Athlete of the Week
Crystal Lake South, sr., C-IF
Chovanec had a three-homer week and finished a single shy of the cycle in a crosstown win against Crystal Lake Central as the Gators improved to 17-4, matching their win total from a year ago.
The Bradley commit had a walk-off hit in a wild 13-12 Fox Valley Conference win over McHenry, clubbing a two-out double in the eighth inning to drive in the game-winning run for South, which finished 4-1 last week.
In total, she went 10 for 17 with three homers, two doubles, a triple, nine RBIs and seven runs scored.
Northwest Herald Power Rankings
1. Huntley (19-5): The Red Raiders finished second in the Marengo Tournament, falling to Kaneland in the championship game, and added FVC wins against Hampshire and Crystal Lake Central. Huntley leads the FVC at 8-1.
2. Marengo (16-4): The Indians beat Hampshire and lost to Kaneland in their own tournament, then beat Johnsburg, 7-1, to stay undefeated in the Kishwaukee River Conference at 7-0 with five conference games left.
3. Crystal Lake South (17-4): The Gators split a pair of games with Jacobs and defeated Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge and McHenry. South trails FVC leader Huntley by two games in the loss column at 10-3.
4. Dundee-Crown (14-10): Loyola commit Sydney Ruggles tossed three straight shutouts against Prairie Ridge, McHenry and Cary-Grove and now has a 1.88 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 220 strikeouts in 152 1/3 innings. D-C is third in the FVC at 10-4.
5. Marian Central (12-7): The Hurricanes did not have the best of weeks, going 1-3, but have enjoyed one of their better years in the East Suburban Catholic Conference with a 7-4 record.
Powering up: Prairie Ridge junior Emmie Farnam has hit four home runs in her past four games for the Wolves, including a two-homer game against Hampshire. The Northwestern commit was 8 for 16 last week with four homers, two doubles and six RBIs.
Farnam wasn't the only FVC batter with a big performance last week. Hampshire's Sarah Bowen went 8 for 15 with two homers, a double and eight RBIs, and teammate Delaney Rummell (Illinois) went 5 for 14 with two homers, three doubles and eight RBIs. Jacobs' Kerri Healy finished 16 for 23 with four doubles, nine RBIs and six runs.
Take your base: Trailing, 2-1, in the top of the fourth against Hampshire in the opening game of the Marengo Tournament, Indians coach Dwain Nance chose to intentionally walk Rummell to load the bases with two outs. The gamble paid off as the next batter popped out.
In the bottom of the fourth, Marengo swatted four homers en route to a 10-6 win.
"It's one of those things where you can't let their best player beat you, so that's what we went with," Nance said. "We knew about her this year. Last year we didn't, and she just tore us up."
Rummell, now a junior, missed her entire freshman season after undergoing her second ACL surgery and came back her sophomore year and posted monster numbers, leading the area with a .613 batting average, .667 on-base percentage and 76 hits.
Teams have been more cautious pitching to Rummell this year, but she has adjusted and remains a force atop Hampshire's lineup.
"We told her that she's not going to see the same pitches that she saw (last year)," Hampshire coach Kelly Wasilewski said. "There's just no way. There haven't been many intentional walks, but I don't think they're giving her much to look at really. It is what it is. It's inevitable, but she's still making due with what she's got."
Mr. 300: Huntley coach Mark Petryniec earned his 300th career win Monday as the Raiders collected 15 hits and stole 11 bases in a 13-0 win over Hampshire in five innings. In 14-plus years, Petryniec is 301-213 (.586 winning percentage).
The Raiders have set the program record for wins in each of the past three seasons and have won 20 games or more in each of the past five. That is likely to become six straight seasons.
Petryniec has had a losing record only four times and has reached 20 wins in 10 of 14 years.
No. 250: Crystal Lake South coach Scott Busam picked up his 250th career win as the Gators defeated Crystal Lake Central, 13-2, Monday in five innings. Busam is 251-161 in 13-plus years at South.
His .609 winning percentage is the best in program history.
What to watch
Huntley at Prairie Ridge, 4:30 p.m. Friday: The Red Raiders are inching closer to their third consecutive outright FVC championship, while the Wolves' bats are starting to heat up.
Marengo at Burlington Central, 4:30 p.m. Monday: The Indians have yet to lose in the KRC with an eye on their fourth straight conference title. The Rockets are closest to the defending Class 3A state champions in the standings, two games back.