SYCAMORE – Kaneland boys golfer Luke Kreiter had mixed feelings last season after his team finished in sixth place at the IHSA Class 2A Burlington Central Regional.
Kreiter wanted to feel excited for teammate Matt Yonkovich, who qualified for the sectional meet individually, but he couldn’t stifle his disappointment that his team missed out on qualifying by 16 shots. His team was just too uncomfortable playing on a big stage.
“It was split emotions because you knew your season was over but you’re obviously happy that your teammate made it,” Kreiter, a senior said. “We just caught a bad draw and we came in a little nervous. … We pushed too hard and we ended up coming up just short.”
Kreiter had no such dilemma Tuesday at the IHSA Class 2A Sycamore Regional at the Sycamore Golf Club, when Yonkovich (72) finished second overall to lead a much more confident Kaneland team to a regional championship.
The Knights had three other golfers finish in the 70s, including Kreiter (75), Brody Kuhar (76) and Sean Glennon (79), to finish with a score of 302, beating second-place Wheaton Academy by 17 strokes.
Medalist Grant Gosden, a freshman, paced Wheaton Academy with an even-par 71. Led by Austin Niesel’s 79, Burlington Central scored a collective 322 to finish third and edge the host Spartans by a stroke as the final qualifying team for Monday’s Belvidere North Sectional at Timberpointe Golf Course in Poplar Grove.
Aurora Central Catholic’s Sean Harreld shot 78 to advance as an individual.
The Knights said all season their goal was to qualify for the state meet, even though they failed to make it out of regionals in 2011. They are one step away.
“We’ve kind of fed off of each other all year,” Kreiter said. “We know that if we’re doing bad, someone is going to pick us up. You know that you don’t have to have the best week because we know that we have a deep enough team.”
Class 1A Seneca Regional: At Nettle Creek Country Club in Morris, Aurora Christian (363) finished third by one stroke to advance to Monday’s Westminster Christian Sectional at Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin. Nick Romero, Jesse Sutton and Ian Livingston each shot 90 for the Eagles.
St. Charles East 3, Larkin 1: At Elgin, T.C. Hull’s second goal of the night was a highlight-reel, overhead kick that put East (13-2-1, 4-1 UEC River) ahead with about four minutes left in the match, and Jake Sterling scored on a late free kick for an insurance goal.
The win against Larkin (4-1-1 UEC River) means East can win the conference outright if it beats St. Charles North on Saturday.
Geneva 2, Streamwood 0 (25-8, 25-21): At Streamwood, Hannah Buck collected 12 digs and eight kills to help Geneva remain unbeaten in league play. Kelly Dalheim added 15 digs for the Vikings (15-6, 4-0 UEC River).
St. Charles North 2, Larkin 1 (12-25, 25-20, 25-23): At Elgin, Emily Belz had 26 assists and 10 digs for North (13-9, 2-3 UEC River), while Irena Grauzinis smacked 11 kills.
Burlington Central 2, Rockford Christian 0 (25-22, 25-14): At Rockford, Allie O’Reilly (28 digs) and Jess Emrich (25 assists) boosted Central (18-7, 6-1 BNC East).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
BC second at quad: At Burlington, Clay Musial’s fourth-place run in 16:17 helped Burlington Central (53 points) to a runner-up finish behind DeKalb (33). Matt Meyers was second in 15:49 for third-place Aurora Central Catholic (61). Harvard (71) finished fourth.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Wolf leads BC: At Burlington, Kayla Wolf finished third in 19:41 to lead Burlington Central to a second-place finish at a home quadrangular. DeKalb (33) topped the Rockets (46), Aurora Central Catholic (66) and Harvard (73). Jenna Koerner placed second for ACC, three-tenths of a second ahead of Wolf.
• Anthony Zilis contributed to this report.