack. Crystal Lake South 13, Harlem 1: Fueled by an 8-run fourth, the Gators powered past nonconference foe Harlem on the road. Sam McLean (3-for-4, 3 RS, 2 RBI) and Kim Woods (3-for-4, 4 RS, 4 RBI) each blasted a home run. Hailee Massie pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 hits, to pick up the win. Jacobs 13, Woodstock 0: The offense came alive and two Golden Eagle (5-1) pitchers combined for a 1-hit shutout at home in a Fox Valley Conference crossover matchup. Kelsey Peters picked up the win on 4 innings of work with 1 hit allowed and 6 strikeouts. Alyssa Lach (2-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI) also struck out the side in her inning of work. Metea Valley 9, Streamwood 5: The Sabres (0-2, 0-1) were unable to come back from 6 runs down and fell on the road in the Upstate Eight. Melissa Malcolm (2-for-2, 2B, 3 RBI) and Jessica Daley (2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RS, RBI) led Streamwood. Kaitlyn Hedger took the loss. Westminster Christian 14, Christian Life 3: Scoring 9 runs in the fourth, the Warriors (1-2, 1-0) picked up a win in the Northeastern Athletic Conference. Rachel Fugiel (5 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 6 Ks) picked up the win. Becca Fugiel (2-for-2, 2B, 3 RBI) and Jackie Calabrese (3-for-3, 3B, 4 RBI) sparked the offense. Huntley 10, Belvidere North 8: Down 2 runs going into the seventh, the Red Raiders (3-2) scored 5 to pull out the nonconference victory on the road. Brittany Koss (3 RBI, 3 BB) had the go ahead single while Angela Tribuzio added a home run and 3 RBI. Jenna Lawler picked up her first win with 2 innings of work with Kateri Conklin getting her first save.

  • Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup Apr 7, 2014 9:52 PM
    South Elgin 6, Streamwood 0: Caitlin Lange registered a hat trick, Savanah Uveges scored 2 goals and Corinne Hildebrandt added another as the Storm rolled to victory in an Upstate Eight crossover. Cary-Grove 6, Johnsburg 0: Emma Baker scored on a penalty kick and scored unassisted, Carli Petersen notched 2 goals and Kete Michie and Hannah Jensen each found the net in this Fox Valley Conference crossover. Abby Glaysher finished with 2 assists and JJ Baily added another for Cary-Grove (3-3-1). Hampshire 5, Belvidere 0: Junior midfielder Claudia Lazar scored a hat trick and Kilia Higa recorded 2 assists to lead the Whip-Purs to victory in their season opener.

  • Softball/Fox Valley roundup Apr 7, 2014 9:41 PM
    St. Edward 4, Rosary 3, 10 inn.: Lindsay Zdroik doubled to right center with two outs in the top of the 10th inning, and Allie Stratman singled her home with the winning run as St. Edward prevailed in this Suburban Christian Blue matchup despite 4 errors. Offensive leaders for the Green Wave (2-2, 1-0) included Zdroik (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI), Stratman (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Ryann Scully (2-for-5 2 R) and Jasmine Deleon (1-for-3, 2 Sacrifices). Zdroik went the distance in the circle, striking out 18 without a walk. She held the Royals to 3 unearned runs on 8 hits. Downers Grove South 10, South Elgin 3: Cassidy Westlund went 2-for-3 and Mallory Mecklenburg and Alyssa Buddle each doubled in this nonconference loss for South Elgin (3-1). Losing pitcher Paige Allen surrendered 7 runs on 12 hits and 2 walks in 6⅓ innings. Palatine 5, Cary-Grove 2: The Trojans outhit the Pirates 8-7 but couldn’t overcome Palatine’s 4-run third inning in this nonconference loss. Rockford East 15, Westminster Christian 3, 5 inn.: Rachel Fugiel, McKaila Hays and Kaylee Johnson (RBI) each singled, but the Warriors allowed 10 hits and committed 5 errors in this nonconference loss.

