Postseason competition started for the cross-country squads, and they have started off successfully for both sides. The boys’squad won their regional for the second consecutive year, being paced by Drew Rogers’ dominant win and advancing to next week’s sectional. Rogers found himself with a winning time of 14:55 over 1 minute faster than the second-place finisher. Ben Morgan was the other top 10 finisher, ending the race in 8th place. The girls’ team finished in 4th place, good enough to advance to the sectionals next week as well. The top finisher for the girls was Gracie Kent who finished in 10th place. The sectional meet is next Saturday in Lisle for both teams.
The football game Friday evening was a game that was a sentimental affair as it was Coach Wetzel’s last game in his coaching career. Coach Wetzel walked onto the field with his family to start the game through a tunnel of former players and fans. The positive sentiments could only last so long and eventually the game started. Once the game started, the visiting Comets showed they were not interested in being sentimental or sending out Coach Wetzel with a fairy tale like ending. The Comets started fast and furiously and raced to a 49-6 victory. The result on the field was disappointing, but this night was about Coach Wetzel and giving him a proper thank you for all the work he has put into the Tiger football program through the years. The Tigers had a disappointing finish to the season but the young men who played this year should be proud of themselves. The Tigers were woefully undermanned from a numbers perspective all season but battled hard and left everything they had on the field each week.
The Tigers lost a conference battle to rival Manteno Panthers in straight sets 20-25 and 19-25. The contest was fairly close contest and the Tigers battled hard but came up just short on the scoreboard. The statistical leaders for the Tigers were Emma Mendell who had four kills, one block and a service ace while Ally Meyer added four assists and two kills.
The Tigers faced off against the Wilmington Wildcats and battled hard but ultimately came up short in a three-set battle. The first set was coming up roses for the Tigers as they won a tight battle and seemed paced to pull off the upset. However, the second and third sets were less rosy for the Tigers, and they lost both 20-25 and 21-25. Lexi Cinnamon led Herscher’s attack with three kills while Emery Robinson had eighteen digs.
The latest chapter of the Herscher-McNamara sports rivalry happened on the volleyball court. The Tigers-Irish squared off in a closely contested match that unfortunately resulted in a Tiger loss in straight sets. The environment was off the charts with a raucous student section for both the host Tigers and the visiting Irish. The Tigers started off fast and was leading early but the Tigers could not keep up the strong start and ended up losing 20-25. The second set was more of the same and fell 20-25 again. The Tigers now sit at 11-23 on the season and will open post season play this week.