Riverside-Brookfield volleyball coach Dan Bonarigo felt good about his team entering this season. So far, the Bulldogs have confirmed their coach’s cause for optimism, highlighted by an impressive second-place showing at the Rolling Meadows Tournament on Friday.
The Bulldogs (8-4) won four of five matches at the tourney, making their first-ever semifinals appearance at Rolling Meadows. In the semifinals, RB edged Streamwood 25-23, 25-21 led by the play of Ben Bergstrom (9 kills, 10 assists) coupled with strong efforts from Alex Dziagwa and Mack Fieseler, who tallied six kills apiece.
In the title match, RB lost to Addison Trail 25-10, 27-25. The Bulldogs defeated Maine West 25-21, 25-19 and Elk Grove 25-17, 27-26 earlier in pool play.
For the week – which also included RB falling to St. Patrick 23-25, 25-17, 25-23 (Thursday) – Bergstrom, Fieseler and Dziagwa all amassed over 30 kills, while Elliot Louthen (111 assists, 7 aces, 18 digs) and Stephen McCroary (27 digs) also played well for RB.
Lyons continued its strong start to the season by picking up three wins and a tie last week. The Lions (6-1-1) edged Hersey 1-0 on Saturday at the Pepsi Showdown. In earlier action at the prestigious tournament, LT tied Lake Forest 1-1 as Kelsey Holbert scored the goal on an assist from Lauren Moberg. Lyons goalkeeper Maggie Orlowski had seven saves.
“I’m very happy with how things are going so far [this season],” LT coach Bill Lanspeary said. “Our defense and goalkeeper have been extremely solid, and we’re doing a much better job of generating attack as of late.”
The Lions also rolled to a pair of 4-0 victories over Joliet West and Glenbard West.
Lyons (4-2) swept a doubleheader against West Aurora on Saturday, extending the Lions’ winning streak to four games. In the opener against the Blackhawks, freshman pitcher Ashley Koziol (1-1) earned her first varsity win with a 3-0 decision. Senior shortstop Karen Caithamer went 2-for-3 and knocked in all three runs for the Lions.
Koziol’s older sister/junior pitcher, Alyssa, threw a one-hitter in Game 2 as LT notched a 2-0 victory. Caithamer (2-for-4) again paced the Lions’ offense.
Downers Grove South outlasted LT 25-17, 22-25, 25-13 in a West Suburban Conference crossover match last week. Brian Ramm and Jason Dolinski had five kills each for LT, while Jack Gouty (18 assists), Elliott Nelson (eight digs), Jack O’Malley (4 kills) and Mark Hogan (3 kills, 2 blocks) also contributed for the Lions.
“We are working on our consistency as a team,” LT coach Joann Pyritz said. “Our ability to play consistently all around the court will allow us to achieve a high place in conference and wins in the postseason.”
The Lions, currently 1-0 in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference, take on Willowbrook, Downers North and Hinsdale South this week.
RB boys/girls track and field
The RB boys track team took fifth in the Gary Johnson Bulldog Relays on Saturday. The host Bulldogs scored 42.5 points, while Jacobs won the boys team title with 88 points. RB senior Keegan Buttimer finished fourth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:35.46. Alex Huffhines tied for third in the high jump clearing 5-8.
Jayson Kerber, Bryce Bartlett, Kaylon Cutts, John Schraidt and Mike Barzik also registered top five showings in assorted events. Three RB relay teams claimed a pair of third-place marks and a fourth-place result.
In the girls’ competition, RB tied for sixth with Elmwood Park at 26 points apiece. Niles West cruised to the girls title posting 84 points followed by runner-up Montini (46 points). Senior Kelsey Egger finished second in the high jump (4-10) and third in the 300-meter hurdles (51 seconds) for RB.
The track meet is named after Gary Johnson, who served as the Bulldogs’ head coach for 33 years.
LT girls track
Lyons scored 78 points to finish fourth on Saturday at the Downers Grove South Invitational. Glenbard West (124 points), Downers Grove South (109) and Hinsdale Central (88) grabbed the top three spots ahead of the Lions.
LT senior Nina Madjer won the high jump, clearing 5-feet and the Lions’ 3,200 relay team also took first (9:44.68).
Fenwick opened the Pepsi Showdown with a 1-0 win over Lincoln Way North. The Friars (5-4-1) fell to Glenbrook South 2-0 in the second round.
Fenwick boys water polo
Dan Newell netted nine goals to lead the Friars to a 12-4 win over Mt. Carmel last week. The victory pushed Fenwick’s record to 11-0.
The Friars battled St. Laurence to a 25-11, 22-25, 25-20 victory last week. Billy Ryan led Fenwick with six kills, while Jeremy Gruszka added five kills and Michael Brosnan dished out 13 assists.
Fenwick also defeated Northtown last week 25-12, 22-25, 25-17. Joe Kelly had five kills in that win.