News of the year
Driscoll Catholic Highlanders became the State 4-A football champions. The school compiled a 12-2 record and went on to beat Mt. Carmel (Illinois) in double overtime to win the crown, Driscoll's first since 1991.
The high school celebrated its 35th anniversary.
The crest was incorporated into the school's logo and metallic gold and black became the Driscoll's official colors.
John "Jack" McDonald, who served as Driscoll's athletic director for 13 years and coached boys and girls basketball, died in October of cancer. The girls' basketball team dedicated its season to their coach.
The boys cross country team qualified as a team for a sectional meet for the first time since 1994. The meet was held in October in Lisle.
Earning the Suburban Catholic Conference Sportsmanship Award were the girls volleyball and cross-country teams and the boys cross-country and soccer teams.
The boys basketball team became the Suburban Catholic Conference champions for the first time since 1997.
Senior Victor Arlis, Glendale Heights, was named Suburban Catholic Conference player of the year.
Athletes named to all Suburban Catholic Conference teams: Girls Cross Country, Abigail Rodenas, sophomore, Carol Stream; Boys Cross Country, John Archer, senior, Carol Stream; Football, Victor Arlis, senior, Glendale Heights; Mike Freeman, senior, Roselle; Kentin Lathrope, senior, Bloomingdale; Michael Senese, senior, Glendale Heights; Michael Tenuto, senior, Addison; James Vozzella, senior, Elk Grove Village; Paul Whetsel, senior, Bloomingdale; Golf, Jeffrey Malek, senior, Bartlett; Anthony Scola, senior, Glendale Heights; Soccer, Brett Bartelli, senior, Bloomingdale; Joe Panzica, senior, Addison, Volleyball, Haley Ostrander, senior, Bloomingdale; Boys Basketball, Paul Pedi, junior, Addison; Greg Turner, sophomore, Glendale Heights; Girls Basketball, Jeannette Arlis, junior, Glendale Heights; Haley Ostrander, senior, Bloomingdale.
Carol Stream sophomore Abigail Rodenas and Lombard junior Fran Sikorski became the first Driscoll girls to qualify for the sectionals in cross-country. Rodenas missed going to the state finals by two seconds.
Addison senior Tracy Cellini won a silver medal for individual baton twirling at the 2001 Amateur Athletics Union Junior Olympics in Hampton Roads, Va. The tournament was held in October.
For the first time, a Driscoll student, Wood Dale sophomore Millie Frawley, qualified for the state finals in gymnastics. Frawley performed on the uneven parallel bars. The finals were held in February in Palatine.
Glendale Heights senior John DiPirro qualified for the state swimming finals in the breast stroke and the butterfly.
For the third consecutive year, Driscoll baseball coach Jeff Sefcik is named the Chicago Area Class A coach of the year by the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association.
Academic All-Conference, Varsity Sports: Boys Basketball, Brett Bartelli, senior, Bloomingdale; Cole Cruz, junior, Bartlett; Peter Jeszka, senior, Wood Dale; Girls Basketball, Carissa DeJacimo, junior, Addison; Lisa DiGrazia, freshman, Addison; Beth Florina, sophomore, Itasca; Abigail Rodenas, sophomore, Carol Stream; Lesley Santa, senior, Bartlett; Jenna Tenuto, junior, Addison.
Roselle junior Kim Davis placed first at the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, Northeast District, Senior High Piano Competition, held in October at Northwestern University.
National Association of Secondary School Principals' National Honor Society Scholarship Program nominees were Rachel deLutio, Elk Grove Village and John diPirro, Glendale Heights.
National Merit Finalist, Alee Nelson, senior, Elk Grove Village. …