Prep roundup: Kaneland boys track dominates sectional
BURLINGTON - Dylan Nauert qualified in the 110 hurdles (14.75) the 300 hurdles (38.74) and was part of the Knights' 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay as the Kaneland boys track and field team dominated the 2A Burlington Central Sectional, winning the team race by more than 100 points Friday.
Kaneland scored 183 teams points while host Central was next at 75.5.
Kyle Carter and Nathan Kucera finished first and second in the 400 dash, while Ben Barnes and Dalvell Tripplett both qualified in the triple jump, and Barnes earned a spot in the long jump. Brock Robertson qualified in the 110 and 300 hurdles for the Knights.
Dylan Kuipers and Dan Evers took first and second in the pole vault, respectively, whle Nate Dyer won the shot put and Alex Snyder took second. Dyer also qualified in the discus, while Austin Kintz earned a spot in the 1,600.
“Two years in a row to qualify for all four events, it is the best feeling in the world,” Nauert said. “I couldn’t ask to be on a better relay team. These guys are fast. The way Kaneland does track, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
All four Kaneland relays also qualified for next week's state meet.
Knights coach Eric Baron tweeted that "in all my years in track and field I have never seen that kind of performance."
IHSA Class 2A Burlington Central Regional: Central jumped out to an early lead against a team which hadn't trailed since late April in Friday's Class 2A Burlington Central Regional final.
The Rockets' Alyssa Messina got Central on the board less than two minutes into the game, but DeKalb's Morgan Beaty tied the game midway through the first half and gave the Barbs the lead for good with 20:59 remaining in the match as DeKalb earned a 2-1 victory to take home the regional championship.
Beaty's second goal was a long shot from the left side of Central goalkeeper Abbigail Ciganek (8 saves), but the ball was able to get over her head and into the net.
"You know what they'd say, you'd rather be lucky than good, and that's what happened," said Burlington Central coach Massimo Piscopo, whose team finished up 11-8-2. "They just went for a cross and it just went in. It's not in the cards I guess for Burlington Central this year."
DeKalb (13-3-4) had not trailed in a game since a win at Morris on Thursday, April 24.
IHSA Class 2A De La Salle Regional: Wheaton Academy topped rival St. Francis, 3-1, to take the regional title.
All three goals for the Warriors – two from Gretchen Pearson and one from Rebecca Smith – were scored by freshmen.
The Warriors (12-11-1) led, 2-0, at halftime and were able to avenge a regular season loss in penalty kicks to the Spartans.
Wheaton Academy advances to Tuesday's St. Francis Sectional semifinal against Nazareth Academy.
St. Charles East Sectional: Host East advances singles standout Jasper Koenen and the doubles team of George Spoerl and Alex Winters to the state tournament after each won a pair of matches in the preliminary rounds of sectionals.
St. Charles North's doubles team of Grant Spellman and Aaron Amburgey also advanced.
The final rounds of sectionals are scheduled for today.
Waubonsie Valley Sectional: Batavia's top doubles team of Ryan Sterling and Adam Maris earned a state tournament berth with wins against East Aurora and IMSA. Sterling has 99 career wins entering today's final rounds.
Batavia 3-11, Streamwood 0-0: At Batavia, Evan Acosta (5 1/3 innings) and Nick Rogalski combined to shut out Streamwood in a resumed game before Colby Green and Jacob Piechota teamed up to blank the Sabres in a five-inning victory. Laren Eustace homered for the Bulldogs (27-3-1, 21-2-1 UEC River) in the second game as Batavia won its 18th straight game.
Aurora Central Catholic 6, Kaneland 0: At Maple Park, Jared Smith had three hits, Michael Fidler had two doubles and Matt Rahn pitched six innings of shutout ball as ACC (18-15) topped Kaneland (15-15).
St. Charles East 13, Larkin 0 (5 inn.): At St. Charles, Olivia Cheatham went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and Jordan Hieber went 3 for 3 with three RBIs to power conference champion East (28-6, 18-2 UEC River) to the victory in its conference finale.
St. Charles North 5, Streamwood 1: At St. Charles, Katie Roggemann went 3 for 3 with an RBI, Abby Howlett notched two doubles and Kaitlyn Waslawski went 2 for 3 with a triple as North (20-7, 16-3 UEC River) wrapped up conference play with a win.
• Travis Zuellig and Steve Nitz contributed to this report.