Lyons Township High School senior pitcher Luke Stockbridge gained confidence from earning All-West Suburban Conference Silver Division baseball honors in 2021.
“That shows that the coaches of the other teams respect you, as well as your own players. That was a big deal for me,” Stockbridge said.
In a game against Oak Park and River Forest, Stockbridge also took a liner just underneath his right eye. He struck out the next hitter.
“That was a pretty awesome moment. A little bit bruised, but I got lucky there,” Stockbridge said.
This season, Stockbridge also has gained better control of his off-speed pitches. On May 14, he struck out seven in four innings as the Lions defeated Leyden 15-1 in five innings.
Danny Pasko tripled with four runs batted in and Cooper King (3 for 3, 3 RBIs) and Oscar Ramirez doubled.
LTHS (16-11) is the No. 4 seed in the in the IHSA Class 4A Reavis Sectional and plays No. 13 Kelly on May 25 in the St. Rita Regional semifinals.
“I just want to fight every time I go out on the mound. I feel like I’m going later into games. I feel like I’m holding up better overall,” said Stockbridge, who has 33 strikeouts in 30.2 innings. “But the off-speed’s a big thing. I couldn’t really trust it last year. And when you can trust your off-speed, it makes your fastball even better.”
The Lions finished 10-8 in the West Suburban Conference Silver Division, winning one of three games against York 6-5 on May 10 with a four-run sixth. Jack Falls, who pitched a scoreless four innings, got the win in relief. James Georgelos and Danny Sammon each had two RBIs.
LTHS girls soccer
The Lions rallied with two goals in the second half to defeat Glenbard West 2-1 on May 10 and win the West Suburban Silver conference title with a 6-0 record.
Junior Niamh Griffin’s third goal this season was the game-winner for the Lions (17-1) with an assist from Chandlar Ley. Sophomore Izzy Wirtz’s long-distance blast tied the game.
LTHS is the No. 1 seed in the IHSA Class 3A Glenbard West Sectional. The Lions play Argo in the Regional semifinals May 18 with the finals May 20. The Hilltoppers (11-6, 4-2) are the No. 2 sectional seed.
The Lions (16-2, 8-2 in WSC Silver) beat Hinsdale South 11-1 in five innings in their home Pink Out game on May 14 with proceeds going to the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation. Tess Meyer had a home run, triple, single and four RBIs.
In conference play, LTHS defeated Oak Park and River Forest 3-0 on May 13, Hinsdale Central 16-11 on May 12 and Proviso West 19-0 on May 11 after losing to first-place Downers Grove North 7-1 on May 10.
Ava Paganis (3 for 4, 4 RBIs) and Emily Joseph (3 RBIs) homered against Hinsdale Central. Paganis (double) had two of the three hits against Downers North (15-6, 10-1).
LTHS is No. 2 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Marist Sectional and plays No. 15 Eisenhower in the LTHS Regional semifinals on May 24.
Senior Aamina Qureshi equaled last season’s top-24 finish in singles with a 3-2 record at the IHSA state meet last weekend.
The unseeded Qureshi (32-13) lost her first match to Fremd’s Elle Zeng, who also finished top 24. Qureshi then won three backdraw matches – the last two in three sets – before losing to Stevenson’s Meha Krishnareddigari, a top-16 finisher.
“That [first-round draw] was an experience, to say the least,” Qureshi said. “I did better than last year (2-2), which was my goal, so I’m pretty happy about that. State was a lot of fun. I’m super proud of my team for getting as far as they did. I think we pulled off a pretty good season.”
Senior Katie Vespa (18-13) was 1-2 in singles, wining her opening match in straight sets. Senior Marris Carli and junior Elle Ownby (12-14) were 0-2 in doubles.
LTHS boys volleyball
LTHS (22-12, 1-5 in WSC Silver) is the No. 3 seed in the IHSA Hinsdale Central Sectional and plays No. 14 Oswego East or No. 19 Naperville Central in the Oswego East Regional semifinals on May 24.
The Lions finished sixth at the 12-team Richards Invite on May 13-14 with a 3-2 overall record. Sam Levinson was named to the all-tournament team.
LTHS boys track and field
The Lions compete at the IHSA Class 3A Morton Sectional on May 18.
They finished sixth at the West Suburban Conference Silver Division meet on May 13. Juniors Jack Rempfer (400 meters in 50.99 seconds) and Will DiSessa (12.73m/41-9.25 in triple jump) were third and senior Isaias Lopez was fourth in shot put (13.81m/45-3.75) and discus (41.61m/136-6).
The LTHS boys (10-7) are the No. 3 seed in the IHSA Naperville North Sectional and play No. 6 Batavia or No. 11 St. Francis in the May 23 quarterfinals at Downers Grove South.
By beating St. Rita 6-5 in overtime on May 12 and Naperville Central 12-2 on May 10, the Lions have won three straight and seven of their last eight.
The LTHS girls (7-9) are the No. 3 seed in the Hinsdale Central Sectional and face No. 6 Montini in the May 23 quarterfinals in Hinsdale. The Lions edged Oak Park and River Forest 9-7 on May 12.
LTHS boys tennis
The Lions will play host to an IHSA Sectional meet on May 20-21.
LTHS finished second at the West Suburban Silver championship meet and second in the final overall conference standings.
George Ross and Luke Howell won the No. 4 doubles title, the only flight not captured by champion Hinsdale Central.
Will Carroll and Mason Mazzone (No. 1 doubles) and Patrick Adams and Alex Gojkovich (No. 3 doubles) were second, Adam Kane (No. 2 singles) and Tiernan Kelly and Wyatt Rahman (No. 2 doubles) were third and Jack McLane (No. 1 singles) and John Dunleavy (No. 3 singles) were fourth.
The Lions entered the meet tied for second in the standings after regular-season duals with Oak Park and River Forest and Glenbard West with 4-2 records.