The Riverside-Brookfield boys cross-country led the way at the 51st Annual Bulldog Invitational last week. The team finished first behind the running of Keegan Buttimer, Joey Melone, Travis Trevizo, John Keen, and Ben Drake.
Buttimer finished sixth overall with a time of 17:07.1, while Melone (17:18.6) and Trevizo (17:19.4) took eighth and ninth, respectively. Keen finished 11th with a time of 17:24.4, and Drake 16th in 17:52.
RB girls cross-country
The Riverside-Brookfield girls cross-country team finished second at its own invitational and had six runners finish in the top 25.
Maggie McLaughlin and Clare Bollnow led the Bulldogs. McLaughlin, a junior, finished third overall in 20:20.1. Bollnow, a freshman, finished sixth with a time of 20:44.8.
Other top finishers included Gabby Ulloa (14th, 21:09.2), Miranda Ryan (18th, 21:27.8), Rachel Rodriquez (21st, 21:56.9) and Kira Miller (23rd, 22:02.7).
RB boys golf
The Bulldogs lost a close match to Fenton last week 162-165. Jack Kemper led the Bulldogs with a 39, while Kris Strnad finished with a 41 and Mike Hornung a 42.
The Lions defeated Willowbrook handedly 25-5, 25-8 last week. Jocelynn Birks finished with seven kills, while Erin Juley added 18 assists. Megan Miller finished with 10 digs.
The Friars improved their conference record to 5-1 with wins over Nazareth and Providence last week.
Fenwick swept the doubles matches against both Nazareth and Providence, but got only 1 of 4 singles points in the two duals. Christina Janda paired with Audrey Kiefer for the win at No. 1 doubles over Nazareth. Janda and Nicole Stark defeated Providence in straight sets. At No. 3 doubles, Molly Ray and Sheila Mullen improved their conference record to 5-1 with two straight-set wins. The No. 2 team of Catherine Joss and Julia Mastrangeli also won a pair.
Defending Class 3A State champ Lyons Township emerged unscathed from the opening bracket of the Pepsi Showdown last week. The Lions secured victories over Oswego, Loyola and West Chicago to advance on in the winner’s bracket, where they’ll face Downers Grove North on Thursday.
The Lions are currently 4-0-2.
The Friars went 2-3 at the Prairie Ridge Tournament on Saturday. Fenwick secured wins over Barrington and Nazareth, and fell to St. Charles East, Cary Grove and the host.
Fenwick also fell to St. Ignatius and OPRF last week, dropping its record to 3-6.
“We did not come out strong enough in the first game,” said Fenwick head coach Kelly Colangelo of the loss to St. Ignatius. “In Game 2 we were focused and determined and Game 3 was unorganized and not refined in areas that need refinement.”
The Friars looked refined in their showdown against area-rival Trinity earlier in the week. Fenwick downed the Blazers 25-13, 25-15 behind Sarah Hunt’s seven kills and three blocks. Kelly Brennan added six kills and four blocks, while Jenna Vondrasek dished out nine assists.
The Friars came within 16 points of defeating four-time defending state champ Rosary last week.
Mimi Schneider, Haley Wickham, Mary Devereux and Maureen Barron kicked things off by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:50.73. Schneider, who is a freshman, also won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.66 seconds. But Rosary took the reins from there, edging the Friars 101-85.
“The meet got off to a great start with the medley relay, but in the end we were a little short,” said Fenwick head coach Renee Miller of her team’s first big meet this season. “The girls swam great, with many season and lifetime best times in the meet. [They] really rose to the challenge.”
The Friars fell out of the Pepsi Showdown winner’s bracket with a 1-0 loss to Lincoln-Way East on Saturday. The team secured wins over Francis Parker, Lane, and fell to Geneva 1-0 before losing to Lincoln-Way East.
The team is now 6-3 overall.