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Palermo, Hanewall part of East’s fall sports highlights

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 3:00 p.m. CDT
(Matthew Piechalak file photo - mpiechalak@shawmedia.com)
Glenbard East's Priscilla Palermo returns a shot during a Sept. 24 singles match against Glenbard North. A freshman this season, Palermo won a sectional title and had a winning record at the state tournament.

This year was the final fall that Glenbard East was in the DuPage Valley Conference. The Rams will move to the Upstate Eight at the start of the 2014-15 school year. Before the Rams look ahead to playing fall sports in the UEC, here’s a look at the top five highlights from Glenbard East’s fall sports, in no particular order.

1. Hanewall stars above the net

Senior outside hitter Meghan Hanewall carried the Glenbard East girls volleyball team. While the Rams struggled to a 15-21 record, that was an improvement over recent years and Hanewall was the main reason why. In addition to tutoring some of the team’s younger talent, Hanewall was a dominant outside hitter and quality back row player. She led the team with 320 kills and also had 35 aces, 136 digs and 22 blocks.

2. Palermo debuts in style

Freshman tennis player Priscilla Palermo had success in major USTA tournaments coming into the season, so it was no surprise that she did so well at the high school level this fall. Palermo was a fixture at No. 1 singles for the Rams and showed why on a regular basis. She won the Downers Grove South sectional without dropping a set and earned a seed at the state tournament. In her first state tournament the freshman went 5-2 and should have more success ahead of her.

3. Peters makes state cross country

Senior cross country runner Jack Peters was the fastest on the Glenbard East team, and that led to a place at the state meet. After Peters placed in the top 10 of the DuPage Valley Conference meet, he and fellow senior Vince Booth both were in the top 10 at the Fenwick regional. The Rams were sixth overall and advanced as a team to the Lake Park sectional. Peters was 13th at the sectional to book his first trip to the state meet. At state Peters ran a time of 16:00 to place 159th.

4. Girls runners make sectionals

Just like the boys cross country team, the girls made it to sectionals as a team. Glenbard East was sixth at the Fenwick regional despite running without a senior in its top six. Kelly Heniff, Yoselin Toledo, Jayne Peters and Hannah Appleyard all placed within the top 30 at the regional race. The Rams were 15th at the Lake Park sectional the next week.

5. Football beats rival Willowbrook

After losing to Willowbrook 42-41 in 2012, the Rams were itching to win this year’s meeting with the Warriors. Sparked by a big game from junior quarterback Drake Pusateri in his first career varsity start, the Rams came out 28-21 winners. Pusateri passed for 224 yards and a touchdown and ran for 108 yards and two more touchdowns.

The Rams started the season 2-1 after beating West Aurora 21-0 in the DuPage Valley Conference opener. They lost the final six games of the season.

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