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By Aaron Brown

May 15, 2010



Welcome to Saturday's live coverage of the IHSA sectional finals. Follow along here for as many updates as we can get our hands on from the time the first swimoff takes place at 12:00pm until the final whistle blows around 4:30pm. And here we go...



Ten minutes away from the first sectional finals getting started. Five games to watch early on the boys' side, as Fenwick takes on Oak Park in Elmhurst, Mundelein plays Stevenson at VH, H-F faces LWE in New Lenox, Lyons plays host to Brother Rice, and Naperville Central goes up against Waubonsie Valley at Neuqua.



After the first set of games, Fenwick, Homewood-Flossmoor, and Naperville Central have advanced to the boys' state tournament. Still waiting on final results from Lyons and Vernon Hills. Meanwhile, McHenry and Palatine have just gotten underway in the sixth boys' sectional final of the afternoon. Stay tuned for three girls' sectional finals to get started within the next five minutes.



Boys final score update! Mundelein holds off Stevenson 12-11 to become the fourth team to qualify for the state tournament. Will Davidson scores with two seconds left to send the Mustangs to state.



One boys game currently in action between Palatine-McHenry. Three girls games have started between Fenwick-York, NC-WV, and Lyons-McAuley. The rest of the action gets going at 2:00pm.



More games about to get underway as four others are getting into crunch time. Loyola-New Trier gets underway now on the boys' side, while H-F plays LWC and Stevenson-Mundelein get things started on the girls' side now.



Brother Rice defeated Lyons 10-5 to advance to state!



McHenry punches their ticket to the state tournament as Reilly Shanahan scores the game-winning goal in the final minute for the Warriors and they beat Palatine 9-8.



Fenwick and Lyons have both advanced to the state tournament on the girls' side with wins over York and McAuley, respectively.



Add the Naperville Central girls' team to the state entry list, as they hold off Waubonsie Valley 8-5.



St Ignatius-Young kicks off at Lyons in just a minute, while H-F leads LWC 6-2 at halftime in girls' action.



Mundelein holds a 9-2 lead over Stevenson in the girls' sectional final at Vernon Hills.



Fremd and Barrington get underway in the seventh girls' sectional final on Saturday.



Homewood-Flossmoor's girls join their boys' team at state after knocking off Lincoln-Way Central 7-4.



St Ignatius has built a 10-3 lead over Young in the third quarter at Lyons, while Fremd holds a 7-2 advantage over Barrington at the half.



Loyola edges New Trier 8-7 to advance to the state tournament on the boys' side. Meanwhile, Mundelein's girls team finished off Stevenson 15-3 to qualify for state as well in 2010.



St Ignatius wins their sectional final game over Young 13-5 to advance to state. Fremd is one period away from getting there as well, as they lead Barrington 8-2 with seven minutes left to play.



Still some intrigue left on Saturday afternoon, as the ball was just dropped in the game between Loyola-New Trier at the final game of the GBS Sectional. Elsewhere, Latin and St Ignatius prepare to do battle at 3:45pm.



Fremd has qualified for state after beating Barrington 12-3. Just two more results left and the state field is set!



New Trier has a surprisingly big 8-3 lead over Loyola at halftime in girls' action. Meanwhile, Latin holds an early 2-1 lead over St Ignatius on the boys' side.



Loyola has strung together a 4-1 run after halftime to cut New Trier's lead to 9-7 as the teams head into the final period.



St Ignatius leads Latin 5-4 with 2:55 remaining in the third period at Lyons.



St Ignatius and Latin are tied at 5-5 heading into the final period; New Trier leads Loyola 11-9 with three minutes to play.



Loyola gets to within one with a late goal and New Trier calls a timeout with 0:54 seconds left holding onto a slim 11-10 lead.



New Trier comes up with a big stop in the final minute after a Loyola timeout and the Trevians qualify for state with an 11-10 victory over their rivals! One more state tournament berth left.....



