High School Sports Notes
March 31, 2013 11:22PM
Updated: May 2, 2013 6:12AM
No setter? No problem.
Sandburg, despite the loss of Harvard-bound setter Nick Bendell, notched the best run amongst area programs in the loaded 24-team Tiger Classic. The Eagles placed fourth behind All-Tournament selection John Chmura, topping Lincoln-Way East (fifth), Lincoln-Way Central (11th) and Brother Rice (14th) in the standings.
Chmura, a 6-foot outside hitter, was the only sophomore to make the 15-person All-Tournament team.
Also making the cut were Stagg outside hitter Kamil Barnas, Lincoln-Way Central outside hitter Austin Overby and Lincoln-Way East libero Josh Phalen.
Phalen was on a tear prior to the tournament, notching 16 digs in a March 26 win over Brother Rice.
“Josh Phalen was digging the heck out of those guys,” East coach Kris Fiore said after the game.
Sandburg beat Lincoln-Way East in three sets to advance out of the quarterfinals, but the Eagles lost to tournament champ Glenbrook North in the semifinals and Minooka in the third-place game.
Glenbrook North, second in state last season, was led by tournament MVP Brian O’Keefe. Minooka, fourth in state last season, was paced by All-Tournament selection Matt Svetlecich.
One of the better rivalries brewing in the South Suburban Conference is between the Reavis and T.F. South doubles teams.
The Rebels No. 1 team of Shannon Pollard and Jenna Pasko beat out Reavis’ Marissa Mangala and Dena Zayed for third in state last season, and Pollard and Pasko triumphed for the third time this season at the Lockport Tournament on Saturday.
“We just saw them on Thursday,” Reavis coach Cynthia Dyrkacz said. “My number one doubles team improved from the last time we saw them, so we’re getting there, but I honestly think those are two teams that are compatible and it’s whoever is going to make those errors.”
The No. 2 teams might be even more competitive. Reavis’ Riyan Yanes and Jessica Bachleda gave the T.F. South pair of Cassie Breshock and Jhennie Corpuz the first loss of their season at the Shepard Invite, but Breshock and Corpuz exacted revenge in the semifinals of the Lockport Tournament en route to the title.
“I think we’re going to keep going back-and-forth and whoever has (less) errors and whoever is going to want it more will win,” Dyrkacz.
The Rams No. 3 doubles team of Anna Wypych and Elizabeth Doorey took third in Saturday’s tournament.
girls track & field
The top two teams from the 2012 SouthWest Suburban Blue Meet, Bolingbrook and Homewood-Flossmoor, have an early season meeting Saturday at the H-F Invitational.
One of the best races should be the 400-meter relay — Bolingbrook is the defending Class 3A state champion and H-F was third. Although both teams graduated some runners from those relays, including H-F’s Taylor Farley and Taylor Lynch, newcomers are ready for their chance.
The triple jump will feature H-F senior Chardae Greenlee, state runner-up last season at T.F. North.
H-F’s Christin Salley was a state meet standout as a freshman last season, anchoring the 400 relay and leading off the 800 relay.
Tinley Park senior Angelica Lafemina is hoping to make another trip downstate after taking sixth in the 400-meter dash at the 2011 Class 2A state meet and qualifying for the 800-meter run last season.
“I want to get All-State in the 800, whether it be sixth through first place,’’ Lafemina said. “That’s my goal.’’
Lafemina won the 800 and was third in the 400 Saturday at the Stagg Invitational.
Andrew’s Alexis Rodriguez took second in the 400 to Plainfield Central’s Jenna Moody, who was sixth at the 3A state meet last year.
Boys Water polo
Coming off a 2-18 season, Lincoln-Way West is looking for a big improvement this year.
New head coach Eric Olson, previously an assistant, thinks the Warriors can make it happen.
“The attitude has been great all year building up to the season,” Olson said. “I think the pieces are there for us to have a strong year.”
West earned its first win of the year Thursday in a 17-16 shootout over Shepard co-op to improve to 1-3.
Olson has utilized a young lineup, including freshman Jake Carlson and sophomores Colin Karpluck and Kyle Small.
“They’re learning more and more and we’re definitely improving with every game,” Olson said. “We have a good mix of seniors and underclassmen.”
One of the seniors is Kurt Butterfield, who scored 54 goals last year.
“Kurt is a guy we’ve moved around to pretty much every position,” Olson said. “From defensive hole to the hole to driver. You can see him really taking off this year. He’s doing great.”
Goalie Mark Carroll and driver Wade Pawlisz are also senior leaders for West.
The Warriors have three SouthWest Suburban Red matches this week: Monday at Lincoln-Way North, Wednesday at Stagg and Thursday against Andrew.