January 15th, 2019 10:25 AM
RBHS wrestler Cristian Vasquez takes control during a match. He typically wrestles in the 145-pound weight class and has eight wins this season. (Courtesy of Nick Curby)
By Marty Farmer
The Riverside-Brookfield High School wrestling team scored 22 points to finish 15th at the Illini Classic hosted by Lincoln-Way West over the weekend.
Senior Sam Halwaji had a good outing in the 170-pound weight class for RBHS, splitting four matches and scoring seven points for the Bulldogs. Halwaji (14-11), the kicker on the football team last fall, earned both of his victories via fall. He pinned Schaumburg's Huzzaifa Razzak at 1:01 and Niles West's Johnny Larionesi at 5:49.
Cristian Vasquez, Irvin Valdes, Quinton Godlewski, Brock Hoyd and Dominick Rowe each won a match at the 18-team tourney. Valdes, a senior, has 16 wins this season. Talented underclassmen Godlewski and Hoyd are 14-8 and 17-7, respectively.
RBHS takes on host Taft and St. Patrick in a triangular Thursday, Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs will also compete in the Metro Suburban Conference meet on Saturday, Jan. 19. Hosted by Fenton High School in Bensenville, matches start at 9 a.m.
RBHS girls basketball
Sarah Jnobaptiste (19 points, 5 rebounds) and Brenna Loftus (15 points) led a balanced scoring attack in the Bulldogs' 52-31 victory over St. Edward in Elgin. Nine players scored for RBHS, which also employed its pressure defense effectively against the Green Wave.
RBHS senior Mary Maloney led the team with six steals, while teammates Angelina Ocampo, Cassandra Hines and Natalie Leon had two steals apiece. The Bulldogs scored 17 points off turnovers.
The Bulldogs kicked off 2019 with a 65-61 loss against visiting Rosary on Jan. 3. Loftus and Jnobaptiste scored 23 and 20 points, respectively; however, they shot a combined 16-for-50 from the field. The team's two top scorers contributed six rebounds and two steals as well.
Maloney (9 points, 2 steals), Ocampo (team-high 10 rebounds) and Georgiana Gomorczak (6 points, 3-for-3 shooting) also played well.
LTHS girls basketball
Lily Courier scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to power the visiting Lions past Downers Grove South 62-57 in a West Suburban Conference crossover.
Lindsey Hahn (12 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists), Elliana Kosanovich (12 points), Kelly Carlson (8 points, 10 rebounds) and Jessie Nutter (8 rebounds) contributed for the victors.
The Lions host Glenbard West on Saturday, Jan 19. Tip-off is 5 p.m.
RBHS boys basketball
The Bulldogs split a pair of games against Aurora Christian and Brother Rice.
RBHS squandered a six-point lead late and lost 79-70 in overtime against host Aurora Christian on Jan. 11.
Senior Andrew Veon recorded a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds and made 11 of 12 shots from the field. Patrick Hanley (18 points) and Zach Vaia (12 points) also contributed for the Bulldogs.
In a nonconference matchup last week, the Bulldogs beat Brother Rice 71-66. All five RBHS started scored in double figures, led by Reggie Loury who scored 22 points including 6-for-7 shooting on three-pointers. Veon (14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists) and Vaia (12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals) offered support.
Seven of the next eight games are on the road for the Bulldogs. RBHS (13-4, 4-1 Metro Suburban) visits St. Francis on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. and Bishop McNamara on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Fenwick boys basketball
The Friars (10-8, 4-4 Chicago Catholic League) won two of three games last week. Fenwick lost to Homewood-Flossmoor 61-47 at the Steve Pappas Shootout hosted by DePaul Prep on Jan. 12.
In their other games, the Friars defeated Marmion 62-54 and Montini 73-68. Sophomore forward Bryce Hopkins scored 26 points and senior guard Solomon Oraegbu added 12 points against Marmion.
Hopkins (25 points, 8 rebounds), Oraegbu (21 points, 7 rebounds) and freshman guard Trey Pettigrew (11 points, 5 assists) led the Friars against Montini.
LTHS boys swimming
Michael Walsh won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.39 seconds at the Trevian Relays hosted by New Trier. Jack Thorell tied Stevenson's AJ Carollo (55.30) for fifth in the 100-yard backstroke. The Lions' best relay was the 200 medley team of Thorell, Walsh, Will Duerr and Bryson Breitenbucher which placed fourth at 1 minute, 38.40 seconds.
The Lions finished in ninth place with 136 points. Stevenson (214), Neuqua Valley (198) and Hinsdale Central (167) took the top three spots.
The varsity and junior varsity teams both placed first at the Metro Suburban Conference competition over the weekend.
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