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Stephen Hubona's state title tops list of Benet spring sports highlights

Conference, state title top Benet’s list

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:14 p.m. CDT
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Benet's Stephen Hubona competes in a Class 3A discus preliminary flight at the state meet in May. Hubona unleashed a huge throw in the prelims, and his mark held up for a state title.
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Benet's (from left) Ellie Bumpus, Michelle Morefield and Liz Miller celebrate a goal during the Redwings' sectional semifinal win against Hinsdale Central. Benet won conference and regional titles this spring.

LISLE – 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 Benet.

1. Hubona discus winner

The state track and field meet consists of two days of competition with preliminaries and finals. Stephen Hubona was able to relax a bit during the discus finals.

Hubona uncorked a throw of 185 feet, 1 inch during the preliminaries and that throw held up as the senior won the Class 2A title by nearly 10 feet. During Saturday's finals he recorded a mark of nearly 180 feet.

"Coming out of Friday, I knew I had a shot [to win] with what I did," Hubona said. "I knew going in I wanted to win it on the first day so I would have no worries the second day. It worked out."

2. Softball's smashing success

By almost any measure, Benet had a stellar softball season.

The Redwings boasted one of the most potent offensive around, which included Steph Abello hitting 22 home runs as she entered the Illinois High School Association record books with the second-most home runs in a single season. She also had 63 RBIs.

The team outscored its East Suburban Catholic Conference foes 154-77 and won the competitive league by a four-game margin with a 17-1 mark. For the season, the Redwings scored 320 runs and finished with a 30-3 record.

3. Soccer sweep

The Redwings enjoyed more success in another girls sport as both the varsity and junior varsity soccer teams finished on top of the ESCC standings. The varsity team outscored its nine conference opponents 31-1 and tied St. Viator for the title with a 7-0-2 mark. The JV team went 7-0-1 and also allowed just one goal.

Michelle Morefield was named ESCC Player of the Year and Bob Gros was the Coach of the Year in the league.

4. Baseball back on top

After sharing the 2013 conference title, the varsity baseball team was able to once again to finish on top of the ESCC as Benet shared the 2014 title with Joliet Catholic. Both the Redwings and the Hilltoppers finished 12-4 in the league. The Redwings led the ESCC with 111 runs scored.

5. On-court dominance

In boys tennis, Benet cruised to both the regular season and tournament titles in the ESCC. The Redwings lost just four matches total in the regular season and went 8-0 in duals. They then won titles in four of five brackets at the conference tourney to easily win that title.

Benet also won the Naperville North sectional and qualified five players for the state tourney. Noah Reed went 5-2 in singles play at state. Riley Marshall and Patrick McGuigan were 3-2 in the doubles draw and Stephen Kovach and Pete Mannebach won a doubles match at state.

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