Boys golf books state ticket as part of WWS fall sports highlight list

With the winter sports season in its early stages, it’s a good time to look back at some memorable achievements from the fall sports season for Wheaton Warrenville South student-athletes.

The football team returned to form, boys cross country had memorable moments as a team and individually, and the girls cross country team proved that youth was no detriment to success. Here are a few highlights from South’s fall sports season, listed in no particular order.

1. Postseason calls again for football team

After a one-year absence from the postseason, the Wheaton Warrenville South football team made a return to the Class 7A playoffs this fall. Opening the campaign with an impressive win over defending state champ Glenbard West, the Tigers finished the regular season with a 7-2 mark and were in the hunt for the DuPage Valley Conference title before knocking off Dunbar in the opening round of the postseason.

2. Youth movement suits girls cross country

Having finished seventh at state a year ago after a run of three straight top-three finishes, the Tigers’ girls cross country team entered the fall a much younger and inexperienced squad. Despite having no seniors as part of their top seven, the squad still qualified for the Class 3A state meet and ended up finishing 12th with a score of 318. Freshman Sara Atkins topped Wheaton Warrenville South with a 28th-place finish at state, just on the brink of all-state honors.

3. Anderson makes jump up in junior season

Finishing in a tie for 55th place as a freshman and 40th place as a sophomore, Wheaton Warrenville South’s Kelly Anderson made a return trip to the IHSA Class AA state golf tournament this fall and had her best finish yet. The Glenbard East regional champion, Anderson came in 33rd this time around after posting rounds of 75 and 86 for a two-day total of 161.

4. Tigers on verge of top 10 at state

With its third-place showing at the York regional and a runner-up finish at the Naperville Central sectional, the Tigers’ boys golf team punched its ticket to the IHSA Class 3A state golf meet. In the two-day event, Wheaton Warrenville South placed 11th, six strokes out of the top 10. Individually, Bailey Dahlquist was 46th, Brian McCaffrey came in 56th, Will Kelly was 64th and Will Denman placed 70th.

5. McKenna, Schroer all-state for eighth-place XC

Coming off winning team titles at the West Chicago regional and Waubonsie Valley sectional, the Wheaton Warrenville South boys cross country team cracked the top 10 at the IHSA Class 3A state meet. Posting a team score of 244, the Tigers placed eighth and had a pair of all-staters in Nolan McKenna and Luke Schroer.

Improving from 63rd as a sophomore to 30th as a junior, McKenna saved his best for last at the state cross county meet. The senior notched all-state status this fall with a 12th-place showing with a time of 14:46. Fellow senior Schroer followed in 19th place after coming through the chute in 14:58.