The cross-country team hosted their 36th annual Herscher invite, and it turned out to be a very successful day. The boys placed first overall highlighted by Drew Rogers’ first place finish and meet record 15:03.3 time. The girls finished second overall and were led by Emma Haugen’s 10th place finish.
The Tigers hosted the Wilmington Wildcats for their homecoming game. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were rude guests. The Tigers seemed to be poised for success when they forced a 3 and out and then mounted a strong first offensive drive. The Tigers mixed a good combination of runs and passes that resulted in a touchdown. Unfortunately, the touchdown was called back due to a penalty, and the drive eventually stalled out on downs. The next time the Tigers would receive the ball they would be trailing 13-0. The Wildcats scored an immediate touchdown and then on the ensuing kickoff they recovered a short kick. The Wildcats’ rushing attack was like a boulder rolling down a mountain and the Tigers could do nothing to stop it. The Wildcats were leading 20-0 at half before winning 41-7. The lone Tiger offensive touchdown came in the 4th quarter Blaze Mosier threw his first varsity touchdown on a 20-yard strike to Rylan Hendershott. The Tigers dropped to 2-3 on the season and will travel to Lisle next Friday.
The soccer team had a busy week with the Rivals Cup being played. They played 5 games in 5 days. The Tigers have been off to an uncharacteristic slow start compared to their usual standards. However, the Tigers looked like their old selves to start the week going 3-0 in the group stage of the tournament to advance to the knockout stage. The Tigers earned wins over St Anne, Chicago Christian, and Coal City. The Tigers bested St Anne 3-0 with goals by Jaden Jaime, Trey Schwarzkopf, and Brandon Hoffman. The Tigers controlled the pace and possession and the Cardinals only managed 2 shots on goal throughout the entire match.
The next day the Tigers earned their victory over the Chicago Christian Knights 2-0. The Tigers had a more formidable foe against the Knights that was a more evenly played match. Jaden Jaime totaled both Tiger goals with the assists coming from Trey Schwarzkopf. The Tigers keeper Tucker White was kept busy totaling 7 saves. White’s strong play in net kept the Knights off the scoreboard and the kept the Tiger’s momentum rolling.
The Tigers squared off with the Coal City Coalers in a rematch of a previous game that the Tigers lost. The Tigers earned their revenge with a 2-1 win. The Tigers goals were scored by Trey Schwarzkopf and Bailey Hubert with the assists coming from Tucker White and Jaden Jaime. Tucker White also totaled 7 saves in helping to earn the Tiger victory.
The knockout stage was not quite as kind to the Tigers as they faced off vs longtime rival Manteno Panthers in the semi-finals and lost 3-1. The Tigers battled hard throughout. However, they just could not keep up with the Panthers on this particular day. The Tigers will be able to seek revenge as they face the Panthers again in just three short days.
The loss to the Panthers left the Tigers no time to recover (literally) as they had to battle the Beecher Bobcats for 3rd place as soon as the semi-finals game ended. The quick turnaround did no favors to the Tigers as they ultimately fell 3-1 to the Bobcats. The Tigers battled hard but fatigue was inevitable and they were unable to match the Bobcats. and had to settle for fourth place in the 16 team tournament. The Tigers record now sits at 6-8-1 on the season.
The Tigers started off their week with a three set victory over the Streator Bobcats. The Tigers dropped a tense back and forth third set 23-25 but then roared back to take the final two sets 25-19 and 25-20 respectively. Emma Mendell paced the Tigers with 10 kills while, Allison Huizenga had 5 kills. Ally Meyer recorded an astounding 19 assists and Gracyn Cordes had a team high 5 aces.
Senior night for the volleyball squad was an exciting one as the Tigers showed off their resiliency in a straight set win over the Clifton-Central Comets. The Tigers were trailing 24-21 in the opening set before bouncing back and taking a 28-26 victory over the visiting Comets. The momentum the Tigers gained and the despair the Comets had made for a quick second set with the Tigers breezing to a 25-15 victory. Gracyn Cordes had 7 assists and 2 aces while Emma Mendell had 7 kills in leading the Tiger charge. The Tigers improved to 7-11 on the season.