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Prep Sports

Area Roundup: St. Francis men extend win streak to 9

JOLIET – Seniors Ilya Ilyayev and Jens Kennedy (Dwight) scored 25 and 23 points, respectively, as No. 2-ranked University of St. Francis remained undefeated with a 94-78 win over Governors State in nonconference men’s basketball action Thursday night at the Sullivan Center.

USF (9-0) remained one of four undefeated teams in NAIA Division II. The Saints have matched their best start to a season since 1989-90. Governors State (2-12) suffered its 10th loss in its past 11 games.

Sophomore Iain Morison notched his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds in 15 minutes. Senior Ed Presniakovas (Plainfield South) added 11 points, including three 3-pointers.


Lockport 49, Stagg 36: Laurel Kucharski had 13 points and six rebounds, Taylor Hopkins added 12 points and Kianna Campbell contributed seven steals and eight assists for Lockport (4-3, 1-0) in Thursday’s SouthWest Suburban Blue road win.

Lincoln-Way Central 66, Thornwood 41: Central (4-4, 2-1) picked up the SouthWest Suburban Red win behind Grace Curran’s 19 points and Rebecca Gorman’s 16 points. Cora Likins pitched in 13 points, eight rebounds and five steals.

JCA 51, St. Viator 30: Kaitlyn Williams scored 10 of her 17 points in the first quarter for JCA (4-2) in the East Suburban Catholic road win Wednesday. Mia Farrell, who has committed to the University of Chicago, posted a game-high 20 points.

Homewood Floosmoor 85, Joliet Central 38: Monica Barefield led Central with 17 points in the SouthWest Suburban Blue home loss.

Reed-Custer 52, Streator 45: Kenna Wilkey paced Reed-Custer (4-5, 3-1) with 23 points, six rebounds and six steals. Val Guzman added 15 points and seven assists in the home win.

Gardner-South Wilmington 46, Donovan 21: Kaylee Steichen led Gardner with 12 points, three assists and three steals in the road win. Miranda Residori tallied 12 points, while Sydney Perkins added six assists, three steals, Celia Barna six rebounds, four steals and five points and Marlana Ferrari seven rebounds, eight points.

Seneca 57, Dwight 40: Paige Hacker had 23 points and five rebounds and Lyda Robinson chipped in 12 points and eight steals for Seneca (4-3) Wednesday. Rachel Dawson led Dwight (1-4) with 11 points and six rebounds, Brooklyn Long added 10 points and Daly Galloway nine.


Joliet West 2,117, Joliet Central 1,683: Scott Lyman had a 298 game and 532 series and Matt Pesavento added a 458 series for the Tigers in the SouthWest Suburban Blue win.


Lockport 1,988, Lincoln-Way North 1,322: Monica Colon rolled a 427 series, Dana Ackerson a 377 series and Lindsey Kolzow had the high game of 269 for the Porters at Strike & Spare II.


Lincoln-Way Central 96, TF South 53: Central (1-0) picked up a nonconference win.


Sandburg 57, Lincoln-Way Central 12: The Knights fall to 0-5 with a nonconference loss.


JJC 84, Truman 58: Dameann Stewart scored 21 points to lead JJC (10-3), which was without starting forwards Matt Hund (knee) and Pat Kenny (concussion) while starting wing Kiwane Crowder (hip) was limited. Robbie Brooks helped pick up the slack with 18 points and Darius Wells chipped in 17.


JJC 53, Kishwaukee 52 (OT): Down 48-45 with 14.6 seconds left in the game, Angelina Byers hit a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime. JJC (6-4) was led by Hillary Dietahin’s 12 points and 17 rebounds, Chavon Banks’s 10 points and 16 rebounds and Treanna Perry’s 11 points and 11 rebounds.

“This was a big win for us,” Coach Sanderson said. “To lose a double digit lead and have the poise to comeback and win is a good sign for the future.”


Reindeer Run/Walk: Runners and walkers can participate in the seventh annual Reindeer Run/Walk Cross Country style 5K. The run will start at 9 a.m. Sunday at Ellis House & Equestrian Center. Entry fee is $25. Same-day registration is $35. It opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 8:45.

For information, call Ellis House & Equestrian Center at (815) 475-4035 or visit

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