It was a good weekend for Chicago Christian sports.
While the school’s baseball and softball squads captured regional championships on Saturday, both its boys’ tennis and track teams will be represented at state meets this week after strong sectional showings. Taking the court on the Knights’ behalf will be the doubles tandem of Josh Mollema and Charlie Blim, who were among the top four finishers at the Sandburg Sectional.
As a team, Christian placed sixth with six points. The host Eagles won the title with 26 points and Stagg was runner-up with 23.
Advancing for Sandburg were singles player Jonluke Passett and the doubles pair of Jimmy Gradowski and Trent Sichelski. The Chargers’ state qualifiers were Brendan Wolan, Andre Kohn and the doubles duo of Muzamil Al-Khan and Warren Wudtke.
Chicago Christian ran second to Leo at the Class 1A Lisle Sectional. The Knights (64 points) nosed out third-place Westmont by three.
Leading the Knights was the 3,200-meter relay foursome of Luke Boss, Ben Friesen, Josh VanDyk and Chad Ellens, who established a school record with their time of 8 minutes, 15.66 seconds, which was just over one second behind University High’s winning pace in the race. Christian’s 1,600 relay team is also headed to Charleston.
Making the journey as individual participants will be triple jumpers Kendall Evans (43 feet, 2 inches) and Bradford Fitzpatrick (42-7), who finished second and third, respectively, at Lisle, and hurdler Todd Schleyer. Schleyer clocked a 42.24 in the 300-intermediate hurdles and took second behind Timothy Christian’s Andy Margason.
With 62 ½ points, Sandburg was fourth in the Class 3A Romeoville Sectional. Shepard placed eighth.
The Eagles qualified all four of their relay units for state, twice by winning an event. Triumphing for Sandburg at Romeoville were the 3,200 (7:47.56) and 800 (1:29.51) quartets. The former crossed the line over four seconds ahead of runner-up Downers Grove North.
The Eagles’ 400-relay team was second to Bolingbrook by just .16 seconds. Senior Denis O’Callaghan qualified for state in the 1,600-run with a finishing time of 4:17.49, which put him only .47 seconds in arrears of Downers North’s Ryan Clevenger.
Shepard’s Josh Maier (9:27.95 in the 3,200) and Richards’ Ricky Owens (10.87 in the 110-high hurdles) were other local individuals who earned downstate berths.
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Zach Roper’s three goals accounted for nearly all of Sandburg’s scoring as it dropped a 17-4 verdict to Naperville North in last Thursday’s state quarterfinals in Lincolnshire.
Brother Rice also fell in the quarters as host Stevenson registered a 12-7 win.