It may be the holiday season, but there is still time to look back on the fall sports season for York. The Dukes had some memorable moments and accomplishments throughout the fall. Here’s a list of those top moments, in no particular order.
1. York boys cross country fifth in state
It wasn’t the way the Dukes’ envisioned the season ending, but fifth place in state is still a massive accomplishment. York had won the West Suburban Silver meet and cruised to a regional title, but injury and sickness weakened York’s lineup at the sectional and state meets. As a result, the defending state champs came up just short of claiming a state trophy. York was fifth overall and, strangely enough, fourth among West Suburban Silver teams. The conference dominated the state meet with four of the top five teams in Class 3A. Individually Nathan Mroz was fifth overall, the highest finish for a York runner since 2010.
2. Porter and Avgerinos compete with state’s elite
Senior Blaire Porter and junior Angela Avgerinos paired up to become one of the state’s top doubles team this fall. The two trained together in the offseason and the extra time together paid off. Porter and Avgerinos won a sectional title and earned a top eight seed at the state tournament. Once there, they went 5-2 with three main draw wins.
As a team, York’s girls tennis won its own sectional and advanced both singles players and doubles teams to state. Porter and fellow senior Randi Wilson will graduate, but four juniors with state tournament experience are expected back next year.
3. Three swimmers, two relays advance to state
Jessica Woolfe and sisters Paula and Hannah Nolte each earned a spot at the state swimming meet. In addition, that trio joined Sam Marlott to qualify the 200-yard medley relay. Woolfe, Hannah Nolte, Perri Brinkmeier and Maggie Schlecht helped get the 200-yard freestyle relay to state, as well.
The 200 freestyle relay had the best finish of the state entries by placing 32nd. Brinkmeier and Hannah Nolte are seniors that leave the program with plenty of state experience. Nolte competed in York relays at state all four years while Brinkmeier did for the last three years. The other four Duke swimmers at state are expected back.
4. York volleyball wins over 20 matches
The Dukes had a solid fall on the volleyball court. With seniors Rachel Iverson, Amy Nosek, Molly Schlecht and Claudia Zerdin leading the way, York was able to post a 23-12 record. The season ended in a tight regional final against St. Charles East. The Saints won 28-26, 19-25, 25-23.
5. York football snaps losing streak
The 2012 season was one to forget for York football. The Dukes went 0-9 in coach Steve Nye’s first year. This fall was about getting the program back to respectability, and season-opening wins against Clark and Proviso East got York on the right track. The Dukes later snapped an eight-game losing streak in the West Suburban Silver by defeating Proviso West 27-20 on the road. Seniors Emmett McCoy, Liam Gaughan and Zach Ray were named all-conference.