Saturday's prep roundup: East boys tennis a singular sensation in sectional win
GENEVA – St. Charles East boys tennis teammates Jasper Koenen and Justin Bowman retired their Geneva Sectional singles championship match on Saturday.
Koenen won the title after taking the first set, 6-1, but both Saints had something to celebrate as they looked to stay sharp for this week's state meet.
Koenen won an individual title for the third straight spring while Bowman extended his run as the winningest player in program history. It all added up to a repeat team sectional title for East, which scored 18 points to edge St. Charles North (17) and Geneva (16).
"A lot of good things going on," East coach Rob Livermore said. "We're just going to get ready for state, hope to have a good draw and a great tournament."
North and Geneva also will send a pair of entries to the state tournament, which begins Thursday with matches across several District 214 courts. For North, Dom Amalraj placed fourth in singles, while the doubles tandem of Grant Spellman and Keith Hedges topped Geneva's John Potts and Nick McCarty for third.
Geneva's other doubles team – Ryan Doeckel and Nick Huang – won the sectional title with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win against Lake Park.
Bowman captured another memorable three-set win in the semis, when he topped a cramping Amalraj, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2. Bowman, who has played No. 2 singles for much of the year, anticipated his opportunity to face Amalraj, the North Stars' No. 1 player.
"He was really excited about this match," Livermore said. "It was a good match, a tough match and so was very proud of the win."
Amalraj retired his third-place match against Glenbard North in a bid to stay healthy entering state.
"It's just too bad he ended up cramping up because he had a great second set [against Bowman]," North coach Sean Masoncup said.
West Aurora Sectional: At Aurora, Marmion took third in the nine-team event while advancing two entries to next week's state tournament. The doubles pair of Jackson Rettig and John Graft was second, while freshman John King took fourth in singles.
Batavia finished sixth but did not advance any qualifiers.
Batavia 5, Kaneland 3: At Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, Emilio Tenuta pitched five innings to earn the win for Batavia (26-6), as Billy Zwick drove in two runs. John Hopkins took the loss for Kaneland (12-16).
St. Charles North 5, Conant 4: At St. Charles, North (16-17) overcame the visitors' three-run rally in the first inning to win its regular-season finale. Ryan Thomas drove in two runs.
Geneva 11, Whitney Young 1 (5 inn.): At Geneva, Jordan Touro struck out 10 in the abbreviated complete game for Geneva (19-15), while Nick Derr drove in three runs.
2A Westminster Christian Regional: Aurora Central Catholic 4, St. Edward 2: At Elgin, ACC scored a narrow victory against its Suburban Christian Conference rival to improve to 27-7. Winning pitcher Matt Miller struck out 10 in a complete game. The Chargers face host Byron in a sectional semifinal Wednesday.
Geneva 8-8, Streamwood 2-9: At Geneva, Geneva (16-16, 9-10 Upstate Eight Conference River Division) out-hit the Sabres, 24-12, on the day, but still split the twin bill. Kirsten Searcy had a home run and six RBIs on the day.
Burlington Central 1, Lockport 0 (8 inn.): At the Stone City Jamboree, Shelby Young drove in the game's lone run with two outs in the eighth inning. BC capped the regular season at 26-3.
St. Francis takes two: St. Francis closed the regular season at 24-4 after winning a pair of romps. The Spartans topped IMSA, 18-2, before blanking Guerin, 15-0. Maggie Remus moved to 20-0 in the circle with the victory against Guerin. Alyssa Fernandez added a three-run homer in that game.
2A Aurora Central Catholic Regional: Aurora Central Catholic 2, Immaculate Conception Catholic 1: Host ACC avenged a regular-season defeat to win the regional and advanced to Tuesday's Lisle Sectional semifinal against another SCC rival, Walther Lutheran.
Wheaton Academy 12, Guerin 0 (5 inn.): At West Chicago, Michelle Ridderhoff and Amanda Jackson combined on the shutout for Wheaton Academy (9-10, 8-6 SCC), which is 7-2 in its past nine games.