Prep roundup: North claims crosstown swim meet
ST. CHARLES – Veterans David Chokran, Kyle Gannon, Spencer Gray and Nick Kowaleski helped the St. Charles North boys swimming and diving team defeat host St. Charles East, 111-75, on Friday in an Upstate Eight Conference dual.
Chokran’s night included an individual title in the 100-yard breaststroke and a winning turn with the victorious 200 medley relay that also featured Austin Stapella, Kevin Leavy and Kowaleski.
“I was extremely happy with the effort that the boys made today in regards to competing,” North Stars coach Rob Rooney said. “If there’s once thing we’ve all got to work on right now, it’s common sense. We’re dealing with a few kids walking into Christmas break, and we’ve got to set a bar for ourselves that still includes competing and setting the parameters for the end of the season.”
Alec Carnell paced the Saints with a narrow victory in the 100 butterfly before also taking the 100 backstroke title. East’s Max Schmitt comfortably won the diving competition. Both teams have a break in the meet schedule until early January, but will use the next two weeks to improve.
“We’re still looking forward to our second group of kids,” Rooney said. “They’re doing a really good job training, and I think they’ve got to be able to develop a little more confidence in themselves racing-wise.”
DeKalb Chuck Dayton Tournament – Hampshire 63, Marmion 60: Marmion fell to 3-7 with a narrow loss in its tournament opener. It was Hampshire’s ninth straight win.
Naperville North/Benet Invitational – Benet 64, Geneva 62: At Lisle, Geneva closed tournament play with a loss in the third-place game. The Vikings had three losses in five tournament games overall, including one in overtime.
Abby Novak had 17 points for the Vikings (9-8). Sami Pawlak added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Sidney Santos scored 12 points.
Ottawa Tournament – Kaneland 38, Morris 29: Ashley Prost (10 points) and Sarah Grams (eight) sparked a balanced effort for Kaneland (9-4). The Knights’ Brooke Harner added four steals. Kaneland led, 18-16, at halftime.
Woodstock Tournament – Burlington Central 40, Marian Central 35: Shelby Holt (11 points) and Alison Colby (10) led BC in a second-place pool final. Central used pesky defense to keep Marian Central at bay down the stretch.
Aurora Christian 42, Immaculate Conception 33: At Aurora, Alyssa Andersen’s 21-point effort sparked Aurora Christian (8-5, 3-2 Suburban Christian Conference Gold). Natasha Brown added eight rebounds for the Eagles, while Alex Hultine tallied seven points.
Walther Lutheran 57, Aurora Central Catholic 52: At Aurora, Liza Rodriguez (20 points) and Alex Horton (16) kept ACC close. The Chargers fell to 5-5 (1-3 SCC Blue).
Wheaton Academy 55, Chicago Christian 39: At Palos Heights, St. Charles resident Abby Olson led all scorers with 10 points, as Wheaton Academy never trailed in snapping an eight-game losing streak. Marissa Gagliano and Christina Garrison added nine points apiece for the 2-9 Warriors.
Batavia 62, Streamwood 6: At Streamwood, Batavia’s highlights included first-period falls from Charlie Smorczewski (138 pounds), Noah Frazier (195) and Connor McKeehan (220). Joel Shump added a technical fall at 126 for the Bulldogs (5-8, 3-1 UEC River).