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Girls Soccer: Kellett Nets Hat Trick As Rosary Moves On To Regional Final

Rosary walks off the field after its 8-0 victory over Hubbard on Tuesday.

Rosary hadn’t played in nearly two weeks, but the Royals looked anything but rusty when they took the field Tuesday in a 2A regional semifinal against Hubbard.

Quincy Kellett had a hat trick and Kallie Renfus added two goals and two assists as Rosary rolled into Saturday’s regional final with an 8-0 victory over Hubbard.

“It was really nice to get back in a game situation,” Renfus said. “We had some time off and we got to focus on some things we wanted to bring to the regionals.”

Less than nine minutes into the game, midfielder Elizabeth Kelley took a feed from Kellett and drilled a shot past Hubbard goalie Karina Arenas to put the Royals up 1-0.

Rosary then scored three goals in two minutes to take a commanding 4-0 lead 15 minutes into the first half.  Kellett scored two of those goals, while the other came from Renfus.

The lightning-quick Kellett, just a freshman, showed once again why she is so valuable for the Royals.

“She makes things happen after you think she’s lost the ball,” Rosary coach Kristy Kane said. “That talent and her speed make her great for our team, she’s been such a great addition this year.”

Rosary (16-5) took a 5-0 lead into halftime after midfielder Julia Callahan scored from five yards out with eight minutes left in the half.

Kellett, Renfus and Callahan each added a goal in the second half as Rosary broke out to a 8-0 lead.

The Royals dominated possession all game and outshot the Greyhounds 33-2.

Rosary keeper Lauren Frasca made two saves as she collected her 12th shutout of the year. Arenas made 14 saves for Hubbard.

Rosary will host the winner of Wednesday’s regional semifinal game between IMSA and Phillips on Saturday at 11 a.m..

After sitting out for nearly two weeks, Kane is happy that her team will be back on the field in just four days.

“I’m feeling good. Even with the long break we’re still doing things well that we were doing well before the break,” Kane said. “I’m looking forward to another game because it’s been too long of a break.”

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times, Aurora Beacon and yourseason.com. It appears here.

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Boys and Girls Track: Oumaru Abdulahi Sets Record At Mooseheart Relays

Mooseheart’s Oumaru Abdulahi competes in the high jump on Saturday.

With conference and sectional meets looming, the 37th annual Mooseheart Relays offered athletes one last chance for preparation on Saturday.

Mooseheart’s Oumaru Abdulahi took first place in the high jump with a meet-record leap of 6-8. Despite the solid jump, the defending 1A state champion high jumper was not satisfied.

“I’m definitely disappointed, especially getting 6-8, that’s something I did last year,” Abdulahi said. “This season I expected to hit that seven-foot mark, but I’ve still got three more meets to try to do it. I’ve just got to work hard in practice.”

On the track, Abdulahi qualified for the finals of the 100 and was part of the Ramblers’ first-place 400 relay and second-place 1,600 relay teams.

Mooseheart also got individual championships from Noel Yarngo in the 11o hurdles (15:43) and Sahr Mahoney in the 200-meter dash (23:50). Yarngo was also the runner-up in the 100.

Aurora Christian’s Jonathan Harrell broke a meet record in the 400 meters with a first-place run of 50.46 seconds. Harrell was also a member of the Eagles’ first place 1,600 relay team.

“After breaking that record I’ll be feeling pretty confident going into the rest of the season,” Harrell said.

Eagles thrower Quienten Boston had the top distance in both the shot put (40-11) and discus (142-0), while C.J. Schutt finished first in the triple jump (40-5) and second in the high jump (5-8) and discus (128-8).

Aurora Central Catholic sprinter Joe Fese took first place in the 100 with a time of 10.94 seconds, less than 24 hours after winning the same event at the Kane County meet.

Fese said running on back-to-back days will help prepare him for sectionals.

“The more races you get in now, the more endurance you have later for sectionals,” said Fese. “I’m sore, I have a lot of muscle fatigue, but it felt good to come out and race.”

The Chargers also got a first-place finish from Matt Meyers in the 800 (2:04.1).

Aurora Christian’s girls team had first-place finishes from Payton Wade (high jump), Mackenzie Bollinger (triple jump), Natasha Brown (100 meters) and Becca Wert (800 meters). Wert also took second place in the 1,600 meters and third in the triple jump.

The Eagles had strong showings in each of the relays, taking first in the 400 and 1,600 and second in the 800 and 3,200.

Megan Hagerty ran in the first-place 400 and 1,600 relays and took second individually in the 400.

“God gave me great gifts, and I’m putting them to use,” Hagerty said.

Rosary also had a strong showing in the relays, winning the 800 and 3,200 and finishing second in the 400 and 1,600. The Royals’ time of 1:47.93 in the 800 set a meet record.

“We wanted to win the seniors some of those relay trophies and we managed to do that,” said Rosary coach Vic Mead. “We had two seniors running today (Helen Offerman and Grace Petry), and we dedicate those trophies to them.”

The Royals had two athletes take first place in their events, Nicole Basile in the long jump and Anne Duhig in the 100-meter hurdles.

Ashley Wilk took second place in the high jump and Kendall Adams took third place in the 100-meter hurdles to pace Aurora Central’s girls team. The Chargers also took third place in 400 and 800 relays.

Mooseheart athletes U-Conjay Nelson (200 meters) and Madison Hart (800 meters) both placed fifth in their events.

Teams scores were not kept.

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times, Aurora Beacon and yourseason.com. It appears here.

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Girls Softball: Cara Smoczynski Strikes Out 15, Rosary Bats Come Alive As Royals Defeats Aurora Central

Not much went right for Rosary early in its season as the Royals lost six of their first seven games.

