Crystal Lake South's softball team shut out Dundee-Crown, 10-0, in five innings and then defeated Hampshire, 14-10, on Saturday to secure the Fox Valley Conference title outright for the first time since 1986.
The Gators (27-1, 14-1) played at D-C in the morning, then went to Hampshire in the afternoon. The win against D-C clinched at least a share of the FVC title. But South was interested in more.
"We've all been taught to share since we're really little, but we really weren't interested in that today," South coach Scott Busam said. "This group is fun; they're goofy, they're silly. To go through the conference and win it outright, especially with a team like Huntley, I'm so proud of them."
Huntley had won the last three FVC titles, and the Gators last shared the championship in 2007. Four-year starter Christina Toniolo pitched the final two innings against Hampshire to secure the title outright.
"Today was a little crazy, but it made it better and a little sweeter," Toniolo said. "I expected this from this team, and I know it's a really special day for our coaches, too."
Against Hampshire, Toniolo was 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs, Brooke Kuffel was 3 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and four runs, and Alexis Pupillo went 4 for 4 with a double, two runs and one RBI. Maddie Bush drove in two, Emily Sulikowski added a double, three runs and one RBI, and Evelyn Smith was 3 for 4 with two runs.
Sarah Bowen (3 for 4) had a homer, three runs and three RBIs for the Whip-Purs (13-16, 4-9), Miki Snider had three RBIs, Alyssa Cork (2 for 4) and Madison Kinczewski both had two RBIs, and Morgan Haefling had two hits and two RBIs.
Kuffel (two RBIs) led off the game against D-C (7-18, 3-12) with a homer. Kyra Swartz finished 3 for 4 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs, Baylee Kassel was 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, Pupillo went 4 for 5 with two RBIs, and Bush went 3 for 5 with two RBIs.
Alyssa Niketopoulos pitched all seven innings, allowing four hits with four strikeouts. Grace Dierwechter had a double for the Chargers.
Huntley 11, Glenbrook North 0 (5 inn.): At Northbrook, freshman Jori Heard struck out 14 of 15 batters over five innings to complete her first career perfect game for Huntley (24-7) in a nonconference win. Heard struck out the first 13 batters before Chloe DeLeon lined out to right fielder Taylor Zielinski with one out in the fifth.
Huntley had three homers in the win. Teagan O'Rilley went 2 for 3 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs, Grace Kutz had a homer and two RBIs, and Micah Goodrich added a pinch-hit solo homer.
Cary-Grove 2, Ridgewood 1: At the Fenton Bison Blast Tournament in Bensenville, Emma Hill struck out eight in a complete-game victory for C-G. Hill allowed an unearned run on five hits and no walks and added a double and an RBI. Frankie Cruz went 2 for 3 with a double and a run.
Cary-Grove 10, Willowbrook 0 (6 inn.): At Bensenville, Jazzy Flashing had two doubles and four RBIs for the Trojans (15-10), who went 3-0 over the weekend to win the tournament championship. Kelly Johnson collected a triple and two runs and Hill (2 for 3), Alina Krembuszewski (2 runs), Frankie Cruz, Paige Hoscheit and Lindsey Norberg each had one RBI. Hill struck out eight over six shutout innings.
Richmond-Burton 5, Woodstock North 1: At Woodstock, the Rockets (14-2-1, 8-1) scored all five of their runs in the top of the seventh to come back and beat the Thunder (12-12-1, 6-3) in Kishwaukee River Conference play.
R-B collected four of its six hits and drew two walks in the seventh against Ellie Thurow. Carys De Lucia had a double and two RBIs, Kaitie Regnier went 2 for 3 with a steal and an RBI, and Peyton Kupsak added a run-scoring hit.
Jesse Klicker allowed a run on five hits over five innings with three strikeouts. Thurow struck out 12 and gave up four earned runs on six hits in seven innings. She provided the Thunder with their only run on a solo homer in the fourth.
McHenry 5, Alleman 3 (6 inn.): At the Harlem Invite in Machesney Park, Maddy McDaniel hit a three-run homer and added a double to power the Warriors to an opening win. Lauren Sena was 2 for 2 with a double and Jocelyn Currie had a double and an RBI. McKayla Sellek allowed two runs on nine hits in six innings, striking out four.
McHenry 21, Stillman Valley 0 (4 inn.): At Machesney Park, Kyra Lard finished 4 for 4 with two home runs, five RBIs and three runs for the Warriors. Tori Boysen was 2 for 2 with a double, four RBIs and three runs, Currie was 3 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs, and Sena had a double and drove in two.
Lauren Schmitz had three RBIs and two runs, Taylor Zoephel was 2 for 3 with three runs and an RBI, Ashley Zoephel had three runs, and Kate Funk drove in two. McDaniel added a solo homer. Alyssa Pearson allowed a hit in four innings for the win, striking out four and walking none.
