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TOP 4 spring sports highlights for Hinsdale South

Soccer state trophy, Yang’s badminton finish top list

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 3:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:50 p.m. CDT
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(H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com)
Hinsdale South's Ali Lokanc (middle) weaves between a pair of Normal West players in a state semifinal game on June 6. The Hornets brought home their first state trophy this spring as they finished fourth.

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 Hinsdale South.

1. Goal achieved

The 2014 version of South's girls soccer team will undoubtedly go down as the best in program history.

The 19-8-1 record was solid, but even better than the wins and losses was the Class 2A fourth place state trophy the Hornets captured this spring. It was the first state trophy for the program in its fourth trip to state.

"It's pretty special," senior Mary Claire Ladd said of the Hornets' playoff run. "Making this run and playing together as a team is great. We said from the beginning this should be our year. Our goal was to make it here and we made it here.

"It's a great feeling [winning a state trophy], and I think all the girls now, we'll stay in touch forever. This team is so close and being able to do it with these girls is just fantastic."

Senior Sarah Warren, playing her first and only season of high school soccer, added another first as she scored the Hornets' first goal at state.

Warren, Ladd, senior Elisabetta Bifero, sophomore Madison Cebular and goalkeeper Jean Cote formed a solid defensive unit that helped propel South to state. The Hornets had four shutouts in the playoffs and held teams to zero or one goal in 23 games on the season.

2. Freshman phenom

If Judy Yang didn't prove to be among the elite badminton players in the state during the regular season, she cemented her status in the postseason.

The freshman won a sectional title in straight sets, her most strenuous match a 21-15, 21-15 win in the championship. At the state tournament, she won her first five matches for a spot in the championship as she finished second in the state.

Buoyed by Yang's strong effort, the Hornets finished fourth in the state with 11 points. The doubles teams of Madisen Curin and Sarah Prosia (4-2) and Samantha Buddig and Jenna Stobbe (3-2) posted winning records at the state tourney.

3. Courting success

The 2014 postseason ended up being one of the best in recent memory for South's boys tennis team.

The Hornets' second-place finish at the sectional was their best since placing second in 2003, and the three athletes they sent to state – Peter Alex in singles play and the doubles team of Greg Murray and Rohan Chinwalla – was the most state qualifiers they had since 2003.

Alex was South's first singles qualifier since George Alex in 2011. Murray and Chinwalla went 3-2 at state to become the first doubles team to post a winning record in the state tourney since Josh Lapidus and Mike Zevin posted a 3-2 mark in 2008.

4. State meet statements

A pair of South gymnasts grabbed a share of the spotlight at the boys state gymnastics meet.

Junior Adrian Siaw earned a state medal on floor exercise as he finished tied for sixth overall with a score of 9.10.

Senior Ryan Alsip competed in the all-around at state and scored a 46.00 to place 26th overall.

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