But everything seemed to go right on Monday as Rosary defeated crosstown rival Aurora Central Catholic 9-1.

Pitcher Cara Smoczynski struck out a career-high 15 batters over seven shutout innings and the Royals offense combined for 15 hits, five of them for extra bases.

Smoczynski was dominant from the get-go, striking out eight of the first nine Charger batters. The right-handed junior gave up just four hits and one run in seven innings of work.

“I was feeling great. The beginning of that game was awesome, I came in with confidence,” said Smoczynski. “I was preparing the whole weekend, I was getting myself excited. I came out and performed.”

Rosary (2-6, 1-1) coach John Kazmierczak said it was one of the best-pitched games he’s seen from a Royals pitcher in years.

“That was the best performance by a Rosary pitcher in about three years and the best she’s pitched in two years on the team,” said Kazmierczak. “That’s what she’s capable of, she was dominant.”

Rosary took an early 1-0 lead after Maddie Merritt scored on Maddie Hemmerich’s sacrifice fly in the first inning.

The Royals extended their lead to 6-0 with a five-run third inning that featured RBI triples by Kates Groom and Samantha Phelps, and RBI singles from Hemmerich and Smoczynski.

Lauren Murray went 3-for-4, including a double and a triple, and drove in the Royals’ final three runs. The sophomore’s seventh inning double brought home Lexi Lovetere to give the Royals a 9-1 lead.

Kazmierczak said his team was due for a strong offensive showing.

“We’ve been hitting the ball like this all season, but we’ve been hitting it right at people,” said Kazmierczak. “They haven’t been falling, but today they fell.”

Mary Wileman scored the Chargers’ only run in the sixth inning on a double by Allie Lundquist.

Aurora Central (5-3, 0-1) coach Jim Hallahan said the Royals’ bats were just too much.

“They’re a well-hitting team,” said Hallahan. “Nobody has hit her [Chargers pitcher Sarah Ryan] around like that in the last three years I’ve coached her. So, kudos to them, they swung the bat well.”

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times, Aurora Beacon and yourseason.com. It appears here.

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Girls Soccer: Quincy Kellett Scores 4 Goals As Rosary Records 5th Shutout Of The Season

Rosary forward Quincy Kellett scored four goals in the Royals’ 8-0 victory over visiting Yorkville on Wednesday, but all the freshman could talk about was her team’s defense and its fifth shutout of the season.

“It all starts with our defense, they’ve been playing really well lately,” said Kellett, who has scored seven goals this season. “Our defense was a big help in all of our goals today.”

Goalie Lauren Frasca recorded her fifth clean sheet in as many games. The Royals dominated possession of the ball and Yorkville only got off one shot in the game. Frasca’s lone save came with just 15 seconds left in the second half.

“We want to make it so that Frasca doesn’t have to touch the ball,” said Rosary coach Kristy Kane. “We have such strong defense and we play with the ball primarily on the other team’s end. Our defense is just really smart and doesn’t take chances.”

The Royals have yet to give up a goal this season, outscoring their opponents 16-0 over five games.

“My defense has been working so well, all the way from the new freshmen to the returning seniors,” said Frasca. “We connect so well on the back and we’ve just been so clean.”

Midfielder Molly Piech scored the Royals’ first goal eight minutes into the first half unassisted from ten yards out. The junior added another goal and an assist in the second half.

“Molly is playing much better as she goes on. She’s growing and her game is changing, and that’s awesome to see,” said Kane.

A perfect pass from midfielder Megan Fitzpatrick set up Kellett’s first goal of the game with five minutes left in the first half.

Rosary led 2-0 at halftime, and then broke through for six goals in the second half. Kellett and Piech accounted for six of the Royals’ eight goals while Alexandra Bode and Elizabeth Kelley each scored one goal for Rosary.

Frasca said the Royals were able to control the game with their smooth and accurate passing.

“We were passing it around very well. We just had a great flow from the defense to the midfield to the forwards,” said Frasca. “I thought we kept possession really well and made it easy on ourselves.”

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times, Aurora Beacon and yourseason.com. It appears here.

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Girls Soccer: Freshman Kellett Scores Twice as Rosary Shuts Down Kaneland

Forward Quincy Kellett is already making her mark on the Rosary girls soccer team, just two games into her high school career.

The freshman scored both of the Royals’ goals in the team’s 2-0 victory over Kaneland on Wednesday afternoon in Aurora. The goals were Kellett’s first in a high school game.

“I honestly didn’t think I’d be on varsity as a freshman,” said Kellett. “Scoring was really exciting, I really wanted to score in our first home game. My teammates gave me good passes, and I took advantage of them.”

Rosary (2-0) head coach Kristy Kane was pleased to see Kellett rewarded for the hard work the freshman has put in at practice.

“I think it’s important for young players, especially when they’re doing the right things and working hard, to be rewarded with goals,” said Kane. “It’s great for her to get that confidence right off the bat. She’s got great speed, she’s a smart player and she’s working hard.”

Midfielder Kaitlin Johnson’s perfect entry pass set up Rosary’s first goal. Kellett received the pass, split two defenders, and put the ball in the back of the net from five yards out to give the Royals a 1-0 lead with 17 minutes left in the first half.

In the final minute of the first half, Kellett scored her second goal of the game off a beautiful crossing pass from midfielder Molly Piech.

“The second one was all luck, being in the right place at the right time,” said Kellett. “I just make my runs and my team puts the ball on my feet.”

The Royals have won their first two games of the season, and Kane credits the positive attitude the team possessed before its first game.

“We’re really united as a team and I think winning helps keep them positive,” said Kane. “We just need to keep winning, keep working on scoring more goals, and keep that positive feeling and team chemistry.”

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times and Aurora Beacon.

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