By Michael O'Brien

January 2011 Archives

Newest Pontiac Holiday Tournament team announced

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According to Pontiac Holiday Tournament Director Jim Drengwitz, St. Charles North has been added to the field, replacing Schaumburg.

The North Stars feature sophomore Quinten Payne, the younger brother of former Schaumburg star Cully Payne, who was magnificent at the tournament in 2008.

The complete Pontiac Holiday Tournament lineup for 2011: Lockport, Waukegan, Curie, Danville, West Aurora, Oak Park, Simeon, St. Charles North, Bloomington, Plainfield North, Peoria Manual, Joliet West, Warren, Pontiac, United Township and Niles West.

No track for Verzbicas after all

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Two-time defending Class 3A cross country champ Lukas Verzbicas of Sandburg will graduate without having run track at the high school level.

Verzbicas confirmed in a Facebook message on Friday that he will not run for the Eagles in the upcoming indoor and outdoor track seasons. "I won't be competing for the IHSA (championships), but I'll race national events," Verzbicas wrote.

He had indicated after winning the Nike and Foot Locker national cross country titles that he might run for the Eagles this spring. But that plan seems to have been derailed by an IHSA ruling that prevents high school athletes from competing in in-season meets not sponsored by USA Track and Field.

Three meets that Verzbicas may compete in are not on the IHSA's approved list: the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York March 11-12, the Millrose Games in New York on Jan. 28 and the Reebok Indoor Games in Boston on Feb. 5.

Also a world-class triathlete, Verzbicas also plans to train for that sport as well this spring.

Schneider hurt as streak ends

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Crystal Lake Central's Joey Kielbasa snapped a 59-match winning streak by Lane's Max Schneider when the two defending state champion wrestlers met at last week's Lincoln Invitational.

Kielbasa, last season's Class 2A champ at 145 pounds, pinned Schneider, the reigning 145 champ in 3A, at 2:57 in the 152-pound title match on Thursday.

During the match, Schneider injured his left shoulder, but refused to default the match. He won his state title - the first by a Lane wrestler since 1946 - while competing with a torn left rotator cuff.

Schneider's last loss before Thursday was to Lake Zurich's Kevin Fanta in the Class 3A 135-pound state championship in 2009. The Lane star went 40-0 last season and won his first 19 matches this season before losing to Kielbasa.

Kielbasa lost to yet another defending state champ - Montini's Stephen Robertson, the Class 2A 140 winner last season - two weeks ago in the Dvorak tournament at Machesney Park. Robertson won that match 3-2.

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