High School Sports Notes
April 28, 2013 10:46PM
Updated: May 30, 2013 2:24PM
Lincoln-Way North’s defense continued to be awfully stingy last week, posting two shutouts. The Phoenix topped Bradley 1-0 and earned a huge overtime win over Andrew by the same score.
“If you want to see a good defense, our defense has been great,” North coach Mike Murphy said. “We’ve only given up seven goals all year and three of those were in one tournament game against Lake Zurich. We got our ninth shutout (against Andrew) and we did without probably our best defender (Becca Morris), who’s hurt.”
North was fired up Thursday for the Andrew match. Sectional seeds came out earlier that day, and the Thunderbolts were given the No. 2 seed in the Andrew Sectional, while the Phoenix was third.
“We knew there was a little animosity there, and we saw it on the field,” Murphy said.
North improved to 2-0 in the SouthWest Suburban Red.
“It would be really great to win (the conference),” said Lexi Cesario, who scored the goal against Andrew. “We tied for it last year, so it’d be great to win it on our own.”
Sandburg is the top seed in the Andrew Sectional.
“One to three could have been in any order,” Murphy said. “It’s wide open.”
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With sectionals around the corner, Brother Rice is still motivated by last year’s sectional semifinal upset loss to Stagg.
The Crusaders are also using the fact that they’re seeded second in the Stagg Sectional – behind Sandburg – to fuel them.
Brother Rice topped a shorthanded Eagles squad 13-3 in the Brother Rice Tournament on April 20.
“We saw the seedings and we weren’t happy with them and we pretty much showed what we thought about them in that game,” Crusaders coach Chris Mulcrone said.
Mulcrone, in his first year at the helm of Rice after taking over for his brother, Bill, is pleased with where his team is at late in the season.
“I’m happy with my starters,” he said. “They’re responding very well to the coaching we’re giving them. We’re putting in a lot of tactical stuff that they haven’t seen and they’re picking it up fast and playing well with it.”
Brother Rice’s record stands at 14-9 after a 2-2 showing at the Stevenson Tournament.
“I’m not looking at the wins and losses,” Mulcrone said. “I’m looking for the growth of my team.”
Lincoln-Way East won its own 24-team tournament for the first time since 2010 using the doubles combinations of Tyler Scaletta-Rohan Piska and Luke Greenfield-Jaroslaw Jozwick to score 42 points over runnerup Lemont’s 39.
Dating back to April 6, those two doubles teams combined to win 37 matches in a row.
“That’s special – that’s something that doesn’t happen very often at our school,” East coach Chris Olson said. “There is a chemistry there with these for guys and that’s important with doubles teams. They really bonded in the offseason.’’
Scaletta-Pisksa’s win over their Hinsdale South opponents was dramatic as they dropped the first set 6-4 before recovering for a 6-0, 7-5 victory to help give the Griffins the overall title.
Other area standouts in the tournament included Kyle Scheffers of Marian Catholic, who finished third in first singles, Eric Pontow of Sandburg, who finished fourth and Nick Urban of Lemont, who claimed fifth.
Lemont’s Nathaniel Burner won the second doubles event while Jake Smagacz-Alex Vasic took third in the first doubles division.
Marian Catholic tied Hinsdale South for fifth with 30 points and was the only other team in the top 10.
With standout sprinter Jalen Banks sidelined because of a sore back, Thornton’s second-place finish at the recent Terry Englund Relays indicates some first-place finishes could be ahead with Banks on the track.
“The team was looking good in the cold weather,’’ Banks said. “Once we hit some competition and warm weather, I believe we’re going to have strong times going into the conference and sectional.’’
The SouthWest Suburban Red Meet, May 9 at Thornridge, is expected to feature a couple of the state’s top sprinters in Banks and Lincoln-Way North’s Julian Hylton. Banks was sixth in the Class 3A 100-meter dash last season and Hylton was eighth.
The two will line up against each other again at the May 16 Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional, a talent-rich meet that will include Providence, Thornwood, Crete-Monee and the host Vikings.
Banks, his brother Jauan Wesley, and Tifonte Hunt return from the 400 relay that had the third-best sectional time (41.89) last year, but missed making the finals downstate.
The Vanderbilt-bound Banks, who called his brother an “up-and-coming sprinter,’’ believes better results await Thornton.
“Myself in the 100, my team in multiple other events,’’ Jalen said. “We want to bring home a state trophy if everybody stays healthy.’’