The Riverside-Brookfield High School boys track and field team finished third (62 points) in the Metro Suburban Conference indoor track meet. Host Glenbard South won the championship with a score of 104 followed by Illiana Christian (65).
Marvin McKenzie was the lone winner for the Bulldogs. He claimed the long jump title with a jump of 20 feet, 5 ½ inches.
Otis Dortch took second in the triple jump (38-0) and the 4-by-160 relay of Matt Chapp, Zach Witken, Jeremiah Clarkson and Williams finished second as well with a time of 1 minute, 18.88 seconds.
In the 55-meter run, Chapp (6.82) was third and McKenzie (57.01) finished third in the 400. The Bulldogs’ 1600 relay (Witken, Mike McCabe, Eugene Makovetskiy, Clarkson) recorded a time of 3:52.20 to place third as well.
Ethan Clarkson, Eli Ourth, John Glover, Matt Zamudio, Andrew LeMesurier, Mateo Nunez, Wayne Morrelly and Jhalen Williams all recorded top-6 showings for RBHS in assorted events.
Riverside-Brookfield High School baseball coach Dallas Till believes senior pitcher Connor Berek is an ideal leader for the team this spring. Berek certainly proved his skipper right in the Bulldogs’ opener, a 2-0 win over visiting Westmont on March 19. Berek threw six scoreless innings and struck out 10 before Nico Ranieri appeared in the seventh inning to earn the save. Ranieri fanned two of the three batters he faced and didn’t allow a runner to reach base.
RBHS scratched out two runs on six hits and aggressive baserunning to edge the Sentinels. Jack Domeier drove in the first run. RBHS scored again when the Sentinels’ Charlie Donovan, a Michigan commit and one of the top players in Illinois, committed a throwing error.
The Bulldogs won the Eagle Invite at East Leyden over the weekend. RBHS (5-0) notched wins over Bartlett 4-3, Leyden 5-2 and Maine East 5-2 to win the championship. No. 2 singles Erika Sterner and No. 4 singles Maggie Shereck led the way with first-place showings. No. 3 doubles Michelle Morris and Libby Creek also finished first.
The doubles teams of Katie Buckley and Miranda Molina and Lauren Paisker and Claire Bartolone both finished second. Top singles player Alex Bakalich and No. 3 singles Mary Penckofer rounded out the Bulldogs’ best performances with a pair of thirds.
RBHS edged Shepard 9-6 and cruised past Fenton 14-1 in its opening two matches this spring.
The Bulldogs will compete at the Ram Invite hosted by Glenbard East on March 28 (9 a.m.).
Montini defeated the Friars 12-2 at the Priory on Saturday. Natalie Cairo (2-for-3) and Amanda Lopez (2-for-4) each scored a run for Fenwick (0-1). Lauren Trojnar was the winning pitcher and Alyssa Sclafani had two hits and four RBIs for the visiting Broncos.
The Friars close out March with five consecutive home games at the Priory against Rosary (3/23), Regina (3/25), York (3/26), Mother McAuley (3/28) and Trinity (3/30). All the games start at 4:30 p.m., except Mother McAuley (11 a.m.).
In other news, Fenwick senior pitcher Valerie Perrelli committed to play softball at Elmhurst College.
Fenwick girls soccer
Fenwick opened the season in impressive fashion with a 6-0 win over Reavis in the Windy City Classic. The Friars lost 2-1 on penalty kicks to both Lincoln-Way North and Tinley Park in their following two games at the Windy City Classic.
Fenwick boys basketball
Fenwick junior guard Mike Smith was named by the Illinois Coaches Basketball Association (IBCA) as a fourth-team All-State player.