Three area teams, Lyons Township, Fenwick and Nazareth made the postseason. Those teams have a handful of players on the all-area football team each. Morton, Proviso West, Riverside Brookfield and St. Joseph fill out the team.
RIVERSIDE – Typically, freshmen aren’t capable of replacing quality seniors, but so far three freshmen, Samantha Bloom, Dane Rettke and Lindsay Hoyd, have stepped up to make Riverside Brookfield a quality team once again. The Bulldogs began the season 6-0 and went 5-0 at the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Tournament.
Riverside Brookfield’s boys basketball team went 2-2 at its own Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic to begin the season. The Bulldogs lost to Rich Central and Oak Park River Forest, but picked up wins over Kenwood and Brother Rice.
The Thanksgiving holiday brings with it a slew of boys basketball tournaments to start the season. Monday was the first day of games, but most will tip off in Thanksgiving tournaments. Nazareth, Fenwick, St. Joseph and Proviso West tip off this week to kick off the season.
RIVERSIDE – Riverside Brookfield returns just two seniors on its entire roster, but an influx of young talent should allow the Bulldogs to have another winning season. The two seniors, 6-foot-7 Jack VandeMerkt and 6-foot-3 Will Kincanon, were both regulars last season.
Eight individuals and all three relays competed for Lyons Township at the state swimming meet over the weekend, although none of them made it to Saturday’s finals. Meanwhile, Fenwick won three individual titles and took third overall.
Monday was the first day girls basketball teams in the state could play their first games. Several teams from the area, including Nazareth, Fenwick, St. Joseph and Proviso West, are hoping to start strong and finish strong this season.
RIVERSIDE – It won’t be easy to match last year’s success for the Riverside Brookfield girls basketball team, but the Bulldogs still have talent. RB faces the task of replacing its top two scorers from last year from a team that won 24 games and the Metro Suburban Conference title.
Lyons Township heads into the state swimming meet with some momentum after the Lions won their own sectional on Saturday. They scored 287 points and had 14 entries qualify for state. Fenwick also won its own sectional and qualified 18 entries to the state meet.
Lyons Township was the only team in the area to win a regional, but Nazareth and Riverside Brookfield both won over 20 matches this fall as part of winning seasons. All three teams had standout players. Players from those teams as well as Morton, Proviso West, St. Joseph and Fenwick comprise the 2013 Suburban Life Cook all-area girls volleyball team.
PEORIA – Mailin Struck arrived at Riverside Brookfield as a foreign exchange student from Germany this fall and gave the Bulldogs’ girls cross country team an elite runner. In return, the Bulldogs gave her the team atmosphere she desired. Struck won the Class 2A state race on Saturday at Peoria’s Detweiller Park.
ELMHURST – Trailing by as many as 25 points Wheaton North pulled off a comeback for the ages. The Falcons stunned a Fenwick team that had everything go right almost all of the first half to win 32-31 and advance to the Class 7A quarterfinals, where they will host Lake Zurich.
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