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Eight Coal City, three Seneca wrestlers make regional cut

Eight wrestlers from Coal City and three from Seneca advanced out of regional action over the weekend, with the Coalers claiming four champions and the Fighting Irish one. Coal City hosted their own regional and Seneca was at Byron.

Coal City Regional

Coal City got title trips from Joey Rivera at 106 pounds, Cody Minnick at 113, Corey Jurzak at 126 and Casey Brown at 132. Rivera won the title by pinning Jake Krotz of Plano in 2:44; Minnick won by pinning Juan Lazarit of Plano in 1:25; Jurzak won by claiming a 7-0 decision against Wilmington’s Colin Weis and Brown won the title by beating Plano’s Shaun Wollenweber, 8-2.

Riley Kauzlaric at 170 and Brian Harris at 220 finished second for Coal City. Kauzlaric lost the title to Kyle Betourne of Bishop McNamara, 7-0, and Harris was bested by Steve Poskulski of Reed-Custer in the finals.

Also advancing for Coal City by finishing third are: Bryan Stopka at 152 (fall in 3:25 over Demetrius Woodridge) and Jake frost at 195 (fall 1:39 over Jackson Branum). Four other Coalers finished fourth including: Jonah Englert at 138, Alex Medina at 145, Alec Leasure at 182 and Brock Crawford at 160.

Byron Regional

Seneca wrestler Sage Friese won the 126-pound class by defeating Andrew Wenger of Dakota by fall in 5:14 to end up as the lone champion for the Irish. He is now 36-2 on the season.

Tommy Lovett was second at the 182-pound class. He lost in the championship to Sean Ward of Winnebego by a 9-5 score. He is 31-8 heading into sectional action. Dayton Coyle at 170 was third. He advanced by defeating Evan Neblock of Durand by a technical fall in 5:22.

Zach Russell at 160, Bryce Coyle at 152 and Wyatt Rodriguez at 220 were each fourth.


Dixon 55,

Morris 39

Katie Friend had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss by the Redskins on Monday. Jessica Ponce added seven for the locals.

In the sophomore contest, Morris won 30-17 with Jurak scoring 11 points.

DeKalb 53,

Morris 26

The Redskins got 15 points and 10 rebounds from Julie Jurasits in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East loss.

In the sophomore contest, Morris beat DeKalb, 38-35, with Janelle Brehm scoring 15 for the younger Redskins.

Pontiac 57,

Coal City 40

Coal City absorbed its first loss of the season, dropping the nonconference game to Pontiac by 17.

“Tough loss for the kids tonight,” Coal City coach Brad Schmitt said. “We battled hard but really could not get anything going offensively. Pontiac was ready to play and really took it to us.”

Emily Halliday had 19 points and Britta Spelde 14 in the loss.

In an earlier sophomore game, Coal City beat Westmont, 32-23, with Makenna Emerson scoring 11 points. Kenady Clayburn also had eight points and six rebounds and Mackenzie Bugg six points.

Minooka 47,

Romeoville 24

On senior night, the Indians got the Southwest Prairie Conference win over the Spartans.

Eleven different girls scored for the Indians, including nine each from Kelly Carnagio, Erin Heide and Brooklyn Bachmann.

GSW 44,

Illinois Lutheran 16

In their final regular-season win of the winter, GSW got 10 points from Paige Lardi in the win over Illinois Lutheran.

GSW finished the season with a 10-14 record overall and it was 9-3 in the River Valley Conference.

Sandwich 54,

Dwight 46

The Lady Trojans lost their final Interstate Eight Conference game of the season despite 16 points and 11 rebounds from Alyson Wiemken. Rachel Dawson had 13 points and eight rebounds for Dwight.

Newark 50,

Aurora Central Catholic 46

Jasmine Mitchell had 13 points, Nicole Lawrence had 12 and Kristine Zitt had 11 in the final regular-season win by Newark.

“This is one of our best wins of the year,” Newark coach Brian Holman said. “The girls played well and executed against a good, well-coached team.”

It was the 20th win of the season for the Norsettes.

Calumet Christian 45,

Families of Faith 30

Alli Willis had 23 points in the loss for FoF.

Families of Faith did beat Michigan City Christian Academy, 45-23, with Willis scoring 26 points.


Seneca 56,

Putnam County 46

The Fighting Irish won the nonconference game against the Panthers.

“We overcame quite a bit of adversity to come away with the win,” Seneca coach Russell Witte said. “It was a great team win.”

Conlan Callahan led Seneca with 25 points while Carter Gallick added 13.

Reed-Custer 77,

Wilmington 63

The Comets got double figures in scoring from: Travis Schoonover (17), Tyler Foote (12) and Mason Dransfeldt (10).

“We got off to a good start but could not sustain,” R-C coach Mark Porter said. “I thought Wilmington played hard tonight.”

Reed-Custer won the sophomore game by an 83-68 count behind 18 points by Jake Welch.

Calumet Christian 93,

Families of Faith 77

Josiah Blan led FoF with a whopping 63 points in the loss on Friday. He added 18 rebounds.

In an earlier game, FoF lost to Portage Christian 71-66 with Blan scoring just 42 points in the loss.

Against Michigan City Christian Academy, FoF won by a 78-31 score. In that game Blan had 39 points and Brandon Kline added 11.


Morris fifth at Independent Conference

The Redskins finished with 157 team points and in fifth place Saturday at the event at Oswego East. Riverside-Brookfield won it with 293 markers.

Redskins’ divers Joe Perez and Angel Algarin highlighted the day for the locals by finishing second and third, respectively. Perez ended with 262.95 points and Algarin had 249.60 points.



Minooka def. Coal City,

25-18, 25-21

The Indians beat the Lady Warriors despite Leslie Yousketvch’s seven points from the service line.

Bridget Kauzlaric had six assists and Megan Lacy five digs.

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