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Renegades win state hockey championship

Team including Willowbrook and Montini students beats Glenbard 4-1 in title contest

By Chris Fox

The Renegades High School
Hockey Club, which includes players
from Addison Trail, Willowbrook,
Fenton and Montini high
schools, won an Amateur Hockey
Association of Illinois (AHAI)
state title on Friday night at the
United Center. The Renegades defeated
the Glenbard Hockey Club
4-1 in Friday’s state-championship
contest of AHAI’s combined division—
a division featuring teams
with players from multiple high
The Renegades completed
their season with an unbeaten record—
37 wins and one tie.
“It was a full team effort,” said
Renegades coach Matt Benton of
the championship performance.
“To be honest, from day one we
knew we were going to be a powerhouse
this season.”
Benton, who completed his
fourth season with the Renegades,
graduated from Glenbard East and
played with the Glenbard Hockey
Club, which includes players from
all four District 87 high schools.
The Glenbard club won AHAI
state titles in 2012 and 2015. The
club has placed second in the state
tournament in each of the last
two seasons. The Renegades haven’t
enjoyed much recent success.
This season, however, was nearly
perfect. In addition to winning
a state title, the Renegades won a
league championship, capturing
the Cougar Cup by winning the Illinois
High School Hockey League
(IHSHL) Hayes-Suburban Division
title earlier this month. The Renegades
swept two games from Fox
Valley in the best-of-three series to
win the Cougar Cup.
The Renegades received a firstround
bye in the state tournament.
They then earned three wins—by a
total score of 24-3—to advance to
Friday’s title matchup.
Sam Smith scored the Renegades’
first goal in the championship
battle. Vinny Sansone of Glenbard
responded with a game-tying
goal to even the score at 1-1. Jacob
Richardson tallied the go-ahead
goal for the Renegades. Alex Wosilus
provided the team’s next goal
to build the lead to 3-1. Jack Muccianti
scored the Renegades’ fourth
The Glenbard East students who
are members of Glenbard’s second-
place team include Ryan Kelly,
Zach Gunderson, Tyler Reitz and
Enrico Caruso.

Rams kick off season with two shutout wins

By Chris Fox

The Glenbard East girls soccer team
opened the 2017 season with recent
shutout victories over Joliet West and
Morton. The Rams beat Joliet West 4-0
on March 16 in Lombard. Two days
later, Glenbard East defeated Morton
5-0 in Lombard.
Both matches were part of the
Windy City Classic—a tournament
that concludes this Saturday at Toyota
Park. The Rams will need to win two
matches this week to qualify for the
championship contest at Toyota Park.
The Windy City Classic’s matches
feature 30-minute halves. Each half
typically lasts 40 minutes during a regular-
season match.
Junior Elizabeth Toledo scored two
goals in the victory over Joliet West.
Toledo scored the only goal of the first
half. Junior Ali Liljestrand assisted Toledo’s
first goal, which came late in the
opening half. Junior Mimi Camacho
scored early in the second half off an
assist from junior Katie Hansen. About
one minute later, Hansen headed the
ball into the net. Junior Mattie Pusateri
provided the kick that set up Hansen’s
Toledo closed out the scoring with a
goal later in the second half.
Senior Dana Plotke and junior Faith
Davies both scored two goals during
Saturday’s win over Morton. Sophomore
Lindsey Novak netted Glenbard
East’s first goal of the match. Plotke
added a first-half goal to give the Rams
a 2-0 lead by halftime. Plotke’s next
goal gave the Rams a 3-0 lead. Davies
scored the last two goals of the match.
Junior Renee Wesling and freshman
Lisa Stranski shared Glenbard East’s
goalkeeping duties in both of Glenbard
East’s shutout victories.
“I think everybody’s really excited,”
said Glenbard East coach Kent Overbey
after Saturday’s win. “We were too
excited in the first half against Joliet
West. We were overeager, passing too
hard, knocking balls out of bounds.”
The season-opening win over Joliet
West came about nine months after the
Rams claimed the third-place trophy in
the 2016 IHSA Class 3A state tournament.
“It’s hard as a coach,” said Overbey
in mentioning last season’s success to
this year’s team. “On the one hand,
you want to use it as an example. But
you’re also telling them to forget about
it. It is over.”