The Riverside-Brookfield High School badminton team won their own invitational in impressive fashion over the weekend. Head coach Tom Rocco has the Bulldogs off to a fast 4-1 start this spring including several solid showings in tournament play. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Milan)

Regardless of venue, the Riverside-Brookfield High School badminton team has already established itself as quite a tricky opponent for any team this spring. The Bulldogs (4-1) are particularly tough at home with a perfect record. In addition to home wins over Fenton and Shepard to open the season, RBHS claimed its own invitational title on Saturday (April 5).

The Bulldogs recorded multiple first and second place finishes en route to the RB title. In singles, Alex Bakalich and Erika Sterner won the No. 1 and No. 3 singles competitions, respectively. No. 2 singles Anna McGonagill and No. 4 singles Mary Penckofer both earned second place.

In doubles, the Bulldogs’ No. 3 tandem of Laura Pellizzari and Paige Brown took first place. RBHS also notched a pair of runner-up showings in doubles with solid efforts from the teams of Izzi Cain/Erica Fong and Katie Buckley/Miranda Molina.

In other tournaments this season, the Bulldogs have also fared well with a third-place finish at the Leyden Eagle Invite and and sixth place at the Glenbard East Ram Invite. Other impressive victories this season include a 14-1 decision over Morton and an 8-7 win against Plainfield East.

In addition to the Bulldogs’ top players (mentioned above), Hannah Pecis, Johanna Oscarson, Emily Kedzie and Kelly Haugland bring valuable depth to the team. Coached by Tom Rocco, the Bulldogs are off to a promising start this season and appear well positioned to pick up many more wins this spring.

RBHS has several upcoming home matches including Glenbard South (Apr. 8), OPRF (Apr. 14) and Zion-Benton (Apr. 17). All matches start at 4:30 p.m.