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Fantastic football season part of fall full of highlights for Glenbard South sports

Published: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 5:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:58 p.m. CDT
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Sarah Minor file photo - sminor@shawmedia.com Glenbard South quarterback Alex Jeske passes the ball against Fenton on Oct. 11. The Raiders became the first football team in school history to go through the regular season undefeated.
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Glenbard South's John Wold runs in the 2013 IHSA Class 2A state cross country final at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Nov. 9. Wold won the race and his second straight state title. Douglas Cottle/PhotoNews - for Suburban Life Media
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Glenbard South's Tarah Valdez hits the ball in the Raiders' sectional semifinal win against Lyons Township on Nov. 5. South won the match and advanced to the sectional title match. Bill Ackerman file photo - backerman@shawmedia.com

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 Glenbard South student-athletes.

The football team had the best season in school history, John Wold won another state cross country title, and the girls volleyball team had a memorable playoff run. Here is a list of highlights from South’s fall sports season, listed in no particular order.

1. Football records a first

The Raiders’ football team left a lasting legacy this fall, becoming the first in program history to go through a regular season undefeated. Glenbard South captured the Metro Suburban Conference title, outscoring the four other conference foes by a combined 180-36, and won an opening round Class 5A playoff game before losing to Lincoln-Way West.

2. Wold’s win paces boys cross country

John Wold joined a small, elite group of multiple state champions by capturing his second consecutive cross country individual state title. The senior won the Class 2A race by coming through the chute in 14:38, which was two seconds ahead of runner-up Johnny Leverenz of Danville.

With their first five runners finishing in the top 80, the Glenbard South boys cross country team placed fifth at the IHSA Class 2A state meet. Wold led the way with Joe Singleton next in 31st place and Joe Meade coming in 61st. Ibrahim Jawad placed 66th and Andrew Kladiva followed in 80th.

3. Girls cross country second in state

Producing three all-staters in Diane Lipa (third overall, 17:15), Rebecca Sippel (seventh, 17:39) and Caroline Arlasky (24th, 18:02), the Raiders’ girls cross country team brought home a runner-up trophy from the IHSA Class 2A state meet. Glenbard South posted a score of 130, finishing behind only Yorkville (104). The squad had won the Wheaton Academy regional before placing second at the sectional, also hosted by Wheaton Academy.

4. Lots to like about links finish

Glenbard South’s boys golf team closed out an outstanding fall campaign by finishing sixth at the Class 2A state meet after capturing both regional and sectional championships. Individually, sophomore Christopher Dufort was 15th at state, junior Michael Wittenberg came in 20th, and sophomore Russel Matos placed 26th. Juniors Kevin Uvodich and Dakota Marino were also key contributors at state, while John Marks was the only senior in the Raiders’ state lineup.

5. Moving up suits Raider volleyball

Moving up to Class 4A from 3A by choice, the Raiders’ girls volleyball team had a great playoff run, winning the Hinsdale South regional title before falling to Oak Park-River Forest in the Morton sectional championship match. Glenbard South finished the fall with 32 wins, which was one victory short of the program record.

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