Harlem 3, McHenry 2: At Machesney Park, the Warriors (16-12) lost their final game against the host Huskies. Schmitz was 3 for 3 with an RBI, and Boysen was 2 for 4. Julia Druml took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Jacobs 10-16, Genoa-Kingston 0-6: At Algonquin, the Golden Eagles (15-10) scored 26 runs on 33 hits in a doubleheader sweep over the Cogs. Delaney Garden tossed a six-inning shutout in Game 1, giving up two hits with five strikeouts. Katie Armstrong was 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs, Emily Pena was 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs, and Sarah Lynch, Abbey Nesnidal and Abby Ziwiski had two hits and one RBI apiece.
Armstrong had a homer, double, four runs and three RBIs in Game 2, Pena was 5 for 5 with a double and four RBIs, and Garden was 3 for 5 with a double, three runs and two RBIs. Nesnidal (2 for 4), Hannah Slocum (2 for 4) and Jenn Entz had two RBIs apiece. Lynch tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six.
Marian Central 6-5, Marian Catholic 3-12: At Chicago Heights, the Hurricanes (12-15, 5-5) split the East Suburban Catholic Conference doubleheader. Faith Parchutz and Molly Finnegan both went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, and Maggie Finnegan added a solo homer in Game 1. Kaeti Miller was 2 for 4 with a double. Jamie Gatz struck out nine over seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks.
In Game 2, Molly Fitzgerald was 4 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, Jenna Golembiewski was 2 for 4 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs, and Maggie Finnegan was 3 for 4 with two runs and two steals. Megan Bokowy added an RBI.
Forreston 10, Alden-Hebron 1: At Forreston, the Giants (9-8) lost to the Cardinals in their nonconference game. Zoe Deeringer had a hit and struck out six over seven innings. Rachel Pahl added a hit.
Batavia 10, Marengo 6: At Marengo, the Indians (16-14) dropped their nonconference game to the Bulldogs. Grace Houghton went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Hannah Ritter had two doubles and a run, and Kiley Christopher added a home run and two RBIs. Jenna Turner was 2 for 4 with an RBI and McKenna Skow scored twice.
LaSalle-Peru 14-5, Harvard 10-6: At Harvard, the Hornets (13-9) split their nonconference doubleheader.
Harvard 1, Winnebago 0: At the Class 1A Winnebago Regional, a second-half goal from Erika Bernal assisted by Dani McCloud lifted the No. 5-seeded Hornets past No. 2-seeded Winnebago in the championship.
The regional title is the first in program history for Harvard (4-13-4), which entered the postseason with only two wins. The Hornets meet top-seeded Stillman Valley at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Indian Creek Sectional semifinals.
Woodstock North 4, Marian Central 2: At Woodstock, the seventh-seeded Thunder (12-10-3) earned the first-round win over the eighth-seeded Hurricanes at the Class 2A Woodstock North Regional. Taylor Prerost, Anastasia Mazzanti, Jenna Kopp and Ivette Diaz all scored for the North. The postseason win for North was the first in program history.
Lauren Chaney, Mazzanti, Prerost and Katelynn Ward had assists for North, and Hannah Fink made two stops in goal. Zoe Villont had both goals For Marian (2-15). North moves on to face top-seeded Crystal Lake Central in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
IHSA State Meet: At Hoffman Estates, Crystal Lake Central junior Colton O’Brien tied for third in the all-around on Friday with a score of 54.75 and advanced to individual finals in three of the six events.
On Saturday, in the finals, O’Brien picked up another medal when he tied for second in floor with a 9.55. He also placed seventh on vault (9.25) and eighth on pommel horse (8.6).
Kishwaukee River Conference Meet: At Woodstock, Woodstock narrowly defeated Woodstock North for the KRC Meet title, winning with 23 points to North's 21 points. The Blue Streaks won titles in four positions. Johnsburg (15) took third and Marengo (7) took fourth.
Woodstock got first-place finishes from Jordan Aparri and Ian Dawdy (No. 1 doubles), Brad Arnold (No. 2 singles), Caleb Warmbier (No. 3 singles), and David Lopez and Jake Aellig (No. 4 doubles). Jack Cunningham and Noah Parker (No. 2 doubles) and Spencer Ogle and Camden Hanson (No. 3 doubles) were runner-up.
Joe Chase and Charlie Neff (No. 2 doubles) and Nate Syens and Davin Scherman (No. 3 doubles) were first for the Thunder. Collin McClurg and Brian Lawrence (No. 1 doubles), Keegan Given (No. 3 singles), and Andrew Bean and Ethan Miranda (No. 4 doubles) were runner-up.
