Colette Kinsella (right) | Photo by Laura Duffy

Nazareth Academy senior girls cross country runner Colette Kinsella has a special connection to the number 13.

Her late cousin Brooks Tonn loved baseball and always sought out that uniform number. Tonn died Dec. 1, 2017 at age 10 after a battle with cancer.

Kinsella thinks of Brooks often, especially when competing at the IHSA Class 2A state meet. All three times, Kinsella has finished an all-state 13th, including Nov. 5 at Peoria’s Detweiller Park (18 minutes, 17.70 for 3.0 miles).

“It was his lucky number and my bib number was also 1013,” Kinsella said. “So, three years in a row, same spot, but it’s all good. Meant to be.”

The Roadrunners (409 points) were 17th in their fourth straight appearance at a state final. Junior Jane McNamara was 64th (19:35.53), followed by junior Hannah McCarthy (132nd, 20:29.18), sophomores Sarah Owen (158th, 20:48.34) and Alayna Plahm (60th, 20:51.39) and juniors Samantha Rozmus (204th, 21:37.22) and Neeve Olson (214th, 22:16.18). McNamara improved from 79th in 2021.

Kinsella is the program’s only all-state runner. This spring, she plans to join track and field for the first time after previously playing soccer.

“Freshman year [at state] was like a whirlwind and this one, I feel, was just like a final one, last hurrah,” Kinsella said.  “As I was racing, I was like, ‘This is it.’ I just did what I could to make it a good one.”

Nazareth football on to quarterfinals

The Roadrunners scored unanswered 31 points in the second and third quarters and rolled to the IHSA Class 5A state football quarterfinals by beating Rockford-Boylan 38-13 in LaGrange Park on Nov. 5.

No. 11 bracket seed Nazareth (7-4), in its fifth straight state quarterfinal, plays host to No. 2 Morgan Park (10-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Mustangs beat defending 5A state champion Fenwick 14-6 in their playoff opener.

Quarterback Logan Malachuk passed for 156 yards and three touchdowns to James Penley for 65 and 13 yards and Eddie McClain for 4 yards to open a 38-7 advantage.

Malachuk also had a 28-yard touchdown run and Zach Hayes kicked a 27-yard field goal and five extra points. Penley had four receptions for 99 yards.

Lesroy Tittle returned his third-quarter interception 32 yards for a touchdown and Jaden Fauske recovered a fumble. Other defensive standouts included Brady Gorman (9 total tackles) and Gabe Kaminski (6 tackles), who each had a sack, Ethan Enriquez (9 tackles), Tittle (8 tackles), Finn O’Meara (5 tackles) and Brendan Flanagan (tackle for loss).