With only a handful of returning starters, virtually every Lyons Township High School position player was scrutinized during the football team’s home opener against Sandburg.
None more closely than first-year starting quarterback JJ Dutton, who replaced three-year starter Ben Bryant (now at Cincinnati), one of the most accomplished signal-callers in program history.
With all that considered, Dutton acquitted himself well despite a 24-13 loss against Sandburg.
Dutton completed 16 of 28 passes for 144 yards, highlighted by a 21-yard touchdown pass to Sean Rickman at the 8:33 mark of the third quarter. That scoring play gave the Lions their last lead of the game at 13-10. Dutton also rushed for 28 yards on nine carries.
The Eagles responded with 14 unanswered points en route to the nonconference victory. Multiple turnovers and penalties by LTHS helped their cause.
The Lions scored first when Rickman scored on a 10-yard run at 4:55 of the first quarter. After Kevin O’Connell missed the extra point, LTHS led 6-0.
Dutton set up Rickman’s touchdown on a superb 20-yard run, in which he cut back twice to elude five Sandburg defenders. He also tossed a 30-yard pass over the middle to wide receiver Hareson Willis.
Trailing LTHS 6-3, the Eagles took the lead on Andrew Schaab’s 6-yard run off an inside handoff. The Eagles made the extra point to go up 10-7 with 8:30 left until halftime.
The Lions finished with 190 yards of total offense. LTHS running back Tyrone Brown was held in check, rushing for 25 yards on 12 carries.
LTHS visits Hinsdale South on Friday, Aug. 31 in a conference crossover game. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Fenwick boys golf
The Friars are off to a promising start this fall with notable wins in both invitational and dual-match competition.
Josh Kirkham shot a 76 to lead the Friars past St. Rita in their CCL opener.
At the Mount Carmel Invite, the Friars placed first with a team score of 297 and individual scores of Kirkham (68/1st place), Schaeffer (74/6th) and Wiktor (75/10th). The Friars finished third with a score of 318 in the St. Ignatius Invite.
Wiktor and Schaeffer carded scores of 37 and 38, respectively, to power the Friars past St. Laurence and Providence in their most recent 9-hole match at the Chicago Highlands.
Fenwick hopes to build off last year’s success. In 2017, Kirkham was the medalist as the Friars won a Class 3A regional. The team also notched the Catholic League championship and head coach Jerry Kribs earned the Lawless Coach of the Year Award.
RBHS boys golf
Senior Chris Robertson led the Bulldogs to a second-place showing at the Rich Central Invite. RBHS shot 186 as the runner-up of a nine-team field.
In dual matches, the Bulldogs are 1-2 with a 185-197 win over Reavis. The team’s losses came against Westmont and Payton.
Senior Chris Peterson led the Bulldogs to a second-place showing at the Rich Central Invite. RBHS is 1-2 in dual matches, with a 185-197 win over Reavis but losses to Payton and Westmont.
The Bulldogs take on De La Salle and St. Edward this week.
The Blazers have beaten Montini, Plainfield Central and Resurrection this season in a series of impressive dual-match victories.
Senior Elizabeth Laffey carded a score of 43 to be the medalist in the 189-214 victory against Montini. Sophomore Katarina Sheirok has also played well as medalist in a tight 218-220 win over Resurrection.
Fenwick boys soccer
Freshman Jack Powers and junior Teddy Hernandez each scored a goal in the Friars’ 2-1 win against Homewood-Flossmoor in the Windy City Classic. Joe Sedlacek and John Babbo had an assist apiece against the Vikings.
In its next match in the WCC, Fenwick lost to Victoria Soto 2-0.
Fenwick girls tennis
The Friars won three of five dual matches at the 32-team Jacobs Invitational. Fenwick defeated Wauconda and Rolling Meadows 4-1 and Cary-Grove 3-2. Hersey and Homewood-Flossmoor edged the Friars 3-2.
Junior Bulldogs tryouts
Riverside Brookfield Junior Bulldogs Basketball is a traveling boys basketball program for players in the fourth through eighth grades that participates in highly competitive leagues and tournaments throughout the Chicagoland Area.
Tryout dates for grades 4 through 8 are Tuesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 27.
Tryout times for grades 4 through 8 are 8 to 9:30 p.m. Meet at the RBHS Fieldhouse by 7:40 p.m. to check in.
Pre-register for tryouts online at www.riversidebrookfieldbasketball.com prior to the first tryout. All players must be pre-registered to tryout.
Any questions regarding the program or for more information contact Junior Bulldogs Basketball Director, Mike Reingruber at 708-442- 8506 or email@example.com, or go to www.riversidebrookfieldbulldogbasketball.com