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Sousa wins a piece of the all-around state title

Senior standout shares the all-around title; advances to the finals of all six individual events

Willowbrook senior Adam Sousa
earned a share of the all-around
championship at the IHSA boys
gymnastics state meet on Friday at
Hoffman Estates High School. Sousa
and Highland Park junior Kevin
Connors both completed the allaround
competition with total scores
of 55.6. That score represents a combined
total of the gymnasts’ scores in
six individual events.
Sousa produced a score of 9.55 in
the vault during Friday night’s allaround
competition. He earned a 9.5
on the parallel bars and received a
9.45 in floor exercises. He turned in
scores of 9.3 in still rings, 9.1 on the
horizontal bar and 8.7 on the pommel
Sousa finished fourth in the state
meet’s all-around competition as
a freshman. He also placed fourth
in the same competition as a sophomore.
Sousa did not compete for
Willowbrook during his junior season.
Saturday’s action at the state meet
featured the preliminaries and finals
of all six individual events. Sousa advanced
to the finals of all six events.
Competing in Saturday evening’s finals,
Sousa finished third on the vault
(9.4) and tied for third on the horizontal
bar (9.2). He tied for fifth on
both the pommel horse (9.2) and the
still rings (9.0). Sousa tied for seventh
in the parallel bars (9.2) and tied
for 12th in floor exercises (9.15).
Glenbard East senior Marc Le
placed eighth in Friday’s all-around
competition with his total score of
53.0. Le’s total included a 9.35 in
floor exercises, a 9.3 on the parallel
bars and a 9.0 on the still rings.

Winning effort propels Biegalski to her fourth
straight state-meet berth in the 800-meter run

By Chris Fox
For the fourth year in a row, Glenbard
East senior Cailyn Biegalski will
compete in the 800-meter run at the
IHSA Class 3A girls track and field
state meet.
Biegalski earned her fourth straight
state-meet berth in the 800-meter run
when she delivered a winning performance
in the two-lap race at the
Wheaton Warrenville South Sectional.
Biegalski, who surged ahead of
Wheeling senior Yailene Leon in the
final straightaway, won the event in a
personal-best time of 2 minutes, 14.79
The Class 3A state meet takes
place this Friday and Saturday at Eastern
Illinois University in Charleston.
“I really wanted to stay relaxed and
focused for this race,” said Biegalski
after her victory. “I was able to do
that. When we got to the last 100 meters
I really wanted to give it my all.”
Three years ago, Biegalski surprised
herself when she earned a statemeet
berth in the 800 as a freshman.
One year ago, she earned her first trip
to the finals in the event. She delivered
a 10th-place finish.
“I was so surprised to make it as
a freshman,” said Biegalski, who will
continue her track career at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. “After
that I didn’t want to put pressure on
myself. The 800 is my favorite event.
To qualify four years in a row means
the world. It’s so exciting.”
Biegalski said she hopes to improve
on last year’s 10th-place finish
this week. She said she’s aiming to
shave a couple of seconds off her personal-
best time and finish the race in
2 minutes, 12 seconds.
Biegalski wasn’t the only Ram
to earn a state-meet berth in the
800-meter run at last week’s Wheaton
Warrenville South Sectional. Freshman
Lauren Huber qualified for the
state meet with her third-place time of
2:18.05, which was under the qualifying
standard of 2:19.77.
Before running the 800-meter
event at the sectional, Biegalski and
Huber joined senior Lexi Weltin and
sophomore Emily Anderson to earn a
state-meet berth in the 4 x 800-meter
relay. The foursome completed that
race in a second-place time of 9:26.82,
which was well under the qualifying
standard of 9:35.97. Biegalski led
off the relay and handed the baton to
Weltin. Anderson ran the third leg,
while Huber covered the anchor leg.
The foursome completed the race in
a personal-best time; its previous best
was about 9 minutes, 33 seconds.
The Glenbard East foursome of
Biegalski, senior Brenna Peters,
Anderson and Huber finished the
sectional by delivering a state-meet
qualifying effort in the 4 x 400-meter
relay. The quartet completed the race
in a second-place time of 3:59.32. The
state-qualifying standard is 4:04.53.
Senior Kionnah Weaver of the
Rams earned state-meet berths in two
hurdles races for the second consecutive
year. Weaver won the 100-meter
hurdles race at last week’s sectional in
a personal-best time of 14.55 seconds.
Later in the evening, she qualified in
the 300-meter hurdles with her second-
place time of 45.36 seconds.
“I really had to fight from the start;
it wasn’t a clean race, but I had to
finish what I started,” said Weaver of
her sectional victory in the 100-meter
Weaver did not advance to the finals
in either event at last year’s state
meet. She hopes to change that this
“I definitely want to make it to the
finals,” said Weaver of her goals for
this year’s state meet. “In my junior
year, the 300 was my favorite race.
This year, it might be the 100.”
Senior Briana Raysby of the Rams
qualified for the state meet in the high
jump. She met the state-qualifying
standard of 5 feet, 2 inches at the sectional,
where she finished in a tie for
second place.
Glenbard East junior Eha Srivastava
qualified for the state meet in
the long jump. She traveled a personal-
best distance of 17 feet, 6 and
ó inches at the sectional, where she
placed seventh. The state-qualifying
standard is 17 feet, 6 inches.
Junior Victoria Palma of Willowbrook
competed in the 3,200-meter
run and the 1,600-meter run at the
Wheaton Warrenville South Sectional.
She didn’t qualify for the state
meet in either event. Palma finished
the 3,200-meter race in a fourth-place
time of 11 minutes, 22.95 seconds.
She completed the 1,600-meter run
in a 12th-place time of 5:25.60. Palma
recently won the 3,200-meter title at
the West Suburban Gold Conference

