Saturday was a good day for Lyons
Towhship cross-country as both the girls' and boys' programs ran away with first place at their respective Argo Sectionals to qualify for the Class AA State tournament.
Jake Discipio, Dave Carlson, and Danny De Roc led the boys' team by finishing the three-mile course at Bullfrog Lake in Willows Springs in the top 10. The effort gave the Lions a score of 23.
Discipio took second overall with a time of 16:11, 11 seconds behind first place finisher E.J. Flood of Morton. Carlson timed out just behind Discipio at 16:11, and De Rock took fifth in 16:32.
Sophomore Sam Kehoe (16:37) and senior Ross Topol (16.39) weren't far behind, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Dave Peterson finished 11th overall with a time of 16:49, while sophomore Kevin Campbell took 15th in 16:59.
Girls cross-country: Sophomore Jane Simpson continued to pace Lyons, finishing first overall with a time of 18:50. The Lions had no trouble at the sectional, garnering a final score of 18, far from second place finishers Nazareth (61).
Fellow sophomore Keegan Kilrea followed Simpson through the finish line, place second in 19:12. Lauren Clarke (19:22), Katie Flaherty (19:27); Christine Farrell (19:34) and Jessica Lee (19:41) all finished in the top 10 for Lyons.
Bulldogs to run wild at State
Both the Riverside-Brookfield girls' and boys' cross-country teams advanced to the Class AA State tournament to be held at Detweiller Park in Peoria this weekend. The boys' team snagged the final qualifying spot at the Argo Sectional by placing fifth with a total score of 129.
Junior Jack McLaughlin led the Lions, placing 14th in 16:54. Kevin Kunkel took 24th in 18:16, while Bryon Siazon placed 28th in 18:16.
Girls cross-country: The Bulldogs finished in fourth place at Argo with a score of 101. Freshman Sheela Turbek led RB with ninth place finish in 20:23.
LT football falls short
The regular season ended on a sour note for the Lyons Township football team. The Lions fell 35-14 to West Suburban (Silver) Conference foe Hinsdale Central on Friday night, falling to 5-4 overall on the season.
Most of the damage came in the form of Hinsdale quarterback Brett Morse, who scampered for touchdowns of 2, 36, and 57 yards. He also converted 10-of-18 passes for 105 yards.
The Lions will travel to No. 1 seeded Fremd (9-0) to open the Class 8A playoffs on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. LT closed out conference play with a 4-2 mark, good for third place.