BATAVIA – St. Charles North boys tennis coach Sean Masoncup isn’t shy about identifying the North Stars’ identity.
“It’s sort of been our M.O. all year that we’ve been a great doubles team,” he said. “In doubles, you really have to be the aggressors, and we’ve done that while finding groups that really feed off and play well with each other.”
North continued that trend when it counted most Thursday, sweeping doubles play to edge Upstate Eight Conference River Division rival Batavia, 4-3, to stay undefeated in the league.
The dual was even when the sixth final came in, and the de facto tiebreaker didn’t lack for drama. North’s No. 2 tandem of Bobby Dunteman and Grant Spellman rallied to defeat Jeff Lorden and Alek Mizikar, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Duntemar and Spellman bounced back from a 3-0 deficit in the third set.
“It was a back-and-forth match where we made quite a few unforced errors,” Masoncup said. “But we tightened the screws, got some first serves and returns in and made a great comeback.”
Danny Oakes and Dom Amalraj cruised, 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles for the North Stars (6-0, 3-0 UEC River). The pairings of Eli McCray and Eric Pashan and Cam Staroske and Mitch Riggs also won. Josh Cogan, Ryan Sterling and Adam Maris rolled to singles victories for Batavia (7-4, 2-1).
Marmion 5, Chicago Christian 0: At Palos Heights, Marmion yielded just four games combined to remain unbeaten. Will Graft and Jackson Rettig were singles winners for the Cadets (7-0, 4-0 SCC).
St. Francis 5, Walther Lutheran 0: At Wheaton, St. Francis swept its SCC dual with five straight-sets victories, including three 6-0, 6-0 conquests.
St. Charles East 6, Elgin 5 (8 inn.): At St. Charles, Joe Hoscheit homered and drove in two runs for East (10-5, 8-2 UEC River), which trailed by two runs entering the bottom of the eighth. Winner Johnny Hondlik was one of four Saints with two hits.
Kaneland 2, DeKalb 1: At DeKalb, Matt Limbrunner spaced four hits and an unearned run in 62⁄3 innings to boost Kaneland to an NI Big 12 East series win. Ray Barry doubled and stole three bases for the Knights (11-7, 5-1 NI Big 12 East).
Marmion 6, Immaculate Conception 4: At Aurora, Marmion improved to 10-8 overall and 7-2 in the SCC Blue after jumping to a 4-1 lead after the second inning. Connor Riley went 1 for 2 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs.
Aurora Christian 12, Montini 1: At Lombard, Aurora Christian (12-5, 5-2) pounded out 15 hits en route to an SCC Blue win. Jake Hanson (4 for 4) and Kenny McCracken both homered twice to back Bobby Kuntzendorf’s complete-game one-hitter.
Wheaton Academy 12, East Aurora 2: At Aurora, Marissa Gagliano had four hits and four runs scored for 4-10 Wheaton Academy.
Kaneland 4, Ottawa 0: At Ottawa, Abby Bend tallied a pair of goals for Kaneland (6-3-1, 2-1-1 NI Big 12), while Courtney Diddell and Katie Taylor contributed two assists apiece.
Burlington Central 6, Marengo 0: At Marengo, Cali Andrews, Camille Dela Cruz and Maddie Stoneman each scored two goals for Central (9-4-1, 4-0 BNC East).
Geneva 14, St. Charles East 1: At Geneva, Nicole Schneider and Lauren Blayney were among the double winners for host Geneva, which earned its 20th victory and clinched its second straight UEC River crown. East’s Cassie Bossert won at No. 1 singles in three games.
St. Charles East 2, Bartlett 1 (25-20, 17-25, 25-23): At St. Charles, East’s Billy Russell collected 23 kills and 15 assists in the UEC crossover. Sam Pulcanio added 15 digs for the 6-14 Saints.
St. Charles North 8, Marian Catholic 0: At Chicago Heights, North won its third straight game behind a 12-save shutout from Alec Datoli. Harry Bogle and Nick McCullough scored two goals apiece for North (4-3).