Rams win conference title
The Glenbard East girls soccer team claimed outright possession of the Upstate Eight Valley Conference championship with last week’s 2-1 win over South Elgin in Lombard. The May 8 victory over the Storm gave the Rams a conference record of 3-0-2. Senior Katie Hansen gave Glenbard East a 1-0 lead when she booted a free kick into the net with about 16 minutes left in the first half. Junior Lindsey Novak scored the Rams’ second goal on an assist from Hansen with about 33 minutes left in the match. South Elgin scored its lone goal with less than 10 minutes to play.

Three in a row

Glenbard East’s girls
soccer team won its
third straight Upstate
Eight Valley Conference
title when it defeated
South Elgin 2-1 on May
8 in Lombard. The Rams,
who are pictured after
the victory, finished
the 2018 conference
season with a record
of 3-0-2. Glenbard East
completed its regular
season with a 0-0 tie
against Lyons Township
on May 10 in Lombard.
The Rams finished the
regular season with an
overall record of 14-4-3.
Glenbard East opens the
IHSA Class 3A playoffs
with this week’s regional
on its home field. The
Rams, who are seeking
the program’s third
straight regional title,
need to win their playoff
opener to advance to
this Friday’s regional

Montini wins conference title

The Montini girls soccer team won the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) championship with its 3-2 victory over Resurrection on May 3. The Broncos are pictured after that victory, which gave them a conference mark of 5-0-1. Montini opened the IHSA Class 1A post season with a 6-2 victory over St. Joseph at the Lisle Regional on May 9. The Broncos advanced to Saturday’s regional final against Lisle. The two teams were tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation and 3-3 at the end of overtime. Lisle edged Montini in a penalty-kick shootout to win the regional title. The Broncos finished their season with an overall record of 10-7-1. Junior Ellie Krick, freshman Shea Smith and senior Alondra Holler scored goals for the Broncos. Krick scored the first goal, while Smith provided the second goal. Holler netted the goal during overtime. Holler and freshman Alivia Gianatasio both scored two goals in the win over St. Joseph. Smith and senior Emma Repking added one goal each.

Long distance Warrior

Junior Victoria Palma of
Willowbrook’s girls track
and field team is pictured
during the 3,200-meter run
at last week’s IHSA Class
3A Wheaton Warrenville
South Sectional. Palma
finished the race in a
fourth-place time of 11
minutes, 22.95 seconds.
She was unable to
qualify for the Class
3A state meet. Palma
also competed in the
1,600-meter run at the
May 10 sectional. She
placed 12th in that event.
Palma delivered a firstplace
performance in the
3,200-meter run at the
recent West Suburban
Gold Conference Meet.
She won the race in 11
minutes, 11.41 seconds;
she completed the race
more than 13 seconds
ahead of the runner-up

Konrath battles at state badminton meet

Junior wins a pair of matches in the main
singles draw

Willowbrook junior Hanna Konrath
competed in the singles draw
of the IHSA state badminton meet,
which took place Friday and Saturday
at Eastern Illinois University.
Konrath won her first two matches
in the singles tournament, which featured
64 players. She lost her thirdround
match of the double-elimination
event. Konrath won her first
match in the consolation round. Her
tournament ended with a three-game
loss in her next match.
Konrath has played in each of the
last two state singles meets. She won
her first-round match in last year’s
state meet before losing in the second
round. She then won one match
in the consolation round.
Konrath qualified for this year’s
state meet with her third-place finish
at the Naperville North Sectional.
The top four finishers in singles and
doubles at each of the state’s 16 sectionals
qualified for the state meet.

Warriors and Rams in action

The Willowbrook and Glenbard East boys volleyball teams competed in Willowbrook’s 12-team tournament, which took place on Friday and Saturday. Both teams played two matches on Friday and three matches on Saturday. Willowbrook opened the event with a three-game loss to Addison Trail, followed by a victory over Lake Zurich. Glenbard East also went 1-1 in Friday’s pool play. The Rams beat Plainfield Central before losing a three-game battle against York. Willowbrook opened Saturday’s play with a loss to Hinsdale Central. The Warriors then defeated Glenbard East 25-15, 25-16. Willowbrook then beat Leyden 25-18, 25-23 in the fifth-place match. Glenbard East, which opened Saturday’s play with a loss to Riverside-Brookfield, finished the event with a three-game loss to York
in the seventh-place match.