The Nazareth Academy football team is back in the state playoffs for the ninth straight postseason.
The IHSA Class 5A Roadrunners (5-4) are the No. 11 seed in their half of the bracket and open at No. 6 Glenbard South (7-2) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28.
Sophomore quarterback Logan Malachuk is 142 for 247 passing for 1,775 yards and 10 touchdowns with three 400-yard plus receivers – sophomore James Penley (32 catches, 433 yards, 2 TDs) and seniors Zach Hayes (31 catches, 431 yards, 3 TDs) and Justin Taylor (31 catches, 412 yards, 4 TDs).
Sophomore Alexander Angulo has 377 rushing yards on 84 carries (4.49 yards per carry) with six touchdowns. Hayes also has kicked five field goals.
Sophomore Gabe Kaminski of Riverside has 10 sacks and 21 tackles for loss among his 47 total tackles. Other defensive standouts include junior Brendan Flanagan (56 tackles), junior Ethan Enriquez (51 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries), senior Brady Gorman (50 tackles, 4 sacks, 6 for loss) and Penley (3 interceptions).
Nazareth has scored at least 35 points in its last four victories, including 35-7 over Benet on Oct. 21 in a battle of 4-4 teams.
The Roadrunners’ losses are to playoff teams, including Marist, Carmel and Notre Dame and undefeated Lemont.
Glenbard South, making its second straight playoff trip, finished third in the Upstate Eight Conference after losses to undefeated South Elgin (49-27) and Glenbard East (7-6). Their one win over a playoff team was 56-21 over Larkin (6-3) on Sept. 9.
Nazareth girls tennis
Senior Mackenzie Hyland and junior Audrey Moster won four matches for a top-12 doubles finish at the IHSA Class 1A state tournament.
Junior Layden Almer was 2-2 in singles and seniors Diana Anos and McCahey Hardy were 0-2 in doubles.
Nazareth won its first sectional team title in program history.
Nazareth girls volleyball
The Roadrunners (16-16), last year’s Class 3A state champions, are the No. 1 seed in the IHSA 3A Little Village Sectional. They were slated to play on Oct. 25 in the Nazareth Regional semifinals with hopes of making the Oct. 27 regional final.
The sectional semifinals and finals are Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, most likely against No. 3 St. Ignatius and No. 2 Fenwick.
Nazareth cross country
Nazareth senior Colette Kinsella (18:30.64 for 3.0 miles) won the IHSA Class 2A Hinsdale South Regional on Oct. 22 by 1:09.85 and the Roadrunners (37 points) cruised to their third regional title and first since 2013.
Kinsella and junior Jane McNamara (3rd, 19:58.56) earned top-five all-regional honors. Junior Hannah McCarthy (8th, 20:30.17) and sophomore Sarah Owen (9th, 20:31.47) also were top 10, followed by sophomore Alayna Plahm (16th, 21:28.03), senior Natalie Ereio (28th, 22:45.32) and junior Neeve Olson (38th, 23:20.25).
The Roadrunners are ranked No. 26 in 2A by ILXCTF.com
The Nazareth boys (148) were sixth to earn the last team-qualifying spot at sectionals. Senior John Mowrer (21st, 18:10.60), freshman Daniel Lewis (25th, 18:14.50) and junior Hagan Perfect (28th, 18:17.34) were top 30, followed by freshmen Drew Hyland (34th, 18:45.34) and Aaron Martinez (40th, 19:13.95) and seniors Demario Angarita (42nd, 19:20.67) and Patrick Titzer (50th, 20:32.00).
Both teams compete at the Kaneland Sectional on Oct. 29 needing a top-seven finish to advance to state. The top 10 individuals not among the advancing teams also qualify.
At the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships on Oct. 15, Kinsella became the program’s first four-time all-conference runner by taking second (17:49.1 for 3.0 miles).
McNamara (6th, 20:08.6), McCarthy (8th, 20:24.3), Owen (14th, 21:05.8) and junior Samantha Rozmus (15th, 21:06.7) also were top-15 all-conference finishers. The Roadrunners (45) were second to Benet (22).
The Nazareth boys were seventh (173). Mowrer (17:54.4) and Perfect (17:54.7) were 20th and 21st.
Nazareth boys soccer
The Roadrunners (9-12-2) lost to Marmion 3-2 in the IHSA Class 2A Hinsdale South Regional final on Oct. 21.