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Seven standout moments from Lyons Township fall sports

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 6:30 p.m. CDT
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Lyons Township senior forward Frankie Kocimski gets past a group of defenders during a Pepsi Showdown match. Kocimski and the Lions went 17-3-3 and made a sectional final. Matthew Piechalak file photo – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com
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Lyons Township's Alex Chatt hits a shot in a match this fall. Chatt was third in state singles for her third career top three finish. Bill Ackerman file photo - backerman@shawmedia.com
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Lyons Township junior midfielder Harry Hilling puts a move on an opposing player during a match. Hilling will lead the charge next year as the Lions try to replicate the program's recent success. Matthew Piechalak file photo – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

The winter sports season is still in its early stages, but it's not too late to reflect on a solid fall sports season at Lyons Township.

As usual, LT was competitive in every sport and saw a lot of success during the fall. The only conference title came from the girls swim team, which went 5-0 in West Suburban Silver duels, but lost the conference meet to Downers Grove North. However, the Lions had plenty of postseason and individual accolades, listed in no particular order.

1. Boys cross country trophies at state

Throughout its postseason run, the Lyons Township boys cross country team was just off the winning pace. They were fourth at the conference meet, third at the regional and third in the sectional. In most cases, those results paint the picture of a team that would finish in the middle of the pack at state. However, the West Suburban Silver dominated the state meet with four of the top five teams. LT was fourth and took home a trophy. Henry Hostettler, James Ryan and Dan Lupano led the way for the Lions by placing in the top 50.

2. Girls golf cracks top 10 for fourth straight year

LT has become a consistent power in girls golf. This year, the Lions took sixth in Class AA. That showing matched last season's finish and was the fourth time in a row LT was top 10 in the team standings at state. Senior Ciara Rattana, a Tusculum College recruit, tied for 16th in her fourth trip to state.

3. Chatt goes out as three-time all-stater

Girls tennis star Alex Chatt didn't get the state title she desired, but added another stellar season to her long list of career accomplishments. The future Northwestern player entered the state tournament as the top seed in the singles draw and took third. She was a four-time state qualifier and earned all-state three times with one second place and two third place finishes.

4. Hudson brothers stand out at state golf

The LT boys golf team proved to be one of the top teams in the area throughout the season. After coming up just short against eventual state champion Hinsdale Central in the conference and regional meets, the Lions had an uncharacteristically poor meet at the sectional. The only two state qualifiers were brothers Dan and Jon Hudson. Dan, a senior committed to Kansas, tied for eighth. Jon, a junior, tied for 19th.

5. Boys soccer makes sectional final

It may be remembered as a season of near misses in terms of major accomplishments, but the LT boys soccer team on the whole had a terrific season. The Lions posted a 17-3-3 record, losing to eventual Pepsi Showdown champion Lane Tech and coming up short to Hinsdale Central in conference. However, the Lions evened the score with the Red Devils in the sectional semifinal. The 2-1 win advanced LT to a sectional final to face another familiar rival in Morton. The Mustangs knocked out LT to end the run of a standout senior class with the likes of Frankie Kocimski, Matt Murphy, Emilio Godinez, Peter Kass and Spiro Kass.

6. Girls swimming shares conference title

The Lions swept their way through West Suburban Silver in dual meets, but finished second to Downers Grove North in the conference meet to share the WSS title with the Trojans. LT also won its own sectional, advancing 11 individual entries and all three relays to the state meet.

7. Pair of LT girls runners finish inside top 50

Senior Lexy Rudofski and junior Katie Hamor were LT's only representatives at the Class 3A girls cross country state meet, but both showed well. Rudofski closed out her career with a 23rd place finish while Hamor took 48th.

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