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Area roundup: Slammers blanked by Windy City but still tied for 1st place

CRESTWOOD – The Joliet Slammers only collected six hits in Saturday’s Frontier League game at Windy City and suffered a 7-0 defeat. But even though they settled for a split of the two-game series, the Slammers (50-39) still are tied for first place in the East Division with Washington, which lost to Lake Erie. On Friday, Joliet used a seven-run fifth inning in a 13-5 win. Winner Nate Antone allowed one hit in 21/3 innings of relief. Leading Joliet were Justin Garcia (3 for 5, four RBIs, homer), L.J. Kalawaia (3 for 5, two RBIs), Trenton Hill (2 for 4,
two RBIs) and Manny Cruz (3 for 5).


Minooka wins Normal West titles: The Indians girls beat Dunlap, 58-85, for the title while their boys defeated Washington, 46-105, for first. Vivian Van Eck (18:07) won the girls race, while other leaders were Julia Dames (third, 18 minutes, 56 seconds) and Katelyn Gall (11th, 19:33). Leading Minooka’s boys were Jordan Frees (third, 15:37), Vincent Van Eck (sixth, 16:04), Homer Phillips (ninth, 16:15) and Jason Hoffman (10th, 16:25). Lincoln-Way Central’s boys were third with 114 points. The Knights were led by medalist Jared Kreis (15:10.70) and Andrew Englert (seventh, 16:10.30), while Lincoln-Way West was paced by John Stiglic (fourth, 15:51.80). The Warriors girls were fourth with 99 points behind Isabelle Gryga (10th, 19:31).


Lincoln-Way Central wins Lemont invite: The Knights beat Providence, 316-327, for first. Leading the Knights were medalist Juney Bai (73), Sean Curran (third, 77) and Brian Sterling (seventh, 82). On Saturday, Curran and Bai combined for a 72 to take third in H-F’s SWSC best ball tournament. Sandburg beat the Knights, 219-226, for first place.


JCA third at Metea Valley: The Angels (5-1) fell, 2-1, to Sterling and then beat Metea Valley, 25-15, 25-22, to take third in the Metea/Oswego East Invite. Leading JCA were Emily Wilson (38 kills,
37 digs, five block kills), Emily Holbrook (26 kills, 35 digs), Bella Ray (17 kills,
11 block kills), Sophie Krzysciak
(30 digs), Jillian Gray (seven block kills, nine aces), Morgan Pura (seven aces), Isabelle Horkey (53 assists) and Logan Powers (53 assists). Wilson and Ray were named all-tournament.


Reavis Windy Classic: Plainfield South and Bolingbrook won close matches to advance to Tuesday’s semifinals. The Cougars edged the U. Chicago Lab School, 1-0, while the Raiders nipped Lockport, 2-1, on penalties. Lincoln-Way East advanced to the consolation finals after beating Thornton, 1-0, and Lincoln-Way West, 2-1. Lockport got bumped into the fifth-place bracket, while Lemont advanced in the ninth-place finals after beating Joliet Central, 3-1, and Reavis, 3-0. And Joliet West lost a 1-0 decision to Whitney Young.

Minooka 3, East Aurora 2: Blake Brandenburg, Frank Thompson and Nick Beasley all scored while Carson Heglund made nine saves.

Joliet Catholic wins twice: The Hilltoppers won, 5-1, over Kewanee and 9-0 over Morris. Danny Pettenuzzo had three goals and an assist against Kewanee and two goals and four assist against Morris. Jacob Budz and Joey O’Connell each recorded shutouts.


Lewis caps 4-0 California trip: On Saturday, the No. 9 Flyers (4-0) won, 25-16, 15-21, 25-16, over Indiana of Pennsylvania to sweep their four matches at Cal State San Marcos’ Cougars Classic. Leading the way for Lewis were Elizabeth Hyland (nine kills, 10 digs), Caroline Stefanon (eight kills) and Abby Becker (18 assists), On Friday, the Flyers beat Cal State Dominguez Hills and the hosts by 3-0 scores. Becker, Stefanon and Alexandra Preuss made the all-tournament team.

St. Francis 1-3 at Saint Xavier/Trinity: On Saturday, USF fell, 3-2, to Cornerstone and 3-0 to Mount Mercy. Taylor Valant (nine kills), Makenna Barteckii (19 assists), Darian Baldwin (19 assists) and Katie Szakacs (31 digs) paced USF against Cornerstone. On Friday, the Saints beat Bethel, 3-1, and lost to Marian, 3-0. Leaders against Bethel were Brooklyn Withey (14 kills, 17 digs) and JoAnna Nowicki (10 kills).

JJC 25-30-25-25, Kishwaukee 18-32-23-17: The Wolves gave coach Dan Brown a win in his school debut. Leading JJC was Cuay Whitener (13 kills, 21 digs)

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