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Four memorable moments for Glenbard North winter sports

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:38 p.m. CDT
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Glenbard North's Jered Cortez reacts after defeating Lincoln-Way Central's Joey Nelson in the Class 3A wrestling 132-pound championship match this winter. Cortez joined elite company as a four-time state champion.
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Glenbard North's Rob Houle competes in a 100-yard freestyle preliminary race at the IHSA state meet this winter. Houle qualified for state in two events.

Spring sports are already underway at Glenbard North, but before those sports hit full stride, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable accomplishments Panther athletes had this winter, presented in no particular order.

1. Boys basketball racks up accolades

A 49-46 last second loss to Naperville North on the final day in January left North’s boys basketball team on the outside looking in as far as the DuPage Valley Conference race was concerned. But from that point forward, the Panthers didn’t lose again in the league, rattling off six straight wins, which included a pair of two-point decisions against West Aurora and Naperville Central. The squad then clinched a share of the DVC championship with a 78-69 win against Wheaton North in the final game of the regular season.

The program’s first DVC title since 1991 didn’t end the list of accomplishments for the Panthers this winter. After receiving a lower seed than expected in the Bartlett sectional, North went out and proved it was one of the top teams around. It captured the Leyden regional title with a 48-44 win against Lake Park, knocked off Proviso East 77-74 on a late 3-pointer by Jeremiah Fleming, then won the sectional championship with a stunning comeback against Morton.

2. Wrestling four-peat for Cortez

Jered Cortez etched his name into the record books after collecting his fourth individual state wrestling title this winter. The senior is one of only 14 wrestlers in state history to be crowned a champion in each of his high school seasons. Cortez, who was competing with a knee injury, notched a 3-1 decision in overtime in the championship match at 132 pounds. Headed to Illinois, he wasn’t the only Panther to have success at state. Jon Marmolejo was the runner-up at 126, Austen Gomez finished third at 113 and Kirk Johansen placed fourth at 106.

3. Wahrman wins state gymnastics medal

After competing at the club level as a freshman, Allison Wahrman decided to give high school gymnastics a try this year. Her decision turned out to be a good one as the sophomore qualified for the IHSA state meet. Wahrman ended up advancing to the finals on the vault, where she placed sixth with a score of 9.5. She also finished 22nd on the uneven bars and 26th in the all-around competition.

4. Houle holds own at state swimming

Rob Houle represented Glenbard North at the IHSA state meet, competing in a pair of events in the prelims. The Panthers’ senior was 22nd in the 50-yard freestyle after touching the wall in 21.92 seconds, and he later placed 36th in the 100 freestyle. Houle had won the 50 freestyle at the St. Charles North sectional while finishing second in the 100 freestyle.

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