By Marty Farmer
Neither Riverside-Brookfield High School golf team necessarily expected to win a regional team title. Nevertheless, a pair of top players came through for both the girls and boys teams.
Sophomore Kiki Keen carded a 96 and senior Isabel Hughes shot 109 at the Payton Regional. Both advance to sectionals. The Bulldogs came in fifth with a score of 460. Oak Park and River Forest (382), St. Ignatius (391) and Fenwick (400) advanced to sectionals in the team standings.
As for the boys, senior Chris Robertson and sophomore Jackson Fields shot 87 and 89, respectively, as advancing individuals to sectionals. The Bulldogs finished fifth with 365 points at the St. Ignatius Regional.
The Blazers advanced to sectional play with a third-place showing at their own Class 1A regional. Junior Brianna Sullivan shot a 98 and sophomore Katarina Sheirok a 99 to lead Trinity to a score of 428. Elizabeth Laffey (114), Lauren Considine (117), Bridget Sturbis (122) and Faith Radford (138) also contributed.
St. Francis scored 366 to win the regional, followed by Latin at 389.
Nazareth boys golf
Medalist Anthony King carded a 71 to lead the Roadrunners to the Hinsdale South Regional title in the Class 2A state playoffs.
Nazareth (306), Brother Rice (315) and St. Rita (326) advanced to sectionals.
Nazareth's Michael Rooney shot 73 while Jonathon Winters and Nicolas Longo both finished with a score of 81. Seniors John Hamilton (84) and Jack Keivan (91) also contributed for the victors.
Fenwick boys golf
Josh Kirkham (one-over 72) placed third and Jackson Schaeffer (four-over 75) was fifth at the Lane Regional of the Class 3A state playoffs. Teammate Jake Wiktor carded a 77 on the Hilldale Golf Club course in Hoffman Estates.
Fenwick finished second with a score of 309, trailing only regional champion York (298) from the West Suburban Conference. Lake Park (326) joined the Dukes and Friars as sectional qualifiers.
LTHS boys golf
The Lions posted a score of 300, six strokes behind regional host and champion St. Ignatius (294).
Four players shot under 80 for LTHS. Nick Panos led the way with a 72, followed by Mike Kozub (74), Griffin Pohl (76) and Max Rockrohr (78). Sophomore Trent Garrett scored 84 and senior Owen Figge 86 as the Lions move on to sectional play.
Whitney Young edged Payton by a stroke, 309-310, as the third sectional qualifier.
RBHS girls volleyball
The Bulldogs had a tough week, losing matches to St. Edward and Immaculate Conception. The team resumes play this week at Rosary, Oct. 11, and then at the Maine West Invite (Oct. 12-13).
A group of solid returners lead the team this year, including setter Leah Rettke, middle Kaiann Nash, outside hitter Joy Greco, defensive specialist/libero Audrey Santora and junior middle Julia Brom. Freshman Colette Barnes and sophomore Annalisa Cinkay are top newcomers.
The state playoffs begin with the Friars (7-6-1) hosting a regional at the Priory between Oct. 17-19.
The Bulldogs led host St. Francis 6-0 before the game was suspended Friday, Oct. 5 due to inclement weather. When play resumed Saturday in Wheaton, the Spartans dominated the action to post a 49-6 win.
RBHS (2-5) hosts Wheaton Academy on Friday, Oct. 12 (7:15 p.m.). The Bulldogs will honor the military during the game.
LTHS boys cross country
Senior Jesse Lussier (16:22.9) and junior Luke Armstrong (16:27.5) placed first and second at the St. Charles North Invite. Teammate Sean McDermott followed closely with a fourth-place showing (16:30) as the Lions (48) came in second behind champion St. Charles East (38).
Junior Sam Schafer completed the three-mile course in 17:03.3 and senior Joseph Trutenko finished at 17:09.1 as the Lions' other top 25 runners.
RBHS boys cross country
The Bulldogs finished 14th at the St. Charles North Invite with a score of 439. Seniors David Keen and Josh Ranft recorded the Bulldogs' best times at 17:05.1 and 17:35.4, respectively, while Connor Raymond (17:41.3), Peter Kallas (18:00.9) and Chris Magno (18:01) also ran well for RBHS.
Hosted by Elmwood Park, the Bulldogs will compete in the Metro Suburban Conference Championship on Saturday, Oct. 13. The meet starts at 9 a.m.
Trinity cross country
Senior Alexis Cohn led the sophomore-laden Blazers to fourth place at the Pat Savage Invitational. She recorded a time of 19:03.54 to come in eighth. Sophomores Kate Foley (20:19.07), Sylvia Ritzler (20:25.5), Courtney Yungerman (21:15.89), Annabel Halloran (21:44.02), Jessica Hoffman (22:02.13) and Nora Clements (22:53.7), along with junior Alexandra Morelli (24:37.96), represented Trinity.