Prep roundup: East bowling clips Oswego

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

WEST CHICAGO – The St. Charles East boys bowling team overcame a 299 individual game from an Oswego athlete Monday to win a nonconference dual, 3,216 to 3,022 at Bowling Green.

"It was a well-rounded effort by the entire team in a pretty big, high-scoring match," Saints coach Steve Dessauer said.

Matt Markovich, Dean Mudlong and Alex Paschal all rolled over 650 series to boost East, which has enjoyed several strong individual performances during an early-season surge.

"Once every single player can put it together, we feel like we can dominate and put together a strong run," Dessauer said.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Burlington Central 59, Rockford Christian 34: At Rockford, Central opened a 35-8 lead at halftime in its Big Northern Conference East opener and rolled from there.

"We were able to dictate the pace with our defense tonight," Rockets coach Brett Porto said.

Ryan Fitzgerald and Reed Hunnicutt scored 14 points apiece for BC (7-1, 1-0 BNC East).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Oswego Tournament: Batavia 76, Proviso East 53: At Oswego, Liza Fruendt scored a career-high 37 points to lift 9-1 Batavia. Hannah Frazier (15 points) was next for the Bulldogs.

Burlington Central 77, Harvard 30: At Burlington, Samantha Pryor tallied 16 points to lead four Central players in double figures. Kathleen Ratzek, the team's lone senior, swished three of BC's seven 3-pointers to finish with 11 points. The Rockets improved to 9-0, 3-0 in the BNC East.

FOOTBALL

Turnstile success at state: At DeKalb, the first IHSA state football finals held in DeKalb drew almost 30,000 fans to Northern Illinois' Huskie Stadium over two days, per IHSA spokesman Matt Troha. 

Troha also said the Friday attendance to watch the Class 1A-4A finals was just more than 10,000. Batavia brought an impressive haul to witness its eventual 6A victory on Saturday afternoon.

One of the main reasons NIU secured the bid for the state football finals in odd-numbered years through 2021 was its proximity to Chicago and the potential for more fans to attend if the finals were closer. 

That proved to be true in 2013. 

Troha said the attendance for last year's state finals in Champaign at Illinois' Memorial Stadium was "around 26,800." The Friday attendance was a little more than 8,000 in 2012.