Boys swimming news
St. Charles North senior and Texas recruit Alek Filipovic, who added a final chapter to his high school legacy with two more state titles, is the Kane County Chronicle Swimmer of the Year.
As the season went on, the records kept falling for both Jacob Gramer and the DeKalb-Sycamore freestyle relay teams. Gramer set two individual school records, was a part of multiple record-breaking relays and won two medals at state, earning Swimmer of the Year honors.
Huntley's Gavin Heard won four state championships at the IHSA Boys Swimming and Diving Meet Feb. 26 at FMC Natatorium in Westmont. The Red Raiders senior was voted Northwest Herald Athlete of the Week by readers.
As the calendar turns to March every year, athletes, fans and sports reporters alike start turning their attention to the outdoors. After almost four months being cooped up in gymnasiums, it’s nice to start thinking about getting back outside to cover games and events.
Barrington senior and USC commit Griffin O’Leary won the 100 backstroke title Saturday at the IHSA Swimming and Diving State Meet. Huntley's Gavin Heard won four titles in the AWD Division.
Both local girls who wrestled at the first-ever IHSA State Meet in Bloomington lost their first two bouts Friday, while Rock Falls' Ellisa Russell did not compete. Also, all of the area boys swimmers saw their seasons end in the state preliminaries in Westmont.
Experiencing the state’s biggest stage is a rare occurrence, and something every athlete strives for. Having experience on that big stage is something even rarer. But for the local boys swimmers who qualified for state this year, experience is something they have plenty of.
The Sterling boys swim team set the tone from the start Saturday at the United Township Sectional, dominating the 200 medley relay to take a lead it would never relinquish to claim a second straight sectional title.
Dixon senior Carson Faley helped lead the Byron co-op swim team to a fourth-place finish at its own IHSA sectional on Saturday, setting a new pool and sectional record in the 500 freestyle, and also advancing to next weekend IHSA State Meet in the 200 freestyle.
Cary-Grove co-op's Ben Castro, Drew Watson and Kameron Fadden helped lead the Trojans to a second-place finish Saturday at the Stevenson Sectional.
A trio of Sterling wrestlers moved on from Saturday’s Class 2A United Township Regional in East Moline, with a pair of runners-up and a third-place finisher qualifying for next week’s Sycamore Sectional.
Oregon senior Isaac Kaltenbrun finished his high school bowling career at the IHSA State Meet at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon on Saturday, bowling a six-game series of 1,087 on Day 2 to finish 73rd overall. He rolled a two-day total of 2,314.
The Dixon wrestling team finished the season undefeated for the first time in 30 years, going a perfect 13-0 in dual meets after a win over LaSalle-Peru on Thursday night at The Pit.
Oregon’s Isaac Kaltenbrun used a huge final game at the Hononegah Sectional on Saturday to bowl his way into the IHSA state meet next weekend in O’Fallon, becoming the third Hawk to qualify for state twice in a career. Meanwhile, the Sterling boys swam to the title at the United Township Panther Invitational for just the second time in program history.
The Dixon girls basketball team grabbed an early lead and never looked back Thursday night at Lancaster Gym, defeating North Boone 52-15 in a Big Northern Conference makeup game.