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State titles for Anne Zaher, boys tennis top spring highlights for Hinsdale Central

HINSDALE – The spring sports season for high school athletes has concluded, so now is the perfect time to take one more look at the best moments from spring sports at Hinsdale Central.

1. Zaher ascends medal stand

Anne Zaher expected to fare well in the 1,600-meter run at the state meet, but she surprised even herself with her showing. The sophomore clocked a time of 5:00.08 and finished as the state champion in what was a tight race. The second- and third-place finishers were less than a second behind Zaher.

"I knew I would be up with the front runners, but it was kind of surprising to win," Zaher said. "It feels really amazing that I did this. It's really cool."

Freshman teammate Alexa Haff also had a stellar state meet, capturing sixth in the 3,200 run.

2. Tennis triumph

The Red Devils captured their third consecutive boys tennis state title, and they did it in convincing fashion. With 56 team points, they finished 15 ahead of runner-up Lake Forest. They played so well during the first two days of the tourney that they had the title locked up by the time the final rounds started on the third day.

Eddie Grabill defeated teammate Martin Joyce for the singles title. Lope Adelakun and Chase Hamilton were second in doubles while Michael Czlonka and Jimmy Bruning finished fourth.

3. Impressive badminton performance

Central's badminton team won the title at the sectional it hosted, then enjoyed a successful run at the state tournament.

Ryan Ricker was a top-16 finisher in singles play while the doubles team of Amy Wey and Samantha McClary placed fifth.

Michelle Fu and the doubles team of Julia Huang and Alex Ritter won multiple state matches to help the Red Devils place fifth as a team.

4. Fantastic finish

Seniors Austin Butler and Max Peters put exclamation points on their high school baseball careers in the playoffs.

Butler yielded just two hits and didn't walk a batter and he pitched all nine innings of Central's regional semifinal game against Wheaton Warrenville South. Peters laced the hit that brought in the game's lone run in the Red Devils' 1-0 victory.

5. Right at home

With Central hosting the boys gymnastics state meet, the Red Devils made themselves right at home.

Jack Schmidt notched a top-10 finish on parallel bars with a score of 8.60. He also scored an 8.70 on floor exercise.

Ryan Leahy (floor exercise, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar ), Alex Gelz (pommel horse, still rings, horizontal bar) and Chris Kujalowicz (horizontal bar) also competed at state. Leahy scored a 46.150 in the all-around.

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