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DeKalb soccer starts in practice mode

DeKalb soccer starts in practice mode

By:  Eddie Carifio-Daily Chronicle 

DeKALB – The DeKalb boys soccer team opened practice Wednesday in tryout mode, and will stay that way through Friday as the coaching staff figures out its three level of teams, coach Brent McIntosh said.

McIntosh said he liked what he saw on day one, and is “cautiously optimistic” heading into the season, which starts Aug. 22 when the team hosts the Barb Invite.

 

“I saw a lot of effort out of a lot of numbers, so that’s always a good thing,” McIntosh said. “I’m really pleased with our junior and senior group. We have a large pool to pull from; in that pool, we have a lot of experience coming back.”
DeKalb finished 8-9-4 last year and hosted a Class 3A regional, losing in the final to McHenry, 1-0.
[Sam Buckner for Shaw Media]

“I saw a lot of effort out of a lot of numbers, so that’s always a good thing,” McIntosh said. “I’m really pleased with our junior and senior group. We have a large pool to pull from; in that pool, we have a lot of experience coming back.”

DeKalb finished 8-9-4 last year and hosted a Class 3A regional, losing in the final to McHenry, 1-0.

 
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With a lot of seniors on the club this year, senior defender Lincoln Draper said he hopes the team can put together a good campaign.

“We’ve got 10 or 12 seniors, plus a lot of promising sophomores and juniors coming up,” Draper said. “Hopefully they’ll come together and make a really good team this year.”

[Sam Buckner for Shaw Media]

Senior forward Tristan Bujarski said he liked what he saw on day one.

“There was a little bit of rustiness from the intensity of the real season coming around, but we pulled it together and had a really good training session,” Bujarski said. “I expected it too. We have a really good team.”

 
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Hinckley-Big Rock girls golf relying on junior leadership: Like football and unlike the other fall sports, golf started its practices Monday, as well. And Royals coach Greg Jourdan likes what he’s seen from his juniors.

Without any seniors on the squad, the Royals will be leaning on Allison Ryan, Katie O’Dwyer, Lauren Engel and Anais Lawler.

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“They came into this program as freshmen and had some fantastic senior leadership and great role models to work from,” Jourdan said. “Since their first practice with the incoming freshmen, they’ve shown how much progress they’ve made, and they’ve shown they’re going to make this program theirs for the final two years.”

On the course, results have been good too, Jourdan said.

“I was pleased with their first two nine-hole rounds,” Jourdan said. “They posted scores close to last year’s averages. I think they’re ready to go.”

 
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Kaneland cross country runs, volunteers: After their first workout of the year, both the Knights boys and girls volunteered at Marklund Hyde Center in Geneva, which provides services for people with developmental disabilities.

Girls coach Doug Ecker said the teams try to get out there at least once a year to volunteer.

He said it sometimes includes softball on a specially built, wheelchair-accessible field that was donated by the White Sox.

[Sam Buckner for Shaw Media.]

The Kaneland girls bring back four of their top seven runners from last year, when they took ninth in the state.

“We had 26 show up, and we hope tomorrow we get a few more to break 30,” Ecker said. “It was a good practice, and nobody got hurt.”