ST. CHARLES – A recent string of nail-biting matches prompted St. Charles North boys tennis coach Sean Masoncup to joke about Jack Callaghan and Alex Gruber’s penchant for taking years off his life.
Tuesday’s three-set tiebreaker victory against the St. Charles East tandem of Jackson DeJure and Tim Boles proved no different for North’s No. 4 pairing, but this time, Masoncup wasn’t laughing.
The result sealed a 5-2 victory against the Saints, marking North’s fifth Upstate Eight Conference River Division dual victory in as many tries.
“That’s been our motto all year long: Figure out a way,” Masoncup said. “I don’t care how it is. I don’t care if it’s ugly. I don’t care whatever it is. Just figure out a way to win.”
East fell to 3-1 in league duals, but still had a chance to win with the No. 4 doubles match and a gritty match between Saints freshman Kevin Schreiner and North Stars junior Matt Kramer at No. 2 singles still ongoing.
Kramer won, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
“Close matches,” East coach Rob Livermore said. “The scorecard didn’t say it at the end of the day, but we’ll be back. We’ll be ready at conference tournament time.”
Charlie Downing won at No. 3 singles for East, while the top doubles pairing of Alex Winters and Connor Anderson also was victorious. North won three of four doubles matches. Aaron Amburgey cruised, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles.
Geneva 6, Elgin 1: At Elgin, Geneva rolled to a UEC River victory behind a doubles sweep that included a three-set victory from the No. 4 team of Will Youman and Jake Stellick. Mike Guffey and Mark Lamb earned singles victories.
Batavia 7, West Chicago 0: At West Chicago, Batavia (14-4, 4-1 UEC River) rolled. Josh Boyle won, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2 singles.
St. Charles East 16, Elgin 3 (5 inn.): At Elgin, Molly McGovern homered and drove in five runs as East (20-4, 12-2 UEC River) cruised. Kelly Rinker went 4 for 4 with three RBIs.
Batavia 13, West Chicago 8: At Batavia, Alyssa Klemm doubled twice and homered while driving in five runs for Batavia. Winner Kaylan Waldron added two hits.
Sycamore 5, Kaneland 0: At Sycamore, Kaneland fell to 13-3 (4-2 Northern Illinois Big 12 East). The Spartans scored four goals after halftime.
“It’s my fault,” Knights coach Scott Parillo said. “I didn’t have them prepared to match their intensity. [Sycamore] came out and they wanted it, but I simply didn’t have them ready to face that intensity.”
East wins triangular: At St. Charles, St. Charles East scored 65 team points to defeat host St. Charles North (49) and Burlington Central (35) in a triangular. The Saints’ Ben Van Acker won the 1,600 in 4:45.8 seconds. North’s Josh Pelock cleared 14 feet to earn the pole vault title.
Rosary wins SCC meet: At Aurora, Rosary (195.5) topped Montini (184.5), St. Francis (97) and host Aurora Christian (69) in the four-team event. Distance success propelled the Royals, including titles in the 800 meters (Emily Martin, 2:18.83); 1,600 (Madison Ronzone, 5:14.70) and 3,200 (Claire Hengesbaugh, 12:35.36).
Aurora Christian’s Natasha Brown won the 100 (12.70) and 200 (26.23).
St. Charles North def. Larkin, 2-0 (25-12, 25-15): At Elgin, Trevor Gonzaga (eight digs) and Danny Throop (16 assists) helped North improve to 16-7 (5-0 UEC River).
Geneva def. Elgin, 2-0 (25-19, 25-16): At Geneva, David Franz had 17 assists to boost Geneva (16-9, 4-1 UEC River), while Nick Buseski aded eight kills and six digs.
GIRLS WATER POLO
St. Charles North 8, Rolling Meadows 2: At Rolling Meadows, Katie DiFiglio scored five goals for 17-6-1 North, while Claire Rich made 16 saves.
• James High contributed
to this report.