GENEVA – The Geneva girls gymnastics team captured its own regional Friday with a program-record team score of 146.275.
“Absolutely fantastic,” Vikings coach Kim Hostman said. “We have been working really hard to be more consistent and concentrating on sticking beam. We started well in the other events and really pulled through.”
Geneva boasted three of the five all-around qualifiers who advanced to Tuesday’s Glenbard West Sectional. Senior Ashley Puff (37.15) was all-around champion, followed by Dominique Brognia (second) and McKenna Merges (fourth).
Wheaton Warrenville South (136.575) was runner-up in the team race. Geneva broke its previous program high of 145.65, set last month.
The Vikings’ other sectional qualifiers included Megan Beitzel (vault), Jenna Ginsberg (vault) and Grace Ginsberg (bars, beam and floor exercise)
Athletes from the St. Charles co-op – which won Thursday’s York Regional – and Batavia will join the Geneva contingent at sectionals.
Kaneland 48, Yorkville 39: At Yorkville, Matt Limbrunner (16 points) and Drew David (14) led the Knights to their seventh straight win. Kaneland (13-6, 6-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) led, 33-28, at halftime.
Kaneland 42, Yorkville 35: At Yorkville, Kaneland converted 8 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter – the Knights’ only trips to the foul line in the game – to seal a conference victory.
Allyson O’Herron scored 12 points for the Knights (13-10, 5-4 NI Big 12 East). Brooke Harner added seven points, while Kelly Wallner snagged eight rebounds.
East, North set for UEC meet: At St. Charles, host St. Charles East and St. Charles North will be among the teams vying for the Upstate Eight Conference title today.
North is in search of its third straight league crown.
“We’ve been going hard and staying focused with conference, sectionals and state ahead,” North Stars senior Nick Kowaleski said.