Category: Saints

Eureka College junior quarterback Blake Robles completed passes to 10 different receivers and set or matched career-highs with 25 completions, 345 yards and four touchdowns, but Upper Midwest Athletic Conference co-leader St. Scholastica scored on four of its first five possessions to build an early lead and later held off a second-half rally from the hosts in a 38-25 league victory over the Red Devils, Saturday afternoon at Pete FioRito Stadium at McKinzie Field. The Saints put the Red Devils in a hole early, grabbing a 24-0 advantage before the EC offense could get into a rhythm.  An 11-yard touchdown rush from Jake Jensen capped the first CSS possession and got the visitors on the board with a 7-0 lead. The Saints got the ball back after a Eureka three-and-out and stretched their lead to 14-0 when quarterback Tyler Harper connected with Spencer Sprecht with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 3:29 left in the first. The Saints racked up 144 yards of offense in the first quarter and led 14-0 at the end of the frame. Robles finished the day 25-for-47 for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns. Jake Bane made a season-high six catches for 70 yards and two scores, while freshman receiver Dorell Baugh made four receptions for 29 yards. Senior running back Corey Dawson rushed 14 times for 57 yards.

-Bob

St. Charles East senior Olivia Lorenzini’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh gave the Fighting Saints a 3-2 victory over the Barrington Fillies in the IHSA Class 4A state softball semifinals on Friday at EastSide Centre. Lorenzini, who stepped to the plate 0-for-3, worked the count to 3-2. She then fouled off five successive pitches, before roping Keenan Dolezal’s offering to center field and past Tess Bolger’s outstretched glove Haley Beno (22-4) earned the win by scattering five hits, walking one and striking out three. The Saints (33-5) will face Minooka (22-8) for the Class 4A state tile at Mizuno Field in East Peoria at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

-Bob

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