Head coach Kristi Sterling, assistant coach Brendan Denny and the RBHS girls cross country team celebrate qualifying for the state finals. This season marks only the third time in school history that the girls program has advanced to state (Courtesy Tom Sisulak)

RBHS girls cross country

Senior Mailin Struck coasted to the individual title at the Wheaton Academy Sectional with a time of 17:27. The Bulldogs took fifth overall (140 points) and qualified as a team for the upcoming state finals this weekend. This season marks only the third time in school history that the girls program has advanced to state.

Sarah Melone (19:18) finished 14th and Clare Bollnow (19:47) came in 23rd. Meaghan Dorsey (20:49), Deanna Keen (21:25), Amy Wagner (22:07) and April Flores (22:20) also represented the Bulldogs well at the sectional.

Nazareth (144) just missed qualifying for state with a sixth-place showing. Freshman Clare Ramsey advances for the Roadrunners after posting a time of 19:35 for 22nd place at the sectional.

FOOTBALL

Lions shut down by sack-happy Simeon in Class 8A opener

Despite playoff loss, LTHS football has cause for optimism with return of Fiedler and Ross

The Lions struggled to find the end zone and protect quarterback Tommy Fiedler during their 20-16 loss against Simeon in Saturday’s Class 8A opening round playoff game at Gately Stadium.

Simeon, which entered the postseason riding the momentum of three straight shutout victories, turned away an LTHS drive in the last minute to preserve the victory. Fiedler was consistently under pressure by the Wolverines who recorded six sacks.

Running back Leonard Ross (18 carries, 85 yards) scored on touchdown runs of 13 and four yards in the second quarter to give the Lions a 14-6 halftime lead, however Simeon responded with a 14-2 run in the fourth quarter to pull off the victory.

The Lions (5-5) scored their last two points on a safety with 1:30 remaining in the game, a strategic concession by the Wolverines who didn’t want to risk punting the ball deep in their own territory with a 20-14 lead.

RBHS football

 Senior running back/linebacker/punter Justin Agne (39 carries for 227 yards, 51 tackles, sack/blocked punt/safety), senior wide receiver/defensive back Lewis Rogers (six touchdowns, 350 yards receiving, seven interceptions, 40 tackles) and sophomore quarterback Ryan Swift (over 1,200 yards of total offense;12 touchdowns passing/rushing) earned All-Metro Suburban Conference recognition this season.

CROSS COUNTRY SECTIONALS

RBHS boys

The Bulldogs placed ninth at the Wheaton Academy Sectional with 247 points. Illiana Christian and Yorkville tied for the team title with 44 points apiece, followed by Glenbard South (85), a top rival of RBHS in the Metro Suburban Conference. Wheaton Academy (99) and Benet Academy (149) rounded out the teams advancing to the state finals.

RBHS performed well earlier this postseason by claiming its own regional championship (Oct. 26). Senior Dan Curtin set the pace for the host Bulldogs with a time of 16:15, followed by fellow team leader Kevin Faje (16:29), Matt Sagan (16:47) and Kyle Georgopoulous (17:05). Other RBHS runners faring well in regional competition included Wayne Morrelly (17:33), Ian Clark (18:02) and Dominic Carabez (18:09)

Fenwick girls

Although the team didn’t qualify for the state finals, junior Olivia Ryan and senior Briana Daley will represent the Friars after strong runs at the Lake Park Sectional. Ryan finished third (17:11) behind sectional champ Madeline Perez (16:44) of Glenbard West and runner-up Mimi Smith of New Trier (16:55). The Friars’ other state qualifier, Daley, finished the race at 17:59 for 12th place.

Fenwick (219) took seventh place overall, while sectional champion Glenbard West (30), New Trier (76), Oak Park and River Forest (141), Maine South (188) and Loyola (205) advanced to state.

Fenwick boys

Junior Sal Flight ran a time of 15:10 to take ninth at the loaded Lake Park Sectional. The Riverside resident, who has been the Friars’ top runner this fall, moves on to the state finals this weekend.

LTHS girls

Senior Lexy Rudofski (17:35) and junior Katie Hamor (18:24) finished third and 22nd, respectively, at the Hinsdale Central to qualify for state. The Lions scored 134 points to finish sixth overall.

LTHS boys

LTHS punched its ticket for the state finals with a strong third-place showing at the Hinsdale Central Sectional. The Lions (116 points) were led by senior James Ryan’s ninth-place finish at 14:58. Henry Hostettler and Kevin Kilrea (15:09 each) along with Dan Lupano (15:23), Ed McCarter (15:32), Vince Arata (15:39) and Dom Zona (15:44) all finished inside the top 50.

GIRLS SWIMMING

LTHS

The Lions garnered second place at the West Suburban Conference Silver Division meet. Downers Grove North (306) won the meet followed by LTHS (233). The Lions’ Kimmy Vitek took first in diving with a score of 413.60.

RBHS

The Bulldogs (203 points) placed fourth at the Independent Conference meet over the weekend. Oswego claimed the title with a score of 299, followed by Plainfield Co-op (251) and DeKalb (233) and RBHS.

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