After a disappointing 11-8 to Glenbard South on May 3 (which snapped a six-game winning streak), the Riverside-Brookfield High School softball team bounced back with three straight wins the latter part of last week.
The Bulldogs blew out Immaculate Conception 9-2, Argo 17-7 and Fenton 8-3 to regain their momentum.
Against Immaculate Conception, Alivia Ranieri and Cameron Shaw both went 2-for-3 and, collectively, drove in four runs. Kailyn Ngo (5-for-5, 2 RBIs) and Shaw (2-for-3, HR, 5 RBIs) starred against Argo. Marissa McDermott capped off a successful week by going 3-for-4 with a homer against Fenton. Lauren Lambros contributed two hits and three RBIs against the Bison.
Amanda Martinez and Ngo lead RBHS in hitting with averages of .471 and .470, respectively, while Shaw has the most RBIs (35) on the team. The Ranieri sisters, Alivia and Nadia also have provided offensive support. Alivia is hitting .447 with 20 RBIs and Nadia is hitting .443 with 17 RBIs. McDermott has 17 RBIs as well.
“We’re all just supportive and encouraging of each other,” Ngo said. “Our mindset has really changed. If we have a bad game, we can always rely on the team to pick us up and push us to learn from our mistakes instead of getting down on ourselves. We start each game with a clean slate.”
LTHS star drafted by NFL’s Bengals
LTHS graduate Jake Elliott was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (153rd pick overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. As a youngster, the Western Springs native excelled in many sports including basketball, baseball and tennis.
Elliott joined the LTHS football team as a junior and excelled immediately as an all-state kicker. His most notable kick occurred in 2011 as a junior in a 16-14 win against Oak Park and River Forest when he made a 52-yard field goal with no time left to defeat the stunned Huskies.
He also enjoyed a stellar college football career at Memphis before the Bengals drafted him.
The Bulldogs finished third at the Downers Grove North Sectional with five points. RBHS, which trailed sectional champion Downers Grove North (17.5 points) and Downers Grove South (10.5), didn’t advance any players to the state tournament.
Nevertheless, the team flourished during the regular season under new coach Jim Tsenes with a 9-2 dual match record and conference championship.
Led by Maggie Shereck and Carolyn Bartolone, the Bulldogs also won the Leyden Invitational and took second at the Glenbard South and RBHS Invites.
The Lions fell just short of winning the Hinsdale Central Sectional. The host Red Devils edged LTHS 16.5-13.5 to claim the championship.
The Lions advanced four players to the state tournament. Singles players Katie Materic and Christine Moravec placed second and third, respectively, at Hinsdale Central. The LTHS doubles teams of senior Gwen Grodek and junior Lauren De La Rosa came in second.
Fenwick boys volleyball
Will Sophie dished out 22 assists and James Brosnan had 15 digs during the Friars’ 25-17, 25-16 win over Mount Carmel on Senior Night. Offensively, Conner Lillig had seven kills and Jack Lulich six kills against the Caravan.
LTHS girls water polo
The host Lions picked up a pair of victories over Morton and York at the West Suburban Conference Invitational on Saturday.
In the opener, Kaysie Stuba scored five goals for LTHS, with support from Rhyan Komsthoeft and Abby Ahrens (two goals each). Ellie Henderson led the team in assists with two, while Greta Markey, Stuba and Henderson had three steals apiece.
Goalies Allie Bradbury had eight saves and Grace Wantuck two for LTHS.
The Lions maintained their momentum during a 10-3 win against York. Olivia Ohm and Stuba scored three goals, with a goal each from Annika Moore, Hanna Good, Markey and Komsthoeft. Led by Victoria Guevara’s six steals, LTHS amassed 22 steals for the game. Wantuck had five saves in net.
The Friars overwhelmed Chicago Intrinsic 15-0 in four innings Saturday at the Priory in River Forest. Cassandra Lee and Alyssa Stramaglia turned in outstanding performances for Fenwick (13-9-1, 4-8 GCAC Red).
Lee threw a no-hitter and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Stramaglia finished 2-for-2 with two home runs, six RBIs and three runs scored. Maura Groom chipped in two hits, an RBI and run scored.