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All-Sectional Omissions

Part II

 

The following players more than likely deserved a spot on the All-Sectional Team, but for some inexplicable reason were omitted, either making Honorable Mention or not receiving any recognition at all. Below is a list of ten more key omissions from both the boys' and girls' teams:

 

BOYS

Andrew Bertschy (Fenwick)

Bertschy made a big impact for the Friars in his sophomore season but did not get any postseason recognition for the state's top-ranked team.

 

Broc Thompson/Edgar Wright (H-F)

Thompson and Wright were both consistent performers for a Vikings' team that won the LWN Sectional, but neither one of them was mentioned in the post-sectional awards list. One or both players should have at least been recognized.

 

Dan Birmingham (Brother Rice)

Birmingham emerged as one of the Crusaders' top weapons late in the season, leading the team in scoring at the Stagg Sectional as Rice advanced to the state tournament. He did not receive any mention in the postseason awards list.

 

Jeff Stevens (Lake Forest)

Stevens was one of the top performers for a well-balanced Scouts' team, so his absence from at least the Honorable Mention list seems like a major oversight.

 

Ivan Ariza/Jeronimo Chavez (Curie)

Ariza was not mentioned on the All-Sectional lists while Chavez made the Honorable Mention list at the Fenwick Sectional; the former should have been recognized in some way and the latter should have at the very least received consideration for an All-State award.

 

Kyle Patnode (Oak Park)

Patnode's return to the water helped the Huskies win 20 games in 2013, so his exclusion for at least a spot on the Honorable Mention list seems a bit shortsighted.

 

Nick Walker (Naperville Central)

The Redhawks had several candidates that should probably have garnered postseason recognition; Walker stood out as a player who might have been the best candidate for a spot on the Honorable Mention list.

 

Wally Kleinfeldt (Palatine)

While the Pirates had a handful of players that did make the All-Sectional Team at Mundelein, there should have been room for one more, as Kleinfeldt was a consistent scorer for a team that fell just two goals short of a state tournament appearance.

 

 

 

GIRLS

Callie Fasching (Buffalo Grove)

The Bison had their share of ups-and-downs in 2013, but there is no denying that Fasching is a talented goalkeeper that helped BG's defense during a rebuilding year. She should have been considered for a spot on one of the lists at the Mundelein Sectional.

 

Carly Romano (Maine West)

The Warriors' leading scorer was a key factor in getting the team into double-digits in the win column for the first time in school history, yet she did not garner a spot on any of the All-Sectional teams.

 

C Wallace/H Wickham/M Sheean (Fenwick)

The Friars' have loads of depth and plenty of players who made key contributions during their 27-win season, so at least one of Catie Wallace, Haley Wickham, or Maggie Sheean should have somehow been added to the list of award winners for Fenwick.

 

Maddie Jones (STC North)

Jones was a solid performer on both ends of the pool for the North Stars, so her absence from the All-Sectional Team in some fashion seems like a mistake. Her defense was a big factor in STC North's first 20-win season in team history.

 

Meg Golon (Mother McAuley)

Golon's emergence in 2013 has helped the Mighty Macs' rise to the top spot in the rankings as they enter the state tournament, yet she did not crack the Honorable Mention list. She should have easily been recognized along with her teammates.

 

Molly McDonnell (Lyons)

McDonnell heads a list of two or three Lions who seem like they should have been recognized for their efforts during their West Suburban Conference winning season, one in which they finished #11 in the overall rankings and lost to Fenwick in the sectional final round.

 

Perri Brinkmeier (York)

The Dukes' made a terrific run in the postseason, surprising Oak Park and nearly topping LT in the sectional semifinals. Brinkmeier should have garnered some attention for a spot on the Honorable Mention list but was not recognized.

 

Sarah Dolitsky (Sandburg)

Dolitsky was a solid performer all season long for one of the state's Top 10 teams, but was unfortunately overlooked in the All-Sectional voting. She deserved to join her squad on one of the three All-Sectional lists.

 


 

What do you think? Was there anyone else who was left out that belongs on the All-Sectional Teams? Send your thoughts via e-mail to illpolostaff@gmail.com or via Twitter.

 

 

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