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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District 202 girls basketball teams face difficult postseason road

Once again this year the Plainfield girls basketball teams will face an uphill battle in perhaps the state’s toughest sectional complex. All four schools are in the East Aurora Sectional, which is home to a couple of the top teams in the state. Two-time defending champion Benet is the No. 1 seed and a threat to win a third straight state title. Meanwhile, Southwest Prairie Conference foe Oswego East is a tough No. 2 seed in the sectional. Of the local teams, Plainfield East (21-7) is the highest seed, sitting…

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Plainfield swimming wins first Independent Conference title

The Plainfield swim team has been building up to this point in recent years and Saturday they completed their rise through the area by winning the Independent Conference title. Plainfield finished with 277 points, besting Riverside-Brookfield (258) and Oswego (254). Winners on the day went to Ryan Netzel in the 200 free (1:44.83) and 100 free (48.31), Jack Farnan in the 500 free (4:57.73), the 200 free relay of Netzel, Alex Dvorak, Merek Avery and Marc Avery (1:30.79), Merek Avery in the 100 back (54.15) and the 400 free relay…

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Pressure defense, ball movement key Plainfield East win over South

Plainfield East used its pressure defense and ball movement to jump out to a 15-0 lead en route to a 77-35 win Tuesday night over Plainfield South at South. It was a 22-5 lead after the first quarter and 48-11 at the half. “We talked about staying unselfish and we’ve been very unselfish lately,” East coach Anthony Wazonis said. “Most of our baskets come off assists and when we do that and run up and down the court, we are hard to stop. We want to keep that focus for…

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Plainfield East wrestling tops North at “Brawlatorium”

Wrestling in front of a raucous auditorium crowd, Plainfield East took down Plainfield North 45-24 Thursday night. The Bengals typically wrestle once a year in what they call the “Brawlatorium” but are wrestling there twice this year with a Friday night matchup against Plainfield South. “The environment is awesome,” East coach David Early said. “A lot of times wrestling is in a quiet environment in the gym. So, it is nice to have it in a packed house with all the yelling and cheering. I wish it could be like…

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Plainfield swimming takes down Oswego for 4th straight year

It took a few years for Plainfield swimming to beat Oswego. But once it did, it hasn’t stopped since. That streak of wins hit four Tuesday night in Oswego. Winning events for Plainfield were the 200-yard medley relay of Merek Avery, Jack Farnan, Ryan Crafton and Austin Brown (1:46.01), Netzel in the 200 free (1:45.51) and 100 free (49.39), Alex Dvorak in the 50 free (23.4), Avery in the 200 IM (2:14.17) and 100 back (57.82), Liam Davis in the 500 free (5:07.32), the 200 free relay of Dvorak, Marc…

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Plainfield North’s Baggs wins regional title

  Plainfield North’s Jack Baggs knows what it takes to be successful in the bowling postseason. After all, he has been apart of the first two Tiger state final berths the past two years. This time, if he makes it back to St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, it will have to be by himself. Baggs is headed to the Plainfield North Sectional Saturday at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet after winning the Oswego East Regional title Saturday at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, finished with a 1,339. “It feels great,”…

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Plainfield South overcomes 24-0 deficit to take down Plainfield North

Plainfield North started its match against Plainfield South with four pins and a 24-0 lead. But the Cougars stormed back and overcame a fifth pin to take down the hosts 43-33 Thursday night. Tim Donahue (182-pounds), Matt Hennessy (191), Davies (220) and Leonardo Santos (heavyweight) all opened with pins for the Tigers. South though rolled back with the top of the lineup with Enzo Silva and Andrew Chaplin. Zachary Kolb won by major decision and then Andrew Cervantes won by pin. A Noah Bickett win by a 3-2 decision gave…

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Plainfield Central boys hoops tops Plainfield North; East girls roll Joliet Central

Plainfield Central took down Plainfield North 50-41 Tuesday night at Central. Kameron Williams led five Wildcats with at least eight points, scoring 10. •Plainfield East fell to Joliet Central 60-39. GIRLS HOOPS Plainfield East moved to 13-4 with a 61-33 win over Joliet Central. Olivia Jenkins led the way with 16 points, Ashley Smoldt added 12 and Jada Neal chipped in with 10. The Bengals jumped out to leads of 14-3 after one quarter and 35-7 at the half.

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Plainfield swimmers enjoy successful break

The Plainfield swim team picked up a pair of victories last week. The week started with a triangular win, scoring 141 points to 110 from Riverside Brookfield and 67 from Fenton. Wins went to Ryan Netzel in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.63) and 100 free (50.83), Kyle Potts in the 50 free (23.00), Liam Davis in the 500 (5:09.63), Merek Avery in the 100 backstroke (57.15), the 200 free relay of Alex Dvorak, Avery, Potts and Netzel (1:41.44) and the 400 free of Netzel, Ryan Crafton, Marc Avery and Dvorak (3:31.84). Saturday,…

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