And it goes to St Ignatius! The boys' team advances with an 8-7 victory over Latin. The field is now set for next week's state tourney!



That's it for the water polo action this weekend. Stay tuned for more updates later today as we wrap up everything that went down during the past five hours around the state. Special thanks to reporters Adam Leclair, Dave Brown, Julianna Panda, Rufus Black and the other "anonymous" sources that have provided information this weekend.




Barrington Sectional

McHenry 9 Palatine 8

Phil Lesniak got the Warriors an early goal, scoring after an ejection, and McHenry claimed a 1-0 lead in the first minute of play at Barrington. Brad Ferris drew a penalty and converted the shot to tie the score at 1-1. John Giuliano scored from two meters midway through the opening period to give Palatine their first lead at 2-1. But Drew Schmitt scored from seven meters to even the score once again late in the first quarter. Justin Behrens scored in the final minute of the opening quarter to give Palatine a 3-2 lead.


Kyle Braun tied the score early in the second quarter for McHenry, then Schmitt tallied his second goal of the game to make it 4-3 in favor of the Warriors. Ferris responded for the Pirates, drawing an ejection and scoring midway through the period to tie the game. Reilly Shanahan notched his first goal of the game to put McHenry back on top, then scored his second straight goal after an ejection and McHenry led 6-4 with 1:24 left in the half.


Schmitt and Andrew Hertel both scored for McHenry early in the third period, giving the Warriors a seemingly comfortable 8-4 lead. The Warriors' defense held the Pirates scoreless after seven minutes of play and led by four with seven minutes to go.


Ferris scored in the first minute of the final period to get the Pirates within three, then Palatine goalie Dan Sommerfield made two crucial saves on the other end. Jeremy Stanton got Palatine even closer with a goal at the 3:41 mark, then Kamil Mulawa drew an ejection and assisted Ferris on his second goal of the quarter and a 3-0 run put the Pirates within one of the Warriors with 2:28 remaining. What a run by Palatine! Behrens scored after an ejection and four straight goals evened the score at 8-8. But the Warriors had an answer! Shanahan stunned the crowd with a goal with 0:52 seconds remaining in regulation and McHenry took a 9-8 lead in the final minute. Can Palatine respond? Ferris had a chance to tie the score, but his shot went wide of the goal and McHenry advanced to state with a narrow 9-8 victory.


GBS Sectional

Loyola 8 New Trier 7

James Bartels scored with 0:40 seconds remaining to get New Trier within one goal of Loyola, but the Ramblers were able to come up with a key stop in the final minute to beat the Trevians 8-7 at the GBS Sectional final on Saturday. Connor Murphy, Pat Stein, and TJ Considine each scored 2 times in the victory for the Ramblers. Bartels scored 4 times to lead New Trier, Mike Maley totaled 11 steals, and goalie Sam Buchman made 14 saves to keep the Trevians in the game.


LWC Sectional

Homewood-Flossmoor 12 Lincoln-Way East 3

H-F came out first against LWE, scoring five straight goals to take a 5-0 lead after one period of play. Russell Maanum and Shay Banton each had 2 goals and Kevin Kuchta added one score in the opening frame.


There was no letup from the Vikings in the second quarter, as Kuchta notched his second goal early in the period and then assisted Luke Dobben on a goal midway through the second. Banton connected on a goal and the Vikings started the game on fire, building an 8-0 first half lead.


Banton scored on a rebound goal early in the third period and Maanum scored his third goal on a breakaway to make the score 10-0 midway through the period. Brandon Spratt put the Griffins on the board at the 2:30 mark, then Steve Swiercz added a second goal to cut the Vikings' lead to 10-2. Banton tallied his fifth goal at the end of the third quarter and H-F held onto an 11-2 lead.


In the final quarter, Banton scored his sixth goal of the contest before Kenny Hultquist added a score for the Griffins, but it was not enough as H-F has qualified for state with a 12-3 victory over Lincoln-Way East.


