ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Danny Van BoschPrairie Ridge, jr.
Jack LamarPrairie Ridge, sr.
Van Bosch and Lamar won the Prairie Ridge Invitational on Saturday at No. 2 doubles and had a win against Jacobs in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division dual last week. The win Saturday was key as Van Bosch and Lamar defeated Francis W. Parker from Chicago in the finals to help the Wolves edge the Colonels by one point for the team title. On Monday, Wolves coach Naveed Heydari mixed up his lineup against Johnsburg with Lamar winning at No. 2 singles and Van Bosch teaming with Brad Henning to win at No. 1 doubles.
FVC outlook: The Fox Valley Conference Valley Division is shaping up to go right to the end between Jacobs and Prairie Ridge.
The Wolves lead the Valley with a 5-0 record and 31 points. Prairie Ridge’s only division match remaining is Monday against Cary-Grove. The Trojans have a solid hold on third place and could spoil the Wolves’ hope for a conference title with individual wins.
Jacobs, after defeating McHenry, 7-0 on Tuesday, is 2-1 with 16 points. If the Golden Eagles sweep their last three matches, they can end up with 37 points. Jacobs still has Crystal Lake South, Dundee-Crown and Huntley left on the schedule.
Both Grayslake Central and Crystal Lake Central have one match remaining with the Rams leading the Tigers by four points. Grayslake Central will face Woodstock on Thursday and Crystal Lake Central will play Grayslake North on Tuesday.
The whirlwind of matches next week will usher in the FVC tournament beginning May 10 at Crystal Lake Central and District 155 schools. Prairie Ridge and Jacobs look to carry over their close division race into the tournament. The Wolves, much like the regular season, will need to win with depth and consistent performances at all levels. Brandon Sidor and Kingsley Bernardo at No. 1 doubles and freshman Kailash Panchapakesan at No. 1 singles are undefeated for the Golden Eagles in FVC play.
Div. Record Points
Prairie Ridge 5-0 31Cary-Grove 3-1 18Jacobs 2-1 16CL South 3-2 16Huntley 1-3 10McHenry 0-3 4Dundee-Crown 0-4 3
Div. Record Points
Grayslake Central 5-0 28CL Central 4-1 24Johnsburg 2-3 18Hampshire 3-2 22Grayslake North 2-1 14Woodstock 0-4 6Woodstock North 0-5 0
THIS WEEK'S TOP MEETS
Crystal Lake Central Invitational, 8 a.m. Saturday
Prairie Ridge, Dundee-Crown and the Tigers compete in a warmup for the FVC tournament a week later.
Cary-Grove at Prairie Ridge, 4 p.m. Monday
A much improved Trojans squad goes up against the division leaders in this FVC Valley dual.
– Rob Smith, email@example.com