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Area roundup: Sycamore sends three to state; Probst qualifies for IC; NIU softball staves off elimination

The Sycamore girls track and field team qualified in four events for state in competition at Thursday’s Class 2A Rochelle Sectional, led by Kylie Feuerbach punching her ticket to state in the discus and shot put.

The Spartans finished fourth at the 16-team event, according to coach Joe McCormick on Twitter.

Joining Feuerbach at state in field events will be Emma Gerwig and Amni Austin in the pole vault.

Genoa-Kingston’s Chloe Gallagher was the lone qualifier for the Cogs at Rochelle, taking third in the pole vault with a new school record height of 10 feet, 7 inches, said coach Barry Schmidt.

“It was a very good performance,” Schmidt said. “She’s been preparing well for this event for a week. The conditions, especially with a tail wind behind you and it being so cold, she did well.”

Probst qualifies for IC: Freshman high jumper Brooke Probst cleared 5 feet to qualify out of the Class 1A Erie Sectional.

Probst finished fifth and was the only IC qualifier.


Sycamore rolls at Morris: The Spartans finished Northern Illinois Big 12 East play undefeated with a 6-0 win.

Kierah Meier scored twice for the Spartans (18-1, 8-0). Saydie Holland, Erica Coulibaly, Kaitlyn Berntsen and Taylor Meier scored for Sycamore as well.


Comes comeback doesn’t fall short this time: A day after losing at home to Rockford Christian after a late rally came up short, the Cogs rolled to a 17-9 win against the Royal Lions.

The Cogs trailed 3-0 early before storming back. Will Franson was 5 for 5 at the plate while Ben Franson went 4 for 5. Each brother drove in four runs and scored twice. Logan Kribs had four hits and drove in three while Hunter Zweifel had three hits.

H-BR tops Earlville: Spencer Brown had two hits and drove in two runs as the Royals won, 8-5, on the road.

Tate Sanderson and Noah Badal had two hits each. Cody Cleaveland pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief for the win.


Huskies blank Broncos: The Northern Illinois University softball team advanced to day three of the 2019 Mid-American Conference Softball Tournament after posting an 8-0 victory over Western Michigan at Firestone Stadium Thursday.

The No. 4 seeded Huskies (27-24) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, and never left up, en route to NIU’s third win over 8-seed Western Michigan (18-28) this season. Today, it was the bottom of the order providing the offensive firepower. NIU’s 7-9 hitters combined to go 4 for 5 with four RBIs and three runs scored.

“I’ve been saying this for the last month, it’s really been them that’s getting it going, then the top’s been coming through,” said NIU head coach Christina Sutcliffe of the bottom of the order. “That was a total team win, 100 percent.”

Freshman Katie Keller opened the scoring with a one-out double to score Jenny Van Geertry from second in the first inning. It was her 21st double of the year, breaking the school record for doubles in a season, surpassing Jill Justin’s 20 set in 1987.

Katie Lamich began NIU’s three-run second inning with an RBI single to left field to score Dominique Greeno. The next batter, Sam Schmidt, delivered the big blow when she blasted a two-run double to left to give NIU a 4-0 lead.

Schmidt then put the Huskies up 5-0 with a solo blast over the left field fence as part of a four-run fourth. With runners at second and third and two outs, the Bronco right fielder misplayed the Kira Mickelson fly ball and both runners scored give the Huskies a 7-0 lead.

The next batter, Abby Howlett, drilled a single to left field to score Jessica Rio, who was pinch running for Mickelson, to give NIU an 8-0 advantage.

The Huskies return to the diamond tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. to face Toledo.

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