Friday, March 1, 2013
Viking boys basketball team pulls off the upset, 55-49, over the West Suburban Silver champs and face West
In the annals of Geneva High School boys basketball history, second only to the 1963 team's march to Champaign was the Vikings' upset win over East Aurora in 1981. These days, East is still a great team, but West Aurora is the perennial powerhouse. The team to beat. The talented and confident opponent who, like East way back when, might already have chalked up the "W" when Geneva advanced into its bracket. Geneva has a chance to repeat a little bit of history tonight as the Vikings face off against West Aurora in the third round of the Class 4A Bolingbrook Sectional. But to do it, the Vikings will have to play their best basketball game of the year after playing what may have been their best game of the year last night—a stunning 55-49 win…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Geneva's Matt Rodewald will be doing some sideline reporting as the Vikings take on Larkin in a key Upstate Eight matchup Friday at Geneva.
Tuesday, February 5
The CN100 Game of the Week continues its prep basketball coverage when the Larkin Royals travel to Geneva to take on the Geneva Vikings in a key Upstate Eight matchup—and Geneva's own Matt Rodewald will be reporting from the sidelines. Game time is 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at Geneva High School. "I will be have sideline reporting duties for the Larkin-Geneva matchup on Friday night. It'll be my first television broadcast of a GHS game," Rodewald said. "I'm looking forward to it." So are the Vikings (16-6, 6-4 UEC), but they'll have their hands full with the Royals, whose record is 22-3 overall and 11-2 in the Upstate Eight, according to MaxPreps.com. One of Larkin's losses was a 61-56 decision to the Vikings on Jan. 19. In that game, …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Led by Nate Navigato's 23 points, Geneva wins a non-conference matchup in front of the 1963 team celebrating the 50th anniversary of its trip to the Elite Eight.
The 2013 edition of the Geneva Viking might or might not match the feat of the 1963 team honored Saturday night, but the Vikings made short work of Quincy, cruising to a 69-55 win. The Vikings used a size advantage and a deeper bench to take a 12-10 lead after the first quarter and a 29-20 lead at the half. Geneva survived a 10-pont scoring barrage by Cole Abbey, who finished with 16. Martin Kivtle also had 16 and Mason Fairley 15. The Vikings were led by Nate Navigato’s 23 points. Luke Polishak added 15 and Connor Chapman 14. Score by Quarters
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Geneva comes out on top in the first round of the 2012-13 Batavia-Geneva rivalry in low-scoring, hard-fought boys basketball game.
In a physical, tense defensive struggle, the Vikings boys basketball team held on to beat the Bulldogs 49-38 in Friday's rivalry match at Geneva. It wasn't pretty, and the game was anything but fast-paced, but it was a work of art for the Vikings, who advance to 6-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Upstate Eight River Division. Batavia moves to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the UEC. Geneva jumped to a 12-2 start, but a basket and free throw by Luke Horton cut it to 12-5 at the end of the first quarter, and Batavia took the lead halfway through the second period on a 3-pointer by Micah Coffey. The lead changed five times in the back half of the quarter, and Batavia came out on top 20-19 with a Zach Strittmatter basket to close out the half. Geneva …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The rivalry continues at tonight's boys basketball game at Geneva High School.
The rivalry continues in another tough showdown tonight. Batavia boys basketball will visit Geneva. Coverage of this Bulldogs-Vikings matchup begins at 7:15 p.m. Catch the live webcast right on this page! The video goes live starting at about 7:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
John Barton always wore his heart on his sleeve.
John Barton was—I have to say it now—quite possibly the worst postgame interview in the history of basketball coaching. I covered Geneva High basketball for The Republican during the first half of the 1980s—basically the first half of Barton’s 1980-89 run as the Viking boys’ head basketball coach. Allen Mead, The Republican’s publisher since 1950, still did almost all of the weekly write-ups of Viking football in the fall. But increasingly, after I came aboard after having graduated from the U of I journalism school in 1979, Allen (being no fool) would go to Arizona or Florida or some other warm place during lengthy stretches of the winter, leaving me to handle much of the back-page Viking hoops coverage. Even when Allen was in town, there…
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Geneva boys basketball team moves to 6-1 in the Upstate Eight River Division and 11-7 overall with win at home over Streamwood.
The ending wasn't pretty, but the result was exactly what it needed to be. The Geneva Vikings boys basketball team beat Streamwood 45-41 at home Tuesday night, upping its record to 11-7 overall and 6-1 in the Upstate Eight River Division. This is a game the Vikings should have won handily, and almost did. But the Sabres rallied late in the fourth quarter and put a little scare into the hometown crowd. With the loss, Streamwood falls to 4-15 overall, 1-6 in conference play. With under a minute to play, Brendan Leahy hit two free throws to give Geneva a 43-36 lead. Streamwood got a good look at a 3-pointer and nailed it to cut the lead to 43-38 with 35 seconds remaining. The Vikings then stepped over the line on the inbound pass—so …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Get your tickets now. Who do you think will win the matchup?
Monday, January 9, 2012
The Batavia-Geneva boys basketball game always is a great rivalry. But it will have a great venue, as well, on Jan. 21. Geneva High School’s boys’ basketball team will play Batavia High School at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. The game is part of the Hoops Showdown, which also features games between Elgin and Huntley at 4:30 p.m. and Downers Grove South and Warren High School at 8:30 p.m. Geneva’s pep band will be playing during the Vikings game. Ticket prices for all three games are $13 for adults and $11 for high-school-age and younger. Single game tickets are not available. Tickets will be available at the door, but they may also be purchased pre-game by contacting Jim Kafer in the Geneva Athletic …
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Geneva boys hang on for a three-point win over Naperville North to kick off the season.
Geneva's Will Doeckel and Dan Trimble seemed to be scoring in shifts for the Vikings in their season opener at Naperville North Monday. But for one night at least, the shift work paid off. Doeckel scored 14 points in the first half and Trimble 14 in the second half, and it added up to a 47-44 win at the Hoops For Healing Tournament. "I just wish we had been able to have Will and Dan on at the same time," Geneva coach Phil Ralston said. "Will had the first half, and Dan had the second half. Just imagine what it's going to look like with both of them on fire like that. Then, we'll really be scary." Despite a 31-to-20 rebounding edge and holding the lead the entire fourth quarter, Geneva did not close out the game well. Hitting 4-of-11 free …