Lyons Township had a memorable spring sports season with four conference champions, two regional winners and three sectional titles. Here are some of the Lions' best spring moments and accomplishments.
25: Wins for LT this season, marking the third straight year with 25 or more wins
Highlight: The Lions won a regional title for the third consecutive season, but couldn't make a third straight trip to state. LT went 12-6 in the West Suburban Silver to take third in the conference. The Lions were led by strong college-bound senior pitchers Keith Lehmann (Michigan), Zach Carlson (Wisconsin-Stout), Alex Vannucci (St. Joseph's College) and Tom Prescott (University of Chicago).
13: Shutouts the Lions managed in 23 matches this spring
Highlight: Another year, another talented LT girls soccer team. Led by senior captains Ari Kowalski and Abbie Pasquinelli, the Lions went 16-5-2 and made it to a sectional final. The only thorn in LT's side was Class 3A runner-up Hinsdale Central, which beat the Lions in penalty kicks for the West Suburban Silver title and knocked out LT in the sectional final. With just four seniors on the roster, the Lions will be expected to be very strong again next year.
.879: Winning percentage for the LT boys volleyball team, which was 29-4 on the season
Highlight: The Lions won the West Suburban Silver with a 6-0 record and dropped just one game along the way thanks to the efforts of junior setter Marko Kostich and seniors Clayton Smentek, Kyle Smuda, Aidan Spangler, Dom Faust and Gabe Fisher. LT also won two tournaments and earned the top seed in the Proviso West sectional before being upset in a regional final.
11: Team points scored by Matt Harris at the Class 3A state meet via top-five finishes in two events
Highlight: Northwestern football recruit Matt Harris led the Lions' charge to a top-10 finish at state by placing fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles. Lino Mogorovic (seventh in the 300m hurdles) and Jimmy Mitchell (fifth in the shot put) also placed along with the 4x800 (sixth) and 4x400 (ninth) relays.
BOYS WATER POLO
2: Number of losses for LT this season, both coming to state champion Fenwick
Highlight: The Lions were unable to repeat as state champions, but still proved to be an elite team. LT went 29-2 and, like the girls water polo team, won conference with an undefeated record and won the conference tournament. The Lions fell to Fenwick in a sectional final and went 1-2 against its neighboring rival this season. Goalie Chris Sekula starred and will rejoin his older brother, David, on the Redlands College water polo team next year.
149.7: The Lions' score at the state meet, earning them fifth place
Highlight: After a 10-year absence, LT returned to the state meet and placed fifth. The Lions were the third of three at-large qualifiers to state, but moved up three spots thanks to a season-best score. Sophomore Chris Rediehs was third on high bar and also placed in the top 10 in parallel bars, rings and the all-around. Juniors Will Gallucci, Noah Mennemeier, Jackson McCoy, Xavier Barry and David Bielski also qualified on individual events.
6: Matches Stephanie Lin won at the state tournament to win the title
Highlight: Sophomore Stephanie Lin came out of practically nowhere to win the state tournament. Lin entered as a 5-8 seed, but had just lost to undefeated top seed Ailynna Chen from Hinsdale Central at the conference tournament. Lin flipped the script to beat Chen in the quarterfinals fairly handily (21-17, 21-11) and went on to beat Hinsdale South's Emma Adcock in the final. The Lions tied for sixth in the team standings.
21: Entries the Lions qualified for the Class 3A state meet from their own sectional
Highlight: LT won both conference and sectional titles on their home track. Sophomore Emma Haugen followed up her state title in the high jump with a second-place finish this year. Haugen qualified for state in four individual events, also making it in the triple jump, the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles. Senior Sarah Kreikemeier was 13th in the 400 and also helped the Lions place 11th in the 4x400 relay.
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