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Warriors rebound from a tough loss to shut out York
By Chris Fox Lombardian-Villa Park Review Staff Reporter

 The Willowbrook football team bounced back from a disappointing homecoming loss to spoil another team’s homecoming game. One week after losing a 30-27 decision to Hinsdale South in Villa Park, the Warriors traveled to Elmhurst and shut out York 17-0 in a non-conference contest. Willowbrook improved its overall record to 3-2, while York fell to 1-4. Friday’s win gave the Warriors their second shutout of the season. Willowbrook beat Proviso West 35-0 on Sept. 2 in Villa Park to improve to 1-1. One week later, the Warriors opened the West Suburban Gold Conference season with a decisive 38-7 win at Addison Trail. Willowbrook dropped to 2-2 overall with the 30-27 homecoming loss to Hinsdale South on Sept. 16. The Warriors’ coaching staff expressed its disappointment to the team’s players immediately after the loss to the Hornets. The coaches and players were naturally more upbeat after the road victory at York. “It was a long week,” said Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth of the practices leading up to Friday’s game against the Dukes. “Our focus was holding guys accountable. We focused on minimizing mistakes and doing our job. We feel like we beat ourselves in our previous two losses [the loss to Hinsdale South and a 27-12 season-opening loss at Grayslake North on Aug. 26]. We wanted to clean those things up.” The Warriors didn’t play a perfect game against the Dukes, but they managed to recover from each miscue. Moments after gaining possession on an interception by senior Khalif Copeland, Willowbrook coughed up a fumble early in the second quarter; York recovered the loose ball near the Warriors’ 35-yard-line. Willowbrook shut down the York offense on the ensuing series, forcing a punt. Another Willowbrook miscue—a fumble of a York punt in the third quarter—gave the Dukes possession of the ball at midfield. Once again, the Warriors prevented York from mounting a scoring drive. “It’s hard to hold any high school team scoreless,” said Hildreth. “They [the Dukes] are not a bad football team by any means.” The Warriors drove 72 yards for their first touchdown of the night. Senior quarterback M.J. Ranieri completed a 24-yard pass to senior Jonathan Kelso on a third-and-10 play from York’s 36-yard line. Junior Jack Jessen delivered a 12-yard touchdown run on the next play. Senior Mike Dembowski added the extra-point kick to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead with 2:40 left in the opening quarter. Willowbrook senior William Schuller recovered a York fumble in the second quarter. Ranieri completed a long pass to Dembowski later in the period. The long gain led to Dembowski’s 35-yard field goal kick, which extended the Warriors’ lead to 10-0. Copeland blocked a 41-yard field-goal attempt by York on the final play of the first half. The Warriors locked up their victory when Ranieri completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kelso on a fourth-and-two play with about five minutes left in the game. “We talked about how you define a team by what they do after they lose,” said Kelso of the Warriors’ recovery from the Sept. 16 loss to Hinsdale South. Kelso, who plays offense and defense, intercepted a York pass during the second quarter. “Last week wasn’t our best week,” said Copeland. “Coming into this game, we were focused. Everyone was clicking. We just made it easy on ourselves.” The Warriors’ season continues with this Friday’s conference home game against Morton (1-4 overall, 1-1 in the conference). Willowbrook needs to win three of its final four regular-season games to secure a berth in the IHSA playoffs. The Warriors will finish the regular season with conference games at Proviso East (Oct. 8) and Downers Grove South (Oct. 14), followed by an Oct. 21 home game against Leyden.

Broncos end losing streak with win over Marmion

By Chris Fox Lombardian-Villa Park Review Staff Reporter

The Montini football team snapped a two-game losing streak with Friday’s 21-11 win over Marmion Academy in Lombard. The Broncos improved their overall season record to 2-3 with their homecoming-game victory over the Cadets. Marmion, which entered the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) Green Division game with a perfect record, dropped to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the division. Montini improved its division record to 1-1. The Broncos scored a touchdown in each of the game’s first three quarters. Junior Nick Orlando ran about 45 yards for a touchdown during the first quarter to give Montini an early lead. Junior Matt Morrissey fired a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior Mitch West in the second quarter to help the Broncos to a 14-3 halftime lead. Morrissey connected with senior Brandon Shilgalis for a 23-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Junior Michael Cooney added his third extra-point kick of the evening to give the Broncos a 21-3 lead. Marmion scored its only touchdown of the night later in the third quarter. The Broncos will travel to Chicago to play undefeated De La Salle in this Friday’s CCL Green Division game. The Meteors improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the division following Friday’s 39-6 victory at St. Francis.

