Hagenbuch sisters qualify for National Junior Championships
Local curlers Bella and Mae Hagenbuch won a bronze medal and qualified for the USA Curling Junior U21 National Championships in April at Broomstones Curling Club near Boston.
The Hagenbuch sisters of the Waltham Curling Club at Triumph were teammates with Rilee Kraft (Capital Curling Club, Bismarck, ND) and Lauren Hein (Pardeeville Curling Club, Pardeeville, Wisconsin). The team is coached by Jed Brundidge of St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Hagenbuchs team is ranked fourth in the United States for U21 women’s teams. The winning teams of the 2023 USA National Junior Curling Championships advance to represent the USA at the 2024 World Junior Curling Championships. They also qualified as the Midwest Women’s representatives for the USA National U18 Championships. Curling this week at Rock Creek Curling Club in LaFayette, Colorado.
The Hagenbuch credit their success to having nearby curling facilities.
“Although we have to travel for competitions, training on the ice just 10 minutes away by car gives me many opportunities to improve my skills,” said Bella Hagenbuch.
“I am a fourth generation player from the Waltham Curling Club,” said Mae Hagenbuch. “It’s really cool to be able to curl in the same place as my great-grandfather so many years ago. »
Waltham Curling Club is the oldest curling club in Illinois and is located in Triumph, a short drive from Ottawa, La Salle-Peru and Mendota.
Marquette forwards take 2 of St. Mary’s 3
The Marquette Junior High Volleyball teams played at Pontiac St. Mary’s recently.
The eighth-grade Knights won in straight sets, led by Hunter Hopkins (19 assists, three aces), Anna Hjerpe (seven kills), Kinley Rick (five kills), Giada Pattelli (three kills, three aces) , Kelsey Cuchra (three kills, four digs), and Emily Ryan Adair (eight digs, three aces).
Marquette’s 7 fell in straight sets despite efforts from Lucy McGrath (seven digs), Rick (four kills), Jakobi Reed (five assists) and Mackenzie Hamm (three digs).
The sixth-year team won in straight sets, paced by Cayla Blood (12 service points), Ady Boaz (six aces) and Mackenzie Hamm (four aces).
The shepherd boys win the tournament
The Shepherd boys’ basketball teams both won their opening games of the Starved Rock Conference Tournament.
The seventh-year Rams (19-1) beat Northbrook 32-6 (Luke McCullough six points, Rory Moore, Blake Schiltz and Amari Molina five points each, Landyn McEmery eight steals). The 7s then outscored Northlawn 48-17 in the semi-finals. Moore provided 13 points for the Rams, with Nevan Holloway, Molina and Luke McCullough adding eight points each.
The eighth-grade team (15-3) beat Spring Valley 49-14 (Griffin Dobberstein 11 points, Sam Clift five, four each from Aleixo Fernandez, Darien Gutierrez, Dane Schmitz and Kayden Kundert).
Shepherd previously swept Coal City – all 7 winning 36-29 (Schiltz nine points, McEmery eight, Holloway six, McCullough five); the 8s 31-23 winners (Dobberstein and George Shumway 12 points each, Landon Mangold four points).