ST. CHARLES – While the final place-winners at the IHSA St. Charles East girls tennis sectional are set to be decided today, several Chronicle-area athletes clinched berths to next week’s state tournament as play began Friday.
In doubles, St. Charles East’s top tandem of Haydyn Jones and Kelsie Roberton were among the qualifiers, completing a strong career climb.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for them,” Saints coach Sena Drawer said. “They have been working really, really hard and really trying to make this happen. They’ve been on varsity since they were freshmen, played fourth doubles and last year moved up to first doubles, but it was still very much a developmental year. ... This year [state] has been the goal.”
Kaneland’s Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko also qualified in doubles, along with Wheaton Academy’s pairing of Lexi Welton and Betsy Jones.
In singles, Kirby Einck (Geneva) and Sammie Schrepferman (Kaneland) qualified. East’s Sarah Church can earn a state berth with a win against a Sycamore opponent when play resumes at 9 a.m. today.
Rock Falls 29, Burlington Central 22: At Rock Falls, Burlington Central dropped its Big Northern East Conference crossover as miscues added up.
Central (5-3) fumbled at the Rock Falls 1-yard line in the game and also missed a point-after that would have tied the game at 22-all in the fourth quarter after a Joe Breeden touchdown reception.
Wheaton Academy 48, Chicago Christian 20: At West Chicago, John Gemmel rushed for 207 yards to boost Wheaton Academy, which won its fourth straight. The Warriors (4-4, 4-2 Suburban Christian Conference Blue) travel to unbeaten Marian Central in Week 9 needing a victory to become playoff-eligible.
“I can’t wait to get film,” Warriors coach TJ Ragan said. “Marian’s a phenomenal team, very athletic, and we’re going to have a great week of prep. We’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s always a great opp to play a great team.”