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Panthers have handful of fall sports highlights

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 4:10 p.m. CDT
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Sarah Minor file photos - sminor@shawmedia.com Justin Jackson runs the ball in a game against Wheaton Warrenville South on Oct. 18. The Panthers' primary offensive playmaker, Jackson had one of the finest seasons for a running back in state history.

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

The football team excelled once again, Justin Jackson had one of the best seasons ever for a running back, and a sophomore golfer finished a solid season in fine fashion at state. Here are a few highlights from North’s fall sports season, listed in no particular order.

1. Undefeated in DVC

Winning a DuPage Valley Conference football championship is tough enough, which makes Glenbard North’s back-to-back undefeated runs through the league that much more impressive. This fall, the Panthers faced their toughest stretch to close out the regular season, but came away unscathed with wins over eventual state champ Naperville Central, Wheaton Warrenville South and Wheaton North in the final three weeks of the regular season.

2. Jackson just marvelous

Glenbard North’s Justin Jackson nearly put together the best individual season by a running back in Illinois high school football history. In the end, the senior settled for second-place all-time with his 3,171 rushing yards on 348 attempts, which equated to 9.11 yards per carry. Jackson scored 39 touchdowns on the fall while also excelling as a defensive back. All that while teams were gearing up to stop him.

3. Swimmers cap successful careers

Both Marisa Savegnago and Danielle Homere closed out their high school swimming careers in style with appearances at the IHSA state meet. Savegnago qualified in a pair of events, placing 26th in the prelims of the 100-yard butterfly with a clocking of 58.18 and 50th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.11. Homere also competed in the 100 butterfly, coming in 36th after touching the wall in 58.67.

4. State trip for Tintera

By shooting a 76 at the Conant regional and a 72 at the Naperville Central sectional, Glenbard North’s Kyle Tintera punched his ticket to the Class 3A state golf tournament. Once there, the sophomore carded rounds of 80 and 81 to finish in a tie for 56th place with a two day total of 161.

5. Soccer enjoys hot streak

In an eight-day stretch from Sept. 17 to Sept. 25, the Glenbard North boys soccer team was unbeatable. Beginning with a 2-0 decision over Glenbard East, the Panthers rattled off six wins in a row, also picking up victories over Stagg, Glenbard South and West Aurora along with two decisions at the St. Charles East tournament. For the fall, Glenbard North posted a record of 11-6-3, which included a 3-3-1 mark in the DVC.

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