Lyons Township girls basketball
Whether it’s Victoria Swift canning long range jumpers or Ashanti Davis and Kayla Morrissey scoring from virtually anywhere on the court, the Lions can look impressive offensively. But LT struggled mightily on the scoreboard in a 41-35 loss to York in Saturday’s opening game of the Lions’ “Pack the Place” twin-bill.
LT held slim leads of 19-18 at halftime and 31-29 after three quarters, however, the Dukes held the Lions to just six points in the fourth quarter.
Fouled on a three-point attempt late in the game, Swift calmly sank three straight free throws to draw LT within 39-36 at the 1:19 mark of the fourth quarter, however, York held on for the win.
Missing several shots from close range, LT (13-8, 5-5 West Suburban Silver) shot under 20 percent on the night.
Swift scored a team-high 10 points while Davis had eight points. Morrissey and Gaby Galassini added six points each.
Sitting several starters due to injuries, the short-handed Bulldogs dropped their Metro Suburban Conference finale 42-18 to Elmwood Park. All-conference performers Vinny Zaccagnini (152) and Lou Grigoletti (285) notched victories via pins. Nick Giurini earned second-team all-conference recognition at 113 pounds.
The Bulldogs finished the regular season 11-11 overall and 2-3 in conference. Hoping to field a full healthy lineup, RB hosts a regional on Saturday.
Lyons Township boys swimming
The Lions finished third at their own invite on Saturday with 238 points, trailing only champion Marmion (287) and conference rival Oak Park (254).
LT senior Joe Shannon won the 100 breaststroke (1:03.17) and Craig Pace took top honors in diving with a score of 318.80.
Riverside-Brookfield girls gymnastics
On Saturday, the Bulldogs’ varsity girls gymnastics team earned an impressive third-place finish at the Independent Gymnastics Conference at Oswego.
RB also nipped host Glenbard South 114.85-113.30 in a conference dual last week
Becca Smith, Reilly O’Donnell, Jackie LaBelle and Alexia Kingzette have done an admirable job leading the RB varsity this season. All return next season as well, except Smith who is having a fine senior campaign.
Part of a co-op team also including players from Nazareth/Guerin and Immaculate Conception, RB lost 4-2 to Leyden on the ice last week. Phil Martyn and Matt Gale each scored a goal in the loss.
The area co-op team takes on the Spartans on Saturday at the Darien Sportsplex. Puck drops at 7:20 p.m.
At the Chicago Catholic League Tournament held at Brother Rice, the Friars finished fifth as a team. Five wrestlers placed in the top four of their respective weight classes. Emerson Harris (126 pounds), Mike Kozyra (160) and senior Debem Ikedionwu (170) all finished third. Ikedionwu received all-conference honors.
Al Aguilar (113) and Tony Triggiano (152) finished fourth in their respective weight divisions.
The Friars now prepare for the Class 2A Fenton Individual Regional to be held on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Friars got their feet wet in the same pool where the IHSA State Meet will be held in the coming weeks, but had to settle for a 135-50 loss to New Trier in Winnetka. Some favorable finishes for Fenwick included Max Showalter taking second in diving (244.60) and Zach Tieke taking second in the 100 freestyle in 48.55 seconds.
Earlier in the week, Fenwick’s 15 seniors celebrated Senior Night by sweeping Brother Rice and St. Ignatius. Matt Bresnahan won the 200 freestyle in 1:50.94, while Tommy McGuire took first in the 50 freestyle in 22.51 seconds. Justin White took first in the 100 freestyle in 48.67 seconds. Other first place finishers for the Friars included Derek Guillen in the 100 backstroke (58.47) and Connor Fabian in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.93).
The Friars conclude the regular season with the Metro Catholic Aquatics Conference Meet on Friday and Saturday.