Saturday's Prep Roundup: Kaneland boys XC shines in Peoria

PEORIA – Tight pack running helped the Kaneland boys cross country team to a third-place showing in the Class 2A race at Saturday's First to the Finish Invitational at Detweiller Park.

While top Knights runner Kyle Carter dropped 22 seconds from last season's state meet time to take 10th individually in 15:23, the rest of his teammates weren't far behind. Just 56 seconds separated Carter from the team's No. 5 runner, Luis Acosta, whose time of 16:19 was 29 seconds better than his 2011 state meet run.

"We need to keep battling one another for top-seven spots – all the way up to Kyle," Knights coach Chad Clarey said. "That competition makes us so much stronger."

Kaneland had 184 team points in the program's highest event finish ever. Yorkville (88) took the title, while Aurora Central Catholic (12th, 427) and Burlington Central (14th, 490) also competed.

Royal Cadet Invitational: At Aurora, Noah VanDyke's 11th-place run in 16:55 helped Wheaton Academy to 117 points and a fifth-place finish among 11 teams. Team champion Jones had 29.

Andrew Niebala (19th, 17:33) paced sixth-place Geneva, while Andrew Grahovec topped Marmion with a 33rd-place run in 18:22.


Clinton paces Kaneland girls:
At Wauconda, Kaneland's Victoria Clinton placed second individually in 18:11, helping the Knights finish second in the Wauconda Invitational with a team score of 111.

Crystal Lake Central won the meet with a score of 86; the Gators' Sami Staples, the defending Class 2A state champ, was the individual winner in 18:08.

Brianna Bower placed 22nd for the Knights in 19:34.

Royal Cadet Invitational: At Aurora, individual champion Dakota Roman (18:56) led Batavia's trio of top 10 finishers, boosting the Bulldogs to a team title. Batavia's 50 points edged runner-up Benet Academy (59). Geneva (fourth, 80 points), Rosary (seventh, 195) and Wheaton Academy (eighth, 227) also were part of the 13-team field.

McKenzie Altmayer, a freshman like Roman, was third for Geneva in 18:58. Kara Kalisz was ninth for Rosary in 20:27. Annika Pearson (32nd, 21:29) paced Wheaton Academy.


East competes at Prairie Ridge:
At Crystal Lake, St. Charles East defeated Prairie Ridge, Cary-Grove and Crystal Lake Central but lost to Barrington and New Trier at the Prairie Ridge Invitational. The Saints stand 9-7 after the weekend.

Erienne Barry dished 92 assists for East, while Nicole Woods smacked 46 kills.

Kaneland second at Bartlett invite: At Bartlett, Jenny Lubic had 76 assists and Lyndi Scholl (28 kills) and Ellie Dunn (26) keyed a balanced attack in Kaneland's second-place finish at the Bartlett Invitational.

The Knights defeated Fenton, Bartlett, Dundee-Crown and Rockford Lutheran before West Chicago scored a 25-18, 25-17 victory in the championship match.

BC second at DeKalb tourney: At DeKalb, Allie O'Reilly collected 72 digs in five matches to help Burlington Central to a second-place finish at the DeKalb Tournament.

Central (9-5) defeated Belvidere North, the DeKalb JV, Hampshire and McHenry in two games apiece before the host Barbs' varsity scored a 25-27, 25-15, 25-18 victory in the title match. Lauren Wiltsie added 41 kills for the Rockets.


Geneva 1, DeKalb 1:
At DeKalb, Matt Butz scored on a feed from David Goodyear for Geneva's lone goal. Both teams tallied before intermission. The Vikings are 1-3-2.

Pepsi Showdown: Wheaton Academy 5, Proviso East 4: Wheaton Academy built a 3-1 halftime lead and held on in its tournament opener.


St. Charles East 91, Glenbard co-op 63:
At St. Charles, East earned a comfortable victory to improve to 2-0.