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Week #6: Saturday Updates         

By Aaron Brown

April 14, 2012


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IHSA Determines 2012 State Tournament Brackets


Latest News

Stagg HS now listed as the eighth and final sectional host

Sandburg Removed As Sectional Host By IHSA

IHSA Changes Sectional Location For Sandburg Boys' Team

IHSA Announces Final Sectional Sites: Palatine & Sandburg


Latest Results

Week 6: Complete Schedule/Results


Game Recaps

Fenwick Tournament (4/13): Lyons 13 Fenwick 10

Fenwick Tournament (4/12): St Ignatius 6 Mother McAuley 6








GAME RECAPS (Saturday, April 14)




Fenwick Beats Missouri's Best To Win DeSmet Tourney; LWN Finishes In Eighth

#1 Fenwick traveled across state lines and went 5-0 against Missouri's top teams to win the DeSmet Tournament title. The Friars beat top-ranked SLUH 7-6 in a virtual semifinal game before beating MO's second-ranked team, Parkway West in the championship. Matt Farmer and Viken Huening were named the tournament's Co-MVP with 16 and 13 goals, respectively, during the event. Both players were also named to the All-Tournament Team. Dan Kelly and Tom Osmolak also scored 10 goals apiece during the event, which also saw the Friars earn wins over Lindbergh, MICDS, and Parkway North.


Lincoln-Way North started the event in fine fashion with an 8-7 victory over Chaminade on Friday. The road blues struck the Phoenix in the event's second day, however, as North followed their Friday night loss to Parkway West with losses to DeSmet, Belen Jesuit, and Parkway North to finish the tournament in eighth place. Click the logo below for complete tournament information and game recaps:




LT Runs Away With Tournament Title

The second-ranked Lions earned three double-digit victories to claim their own event's title, rounding out the weekend with a emphatic 11-1 win over #3 Loyola in the championship game on Saturday. St Ignatius returned to form with wins over #13 Stevenson and #9 Oak Park, the latter victory coming courtesy of a Billy Barth goal in sudden-death overtime in the third-place game. Meanwhile, York got past Stevenson 9-6 in the event's fifth-place game. Click the logo below for full tournament information:




Naperville North Crowned 'Best of the West' After Weekend Performance

Eric Curia scored 23 goals in wins over Naperville Central, GBS, GBN, and Lake Forest to lead North to a 4-0 record in Naperville over the weekend. Central beat GBN for second place after finishing in second place behind a 20-goal tally from Dennis Herron. Glenbrook South won the consolation group with wins over Hinsdale Central and Mundelein, as JJ Connor scored 22 times and Tom Meyer blocked 39 shots. Click the logo below for complete tournament information:




Eagles Win Title Against Diverse Field

Sandburg allowed just seven goals in four games to roll to a perfect record at their own tournament on Saturday evening. The Eagles' clinched the title with a 9-3 victory over Conant. Andrew finished in third by beating STC North 18-10, while Prospect defeated Hinsdale South for fifth and Lane edged R-B in the seventh-place game. Click the logo below for complete tournament information:




H-F Literally Shoots Out The Competition To Win St Patrick Tournament

Homewood-Flossmoor won all three of their games on Saturday via shootout to walk away from the St Patrick Tournament with a 4-0 record and a ton of experience in pressure-packed situations. The Vikings moved to the first-place group after beating Waubonsie Valley 10-9, as Kevin Kuchta and Henry Weeks each scored 3 goals. Then, they outlasted Fremd 14-13 behind 3 goals from Kuchta and Zack Peterson. Finally, the Vikings edged the hosts 9-7, with Peterson scoring 3 times in the victory. On the day, goalie Jakobi McClellan made 29 saves and Kuchta totaled 29 steals. Click the logo below for full tournament information:




Naperville Central Proves Point At Fenwick Tournament

The Redhawks solidified their top-ranking by knocking off Lyons 14-11 in the grand finale of the Fenwick Tournament on Saturday evening. Central won the event with a 4-0 record, earning wins over Mundelein, New Trier, and Stevenson in addition to their triumph over the Lions. LT, which surprised Fenwick 13-10 on Friday, place second with a 3-1 mark.


Mother McAuley beat Stevenson 9-5 to claim third place ahead of the Patriots, the hosts shutout H-F 9-0 to end the weekend on a high note in the fifth-place game, and St Ignatius held off New Trier 11-7 to put the finishing touches on a 2-1-1 weekend and seventh-place run. For game recaps from all 24 games and complete tournament coverage, click the logo below:




Wildcats Earn Elk Grove Title With 4-0 Mark

Libertyville made their way through the field at the Elk Grove Tournament with perfection, grabbing wins over Deer Park, Elk Grove, Maine East, and Meadows en route to their first tournament title of the 2012 season. Molly Bruns and Sam Voelker combined to score 23 goals for the tourney champs.


