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 horse. 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 LOMBARDIAN-VILLA PARK REVIEW STAFF REPORTER 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 seconds. 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 race. Weaver did not advance to the finals in either event at last year’s state meet. She hopes to change that this year. “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 Meet.
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 final.
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 finisher.
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.