Updated: June 21, 2013 6:14AM
Girls Track and Field
Hillcrest scored nine points at the Class 2A state meet last season with two finalists in three events.
The Hawks’ Destini Artis almost scored nine points by herself Saturday at Eastern Illinois when she took second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.31 seconds) to Lindblom standout Shamier Little (13.87, meet record).
Hillcrest’s Zaire Sherrill contributed a ninth-place finish in the triple jump (36 feet, 3¾ inches).
Rich South’s Natasha Seymour placed sixth in the 100 hurdles (15.29) and CiErra Garrett was eighth in the 400 meters (58.26).
In Class 1A, Seton’s Mykel Adams finished eighth in the 200 (26.85) and ran on the fourth-place 400 relay (50.05) with Kyla Mays, Kalieia Ray and Nancy Jeanty.
Thornwood’s Janeah Stewart placed seventh in the Class 3A shot put (39-2¾).
Lincoln-Way East already had clinched the Class 3A team state title before Dana O’Grady, Sydney Barrera, Meghan Marias and Asia Brown ran the 1,600 relay, the final event.
“The mile relay didn’t know we had it wrapped up, so they ran it like they needed to win it,’’ East coach Caroline Gerritsen said. “They went out and broke the school record.’’
East took third place in 3 minutes, 50.86 seconds.
Girls Water Polo
The Danijela Jackovich era at Lincoln-Way Central came to a close Saturday night as Jackovich put on one final show, scoring eight times in the Knights’ state championship game loss to St. Ignatius.
“She was amazing,” Central coach Karen Desruisseaux said. “I’m really proud of her. All these years, she’s been a delight.”
While Jackovich will be impossible to replace – and the Knights also lose goalie Caroline Foglton and defensive standout Meghan McLean – the cupboard isn’t entirely bare. Four junior starters, including Liz Klock (62 goals this season) and Kristi Howe (48) are expected to return.
Desruisseaux also hopes to see interest in the program rise throughout the school.
“I thought there’d be a lot more girls trying out after we made state last year, but it didn’t happen,” she said. “Second in state is a nice thing to be able to put on the fliers I’ll be putting around school to say ‘You could be here with us.’ ”
Jackovich will continue her water polo career at Stanford, but she hopes the program continues to grow without her.
“I hope they keep going forward,” she said. “I want to see them finishing first in the state.”
Talking about the mentality he hoped his players would take into the playoffs, Marian Catholic coach Nasser Shahtaji referenced a famous speech by former North Carolina State men’s basketball coach Jim Valvano.
“(Valvano) always said ‘Never, ever give up,’ ” Shahtaji said. “I never brought that up to the players, but they had the same attitude.”
After finishing the regular season with a 3-12-3 record, the Spartans stunned their way to the Class 2A Rich East Regional title last week.
Marian, seeded 10th in the Lincoln-Way West Sectional, rolled past Crete-Monee 3-0 in its playoff opener then pulled off a true stunner, topping second-seeded Lincoln-Way West 4-2 in the regional final.
“We play some really good teams (in the East Suburban Catholic) and we obviously didn’t have a great regular season,” Shahtaji said. “The girls didn’t let it deflate them, though. Instead, it seems like it’s prepared us for the playoffs.”
Shahtaji said that because of injuries, the Spartans played some regular-season games with no subs. Now, their full squad is available.
Hailey Losselyong, who has scored 19 of Marian’s 26 goals this season, had a hat trick against Lincoln-Way West. Christina Franzese scored her first two goals of the season against Crete-Monee.
Like Usain Bolt in track and field or Drew Brees in football, the best names tend to stick with us.
So with the regular season concluding and the postseason kicking off Monday, here is the SouthtownStar’s All-Name Team, highlighting the coolest names in the Southland’s boys volleyball scene.
Hawk Skrodal, Lincoln-Way North; Lars Torkelson, Lincoln-Way Central; CJ Beezhold, Illiana Christian; Mak Beattie, Homewood-Flossmoor; Kyle Joy, Shepard; Keenan Conklin, Lockport; Morty Berglind, Marist; Hugo Herrara, Ag. Science; Angelo Anagnostopoulous, Richards; Dino DeSalvo; Lincoln-Way West.
After Richards concluded its two-year undefeated streak in the South Suburban Conference with a win over Argo on Thursday, the Bulldogs were rewarded with five all-conference selections: outside hitters Nick Costa and Ed Karalius, middle hitter Jack Kendryna, setter Dan Krasich and right-side hitter Jason Callan. Costa, for the second year in a row, was named the league’s player of the year.
The Bulldogs will open regional play Tuesday against either Andrew or Washington. If they advance, Sandburg is a likely opponent in the regional final.