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Top five spring highlights for Willowbrook

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 3:00 p.m. CDT
(Erica Benson - )
Willowbrook's Mike Rothmund gets out York's Anthony Santos at first base during their regional semifinal game in late May. The Warriors finished with 21 wins this spring.

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 a look back at the best moments and accomplishments from the spring sports season for Willowbrook.

1. Badminton's sectional streak hits 13

Arguably the most successful athletic team at Willowbrook is badminton, which amazingly won its 13th consecutive sectional this spring. It's not like it was an easy sectional either. The Warriors headed to Lyons Township for the event and the host Lions ended up taking third at the state tournament.

Amanda Wendt and Katherine Hinman made state in singles. In doubles, Brooke Bimber and Janine Johnson qualified as did Sydney Planz and Maddie Arnold. Bimber and Johnson had the best showing at state, making the quarterfinals.

2. Schmidt, Ressinger lead softball to 21 wins

Willowbrook softball has been on the rise in recent years and this spring continued the progression. Juniors Sam Schmidt and Alyssa Ressinger put up huge offensive numbers en route to a 21-win season. Schmidt hit .593 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs. Ressinger hit .484 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs.

The Warriors beat traditional power Fremd in a regional semifinal, snapping the Vikings' streak of six straight regional titles. That put Willowbrook in its first regional final since the IHSA expanded to four classes for softball in 2008. With Schmidt, Ressinger and two-way players Delaney Pelsor and Zoe Dannenberg all expected back, even better things could be ahead.

3. Baseball wins over 20 games

The Warriors have become a consistent program in recent years on the baseball diamond. Willowbrook won 21 games this season for the third straight year of more than 20 wins. Senior Mike Rothmund had some of the best offensive numbers in the area and will head to Illinois-Springfield for his college career. Pitcher T.J. Case, a High Point recruit, was a dominant pitcher until he missed the last couple weeks of the season with an arm injury.

4. Quartet of Warrior gymnasts head to state

The Warriors had plenty of representation at Hinsdale Central for the state gymnastics meet. Bret Golz, Colton Bach, Keawe Winstead and Corey Coman all competed for Willowbrook. Winstead had the best showing by tying for 18th on the pommel horse.

5. Girls soccer plays at Toyota Park

The Windy City Classic is mostly about getting games in against quality opposition early in the season, but for the four semifinalists it means the treat of playing at a professional stadium, Toyota Park. Willowbrook started the season hot by making the semifinals of the 32-team tournament and played for third place against Fenwick at the home of the Chicago Fire. The Warriors lost 2-0 in a tightly contested game, but received a memorable experience.

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