Junior Amanda Hahn has been a long-time member of the Lyons Township High School girls lacrosse family.
Well before high school, Hahn was allowed by former LTHS head coach Ken Moy to roam the sidelines as water girl while older sisters Lilly (2017 graduate) and Emma (2019) were four-year varsity players with the Lions.
“We all play defense as well, so there’s a big legacy I have to live up to for the Hahn girls on LT lacrosse,” Hahn said. “That’s the reason I play lacrosse. Even before I was old enough to [play], I was watching their games. It was really exciting when I finally made the team freshman year and got to play for myself.”
The Lions (5-6) have won all three games since Hahn’s return from injury. On April 30, they beat Naperville North 12-8 behind seven unanswered goals that broke a 5-5 halftime tie.
Maddie Radtke had two of the streak’s first three goals. Anna Haggerty, Allie Kuhlman, Lauren Kudia, Natalie Moran and Caitlyn Curtin also tallied. Grainne Kristufek and Radtke assisted.
LTHS previously beat Riverside-Brookfield High School 21-7 on April 27 and Downers Grove North 7-6.
Hahn plays backer, the final defensive player before goalie Megan Perr, and runs nearly continuously, pressuring opponents with the ball.
“It can get very tiring,” Hahn said. “I do a lot of distance running in my free time. I found what helps me the most is sprints.”
Hahn had the benefit of more lacrosse exposure than her older sisters. Still, lacrosse was her second sport to club volleyball before high school. Once Hahn switched her focus, she’s made significant strides. She also credits her talented Lakeshore Lacrosse National Premier 2023 club team.
Hahn does possess the vocal strength of her sisters. She fittingly announced during home games for which she was injured.
“I would say the biggest similarity is our communication styles on defense. We’ve always been the loudest people on the field,” Hahn said. “We’re a very competitive family so it makes sense that we would kind of be leaders vocally.”
After their huge 12-9 victory over rival Hinsdale Central on April 21, the LTHS boys (8-6, 2-1 in WSC Silver) made it four straight by beating Lockport 11-5, Oak Park and River Forest 10-4 and St. Charles North 11-9 last week.
LTHS boys gymnastics
Senior Randy Yonan had plenty of motivation to deliver a second-place, personal-best 53.25 all-around score at the West Suburban Conference Silver Meet at Hinsdale Central on April 28.
He and the Lions are trying to do even better two more times.
The defending state champions secured their fourth straight overall conference title with a first-place 161.00.
However, should they advance to the IHSA state championships by winning the LTHS Sectional on May 5 as expected, they will be without two key all-arounders at state. Senior Alec Paras (55.75 at WSC Silver Meet) and sophomore Matt Adler (51.80) will be competing at the U.S.A. Gymnastics Development Program National Championships in Mesa, Arizona.
Without their scores last week, LTHS still would have won the league title with 149.95 points.
Yonan’s third WSC Silver title contribution included first on pommel horse (9.3). Yonan was second on parallel bars (9.0) and high bar (9.0) and was fourth on still rings (8.65).
Paras won all-around, floor exercise (9.6), vault (9.5) still rings (9.45) and horizontal bar (9.45) and was second on horse (8.95) and third on parallel bars (8.8)
Adler was third on horse (8.9), fourth on parallel bars (8.45) and shared fourth on floor (9.1) with all-arounder Will Taylor (48.00), fourth on high bar (8.7) and fifth on rings (8.3).
The Lions won five straight before losing their West Suburban Conference, Silver Division series opener to Oak Park-River Forest 5-3 on May 2 in Western Springs.
LTHS (13-7, 8-5 in WSC Silver) swept the series with Proviso West by winning 10-2 on April 29 in six innings because of darkness and 10-0 on April 26 and beat Bolingbrook 13-1 in five innings on April 27.
Tristan Clark threw a five-inning, one-hit shutout against Proviso West with six strikeouts and one walk. Cooper Ohlson hit two homers and was 3 for 3 with five RBIs against Bolingbrook. Charlie Breen had a triple and three doubles over the three victories. Frederick Ragsdale III had three doubles over the two Proviso games.
Senior Aamina Qureshi finished second at No. 1 singles at the WSC Silver Meet on April 29. The Lions finished fourth and fourth overall following their 2-3 dual record.
