ELMHURST – A trio of local high school teams wrapped up their stellar spring campaigns in the last week and captured a little hardware in the process.
IC Catholic Prep girls soccer
Reaching the state semifinals for the first time in program history, the Knights brought home a Class 1A fourth place trophy after falling 5-4 in penalty kicks to Johnsburg in the third-place match on May 27.
IC jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the opening 40 minutes thanks to a pair of goals by Abi Wagner and a goal from Olivia Hurt. But Johnsburg rattled off four straight goals after intermission to pull ahead before Tessa Langan scored with under 30 seconds left to tie it back up.
After neither squad was able to find the back of the net in the two 10-minute overtime periods, the Knights were only able to convert on one penalty kick, by Bella Leslie.
The Knights had dropped a 9-0 decision to eventual state champion Quincy Notre Dame in the semis.
IC finished the spring with a record of 21-7. Langan totaled 32 goals and 21 assists on the season while Hurt posted 26 goals and 18 assists. Grace Fuller also contributed 17 goals and 12 assists.
The team does lose eight seniors to graduation, including varsity mainstays Kaitlyn Grady, Demitra DelFiacco, Tess Reardon and Langan, along with Giana Curran, Kelley Hodyl, Liz Maloney and Katie Hendricks. But IC did have seven freshmen and five sophomores on their state roster.
IC girls softball
One of the youngest teams in the area, the Knights nevertheless won a sectional title before falling 10-4 to Beecher in a Class 2A Supersectional on May 29.
They finished with a record of 21-13.
Josie Lytton had three hits against Beecher including a home run. Natalie Murillo also posted three hits.
IC had reached that point courtesy of a 1-0 win against Westmont in the Lisle sectional final on May 27. Kayla Faber-Cournane tossed a complete-game shutout, striking out seven.
The Knights had just three seniors on the roster in Kaitlyn Falduto, Molly Fahey and Alyssa Borges. Eight of the fourteen players were underclassmen.
Timothy Christian baseball
After capturing the first-ever sectional championship in program history, the Trojans fell 7-0 two days later to Chicago Christian in the Benedictine Class 2A Supersectional.
Timothy Christian, which defeated Holy Trinity to win the IC Catholic Prep sectional, wrapped up the campaign with a 19-11 record.
Another team on the younger side, the Trojans say goodbye to a very strong group of six seniors – Joey Davidson, Brian Schiff, Josh Anderson, Jonny Strube, Noah Marrera and Shaun VanTholen.