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Prep Roundup: Girls state tennis entries bow out on second day

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Batavia’s top doubles team of Amelia Cogan and JennyMizikar was eliminated from the IHSA girls tennis state tournament with Friday’s fourth-round consolation loss.

Neuqua Valley’s Riti Vohra and Taylor Hershey paired for a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 victory at Rolling Meadows that ended the duo’s season.

Before the match went final, however, Cogan and Mizikar already had authored a new chapter in the program’s history books. Mizikar, a senior, leaves with 129 wins, the most in Batavia history. Cogan, a junior, boasts 104 victories, and is the first player to reach the century mark before her senior season.

“A record-setting year in a lot of ways for them, and certainly a doubles team that’s going to be sorely missed next year,” Bulldogs coach Brad Nelson said. “They’ve really set the bar for everyone else that’s coming through.”

Cogan – who is expected to move with her family to Boise, Idaho before her senior season – joined Mizikar for three state tournaments.

Friday also saw the elimination of the rest of the Kane County Chronicle-area contingent still alive in the backdraw.

In singles play, Geneva junior Kirby Einck opened her day by yielding a combined three games in victories against Bryttish Burts of Thornton Fractional South and Leigh Friedman of Maine South. Einck bowed out in the sixth round of consolation play when De La Salle’s Khalia Powell scored a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Kaneland junior Sammie Schrepferman encountered what Knights coach Tim Larsen called “a [darn] robot” of a player in her fourth-round consolation opponent, Nicole Tyulpa of Rock Island. Larsen counted just two unforced errors from Tyulpa in a 6-2, 6-0 win.

The Knights doubles team of juniors Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko went 1-1 on the day, defeating a team from Providence, 6-4, 6-3, before Bartlett’s Jennifer Gates and Gabriella Gregorio won, 6-3, 6-4 in a fifth-round consolation match. Kaneland’s state entries went a combined 7-4 in the tournament, creating momentum for what’s shaping up as a promising 2014 season.

“We have another shot at this next year,” Larsen said. “I feel sort of disappointed and relieved that the season’s over, but at the same time I’m invigorated that we’re going to have a shot at doing the same thing or even better next year.”

Rosary’s doubles team of Megan Conlin and Andrea Goyao lost via injury default in its fourth-round consolation match against Lyons’ tandem of Jillian Kaehler and Maggie Schwartz.


Marian Central 63, Wheaton Academy 20: At Wheaton, John Gemmel and his teammates on Wheaton Academy had no reason to be ashamed Friday after a lopsided loss to Marian Central.

They had plenty of reasons to be proud, though.

“For me, it’s not about the wins and losses,” Gemmel said. “It’s about fighting for my brothers. Only so much glory can come from winning a game. 

“Everyone loves winning, but I wouldn’t trade a win or loss just because I can be with my brothers every year.”

In a Suburban Christian Conference crossover battle, the Warriors (4-5, 3-4 Gold) played tough against Marian (7-2, 5-2 Blue) in the first quarter but could not recover from a rough second quarter in which they gave up six touchdowns. Wheaton Academy fell short in its bid to reach the postseason.

On the other side of the field, Ephraim Lee did most of the heavy lifting for Marian.

If the Hurricanes feel well-rested heading into the playoffs, they have Lee to thank. He tallied three rushing touchdowns (63 yards, 13 yards and 48 yards), turned a screen pass from Billy Bahl into a 19-yard touchdown reception, and returned a kickoff 84 yards to cap off his near-perfect day.

Burlington Central 28, North Boone 14: At Poplar Grove, BC (4-5, 3-3 Big Northern Conference East) tallied a safety just before halftime to take a 16-14 lead, part of a sound defensive effort throughout the night.

While the Rockets finished with their first losing season since 2010, coach Rich Crabel saluted seniors Casey Matthews and Riley Marino and their ability to keep the group upbeat. Central won three of its last four games.

“Our kids stayed with us and we practiced really hard the last two weeks, which is pretty hard to do when you’re in the situation that we were in,” Crabel said. “But our staff and our kids, they stayed with it, and we scratched a couple out at the end of the season.”

Montini 47, Aurora Central Catholic 0: At Aurora, playoff-bound ACC (6-3) fell behind by the final margin at halftime, as the four-time defending 5A state champions rolled in a Suburban Christian Conference crossover game.


Class 2A Glenbard South Regional – Wheaton Academy 3, Fenton 1: At Glen Ellyn, Wheaton Academy improved to 19-3-1 and advanced to Tuesday’s Burlington Central Sectional semifinal against Belvidere at 7 p.m.

Ty Seager had all three of the Warriors’ goals in the second half.

• Tom Musick contributed to this report.

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