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Prep roundup: St. Charles East boys soccer plays to scoreless draw again

Chris Van Dinther (15) and Akim Suraji (19) go head to head for the ball in the first half of DeKalb on Thursday at Kaneland in Maple Park. DeKalb won, 2-1.
Chris Van Dinther (15) and Akim Suraji (19) go head to head for the ball in the first half of DeKalb on Thursday at Kaneland in Maple Park. DeKalb won, 2-1.

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles East’s boys soccer team remains unbeaten, but a frustratingly similar result still has the Saints slightly on edge.

East played Streamwood to a scoreless tie for the second time in five days Thursday. Saints coach Paul Jennison found the Upstate Eight Conference River Division contest flowed in much the same manner as Saturday’s championship match of East’s home tournament.

East (11-0-4, 3-0-1 UEC River) dominated the run of play but was unable to convert.

“Controlled it, had numerous chances,” Jennison said. “Their keeper played a great game, and unfortunately we couldn’t break the deadlock.”

In off-field news Thursday, Saints senior forward T.C. Hull (torn right ACL) was cleared to play for the first time since suffering his injury during club play in April.

“He’s cleared to play,” Jennison said, “but obviously that would be a gradual thing we’ll be monitoring the next couple weeks. … There’s always a possibility [Hull will return], but I’m certainly not going to get too ahead of myself.”

DeKalb 2, Kaneland 1: At Maple Park, Kaneland’s adjustments from an earlier loss to DeKalb worked for the first half when the Knights took an early 1-0 lead, but DeKalb shifted into a different gear in the second half.

The Knights (5-5-3, 2-2-2 NI Big 12 East) controlled the match early, and they were rewarded eight minutes in when Arsim Azemi played a long, pinpoint pass into the penalty area for Tyler Siebert, who placed his shot into the lower corner to give Kaneland the early lead.


Big Northern Conference tournament: At Timber Pointe Golf Club in Poplar Grove, Richmond-Burton’s Jordan Hahn took to the course knowing good friend and Burlington Central senior Matt Weber was his greatest challenger to prevent him from capturing a third consecutive Big Northern Conference tournament individual title. Playing in the same group, Weber and Hahn competed against the course and one another during the 18-hole tournament with each hitting his share of stellar shots. Weber, however, ultimately prevailed, shooting a 3-under-par 69 to earn medalist honors for BC, which also won the team title with a 309, edging Byron by a stroke.

A 45-minute rain delay about six holes into the tournament couldn’t slow the Indiana-bound Weber.

“It was a good round,” Weber said. “I hit the ball really well today. It was probably the best I’ve played in a few weeks or so. My game is going pretty good, but it could have been a lot better today.”

BC’s Andrew Sherman (73) and Joseph Sherman (82) followed Weber.


Neuqua Valley 2, Batavia 1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-16): At Batavia, Heather Meyer (eight kills), Katelynn Fegan (nine digs) and Shea Thayer (four blocks) paced 14-11 Batavia in defeat. The Bulldogs lost to the Wildcats in two games in Waubonsie Valley tournament play Saturday.

Geneva 2, Bartlett 0: At Geneva, Kelsey Wicinski (16 digs) and Courtney Caruso (14 assists) helped 16-5 Geneva to a UEC crossover sweep.


St. Charles East 115, Metea Valley 68: At Aurora, East’s individual winners included Katie Nagler (2:01.56 in 200-yard freestyle), Isabel Herb (1:01.17 in 100 butterfly) and Stephanie Garvin (5:12.31 in 500 freestyle).

St. Charles North 95, Neuqua Valley 91: At Naperville, Monica Guyett (1:56.59 in the 200 freestyle; 1:00.36 in the 100 butterfly) and Samantha Sauer (24.97 in the 50 free; 1:01.13 in the 100 backstroke) were among North’s individual winners.

Meghan Montemurro and Anthony Zilis contributed to this report.

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