Sports Recap: October 21-November 3

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor

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The girls cross country team competed at Sectionals in Hoffman Estates and placed 8th. Brooke Johnston advanced out of sectionals and will compete at State this weekend

Girls Cross Country

The girls cross country has been on their road to state for the past few weeks now and after sectionals, they finally know who will be making the trip down to Peoria for state.

At regionals, the girls finished fourth overall, earning the team a spot at Sectionals. Brooke Johnston, freshman, Kristin Loftus, sophomore, and Hannah Laubach, freshman, all finished in the top 20. At Sectionals, the team was not as fortunate and finished eighth overall, ending their season as a team. However, one runner earned an individual spot at the state meet. Johnston finished in sixth place overall and will head to Peoria next weekend.

Although Johnston may be the only runner advancing to state, the team now will have their eyes set on the polar bears winter training program, as well as track season in the spring.

Photo with permission of Patrick Hart
Jack Moses, senior, eludes an Andrew defender during a first round playoff game at Andrew. LZ prevailed 14-7 and advanced to the second round where they host Hersey on November 9

Football

It is win or go home from now on for the football team as they began the IHSA playoffs and fought with their season on the line.

Week nine featured the last conference match-up of the season as the team hosted Waukegan. When the clock hit zero, the scoreboard read 63-0 in favor of the Bears. This win boosted the team to 6-3 to finish the regular season and clinched an automatic playoff birth.

When the brackets came out, LZ was listed as the 20th seed in class 7A. With this seed, the team traveled to Tinley Park to play the 13th seed, Victor J. Andrew. The game was a defensive battle, as the LZ defense held the Andrew offense to 155 yards of offense en route to a 14-7 victory.

Now, the team will host the 4th seeded Hersey in the second round next Saturday at 1:00 pm for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Boys Cross Country

The boys cross country team also competed at regionals and sectionals in these past two weeks, and also have runners advancing to Peoria next week.

At regionals, the team came away with the crown, with Jake Myers, junior, Jack Gilboy, junior, and Patrick Hart, senior, all finishing in the top 10. At sectionals, Gilboy led the charge once again for the team, finishing sixth, helping the team to a second-place finish and a team state berth.

“A positive mindset is prevalent for our team. We have a goal of placing in the top three at state and we all need to run our best races,” Gilboy said. “I know we will.”

The entire team will be travelling down to Peoria next weekend to hint for hardware to finish their season.

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team ended their season in the past two weeks by competing at IHSA Sectionals at Stevenson.

Sonya Bryukhova, junior, and Abby DeGustino, junior, led the charge for the team in singles, and the pair of seniors Lexy Selof and Abby Bens led the team in doubles, but were not able to earn a spot at state.

With the team’s season now over, the team will set their sights on next year and developing their non-seniors to be ready compete once again.

Girls Volleyball

The girls volleyball team finished up their season in these last few weeks, and sent their seniors out on some high notes.

The team closed out their regular season with a straight sets victory over Waukegan on October 23 before getting set for the regional semifinal against Cary-Grove a week later. Sadly, the team fell to Cary-Grove in straight sets, ending their season.

Now the team will look to next year and developing their team in order to build off of this season.

Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team also ended their season in these past two weeks with their regional run being cut short.

The team ended up playing Fremd in the regional semifinals, but fell 2-0 to the eventual sectional champions in the Libertyville Sectional.

With this season being over, the team will also look to next year in hopes of building off of this season.

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