Prep roundup: Nazareth boys volleyball wins IMSA Tournament
Nazareth, St. Joseph
The Roadrunners and Chargers met Saturday afternoon as part of a split doubleheader day for both teams. Nazareth won 8-1 with Michael Greene striking out seven in six innings. Mike Stromberg, Pat Houlihan and Carl Jackson each had two hits.
The Roadrunners began Saturday with a 4-1 win over Rich Central. Pete Minella threw a complete game and had 12 strikeouts. Earlier in the week, Nazareth lost to defending Class 3A state champion Marian Catholic 4-1.
As for the Chargers, they lost to Loyola 2-1 on April 16 and couldn't manage a hit in a 10-0 five-inning loss to St. Laurence on Friday. Ace Trayvon Johnson righted the ship with a complete game shutout in a 10-0 win over St. Ignatius in the early game on Saturday. Ryan Moritz was 3-for-4 in the win.
Kevin Claffy and Ryan Keegan each had two hits and two RBIs in the Friars' 9-1 win at Gordon Tech on Saturday. Jim Krecek had five strikeouts on the mound for Fenwick.
Lyons Township, Nazareth
The Lions beat the Roadrunners 6-1 on Tuesday, April 16. LT's Ashley Koziol struck out eight Nazareth batters and allowed just two hits in the complete game victory. Koziol and Becky Ryckman each had three hits and two extra base hits. Mia Davis and Cat Gutierrez had the hits for the Roadrunners in the loss.
On Saturday, Nazareth swept Joliet Catholic in a East Suburban Catholic Conference doubleheader. Holly Haberkorn had a triple, a home run and three RBIs as well as earning the win in the circle in an 11-3 Game 1 victory. Karah Ritacco was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Lindsay Zasadzinski picked up a complete game win and Haberkorn added two more RBIs in the 6-1 win in Game 2.
The Friars split a doubleheader with Marist on Saturday. Fenwick lost Game 1 8-3, but got even with a 3-2 win in Game 2. Michaela Monaco had the game-winning hit. Val Perrelli was the winning pitcher and was 2-for-3 at the plate. Jess Mrozek was 2-for-3 and earned the save.
The Lions went 1-1 in pool play at the Naperville Invitational in two matches on Saturday. LT beat Lincoln-Way Central 2-1 in the first game before losing to defending state champion Naperville North 2-0. The Lions are scheduled to play at Wheaton North in the 16-team consolation bracket on Thursday.
The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference with a 3-0 win over Timothy Christian on April 16. The key match at Glenbard South, originally scheduled for April 18, was postponed.
The Roadrunners won the IMSA Tournament for the second year in a row. Nazareth went 3-1 in pool play with wins over Christian Heritage (25-19, 25-18), IMSA (21-25, 27-26, 25-22) and Westminster Christian (25-15, 25-19). The Roadrunners advanced to the title game despite a 25-22, 21-25, 24-26 loss to Oswego East. In the final, Nazareth beat St. Edward 25-9, 25-14. Dylan Ryan (16 assists, four aces), Will Cullen (10 kills) and David Visk (eight kills) led the Roadrunners against St. Edward.
The Mustangs beat Hinsdale South to pick up their first West Suburban Gold win on April 16.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
The Friars took 11th out of 16 teams at Lake Park's Carol Koszola Classic on Saturday. Freshman Grace Conin was third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.04. The 4 x 400 relay was also third. Sophomore Olivia Ryan also cracked the top five by taking fifth in the 1,600.
Freshman Lili Mendez was the Mustangs' top finisher at Lake Park's Carol Koszola Classic on Saturday. Mendez placed fourth in the shot put of the 16-team meet. Rosie Hernandez, seventh in the pole vault, Janeka Stokes, seventh in the high jump, and Stacy Hughes, eighth in the 100-meter hurdles, also scored for Morton. The 4 x 400-meter relay also took seventh. Morton was 13th in the overall standings.
GIRLS WATER POLO
The Lions went 2-2 against good competition at the St. Ignatius tournament over the weekend. Loyola beat LT 10-4 on Friday. The Lions went 2-1 on Saturday with wins over Marian and Buffalo Grove as well as a 4-1 loss to New Trier.
The Friars beat four Michigan schools to win the Stevenson Tournament over the weekend. Fenwick beat East Grand Rapids 11-2 on Friday and won three more games on Saturday. Fenwick beat Skyline (Ann Arbor) 16-3, Okemos 9-6 and Rockford 13-4. Alexa Ovalle, Cara Borkovec and Colleen Barron were the Friars' leading scorers in the tournament.
The Mustangs knocked off St. Charles East 6-3 on Wednesday, April 17.
The Lions took fifth out of eight teams at Hinsdale Central's Jay Kramer Invite. LT scored 13.5 points in the loaded field that included a number of elite teams in the state.
The Friars placed 12th at the 16-team Downers Grove South Invite. Naperville Central beat Fenwick 4-1 in the opening round, but the Friars beat Argo 3-2 in the consolation draw. Fenwick closed the tournament with losses to Jacobs and Homewood-Flossmoor. Colin Fitzpatrick went 3-1 between singles and doubles.
The Lions fell to rival Hinsdale Central 8-7 last Wednesday. Stephanie Lin and Elizabeth Abbs won at the top two singles spots for LT. Jaime Duncan and Emma Thimmig won a three set match at No. 1 doubles.
LT won the 11-team DeKalb Invite on Saturday with 39 points. Lin beat Abbs in the final of the singles bracket and Duncan and Thimmig took third in the doubles draw.
The Bulldogs beat Fenton 15-0 on April 16 before having to drop out of the DeKalb Invitational over the weekend due to flooding in the area. RB's next scheduled meet is the Independent Conference meet Saturday at DeKalb.
Following a 7-6 overtime win at rival Hinsdale Central on April 16, the Lions lost at York 12-10 on Saturday. LT is 10-3 on the season.
The Roadrunners improved to 3-0 on the season Saturday with a 11-3 win over Lincoln Park.
The Lions picked up a 15-11 West Suburban Conference win over Oak Park-River Forest on April 16. On Saturday, they fell to Libertyville 16-12 for LT's first loss of the season. Entering Tuesday's scheduled game against Lake Forest, Elizabeth Grisko had 24 goals on the season to lead the Lions. Carolina Tritt had 19 goals and a team-high 31 assists.
The Roadrunners beat Naperville Central 18-5 on April 16. Katie Mahoney scored six goals for Nazareth. Allison Kurek added four and Annie Canent and Bridget Kowalczyk scored three each. Nazareth lost to Marian Catholic 17-11 on Friday and Mother McAuley 20-10 on Saturday.