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Three Lisle spring sports highlights

All-state track finishes for underclassmen, girls soccer postseason run top list

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:05 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:38 a.m. CST
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Lisle's Edoise Omoike runs in the finals of the Class 1A 400-meter dash during the IHSA state meet in May. She had all-state finishes in both the 400 and 100 dashes for the best showing at state in several years for a Lisle athlete.

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 Lisle High School.

1. Harris still hungry

Aaron Harris is halfway through his high school track career, and after a successful campaign this spring as a sophomore he is hoping for even more the next two years.

Harris clocked a time of 22.86 seconds and finished eighth in the Class 1A 200-meter dash at the state finals on May 31. It was the first medal earned by a Lisle athlete in the state finals since Joe McCarthy, Greg Saul, Matt Schmitz and Adam Valdes combined to finish seventh in the 4x400 relay in 2006, but Harris isn't content to settle for the one state medal. He's looking for more.

"I have to work harder and come back strong next year," Harris said. "No excuses, I have to get better. I have [almost a whole year to prepare] and I'm coming to get it."

2. Freshman phenom

Edoise Omoike had never been on a stage so big when she competed in a pair of event finals at the state track meet on May 24. She handled the nerves quite well.

The Lisle freshman earned a pair of sixth-place medals in the 100-meter dash and 400-meter dash. The places were identical, but the 400 was the more satisfying race as she set a new personal record with a time of 59.37.

Omoike's trips to the medal stand was the first for any Lisle female track athlete since the 4x200 squad was seventh in 2010. She was the first individual Lion to place since 2004.

"It feels great to be the only girl to do something like this in a long time," Omoike said. "It's an amazing feeling."

3. Soccer maintains streak of success

The girls soccer team lost its top two scorers from 2013 heading into this season and the initial starting 11 players featured just four seniors.

Despite having a new look to the team, the Lions won a regional title for the third time in five years and played in the sectional championship game.

After a slow start Lisle put together a five-game winning streak, and later in the season a 10-game unbeaten stretch saw the Lions go 9-0-1 and took them to the sectional final.

Lisle finished the season 16-6-2 and with plenty of hope for the future.

"All our leading scorers will be coming back," head coach Paul Kohorn said. "We have some defense to replace, but we'll do that and be ready for next season."

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