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Druley: St. Charles North soccer player getting more opportunities

High schools don’t deal in lengthy fall breaks, but St. Charles North sophomore Marissa Bosco’s upcoming trip to the West Coast doesn’t qualify as one, anyway.

Marissa will be missing school but not stimulation as she competes in a U.S. Soccer U15 Girls National Team camp at U.S. Soccer’s national training center in Carson, Calif., from Saturday to Oct. 12.

A midfielder for the Oak Brook-based Eclipse Select club, Marissa hopes to keep shining on the heels of an earlier camp invite in Dallas in May.

“It’s very demanding physically and mentally. There’s two-a-days and there’s all these scrimmages that college coaches come out to,” Marissa said. “It’s just to give you an opportunity in front of national coaches with all these camps leading up to the World Cup and everything.”

Thoughts of ascending to an elite level in a sport she first embraced as a 5-year-old Tri-Cities Soccer Assocation player is heady stuff for Marissa, so she works to keep herself grounded.

“I feel like I’ve always been on very talented teams, so a lot of players are very talented that I play with, so they make me better and we all have the potential,” Marissa said.

The younger sister of standout Marmion wrestler Anthony Bosco, Marissa starred on the club scene this past season, helping Eclipse Select’s U15 program to summer national titles in the Elite Club National League and US Youth Soccer.

The waiting game: St. Charles East grabbed a 3-2 lead against Geneva before Tuesday’s Upstate Eight Conference River Division girls tennis dual was suspended because of darkness.

A win in either of the two remaining matches at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles – both are in the third set and will resume Wednesday – would put the host Saints in solid footing for their first conference crown. East is 4-0 in UEC River duals, one win better than Geneva.

“We have a strong team. It’s practically a senior team, so we all come out and do our best and everything, and I think it’s a good year because we work together well,” said Saints senior Alexa Huskisson, who teamed with her twin sister, Carly, for a victory at No. 2 doubles.

East’s other victories against Geneva were in doubles play. The No. 1 tandem of seniors Haydyn Jones and Kelsie Roberton is tied with Geneva’s Margo Hess and Emma Hazel, 3-3, in the third set.

“We’ve been together as partners for a long time and we’re really good friends,” Jones said of Roberton, “so the communication is there, and that’s so important.”

‘Santa’ on the shelf: Geneva product Jackie Santacaterina, a defender with the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League, underwent successful right hip surgery last month, the team reported Thursday.

Santacaterina played through the injury for nearly two months after first reporting discomfort during a match on June 29 at Seattle. The 25-year-old started 14 matches in 2013, collecting three goals and one assist.

Santacaterina is expected to return to full playing condition in six months, according to a team release. The 2014 NWSL season opens in April.

Old ’Dogs, new insight: The Batavia Historical Society and the Batavia Depot Museum are set to deliver a presentation on Batavia sports history at 2 p.m. Sunday at the City Council chambers at Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave.

Among other items, Batavia historian and library director George Scheetz will present findings from his recent study on the storied football rivalry between Batavia and Geneva.

For more information, contact Depot Museum director Carla Hill at (630) 406-5274 or email

Kevin Druley is a sportswriter for the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or Follow him on Twitter at @kevindruley.

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