Lions hammer Hinsdale Central to keep playoff hopes alive

Leonard Ross rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries as Lyons Township High School cruised past host Hinsdale Central 35-14 on Saturday.

Quarterback Tommy Fiedler also starred offensively, completing 12 of 15 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, while wide receiver Marcell Kellum contributed five catches for 108 yards including a 15-yard touchdown reception.

LTHS (3-3, 2-1 West Suburban Silver) will look for its fourth win at its homecoming game when the Lions welcome Oak Park and River Forest (5-1, 3-1) to Bennett Field on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.

A win is critical for LTHS if the Lions hope to make another state playoff run. Following homecoming, LTHS finishes the season against York (2-4, 0-3) and Proviso West (3-3, 1-2).

RBHS boys golf

The Riverside-Brookfield High School boys golf team finished sixth at the Metro Suburban Conference tournament on Oct. 2. Senior Adam Adamec carded an 83 to earn eighth place among the top individual performances, and Glenbard South’s Russell Matos shot a 73 to earn first place.

The team standings were: Glenbard South 314, Illiana Christian 339, Ridgewood 346, Fenton 352, Timothy Christian 374, RBHS 386 and Elmwood Park 441.

Prior to the conference tournament, the Bulldogs lost a pair of dual matches to Glenbard South 159-187 and Illiana Christian 159-197. Adamec carded a 41 in both meetings as the Bulldogs finished the regular season 6-5 overall with a 2-4 record in the Metro Suburban Conference.

RBHS competed in the Brother Rice Regional on Oct. 8, after press time, at the Silver Lakes golf course in Orland Park. Morton, Reavis, Brother Rice, Marist, Proviso East, Oak Lawn, Richards, Stagg and Argo are the other teams in the Class 3A regional hosted by the Crusaders.

RBHS boys cross country

The Bulldogs finished fifth out of 18 teams at the Lisle “Mane Event” Invitational over the weekend. In the midst of an outstanding senior campaign, Kevin Faje maintained his stellar road work by running the 5,000-meter course in a time of 17:16, good for third place out of 131 runners.

Faje has medaled in all but one invite this year. Junior Matt Sagan (17:55) finished 21st overall, while Kyle Georgopolous (18:34), Dominic Carabez (18:47) and Ian Clark (19:27) also ran well for the Bulldogs.

Promising freshman Kieran Hynes ran negative splits with each mile faster than the previous one.

RBHS girls cross country

Mailin Struck cruised to victory at the Lisle “Mane Event” Invitational, setting a course record with a time of 18:26, breaking the previous record 18:31 set in 2003.

Sarah Melone (20:44) also medaled with a seventh-place finish, along with strong runs from Clare Bollnow (21:27) and Meaghan Dorsey (21:52) powered the Bulldogs to third place (105 points), ahead of rivals like Nazareth, Rosary and St. Francis.

The Bulldogs’ result marked the team’s highest-ever finish at the Lisle Invite.

RBHS boys soccer

RBHS (5-7-3, 3-1 Metro Suburban Conference) stayed in hot pursuit of Ridgewood for the conference title with a pair of wins over Elmwood Park, 5-4, and Timothy Christian, 3-0,  last week.

Santiago Beltran netted a pair of goals along with a goal apiece from Quentin Dreilich, Stephen Lechuga, and Juan Hernandez to power the defending conference champion Bulldogs’ win over Elmwood Park.

RBHS girls volleyball

The Bulldogs fell to Illiana Christian for the second time this season as the Vikings notched a 25-21, 25-12 win over RBHS. Amanda Lelivelt and Monica Kasper each had three kills and Kayla Noffsinger added two kills for RBHS (13-5, 3-4 Metro Suburban Conference).

Ljuboja commits to Brown University

Former Riverside-Brookfield High School center Miki Ljuboja has committed to play basketball at Brown University next year. Ljuboja also considered Yale, Dartmouth, Holy Cross, Hartford, Marist and Chicago State before choosing the Brown Bears.

Ljuboja could make an immediate impact for Brown at power forward/center after honing his game at Phillips Exeter Prep School in New Hampshire.

During his 2012-13 senior season at RBHS, Ljuboja led the Bulldogs to a 23-5 record and earned MVP honors in the Metro Suburban Conference.

Another former Bulldogs basketball star, Sean McGonagill, enters his senior campaign with Brown this year. McGonagill earned first-team All-Ivy League honors and finished fourth in the league in scoring at 14 points per game last season.

Former RBHS guards Ryan Jackson (Lewis University) and Damonta Henry (University of Mary Bismarck (North Dakota) are also playing college basketball.