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Five spring sports highlights for Glenbard West

Madeline Perez's track title, Perry Zumbrook's gymnastics title highlight memorable spring

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 6:18 p.m. CDT
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Glenbard West's Madeline Perez crosses the finish line as the winner of the 3,200-meter run at IHSA state meet in May. Perez also earned a state medal in the 1,600 to cap a stellar high school career.
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Glenbard West's Kyler Kotsakis (right) goes up for a block in a sectional semifinal match against St. Francis. The Hilltoppers had their best season with 35 wins and a third-place showing at the state tournament.
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Glenbard West's Nate Dell hits a shot in a state tournament match against De La Salle's Steve Hill on May 29. The sophomore picked up a pair of wins in the tourney to improve upon his showing as a freshman.

The spring sports season has concluded and with it the school year. Now is the perfect time to take one more look at the best moments from the spring sports season for Glenbard West.

1. Hilltoppers leave legacy on court

In the midst of an extremely successful run over the past several years, the Glenbard West boys volleyball team put together its finest season to date.

The Hilltoppers set a new high-water mark with 35 victories while making a perfect jaunt through the West Suburban Silver conference. The squad then snagged regional and sectional titles before finishing in third place at the state tournament.

2. Going out on top

Despite missing most of the spring with a lower leg injury, Madeline Perez still found a way to end her high school athletic career in style.

Competing at the IHSA state track meet for the final time, the senior brought home a Class 3A state title in the 3,200-meter run, winning the event by six seconds over teammate Lindsay Graham. Perez also came in eighth in the 1,600 run.

3. No sophomore slump for Dell

Making his second consecutive appearance at the IHSA state tennis tournament, Nate Dell won a pair of matches this time around after notching one victory as a freshman. The sophomore captured his first two matches in straight sets, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Geneseo's Connor Vandersnick and 6-1, 6-2 over Steve Hill of De La Salle. Dell also emerged with the sectional championship at Naperville North, winning all four of his matches in straight sets.

4. Perfect ending

With a score of 9.75, Perry Zumbrook tied for first place on the vault in the individual event portion of the IHSA state gymnastics meet. The senior was also seventh on the parallel bars.

Freshman Max Diab made his first appearance at the state meet and placed second on the still rings and fourth on the vault. He was also seventh in the all-around competition.

5. Top-10 finish for relay

The team of Chris Buechner, Ben Hecht, Jake Jaskowiak and Nate Crail advanced to the finals of the Class 3A 4x800-meter relay at the IHSA state meet. The group came in 10th in the event, posting a time of 7:50.83.

The 4x200 grouping of Mohamed Gborie, Andrew Lindstrom, Will Gibson and Paul Selman and the 4x400 team of Devonte Dillon, Lindstrom, Jack Moore and Selman also qualified for state, as did Selman in the 100.

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