AURORA – Steady play boosted the Marmion boys tennis team past Suburban Christian Conference rival St. Francis on Thursday, as the Cadets continued their bid for a fifth straight league title.
Jackson Rettig, who had been playing singles, returned to his doubles roots to team with John Graft for a victory in the No. 1 slot. The Cadets (5-0, 4-0 SCC) swept doubles play.
“We’re still fine-tuning everyone’s game and getting them settled into their positions,” Cadets coach John Tsang said. “It’s been a challenging spring, so it’s still finding some continuity and consistency moving forward.”
St. Francis scored its lone victory when Chris Chacko notched a 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles.
Geneva 7, Larkin 0: At Geneva, Geneva singles players Nick Huang, Nick McCarty and Brad Burgess yielded a combined eight games in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division dual.
Batavia 6, Elgin 1: At Elgin, Batavia swept doubles play in improving to 10-4 overall, 3-0 in the UEC River.
Streamwood 12, St. Charles North 2 (5 inn.): At Streamwood, North scored a run in the top of the first inning before surrendering six runs in the bottom half. Tim Misner tripled for North (9-8, 5-4 UEC River).
Yorkville 6, Kaneland 3: At Maple Park, Kaneland (5-8, 2-2 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) was unable to rally from a 6-0 hole after three innings. Joe Komel had a hit and two RBIs for the Knights.
Marmion 7, Walther Lutheran 1: At Aurora, Jake Esp struck out 10 in five innings to pace Marmion (6-4, 3-1 SCC Blue). Brian Simon (two RBIs) and Alex Troop had two hits apiece.
Burlington Central 12, North Boone 7: At Poplar Grove, Ryan Schuring homered for BC (6-6, 5-1 Big Northern Conferenc East).
St. Francis 7, Guerin 5: At Wheaton, Jack Ciombor had two RBIs for St. Francis (8-8, 6-3 SCC Blue).
Geneva 14, Larkin 0 (5 inn.): At Geneva, Kirsten Searcy doubled in each of her three at-bats and drove in five runs, sparking a 17-hit attack for Geneva (5-9, 3-6 UEC River). Emily Plocinski (four innings) and Haley Orwig (one) combined on a two-hitter.
St. Charles North 4, Glenbard West 2: At St. Charles, Abby Howlett and winning pitcher Sabrina Rabin both had three hits for North (8-4). Delaney Olinger doubled and drove in two runs.
Burlington Central 14, North Boone 0 (5 inn.): At Burlington, Emily Kisch recorded each of her 15 outs via strikeout, spacing one hit and one walk. Brooke Gaylord went 4 for 4 for Central (14-1, 6-0 BNC East).
Naperville Invitational: Carly Pottle scored three goals and Sam Lombardo also tallied as St. Charles East (10-4-1) knocked off Sandburg, 4-1, in a match played at Wheaton Warrenville South.
Sandburg on Thursday was named the top seed in the 18-team, IHSA Class 3A Andrew Sectional, while the Saints were tabbed as the No. 2 seed at the Hoffman Estates Sectional, behind St. Charles North.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Geneva fell to defending 3A state champions Naperville North, 4-2. Amanda Lulek and Mary Landry scored for the Vikings (6-8), who trailed, 3-0, at halftime. Molly Axen had both assists for Geneva.
Kaneland 2, Morris 0: At Maple Park, Emily Grams tallied a goal and an assist for Kaneland (6-4-2, 4-1-1 NI Big 12 East). Jess Coia opened the scoring midway through the first half.
St. Francis 3, St. Edward 1: At Red Hawk Park in Carol Stream, Taylor Van Thournout and Taylor Bucaro both had a goal and an assist for St. Francis (11-0, 6-0 SCC).
Burlington Central 2, Rockford Christian 0: At Burlington, Bailey Panjkovich assisted on goals from Camille Dela Cruz and Ellen Jayne for Central (12-1-1, 6-0-1 BNC East).
Rosary 4, Montini 0: At Lombard, Quincy Kellett scored two goals and Emily Martin had a goal and an assist for Rosary (8-2-2, 5-0 SCC).
St. Charles North 2, South Elgin 1 (21-25, 25-13, 25-17): At South Elgin, Pat Misiewicz (21 assists) spread the ball to a balanced attack led by Kevin Beach (nine kills). North improved to 19-3.
Geneva 2, Bartlett 0 (25-20, 26-24): At Bartlett, Nathan Jesko dished 27 assists for the Vikings, while Mason Stierwalt contributed nine kills.
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St. Charles North 14, Barrington 1: At St. Charles, John Pretet (five goals) and Kyle Gannon (three) helped North break through after leading, 4-0, at halftime. Collin Bawolek made 10 saves for 12-11-1 North.