GENEVA – The Geneva boys golf team took full advantage of home course advantage Thursday to hand St. Charles North its first dual meet loss of the season, 145-150.
“In high school golf, you’ve got to take care of your business at home,” Geneva coach Bill Koehn said. “That’s so important. We play on this golf course a lot.”
Four Vikings shot 38 or lower over nine holes at Mill Creek, led by medalist Pat Cuscaden with an even-par 35. Cuscaden parred every hole.
“Not a lot went wrong,” he said. “I missed about two greens. I just tried to make up-and-downs. I putted really well. It was just a solid day.”
That sort of consistency from Cuscaden bodes well for Geneva (7-1, 4-1) as the Upstate Eight Conference River race heads into the home stretch.
“We’ve been waiting for him to kind of step it up,” Koehn said. “He struggled a little bit here early on. Hopefully now we get him back on track and see if he can build on tonight’s performance. We need him. He’s a very important part of our group.”
Geneva’s Dan Cisco and Colin Lillibridge were both just one stroke behind Cuscaden and Brett Hassels also counted in the team score with a 38.
Raghav Cherala led North with a 36.
“We’ve got a lot of respect for Geneva’s program and their coach and players,” North coach Rob Prentiss said. “They all grew up on this golf course, so it certainly was to their advantage to play here. But, no excuses, we played pretty well, too –145, 150 are pretty good scores for high school golf.”
Dan Shepherd shot a 37 for the North Stars, one stroke better than teammate Ryan Dal Degan. Anthony Butir rounded out North's scoring with a 39.
St. Charles East 177, Elgin 230: At Bartlett Hills in Bartlett, Brad Riva (36), Max Kelly and Kyle Jacobs (37 each) and Connor McCadam (38) paced East to the UEC River rout.
St. Charles North 176, Neuqua Valley 201: At Pottawatomie in St. Charles, Ariana Furrie (37), Jordyn McFarlane and Jessica Grill (46 each) and Sam Scroggin (47) paced North to the UEC win.
Kaneland 9, IMSA 1: At Maple Park, Kaneland's Anthony Parillo scored four goals in the first 25 minutes of the match and Kushstrim Ismaili had three goals as Kaneland (4-1-2) routed IMSA.
Marmion 7, Marian Central 1: At Aurora, Marmion (4-5, 2-0 Suburban Christian Conference) had seven different goal scorers: Eddie Graham, Conor Morton, John Raucci, Matt Switzer, Quinn Turcich, Flynn Collins and Alex Lopez.
Geneva 2, DeKalb 0 (26-24, 25-19): At DeKalb, Hannah Buck supplied eight kills and 16 digs, Jess Wicinski had six kills and seven blocks and Kelly Dalheim had 19 digs for Geneva (5-4).
Kaneland 2, Streator 0 (25-9, 27-25): At Streator, Ellie Dunn had nine kills and Jenny Lubic dished 20 assists for Kaneland (6-2) in the Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover.
Burlington Central 2, Rockford Christian 0 (25-9, 25-9): At Burlington, Jess Emrich had 17 assist an Allie O'Reilly added 13 digs for Central (5-4).
Sycamore 3, Kaneland 2: At Sycamore, Kaneland won at No. 1 doubles (Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil) and No. 2 doubles (Jenna Bicos and Jess Woodward) but dropped the Northern Illinois Big 12 match.
St. Francis 5, Aurora Central Catholic 0: At Wheaton, No. 1 singles player Claire Eckert fought back from a 6-0 defeat in the first set to win, 0-6, 6-1, 6-1, and Ava Kolman won at No. 2 singles, 7-6 (3), 6-1 for St. Francis.
• Dennis D. Jacobs contributed to this report.