Bri Fenton’s familiarity with Upper Iowa’s soccer program was unmatched.
The Prairie Ridge senior knows three current Peacocks – Crystal Lake South’s Kali Loescher and Kelsey Taldone, and Crystal Lake Central’s Madie Edwards. Fenton also is club teammates with South’s Macky Taldone, a senior who committed to Upper Iowa this year.
That was part of what sold Fenton on the NCAA Division II school in Fayette, Iowa, although there was more when she visited the school.
“It was a nice, friendly environment,” Fenton said. “The coaches are very nice and it’s a small school where everybody knows each other. I felt at home when I was there.”
Upper Iowa will be Fenton’s home for the four years after high school. She committed to Upper Iowa two weeks ago and will play soccer there on scholarship.
Fenton, a 5-foot-1 forward-midfielder, was a Northwest Herald All-Area honorable-mention selection in the spring when she helped the Wolves to a Class 2A regional title. She also has played on the Crystal Lake Force travel program since the sixth grade.
In the summer before her junior year, Fenton saw that playing at a scholarship school was attainable.
“We went to tournaments and all these college coaches were there,” Fenton said. “I realized I could play at those schools.”
Fenton considered D-I Western Illinois, D-III Wisconsin-Platteville and other smaller schools around Illinois and Iowa. Upper Iowa was small, too, but had people she knew and could offer scholarship money.
Mahoney hoping: An X-ray of Cary-Grove running back Ryan Mahoney’s left ankle Friday night revealed no broken bones. Mahoney will see a surgeon at McHenry County Orthopedics on Monday, after which he will know more about his immediate future.
“I don’t know too much,” Mahoney said Saturday. “Hopefully it’s going to get better. I hope to get back out there as soon as possible.”
Mahoney was having a big game for the Trojans, who defeated Crystal Lake South, 17-3. He had seven carries for 62 yards and one reception for 30 yards, which set up a touchdown. The injury occurred in the third quarter when Mahoney was spun and rolled over fullback Kyle Norberg on a tackle.
“I landed weird after I flipped over Kyle and another guy finished me off and landed on me,” Mahoney said. “It was disappointing.”
Mahoney was helped off the field, putting no weight on the leg and had ice on his foot the rest of the game.
• Joe Stevenson is the senior sports writer for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can follow him on Twitter @nwh_JoePrepZone.