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Well-rounded Grigoletti does it all

Junior offensive lineman plays three sports, sings in choir

Riverside Brookfield junior offensive lineman Louis Grigoletti (middle) blocks during football practice on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Bill Ackerman -
Riverside Brookfield junior offensive lineman Louis Grigoletti (middle) blocks during football practice on Thursday, Sept. 26. Bill Ackerman -

RIVERSIDE – Three-sport athletes are becoming more and more rare, but three-sport athletes that also sing in choir are probably even more rare.

That's Riverside Brookfield junior Louis Grigoletti.

At 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, Grigoletti has a prototypical linemen's body, but also uses his big frame to project a booming voice for the Madrigals singing group.

In addition to being a junior captain on the Bulldog football team this fall, Grigoletti was a sectional qualifying wrestler and an all-conference discus thrower last year.

Despite RB's current 0-5 record, Grigoletti has been a strong leader for the team. His teammates voted him captain despite not being a senior.

"Bottom line, he's a good person," RB coach Brendan Curtin said. "He's one of those guys that leads by example. He doesn't say much, but the guys listen when he does."

Grigoletti comes from a family with four brothers, all of which played football from a young age. The oldest brother, Mark, was a tight end and graduated in 2013. Louis is the second-oldest and Nick is a freshman linemen.

The youngest, Vincent, is an eighth grader that recently had to drop the sport. Vincent had a relapse of cancer and was told he could no longer play sports. When Curtin heard, he suggested that Vincent should get the last carry of RB's preseason scrimmage.

"I thought it was a great idea so we had him do it," Louis Grigoletti said. "It's heartbreaking that he can't play anymore, but I'm just thankful that coach Curtin let him do that.

"I know Vincent loved it. He's a Bulldog like us."

Vincent remains active and is in choir and band at school, something Louis and Vincent share in common. Louis dropped band after his freshman year, but still considers himself a musician at heart. Wrestling and track benefit him physically to keep him focused on a year-round training schedule, but being in the Madrigals has helped him refresh from the physical grind.

"It kind of helps me be well-rounded and keeps my mind off stuff," he said. "I think it's a good stress relief and I think it's a good thing to do."

While conflicts between his three sports and choir are rare, the various activities do keep him busy. Football remains his top priority, though.

Grigoletti has started to receive info from schools about playing in college and his football resume to show off to schools he is already extensive for a junior. He joined the varsity team during the second game of his freshman year and held his own by his own account.

"I didn't really have much of an idea of how big of a deal it was or how big it was going to be," Grigoletti said. "I just kind of went in there and did what I could for them.

"It definitely got me ready for what I've been experiencing sophomore year and this year."

Grigoletti is now in his third year as a varsity starter and is said he is hoping the Bulldogs can pick up their first win of the season in the homecoming game against Glenbard South on Friday.

Week 5 result: Ridgewood 20, Riverside Brookfield 14

RB leaders

Ryan Swift: 150 passing yards, TD
Lewis Rogers: 5 rec., 85 yards, TD
Dean Zigulich: 5 rec., 65 yards

Week 6: Riverside Brookfield vs. Glenbard South
7:15 p.m. Friday
Where: 160 Ridgewood Rd., Riverside
Records: Riverside Brookfield 0-5 (0-1 MSC), Glenbard South (5-0, 1-0 MSC)
Outlook: These two teams enter with opposite records. RB was eliminated from playoff contention last week while the Raiders will be looking to clinch a playoff spot. Glenbard South has won both MSC meetings between these two teams by scores of 39-21 and 44-0.

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