Neuqua Valley Sectional

Naperville Central 26 Waubonsie Valley 8

NC got off to a fast start, outscoring Waubonsie Valley 9-2 in the opening period. Tom Shamburek and Mark Menis recorded two early goals for NC; Kyle Apple cut the lead in half midway through period 1. Ryan Stanley scored two straight goals and the Redhawks took a 4-1 lead in the first quarter. Pat May and Kristian Altuve added goals for NC and they led 6-1. Joey Poletto stopped the 4-0 run by NC with a goal, but Danny Tucker and Mark Menis each added goals to make the score 8-2 Central. Kyle Rickert scored on a breakaway before the end of the period to make the score 9-2 in favor of the Redhawks.


In the second quarter, Stanley scored 2 consecutive goals and then assisted Menis on a goal to increase the lead to 12-2. Tyler Hunt scored for the Warriors, but Rickert scored 2 more times and Stanley notched his fifth goal to make the score 15-3.


Pat May and Blake Hollis traded goals early in the second half, but the Redhawks held on to a 16-4 advantage. Hunt scored his second goal of the contest for the Warriors before Menis scored a counterattack goal to boost the lead to 17-6. Altuve and Hunt traded goals and Central led 18-7, and the teams traded goals in the final minute with Central ahead 19-8 at the end of three.


Menis notched an early fourth period goal to give Central a 20-8 lead. Shamburek and Menis both added goals for the Redhawks, who took a 22-8 lead. Stanley, Rickert, and Matt Reasons each added goals to put Central ahead 25-8. Reasons scored his second goal of the period and Central went on to win 26-8.


Menis and Stanley each ended up with 5 goals for Central, while Rickert scored 4 times and both Pat May and Tom Shamburek each chipped in with 3 scores. Blake Hollis led the Warriors with 3 goals and Tyler Hunt added 2 scores in the losing effort.


UIC Sectional

St Ignatius 8 Latin 7

Jaime Juarez scored the game-winning goal with 0:40 seconds remaining in regulation to send the Wolfpack to state after an 8-7 victory over Latin on Saturday. Juarez, Brendan Moore, and Mark Alvarado each scored 2 times in the win, while goalie Mike Fratto stopped 15 shots for the Wolfpack.


Vernon Hills Sectional

Mundelein 12 Stevenson 11

Will Davidson scored the game-winning goal with two seconds left in regulation to send Mundelein to the state tournament after a 12-11 victory over rival Stevenson on Saturday afternoon. In a back and forth game, Davidson, Pat Falconer, and Frank Lukucs each scored 3 goals and Brandon Horsch added 2 scores to lead the Mustangs to the next round of play. Josh Hodges totaled 4 goals and Alex Rembialkowski added 3 scores in the loss for the Patriots.


York Sectional

Fenwick 10 Oak Park 9

Will Rigali scored 2 goals in the opening period and John Osborne added one score as Fenwick built a 3-1 lead. Eric Hallman and Luke O'Connell each scored for the Huskies to cut the lead to 3-2, but Rigali and Matt Farmer connected on second quarter goals to give Fenwick a 5-2 lead. O'Connell added his second score to trim the lead to 5-3, then Troy Williams helped get the Huskies within one score late in the half. Rigali scored his fourth goal of the half with 0:03 left to give Fenwick a 6-4 advantage at halftime.


Osborne started off the second half with a goal, giving Fenwick a 7-4 cushion. Tommy Poulos responded for the Huskies to cut the lead to 7-5. Farmer recorded his second goal of the contest to give the Friars an 8-5 lead late in the third period. Dylan O'Connell inched the Huskies closer with his first tally of the game and the Fenwick lead was back down to two goals (8-6) at the end of the third quarter.


