By Marty Farmer
The Bulldogs went 5-0 to claim the Willowbrook Invite volleyball championship last week. RBHS defeated Glenbard East and Plainfield Central in pool play, Willowbrook in the quarterfinals and Lake Zurich in the semifinals.
In the championship match, the Bulldogs edged Hinsdale Central 29-27, 25-27, 25-23.
At Willowbrook, Erik Hartwig led the Bulldogs (26-8) with 66 kills, 12 aces, 21 digs and four blocks. Hartwig played particularly well in the final with 15 kills.
He also became the single-season record holder for kills with 341, breaking Maclean Nolan's record of 320 in 2016. Earlier in the season, Hartwig earned the career kills record with 701, breaking Juan Goemz-Valez's record of 466 from 2010.
Jason Bageanis had a great week as well, adding 43 kills, two assists and 10 blocks. Peter Ferguson dished out 141 assists to go with seven kills, 31 digs and six blocks. Zach Georgopoulos led RBHS defensively with 70 digs, and also had 11 assists and five aces. Bajo Zaper pitched in 20 kills, five blocks and four digs and Colby Campbell had 18 blocks and 10 kills.
Head coach Dan Bonargio won his 200th game as the boys volleyball coach last week. In nine years as the girls head coach, he has amassed 212 victories.
LTHS boys gymnastics
The Lions finished second at the state finals with a score of 160.75, closely trailing conference rival and state champs Glenbard West 160.95. The margin of victory was the slimmest in the history of the state tournament.
LTHS junior Nick Perez placed 19th in all-around with a score of 50.900. Perez finished third in pommel horse (8.95), fifth in high bar (8.85) and 13th in parallel bars (8.5).
Senior Alex Janicki earned eighth in floor (8.8) and also tied for fifth in parallel bars with Wheaton Warrenville South's Chris Wiper (9.1 each).
LTHS girls water polo
After cruising through the first two rounds of its own sectional, the Lions lost an 8-7 heartbreaker against Mother McAuley in the Lyons Township Sectional final.
Kaysie Stuba scored three goals and Victoria Guevara added two goals to lead the Lions offensively. Annika Moore led the team in steals with six and goalie Grace Wantuck tallied 13 saves.
In the semifinals, LTHS cruised past Solorio 17-5 as Stuba netted three goals and teammates Greta Markey, Rhyan Komsthoeft, Lauren Trail and Abby Ahrens chipped in two goals apiece.
In their opener, the Lions routed Curie 19-1. Komsthoeft scored a game-high six goals while Abby Ahrens and Trail contributed four goals apiece. Markey and Stuba scored twice to round out a balanced attack.
The Friars lost two of three games in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Tournament last week.
On Saturday, visiting Loyola Academy edged Fenwick 7-5 in the fifth-place game. Hitting stars for the Friars included Kayley Sherwood (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs), Rachel Martinez (2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI) and Alyssa Stramaglia (2-for-4, run).
In the other games, Martinez hit a home run with two RBIs and a run scored to power Fenwick past Resurrection 6-5. The Friars fell to Mother McAuley 3-2 in their GCAC Red tourney opener. Natalie Cairo went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.
Fenwick hosts a couple of big games at the Priory in River Forest this week. The Friars take on St. Francis Friday, May 18 and Class 4A defending state champion Oak Park and River Forest on May 19. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.