  • Baseball/Fox Valley roundup Apr 7, 2014 9:01 PM
    South Elgin 4, Hampshire 1: Justin Brylski reached on a one-out error in the top of the fifth and scored the go-ahead run on Nick Menken’s single, and the Storm added 2 insurance runs in the seventh to win this nonconference game. Junior Antonio Danesi went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, and junior pitcher Max Keough tossed a 3-hitter with 6 strikeouts and a walk to lift South Elgin. Trey Schramm, Colin Gogoel and Brandon Bowen had the only hits for Hampshire (2-4). Losing pitcher Alex Crinigan went the distance, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits wit a walk and 6 strikeouts. St. Edward 6, IC Catholic Prep 0: Junior Jake LaFrenz pitched a 2-hit, 16-strikeout masterpiece to power St. Edward (1-5-1) to its first victory of the season in this Suburban Christian Gold opener. LaFrenz walked 1 batter and hit another with a pitch in his 107-pitch outing. The St. Edward offense was held to a lone hit by Vicente Camerena, yet five different Green Wave batters were credited with a run batted in due to 7 bases on balls issued by IC, which also committed 5 errors. Schaumburg 5, Larkin 4: The Royals scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but Schaumburg reliever Johnnie Flynn notched the save with a 3-pitch strikeout that stranded the tying run at third and the winning run at second. Losing pitcher Will King (1-1) allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 9 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 4 in 5 innings, but the junior was undermined by 5 Larkin errors. Senior Brayden Royse went 2-for-2 with a double, 2 walks and 2 RBI for Larkin (4-2). Rockford East 9, Westminster Christian 4: Ian Merlak went 3-for-3, Nick DeMaira went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk and Justin Rasmussesn drove in 2 runs, but it wasn’t enough in this nonconference loss to the E-Rabs. Three Westminster Christian pitchers were allowed 9 runs (3 earned) as the Warriors (1-7) committed 4 errors. Starter Brendan Ruffolo took the loss. He allowed 3 first-inning earned runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. Conant 8, Dundee-Crown 0: Five Chargers singled but they couldn’t muster a run in this nonconference loss in Hoffman Estates. Anthony Forte went 2-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI for Conant. Losing pitcher Jared Ludwig allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3 in 4 innings for Dundee-Crown (3-5). Huntley 6, Rockford Boylan 4: Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Illinois recruit Mark Skonieczny hit a 3-run home run to give Huntley the lead and Jon Nugent singled home another run to cap the rally. which made a winner or relief pitcher Kyle Sabie (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K). Skonieczny, Matt Sullivan and Tommy Kiriakopolous each had a double among their 2 hits for Huntley (5-2-1). Johnsburg 3, Crystal Lake South 1: Casey Oliver went 2-for-3 with a triple, but the Gators were held to 4 hits and were unable to capitalize on 3 walks and 2 Johnsburg errors. Winning pitcher Jake Schyvinck’s complete game effort topped South’s Michael Danca, who allowed 3 earned runs on 4 hits in 5 innings. Jerry Fitzpatrick contributed to this report

  • Baseball/Fox Valley roundup Apr 5, 2014 9:54 PM
    Larkin 0-2, Hoffman Estates 3-1: The Royals improved to 4-1 by splitting a well-pitched nonconference doubleheader. Larkin was shut out on 2 hits in the opener by Ethan Bloom, who struck out 8, walked 1 and doubled twice at the plate. Senior Brayden Royse (1-1) took the loss (2 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 7 K). The Royals bounced back for a 2-1 win in nine innings. Royse drove in both runs, including the eventual game-winner on a suicide squeeze bunt. Senior Jack McCracken (2-0) pitched all 9 innings to earn the win. He allowed only 1 earned run on 4 hits, walked 2 and struck out 10. Rolling Meadows 7, Streamwood 6: A bases-loaded sacrifice fly brought in the walk-off run for the Mustangs to end this nonconference affair in the bottom of the ninth. Reliever Kevin Drwal took the loss despite holding Meadows to 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits in 4⅓ innings. Streamwood (2-3) outhit the Mustangs 13-10, led by leadoff man Eric Hamlin (4-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R), Kevin Sojda (3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI) and Chad Caminitti (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI). Cary-Grove 4, South Elgin 3: The Trojans scored 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh to win this nonconference home game. Cary-Grove scored its first 2 runs of the inning with the help of 3 walks (1 intentional), an error, a hit batsman and a wild pitch. Rob Johnson then delivered the walk-off single for Cary-Grove (5-3). Michigan-bound senior Ryan Nutof of South Elgin started and struck out 7 of the 12 hitters he faced in 4 perfect innings, but the right-hander was relieved after reaching his pitch count of 50. Nick Franz earned the win for the Trojans. He held the Storm to 2 earned runs on 3 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Bartlett 7, Maine West 4: The Hawks scored 2 runs in the first, second and third innings and three pitchers combined to limit Maine West to 3 earned runs on 4 hits. Myles Zilinsky earned the win. He allowed 2 earned runs on 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 3 in 4 innings and Doug VanDyke earned the save with by retiring the side in order in the seventh. Jake Barrutia went 3-for-4 and seven players drove in runs for Bartlett (1-2). Huntley 7, Hampshire 0: Catcher Mark Skonieczny went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI and Tommy Kiriakopolous went 2-for-4 and drove in 2 runs to lead the host Red Raiders won in a Fox Valley Conference crossover. Senior Eric Luecht pitched 6 scoreless innings, allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8 for Huntley (4-2-1). Michael Kruse, RJ Consigny and Dillon Kuhn had the only hits and Andrew Brown took the loss for Hampshire (2-2) after allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits in 5 innings. Crystal Lake Central 6, Crystal Lake South 1: Central right-hander Fred Birr held the Gators to 1 unearned run on 4 hits, walked 3 and struck out 1 in 5⅔ innings of this FVC crossover rivalry game. Ryan Wilkening allowed 6 runs (2 earned) on 9 hits in 6 innings in the first loss of the season for CL South (3-1). Dundee-Crown 8, Woodstock North 0: Ahren Ludwig (4 IP) and Dan Lenz (3 IP) each struck out 6 and allowed only 1 hit in a FVC crossover win for the Chargers. Tyler Lewan went 2-for-3 and was and was among six players who drove in a run for Dundee-Crown (3-4). Jacobs 6, Grayslake Central 3: Leadoff man Ben Murray went 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI and scored twice, Danny Vandewalker doubled and drove in 2 runs and Jake Jemmi went 2-for-3 and scored a run in this FVC crossover win for Jacobs (6-2), which scored 4 runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Tim Hubner pitched 6 innings of 3-hit baseball, allowing 2 runs (0 earned) on 3 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3. Aurora Christian 7, Westminster Christian 2: Luke Weston had a triple and an RBI and Brendan Ruffolo had and RBI for the Warriors (1-6) in this nonconference loss at Judson University. Clay DeHaan suffered the loss on the mound.

  • Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup Apr 5, 2014 8:34 PM
    Elgin 1, Leyden 0: Marceci Santiago’s second-half goal and 10 saves from Hannah Demel in goal lifted Elgin (1-1) to its first win of the season. Larkin 2, Montini 1: Jaci Bridgers and Samantha Moreno scored goals for Larkin in this win at the Huntley tournament. Alejandra Villagomez had 10 saves in goal for the Royals. Stephanie Nunez assisted on both goals. Hononegah 4, Larkin 1: Jaci Bridgers scored Larkin’s only goal in this loss in the fifth-place game at the Huntley tournament. Alejandra Villagomez had 16 saves in goal for the Royals. Streamwood 2, Willowbrook 2: Tawny Carrol scored her seventh goal of the season and Alondra Blanco added a goal as Streamwood earned a nonconference tie. Nathalie Guidon had 5 saves in goal for the Sabres (0-5-1).

  • Hampshire, Woodstock N. team up to fight cancer Apr 4, 2014 9:36 PM
    The Hampshire baseball program will host the most colorful game of the regular season on May 17, when the Whip-Purs and Woodstock North join forces to benefit the Let’s Strike Out Cancer project.

  • Hampshire girls eager for more success Apr 4, 2014 5:49 PM
    The Hampshire girls track team had a successful 2013 outdoor season, winning the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division championship. A year later, the Whip-Purs want more. And based on their performances at the Illinois Prep Top Times indoor state meet in Bloomington, they mean business.

  • Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup Apr 3, 2014 10:17 PM
    Cary-Grove 3, Lake Park 0: The Trojans (1-3-1) picked up their first win of the season, beating the host team at the Lake Park Tournament. Katie Conner led the offense with a goal and an assist to Carli Petersen’s score to go along with an own goal by Lake Park. Keeper Morgan Olsen collected 2 saves, securing her first shutout of the season. Harvest Christian 2, Cornerstone 0: Playing in their first game of the season, the Lions (1-0-0) grabbed the win thanks to a pair of goals in the first half. Morgan Lockwood and Alexandria Rayappa chipped in goals with Lilli Abbatacola and Ashlyn Floyd providing the assists. Sydney Doby was in goal for the Lions, making 2 saves to pick up the shutout. St. Edward 2, Nazareth Academy 1: After a two week layoff, the Green-Wave (3-0-0) got 2 goals from Chelsea Gnan to win in nonconference action. Monica Ramirez and Alex Zeller added the assists. Goalkeeper Paige Dykstra finished the night with 5 saves, shutting Nazareth out in the first half before allowing a goal in the second.

  • Boys tennis: Scouting the Fox Valley Mar 31, 2014 8:09 PM
    Scouting the boys tennis season in the Fox Valley.

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