Senior Jon Hudson capped off his stellar career at LTHS by finishing fourth in the state at the Class 3A finals held at the Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington. Hudson shot a two-day total of 148 to lead the Lions to a seventh place finish with a score of 621 in the team standings.
“Jon was our best player and he played like it at each competition,” LTHS coach Brian Kopecky said. “He was mentally ready for the competition at state. He takes one shot at a time and doesn’t get ahead of himself.”
In 2013, Hudson carded a 153 to tie Keenai Sampson of Collinsville for 19th place at the state finals. His older brother, Dan, shot a 148 as a LTHS senior last year to earn eighth place with two other golfers at state.
Other top scorers for LTHS over the weekend included senior Matt Walsh (158), freshman Patrick Ananiroj (162) and junior Jason Miller (163). Seniors Billy Spartz (166) and Mike Caplice (174) rounded out the LTHS lineup.
“The team didn’t play as well as it could have,” Kopecky said. “I thought we had a great chance to finish third [at state], but we needed to be more consistent. I nicknamed our team, the ‘Rollercoaster Boys’ because a player would play well one day and poorly the next.
“Our team was in the hunt at all competitions and that’s all I can ask for as a coach. I knew we would be a tough team to beat. The players worked hard and did everything that was asked of them by the coaching staff. I am very proud and appreciative of their efforts. It was a fun group to coach.”
Powered by state champion Kenneth Li’s record 5-under par 67 on Saturday, Hinsdale Central scored a 585 to claim its third straight state championship. Li shot 140 for the entire state final. Hinsdale Central also claimed the girls golf state title, making the Red Devils the first large-class school to hold both state titles since Normal U-High in 2006.
Girls tennis sectionals
LTHS girls tennis
The Lions cruised to their own sectional team title (36 points) with strong showings from freshman Meg Kowalski and sophomore Jelly Bosovic who finished first and second, respectively, in singles. Kowalski defeated Bosovic 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match.
The LTHS doubles team of Megan Hickey and Stefana Vasic beat teammates Sophie Allison and Joie Reisch 7-6, 6-1 in the sectional title match. All four LTHS doubles players will join Kowalski and Bosovic at the state tournament this weekend.
Fenwick girls tennis
Led by singles runner-up Lisa Gutierrez at the Oak Park-River Forest Sectional, the Friars placed third with 22 points behind champion OPRF and Latin.
Alessandra Bianco from Latin defeated Gutierrez 6-1, 6-1 in the singles championship match. The Fenwick doubles team of Rylee Brennan and Anna Sprajcer, which finished fourth at OPRF, will join Gutierrez at the state tournament.
Although Gutierrez competed at the sectional with a back injury, she’s optimistic about entering the upcoming state tournament at full strength.
“I’m not at my 100 percent,” Gutierrez said. “I’m focused on this week to get back to 100 percent in such a short amount of time. I’ve been going to the chiropractor and consulting with my doctor every day.”
RBHS girls tennis
Carlie Wilson fell one victory short of qualifying for the state tournament when Alexis Fletcher of Brooks defeated her 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the Lyons Township Sectional. With the return of Wilson and Victoria Bojovic next season, the future looks promising for the Bulldogs (13-6, 3-2 Metro Suburban Conference).
RBHS boys soccer
The Bulldogs closed out the regular season with a 5-0 loss against Morton. RBHS opens the playoffs at home against Hubbard on Wed., Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in a regional semifinal. With a victory, the Bulldogs advance to their regional championship game on Fri., Oct. 24 (5:30 p.m.) against the winner of Little Village vs. Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy.
RBHS (5-8-3) is seeded 12th out of 18 teams in the St. Laurence Sectional.
RBHS girls swimming
The Bulldogs finished in seventh place at the Stagg Invite and also lost a dual meet 94-73 against Latin last week. RBHS hosts its last meet of the season on Wed., Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. against Fenton and Plainfield. The Independent Conference Meet, sectional and state meet are take place in November.