Hoffman features shutouts; Schaumburg's streak hits 10
Five shutouts provided Hoffman Estates' freshman soccer team with 3 wins in their first 6 Mid-Suburban South games.
Goalkeeper Kelly Vernico was credited with shutout wins of 2-0 and 4-0 over Conant, 2-0 over Rolling Meadows and scoreless ties with Schaumburg and Elk Grove.
The Hawks (3-1-3, 3-0-3) tied Prospect 1-1.
Effie Crambes at sweeper, Michelle Spacone and Georgia Spournis on defense, Baaba Grant at center midfield, and Angie Zodda, who led the team with 5 goals in seven games, were instrumental in the good start.
Junior varsity. The Hawk JV (4-5-2, 3-4-2) made up for a lack of offense with strong defense in a highly competitive season thus far.
Lisa Rambert turned in good efforts as goalkeeper. She has been aided by Schiabahn Hopkins at sweeper, Brianne Brooks at fullback and Stacy Knorr at stopper.
Five games have been decided by 1-0 scores.
Stacy Berngard, Heather Bielek and Olympia "Bia" Angelopoulos have been the top midfielders.
Volleyball. The Hawk junior varsity continued to show improvement despite struggling winless through nine games as coach Lisa Moore tried to prepare the team of sophomores with one junior for the step up to varsity.
John Seiga played well in setting up hitters Dave Harris, Todd Oris, Kevin Rabine, and lone junior Chris Iacullo. Eugene Choe played well in the back row.
Freshmen. In terms of wins and losses, the Hawk freshmen haven't done well (3-16, 0-8), but they continued to show improvement.
The Hawks went to three games in eight of their matches.
Ryan Carl, Dave Florek and Jeremy Bielat at outside hitter, Nick Pierce at middle hitter and Jeremy Bielat as setter played consistently in last week's Schaumburg tournament.
Tony Curcio and Jon Stagl played well alternating at the other setting position.
Alan Alvarez, Eric Hendrickson, Dan Meacham, Frank Moats and Ryan Tiltz all showed improvement as hitters.
A school record 10-game winning streak, eight in the Mid-Suburban South, gave Schaumburg's junior varsity soccer team first place in the division.
The Saxon defense posted 9 shutouts in the stretch, led by its three goalkeepers in Jeanette Tourtelot, who played a half in each game, and Laurie Nannini and Amy Theobald, who alternated in the other halves.
Sweeper Brianne McNally, stopper Niki Dugger and Jenny Camp, Amy Bessen and Denise Prokop helped hold the opposition to just 1 goal.
Valerie Haubenriser and Melissa Triplett led the scorers as the Saxons scored 34 goals in the span.
Center midfielder Jessica Kolb led in assists.
Freshmen. Defense propelled the Saxon freshmen (6-3-2, 6-0-2) to first place in the MSL South with two games remaining.
Goalkeeper Sarah Baxter, who averaged 4 saves per game in the MSL South matches, and sweeper Kara Richardson lead the defense.
Amy Cratohuil scored 10 goals in the first 11 games to lead the offense.
Volleyball. With 11 seniors on the South division champion varsity team about to graduate, a sense of urgency prevails with the Saxon JV.
The Saxons dipped to 7-3, 5-3 in the division as coach Jeannette Pancratz prepared the boys for the step up.
Junior Paul Radek leads the team from his setting position.
Tim O'Neill, Dan Vesper and Dave Salgado all played strong around the court.
Dennis Lamantia, Danny Lorenzo and Chris Due played well in supporting roles.
Sophomores Brennan Pomroy, Jon Schmidt, Justin Sienkiewicz, Marcus Klokkenga and Eric Hauswirth have all contributed.
Freshmen. The Saxon freshmen have developed into a strong team through court awareness and fundamentals as they built a 4-4 record in the South division.
Setters Mike Erlander and Jeremy Kitlinski run a 6-2 attack with hitters Matt Fitzgerald, Mike Elkin, Mike Eggers and Harshil Thaker making the most of their opportunities.
