First Place on the Line for Homecoming, Volleyball Takes Second, XC and Golf Enjoy Strong Showings
Here's a look at Immaculate Conception High School fall sports.
The Immaculate Conception football team can clinch a state playoff berth by winning its key Homecoming game Friday night against Aurora Christian.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Lewis Stadium at Plunkett Park, West Avenue and Utley Road in Elmhurst.
Here's a look at the pregame matchup from MaxPreps.
On Sept. 30, the Knights improved to 5-1 and 3-0 in the Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division with a 49-0 victory at winless Chicago Christian. Aurora Christian also is 5-1 and 3-0.
Quarterback Demetrius Carr passed for three touchdowns and Dan Vatch and Matt Mesnard each contributed to two TDs. Adam Muellers kicked five extra points.
Carr was 7-for-10 passing for 145 yards with one interception and Vatch was 2-for-2 for 40 yards. Dakota Baker (1 catch, 75 yards), Tim Hipskind (5 catches, 66 yards), Patrick Kirby (2 catches, 40 yards) and Matt Mesnard (1 catch, 4 yards) each had a TD reception.
Rushing TDs came from Dan D’Angelo (7 carries, 28 yards), Mesnard (6 carries, 28 yards) and Vatch (4 carries, 57 yards). Carr added two carries for 56 yards.
Defensive leaders were Mike Lestina (6 total tackles), Kevin Lamborn (5 tackles), James Peachey (4 tackles), Baker and Kirby (interception) and Kyle Perrone and Carr (fumble recoveries).
IC lost at Marmion 28-20 Sept. 23 in an SCC crossover. Carr (7 carries, 95 yards) and Vatch (8 carries, 10 yards) each rushed for touchdowns and Carr (8-for-22 passing, 129 yards) had a TD pass to Hipskind (3 catches, 66 yards). Mesnard had seven carries for 54 yards and Baker caught two passes for 54 yards.
Baker blocked a punt and Muellers had an interception, four tackles and a pass breakup. Peachey had 11 total tackles while other tackle leaders were Matt Hornstra (7 with tackle for loss), Charlie Pulkownik and Joe Iavarone (6 each) and Coleon Leverson, Lamborn, Lestina (5 each).
IC Cross Country
The IC cross country teams competed at Wheaton Academy's Warrior Invitational Saturday. The girls were fifth and the boys took 10th.
Rachel Hill finished 13th in the girls race (21:29.7), and Kelly Kremske (23rd, 22:38.8) and Megan Sutton (29th, 23:08.2) also finished among the top 30, followed by Maria Kieliszewski (33rd, 23:35.8), Rebeccah Strickland (36th, 23:49.7) and Michelle Eguia (49th, 25:59.9).
“I’m most proud of the way Maria and Rebeccah they ran together the last 1 1/2 miles, passing runners along the way,” IC coach Jeff Fredrickson said. “I've preached running together the whole season, and they finally saw what it could do. I'm really happy with the progression of this girls team.”
Brian Anzures (58th, 20:06.6) led the IC boys, followed by Andy Valdivia (68th, 22:01.3), Blaine Manning (69th, 22:06.3), Brendan Doherty (71st, 22:13), Joey Dones (82nd, 24:09.5) and Krystian Seebret (85th, 25:59.9).
“We have a young varsity team with a senior and junior (Seebret and Anzures). Brian has done a great job as a leader and a role model for our younger runners,” Fredrickson said.
The IC volleyball team finished second at the Chicago Latin Tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Knights (18-9) lost to Whitney Young, a Class 4A school, 25-18, 25-21 for the title after beating Galena 26-24, 25-20 in the semifinals. In pool play, IC lost to Whitney Young 25-14, 25-9 and beat Lena Winslow 25-19, 25-14 and MICDS 25-16, 25-18.
On Wednesday, the Knights improved to 7-1 in the Suburban Christian Conference with a 25-17, 25-16 victory over Guerin Prep with help from Delaney D'Amore (7 kills, 5 digs), Jen Clementi (5 kills, 2 blocks), Kellyanne Remy (5 kills), Kimmie Martino (12 assists, 4 service aces) and Rory Manion (4 kills, 4 digs).
In other action, IC defeated Aurora Christian 23-25, 25-10, 25-12 Monday and Walther Lutheran 25-14, 25-10 Sept. 28, lost to St. Francis 25-14, 25-9 Sept. 26 and outlasted Aurora Central Catholic 17-25, 25-15, 25-19 Sept. 22.
Martino (7 kills, 5 service aces), D'Amore (6 kills, 5 service aces), Liz Martino (14 assists), Kathleen Ryan (9 digs) and Remy (4 kills, block) paced the comeback against Aurora Christian.
Key players against Walther included Katelyn Connena (4 kills), Remy (3 kills, 2 blocks), D'Amore (3 kills, 2 service aces) and Clementi (3 kills, block).
Helping to defeat ACC were Kimmie Martino (5 kills, 3 blocks, 3 service aces), Conenna (6 kills), Remy (4 kills), D'Amore (3 kills, 7 digs, 3 service aces), Juliette Ambrogi (2 kills, 5 blocks) and Ryan (9 digs).
Kimmie Martino (4 assists) and D’Amore each had four kills against St. Francis and D’Amore and Ryan each had seven digs.
IC Boys Golf
The IC boys golf team finished 11th (414) in Friday’s opening round of the 36-hole Suburban Christian Conference Tournament at St. Andrews Golf Course.
Competing for the Knights were Jack Tornabene (99), Nathan Brandy (100), Carter Carroll (104), Robert Krajecki (111), Matt Soto (112) and Alec DeRosa (121).
This year, the top six teams and individuals within 10 strokes of first place advanced Saturday. IC was four strokes behind 10th-place Guerin.
"I was actually quite pleased with our play, as most of the boys scores were better than their season average, in spite of cold, blustery conditions,” IC coach Don Sujack said. “Alec's (DeRosa) shoulder flared up with a bit of tendinitis, but Jack Tornabene, Nathan Brandy and Carter Carroll played quite well."