PREP ROUNDUP: Marengo girls XC wins BNC title
Marengo put its top four runners in the top 10 and won its fourth consecutive girls team title at the Big Northern Conference cross country meet on Saturday at Wal Camp in Kingston.
Kitty Allen was second, Allie Sprague was fourth, Ashlynd Broling was eighth and Kaylin Punotai was ninth for the Indians, who finished with 41 points. Burlington Central (112), Richmond-Burton (113) and Winnebago (114) took the next three spots.
Taylor Conroy was 18th as Marengo’s fifth scoring runner. Byron’s Kelsey Hildreth won the race in 17:31, Allen was second in 17:52.2.
“It was a good run for us,” Indians coach R.J. Meyer said. “We’ve been pretty beat up and I have yet to race what I would consider by true top seven runners.”
Meyer said Katie St. Clair, Marengo’s seventh runner who placed 24th, is back running without pain now, which could help the Indians’ run toward a Class 2A state meet berth.
R-B’s Breanne Retherford was 10th and Emma Langlois was 21st.
Harvard finished eighth with 174 points, led by Jordan Peterson’s fifth-place finish and Morgan Logan in 13th.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
SCC Conference Meet: At Aurora, Marian Central finished in sixth place at the Suburban Christian Conference meet. The team finished with 147 points and a total team time of 1:49:35. Abby Jones received all-conference honors with her sixth-place finish in a time of 19:49. Brie Baumert finished in 21:14, which was good for 22nd place. Morgan Litterer was third on the team and 39th overall with her time of 22:22. Wheaton Academy won the meet with a final score of 59.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Big Northern Conference Meet: At Kingston, Harvard’s Jorge Pichardo took fourth place and Richmond-Burton’s James Kaht was eighth at Wal Camp.
R-B finished third as a team with 107 points. Ben Gardner was 15th for the Rockets.
Pichardo ran 15:31 for fourth. Byron’s T.J. Pitcock won the individual title in 15:01, one second ahead of Rockford Christian’s Nick Monkemeyer.
SCC Conference Meet: At Aurora, Marian Central finished fifth out of eight teams at the Suburban Christian Conference meet. The Hurricanes finished with a team score of 164 points and a total time of 1:32:46. Marmion won the meet with a final score of 24. Michael Lyons led Marian Central with a time of 17:41, which was good enough for a 23rd-place finish. Alex Cetera was just one position behind for the Hurricanes, finishing 24th in 17:45. Ryan Dipetro rounded out the top three for Central with a 37th-place finish.
Alden-Hebron 43, North Shore Country Day 6: At Winnetka, Isaiah Johnson scored three touchdowns as the Giants rolled past the Raiders in their Northeastern Athletic Conference game.
Johnson scored on two touchdown runs from scrimmage and returned a kickoff 80 yards for A-H’s final score.
The Giants (6-2 overall, 6-2 NAC) finish the regular season Friday with a 7 p.m. home game against NAC leader Ottawa Marquette. It will be A-H’s first night game ever as the school is renting portable lights.
Woodstock North Invite: At Woodstock, the Thunder (7-19) went 1-3 at the invite to finish in sixth place. Sam Abbate led the team with 22 kills and 28 digs in the four games. Becca Molve and Ariel Granat each had ten kills and Alyssa Meyer added 38 assists. Manda Landrey led the team with 50 assists. Woodstock North’s lone victory of the tourney came against Rockford East, 25-15, 25-14.
Elgin Tournament: At Elgin, Dundee-Crown took home first place at the tourney after going 4-1 on the day. The Chargers (13-15) beat Leyden, Elgin, South Elgin and Rolling Meadows en route to the tourney win. Kailey Moll led the team with 19 kills and nine blocks in the five matches. Ashley Raby had 17 kills and seven blocks and Frankie Cavallaro added 48 assists and 20 digs. Breanna Novak led the team with 23 digs and Kaylee Sommers had four aces.
Autumnfest Tournament: At Lombard, the Crystal Lake South girls volleyball team claimed third place at the tournament after going 4-1 over the weekend. The Gators (30-3) picked up wins over Barrington, Providence, Downers Grove North and Waubonsie Valley. Carly Nolan received all-tournament honors after finishing the five games with 57 kills, 36 digs and seven blocks. Cassy Sivesind led the team with 113 assists and Tori Falbo added 32 digs. Nicole Slimko and Avalon Nero both finished with 27 kills.
Huntley finished in 11th place, going 2-1 on the final day of tourney, including wins against Normal and Prairie Ridge. On the last day of tourney, Rachael Kisten had 17 kills to lead the Red Raiders (19-13). Emily Westermeyer had 15 kills and Erin Lyman added 13 kills and 25 digs. Kelsey Dewulf led the team with 52 assists and Rachel Shores had 32 digs on the day.
Prairie Ridge went 2-3 at the tourney to finish in fifteen place. Charlie Beam led the Wolves (19-14) with 28 kills and five aces and Taylor Otto added 81 assists and 35 digs for the tourney. Olivia Hanley had 50 digs over the five games.
Pecatonica Tournament: At Pecatonica, the Woodstock girls volleyball team went 3-2 at the tourney to finish in third place. The team got wins over Scales Mound, North Boone and West
• Joe Stevenson and Kevin Meyer contributed to this report.