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Golf regional title part of AT fall sports highlights

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 4:00 p.m. CST
(Sarah Minor file photo - sminor@shawmedia.com)
Addison Trail junior quarterback Mike Rybarczyk runs the ball against Willowbrook on Oct. 25. Rybarczyk is one of several juniors expected to return and help the Blazers compete next year.

Addison Trail had a number of high points throughout the fall sports season.

Among them were the boys golf team winning a regional and the AT-WB co-op swim team winning the West Suburban Gold meet.

Those highlights and more are listed below, in no particular order.

1. Dela Cruz goes back to state

Senior golfer Gia Dela Cruz capped off a phenomenal high school career with her third trip to the Class AA state tournament.

At state, she shot an 83 in the first round and followed that up with an 85 to tie for 61st overall.

It was her best finish in three trips to state. Junior Bridget McKnight joined Dela Cruz as an individual qualifier from the regional meet.

2. Boys golf wins regional

By shooting a 321, the Blazers won the Conant regional title at the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. Junior Zack Vaca and senior Matt Piotrowski each shot 78s to tie for the third-best rounds at the tournament.

AT was seven strokes better than the runner-up. All four Blazers who counted towards the team total shot under 85. Junior Dan Hartnett posted an 81 and junior Joe Zucchero shot an 84.

Piotrowski was the only senior in the Blazers’ lineup at the regional, meaning more success could be ahead next year.

3. Miranda leads AT cross country

Senior boys cross country runner Luis Miranda was the Blazers’ top runner this fall. Miranda was fifth at the West Suburban Gold meet and followed that up a week later by advancing from the Fenwick regional at Schiller Woods.

Miranda crossed the finish line in 29th to become the only Blazer to make it to the sectional race.

4. Youth stands out for AT football

The Blazers didn’t have as much success in the win column as they were hoping for with a 2-7 record, but plenty of juniors played well to give the program hope for next year. Juniors Jaavion Bradley, Matt Gontarek and Eric Gilliam were all named to the all-conference team in the West Suburban Gold.

Bradley is one of the best junior wide receivers in the area while Gontarek, at defensive back, and Gilliam, at linebacker, will give the Blazer defense some quality returning talent.

In addition, junior quarterback Matt Rybarczyk will enter next season with a year of experience as a starter under his belt with his top two receivers, Bradley and fellow junior Jake Atiyeh, back in the fold.

5. McNamara keys AT/WB swimming

Willowbrook junior Kelly McNamara’s second place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at state was the high point for a strong season for the Addison Trail-Willowbrook co-op girls swimming team.

The team also won the West Suburban Gold meet and qualified the 200-yard freestyle relay to state.

McNamara finished behind only Texas-bound Fenwick senior Mimi Schneider in the butterfly and will be among the favorites to win the event next year.

She was second in both the prelims and the finals.

Three of the four swimmers on the 200 free relay are expected back.

Senior Molly Kuenstler graduates, but McNamara, junior Molly Hill and freshman Annalise Morrone should be back for the rising program.

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