RB boys roll to 7th straight league victory

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The Riverside-Brookfield High School boy's basketball team improved to 7-0 in the Suburban Prairie Conference with an 87-74 win over Elmwood Park on Friday night. Usual suspects Chris Parish, Mark Gorman and Jon Baldermann led the team.

Parish finished with 28 points, while Baldermann chipped in 18 and Gorman scored 11. Matt Sandrik added 9 points.

After falling behind big early on, Elmwood Park closed the gap to three points at halftime.

But the second half belonged to RB, which scored scoring 48 points during that time to finish what they started.

"We had a good fourth quarter," said coach Tom McCloskey. "Down the stretch I thought we executed pretty well."

The Bulldogs improved their overall record to 13-6. They will travel to Morton East High School on Wednesday night to take on the Mustangs in a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m., and then travel to Westmont for a conference match up on Friday.

RB girls dominate Leyden,Elmwood Park

Last Saturday night's 73-57 rout of Leyden capped a winning weekend for the RB girls' basketball team. Maggie McCloskey led the way with 31 points, including 10-for-21 from 3-point range, in what coach Larry Rocco called, "the most unbelievable shooting performance I've ever seen."

Erin Pfieffer added 22 points and an impressive 16 rebounds. The victory followed another strong outing by the team and their stars on Friday night.

In that game, RB rolled over Elmwood Park by a score of 57-34. Katelyn McCloskey's 17 points led the way, while Maggie McCloskey contributed with 13 points and 11 assists. Pfieffer added 13 points and anchored the defense yet again, by pulling down 14 rebounds.

"Erin has become dominant on the defensive end with her rebounding," said Rocco. "And Katelyn has been keeping up her steady play all year."

The two wins put the Bulldogs' record at 23-3 overall. They will be the No. 3 seed in the IHSA's Girls AA state tournament regional and sectionals, and will play the winner of the Lyons Township and Nazareth game on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Lions swim to second at WSC meet

"The Lyons Township High School boys swimming team took second place in the West Suburban Silver meet over the weekend. First place went to Hinsdale Central, with a total of 302 points. The Lions finished with 262 points, ahead of Downers Grove North (238), York Dukes (203) and Oak Park and River Forest (174). Proviso West finished last, with 27 points.

?"Mike Phillips

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