By Marty Farmer
Brock Hoyd is a building block for the future of the Riverside-Brookfield High School wrestling team. His current status looks bright as well after the freshman won three matches to take second in the 120-pound weight class at the De La Salle Sectional over the weekend.
Hoyd pinned Rich East's Jay Myles and St. Ignatius' John Moroney in the opening two rounds of action. In the semifinals, he edged Francisco Mani of Washington by an 8-6 decision. Anthony Schickel of Oak Forest (40-1) ended Hoyd's bid for a sectional title by pinning him at 1:04 in the final.
Hoyd (27-14 this season) also placed second in regional competition.
Senior Dominick Rowe and sophomore Edwin Valdes also competed at the sectional for RBHS. Rowe (19-13) split four matches (all determined by a fall), while Valdes (16-18) lost a pair of matches.
Qualifiers Jack Villareal, Tyler Hillard and Jack Bergman represented the Lions at the Bolingbrook Sectional. Villareal (30-20) fared the best of the three grapplers with two wins via major decision and decision in the 120-pound class. Villareal earned an 8-0 major decision over Eisenhower's Nate Pacetti in his opening match and notched 3-1 decision against Oak Lawn's Marcel Bitner.
Hillard (18-11) and Bergman (15-9) both went 1-2 in their matches at 113 and 220 pounds, respectively.
RBHS boys basketball
Balanced scoring is a given for the Riverside-Brookfield High School boys basketball team. But the Bulldogs, who have won nine games in a row, put away St. Francis and Oak Lawn with suffocating defense.
RBHS (22-4, 9-1 Metro Suburban Conference) built a commanding 59-24 against St. Francis after three quarters en route to a 66-46 victory on Friday, Feb 8. Senior Andrew Veon led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Patrick Hanley and Charles Terry scored 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Against Oak Lawn, the Bulldogs held the host Spartans to four points in the third quarter of a 70-48 win on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Senior guard Zach Vaia scored 20 points and handed out five assists, while Vaia finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Hanley (12 points) and Terry (11 points) also reached double figures in scoring.
Fenwick boys basketball
Sophomore forward Bryce Hopkins had a huge game with 29 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the Friars' 74-62 win over visiting St. Laurence. Freshman Trey Pettigrew had 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Lucas Kolovitz recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards. Solomon Oraegbu contributed 10 points and nine rebounds.