By: John Nee '93
With the soccer team's season coming to a close last weekend in the regional final and the football team getting healthy during their bye week in the Prep Bowl playoffs, the hockey and cross-country teams took center stage this past week.
The cross country team, led by Head Coach Dave Letourneau '07, competed in the sectional meet on Saturday at Kaneland High School in Maple Park. The team finished 17th out of 18 teams, but they did post their best average team time on the season of twenty minutes for the 3-mile run. Senior Lorenzo Alvarez once again led the way posting a time of 18:16 to finish 92nd overall out of 135 runners. Congratulations to the entire team as this was the first time the cross-country team had advanced their team to a sectional meet in many years.
The varsity hockey team had an outstanding week in CCL play posting a (2-0-1) record in their three Catholic League contests. On Thursday night in front of a raucous home crowd at SIA, they skated to a 3-3 tie against Providence as the Celtics tied the game in the final minutes to prevent the Mustang victory. On Saturday afternoon on the road in Arlington Heights, the "Skating" Mustangs bounced back nicely posting an impressive 4-2 workman-like road win against St. Viator, and on Sunday evening back home at friendly SIA in Crestwood Coach Coleman's boys put together another solid effort defeating Mt. Carmel 5-2 behind Griffen Drebing's hat trick to cap off a nice week.
Junior Luke Napleton led the way with 4 goals on the week while Andrew Capuano and Kyle O'Kelly added 2 goals each and Ryan Cleve had a goal. Senior goalie Kyle Gustafson continued his strong start to the season in the nets by stopping 59 out of 66 shots on goal.
The varsity football team spent their bye week getting their underclassmen acclimated to varsity football as about 20 freshmen and sophomores were called up to participate in the Prep Bowl playoffs. That experience will be invaluable as the Mustangs will look to many talented young kids to help them rebound next season as they move into the newly formed football conference. As for this week, the Mustangs will battle Marmion Academy, a 44-12 winner over Leo last week, this Thursday 7pm at Doyle Stadium.
Check back again next week as we will recap the football team's game against Marmion and another huge CCL week in hockey as the Mustangs will battle Brother Rice and Providence on the road.