Prep Roundup: Tennis sectional brings success for York, TC, IC
The York tennis sectional turned into the Elmhurst invitational with all eight tickets to state going to the three Elmhurst high schools.
York won the sectional and advanced both singles and both doubles teams to state. Juniors Annie Rivera and Paige Wing advanced out of singles. Rivera was second and Wing was third. The Dukes claimed the top two spots in the doubles draw with the team of Blaire Porter and Angela Avgerinos topping teammates Randi Wilson and Abigail Kayman in the final. Porter and Avgerinos earned a No. 5 to 8 seed at state.
For Timothy Christian, sophomore McKenna Byrne won the sectional by beating Rivera 6-4, 6-3 in the final. The doubles team of Sarah Dirkse and Annika Zeilstra beat teammates Abigail Kumar and Erin Van Kampen to take third in doubles.
IC Catholic freshman Kelley Hodyl was fourth in singles to give the Knights a state qualifier. IC tied for third in the team standings. Hodyl, the first state qualifier at IC since 2000, went 0-2 at the state tournament on Thursday.
The Dukes survived an upset bid from Proviso West in a regional quarterfinal on Saturday. No. 13 seed York got by the No. 19 Panthers 2-1 in penalty kicks.
The season came to an end at No. 3 Elk Grove on Tuesday in a 1-0 double overtime loss.
The Trojans sealed up a second consecutive Class 1A regional title by beating Marine Military Academy 7-3 in the regional championship game on Oct. 18.
The playoff run continued with a 4-0 win over Morgan Park Academy in the sectional semifinal on Tuesday. Jon Cuomo scored 23 seconds into the match and the Trojans continued to control the match from them on. Wes Ditchfield scored twice and Tyler Vlasak scored the final goal. Timothy will face Montini for the Chicago Christian sectional title at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Freshman Maddie Hurt tied for 38th place by shooting a two-round total of 174 at the Class A state meet over the weekend. She shot an 83 in the first round and a 91 in the second.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Nathan Mroz led four Duke runners that placed in the top 10 at the West Suburban Silver meet on Saturday. Mroz was fourth overall and was followed by teammates Alex Bashqawi (seventh), Matthew Plowman (eighth) and Kyle Mattes (ninth). York won conference, beating Downers Grove North by 12.
The Trojans took sixth at the Metro Suburban Conference meet on Saturday. Sophomore Michael Larkin was the first TC runner to cross the line, in 26th.
Philip Roberto was 34th and the Knights were eighth at the Suburban Christian Conference meet on Saturday.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
The Dukes were sixth at the West Suburban Silver meet, led by a 13th place finish from Dayle Mueller.
Hannah Bosman led the line for the Trojans with an eighth place finish at the Metro Suburban Conference meet on Saturday in Bensenville. Timothy was fifth in the MSC standings.
After beating Oak Park-River Forest in a dual on Oct. 17 to improve to 2-2 in the West Suburban Silver, the Dukes claimed the title at the Maine South Relays on Saturday. York won the six-team relay-only invite by placing on the podium in all 13 races. Jessica Woolfe, Hannah Nolte and Paula Nolte were a part of three winning relays. Perri Brinkmeier swam in two first place relays.