Sports Recap: August 12-September 8

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The football team lines up for a play against Marist on 9/6. The game ended in a 24-17 loss for the Bears


The football team faced a couple of disappointing losses in their first two games of the season.

In week one, the team played their annual opener against Fremd. Unfortunately, the team fell short as the Fremd defense gave them a rough night with three interceptions. A touchdown run by Jack Dwyer, junior, was not enough offensive production to outscore Fremd, who won 24-6.

Week two, on the other hand, was a game that went down to the end. The team welcomed state powerhouse Marist to Mel Eide field on Friday with hopes to bounce back. Throughout the first half, the Bears’ defense stifled Marist. A touchdown by Dwyer put the team up 7-0 at halftime. In the second half, however, Marist began to figure out the Bears’ defense and with three minutes left in the game, the Bears’ led 17-9 with Marist ball after a kickoff. The Marist rushing game started to eat away at the Bears’ defense yard by yard. After an unfortunate targeting call on the Bears’, Marist had the ball on the Bears’ 8-yard line with 30 seconds in the game. Marist managed to rush in a touchdown, and a two-point conversion to tie the game at 17 and send the game to overtime.

In overtime, Marist had the ball first and continued their momentum by once again rushing quickly into the endzone to make it 24-17 Marist. Unfortunately, the Bears’ weren’t able to put the ball in the endzone and Marist won 24-17 in overtime.

Looking ahead, the team will be looking for their first win under Ron Planz, the team’s new head coach, as they finish their road schedule by traveling to Zion-Benton and Lake Forest.

Boys Soccer

After having one of the best seasons in the history of the program last year, winning Regionals and advancing to the Sectional Final, the boys soccer team is out and ready to take on this season.

Unfortunately, this season has not started out the way the team has hoped for, as they are 1-3-3 through seven games. The team started with a tie at home against St. Viator, a loss at home against Hersey, and then a couple of ties against Vernon Hills and Jacobs. The team then headed to the Barrington classic where they lost to Barrington and Streamwood, but were able to achieve their first win of the year against Rockford Boylan. However, the team is looking ahead to bouncing back when they start conference play against ZIon-Benton this week.

“Obviously last year we had an amazing run, the best we’ve had in nine years. We haven’t gotten off to the best of starts but the talent is definitely still here, if not, even more,” Aiman Naqvi, junior, said. “We are just focused on playing the best we can and improving every day as conference games are coming up.”

The team is now looking ahead to Cary-Grove on Monday and starting their conference schedule against ZIon-Benton on Thursday.

Girls Cross Country

The girls cross country team started their season out on a high note, winning the Crystal Lake South Invitational on Saturday.

The team was led by underclassmen Brooke Johnston, Freshman, Kristin Loftus, sophomore, and Hannah Laubach, freshman. Ruby Lueras, junior, and Hayley Burk, junior, came in the top-20 as well, which led the team to a ten point victory over the next lowest scoring team, Belvidere North.

The girls team will now get set as they face Zion-Benton and Waukegan on Tuesday afternoon.

Boys Cross Country

The boys cross country team took the trip up to the University of Wisconsin Parkside on Saturday as they ran in the Racine Horlick Rebel Invitational.

The team ended up placing sixth out of 17 teams in attendance. Of the team, Corey Brend, senior, Kevin Loftus, sophomore, and Spencer Ejupi, junior, led the charge and all ran in the top 45 runners. Also in that mix are Mark Santi, senior, and Aidan Markiewicz, sophomore, who both came in under 19 minutes for three miles.

The team will also be running against Zion-Benton and Waukegan on Tuesday along with the girls team.

Girls Volleyball

The girls Volleyball team has been off to a busy start, as they already have played 13 games.

Through those 13 games, the team is 4-9 and they are looking to pick it up before they begin conference play against Zion-Benton on Wednesday. Of their notable results, the team defeated Rolling Meadows, Zion-Benton, and Lakes in their early-season tournaments. However, the team has also lost to Vernon Hills, Carmel, and Fremd.

The team begins their conference play on Wednesday, but they also have to think about the Niles West Tournament, starting next weekend.

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team is looking to have a solid team season, and with what they have shown so far, it seems as if they have the means to do it. 

Early victories against Palatine and Schaumburg show that the team has the talent to be a force to be reckoned with. However, a tough loss to Prospect 7-0 will be something the team has to bounce back from as they approach the rest of the season.

The team will get set to start conference play this week as they play Zion-Benton on Monday and Lake Forest on Thursday.

Girls Golf

The girls golf team has gotten off to a good start to their season as they have been playing some close golf through their first matches of the year.

The year started off to a tough loss to St. Viator 184-172, but rebounded very quickly with a dominant win over Grant. The team then was able to oust Carmel by a mere stroke. They were then on the other end of a close match as they fell to Lake Forest 174-170.

The team will now get set to tee off against Libertyville this Tuesday and Warren on Thursday.

Boys Golf

The boys’ golf team got off to a hot start in their first few matches and invites of the year, with a couple of wins and some low scores.

The season started for the team when they defeated Zion-Benton and Waukegan in their first duals. The team then was able to capture second at the McHenry Invitational where Jonah Schwartz, junior, took sixth, Gavin Consdorf, senior, took ninth, and Jake Michalak, took tenth. 

Conference play has already begun, and the team will look to have a strong rest of the season with their large portion of new varsity players.