Boys Soccer Defeats Walter Payton, Now 6-0 in the Season
The boys soccer team crushed Walter Payton 7-2 in the title game of a tournament at home Saturday, bringing them to 6-0 for the season.
Boys Football Suffers First Loss at Crete-Monee
Written by Dennis Mahoney.
Crete-Monee’s football team may not have all of the horses it had a year ago when the Warriors captured the Class 6A Illinois High School Association state football crown.
But the champs had more than enough to handle Evanston in a 42-15 non-conference romp over the visiting Wildkits.
Crete racked up three touchdowns in the second quarter --- after ETHS had seized a 7-0 lead --- and cruised to the victory. The Warriors’ senior class kept its perfect record intact, not having lost a single game in three plus seasons.
Four Evanston turnovers kept the Wildkits (now 1-1) from keeping the encounter close in the first-ever matchup between the two schools. For the second week in a row ETHS was victimized by a fumble return for a touchdown, this time by Crete’s Jonathan Draper, who dashed 34 yards to paydirt to build the Warriors’ lead to 19-7 with 7 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in the first half.
A 5-yard touchdown run by Crete sophomore quarterback Frank Douglas, who also completed 17-of-25 passes for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Elijah Douglas’ 86-yard TD return of the second half kickoff put the game out of reach for the Wildkits.
Evanston struck first in the contest, after Andre Wallace recovered a fumble at the Crete 39. Three plays later quarterback Chris Little fired a 36-yard touchdown strike to Sam Bordo.
Little completed 18-of-34 passes on the night for 234 yards and 2 interceptions. Evanston’s other score came on a 3-yard run by Maalik Todd in the third quarter, but the Kits only netted a minus one yards on the ground.
“We had two big turnovers or maybe it would have been a 14-7 game at halftime,” said Evanston coach Mike Burzawa. “Crete got a lot of momentum in that second quarter, though, and they just stuck it to us. We do have to work on our ball security, and you can’t just look at one guy in that regard.
“We wanted to challenge our kids and play the state champions at their place. We kept fighting to the end, so that was a positive. A lot of other teams would’ve gotten steamrolled, but we didn’t. We didn’t quit, and the mistakes we made are all correctable.”
Evanston is back on the road Thursday night at 7 p.m. for a Central Suburban League crossover contest at Highland Park.
Girls Tennis Team Defeats North Shore Country Day
The girls tennis team now has a 2-2 record for the season after an easy victory over North Shore Country Day School Friday, according to coach Joyce Chang Anderson. No. 1 singles sophomore Jessica Ampel now stands at 3-1.
Girls Cross-Country Takes 9th at Hinsdale Invitational
The ETHS girls varsity cross-country team went home with a 9th place finish, while the freshman/sophomore team took 12th place at the Hinsdale Invitational Saturday, Sept. 7, according to coach Jessica Herrmann.
The top five varsity runners averaged a faster time than the varsity team did last year, and finished one place higher than last year, according to Herrmann. ETHS' top five finishers were Cami Zecker, at 19:55; Kyla Steman, at 19:57, Emma Dzwierzynski, at 19:59, Gabi Dinsmore, at 20:42; and Hunter Wortmann at 20:45.
"The results from Hinsdale are encouraging, but there's still a ways to go before we truly tap into the incredible amount of training many of our athletes put in this summer," said head coach Zachary Herrmann. "It's early, and there's a great deal more to come from this team."
The Wildkits race at Peoria next weekend.
Girls Swimmers Post Strong Times Against Loyola, Barrington
The ETHS girls varsity swim team lost to Loyola 112-74 on Friday and to Barrington 109-76 on Saturday, according to coach Kevin Auger. He said many swimmers posted good times, but noted the performances of three sophomores in particular.
Honore Collins finished within one second of the state cutoff time in the 100 backstroke, while Iana Wolf won the 50 freestyle against Barrington with a time that was also very close to the state cutoff. Andrea Gouvea won diving against Loyola with a score of 194.10.