ST. CHARLES – To the three victors of the Upstate Eight Conference River Division boys volleyball title go the spoils of a traveling trophy.
The story about how North got its piece of the hardware has legs, too.
North clinched a three-way tie with St. Charles East and Geneva with Wednesday's 25-23, 25-23 home sweep of Streamwood, responding after Tuesday's originally-scheduled match was postponed due to a power outage moments before the first serve.
"I swear the announcer says he's ready to announce the lineups and the lights went out," North coach Todd Weimer said. "Streamwood thought, 'Ooh, this is their intro.' "
Not exactly. Just a nuisance after the completion of the JV game as well as a teacher appreciation night ceremony and national anthem preceding the varsity game.
On Wednesday, the teams returned to their places and North (17-16, 4-1 UEC River) earned a tight victory. Jeff Rollins contributed five kills, five digs, seven assists and three blocks. Ben Connor had eight assists, while Jack Bujko smacked four kills.
North graduated much of its core from last season's IHSA third-place state finisher, which went 5-0 to win the conference. Weimer said he couldn't overstate his pride in his players, both Wednesday and throughout the season.
"It was definitely a challenge," Weimer said. "We struggled early in both sets, but we were able to pull it off and come from behind in both sets. I'm excited for the boys. I think they deserve it, and they did a nice job, especially with all the guys that graduated."
IHSA Class 3A Geneva Regional: Geneva 6, Elk Grove Village 0: Geneva completed its romp against the Grenadiers, scoring three more goals as the game picked up late in the first half on the heels of Tuesday's weather postponement.
Courtney Lardas and Megan Albrecht made it 5-0 for Geneva (14-5-2) before Taylor Williams completed a two-day hat trick with a penalty kick goal late in the game.
The Vikings advanced to face Glenbard North for the regional title at 11 a.m. Saturday.
IHSA Class 2A Rosary Regional: Rosary 14, IMSA 0: At Aurora, Ella Wagoner had a hat trick 12:13 into the match as Rosary romped. Quincy Kellett scored five goals as the Royals improved to 9-11-2.
"The thing is, we were finally getting some players back. We've been so beat up for so long," Royals coach Brian Frank said. "We're not going to have everyone back as we continue, but we did manage to get some things going, and I'm happy with the result."
Rosary advanced to face Kaneland for the regional title at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Knights defeated the Royals, 3-0, in Maple Park and 2-0 in West Aurora tournament play in early April.
"Kaneland's obviously a very strong team," Frank said. "Obviously, we're going to have to make some adjustments to be prepared for them on Saturday."
St. Charles East 6, Larkin 2: At St. Charles, Adam Rojas went 3 for 3 with three RBIs for East (22-9, 17-7 UEC River). Jake Clodi added three hits, Mike Boehmer earned the win on the mound and Mick Vyzral pitched two innings for his eighth save.
St. Francis 4, Elk Grove Village 3: At Wheaton, St. Francis improved to 21-9. Christian Kuzemka was the winner.
DeKalb 6, St. Charles East 5 (8 inn.): At DeKalb, East rallied to tie the game with a three-run seventh before the host Barbs won the game win a run in the bottom of the eighth.
The Saints (27-6) out-hit DeKalb, 11-9. Leadoff batter Tess Hupe was 4 for 5. Jordan Hieber (three hits) and Sarah Collalti drove in two runs apiece.
Burlington Central 13, Hampshire 3 (5 inn.): At Hampshire, Bekah Harnish went three for four with two doubles and two RBIs to pace BC. Kassi Gaylord belted a three-run home run for the 20-9 Rockets.
IHSA Class 1A Newark Regional: Somonauk 25, Aurora Christian 0: Aurora Christian was limited to one hit in a season-ending defeat.
Wheaton Academy 10, St. Edward 8: At West Chicago, Wheaton Academy sidestepped the Green Wave's five-run seventh to clinch the program's first winning record since 2007.
Jessica Bosse (two RBIs) Megan Herring (two RBIs) and Hannah Bolds had two hits apiece for the Warriors (14-0, 9-7 Suburban Christian Conference Gold).