Elk Grove surprised Maine East 13-5 in the event's nightcap to claim second place. The Blue Demons finished with a 2-2 mark, good enough for third place. Click the logo below for complete tournament info and game recaps:




Metea Valley Comes On Strong To Win OPRF Tournament

Metea Valley returned to their pre-Spring Break form, winning three straight games on Saturday to win the Oak Park Tournament. The Mustangs earned wins over the hosts, LWN, and Wheeling; the 7-6 title game victory due in large part to the 26-save performance of goalie Sean Birkholz.


Wheeling took second place with wins over Marian and Schaumburg, while Oak Park edged the Saxons in overtime in the third-place game. LWN topped Marian 16-4 to claim fifth place. Click the logo below for complete tournament info and game recaps:




Lincoln-Way Central Outlasts Diverse Field To Win SeaLion Shootout

LWC went 4-0 over the weekend, beating Prospect 13-8 in the event's title game, to walk away from St Viator as 'SeaLion Shootout' champions. The Knights beat STC North on Friday before earning key victories over BG, St Viator, and the other Knights in the final game. Buffalo Grove knocked off fellow MSL competitor Palatine in the third-place game. Click the logo below for complete tournament info and game recaps:




Conant Impressive In Winning Vernon Hills Tournament

The combined efforts of Andie Cobb and Kristi Burke on the offensive end helped Conant earn wins over the hosts, Hoffman, and Maine West en route to the Vernon Hills title on Saturday. The Cougars' duo totaled 21 goals and, combined with Jessica Davis' 25 saves and a solid team defense, helped the MSL West squad walk away with a perfect 3-0 day. The hosts sealed a second place finish with wins over Hoffman and Maine West, while the Warriors beat the Hawks in the virtual third-place game. Click the logo below for complete tournament info and game recaps:




Naperville North Emerges From York As Title Holder

The Huskies earned decisive victories over Andrew and Bremen on Friday night before putting on an offensive clinic in a 15-2 title game win over Barrington on Saturday afternoon. Bremen pulled things together to beat York in the third-place game, while Andrew had no problems getting past R-B in the fifth-place contest. Click the logo below for complete tournament info and game recaps:



GAME PREVIEWS (Saturday, April 14)



Lyons Tournament

The second-ranked Lions play host to a strong six-team field that includes #3 Loyola, #9 Oak Park, #13 Stevenson, St Ignatius, and York. In the four Friday night games, York takes on both OPRF and Loyola, while St Ignatius faces the hosts and Stevenson.



Naperville Central Tournament

The Best of the West event gets off to a quick start on Friday, with both Central and North hosting first-round games. The Redhawks are in a group with Buffalo Grove and Hinsdale Central, North takes on both GBS and Lake Forest in their group, while GBN, LWC, and Mundelein are paired up in the third group.



Fenwick, LWN Look To Make Waves Against Missouri's Best

The Friars and Phoenix both head to Missouri to take on several of the state's best teams beginning on Friday. Fenwick will look to repeat as champions, while LWN replaces Stagg and will try to best the 7th place finish the Chargers earned in 2011. The field includes #1 St Louis University High, #2 Parkway West, and #3 DeSmet, along with a few other ranked Missouri teams. How will the two IL teams fare in representing the state?



Eagles Look To Defend Title Against Diverse Field

Sandburg hosts an eight-team field beginning on Friday night, hosting the same seven teams as the previous year, in which the hosts eventually won the title with a 4-0 record. Can they repeat that feat against a tough crowd?



Shamrocks' Eight-Team Field Ready To Rumble

H-F will look to defend their 2011 title at the annual St Patrick Tournament; they will need to be at their best, as the hosts, Brother Rice, Evanston, Fremd, LWE, Niles West, and Whitney Young will all be gunning for the Vikings beginning on Friday night.




Fenwick Tournament

The second day of action at the Fenwick Tournament starts in fine fashion, with a battle between the last two state champions (4:30pm - Fenwick vs Lyons). The rest of the slate wraps up the preliminary round, with matchups like #1 Naperville Central vs #8 New Trier and #7 Stevenson vs #10 H-F highlighting the evening.



Sandburg at Fremd

The Eagles (10-7) head north to take on Fremd (15-2) in a tasty nonconference matchup on Friday night.



Huskies' Six-Team Event Truly Up For Grabs

OPRF welcomes LWN, Marian, Metea Valley, Schaumburg, and Wheeling for a nine-game tournament that should several several close encounters with a well-balanced group of teams. Who will emerge the top team from a tough field?



Diverse Field Could Lead To Fireworks At St Viator

The Lions' host six other teams in a Friday/Saturday event that has more questions than answers as to who will emerge as champions of the SeaLion Shootout. The round-robin event features BG, Lockport, LWC, Palatine, Prospect, and STC North.



Cougars' Tournament Features Four Teams

Vernon Hills welcomes Conant, Hoffman, and Maine West for a four-team round-robin event beginning on Saturday morning.



Improved Teams Make York Tournament One To Watch

The Dukes play host to the same six teams from the previous season, which saw Naperville North walk away with the title against York. Can the Huskies repeat their title run, or will the likes of R-B, Andrew, Bremen, Barrington, or the Dukes be able to stop them?





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