Prep Roundup - LT boys cross country claims sectional title
Both Lyons Township cross country teams qualified for state to highlight this week's prep roundup.
The Friars’ surprise postseason run continued with a sectional title at Argo. Mikey Nowicki’s ninth-minute goal was all Fenwick needed in a 1-0 semifinal win over Benet on Tuesday.
The 10th seeded Friars kept a shutout again in the final against Hinsdale Central, but needed penalty kicks to advance on Friday. Fenwick won 3-1 on penalties with goalkeeper Jacob Peterson saving two penalties.
The Friars stretched their unbeaten run to 12 matches to win the program’s first sectional since 2001.
They were knocked out in a 2-1 overtime loss to Sandburg in Tuesday’s supersectionals. Michael Nowicki scored a second half equalizer, but the Friars were bested in overtime. They finished the season 16-7-1.
The Bulldogs made it to the final of the Class 2A Wheaton Academy final, but lost to the top-seeded hosts 4-1 on Saturday. Santiago Beltran scored RB’s lone goal in the loss. Goals from Eduardo Marentez, Caje Chavez and Ivan Jukic led the Bulldogs to a 3-0 win in the semifinal against St. Joseph.
The Chargers were knocked out of the Class 2A playoffs in a 3-0 loss to Riverside Brookfield on Tuesday. St. Joseph entered the match as the No. 2 seed in the Wheaton Academy sectional, but the third seeded Bulldogs came away with the win.
Girls cross country
LT advanced to the state meet as a team thanks to a fifth-place finish in the Class 3A Marist sectional at Midlothian Meadow Forest Preserve. Senior Haley Prokaski (18:07.7) anchored the Lions with a 10th-place finish. Other top finishers included Lexi Rudofski (20th, 18:28.5) and Randie Speir (21st, 18:29.1). The Lions will run at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday.
Olivia Ryan and Briana Daley qualified for the state meet out of the Class 3A Niles West sectional in Skokie. Ryan was seventh overall with a time of 17:27.89 and the top runner to individually advance. Daley was 14th at 18:23.80. Both runners were part of the Fenwick team that made it to state in Class 2A last year.
Sophomore Clare Bollnow earned her first trip to state by finishing 26th place at the Class 2A sectional at Reed-Keppler Park in West Chicago. The Bulldogs took eighth place in the team standings.
Freshman Gianna Levato earned the last advancing individual place at state from the Wheaton Academy sectional. Levato finished in 28th place in 19:24.
None of the three Panther runners to make it to the Niles West sectional advanced to state. Veroly Calderon was West’s top runner by finishing 89th.
Boys cross country
The Lions had seven runners finish in the top 36 to win the Class 3A Marist sectional. LT finished with 74 points, 41 better than second-place Plainfield South. Ryan Sepeir seventh place, 15:02.2), Michael Matusiak (ninth, 15:13.3), James Ryan (12th, 15:13.9), Dan Lupano (22nd, 15:21.6) and Mike Accentura (24th, 15:25.1) scored for the Lions, which will try to improve on last year’s 15th-place finish at state.
The Friars finished 14th at the Class 3A Niles West sectional. Senior Ed Egan was Fenwick’s top runner, coming in at 16:15.40 for 53rd place.
Junior Kevin Faje earned the final qualifying spot out of the Class 2A Wheaton Academy sectional by taking 32nd place. The Bulldogs took sixth place as a team.
The Roadrunners claimed a Class 3A regional title for the second consecutive year with a 25-13, 25-18 win at Immaculate Conception on Thursday. The Roadrunners had to go on the road and were the second seed in the regional, but upended the top-seeded Knights thanks to 12 kills from Julia Saunders and 23 assists from Kathryn Slunecko. Celine Jones had a team-high seven kills in the 25-19, 25-19 semifinal win over Timothy Christian. The Roadrunners were set to continue the postseason Tuesday with a sectional semifinal against Joliet Catholic.
St. Ignatius ended the Lions’ season in a 25-14, 25-18 win in the regional final at Fenwick on Thursday. Two days earlier, LT beat the host Friars 25-14, 27-25 in the regional semifinal.
RB gave top sectional seed Hinsdale South a run for its money in Thursday’s Class 4A regional final at Argo, but weren’t able to pull off the upset. The Bulldogs won Game 1 27-25, but the Hornets responded by taking the last two games 25-10, 25-23. RB, the eighth seed, swept Kennedy 25-10, 25-16 in the semifinal. Lizzy Hawk had 50 assists in the two matches. Hannah Claywell finished the season as the team leader in kills with 167. Hawk and Claywell were both all-conference picks for the 25-12 Bulldogs.
The Friars’ season came to an end in a 25-14, 27-25 loss at the hands of Lyons Township in a regional semifinal Oct. 23. The 11th seed and host Friars beat Little Village 25-3, 25-4 to face the seventh-seeded Lions.
LT won the West Suburban Silver meet at Hinsdale Central with 288 points, topping the host’s 248. The Lions won all three relays and were seven hundredths of a second off of the conference record in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Individual event winners were seniors Elly Vitek (200 free, 1:53.39) and Louisa Hoffman (50 free, 24.45 seconds). Kristine Rosenberger was on all three relays and earned second place in both the 100 butterfly and 500 free. Vitek also took second in the 100 free and Kelley Garrow was second in the 100 backstroke.
The Bulldogs took fourth in the Independent Conference meet on Saturday. Dana Callahan, Sydney Veon, Kathleen Falk and Emma Veon set a new school record in the medley relay.
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