Greg Sevdagian leads the team in serving at 98.6 percent accuracy.
Consistent setting by Mike Rossman helped Conant's junior varsity volleyball team build an 11-4 overall record in their first 15 games.
Andy Bessecke in the back row, Kevin Creutz, Dan Donohue and Tim Harte at hitter and Peter Gennuso and Creutz as servers have had good seasons thus far for the Cougars, who are 5-3 in the MSL South.
The Cougars had seven matches left entering the week, including South matches with Prospect and Schaumburg and a tournament on Saturday.
Freshmen. Injuries, including recent ones to hitters Daniel Crail (sprained ankle) and Matt Zaucha (concussion), hurt the Cougar freshmen, who split even in their first 10 games and eight in the South.
The full lineup of a dozen players has been intact only a couple of games this season.
Ryan Binder, Steve Long and Chris Rhee have been effective setters in the 6-2 offense.
Pratik Dalal, Gregg Prothe, Craig Johnson, Rahul Nayak on the front row, and Steve Bauer, Justin Ginsberg and Rich Connelly in the back row have all played well.
Soccer. Considering the lack of experience on Conant's freshman soccer team, coach John Braglia got the most from the rookie group in putting up a 3-8 overall record, 2-6 in the South division.
Monica Swacha at stopper led the defense, and Belina Peterson, Jenny Mariani and Liz Garcia at midfield have played consistently.
Courtney Campbell at sweeper and Christina Leguizman at forward have shown good improvement as the season progressed.
Junior Varsity. At times this season, the Cougar junior varsity has played very well, but they are looking for consistency the rest of the way as they have fallen below .500.
Goalkeeper Nicole Tritthardt and midfielders Emily Schwartz and Carrie Crasmiller turned in outstanding performances for the Cougars.
Lake Park boys gymnastics coach Joseph Fortino says this year's freshman team was the most talented group in more than 10 years to compete for the Lancers.
Twelve freshmen were in the program and set seven record performances.
Kyle Leimetter has excelled at the pommel horse, Tony Evans at vaulting and the parallel bars and Gantipp Kongkaeow on the parallel bars.
Girls track: The Lancers finished second in last week's Upstate Eight Conference meet with 108 points. Waubonsie Valley was first with 208.
Esther Rosenow finished first in two events - the triple jump (31 feet, 8 inches) and the long jump (13 feet, 82 inches). Shannon Barrett did the same, in the 1,600 (5:47.6) and the 3,200 (12:29).
Other top finishers included: Allison Barrons, second in the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches); Leslie Murray, third in the shot put (27 feet, 11.5 inches); Erica Hausfeld, fifth in the discus (82 feet, 4 inches) and sixth in the shot put (25 feet, 6 inches); Amy Holmes, third in 100 high hurdles (20.4); Maura Hardy, sixth in the 3,200 (13:25); Cari Wiley, third in the 800 (2:38); Dianah Almdale, fifth in the 800 (2:44); Kendra Trosper, fourth in the 400 (1:06); Jennelle Morgan, sixth in the 400 (1:11); Maggie Marchese, fourth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (57.8); and Nicole Evans, fourth in the 200 (29.5).
Soccer: Lancers freshman soccer coach Jeff Adkins has noticed a difference between the girls he coaches in the spring and the boys who play soccer at Lake Park in the fall.
"When I asked for experience the most I got was that they played a year of park district. It seems like the guys at Lake Park have been playing club ball their whole lives."
The result is an 0-7 record for the Lancers and a patient coaching job required of Adkins. Lake Park is making progress, as evidenced by Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Glenbard East.
"That's the best game we've had," Adkins said. "Most of our games are 4- to 5-goal differentials. We're totally improving but unfortunately when you look at our record it doesn't look like we're improving. You can't measure us in wins."
Rebecca Seigel scored Lake Park's goal against Glenbard East, her second of the year. Tami Erikson also has 2 goals.