In 2021, the Riverside-Brookfield High School boys track and field team pulled out the Metro Suburban Conference Blue Division title by 12 points.
The Bulldogs were much more dominant on May 13.
Their 163 points defended their title at Ridgewood by 53 points. Fifteen RBHS athletes earned all-conference honors with top-three individual finishes or by being part of top-two relays.
“Mother Nature challenged us to the max this season – rainy days, low temperatures, canceled meets – and to top it off, 90-degree heat [at the conference meet],” RBHS coach David Weishaar said. “The athletes persevered through all the highs and lows and in the end were rewarded.”
Senior Paul Proteau won the 800 (2:00.72) and 1,600-meter (4:52.46) runs and was part of the winning 3,200 relay with senior James Dalton, junior Zack Gaynor and sophomore William Kallas (8:42.55).
Junior Devontae Givens swept shot put (11.96m/39-3) and discus (39.73m/130-4). Sophomores Luke Smithing (300 intermediate hurdles in 41.87) and Jack O’Brien (3,200 in 10:08.20), the 1,600 relay of Dalton, freshman Isaac Arcos, sophomore Eamon Ryan and O’Brien (3:33.73) and the 800 relay of sophomore Jack Grivetti, junior Samuel Elusoji and seniors Hector Velazquez and Matt Agnew (1:35.44) also were champions.
Dalton (51.88) and O’Brien (52.78) finished 2-3 in the 400. Gaynor (1,600 in 4:54.89), Smithing (110 high hurdles in 16.68) and sophomore Charlie Yager (1.73m/5-8 in high jump) also were second and sophomore Muhammad Salem was third in pole vault (3.04m/9-11 3/4).
RBHS girls soccer
The Bulldogs (11-9-3) clinched their three-way share of the MSC title by blanking St. Edward 7-0 on May 5 with three goals from junior and leading scorer Natalie Rubi (11 goals).
RBHS, Wheaton Academy and St. Francis each finished 5-1.
The Bulldogs are the No. 10 seed in the IHSA Class 3A RBHS Regional and play No. 5 Hinsdale Central in the regional semifinals May 18.
On Senior Night on May 9, the Bulldogs beat Kennedy 6-0 with two goals apiece by Hazel Hall (10 goals) and Carmen Guerrero. They lost to Maine South 3-1 on May 11 and tied St. Laurence 1-1 on May 12 with Hall scoring.
Sophomore catcher Zoe Levine continues making powerful contact for the Riverside-Brookfield High School softball team.
“She’s able to barrel the ball and get to that sweet spot better than I’ve had in my nine years of coaching here, and I’ve some really good hitters,” RBHS coach Doug Schultz said.
Levine is among the reasons the Bulldogs continue scoring in bunches. In recent MSC play, RBHS defeated St. Francis 10-3, Rosary 6-2 and Rosary 14-1 as Emily Organ (2 RBIs) and Levine (home run) each had two hits and Luna Lloyd homered with four RBIs. Winning pitcher Hannah Organ struck out seven in three innings.
After the 10-7 victory over Immaculate Conception 10-7 on May 9, Levine had a .569 slugging percentage with seven homers, 32 runs batted in, nine doubles, one triple — and only two strikeouts with four walks. Levine hit .358 with seven homers and 29 RBIs in the shortened 2021 season.
“Over the offseason I worked on being more consistent,” Levine said. “I’m definitely an athlete that gets into my head, so I worked with coaches. I’ve kind of relaxed a little bit more, but I still have a long way to go.”
While Miami (Ohio) recruit Hannah Organ provides senior leadership, the Bulldogs’ other top six hitters are sophomores or freshmen.
“Everybody in this lineup can hit,” Levine said. “I know that if I don’t get it done, somebody behind me definitely will. You can just relax and have fun.”
RBHS is the No. 5 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Marist Sectional and plays No. 12 Argo in the May 25 RBHS Regional semifinals.
RBHS boys volleyball
The Bulldogs (15-19, 4-2 in MSC) are the No. 17 seed in the Hinsdale Central Sectional and play No. 16 West Aurora on May 23 at the Proviso West Regional. The winner meets No. 1 Downers Grove South May 24 in the semifinals.
RBHS finished 3-2 at the Willowbrook Invite May 13-14, beating Bolingbrook twice and Larkin.
Statistics leaders include Michael Burns (251 kills), Kenny Fedorski (153 digs, 139 points, 306 serve receptions), Ricardo Ulloa (30 aces, 131 points, 292 serve receptions), Landon Harazin (432 assists), Angel Herrera (35 blocks), Ryan Buckley (130 digs) and Iggy Bielobradek (107 kills).
RBHS boys tennis
RBHS will compete at the Class 2A Lyons Township Sectional on May 20-21.
The Bulldogs finished fifth at the MSC Blue Tournament. Nick Sacharski was second at No. 2 singles.
The No. 10-seeded RBHS girls (2-9) play No. 7 Trinity in the Hinsdale Central Sectional opener on May 18 to face No. 2 York in Monday’s quarterfinals.
The RBHS boys (3-11) are the No. 9 seed in the Marist Sectional and play No. 8 Hillcrest co-op on May 19. The winner meets No. 1 St. Ignatius in the quarterfinals on May 23.
RBHS water polo
The RBHS boys beat Lindblom 16-9 and lost to eventual champion Lyons Township 17-5 in the semifinals of the LTHS Sectional on May 13.
The RBHS girls beat Morton and then lost to York 17-6 in the semifinals of the York Sectional on May 13 after falling behind 8-0. Senior Gillian Dowling scored three goals.