The spring sports season saw a slew of memorable moments for Hinsdale Central athletes. Here are some of the biggest highlights for the Red Devils.
23: Margin of victory for the Red Devils at the state tournament. They tallied 59 points while runner-up Lake Forest scored 36.
Highlight: Seeing Hinsdale Central's boys tennis team win a state title is a regular occurrence, but the Red Devils outdid themselves this spring. Martin Joyce and the doubles team of Eddie Grabill and Harold Martin won championships, and with the tandem of Alex Hagermoser and Peter Heneghan taking second and singles player Michale Lorenzini placing third (after a semifinal defeat to Joyce) the Red Devils set a new state record for team points scored in the state tournament.
.312: Red Devils' team batting average this spring. Tommy Concklin finished with a .450 average while Chris Botsoe (.444) and Matt Muellner (.436) led the everyday players.
Highlight: Behind Division I-bound pitchers Christian Bokich (Miami of Ohio), Adam Dressler (Purdue) and Bobby Skogsbergh (Boston College), the Red Devils were pegged to be a contender in the competitive West Suburban Silver conference. Though they struggled at times, they took two of three from eventual WSS-champ Oak Park-River Forest midway through the conference season to jump into the thick of the race in late April. Central took two games from Downers Grove North in the WSS finale to ensure a winning conference record at 10-8.
61: Goals scored on the season for the Red Devils. Three times they scored seven or more goals.
Highlight: Behind a water-tight defense led by seniors Katie Camden, Katherine Treankler and Lauren Zapka, the Red Devils captured the West Suburban Silver title with a 6-0 record and only one goal against, and they were even better in the postseason. Central gave up just four goals in seven postseason games and pitched four shutouts, and with Casey May and Alison Cerny scoring timely goals throughout the playoffs, it made its way to the state championship game. The Red Devils finished second in the state and earned their second state trophy in the past five years.
55.950: Combined scores awarded to Brian Thompson in six events at the state meet.
Highlight: With Brian Thompson leading the way, Hinsdale Central made its name well known at the state gymnastics meet. Thompson brought home a pair of state titles, tying for top honors on pommel horse and winning outright on the high bar, both with scores of 9.550. Thompson also had top-4 showings on rings (tied for second with a 9.30) and parallel bars (fourth with a score of 9.40). Thompson finished second in the all-around, and the Red Devils were sixth as a team (149.650) with Jack Schmidt, Sam Hamilton and Alex Gelz adding to the team score.
40-0: Ailynna Chen's record through the regular season and the conference and sectional tournaments.
Highlight: The Red Devils took top honors at two tournaments during the regular season, but that was just the start. Senior Ailynna Chen, undefeated during the regular season, won a sectional title and followed that with a top-12 state finish. Fellow senior Brina Gartlan won two matches at state in the singles draw and the all-junior doubles tandem of Amy Wey and Alex Ritter also won a match as the Red Devils finished 14th in the state.
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