Adkins retires from coaching at Plainfield East after winning 2 regional titles

The only coach in program history is leaving his post at Plainfield East. Boys basketball coach Branden Adkins is retiring from coaching after a run at East which included being the only program in District 202 boys basketball history to win multiple regional championships. “We won two conference championships and two regional championships,” Adkins said. “I’m proud of what we accomplished here from the bottom up. A lot of people have come through our program and came back. It is bittersweet. This isn’t really the way I wanted to end…

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Plainfield North falls to Andrew in own regional

Plainfield North’s season came to an end Monday night in a 50-45 loss to Andrew in the Plainfield North Regional quarterfinal. The Tigers trailed 14-4 early in the second quarter before 10 straight points tied the game. The T-Bolts scored the final four points for an 18-14 lead at the half. “We were 5-of-13 in the paint, we were 5-for-23 in the first half and 0-for-3 from three and none of them were contested,” North coach Bob Krahulik said. “We just didn’t shoot well. But, credit to us. We hung…

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Plainfield East’s season ends in loss to Neuqua

Plainfield East kept it close for three quarters, but eventually the Neuqua Valley experience took over Monday night in a 68-49 win in a Plainfield North Regional quarterfinal. The Bengals trailed just 25-22 at the half and it was 35-33 midway through the third quarter. The Wildcats opened the lead to nine points at 42-33 but East made it 42-37 after three. The first five-plus minutes of the fourth quarter though was owned by the Wildcats. They built a 59-41 lead with just 2:30 left in the game. “Every time…

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Netzel adds 2 more medals at state

In a sport with no defense such as swimming, all you can do is have a faster time than the previous year and hope that it holds up. For Plainfield junior Ryan Netzel, he did have faster times Saturday in both his state final races from the previous year, where he finished third and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle, respectively, but he managed just seventh and sixth-place finishes in the meet at New Trier. “This year’s junior class is just loaded,” Plainfield coach George Sam said. “There…

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Plainfield East holds off Bolingbrook, headed to 1st sectional final in school history

History was made and matched Tuesday night in the East Aurora Sectional semifinal matchup between No. 7 seed Plainfield East and No. 1 Bolingbrook. In the Bengals’ 69-60 win over the Raiders, East set a program record with its 25th win, the girls became the first team in school history to advance to a sectional final and they are only the second basketball team in District 202 history to advance to a sectional championship (Plainfield girls, 2001). “We’re not settling,” Plainfield East coach Tony Wazonis said. “Our goal is to be…

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Plainfield East’s McGee wins 2nd state title in 3 years

There was only one place Plainfield East’s Michael McGee wanted to finish this year – first. The senior accomplished that for the second time in three years Saturday at the University of Illinois in the 120-pound weight class to finish his career as an undefeated state champion at 43-0. “It was big,” McGee said. “I tried not to put too much pressure on myself. I worked really hard and it was good to see my hard work pay off. I tried to go out with a bang and I’m proud…

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Netzel wins pair of races at sectional meet

Plainfield’s Ryan Netzel took home a pair of victories at Saturday’s competitive Neuqua Valley Sectional. He won the 500-yard freestyle by nearly a second with a time of 4:36.87 and was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle by nearly two seconds with a time of 1:40.86. Despite not tapering, Netzel was able to post the state’s fifth best time in the 200 and was one second off of the top time. Netze also had the fifth best time in the 500, four seconds off the lead pace. Colton Paulson of Peoria…

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Plainfield East wins first regional title; Bolingbrook up next

Not many people gave No. 7 seed Plainfield East a chance to beat No. 2 Oswego East in the Plainfield East Regional final Thursday. However, the Bengals believed and that belief paid off in a 51-48 win after losing each of their previous two meetings by more than 20 points. “The first time we played them Kennedy Collins was hurt and we weren’t sure how long she would be out for,” Plainfield East coach Tony Wazonis said. “The second time we just lost to Minooka and were a little bit…

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Plainfield East rolls past Lockport; earns rematch with Oswego East in regional final

Olivia Jenkins talks about Plainfield East's win over Lockport. Jenkins scored 26 points. Posted by Plainfield Sports Network on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Typically a matchup between seven and 10 seeds is a close game, but that wasn’t the case in the Plainfield East Regional semifinal. Plainfield East, the No. 7 seed, got off to a fast start and never looked back in a 70-55 win over No. 10 Lockport. “Losing Kennedy (Collins) Tuesday, we knew it would be a big loss for us and she would be out for…

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Bengal duo win sectional titles; 7 from district heading to state

Plainfield East’s Michael McGee is one step away from his second state title after coming in first place Saturday in the Normal Sectional at 120 pounds, after defeating James Pierandozzi of Lockport 4-0 in the championship. Also winning for the Bengals was Anthony Zamora at 126, besting Dylan Burnoski of Bolingbrook 2-0. North has a duo headed to state in Luke Smiley at 138 pounds, who took second and Matt Hennessey at 195, who took fourth. Plainfield South also had a pair of state advancers as both Enzo Silva (106)…

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