ST. CHARLES – A quick start Tuesday propelled the host St. Charles North boys water polo team to a 9-2 victory against Hinsdale South in a Neuqua Valley Sectional opening-round game.
“Right away from the beginning, we were up, so the kids came out energized, enthused and ready to play,” said North coach Chris Cloy, whose team led, 3-0, after the first quarter.
The North Stars (16-13-1) advanced to face top-seeded Naperville North in a sectional quarterfinal at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Ryan Hamilton (three goals) and Justin Simmonds (two) paced the North attack. Collin Bawolek made eight saves in goal, while Nick Kowaleski had eight steals.
The North Stars lost, 12-0, to Naperville North in the Huskies’ home tournament April 6.
St. Charles East 9, Metea Valley 5: At St. Charles, East emerged in a Neuqua Valley Sectional opening-round game and advanced to face Naperville Central in a sectional quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Streamwood 8, St. Charles East 7: At St. Charles, East allowed five unearned runs, including two in the top of the seventh, as the Saints (16-9, 14-6 Upstate Eight Conference River Division) fell into second place in the conference behind Batavia. Isaac Nimick, Nicholas Erickson and Sean Dunne had two hits apiece for the Saints, who who were unable to take advantage of runners at second and third to end the game.
Morris 7, Kaneland 6: At Morris, Kaneland (10-13, 7-7 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) was unable to hold a 5-0 lead after the first half-inning. Josh Cohrs doubled and drove in two runs for the Knights.
Burlington Central 2, Rockford Christian 1: At Burlington, Alex Bell scattered six hits in the complete-game victory. Central (9-8, 8-2 Big Northern Conference East) was out-hit, but got two RBIs from Michael Scott.
St. Francis 9, Ridgewood 6: At Wheaton, Jack Petrando (two RBIs) and Alex Alcantara both had three hits for 15-9 St. Francis.
St. Charles North 8, Elgin 0: At Elgin, Abby Howlett sparked North’s 18-hit attack, finishing 4 for 5 with three RBIs. Sabrina Rabin and Katie Roggemann combined on a four-hitter for the North Stars (15-4, 11-2 UEC River).
Rosary 16, Walther Lutheran 1 (5 inn.): At Aurora, Sam Phelps drove in nine runs, four with a grand slam, as Rosary (9-11, 6-6 SCC) gave ample support to pitcher Emma Molenhouse (five-inning no-hitter).
St. Francis 12, Marian Central 1: At Woodstock, Maggie Remus improved to 14-0 in the circle for St. Francis, which moved to 17-3 in the SCC romp.
St. Charles East 1, Metea Valley 1: At St. Charles, Darcy Cunningham scored off a Carly Pottle assist as East (13-5-2) tied the match with a goal midway through the second half of its regular season-closing, UEC crossover.
Geneva 4, Bartlett 0: At Geneva, Mary Landry and Megan Kozlow both had a goal and an assist as Geneva (11-8-1) won the UEC crossover.
Batavia 3, South Elgin 2: At Batavia, the Bulldogs prevailed in the UEC crossover.
Batavia 7, Geneva 0: At Batavia, Batavia (17-6, 5-0 UEC River) earned the sweep by winning a trio of three-set matches, including wins from Ryan Sterling at No. 1 singles and the No. 3 doubles pair of Joe Maenza and James Carr.
St. Charles North 4, Waubonsie Valley 3: At St. Charles, North improved to 15-7 behind victories from Matt Ernst at third singles and Grant Spellman and Keith Hedges at No. 1 doubles.
Wheaton Academy 4, Fenton 1: At Bensenville, Jon Anderson won at No. 2 singles in a third-set tiebreaker for Wheaton Academy, which swept the doubles matches.
St. Charles East 2, Elgin 0 (25-11, 25-12): At Elgin, Jacob Samuels had six kills, Tom DeBruyne added 14 assists and two aces and Sam Pulcanio had 10 digs for East (15-16, 2-2 UEC River).