Focus on area sports -- XC, wrestling, football and bowling

  • Written by Jeff Vorva


One All-American honor down and one to go.

Sandburg junior Dylan Jacobs finished in 19th place – good for a spot on the All-American team – in the Nike Cross Nationals Saturday at the Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland Oregon, covering the muddy, hilly course in 16 minutes.

Jacobs was third among Illinois runners behind Lyons Township’s Danny Kilrea (13th place) and Grayslake Central’s Jack Aho (17th).

The Eagles runner will try to make it two-for-two on Saturday when he runs in the Foot Locker National Championship at Balboa Park in San Diego.

(subhead) Zaccone shines at Anderson Invite

With his fourth-place finish in the state at 106 pounds as a freshman, Stagg’s Domenic Zaccone figured to be one of the area most promising underclassmen this season.

He is on a hot streak and racked up three pins at 113 en route to the title and Outstanding Wrestler honors at Stagg’s Dave Anderson Invitational on Saturday in Palos Hills.

Stagg finished second in the tournament to Crown Point, Indiana and had a second champion in Noah Price at 132. Chargers coach Brian Jackson also had Josh Gentry (138) and Peter Radev (160) take second.

Bowling them over

Sandburg’s boys bowling team won the Oak Forest Invitational Saturday with a 6,242 at Oak Forest Bowl. Sophomore lefty Cameron Crowe, a SouthWest Suburban Conference, regional and sectional champ as a freshman, won the individual title with a 1,512 in six games.

Chicago Christian took second place in the 18-team IC Catholic Invitational at the Brunswick Zone in Glendale Heights. Junior Matt McCarthy finished 12th with a 594 three-game series while senior Colin Schaafsma took 16th with a 578.

Knocking them over

For the second year in a row, Indiana University’s Dan Feeney, an offensive lineman from Sandburg, was knocking defensive opponents all over the field and was named first-team All-Big Ten.

The senior is the fourth OL in school history to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons.

CBS Sports projects the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Feeney as the 24th best prospect in the 2017 draft and the second-best offensive lineman.

Top 40

Former Stagg runner Declan McDonnell finished 39th out of 6,174 runners at the California International Marathon Sunday in Sacramento.

He ran the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 30 minutes and 11 seconds.

McDonnell is a Palos Park native who is a volunteer assistant track and cross country coach at the University of Minnesota.

Subway Classic matchups set

Marist and Mother McAuley’s girls basketball teams are back at the 27th Chicagoland Girls Prep Classic, sponsored by Subway, Jan. 14 and 16 at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.

Marist takes on Stevenson at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 and Mother McAuley follows that with a 5 p.m. game against Wheaton North.