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Four spring sports highlights for Bolingbrook

First regional title for softball among memorable moments

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 5:10 p.m. CDT
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Bolingbrook's Jessica Watkins competes in a preliminary race of the Class 3A 100-meter dash at the state meet in May. Watkins was part of the 4x100 relay that won a state medal despite running together for just two weeks.
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Bolingbrook's Megan Lotarski delivers a pitch in a game against Downers Grove South this season. The Raiders scored their first regional title with an upset win against Benet in the playoffs.

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 Bolingbrook High School.

1. Right on track

Two weeks together yielded great results for Jessica Watkins, Asha Wallace, Claire Young and Charlyncia Stennis.

The quartet of Bolingbrook track athletes didn't run together on the Raiders' 4x100-meter relay until the sectional meet the week before state, but the quartet still managed to make it to the event finals at the state meet on May 24 and finished sixth.

"Especially since we just put the relay together, I'm happy about the way we came together and performed as a team," Watkins said.

Watkins added a medal on her own in the 100 dash and Stennis was seventh in the 400.

All four members of the relay are slated to return next spring. Watkins and Wallace were juniors, Stennis was a sophomore and Young was a freshman.

2. History makers

Entering this spring, the 2013 season was the best ever for Bolingbrook softball. The 2014 easily topped it.

After playing softball for 39 years, the Raiders won their first regional title with a commanding 7-1 win against a powerhouse Benet squad considered among the best in the state. Pitcher Megan Lotarski shut down the Redwings' powerful offense.

"It feels kind of surreal," head coach Jean Ryan-Moak said after winning the regional. "At the end of the game I think I was a little more excited than the girls just because I've been around the program and know that it's been a long time coming."

3. Soccer high water mark

Bolingbrook's girls soccer team switched to a more offensive mindset this season, and it paid off in a number of ways.

The Raiders finished second in the SouthWest Suburban Blue, their highest finish ever. They won the Moline United tournament for the first time by winning three games in one day, and they set a new record for wins in a season as they went 15-6-3 for the year with Nikia Smith and Rachel Schneider leading the more potent offense.

4. May flowers

March and April weren't exactly memorable for Bolingbrook's baseball team as it went winless in its first 12 games of the season.

Then the calendar flipped to May and the Raiders seemed to find their mojo. They won three straight – against solid foes Plainfield Central, Lincoln-Way Central and Joliet West – to start the month, part of a stretch in which they won six of eight games.

Bolingbrook also won a regional quarterfinal game in the playoffs and pushed No. 1 sectional seed Plainfield North to the brink before bowing out of the postseason.

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