The Riverside-Brookfield volleyball team finished fourth at the Rolling Meadows Invitational on Saturday.
After finishing second in their pool, the Bulldogs (7-7) downed South Elgin 25-19, 25-2 in the quarterfinal. Juan Gomez led the way with 12 kills, nine digs and a block. Galen Ryan and Mack Fieseler each finished with five kills apiece, while Elliot Louthen paced the Bulldogs with 22 assists.
In the semifinal, the Bulldogs fell 25-12, 25-8 to Rolling Meadows. But the third place match against Elk Grove ended up being one of the most thrilling matches of the tournament. The contest went three games before RB fell 25-12, 17-25, 23-25. Gomez, who finished the tournament with 49 kills, had six aces and eight digs in the loss.
Louthen dished out a total of 95 assists in the tournament.
Earlier last week, the Bulldogs fell to Oak Park 25-11, 25-18. Gomez led RB with five kills, while Alex Dziagwa finished with four. Fieseler and Ryan also contributed with three kills apiece. Chris Schomer added six digs in the effort.
“[We] played competitively in parts of the match, but the Huskiesf servers were too much to handle,” said RB head coach Dan Bonarigo.
The Riverside-Brookfield girls soccer team blanked Ridgewood 4-0 in Metro Suburban Conference action last week. Eva Perez led the onslaught with two goals, while Adalia Rodriguez and Christy Frampton each scored a goal.
RB athletes commit to colleges
Riverside-Brookfield student athletes Billy VandeMerkt and Matt Kenahan announced which colleges they have committed to last week.
VandeMerkt has committed to play football at St. Joseph in Rensselaer, Ind., while Kenahan will play football and baseball at Washington University (St. Louis).
In the opening round of the Pepsi Showdown last week, the Lions edged Wheaton North 1-0. Senior midfielder Hope Spangler scored the winning goal for the Lions with an assist by Katie Nasenbenny.
Steven Heilenbach led the Lions to a doubleheader sweep of Proviso West on Saturday. Heilenbach went 2-for-3 in a 5-2 victory in the opener and drove in four runs in the Lionsf 16-2 win in the nightcap.
Schabacker steps down
Lyons Township High School announced last week that Dawn Schabacker has retired the schoolfs varsity girls basketball coach.
Schabacker closed out her basketball coaching career with an overall varsity record of 366 wins and 247 losses. Over her coaching tenure, that included six years at the JV/sophomore level and 20 years at the varsity level, she helped secure four conference championships and four supersectional titles. Schabacker, who coached the Lions to the IHSA State Tournament in 1992, f93, f96 and f99, also won 12 regional titles and five sectional titles.
“Coach Schabacker has been a fixture in our athletic program for many years. We appreciate all that she has done for our basketball program,” said Lyons Principal Dave Franson. “We will miss her on the basketball court, but the students of LTHS will continue to benefit from her efforts in the classroom.”
Schabacker will continue to teach health and coach volleyball and softball at the school.
Fenwick girls water polo
The Friars crushed Neuqua Valley 12-3 and edged York 12-8 last week. Stephanie Ovalle led the onslaught over Neuqua Valley with six goals. Emma McKernin and Annie Collins each scored four goals apiece in the win over York.
The Friars (1-4-1) lost to Lake Zurich 2-1 in the third round of the Pepsi Showdown on Saturday.
In the second round, Fenwick fell to Loyola 2-0
In the opening round, the Friars defeated Lincoln-Way East 2-0. Molly Sutton scored Fenwickfs first goal with an assist by Clare Madden, who scored the insurance goal in the 90th minute.
Sydney Glavez-Daley had three saves in the shutout.
Also last week, the Friars lost a game to Nazareth 2-1. Sutton scored the Friarsf lone goal.
The Friars downed Lane Tech 7-2 on Friday. Natalie Marotta and Sam Carzoli each had two RBIs for Fenwick (2-3).
Fenwick finished third out of eight teams participating in the Rolling Meadows Tournament on Saturday.
Ted Bruce went 3-0 on the day, with two wins at No. 2 single, including the teamfs only point against Naperville Central. He also had a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 against St. Charles East.
Going 2-1 for the day were Rob Hickey and Tyler Kiefer at No. 1 doubles, and Jack Gallo, Brian Hickey, and Jimmy Sullivan at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, respectively.
The Friars edged St. Frances 4-3 on Friday.
Fenwick boys water polo
The Friars downed Stevenson 16-7 on Friday to push their overall record to 12-2 on the season.
Freshman Matt Farmer led Fenwick with seven goals, while Connor Brown and John Osborne each finished with three goals apiece. Dan Francisco recorded 12 saves.