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Four spring highlights at Morton

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:30 p.m. CDT
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(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Morton players celebrate defeating Oak Park-River Forest in the sectional championship match on June 3. The win sent the Mustangs to state for the first time since 2010.
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(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Morton Anthony Iniquez delivers a pitch in a May 22 game against Lyons Township. Iniquez had a standout year to help lead the Mustangs to their highest win total since 2010.

The spring sports season and the school year has concluded. Before summer camps get started and before the next school year starts, let's take one more look at the best moments from the spring sports season for Morton.

1. Volleyball returns to state

After three years off from making it to state, the Mustangs returned to Hoffman Estates after winning their own sectional. The senior-heavy squad had plenty of experience and built up for years to get to state in their final season and pulled it off. The Mustangs lost to Glenbard West in a quarterfinal, but got to experience the thrill of competing at state. Alex Olivares, Andrew Franco, Andres Guerrero, Daniel Ibarra, Jesus Ceja and Rashaad Mathis were among the seniors contributors on the veteran squad.

2. Mendez makes shot put state finals

Lilly Mendez was one of five state qualifying entries for Morton, but the only one to advance to the finals. Mendez set a new personal best throw in shot put by nearly two feet by throwing 40 feet, 5 inches in the prelims. As a result, she was able to place 11th in state. In addition, Olivia Woods, Desteny Casteneda, Sahian Lopez and the 4x800-meter relay qualified for state in a banner postseason showing for Morton girls track.

3. Boys track sends four to state

Allan Casallo won a sectional title for Morton boys track and field and the Mustangs had three other entries at state. Casallo (pole vault), Kevion Anderson (shot put), Kyle Duffek (discus) and the 4x800-meter relay all carried the Morton flag at state. Mateo Hernandez, Chris Zavala, Omar Prado and Edwin Renteria ran the 4x800.

4. Pitching staff impresses for improved baseball team

Internal expectations may have been a bit higher this season than the final record, but Morton's baseball team did take a step forward as a program and had some standout individual performances. Senior two-way players Anthony Iniquez and Sergio Villalobos both starred for the Mustangs. Iniquez hit .303 and struck out 67 batters in 60 innings. Villalobos had a 2.8 ERA and exploded as a hitter with a .372 average, 10 doubles and six home runs. Morton won 14 games, the most since 2010.

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