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Nazareth, Fenwick, St. Joe's fall sports produce 10 highlight moments

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT
Emma Decker and Troi Sharpp of Nazareth Academy go up to block during their regional contest against Montini Catholic. The Roadrunners won 29 matches this fall. Sarah Minor file photo - sminor@shawmedia.com
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Nazareth Academy's Karlas Delano Robinzine runs the ball in a 41-0 win over Riverside Brookfield. The Roadrunners finished the 2013 campaign with an 8-3 record. Bill Ackerman file photo - backerman@shawmedia.com
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Nazareth Academy running back Julian Love (center) scores a touchdown in a 41-0 win over Riverside Brookfield. The Roadrunners finished the 2013 campaign with an 8-3 record. Bill Ackerman staff photo - backerman@shawmedia.com

The Catholic schools in the area all had memorable teams, individuals and moments throughout the fall. Nazareth, Fenwick and St. Joseph all had success in various sports. Here’s a look at some of the best of those successes, listed in no particular order.

1. Charger soccer wins regional, 16 matches

St. Joseph’s boys soccer team went 16-4-3 this fall and won a Class 2A regional title. 4-0 wins over UIC Prep and Riverside Brookfield gave the Chargers their fifth straight regional plaque.

2. Roadrunner soccer wins first sectional

The Nazareth boys soccer team had a trailblazing season by winning the first sectional in school history. The Roadrunners beat Lindblom and Hancock to advance to the Riverside Brookfield sectional.

Once there, Naz beat Little Village 3-0 and won the final once Kennedy was forced to forfeit the match for fielding an ineligible player in the semifinal. They lost to eventual state champion Washington 2-1 in the supersectional. Chris Tovar and Mark Haraus were all-conference players for the Roadrunners.

3. Fenwick football defends conference title

The Friars ran the table in the Chicago Catholic League White and went 10-3 on the season.

Running back Robert Spillane was a force to be reckoned with, and fellow seniors Gino Cavalieri, Ryan Smith and Richard Schoen played a major role in helping Fenwick win the CCL White for the second year in a row.

The Friars were knocked out in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs and made it to the Catholic League championship game.

4. Team mentality leads Roadrunner football

Nazareth went 8-3 in football this fall and did so without any superstar players. Senior defensive end Will Colmery is headed to play for Purdue next year and some of the younger standouts on the team could be Division I recruits in the future, but the team had a different key player seemingly every game.

From the multiple quarterbacks and several running backs that made plays for the offense to the handful of defensive standouts, Nazareth truly embraced the team concept.

5. Friar’s swimming takes third at state

In a competitive state meet as far as the team race was concerned, Fenwick took third place to bring a trophy back to Oak Park. Mimi Schneider won state titles in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, and Paulina Kaminski took the title in the 100 breaststroke.

6. Petrovic makes mark in state singles

After starring in doubles for three years with partner Alyssa Straub, Lexie Petrovic took her shot in singles in the girls tennis state tournament.

Petrovic made it to the quarterfinals before being knocked out by eventual state champ Tiffany Chen. Petrovic closed out her high school career with four all-state honors.

7. Ryan stars for Fenwick girls cross country

Western Springs resident Olivia Ryan was an elite cross country runner this season. Ryan was third in both the regional and sectional meets. Once at state Ryan took 22nd in the Class 3A state meet.

8. Dobis top 10 at state golf

Nazareth senior Andrew Dobis was the team’s only representative at the Class 2A state boys golf tournament. The Roadrunners missed the state cut by four shots as a team, but Dobis did the team proud at state as he tied for 10th overall with a 153 (77-76).

9. Nazareth volleyball wins 29 matches

Led by Division I senior recruits Samantha Brown and Linnea Rohrsen, Nazareth posted a 29-7 record in girls volleyball. The Roadrunners were met with a brutal draw in a Class 3A regional, where they dropped a three-set match to Montini in the regional semifinal. Junior outside hitter Julia Saunders and sophomore setter Emma Decker will be back to lead the team next year.

10. Roadrunners win cross country regional

In a regional dominated by two teams, Nazareth edged Riverside Brookfield by two points to win the Class 2A regional. Freshman Clare Ramsey later qualified for state and took 59th.

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