Rams endure a rough homecoming game against St. Charles North

By Chris Fox Lombardian-Villa Park Review Staff Reporter

The Glenbard East football team slipped to 0-5 following Friday’s 46-2 loss to St. Charles North in Lombard. The North Stars, who improved to 4-1, built a 32-2 halftime lead against the Rams. Glenbard East scored the only points of its homecoming game when St. Charles North snapped the ball out of the end zone during the first quarter. The North Stars held a 7-2 lead at the end of the opening quarter. They outscored the Rams 25-0 during the second period. Senior Scott Szabo gained a team-leading 54 rushing yards on nine carries.  Sophomore quarterback Bret Bushka completed eight of 22 passing attempts for 122 yards. He threw one interception. Junior Keonta Nixon made three receptions for 67 yards. Senior Brandon Raines intercepted a St. Charles North pass. The Rams will try to earn their first win of the season this Saturday, when they will play an Upstate Eight Valley Conference game against East Aurora (1-4 overall). The contest will be played at Aurora Christian High School. Glenbard East and the Tomcats will both enter the game with conference records of 0-2.      

Willowbrook golfer makes a hole-in-one
By Chris Fox Lombardian-Villa Park Review Staff Reporter  

Sophomore Joey Guthrie of the Willowbrook boys golf team sank a hole-in-one during Thursday’s Addison Trail “Ryder Cup” Quad event at the Highland Course at the Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale. Using an 8-iron, Guthrie recorded the ace on the 135-yard, par-3 fourth hole. “I knew it was a good shot, but I didn’t think it would go in,” said Guthrie, who was able to see the ball roll in the hole from the tee box. His slight fade landed a few feet left of the cup. The ball landed with some sidespin and tracked into the hole. “I was in shock,” said Guthrie of his reaction to the hole-in-one. I just dropped my club and starting jumping up and down.” The Warriors competed against Addison Trail, Morton and Glenbard North in the four-team event, which featured tandems of partners. The Willowbrook duo of Guthrie and junior John Morser recorded a 9-hole score of 45 on the par-36 course. Sophomore Jackson Hathaway and freshman Logan Rattana teamed up to fire a score of 42 for the Warriors, while juniors Tim Keefe and Buddy Martens turned in a score of 48. The Addison Trail coach acknowledged Guthrie’s hole in one during his announcement at the end of the meet. Guthrie gladly received handshakes from several of his fellow competitors. The two-player teams from each competing school played a best-ball format for the first three holes. They played an alternate-shot format for the middle holes; the final three holes were played in a scramble format. Willowbrook placed fourth in the team competition with its overall score of 135. Addison Trail won the event championship with a score of 120. Glenbard North (127) placed second, while Morton (132) claimed third place. Willowbrook lost a West Suburban Gold Conference dual meet to Downers Grove South on Sept. 20 at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Villa Park. The visiting Mustangs defeated the Warriors 143-181 in the dual meet. Keefe shot the low round for Willowbrook, firing a 9-hole score of 43 on the par-32 course. Martens shot a 44, while Guthrie and junior Max Venchus contributed scores of 46 and 48, respectively. The Warriors won a conference meet against Morton on Sept. 15, beating the Mustangs 169-186 at Sugar Creek. Martens shot Willowbrook’s best score, carding a 4-over-par total of 36. Keefe added a 42, while junior Jake Hoppensteadt and Venchus tallied scores of 45 and 46, respectively. Willowbrook lost a dual meet to Addison Trail on Saturday at Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club in Crest Hill. The Blazers beat the Warriors 171-177. Martens shot Willowbrook’s low round on the par-36 course with a nine-hole score of 42. Hathaway fired a 43, while Rattana and Morser contributed scores of 45 and 47. Guthrie has been playing golf for about two years. He took up an interest in the game after his father Joe took him to the driving range at The Village Links of Glen Ellyn. At about the same time he took up the game two years ago, Guthrie became a caddie at the Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn. His father was also a caddie at the same club. “I love it,” said Guthrie of caddying. “I find it fun to be around the game.” Guthrie witnessed a hole-in-one while caddying at Glen Oaks earlier this year. Willowbrook will play in the West Suburban Gold Conference Meet this week at Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club. The Warriors will play in next week’s IHSA regional at The Links of Carillon in Plainfield.