The Lions (10-1, 3-1 in WSC Silver) suffered their first loss on April 29 against York High School 7-4 at after a 4-4 tie entering the fourth inning. Tess Meyer was 3 for 4 and Kaitlyn Filkins (2 for 2), Makenna Kotor and Emily Joseph doubled against the Dukes (5-11-1, 3-2).
LTHS girls soccer
The top-rated Lions (13-1, 3-0 in WSC Silver) had a hard-fought first loss 1-0 to Naperville North in the semifinals of the Naperville Invitational on April 29.
LTHS beat Oswego East 2-1 in the quarterfinals on April 28 on freshman Caroline Mortonson’s late goal with Eleanor Musgrove assisting. Katie O’Malley scored midway through the first half.
On April 16, LTHS had handed eventual Naperville Invite champion Naperville North (14-1-2) its only loss in the semifinals of Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Classic 3-2 on penalty kicks to settle a 1-1 tie. Standout goalie Izzy Lee converted the game-winning penalty kick following her save in the sixth round.
LTHS boys volleyball
Senior Will Uhlir earned all-tournament honors as the Lions (17-8, 1-4 in WSC Silver) finished fifth at the Lincoln-Way East Invite with a 25-21, 26-24 victory over Downers Grove South on April 30. Coach Brad Skendzel also cited consistent play from junior opposite-side hitter Sam Levinson.
LTHS avenged its 2-0 loss to Downers Grove North on April 26 with a 25-17, 22-25, 15-12 victory over the Trojans in the consolation semifinals after losing to invite champ Glenbard West 25-18, 25-13 in the quarterfinals. The Lions swept Lincoln-Way West and West Aurora to win pool play on April 29.
LTHS water polo
A.J. Vitek’s game-winning goal helped to lift the LTHS boys (24-1) to a 3-2 victory over New Trier on April 30 and win the Stevenson Tournament while avenging its one loss this season (12-6 on March 19). Goalie Charlie Vlk thwarted three penalty shots among numerous saves.
The Lions also beat defending state champion Stevenson for the third time this season 7-4, Fenwick 12-4 and Palatine 11-6.
LTHS worked overtime on Senior Night to outlast Naperville North 16-12 on April 26. Jack Bradbury (90 goals) had seven goals and two assists. Jimmy Bolan and Vitek both had three goals.
Vitek’s five goals and two assists aided the Lions’ 18-8 victory over Waubonsie Valley on April 29.
The LTHS girls (23-2-1) lost to Naperville North 13-12 on April 26 after nearly rallying from an 11-8 deficit after three periods. The Lions beat Waubonsie Valley 12-4 on April 28.
LTHS girls track and field
The Lions dominated Thornton’s Carol Urich Invite (186 points) on April 28, winning by 56 points over Thornwood.
Becky Phillips won the 400 meters (1:01.09) and was part of the first-place 1,600 relay with Kristina Findley, Madison Findley and Claire McVady (4:18.77). Riley Dunlavy (400 in 2:41.24) and Maureen Patrick (1,600 in 5:57.61) also were individual champs and paired with Maia Rudofski and Maddie Gee to win the 3,200 relay (10:55.68). Charlotte Lange (3,200 in 11:51.80) and Brooke Chomko (8-6 in pole vault) also won events.
Ava Kuhlman was second in the 100 (12.89) and 200 (27.23) and part of the second-place 400 relay with Emma Kwak, Nora Gannon and Phillips (52.25) and 800 relay with Kwak, Kristina Findley and Gannon (1:52.51).
Kira Krzemkowski was second in high jump (4-10) and long jump (16-2.5) and Gannon was second in the 300 low hurdles (53.02). Leigh Ferrell won frosh-soph pole vault with an invite-best 9-6.
LTHS boys track and field
Sophomores Ryan Gugliuzza, Adrian Llerenas, Austen Wisniewski and Nick Strayer won the frosh-soph 1,600 sprint medley relay (200-200-400-800 legs in 3:42.58) at Prospect’s Wanner Invite on April 29. LTHS was 10th (43 points).
Jack Rempfer (400 in 51.27) was third, Strayer fourth in the 800 (2:00.99), Aidan Collins (3,2000 in 9:44.92) and Joey Gatto (5-7 in high jump) were seventh and Will DiSessa (41-6 1/2 in triple jump) and the 3,200 relay (Jack Meyers, Hayden Constas, Michael Ferrell, Matt Lynch in 8:21.48) were eighth.