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Bolingbrook High School's 2013 spring sports highlight reel

Softball playoff win, all-state track finishes top the list for Raiders

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 1:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:57 p.m. CDT
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Bill Ackerman – backerman@shawmedia.com Backed up by second baseman Justin Pikowski (left), Bolingbrook shortstop Kyle Nadres puts the tag on a Plainfield East runner at second in a IHSA class 4A regional baseball quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Bolingbrook.

The spring sports season saw a slew of memorable moments for Bolingbrook High School athletes. Here are some of the biggest highlights for the Raiders.

SOFTBALL

4.7:
Percentage of senior Dani Knaak's at-bats that ended with a strikeout. She fanned just five times in 105 at-bats and reached base 47 percent of the time.
Highlight:
There is no question as to what the highlight of the season was for the Raiders – topping Plainfield East 3-1 in a regional semifinal playoff game. It was Bolingbrook's first playoff win in Jean Ryan-Moak's tenure as head coach, and she believed it was the first postseason win for the program, which dates back nearly 40 years to the original Bolingbrook High School. Sophomore pitcher Megan Lotarski was solid in the circle, and senior outfielders Dani Knaak and Nikki Wood provided leadership for a group of players that was largely new to the varsity level.

Photo gallery: Bolingbrook takes on Sandburg in conference game

BASEBALL

122:
Runs the Raiders scored this season. They scored 10 or more five times with a season-high of 16.

Highlight: The Raiders never quite found their mojo this spring, but with seniors Nick Sramek, Kyle Nadres, Scott Foltz, Mario Samuel, Brad Elmore, Steve Waldrop and Chandler Piekarski leading the way, they started the season 7-6 after a 13-3 win over Joliet Central April 20. Later in the season, Bolingbrook had a three-game winning streak that included a two-game sweep of SouthWest Suburban Blue conference-rival Homewood-Flossmoor.

Photo gallery: Raiders face Thornwood early in the season

GIRLS SOCCER

16:
Number of times the Raiders allowed one goal or less in a game this season. They went 9-4-3 (wins-losses-ties) in those games.

Highlight: Bolingbrook jumped out to a 5-1 start this season, but just as the Raiders were hitting their stride, striker Rachel Schneider suffered a season-ending knee injury. They didn't use it as an excuse, though. And even though other injuries popped up during the course of the season, the Raiders still managed to finish with a winning record at 10-9-4 behind a solid defense spearheaded by Nikia Smith and senior keeper Karissa Jones.

Photo gallery: Raiders face Lincoln-Way West in regular season

GIRLS TRACK & FILED

91:
Points scored by Bolingbrook as it comfortably won a sectional title over Downers Grove North (66).

Highlight: The Raiders lost several major contributors from the 2012 team that finished eighth in the state (notably Kim Azie, Kymbriona Taylor, Rosemary Onyegbule and Kayla Bell), but Char Stennis, Jessica Watkins (in two solo events) and the 4x100-meter relay all won sectional titles as the team did the same. Watkins went on to earn two state medals in the 100 and 200 dashes with times that were significantly lower than her sectional-winning times: 12.44 and 25.99, respectively.

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