Senior Sam Levinson and his Lyons Township High School boys volleyball teammates hoped to gain postseason momentum from the Richards Invitational last weekend.

Levinson was named MVP and the Lions (26-5, 3-2) won the tournament by beating Downers Grove North 25-17, 25-20. In 2022, Levinson was all-tournament for the sixth-place Lions.

“I came into the tournament hoping to win the whole thing and be a big part of that success, but earning MVP and seeing Luka Kostic and Leo Wiemelt also make the all-tournament team was awesome,” Levinson said.

“We probably played the best volleyball we have all season. Our defense is something we always harp on, and the amount of balls we got up and rallies that continued because of our digs was great to see. Our poise and confidence also improved, and that progression allowed us to come into every game playing to win.”

Over five tournament victories, Levinson had 40 kills, 9 aces, 19 digs and four aces.

Other standouts included junior Kostic (42 kills, 3 aces, 19 digs, 3 blocks), senior Wiemelt (15 kills, 2 aces, 10 blocks), Carson Turner (64 assists) and Zaccary Ruiz (23 digs).

LTHS previously split two three-set matches with Downers North, losing the West Suburban Silver matchup. The Lions beat Brother Rice 25-19, 26-14 in the tournament semifinals on May 13  after a three-set victory in the season opener.

“We have been playing more consistent recently, and Richards provided some insight of what we are capable of but are still focusing on our development on defensive and free-ball play,” LTHS coach Brad Skendzel said. “We need to be as effective on defense as our offense. Our conference provides a playoff-type game and atmosphere, which provides many learning opportunities for our players and program.”  

The Lions are the No. 1 seed in the IHSA Oswego Sectional and begin Naperville Central Regional play at 5:30 p.m. May 23 against No. 16 West Chicago or No. 17 Neuqua Valley.  

LTHS baseball

The Lions (21-7) ended West Suburban Conference Silver play at 13-5 after losing two of three games against league rivals York last week..

LTHS and York (10-5) are tied for second in the loss column behind Downers Grove North (13-2), which finishes with Glenbard West. The Dukes’ last series is against Hinsdale Central (7-8).

Troy Stukenberg was 3 for 4 with two runs batted in and three runs in the York victory. Pat Engels (4 RBIs), Luke Nicholaus (3 RBIs, double) had two hits each, and Frederick Ragsdale III (3 runs) and Sam Viniard (2 RBIs, 2 runs) also contributed. Winning pitcher Nate Anderson (4 innings) and Henry Witmer combined on a four-hitter.

LTHS beat Leyden 10-3 on May 13 while celebrating the 20-year reunion of its 2003 state championship team. Engels (double, 3 RBIs), Stukenberg (triple, 2 RBIs), Ragsdale (double) and Nicholaus (double) had two-hit games, Jack Falls, Ragsdale and Stukenberg scored twice and Ryan Jackson doubled. Winning pitcher Witmer struck out eight in four innings.  

The Lions are the No. 1 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Mt. Carmel Sectional and open regional play at home against No. 15 Proviso East or No. 16 Kelly at 4:30 p.m. on May 24. The regional final is at 11 a.m. on May 27 against No. 8 Jones or No. 9 Oak Lawn with the winner advancing to the sectional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. on May 31.

LTHS softball

Senior shortstop Tess Meyer experienced the thrill of hitting two home runs against Oak Park and River Forest on May 12 until the Huskies rallied for a 7-5 victory.

But, Meyer was smiling again three days later.

The Lions (6-17, 4-7 in WSC Silver) had one of their biggest victories this season in beating York 10-7 on May 15. 

Peyton O’Flaherty hit a two-run homer and had four runs batted in. Makenna Kotor and Meyer had two RBIs each.

“Our defense had so many great plays. It was really cool to see it all come together,” Meyer said. “And hitting non-stop. We were executing, hitting the ball to the right side. I feel like we’re really good at keeping right in until the end no matter what.”  

LTHS also beat Proviso West 19-0 on May 10 while losing to Evergreen Park 6-5 on May 11.

Lucy Lee pitched a four-inning one-hitter against Proviso West with six strikeouts and a walk. Kaitlyn Filkins was 3 for 3 with a home run, double and four RBIs. Lexi Jeffrey (4 RBIs), Kotor (2 RBIs) and Ida Castro had a double and single, O’Flaherty had three RBIs and Grace Sneed had a two-run hit.

LTHS led 5-1 before OPRF rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth after scoring twice in the fifth. Meyer hit two home runs and had four RBIs in going 3 for 3. O’Flaherty and Castro each had two hits with a double.

Evergreen Park won on a game-ending RBI double in the eighth. Meyer (double) and Kotor each were 2 for 3, Kotor, Ellie Prendergast and Castro had RBIs and O’Flaherty tripled.  

The Lions are the No. 11 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Marist Sectional and open Riverside-Brookfield Regional play at 6:30 p.m. on May 24 against No. 6 Willowbrook. 

The regional final is at 11 a.m. on May 27 against No. 3 RBHS or No. 14 Eisenhower. The winner advances to the 4:30 p.m. sectional semifinal on May 31.

LTHS badminton

Junior Julia Senffner finished among the top 24 in singles and seniors Elle Ownby and Aggie Driscoll were top 32 in doubles at the IHSA state meet at DeKalb on May 13.

Senffner (19-18) was 3-2 and Ownby and Driscoll (22-13) were 2-2 with victories in the consolation bracket.

Senior Sofia Garcia and sophomore Mia Graziano (14-24) were 1-2 with a consolation-bracket victory. Sophomore Audrey Shell (17-19) lost her two matches.

LTHS boys tennis

The Lions play at the IHSA Class 2A York Sectional. Top-four singles and doubles finishers qualify for the state meet.

On May 13, the Lions finished second to Hinsdale Central at the West Suburban Conference Silver meet and second in the overall standings after a 5-1 dual record.

LTHS was second at six of the seven positions – Jack McLane (No. 1) and Shay Sweigard (No. 2) in singles and Mason Mazzone and Alex Gojkovich (No. 1), Patrick Adams and Luke Howell (No. 2), Will Cotts and George Ross (No. 3) and Danny Svelnis and George Atseff (No. 4) in doubles. John Dunleavy was third at No. 3 singles.

At Hersey’s Pitchford Tournament, the state’s top regular-season tournament, Mazzone and McLane finished second at No. 1 doubles on April 30. The Lions lost to New Trier 6-4, 6-2 in the final after beating teams from Hinsdale Central, Barrington and Stevenson all in straight sets.

LTHS lacrosse

The LTHS boys (15-3, 1-3) are the No. 2 seed in the Lyons Township Sectional to Wheaton Academy and begin play May 22 against No. 7 Wheaton Warrenville South or No. 10 Montini. The Lions’ sectional semifinal would be at home at 7 p.m. on May 24. 

The LTHS girls (5-9, 1-3) are the No. 4 seed in the Marist Sectional and open May 22 against No. 5 Nazareth Academy. The winner most likely gets top-seeded Benet in the May 24 sectional semifinals.