Drew Escamilla

The Lyons Township High School boys bowling team took the first step toward a return berth to the state finals with a second-place finish at the Naperville Central Regional on Jan. 14 at Lisle Lanes.

Senior Tommy Hennessy finished seventh with a 1,227 six-game series that included a 243 high game. 

Matt Skwarek

Seniors Matt Skwarek (10th, 1,205, 243 high game) and Drew Escamilla (12th, 1,183, 247) also were top-15 finishers, followed by seniors Nick Boxell (930 for 5 games) and Michael Kubick (749 for 4 games) and sophomore Danny Haley (434 for 2 games).

LTHS advanced to the IC Catholic Prep Sectional on Jan. 21 at Bowlero in Glendale Heights. The Lions need a top-six finish to reach the 24-team state field. They were 16th at state in 2022.

RBHS girls basketball

The Bulldogs lost to Thornwood 47-36 on Jan. 14 and Metro Suburban Blue games to Aurora Central Catholic 60-33 on Jan. 12 and St. Francis 54-47 Jan. 10 in their Pack the Place home game.

Niamh Larson had 15 points for RBHS (9-14, 1-3 in MSC Blue) against St. Francis with two 3-pointers and six rebounds. Emily Organ had nine points and nine rebounds and Mayan Covarrubias had eight points with two threes.

Organ (13 points), Larson (8 points) and Bryce Pacourek and Luna Lloyd and Covarrubias (6 rebounds each) were stat leaders against ACC.

Against Thornwood, Lloyd (5 rebounds) and Covarrubias each had nine points with a 3-pointer. Larson had eight points with two threes and Organ and Pacourek had five points apiece.

RBHS girls gymnastics

The Bulldogs’ third-highest score this season (129.30 points) earned ninth at the Neuqua Valley Invitational on Jan. 14.

Lia Christiansen was eighth in all-around (34.65), ninth on floor exercise (9.0), tied for ninth on vault (9.0) and tied for 13th on uneven parallel bars (9.35), 

Annabel Krueger was 12th in all-around (32.70) and tied for 16th on balance beam (8.5).

RBHS (125.85) lost at Oswego co-op (140.35) in Upstate Eight Conference dual action on Jan. 11.

Christiansen tied for first on beam (9.2), tied for second on floor (9.0), was third in all-around (35.20), tied for third on uneven bars (8.2) and was fourth on vault (8.8).

RBHS boys wrestling

RBHS senior Joe Midona was seventh at 220 pounds on Jan. 14 at Lincoln-Way Central’s Illini Classic, which featured several top IHSA Class 3A teams. The Bulldogs were 18th (52 points) as a team.

Midona (18-5) won his seventh-place match with a pin in 2:31. 

LTHS boys swimming and diving

The Lions competed against most of the state’s top teams at New Trier’s 67th annual Trevian Relays on Jan. 14. 

Seniors Garrett Walls and Marko Trajanovski and junior Peter Smith were 10th in the varsity 200-yard freestyle relay with junior Jack Dillon (1:32.29) and varsity 400 free relay with senior Sean Gripp (3:28.57).

Quinn Collins won the 50 free (22.35) and 100 backstroke (54.11) on Jan. 13 as LTHS defeated York 117-66. The Lions’ other winners were Walls (200 individual medley in 2:11.41), Gripp (100 free in 52.05), Dillon (100 breaststroke in 1:06.18), diver Matt Adler (253.80 points), the 200 medley relay (Collins, Dillon, Trajanovski, Colin Schertz in 1:41.32) and the 200 free relay (Walls, Jake Thorell, Dillon, Lachlan Gantt in 1:35.27).

LTHS girls wrestling

Lyons Township sophomore Avi Gonzalez (110B-pound weight class) and freshman Sophia Turek (125C) were individual champions at the Batavia’s Clint Arlis Girls Wrestling Invitational on Jan. 14. The Lions (71 points) tied for 10th.

In their championship matches, Gonzalez (4-0) won her final 8-4 and Turek (3-0) won over junior teammate Journie Wickert-Harris (2-1) with a pin in 12 seconds.

Sophomore Sienna Garcia-Rizzo (235) was third. Freshmen Maddie Pieroni (170B) and Jax Tamburello (140B) were fifth.