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Raiders savor slew of fall highlights, including football dominance

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 8:30 p.m. CDT
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Bolingbrook senior Krissa Gearring taps a shot over the net in a match against Joliet Central in the opening round of the playoffs on Oct. 28. A four-year starter, Gearring had her best season this fall. Matthew Piechalak -
(Matthew Piechalak)
Bolingbrook's Jacob Huff yells out in excitement after the defense recovers a fumble against Lincoln-Way East on Oct. 18. Huff was part of a dominant defense that led the Raiders to an undefeated conference title this fall. Matthew Piechalak file photo -

The winter sports season is still in its early stages, but it’s not too late to look back at some memorable achievements for Bolingbrook student-athletes from the fall season.

The football team had a dominant defense, three boys golfers advanced to the sectional tournament, and one of the best girls volleyball players in school history had her strongest season yet. Here’s a list of highlights from the fall sports season, listed in no particular order.

1. Bolingbrook football goes undefeated

The Raiders had their sights set on a state championship, but stumbled in the second round of the 8A playoffs, bowing to a talented Marist team that played for the championship.

Still, the Raiders accomplished what few Bolingbrook teams have been able to do on the gridiron. This season marked just the fourth time that a Bolingbrook team has gone unbeaten in the regular season. As a result, the 9-0 Raiders captured the SouthWest Suburban Blue conference championship for the first time in four years. Bolingbrook also beat Lincoln-Way East for the first time since 2009 and captured the inaugural Alec Anderson Traveling Memorial Trophy on Oct. 11 with a victory over Homewood-Flossmoor.

2. Golf trio moves on to sectional

Bolingbrook golfers Adam D’Virgilio, Paul Kramolisch and Jacob Nagel powered the Raiders varsity team during the postseason. At the regional meet, D’Virgilio shot a 82, Kramolisch an 84 and Nagel an 87 as the Raiders placed fifth and narrowly missed out on making the sectional as a team. Those scores were good enough to send all three on to the sectional meet.

3. Krissa Gearring, volleyball wins in playoffs

A volleyball varsity starter since her freshman season, Krissa Gearring had her finest output this year, earning Southwest Suburban Blue all-conference and Waubonsie Valley and United Township all-tournament team honors. The Southeast Missouri State commit was Bolingbrook’s team MVP, recording 420 kills, 257 digs, 481 total points scored and 37 aces this season, propelling Bolingbrook into the playoffs. In the first round of the postseason, The Raiders downed Joliet Central in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-14.

4. Stingy defense, diverse offense drives Raiders

Fans of dominant defense must have loved Bolingbrook’s football team as the Raiders sported one of the toughest defenses in the area. In nine games, Bolingbrook sacked opposing quarterbacks 20 times for 160 yards in losses. Led by Northwestern-bound Parrker Westphal, senior leader CJ Clark, sophomore standout Tuf Borland and junior twins Julian and Jacob Huff, the defense also forced 22 turnovers and limited opposing running backs to just 598 total yards and 1.9 yards per carry.

On offense, the Raiders spread the wealth. Quarterback Quincy Woods and running back Jaden Huff accounted for nine rushing touchdowns each, while running back Mike Valentine and quarterback Dariel Grier were also key components to the offense.

5. Girls cross country advances to sectional meet

A trio of underclassmen ran the Raiders into the sectional meet this fall. Sophomore Marissa Caputo and freshmen Trianna Rodriguez and Arianna Amill finished in the top 25 at the Plainfield South regional as the Raiders took fifth and qualified for the sectional race. Rodriguez’s time of 18:46 was the sixth-best individual time at regional, while Caputo placed 13th and Amill came in 24th. Senior Sydney Banks and junior Cassandra Cerpa also finished in the top 50 at the regional. The team was 11th at the sectional.

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