LOMBARD – To win four state titles in a row and be on track to for a fifth, some luck is required to go along with the necessary talent and skill. In Saturday’s quarterfinal against Joliet Catholic, Montini’s Stephen Dennis was the beneficiary of an unusual, maybe even lucky, play to help the Broncos’ push for a fifth straight state title remain intact.
LOMBARD – For the first time since 2009, Montini’s girls basketball team enters the season without a state title to defend. Still, a 35-2 season that ended with a third place trophy is nothing to be disappointed about. Montini brings plenty back from that team.
LOMBARD – After winning just three games last year, Glenbard East’s girls basketball team needed an infusion of new talent. They got it. The Rams have five sophomores on the varsity roster, all of which should play. Four of those were part of a freshmen team that went 25-1 last year.
VILLA PARK – If the season opener is any indication, Molly Krawczykowski could be in for a big year. Willowbrook’s senior guard scored 20 points in the Warriors’ 63-43 win over Glenbard North on Tuesday. Krawczykowski looks in line to lead a team hoping to improve on a 22-win season.
ADDISON – Watching Addison Trail girls basketball this season could feel somewhat like hockey since the Blazers will have so many players going in and out. AT coach Rob Schader says the Blazers will play 12 girls on a regular basis and will try to use that depth to their advantage.
DOWNERS GROVE – Three individuals and two relays from York’s girls swimming and diving team qualified for state out of the Downers Grove North sectional on Saturday. The Dukes were third as a team at the sectional.
Willowbrook opens their girls basketball season at home against Glenbard North, losing to the Panthers 63-43, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
LOMBARD – Talent and skill is always necessary, but winning a state title requires some luck. Montini escaped with a 22-21 win against Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal on Saturday afternoon in Lombard. The Broncos will host Sycamore in a semifinal next weekend.
LOMBARD – Watching Meghan Hanewall play volleyball now, it would be easy to assume she’s been spiking and digging balls since she could walk. Despite her refined skills, Hanewall didn’t start playing major club ball until after her freshman season of high school volleyball.
Montini, Timothy Christian, York and IC Catholic all won over 20 matches this year. As a result, those teams are well-represented on the all-area team. Players from Addison Trail, Glenbard East and Willowbrook round out the team.
Montini junior wide receiver Leon Thornton had a huge day for the Broncos against rival Marian Central on Saturday. Thornton, the Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports reporter Dan Santaromita about his big game, the team’s big win and the upcoming Joliet Catholic game.
WOODSTOCK – From one rivalry game to another. Montini faced host Marian Catholic in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs on Saturday and won 40-7. That victory sets up this weekend’s game against Joliet Catholic in the quarterfinals.
PEORIA – Glenbard East’s Jack Peters placed 159th at the Class 3A boys cross country state race on Saturday at Peoria’s Detweiller Park. Peters, a senior, made his state debut and finished with a time of 16 minutes flat.
Both District 88 schools had no athletic competition this past week. The Addison Trail-Willowbrook co-op girls swimming team will head to the Downers Grove North sectional on Saturday expecting to qualify multiple entries to the state meet next weekend. Until then, take a look at how some D88 graduates are doing in college sports this fall.
A number of area boys soccer players had standout seasons. Addison Trail won its own tournament at the state of the year and was third in the West Suburban Gold. Montini won its first ever regional. Timothy Christian won a sectional title in Class 1A.