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Roundup: Morris boys, girls take fourth at Irish Conditioner

KANKAKEE – Thirteen schools took part at the Kankakee Bishop McNamara Conditioner at Small Park in Kankakee on Wednesday. The race is a different format than most cross country races, as teams of two runners alternate miles in a four- or six-mile relay race. The varsity boys is the only six-mile race.

Morris was one of the 13 teams, and finished fourth overall in the varsity boys race. The team of Jacob Wantland and Jake Hesslau finished fifth, Tristan DeGrush and Al Alvarez took 14th and Kris Eliakis and Vicente Gallegos were 20th.

Morris also finished fourth in the varisty girls race as Mya Shannon and Meghan Smith finished fourth, Katherine Gallick and Maria Blanco were 15th and Bridget Gile and Emily Burling were 20th.

“It’s a new meet for us, and I hope they’ll have us back,” Morris coach Joe Blumberg said. “It was very well run, organized, a great loop, and good competition.

“We came away with 11 sets of individual awards, but I think the most beneficial thing we will take away is a quality interval workout. We need a good shake out run [Thursday] as we recover and gear up for one of our favorites, the Seneca [Twilight in the Woods] Invite on Friday.”

There was no team score kept in the frosh-soph girls race, but the Morris team of Lily and Sophie Tibbot finished in third place, while Aurora Whitmarsh and Alicia Valencia took 20th.

The frosh-soph boys finished fourth as a team for the Redskins, with Zach Chapman and Noah Rose claiming seventh overall. Ryan O’Neill and Eli Jameson finished 17th, while Matt Small and Shane McTague were 19th.


DeKalb 158, Morris 186: Nick McPherson led the Redskins with a round of 44. In JV action, DeKalb scored a 186-191 win. Matt Dinelli and Dawson Moore each shot 46 to lead Morris.


Newark 11, Kirkland-Hiawatha 0: Tom Bartkus and Matt Eike each scored twice to lead the Norsemen to the easy victory on Wednesday, while James Bowen, Cole Westmoreland, Nick Sticha, Noah Nichols, Jimmy Kluzek, Mitch Schmidt and Walliee Elizalde all scored once. Kevin Klock made three saves in goal for the shutout.


Seneca 25-17-25, Ottawa Marquette 14-25-22: Madison Wyss had team highs with 14 points and 10 assists for the Lady Irish (3-0), while Lexi Wilkinson had 12 kills and three blocks. Jessi Clubb collected a team-leading 15 digs, while Danielle Chismarick had seven digs and six points. Emily Woods and Clubb had six points apiece, with Wyss adding four kills and Woods three. In JV action, Seneca dropped a 20-25, 25-21, 25-14 decision despite seven kills and 15 assists from Cora Wilkinson. Alyssa Hauch had 11 kills, as well.


Minooka 5, Bolingbrook 2: Winning for the Indians at singles were Aly Israelson (6-1, 6-4) and Taylor Carl won (6-1, 6-3). The doubles team of Grace Thelo and Gabby Hajduk (6-4, 6-1), Emma VanDrie and Sarah Boringa (6-1, 6-1) and Michaela Pettnuzzo and Lexi Froidcoeur (6-0, 6-0) also won.


Coal City 6, Manteno 2: Manteno, which came into the game undefeated, homered twice in the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead. Coal City then scored the last six runs for their 11th win of the season. Drew Moir and Dustyn Muzzarelli each had two-run singles. Austin Pullara also contributed an RBI single. Pitching was the telling story as three Warrior pitchers (Keegan Gagliardo, Jack Bunton and Payton Hutchings) combined for 13 strikeouts, three walks and only four hits allowed.

Minooka 12, Channahon 2: Minooka earned the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s Illinois Valley Conference Tournament at Shabbona.


Volleyball: The Morris YMCA will hold its youth volleyball clinic on Saturday mornings from Sept. 13-Oct. 25 at Saratoga School. Under the guidance of Saratoga head coach Melanie Kunz, young athletes will work on developing their hitting, bumping, setting and serving skils through drills, games and scrimmages. Cost of the co-ed clinic is $70. Times are from 9 to 10 a.m. for grades K-3 and from 10 to 11 a.m. for grades 4-6. To register, go to Registration ends Sept.12.

Soccer: The Morris YMCA will hold its youth soccer clinic Monday evenings from Sept. 8 to Oct. 13 at the Morris Soccer Association Fields on Old Pine Bluff Road. The co-ed camp goes for six weeks and the price is $60. The camp, run by former Morris Community High School coach Jeff Hunt, will help develop footwork and passing and dribbling skills through drills, games and scrimmages. Grades K-3 will attend from 5 to 6 p.m., with grades 4 to 6 attending from 6 to 7 p.m. Register at Registration ends Sunday.

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