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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The answer likely is yes, and you can celebrate his Geneva High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction at halftime of Saturday's basketball game. The tipoff is 6 p.m. and the presentation promises to be one of the most unique Hall of Fame events ever.
Geneva's first and only state-wrestling champion will be inducted into the Geneva Athletic Hall of Fame in a unique ceremony Saturday during halftime of the varsity basketball game. A three-sport athlete who started as a football linebacker for Coach Larry Davis in 1988-89 and on Coach Mike VanDeveer’s track teams in the spring, Soto made his biggest mark in the winter as a wrestler for Coach Jon Schaus. During his senior season of 1989-90, wrestling at 171 pounds, Soto compiled a record of 36 wins against 5 losses—and peaked at the right time. During state series competition, he was victorious in regional and sectional matches and then “won it all” with a 10-6 victory over Chad Kelly of Kewanee on the floor of Assembly Hall in Champaign. …
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
In a game that sees 12 lead changes, the Vikings come from behind to beat the Bulldogs 60-56.
The Geneva Vikings girls basketball team squeaked past Batavia 60-56 in a come-from-behind thriller Friday night at Geneva. Eight fourth-quarter points by Geneva's Abby Novak held off a 9-point fourth quarter by Batavia's Liza Fruendt, who had a brilliant game and finished with 26 points for the Bulldogs. In a fast-paced, high-scoring first quarter, Batavia sprinted to a 17-14 lead on the strength of 9 points by Fruendt and 8 by Sami Villarreal. Morgan Seberger scored 5 and Sami Pawlak 4 for the Vikings in the first quarter. In the second, the Vikings got off to a good start and Sidney Santos gave Geneva an 18-17 lead with 6:32 showing. But the third killer three-pointer by Fruendt helped Batavia to a 24-20 advantage, and a basket and free…
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.
Friday, September 7, 2012
The game of the century was a true thriller Friday in Batavia. The Bulldogs kept ahead, but the Vikings weren't going down without a fight.
The biggest rivalry in Illinois continues its tradition with a high-action first half at Batavia High School. The Bulldogs were ahead of the Vikings 28-14 at halftime. With 10:05 in the first quarter, Batavia scored early with a 23-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Micah Coffey to senior wide receiver Zach Strittmatter. The kick was good from senior Daniel Albrecht. Junior Anthony Thielk then completed two touchdowns for the Dogs, followed by a two-point conversion from Strittmatter to put it at 21-0. Then it was Geneva's turn to shine. Vikings senior Bobby Hess ran it in, followed by a good kick. Hess later nabs the ball on a Batavia drive and goes on an 89-year TD run. The Kevin Dunlop kick was good to inch towards Batavia 21-…
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Fifth Third Bank and the Kane County Cougars present “Strike Out Hunger,” a food-collection drive at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on “Fifth Third Day.”
Fifth Third Bank and the Kane County Cougars will host a food drive at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Thursday, May 3, before the Kane County Cougars game against the Peoria Chiefs. Fans attending the game are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that will benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank. May 3 (5/3) is celebrated by the bank as “Fifth Third Day.” It was also announced that tickets for the May 3 game have been deeply discounted to $5.30 per person and are available by visiting the Cougars website at http://www.kccougars.com The food drive and discounted ticket offer are part of Fifth Third Bank’s plans to officially celebrate the renaming of the Kane County Cougars ballpark as Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Fifth Third Bank has…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Senior recognition night is Wednesday as the Vikings soccer team takes on Streamwood in the last home game of the season. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. at Burgess Field.
In its first game of the esteemed Naperville Invitational, the Geneva girls' soccer team defeated Wheaton North in overtime Friday night. Down one goal with 10 minutes left, Amanda Lulek found the back of the net for the equalizer. Then, only 5 minutes into overtime, Michaela Loebel blasted home the game-winner off an assist from Catherine Allon, leading the Vikings to a 2-1 victory. Despite playing nearly 90 minutes of soccer the night before, Geneva beat well-rested Conant Saturday by a score of 1-0 off a beautiful goal by Amanda Lulek which was assisted by Catherine Allon. Conant was the favored team coming off a third-place state finish last year and being ranked in the top five in Illinois for the entire spring season. Geneva handed …
Jim Roberts reflects on his 27 years heading the BHS boys basketball program. Roberts is one of Geneva's great rivals—and also among the classiest.
Another lengthy coaching career at Batavia High School has come to a close. Jim Roberts has resigned as head basketball coach, he and the school announced Monday. He cited family health concerns and a desire to be at home more. After 27 years, he’s the winningest coach in Batavia High School history with 455 victories. “We’re at peace with it,” Roberts, 54, said of he and his family’s decision. “We feel very fortunate.” Roberts will remain on the high-school staff as a physical education teacher. His wife Sylvia teaches in the West Aurora School District. Roberts told Batavia Patch he was OK healthwise but declined to elaborate further. He leaves behind a legacy that includes nine regional championships, two sectional titles and an Elite …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
The alumni news for the Kane County Cougars includes the American League Player of the Week.
Kane County Cougars alumns are off to a great start in Major League Baseball so far in this early season. Minnesota outfielder Josh Willingham (’01) was named American League Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .455 with three home runs. His .419 average is tops in the AL. Arizona pitcher Trevor Cahill (’07) won his first game as a Diamondback on Sunday, a game that featured 45 MPH wind gusts and a wind chill of 33 degrees in Colorad Boston pitcher Josh Beckett (’00) opened the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in fine fashion on Friday, picking up the win while scattering six hits over eight inning Milwaukee shortstop Alex Gonzalez (‘96) smacked a home run in his return to Atlanta last Frida Philadelphia pitcher Joe Blanton (’04) …