Armando Lee got on the scoreboard with a goal from two meters out and Oak Park crept back within one goal of Fenwick with 4:58 left in the game. After an intense two minute period with no scoring, Rigali connected on his fifth goal of the game to put Fenwick in control with a 9-7 lead with 2:18 remaining in regulation. The Huskies refused to give up, however, as Poulos scored his second goal with 1:45 to play, cutting Fenwick's lead to 9-8.


And we're tied!!! Lee scored his second goal of the quarter to even things with 1:11 left to go.


Unreal!!! Osborne responded for the Friars, scoring with 0:39 seconds remaining, as Fenwick reclaimed a 10-9 lead in the final minute of a thrilling battle.


Oak Park had one last scoring chance in the closing seconds, but they could not convert with 0:05 left and Fenwick has advanced to state with a 10-9 victory! The Huskies drew an ejection, but Viken Huening blocked a last-chance effort by Nathaniel Williams to preserve the win.



Barrington Sectional

Fremd 12 Barrington 3

Erika Lauraitis totaled 6 goals and Samantha DelPrado registered 3 scores to help lift Fremd to a 12-3 state-qualifying win over Barrington on Saturday afternoon. Lauren Zambelli, Taylor Spoonholtz, and Sam Matuszewski each chipped in with one score in the win for the Vikings, while goalie Julie Conrath made 17 saves for Fremd. Christina Byron, Erika Elliott, and Yessica Buenrostro each tallied one goal apiece for the Fillies in the losing cause.


GBS Sectional

New Trier 11 Loyola 10

The Trevians jumped out to a 8-3 halftime lead, then held off a strong second half surge from Loyola to qualify for state with an 11-10 win on Saturday at the GBS Sectional. Sophia Palmer scored 5 goals and Zara Wysockey made 15 saves, including 2 key stops in the final period, to help get the Trevians get to the state tournament for the the first time since 2002. New Trier's other goalscorers included Caroline Huff (2 goals), Erisa Apantaku (2 goals), Anna Stern, and Katie Flynn.


Neuqua Valley Sectional

Naperville Central 8 Waubonsie Valley 5

Emily Sejna started the scoring for Naperville Central as they took an early 1-0 lead. Alex White responded for the Warriors to tie the score at 1-1. The Redhawks earned an ejection but could not convert their scoring chance and the game remained deadlocked early on. The Warriors failed to score on a solid chance of their own on the other end, in a nervous-looking first few minutes at Neuqua Valley. Neither team could break the tie in the final three minutes of the period, so we headed to the second quarter even at 1-1.


Claire Fleming showed her ability early in the second quarter, scoring at two meters and then from five meters after an ejection to put the Redhawks ahead 3-1. Nikki Mandl scored a breakaway goal to get the Warriors back within one goal. Mandl drew a penalty late in the half and converted to tie the score at 3-3. Neither team could take advantage of 6-on-5 situations in the final few minutes and the game remained even at 3-3 at halftime.


Tori Davis opened the scoring in the second half for Central after an ejection, then Abbey Kerth scored from two meters out to put NC ahead 5-3. Sejna scored on a breakaway and Central pushed their lead to 6-3 at the end of three periods of play.


Central scored two straight goals early in the final period, including a goal by Davis and a breakaway score by Kerth to put Central ahead 8-3. In the final two minutes, Mandl and White tallied goals for the Warriors, but it proved to be too little, too late as Naperville Central will head to the state tournament after earning an 8-5 win over Waubonsie Valley.


Davis, Fleming, Kerth, and Sejna all scored 2 times in the win for the Redhawks, while Fleming registered 11 steals and goalie Julia Campbell made 10 saves. EB Keeve came up big for the Warriors, making 17 saves in the loss. Nikki Mandl scored 3 times and Alex White added 2 scores for the Warriors.


LWC Sectional

Homewood-Flossmoor 7 Lincoln-Way Central 4

After two scoreless minutes, H-F's Michelle Mayer opened the scoring with a goal to put the Vikings ahead 1-0. Markie Kulovitz tied the game with a goal after a Vikings' ejection and the score was tied at 1-1 late in the period. In the final minute of the period, Rebecca Mathews put the Vikings on top 2-1 with her first goal, and we headed into the second quarter with H-F clinging to a one goal lead.


