Hailey Vlcek

Riverside-Brookfield High School swimmer Hailey Vlcek has continued her progress from qualifying for last year’s state meet in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles.

“This season I’ve been better about handling it mentally,” Vlcek said. “I’ve just been good about not being so nervous and just keeping myself in line before I swim, getting into a good mindset.”

Vlcek certainly felt good Oct. 22 as she won her first Southwest Prairie Conference title at Oswego East by winning the 100-yard freestyle (53.61 seconds).

Vlcek also was second in the 200 free (1:54.39) after finishing third in both freestyles as a freshman. The Bulldogs (185 points) once again finished third overall.

“It was pretty cool to go this year and get first,” Vlcek said. “I was really happy with how I did based off of how tired I’ve been ([through training].”

Freshman Maria Ellis was second in the 200 individual medley (2:17.83) and fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.93).

The 200 free relay (Vlcek, Ellis, senior Emma McVicker and junior Kate Ryan in 1:45.88) and the 400 free relay (junior Emily Baartman, Vlcek, McVicker and Ellis in 3:50.39) both finished third.

The 200 medley relay of sophomore Olivia Dobbe, senior Riley Daun, Ryan and Baartman was fifth (2:07.75). Senior Gemma Sambugaro was sixth in the 100 butterfly (1:12.02).

The Bulldogs compete at the IHSA Hinsdale Central Sectional on Nov. 5. Sectional champions automatically qualify for state as well as entries that achieve state-qualifying time standards at the sectional. 

Vlcek already has broken all-time school records in the 100 fly (59.14) and 200 IM (2:10.00) and set the sophomore school record in the 500 free (5:11.96).

RBHS cross country

Cooper Marrs

The RBHS boys and juniors Cooper Marrs and Jack O’Brien dominated the IHSA Class 2A Hinsdale South Regional on Oct. 22 at Katherine Legge Memorial Park. 

Marrs (15 minutes, 19.05 seconds for 3.0 miles) and Jack O’Brien (16:11.11) finished 1-2 just as they did at the Metro Suburban Conference Blue Meet. They and senior Zack Gaynor (5th, 16:40.58) earned top-five all-regional honors.

Junior Will Kallas (7th, 16:57.46), sophomore Brady Norman (8th, 17:10.01) and junior Hayden Marrs (9th, 17:28.90) also were top 10 and junior Brennan Lester (17:48.52) was 14th.

The Bulldogs (23 points) easily captured their fifth regional in the past six postseasons over defending Class 2A state champion Fenwick (52).

The RBHS girls (63 points) were third. Sophomore Gianna Gelb (19:40.49) took second to Nazareth Academy senior Colette Kinsella (18:30.64) for all-regional honors.

Senior Bryce Pacourek (21:01.72) and juniors Lily Kocourek (21:14.81) and Maria Dalton (21:14.90) were 12th, 13th and 14th, followed by senior JoJo Rodriguez (22nd, 22:14.65), junior Maiana Nelson (30th, 22:50.28) and senior Mia Wagner (33rd, 23:00.41).

Both teams compete at the IHSA Kaneland Sectional on Oct. 29 and need top-seven finishes to advance to state. The top 10 individuals not among the qualifying teams also advance to state.

RBHS boys soccer

The Bulldogs (11-10) lost to Argo 4-2 in the IHSA Class 3A Argo Regional semifinals Oct. 18. 

RBHS, the No. 9 seed in the Hinsdale Central Sectional, were Metro Suburban Conference Blue co-champions, their first conference title since 2015. Top-seeded Lyons Township beat No. 8 Argo 2-1 in the regional final on Oct. 21.