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Top 5 spring sports highlights for Lyons Township

The spring sports season has concluded and with it the school year. 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 Lyons Township:

1. Lin defends state badminton title

Stephanie Lin took most everyone by surprise when she won the badminton state singles title a year ago, but she would not be able to sneak up on anyone this spring. Regardless, Lin came away with her second state title. She did so without dropping a set and gives herself a chance to win a third straight state title as a senior. Lin’s title helped LT take third at state for the first state trophy in program history.

2. Haugen regains high jump crown

Emma Haugen won the state title in the high jump, matching her accomplishment from freshman year. The Lions’ junior also medaled in the triple jump, placing seventh, to bring her career state medal total to four. Haugen cemented herself among LT’s best-ever track athletes with two state titles to her name and a year still to go.

3. Gymnastics wins second state trophy

At the start of the season, Lyons Township boys gymnastics identified winning a state trophy as its goal, and when the time came to perform at the state meet, the Lions delivered. LT took third at state, matching the third-place showing in 2002 for the second trophy in program history. Individually, Chris Rediehs was third in the all-around and placed fifth on vault and parallel bars to earn state medals.

4. Lyons soccer wins sectional

The Lions proved to be an elite team from the very start of the season and were dominant en route to a sectional title. LT won all four games through the sectional final by three goals or more only to be heartbroken in the supersectional by losing a late lead and losing in penalty kicks to Lincoln-Way North. Senior starters Emily Lange, Erin Fitzgerald, C.C. Holbert, Grace Nasenbenny, Catherine King, Sarah Drew and Katie Dougherty leave as one of the most talented senior classes in the history of the successful program.

5. LT baseball wins 21 straight

After a 6-8 start, it would have been fair to question if the Lyons Township baseball team wasn’t up to the very high standards of the program. However, the Lions proved themselves by not losing again the rest of the regular season. With Tom Hickey and Sam Heilenbach pitching well on the mound and Sam Cybulski, Jack Oremus and Max Larsen among the hitters to catch fire toward the end of the season, LT rattled of 21 straight wins. The Lions shared the West Suburban Silver title and won a regional for the fourth straight season.

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