Mayer scored a backhand goal from two meters to give the Vikings a 3-1 lead, then Hannah Ongman scored with two minutes left in the half and H-F had a 4-1 lead over LWC. Mayer scored her second goal of the period for the Vikings, then Mathews added her second score with under two minutes left in the half. Jess Graf got a goal back for the Knights, scoring with 0:15 seconds left in the second period, but H-F took a 6-2 lead into halftime.


Both defenses held firm in the third quarter, so neither team added to their tally and we headed to the final quarter with H-F leading 6-2. LWC's Morgan Graves put the Knights within striking distance with a goal at the 5:40 mark of the final period, cutting the H-F lead to 6-3. Mayer responded for the Vikings, scoring for the third time to increase the advantage to 7-3. The Knights added a late goal from Kulovitz after earning an ejection to cut the lead to 7-4, but H-F held on to emerge with the win and a berth at the state tournament next weekend.


Lyons Sectional

Lyons 12 Mother McAuley 5

LT beat McAuley for the third time this season in the sectional finals by a 12-5 score to advance to the state tournament. The Lions held an 8-3 halftime lead and never looked back as they improved to 30-0 on the season.


UIC Sectional

St Ignatius 13 Young 5

Celeste Almarez scored 5 goals to lead St Ignatius to a 13-5 victory over Young in the final game of the UIC Sectional on Saturday afternoon.


Vernon Hills Sectional

Mundelein 15 Stevenson 3

Evelyn Kurzac scored 5 goals, Dani Caldwell added 3 scores, and Emily Tylka recorded 15 saves to lead Mundelein to a 15-3 win over rival Stevenson on Saturday. Alexis Jones, Amy Klink, and Jacqui Lodor each scored 2 times in the victory for the Mustangs, who advance to the state tournament for the first time since 2003. Cheyenne Montijo scored 2 goals, Sam Petti added one score, and Lisa Michalowski stopped 8 shots in the loss for the Patriots.


York Sectional

Fenwick 15 York 5

Mary Bridget Barrett recorded 13 saves and six different players scored for Fenwick as they emerged with a 15-5 victory over York to advance to the state tournament. Emma McKernin led the Friars offensively with 5 scores, while Stephanie Ovalle chipped in with 3 goals and Annie Collins, Gena Wendt, and Maggie Carey all scored 2 times in the win. Fenwick built a 9-2 halftime lead and never looked back in the win over York.




Here is the order in which the boys' sectional final games will be played tomorrow afternoon:



York Sectional - #1 Fenwick vs #2 Oak Park

LWC Sectional - #11 Homewood-Flossmoor vs #24 Lincoln-Way East

Lyons Sectional - #4 Brother Rice vs #6 Lyons

Neuqua Sectional - #3 Naperville Central vs #12 Waubonsie Valley

Vernon Hills Sectional - #7 Mundelein vs #21 Stevenson



Barrington Sectional - #9 McHenry vs #16 Palatine



GBS Sectional - #10 Loyola vs #14 New Trier


3:45 pm

UIC Sectional - #5 Latin vs #8 St Ignatius (at Lyons)


Here is the order in which the girls' sectional final games will be played tomorrow afternoon:



York Sectional - #2 Fenwick vs #26 York

Lyons Sectional - #1 Lyons vs #6 Mother McAuley

Neuqua Sectional - #8 Naperville Central vs #12 Waubonsie Valley



Vernon Hills Sectional - #9 Mundelein vs #13 Stevenson

LWC Sectional - #5 Homewood-Flossmoor vs #16 Lincoln-Way Central



UIC Sectional - #3 St Ignatius vs #18 Young



Barrington Sectional - #4 Fremd vs #27 Barrington



GBS Sectional - #7 Loyola vs #11 New Trier






















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