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Area athletes have big weekend in tennis, track and soccer

Niles North's Dave Bacalla reached the final 16 in the state tennis tournament. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Niles North's Dave Bacalla reached the final 16 in the state tennis tournament. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

TribLocal area athletes competed in the Illinois High School Association state finals of three sports over the weekend with some impressive results. A look at how they fared:
Boys Tennis Hinsdale Central broke New Trier’s two-year stronghold on the state team title by scoring 50 points.

New Trier took second with 36 in the meet, which ended May 26 at sites throughout the north and western suburbs. Central had won three titles from 2007-2009 before New Trier took over. It’s the Red Devils’ 21st state title. Rounding out the top 10 were Lake Forest, Stevenson, Deerfield, Glenbrook South, Oak Park River Forest, Marian Catholic, Edwardsville and Lyons Township.

Deerfield's Jason Brown won the state singles crown. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Deerfield’s Jason Brown, who entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, was challenged early in the first set of the state tournament but beat Matt Bisbee, 7-5, 6-1. He was taken to three sets in the third and fourth round but found his groove in the final three rounds with convincing two-set victories to win the state singles crown. He beat Marian’s Julian Childers 6-1, 6-2 to claim the crown.

“I competed and got my mind sharper by being able to pull through those matches when I wasn’t playing well,” the Yale-bound Brown told the Tribune.

Stevenson’s Jeremy Bush beat out Hinsdale Central freshman Martin Joyce for third place. Hinsdale Central’s Sam Bloom beat Peter Tarwid for fifth place.

Assistant coach Ian Tesmond, right, instructs Alex Hagermoser, left, and Pete Heneghan in the state tournament. The Red Devil duo won the state doubles title. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

The Hinsdale Central doubles team of Alex Hagermoser-Peter Heneghan had a tough championship match but came up with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) win over Glenbrook South’s Mike Sellitto-Michael Levin in a match that featured two tiebreakers.

New Trier’s Alex Mang-Athur Ozga took third and Hinsdale Central’s Chase Hamilton-Michael Lorenzini beat out Highland Park’s Zacko Brint-Danny Wynbrandt for fifth.

Boys Track

In Class 3A, Oak Park River Forest finished third, Cary-Grove fifth and Grant tied for eighth at the meet in Charleston. The area won 11 individual titles in Class 3A.

Cary-Grove’s Josh Freeman was a double-winner as he took the shot put event with a 66-foot effort and an 181-3 throw in the discus. Wheaton North’s Zach Gordon won the long jump with a 24-foot, 1/2-inch effort. York’s Nick Sgarbossa won the pole vault with a 16-3. Oak Park’s Carl Heinz won the high jump with a 7-1 and Barrington’s A.J. Scarbrough won the triple jump with a 49-4 3/4.

In the running events, Oak Park’s Malachy Schrobilgen took the 3200 run with a 9-minute, 03.42-second run. Hinsdale South’s Tavaris Binion won the 100 dash with a :10.53, Maine South’s Michal Filipczak won the 800 with a 1:52.01, Round Lake’s Antonio Farley won the 400 with a :48.29 and New Trier’s Leland Later won the 1600 with a 4:09.95.

In Class 2A, Glenbard South took second, Grayslake Central fourth and Providence Catholic tied for sixth.

Woodstock North’s Jon Walsh won the pole vault with a 15-6, Grayslake Central’s Luke Zygmunt won the 800 with a 1:55.24, the Glenbard South 4×200 relay team of Sean Henderson, Jarius Shannon, Tyler Padera and Wesley Sanders won with a 1:29.38 and South’s Elven Walker won in the 300 hurdles with a :38.41.

In Class 1A, Mooseheart finished tied for 10th. The Aurora Christian 4×400 relay team of Billy Howorth, Jake Gehman, Nate Jensen and Dillon Howorth won a state title with a 3:24.15.

Girls soccer

Lisle’s squad finished fourth in the Class 1A tournament after losing to Manteno, 4-0, in the semifinals and Richmond-Burton, 3-0, in the third-place game at North Central College in Naperville to finish 14-12-2.

Lisle's Skyler Tomko boots the ball against Manteno in the state semifinals. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Junior Skyler Tomko’s led the Lions with 18 of her team’s 36 goals during the season and is one of several players slated to return next year.

Other members of the Lions include seniors Lauren Prindeville and Mariah Ortega, juniors Vanessa Roach, Christine Young, Angie Ngo, Katie Kulevich, Ashleigh Zureck and Catherine Smith. Also on the roster are sophomores Molly Kranink, Vel Melo, Danielle DiMaggio, Keely Giest, Alison Morton, Elena Pavek and Sierra Birdsell as well as freshmen Breann Hutchison, Kara Laue, Sara Mogensen, Katelynn Wiessinger, Kelsey Kretman, Ally Wroble, Katy Harper and Hannah Prindeville.

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