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Rams fall to 3-5; Broncos defeat Fenwick 24-7; Willowbrook beats Leyden

The Glenbard East football team dropped a 45-27 decision to Metea Valley in Friday’s Upstate Eight Valley Conference contest in Lombard. The setback extended the Rams’ losing streak to four games and left the team’s record at 3-5 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
Glenbard East will close out the season with this Friday’s conference game at West Aurora.
Metea Valley led the Rams 17-13 at halftime and 31-27 after three quarters. Senior Drake Pusateri, who carried a bulk of the running load with senior Dominic Wilberton sidelined by injury, turned in an excellent game for Glenbard East. Pusateri ran 19 times for 162 yards and one touchdown. He opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Metea Valley, which moved to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference, scored two straight touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead, but the Rams responded with junior quarterback Phil Abruzino’s 35-yard touchdown pass to junior Zach Walsh. The extra-point attempt failed, leaving the Mustangs with a 14-13 lead. Metea Valley kicked a field goal late in the first half.
Each team scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. Junior Karon Keyes scored both Glenbard East touchdowns on receptions of 36 and 44 yards from Abruzino. The 44-yard catch helped the Rams cut the Mustangs’ lead to 31-27 with about three minutes left in the quarter.
Keyes finished the game with seven receptions for 122 yards. Abruzino completed 14 of 26 passes for 252 yards. He threw three interceptions.
Metea Valley added two more fourth-quarter touchdowns. Both of those scoring drives came after the Mustangs recovered fumbles by Glenbard East.


The Broncos bounced back from their previous game—a 31-7 loss at St. Francis—to defeat Fenwick 24-7 in Friday’s Chicago Catholic Green Conference game in Lombard.
The victory gave the Broncos an overall season record of 5-3 and appeared to lock up another trip to the playoffs. Montini has qualified for the IHSA post-season every year since 1993. The Broncos will close out the 2014 regular season with this Friday’s conference home game against Marmion. Montini, Marmion, Fenwick and St. Francis all enter the final week of the regular season with 2-1 conference records. Fenwick and St. Francis will square off Saturday afternoon in Oak Park.
Montini sophomore Prince Walker ran for more than 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Friday’s victory over Fenwick. Walker’s 15-yard touchdown run helped the Broncos to a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Montini regained possession of the ball moments later when junior Caleb Stevenson intercepted a tipped pass at midfield. The turnover translated into points when senior Mason Weissenhofer kicked a 27-yard field goal to raise Montini’s lead to 10-0.
The Friars (5-3 overall) scored their lone touchdown of the night by blocking a Montini punt at midfield and returning the ball 45 yards for a touchdown with about three minutes left in the second quarter.
The Broncos turned in their own special teams gem earlier in the second quarter when sophomore Mitch West fully extended himself to dive in front of—and block—a Fenwick field-goal attempt.
Senior Leon Thornton’s 12-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left in the first half helped Montini to a 17-7 halftime edge.
Walker broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run with about four minutes left in the third quarter to produce the game’s final touchdown.


The Warriors earned their second win of the season with Friday’s 42-21 West Suburban Gold Conference victory over Leyden in Villa Park. Junior quarterback Billy Degnan passed for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Kyle Rushing (nine receptions for 119 yards) caught three of Degnan’s TD passes. Junior Ronnie Rietz also hauled in a touchdown reception. Senior David Harris ran for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Warriors, who improved to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference with the win, will complete their season with this Friday’s conference game at District 88 rival Addison Trail (7-1 overall, 5-0 in the WSGC).

Cross country teams compete at conference meets

The Glenbard East girls cross country team earned a second-place finish in Saturday’s Upstate Eight Valley Conference Meet at Lords Park in Elgin. Neuqua Valley won the conference title in the eight-team competition with a team total of 25 points. The Rams finished with a total of 47 points. Senior Allison Hansen ran to a second-place finish, completing the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 22 seconds. Freshman Cailyn Biegalski provided another top-10 showing for Glenbard East with her eighth-place time of 18:51. Freshman Lexi Weltin (19:05) placed 11th, while junior Yoselin Toledo (19:07) was 12th. Freshman Katie Schaefer (19:24) placed 14th to complete the Rams’ 47-point total (2+8+11+12+14). Senior Kelly Heniff (20:23) was 29th.
Glenbard East’s boys team finished eighth in Saturday’s conference meet, which also took place at Lords Park. Junior Patrick Mikel was the Rams’ fastest finisher. He completed the race in a 28th-place time of 16:47.
Willowbrook’s boys and girls cross country teams both competed on their home course at Saturday’s West Suburban Gold Conference Meet. The boys team finished fourth out of six schools in the team results, while the girls earned a fifth-place finish.
Willowbrook senior Jimmy Funteas ran to a second-place finish in the 3-mile boys race, which he completed in 15 minutes, 29 seconds. Junior Marco Martinez (16:09) delivered an eighth-place finish. Junior Chris Turek (16:54) and seniors Kevin Rezek (17:24) and Adrian Gonzales (17:42) were 25th, 27th and 28th, respectively.
Glenbard East’s boys and girls teams will join Willowbrook and seven other teams at this Saturday’s IHSA Class 3A Regional at Lake Park High School’s east campus in Roselle.
Montini’s girls cross country team won the championship at Saturday’s four-team Suburban Catholic Conference Meet at Marmion Academy in Aurora. The Broncos finished with a team total of 28 points. Rosary placed second with 38 team points. Junior Gianna Salzbrunn led Montini’s lineup with a third-place finish. She completed the 3-mile course in 19 minutes, 29 seconds. Juniors Emma Makowski (19:50) and Lauren Denemark (20:39) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while sophomore Mary O’Brien (20:42) placed sixth. Senior Cynthia Almazan (21:09) ran to a 10th-place finish to complete the Broncos’ team score of 28 points (3+4+5+6+10).
Montini will return to the same course at Marmion Academy to compete in this Saturday’s 11-team IHSA Class 2A regional. The top five teams at the regional will advance to the Nov. 1 sectional at Kress Creek Farms in West Chicago.

Glenbard East singles players qualify for state tennis meet

Sophomore Priscilla Palermo and freshman Kolie Allen will represent Glenbard East’s girls tennis team at this week’s IHSA state meet. Palermo and Allen both qualified for the state singles meet by earning top-four finishes at the Downers Grove South Sectional, which took place Friday and Saturday. Allen wound up in third place at the sectional, while Palermo finished fourth. Allen defeated Palermo 6-4, 6-3 in the third-place match, which was moved indoors because of poor weather. That result left Allen and Palermo with season records of 32-1 and 24-2, respectively. Palermo suffered her first loss of the season in Saturday’s sectional semifinal match against Hinsdale Central sophomore Isabella Lorenzini. Lorenzini was the runner-up in last year’s state singles meet. Allen also lost her first match of the 2014 season in Saturday’s singles semifinal round. Another Hinsdale Central player—junior Sophia Haleas—beat Allen in the semifinals. Palermo and Allen each won two sectional matches on Friday to clinch their berths in the state meet. The top four finishers in singles and doubles from each of the state’s 32 sectionals qualified for this week’s state meet. Palermo won five matches at last year’s state meet—two in the main draw and three in the consolation round.