Football roundup

Glenbard West rallies late to hold off Lions’ uspet bid in Glen Ellyn

A lot of people who closely follow West Suburban Conference Silver Division football have proclaimed the Oct. 4 showdown between reigning league champ Glenbard West and reigning runner-up Oak Park and River Forest as the de facto championship game.

Last year, the Hilltoppers edged OPRF 20-14 in one of the best games of 2013.

The Lyons Township High School football team almost spoiled the impending Hilltoppers-Huskies dream matchup with an inspired effort at Duchon Field in Glen Ellyn.

The Lions led host Glenbard West 14-9 late in the third quarter, courtesy of two touchdown passes (58, 26 yards) from quarterback Tom Fiedler to wide receiver Michael Grace.

But, Glenbard West responded with 19 unanswered points the rest of the way, highlighted by Ben Marcus’ 35-yard touchdown catch and touchdown runs from Sam Brodner (24 carries, 110 yards) and Donahvon Vaughn (14 carries, 60 yards).

Fiedler completed 11 of 25 passes for 147 yards, and senior running back Leonard Ross rushed for 63 yards for LTHS (2-2, 0-1).

The Lions take on visiting Downers Grove North on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m.

Nazareth runs over Marian Central

The Roadrunners remained unbeaten with a 56-35 win over Marian Central in LaGrange Park on Saturday.

Running backs Nolan Dean (33 carries, 207 yards) and Julian Love (13 carries, 160 yards) had two rushing touchdowns apiece as the high-powered Roadrunners overwhelmed Marian Central on the ground.

Nazareth (4-0) racked up over 675 yards of total offense

Fenwick falls to refocused Loyola

The Fenwick High School football team has struggled in recent years getting a win at Loyola Academy. Saturday was no exception as the host Ramblers, perhaps still smarting from a loss to Brother Rice in Week 3, rolled to a 42-0 victory against the Friars in Wilmette.

In fact, Loyola has had a few issues lately, including the surprising setback to Brother Rice and a sloppy win against Edwardsville the previous week in which Loyola quarterback DJ Melsheimer threw six interceptions. Keep in mind between 2011-2013, the Ramblers advanced to a pair of Class 8A state finals and a semifinal (losing all three games) so the program led by coach John Holecek is as good as it gets in the Chicagoland area.

Against Fenwick, the refocused Ramblers raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead, sparked by quarterback Melsheimer’s two touchdown passes and linebacker Emmitt Russell’s interception return for a touchdown. Dara Laja racked up 150 yards on 20 carries and Spencer Cecola caught five passes for 97 yards and three touchdowns as the Ramblers spread the wealth offensively.

Other sports

LTHS boys soccer

Patrick Duncan scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Cole Gilchrist to lead the Lions to a 1-0 win over New Trier in the PepsiCo Showdown semifinals. Donald Darrus had nine saves for the Lions (11-2), who will face Morton in the championship match this week. Morton (11-0-2) defeated Wheaton Academy 2-0 in the other semifinals as Edgar Garcia scored both goals.

In the quarterfinals, LTHS cruised past St. Charles North 4-1, powered by a pair of goals from Duncan.

RBHS boys & girls cross country

 The Bulldogs performed well at the 55th Annual RB Invite at Sundown Meadows as the boys varsity finished second and the frosh/soph team took first place. Varsity runners Andrew LeMesurier, Matt Sagan, Michael Schaffer, Ryan Janney, Jack Faje, Matt Arenas and Eugene Makovitskey comprised the top seven finishers for RBHS, which trailed only champion Montini.

In the girls’ varsity race, freshman Hailey Jurgens finished seventh and senior co-captain DeeDee Keen also recorded a top-10 result. Reilly O’Donnell, LuLu Keen and Meaghan Dorsey also ran well for RBHS.

RBHS boys golf

 The Bulldogs fell to 0-6 in the newly expanded Metro Suburban Conference. St. Edward defeated RBHS 165-200 and Glenbard South beat RBHS 148-190 in conference play. RBHS earned a 133-155 win against Westmont, improving the Bulldogs non-conference record to 3-2.

Aleks Penaherrera carded a 30 to spark RBHS to its victory over the Sentinels. Penaherrera also shot a team-best 46 against St. Edward, while teammate Mike Gruber carded a 43 against Glenbard South.

RBHS girls swimming

The Bulldogs hosted the 27th Annual RB Invitational on Saturday, which Oak Park and River Forest won with a team-best score of 362. RBHS finished fourth (179) out of eight teams.

RBHS swimmers who medaled with a top six finish included Keri Burke (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke), Nicole Capone (50 free, 100 free), Julie Keller (100 butterfly, 100 back) and Hannah Flynn (500 free, 100 breaststroke).

The Bulldogs will compete at the York Invitational on Saturday, Sep. 27 at noon.

RBHS girls golf

Cameron Shaw shot a 56 and Alicia Heninger carded a 59 in the Bulldogs’ 189-239 loss to Wheaton Academy at Pheasant Run in St. Charles. RBHS hosts Aurora Central on Sept. 24 and Plainfield Central on Sept. 25. Both matches start at 4 p.m.

RBHS girls volleyball

RBHS (6-5, 3-2 Metro Suburban) certainly put in plenty of match time last week, splitting a pair of Metro Suburban Conference matches and then winning three of five matches at the Maine East Invite.

At Maine East, the Bulldogs defeated the host Demons 11-25, 27-25, 15-10, Lake Forest 25-19, 25-22 and Oak Forest 26-24, 14-25, 25-15 en route to a sixth-place showing out of 16 teams.

For the week (seven matches), 6-7 sophomore Dana Rettke had 69 kills, 34 blocks and 10 aces, while Natalia Gheewala had 68 digs and Olivia Gyssler dished out 70 assists.