Fall sport season rundown

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Boys XC

By Gordon Redfield-Gale

Staff Writer

After losing top seniors to their respective college programs, it appeared as though the cross-country team would need time to rebuild.

However, with senior Max Ebeling and junior Max Peterson at the helm, the squad hoped to exceed expectations.

Although they had a strong start, Peterson and the rest of the team were plagued by injuries by the time the postseason rolled around.

With the combination of an impressive group of underclassmen and a return to form by state contender Peterson, hope remains high for next season.

Girls XC

By Sophia McCandlish

Sports Captain

As the ETHS girls cross country team finished their season just shy of the state race, head coach Rosette Ochoa is determined to bounce back next year.

“Once you experience success, it’s hard to let that go and you’re going to fight for it again,” Ochoa explained. Even though the team didn’t perform as they hoped, senior captain Abby Osterland advanced to the state final as an individual and placed 61.

Field Hockey

By Eli Cohen

Sports Captain

The ETHS varsity field hockey team had yet to win a game before their first playoff contest on October 13 in which they came out with their first victory, winning 2-1 against St. Ignatius.

The playoff team, largely composed of underclassmen, was different than the group they had during the regular season.

“The emphasis was on building a program, building skills and building a community,” coach Sarah Thurber said. “It means a lot to all of us to see the beginning of the next wave of field hockey for ETHS.”

Thurbur stepped in last season for coach Ejaz Syed, who left mid-season. Next year new coach Jenner Johnson will lead the Kits.

Football

By Eli Cohen

Sports Captain

The ETHS football team was a senior-dominant group, setting numerous records. Winning seven games, the most in 20 years, the Kits earned home field advantage for their playoff game for the first time in seven seasons.

Although the Kits lost in the first round of the postseason, coach Mike Burzawa was proud of his team.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the senior class,” Burzawa said. “They had a ‘team first’ attitude and just brought enjoyment to me as a coach because they were so tight-knit and they worked so hard.”

Boys Golf

By Eli Cohen

Sports Captain

This season’s boys golf team graduated seven seniors, with three of them advancing from regionals to sectionals and Tommy Barbato going to the state finals.

“I think it was a fantastic season. Obviously Tommy making it to state was great for him and a lot of people were
involved in pushing him,” coach Jed Curtis said. “ We had a great group of seniors who played well together and cared about each other. It was just a great team.”

Girls Golf

By Zach Myers

Staff Writer

The girls golf team capped off another successful season this year, advancing juniors Katie Gemmel and Drew Patterson, as well as senior captain Clara Lynk, to sectionals.

“Our team is gaining more and more confidence in our abilities to compete and play well as a whole so I can tell we are going to keep improving,” Lynk said.

With a lot of potential for next season, Lynk is optimistic about her team’s chances.

“We had a bunch of good tournaments,” Lynk explained. “We’ll be able to go back to those tournaments with a positive attitude.”

Boys Soccer

By Benji Fervoy

Staff Writer

Adversity is something that all sports teams go through, but this season, the boys soccer team endured a great deal of this in one single game.

Two goals scored late in the game by St. Patrick’s in the sectional finals left the team short of its first Super Sectionals appearance in the for the second straight year.

“It has only made us hungrier,” head coach Franz Calixte said. “I’m just excited to continue where we left off.”

Before the tough loss, the team won six straight games. Heading into next season, they will look to feed off of the momentum that they ended with.

Girls Swimming

By Michael Barthelemy

Sports Captain

The girls swim and dive team finished with a regular season record of 8-2, but the season was highlighted by the Kits finishing No. 10 in the state.

The Kits had second place finishes in both the CSL and sectional meet, eventually sending 11 swimmers to state competition, including the 200 free and 400 free relays who finished seventh and eleventh in state respectfully.

“They exceeded expectations, because we were hoping to qualify for state, but to actually get to Saturday and score points is big,” coach Kevin Auger said.

Individually, senior diver Lucy Hogan took home the state title and junior diver Jame Otwell finished eleventh in state.

Girls Tennis

By Chloe Haack

Staff Writer

Top doubles pair, seniors Margot Connor and Annie Hedges reached the 2A state tournament and helped the team capture third place at sectionals.

Connor and Hedges went 2-2 in their four matches at the state finals and bowed out against Glenbard West.

“Margot and Annie have shown that you can be all different types of players and play doubles and be successful,” coach Joyce Anderson said. “It shows the other girls you can… basically start playing freshman year and if you work really hard, you can be a state qualifier.”

Girls Volleyball

By Chloe Haack

Staff Writer

After going 13-24, girls volleyball’s season ended in a second round loss to New Trier. In the first round, they beat Wheeling, a team they had previously lost to in the first week of the regular season.

“It was exciting enough just to get past the first round of playoffs this year with a team that has so much potential and connection,” senior captain Anna Henthorn said.