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Prep Roundup: Kaneland boys track cleans up at sectional

Sycamore's Alex Handel runs the first leg of the 4 x 800.
Sycamore's Alex Handel runs the first leg of the 4 x 800.

STERLING – Qualifying for the boys state track meet isn’t anything new for Dylan Nauert.

The Kaneland junior had advanced to the season’s final weekend in the 300 hurdles in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. But at Friday’s IHSA Class 2A Sterling Sectional, Nauert outdid his previous two performances.

Nauert was a double-winner, taking first in the 110 high hurdles in 15.33 seconds and winning the 300 hurdles in 39.00. 

“To do a double is amazing,” Nauert said. “It’s really exciting going downstate.”

Kaneland easily won the team championship, capturing 151 points while Winnebago was second with 68 points. 

Kaneland’s 4x800 team of Conor Johnson, Kyle Carter, Luis Acosta and Nate Kucera took first in 7:55.09, more than six seconds better than their seed time. Kaneland also won the 4x400 relay. 

Nate Dyer took first in the shot put with a mark of 51-04. The Knights’ Dylan Kuipers and Kory Harner took first and second place respectively in the pole vault. 

Kaneland’s Tanner Andrews jumped 44-09 to win the triple jump. 


IHSA Class 2A Solorio Regional: St. Francis won the regional crown, 2-0 over Riverside-Brookfield behind goals by Anna Vonderhaar and Taylor Van Thournout. Taylor Bucaro and Kaity Bucaro had assists for St. Francis (15-1), which advances to Wednesday’s Riverside-Brookfield Sectional semifinal against Hinsdale South.

IHSA Class 2A Sycamore Regional: Burlington Central (18-3-1) came out in the second half attacking with more intensity and controlled the flow of the match early, but Sycamore’s defense held steady in the 1-0 Spartans win. Sycamore pushed forward with 19 minutes remaining, when Lauren Miller collected a loose ball in the penalty area and found the corner of the goal to give the Spartans  their second straight regional championship. 

IHSA Class 2A Glenbard South Regional: Wheaton Academy was ousted by the host Raiders in the regional final, falling, 2-1.


Geneva 18, Batavia 8 (5 inn.): At Geneva, the host Vikings erupted for 13 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game abruptly.

Anna Geary homered and drove in four runs for Geneva (15-15, 8-10 UEC River) while Batavia’s Katie Ryan went 3 for 3.

St. Charles East 13, Larkin 1 (5 inn.): At Elgin, Alex Latoria homered and Olivia Lorenzini added a pair of doubles as East (27-5, 15-4 UEC River) closed the regular season with a romp.


Batavia-Kaneland game at Fifth Third moved to today: Friday night’s scheduled Batavia-Kaneland baseball game at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark was moved to noon today because of field conditions, with senior day ceremonies to take place at 11 a.m.

According to Kaneland coach Brian Aversa, there no longer will be an admission charge for the game, but a donation box will be set up with all proceeds going directly to the Caitlyn Phillips Memorial. 

Wheaton Warrenville South 7, Geneva 2: At Geneva, Anthony Bragg homered and Nick Derr doubled but the Vikings (18-15) dropped the nonconference game.

St. Francis 3, Wheaton Academy 0: At Wheaton, Brett Jungles drove in all three runs for St. Francis and Andrew Brundage threw six shutout innings in the Suburban Christian Conference win.

Dundee-Crown 5, Burlington Central 3: At Burlington, Central (14-10) fell in the nonconference game. Josh Lung doubled and had an RBI for the Rockets.

• Shaw Media sports editor Ross Jacobson contributed to this report.

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