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Prep Roundup: Sandwich wins I-8 boys track meet

At the Interstate Eight Conference Boys Track Meet held in Seneca on Thursday, the Sandwich Indians won the event with 142 team points.

Plano was second with 126 and Herscher ended with exactly 100. Locally, Seneca was fifth with 45, Dwight sixth with 43, Coal City eighth with 34 and Reed-Custer was 11th with 28.

Coal City’s 800 meter relay team was second on the day and Seneca’s Gary Wantroba was also second in the long jump. The Coal City 800 meter relay team is comprised of T.J. Washington, Shondelle Washington, Jack Dibble and Allen Potter and they ended with a time of 1:34.015, finishing behind Sandwich’s time of 1:33.09. Wantroba’s distance was 20-01.75, which was eight inches behind Sandwich’s Austin Bruenig.

Additionally, Reed-Custer’s Billy Marquardt was second in the pole vault by clearing 11-06 and Dwight’s Lane Hoffman was second in the 3200 run.

Ben Barnett of Seneca was third in the 800 run with a time of 2:05.101; Seneca’s Jacob Klepk was third in the 400 dash in :53.482; T.J. Washington was third in the 100 in :11.245; Dwight’s Gus Rieke was third in the shot put  with a distance of 45-09 and the Dwight 1600 meter relay team was third in 3:37.815.

Minooka def. Plainfield Central
25-14, 20-25, 25-11

The Indians moved to 30-2 on the season with the three-game match win over the Wildcats on Thursday.

For Minooka, Phil Hannon had 23 assists, Rick Bishop had seven kills and two blocks, Matt Svetlecich had six kills and Maalik Walker had five kills and two blocks.

In the freshman contest, Minooka lost 25-27, 25-17 and 25-17. Leaders for the Indians included: Jared Measer (one ace, two kills, three blocks and a dig); Jake Wietting (one kill, three blocks and 17 digs); Mike Russell (two kills, one block and one dig); Brandon Rubertus (one ace, one dig and three assists); Aaron Alexander (21 digs and one ace)

Alex Caraynoff (14 digs and one ace); Robby Reader (12 digs) and Mark Reynolds (two blocks).
Minooka lost the ‘B’ freshman match 25-14, 25-13.

Earlier, the Minooka varsity defeated Oswego 25-15, 25-15.

Hannon had 27 assists in the contest while Bishop, Svatlecich and Nick Vertin had eight kills each. Bishop also had three blocks, and Svtlecich, Justin Toth and Maalik Walker two blocks each. Toth and Walker each had two kills. Adam Holstine had 11 digs.

Morris 8,
Kaneland 4

Brock Kukman picked up the win for the Redskins, going five innings. Trevor Lines earned the save by going the final two frames.

Austin Conrod had a big two-out triple in the second inning while Matt Bernickus was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and Grant Schluntz also had two hits.

The win clinches the Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference with a 12-3 record. The locals are 25-7 overall.

Minooka 11,
Plainfield North 3

Minooka kept a perfect Southwest Prairie Conference record at 18-0 with the win.

Todd Hoffart, Matt Hoh and Trevor Maly combined for the pitching win.

Offensively, Jesse Troyner had a double, single and two RBI, Brennan Polcyn had a home run and Neal Tyrell had two singles. All three had two RBI each.

GSW 12,
Tri-Point 8

Katie Gretz was the winning pitcher for the Panthers with relief help from Abby Horrie.

Key hitters for GSW included: Lexi Posing (3 for 3, three runs scored), Paige Lardi (3 for 5 with a triple and two runs) and Emily Foley (2 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI).

“We did a good job early of getting runs and were able to stay ahead,” GSW coach Michelle Lardi said. “We had some key hits that helped us stay on top tonight.”

Dwight 8,
Herscher 0

The Trojans scored all eight runs in the sixth inning to claim the win.

Erin Gaston was the winning pitcher. She went all seven innings, throwing her third no-hitter of the season.

Dwight committed three errors on the day.

Offensively for Dwight, Sarah Butterfield was 3 for 4 with a double, Kate Pfeifer was 3 for 4 with a double, Jamie Stanton was 2 for 2 with a double and Maddie Rodosky was 2 for 3.

Dwight 6,
Reed-Custer 5

Both Butterfield and Gaston combined for the pitching win.

Offensively for the Trojans, both Alyssa Brownlee and Aiden Connolly had two hits each.

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