High school sports roundup for Saturday, Jan. 26

Members of the Crystal Lake Central dance team perform during the competitive dance state meet Saturday in Bloomington. Central finished ninth in the Class 2A competition.
Members of the Crystal Lake Central dance team perform during the competitive dance state meet Saturday in Bloomington. Central finished ninth in the Class 2A competition.

Crystal Lake Central finished ninth in Class 2A in the IHSA Competitive Dance State Meet on Saturday at the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.

Central was making its seventh consecutive appearance at state, the sixth under coach Alli Heckman, who is stepping down.

Central scored 88.20 points to take ninth. The Tigers scored 88.30 in Friday’s preliminaries to qualify as one of the 12 finals teams.

“It was great. This season has been so much fun,” Heckman said. “One surprise after another. We didn’t know what to expect going in. We had two goals: No. 1 – make it to state; and No. 2 – make it to the second day.”

Heckman felt that even though the score was a bit lower Saturday, the routine was significantly better.

“We were a little shaky on the first day, initial jitters on a new floor and everything,” Heckman said. “We took the judges’ feedback, and I thought today’s was a stronger performance, which was great. They looked more confident, the spacing and formations were better. Their technique was far better.”

Central finished 18th last year.


IHSA State Tournament: At O’Fallon, McHenry senior Dalton Atwater rolled 2,445 for 12 games to take 44th at St. Clair Bowl.

Atwater rolled a pair of 244 games Friday, the first day of competition. On Saturday, he rolled series of 578 and 628, with high games of 236 and 234.

“It was a pretty cool experience with all the best high school bowlers there,” said Atwater, who plans on bowling competitively in college next year. “It was cool to have that competition.”

Atwater had a rough start Saturday with a 133 in his first game.

“That was a tough game. I was using the wrong ball out of the gate,” Atwater said. “I tried to make it work instead of switching balls. I switched later and made some better scores after that.”

Atwater followed that with a 234 in the next game. Eight of his 12 games for the tournament were higher than 200.

“I did all right,” he said. “There were a few games where I disappointed myself by not making great shots or by taking arrogant shots that led to lower scores that were less than ideal. Not taking my time and not thinking or executing a good shot. Just rushing a bad shot.”

Atwater is the second McHenry boys bowler to qualify for state.


Grayslake North Sectional: Johnsburg scored 88.57 points to win the Small Team Division and advance to the Competitive Cheerleading State Meet for the first time in school history.

In the Large Team Division, Jacobs (89.91), Huntley (89.60) and McHenry (87.91) finished second through fourth and will compete at state Friday and Saturday at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. The top five teams in each division qualify for state.

Johnsburg won the Small Team Division by 5.2 points over Rockford Lutheran.

Harlem won the Large Team Division with 90.53. Huntley finished fifth and Jacobs took sixth last year.

Cary-Grove finished eighth in the Large Division, Prairie Ridge took eighth in the Medium Division.


Hampshire 53, Prairie Ridge 33: At Hampshire, Kelby Bannerman scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Whip-Purs (23-5, 12-1) defeated the Wolves (10-14, 3-10) in their Fox Valley Conference game.

Morgan Haefling added nine points and seven rebounds for Hampshire.

Karsen Karlblom hit three 3-pointers and scored 15 points to lead the Wolves.

Cary-Grove 53, Crystal Lake Central 44: At Crystal Lake, the Trojans (9-14, 7-5) had five players with at least seven points as they defeated the Tigers (14-8, 6-6) in their FVC game.

Emily Lukowski led C-G with 12 points and was one of four Trojans with seven rebounds. Elsa Larry scored 10 points, and Maddie Jannusch added nine.

Corrine Hamill led Central with 14 points, Maddie Haslow had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Megan Wozniak added 11 points.

Huntley 48, Jacobs 30: At Algonquin, Kamsi Nwogu tossed in 22 points as the Red Raiders (9-16, 5-7) beat the Golden Eagles (3-20, 0-12) in their FVC game.

Missy Moffett added 10, and Syd Novak hit two 3s and scored eight for the Raiders. Kyra Cabusao led the Eagles with 11 points and two 3s.

Richmond-Burton 49, Crystal Lake South 41: At Crystal Lake, Peyton Bannon hit 12 of 14 free throws and scored 23 points to lead the Rockets (11-13) past the Gators (6-17) in their nonconference game. Kasey Miller added 11 for R-B.

Brooke Kuffel led South with 10 points, while Maddie Bush and Maddie Scharrenburg each scored seven.

Alden-Hebron 57, Harvard 38: At Hebron, the Giants (19-4) tied their school record for victories, set in 2006, behind Rachel Pahl’s 20 points in their win over the Hornets (2-20).

Eden Wanderer added 15 points, and Kylee Winter scored 12 for the Giants.

Haily Hill hit two 3s and scored eight points for the Hornets. Dinah Harter also scored eight.


Shepard Open North Tournament: At Palos Heights, Jacobs junior Hannah Strauss won the 138-pound weight class at the all-girls tournament to run her record to 13-6 for the season. Girls wrestling is not an IHSA-sanctioned sport.

Huntley’s Natalie Majer won the third-place match at 101 pounds by a pin. Dundee-Crown’s Jacqueline Garcia took fourth at 138.

D-C’s Abi Conway was sixth at 122, and teammate Arly Perez was seventh at 106. Prairie Ridge’s Maiyah Devenport was seventh at 153.


Woodstock North 68, Rock Falls 57: At Woodstock, senior guard Ryan Schaffter hit three 3s to break the Thunder’s career record as North (10-9) defeated the Rockets in a nonconference game.

The Thunder also tied the school record for victories (10-19) set in 2013.

Schaffter scored 20 points and passed Vic Ortiz (153) for the career 3-point record. He now has 154. Zach White led North with 29 points in the win.

Rock Falls is ranked in Class 3A but was playing without two of its starters.


Woodstock North Mary Landa Invitational: Cary-Grove co-op won the meet that was scored with open, senior, junior, sophomore, freshman and freshman-sophomore races with 648 points. Woodstock North’s co-op team was second with 570, and Huntley was third at 525. McHenry was fifth out of the seven teams with 479.

C-G’s Peyton Richardson won the 200-yard individual medley open race and swam with Noah Siegmeier, Cole Seeger and Cameron Castro to win the 200 medley relay. Trojans freshman Ben Castro won the 100 butterfly open race, and sophomore Hunter Jackson won the 100 breaststroke open race.

Huntley’s Dillon Cherwin won the 500 freestyle and anchored the Red Raiders’ 400 freestyle relay victory with Max Deutschle, Kacper Cebula and Max Hagberg.

North’s Nick Phillips won the 100 backstroke.

Conant Cougar Classic: At Hoffman Estates, the Jacobs co-op team, which draws athletes from the three District 300 schools (Jacobs, Dundee-Crown and Hampshire), took third in the Class A level at the eight-team meet.

The meet is flighted with competitors in classes A, B, C and F. Jacobs won the 200 medley relay with Alec Orndahl, Alex Le, Eric Boysen and Caden Waddell.

Boysen won the A 100 butterfly and was third in the 200 individual medley. Vince Chiappetta won the A 500 freestyle and took second in the 200 freestyle. Orndahl was second in the 100 backstroke.

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