Kincanon’s no-hitter lifts Riverside-Brookfield baseball to regional title
Before the Riverside-Brookfield Regional final against Montini, the Bulldogs’ junior ace Will Kincanon told his teammates that all he would need is one run to win. The 6-foot-3 right-hander held true to his promise, tossing a complete-game no-hitter with nine strikeouts on just 77 pitches en route to the Bulldogs’ 1-0 win over Montini on May 25.
“Will pitched the best game I’ve seen in my 11 years coaching high school baseball,” RBHS coach Dallas Till said. “He was painting corners, throwing strikes and just dominating Montini.”
In the next round of the Class 3A playoffs, sectional host Nazareth rallied late for a 6-3 win over RBHS.
Led by the potent combination of Kincanon (11-0, 0.76 ERA) and senior center fielder CJ Duffek (.470, 31 RBIs, school-record 47 stolen bases), the Bulldogs set another school-record for most wins in a single season with 32 victories and claimed conference and regional championships.
Seniors Kevin Garvey (5-1, 2.55 ERA, 30 RBIs), Alex Nenadovic (7-1, 2.73 ERA, 21 RBIs), Thomas Leary (.367, 30 RBIs), Joe Duffy (.330, 28 RBIs), Luke Keller (.390), Alex Spirios (21 RBIs) and Eric Loury (25 stolen bases) played key roles in the Bulldogs’ historic season.
Hitting-machine Hastings shatters Riverside-Broofield softball record
Although the Bulldogs finished a disappointing 11-21, senior catcher Emily Hastings broke the school record for highest batting average (.549 previous high held by Kiley Rusen) in a single season. The Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville recruit hit at a blistering .593 clip on the spring.
“I was very proud of breaking that record,” Hastings said. “I wanted to leave a lasting impression after I graduated, so it’s pretty cool knowing my name will be up there next to that record.”
Lyons Township’s Lin wins badminton singles state title
LTHS sophomore Stephanie Lin rallied for a 16-21, 21-16, 21-17 win over Emma Adcock of Hinsdale South in the badminton singles state championship hosted by Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. In the quarterfinals, Lin upset top-seed Ailynna Chen of Hinsdale Central 21-17, 21-11.
Lin, who finished 34-7 on the season, became the first badminton singles medalist in LTHS history.
Lyons Township boys track and field places ninth at state behind Harris
Matthew Harris sparked the Lyons Township track and field team to a ninth-place finish (24 points) at the state finals. Harris, who will play football at Northwestern in the fall, finished fourth in the long jump (23 feet, 6.25 inches) and fifth in the 110 meter high hurdles (14.63).
Other excellent individual performances for LTHS included: Jimmy Mitchell in the shot put (55 feet, 5.5 inches/fifth place), Lino Mogorovic in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles (39.74/seventh place) and Michael Matusiak in the 3200 (9.24.40/20th place).
In the relay events, the Lions’ quartet of Ed McCarter, Connor Delaney, Dan Lupano and Alex Lima took sixth in the 3200 relay with a time of 7:52.23. The 1600 relay team of Jimmy Rhodes, Antwan Swan, Lima and Mogorovic recorded a time of 3:31.74 to notch ninth place.
Bulldogs dethrone Glenbard South in boys track and field
The Bulldogs edged the defending champion Raiders 141-136 to claim the Metro Suburban Conference title. Conference champions Matt Chapp (200 meter), Jack VandeMerkt (high jump), David Swon (long jump), Mike Hornung (discus) and Gerrand Moody(110 hurdles) triggered the Bulldogs’ success, which included 11 all-conference performers overall.
At the Lyons Township Sectional, RBHS finished second (87 points) behind the host Lions.
Senior-laden Bulldogs notch 25 wins in boys volleyball
Led by senior co-captains Matthias Witteman and Jake Fieseler along with floor captain Jack Gibson, the Bulldogs (25-12) advanced to the Glenbard East Regional final where Neuqua Valley swept RBHS 25-15, 25-16. Seniors Tim Thor-Larsen, Mike Kosik, Mitch Malloy, Scott LeBeau and Paul Kraus also served as major contributors on head coach Dan Bonarigo’s talented squad.
Elliott, Burke net 11th in state for Lyons Township boys tennis
No. 1 singles senior Jake Elliott and promising sophomore Cuyler Burke earned three wins apiece to fuel the Lions’ 11th place showing at the state finals. The doubles team of Jake Wennerstrum and Chris O’Reilly also picked up three victories for LTHS, which scored 14 points overall. Elliott, a standout placekicker, will play football for the University of Memphis next season.
Lyons Township picks up 25 wins, regional title in baseball
Although the Lions didn’t make a third straight trip to the Class 4A state title game, LTHS still produced a solid campaign with a 25-11 record highlighted a 4-3 victory against Simeon in the final of the Argo Regional on May 25. Michigan-bound Keith Lehman threw a two-hitter and struck out 11 in the Lions’ win over the highly regarded Wolverines of the Chicago Public League.
In the next round of the playoffs, Mount Carmel defeated LTHS 5-3 on May 29.
Fenwick girls soccer captures third in Class 2A
After a disappointing loss to eventual state champion Glenwood in the Class 2A semifinals, the Friars rebounded with a strong performance in its 1-0 victory against Lemont in the third-place match.
Marquette recruit Cali Pyzdrowski provided Fenwick all the scoring it would need, netting a goal off a rebound with 34:18 left in regulation.
Under the guidance of coach Robert Watson, the Friars (20-6-4) recorded the highest postseason finish (boys or girls) in Fenwick soccer history.
Lions claim 15th girls soccer regional title since 1997
Emily Lange and Erin Fitzgerald each netted a goal in the first half of the Lions’ 3-0 win against Glenbard East in the LTHS Regional championship game. The victory garnered the Lions their 15th regional title since 1997.
Sophomore goalkeeper Lidia Breen along with defenders Catherine King, Grace Nasenbenny, Sarah Drew, Isabelle Scott, CC Holbert and Liza Gabrek severely limited the Rams’ scoring looks.
“Our defensive backfield has been solid all year,” LTHS coach Will Lanspeary said after the game. “We really limit chances other teams get offensively. We’ve also been dangerous going forward offensively.”
After the Lions edged Wheaton Warrenville South 4-3 on penalty kicks, Hinsdale Central defeated LTHS 3-1 in the Hinsdale Central Sectional title game. The Lions finished 16-5-2.