Johnsburg's Brian Anderson (No. 1 singles) and Lucas Toussaint (No. 2) were second.
Prairie Ridge 13, Richmond-Burton 0 (5 inn.): At Richmond, Alex Powers was 2 for 2 with a home run and five RBIs for the Wolves (22-8) in a win over the Rockets (15-13). Will Anderson and Jared Lindquist both drove in two runs, Ben Harris added three runs and an RBI, and Dom Listi and Alex Milone (2 for 3) both drove in one.
Braeden Harrell and Matt Porter combined on a two-hit shutout. Porter struck out five over three innings. Luke Uhwat and Griffin Taylor had the only two hits for R-B.
Marengo 10-6, Harvard 0-2: At Marengo, the Indians swept the Hornets in the KRC doubleheader, giving Marengo (13-12, 8-7) eight consecutive wins. Aiden Smith (2 for 3, double), Justin Oine (1 for 2, double) and Landon Oine each had two RBIs in Game 1 for Marengo.
Danny Schenk was 3 for 3 with three runs. Derek Peters went 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. Nick Wascher allowed two hits in the five-inning victory, striking out six and walking three.
In Game 2, Derek Peters was 3 for 4 with three RBIs, Smith drove in two, and Schenk had a double and two runs. Ryan Wilwers was 2 for 3 with a double. Kyle Klenske earned the win, allowing two unearned runs on four hits in seven innings, striking out four. Dylan Perkins was 2 for 3 for Harvard (5-12, 3-12), and Jacob Stanley drove in one.
Jacobs 11, Cary-Grove 3: At Cary, Kyle Washington was 4 for 5 with two RBIs in an FVC win for the Eagles (14-17, 9-11). Christian Scianna, Bryan Belo and Julian Alba had two RBIs apiece, and Andrew Balkcom added a double. Anthony Wilson allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings for the win, striking out five. Mauricio Grosso picked up the save, allowing a hit in 2 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.
Dymitri Kanellakis and Harry Heinisch each drove in a run for C-G. Jacob Duncan had a double and run scored.
Crystal Lake Central 6, Dundee-Crown 1: At Carpentersville, Justin Oblado gave up only a run in six innings for the Tigers (10-18, 5-15) in the FVC win. Obaldo scattered four hits and struck out one. Dean Mlaka was 3 for 4 with a double and run, Daniel Williams and Easton Walsh each went 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI. Alec Bolanowski (2 for 4), Trey Desimone and Lucas Irwin all had one RBI.
Evan Echlin drove in the only run for D-C (4-24, 0-20). Dylan Palmatier added a double.
Crystal Lake South 9, McHenry 2: At Crystal Lake, Beiker Fuentes (2 for 3, double, 2 runs), Nick DiBenedetto (2 for 4), Nick Mannella (2 for 3) and Kyle Green drove in two runs apiece in the FVC win for South (17-9, 11-9). Patrick Fischer added three hits. Dominic Guzman scattered thee hits in five scoreless innings, striking out three and walking two.
Jaedin Kotecki had a double and RBI for McHenry. Brett Loeding had one RBI and Carter Float added a double.
McHenry 5, Cary-Grove 3: At Cary, Sean Richards pitched a complete game for the Warriors (20-10, 13-6) in the FVC win against the Trojans (18-10, 12-8). Richards struck out five and walked three in seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Float was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Joe Kaminski and Camden Begley each drove in one, and Brett Loading, Nolan Shannon and Jake Evans had doubles.
Ryan Weaver took the loss for C-G, allowing a run on two hits in four innings. He struck out three and walked two. Will Klicker, Jacob Dodge and Harry Heinisch all knocked in one run.
Woodstock North 9, Canton 6: At LaSalle, Mason Carlisle (1 for 4, double), Caden Quick (2 for 4) and Aaron Montgomery collected two RBIs apiece for the Thunder (9-13). Alex Dodge (3 runs) and Jacob Laha (2 runs) both went 3 for 4, Bryce Nolan was 2 for 4 with a double, and Dustin Herrmann had a double and one RBI.
Dodge tossed three scoreless innings of relief for the win. He allowed a hit and struck out one.
Streator 10, Woodstock 0 (5 inn.): At LaSalle, the Streaks were held to four hits and lost their nonconference game to the Bulldogs. Evan Geske had a double. Jacob Waryck took the loss for Woodstock (6-13).
Schaumburg 12, Huntley 9: At Huntley, Taylor Wentz scored five goals in the loss for the Raiders. Isabella Wiechec had three goals and Kate Joyce and added one. Kaz Black made 13 saves and Antonette Nacua had five.
Dundee-Crown 4, Marian Central 1: At Carpentersville, the Chargers got past the Hurricanes.