The Somonauk boys basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 68-53 victory over Herscher in its final pool play game at the 21st annual Seneca Thanksgiving Turkey Tournament on Friday night.
The Bobcats will take on the host Fighting Irish in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Alex Krejci had another big night for Somonauk, scoring 29 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Brendan Roberts posted 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Payton Wyant snared double-digit rebounds (10) for the third consecutive game for the Bobcats.
Grant Park 67, Earlville 53: In Dwight at the Route 17 Classic, the Red Raiders (0-3) lost their final pool-play contest despite pulling to within one point with 3:45 to play.
“Those lapses where we let them outscore us tonight, and especially the one after we had gotten back so close late in the game, really hurt us,” Earlville coach Gerald Fruit said. “Add to that their big kid (6-6 John Kveck with 23 points and 13 rebounds) — who we knew was going to be tough — really turned out to be the main factors in not getting a win this evening.”
The Red Raiders received a team-leading 15 points, all off 3-point field goals, from senior Jeremy Weymouth. Sophomores Griffin Cook and Ryan Browder added 13 and 11 tallies, respectively.
Earlville will now face Ridgeview (0-3) at Woodland in the seventh-place contest to end its tournament. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
— Read Bill Lidinsky’s full game story at mywebtimes.com.
Seneca 56, Newark 54: In Wednesday’s play at the Seneca Turkey Tournament, the Fighting Irish moved to 2-0 and sent the Norsemen to 1-1.
Zach Pfiefer scored 21 points for Seneca, with Payton Giertz adding 12 and Lane Provance nine.
Zach Carlson scored 21 to lead Newark, with Grandon Mitchell adding 11 and Tegan Kruser 10.
Sandwich wins 3 of 4: The Indians visited a triangular at Evergreen Park on Tuesday (37-37 with Evergreen Park, 62-18 over Bloom) and swept a home one Wednesday (65-18 over Aurora East, 65-12 over Streator).
Anthony Sparti at 113 pounds, Kadie Kern at 120, Sy Smith at 132, Evan Reilly at 138, Aidan Linden at 152 and Alex Alfaro at 182/195 each won four bouts for Sandwich.
Pirates open 1-2 at Oswego East: In its season opener, Ottawa wrestling defeated Oswego East, 45-24, and fell, 47-24, to York and, 45-30, to Romeoville.
Landon Marx and Marek Duffy recorded 3-0 days for the Pirates, with Tristan Simmons, Charles Medrow and Ryan Wilson all going 2-1. James Laitila, Nico Stanfill, Tristan Wheeler, Wyatt Reding and Tate Spicer also added wins.
“Overall, we wrestled very well, especially for a team so young,” Ottawa coach Pete Marx said. “The team, from top to bottom, wrestled with heart and confidence.”