Lyons Township High School badminton player Stephanie Lin retained her state singles championship on Saturday when she knocked off Hinsdale South freshman Judy Yang 22-20, 21-13 in the title match at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Lin, a junior, is the eighth girl to win two state singles titles. Only three players have won three times.
The second-seeded Lin (39-1) was down two sets points to Yang, a 3-4 seed, in the first game before rallying.
“I think of [a match] as a horse race,” Lin said. “If you’re down, you catch up to your opponent and once you get there, you run away from them.
“I was trailing 18-20 and then I thought of that horse race and won the next four points. Then in the second game I built up some momentum.”
Lin’s victory over Yang enabled the Lions to edge Hinsdale South 12-11 for third place in the team standings, thus securing the first state trophy in program history. T.F. South won the title with 16 points.
“I think that’s even more important than [my championship],” Lin said. “It’s very special.”
Senior Elizabeth Abbs had a great tournament, going 4-2 to finish the season 39-5. Abbs, a 13-16 seed, lost to Yang in the third round but won two matches in the back draw before being eliminated by Naperville Central’s Allison Ma in the consolation quarterfinals.
“Elizabeth worked so hard and played her best badminton,” LT coach Sue McClenahan said. “[The trophy] is the added bonus to the weekend. I kind of had an idea [it was possible] but I didn’t let it be the main focus. Today it became realistic.”
Seniors Emma Thimmig and Sarah Weisshaar also contributed by going 3-2 in doubles.
RBHS boys track and field
For the second consecutive season, the Bulldogs won the Metro Suburban Conference championship on the varsity level. The frosh/soph team also claimed a conference title over the weekend as, collectively, the program produced 23 personal records and 29 all-conference performances during a spectacular performance at the conference meet hosted by Elmwood Park.
All-conference varsity performers like Lewis Rogers, Gerrand Moody, Marvin McKenzie, Matt Chapp, Mike McCabe, Louis Grigoletti, Jack VandeMerkt and Dan Curtin, among several others, have afforded head coach Tim Olson the luxury of tinkering with a deep, talented lineup.
The surging Bulldogs turn their attention to the St. Rita Sectional this Friday (4:30 p.m.).
LTHS girls track and field
The Lions dominated their own sectional by scoring 192 points en route to a first-place finish. Runner-up Morton tallied 84.5 points, while RBHS (29 points) finished sixth.
LTHS qualified all four of its relay teams for the upcoming state tournament this weekend. The Lions’ junior standout Emma Haugen starred individually, winning the high jump (5 feet, 3 inches) and 100 hurdles (16.07 seconds) and earning second in the triple jump (33-10). Other state qualifiers for LTHS include: Grace Flynn (pole vault/10-0), Jessica Stabenow (high jump/4-11), Hannah Dutler (3,200/11:48.35), Madeline Bernstein (800/2:25.31), Elaine Smith (800/2:26.55), Katie Hamor (400/1:01.27), Julia Wink (300 hurdles/47.58), Lexy Rudofski (1,600/5:20.86) and Diana Kafkes (1,600/5:37.80).
RBHS junior Jackie LaBelle cleared 9-6 in the pole vault as the Bulldogs’ lone state qualifier.
RBHS boys volleyball
The Bulldogs endured four losses in five matches at the Willowbrook Invite over the weekend. RBHS earned its lone win, a 13-25, 25-20, 15-13 decision, against Joliet Catholic in its opening match at the tourney. Mike Chaney (nine kills, 11 digs), Nick Green (12 digs) and Bobby Peugh (seven kills) led the Bulldogs (10-23), who finished in eighth place at Willowbrook.
RBHS girls soccer
The Bulldogs lost to Morton 2-1 in an intense nonconference match last week. Esther Annoreno scored the RBHS goal on an incredible kick from 25 yard out into the upper right corner just out of reach of the Morton goalie. Saturday’s match at Hinsdale South provided far less drama as the host Hornets cruised to a 7-0 victory over RBHS (6-9-1, 4-2 Metro Suburban).