Six out of the eight Wheaton Academy teams were in action this week. Below is a recap of each sport and a preview of the upcoming week.
The boys golf team only had one match this week on Thursday, August 23rd, against Plainfield East at Wedgewood Golf Course in Joliet. The Warriors defeated the Bengals 157-202. Freshman Graham Head led the way, shooting a 38. Following Head was Jack Dykema (39), Marcus Bult (40) and Luke Fritz (40). Head posted the best score of both teams and Fritz shot a personal best.
Their next match is on Thursday (8/30) at Pheasant Run against Chicago Christian and is the first home meet of the year.
The boys soccer team started out 2-0 in their first week of the season. On Tuesday, August 21st, they defeated Batavia 3-1. Seamus Kilgallon and Jack Kilgallon scored in the first half of the game. After Batavia got one goal back on a penalty kick, Owen Setran put one in the back of the net to secure the win for the Warriors.
On Saturday, August 25th, the Warriors faced Geneva and posted a shutout (2-0). Seamus Kilgallon broke the scoreless tie in the second half off of an assist from his brother Jack. Later, Daniel Rychenkov scored to put the game out of reach for Geneva.
The boys soccer team plays three games this week starting on Monday (8/27) at Elmwood Park (6:30pm), then travel to Wheaton Warrenville South on Thursday (8/30, 6:30) and then host Cuyahoga Valley on Saturday (9/1, 12:00pm).
Both the boys and girls cross country teams begin their season on Tuesday (8/28) at the Sycamore Invite which takes place at the Afton Forest Preserve and begins at 4:45pm. Then on Saturday (9/1), they travel to Fenton High School to race starting at 9:00am.
The Warrior football team defeated Thornridge 44-20 in their first game of the 2018 season on Friday, August 24. They got out to a fast start by putting 28 points in the first half. Cristian Carstens (RB) ended the game with four touchdowns (three in the first half) and 117 yards on 16 carries. The passing attack was also working for the Warriors as QB Ben Thorson went 10-15, 169 yards and one touchdown to Noah Jones. Jones was the number one receiver for the Warriors as he had three catches for 79 yards.
On defense, sophomore Trevor Donna (LB) led the team with 10 tackles, including four tackles for a loss. Defensive lineman Samuel Palmer helped out with seven tackles of his own. The new senior kicker Jack Ryken was perfect in extra point situations as he went 6/6.
Friday (8/31), the Warriors host St. Edward and kickoff is set for 7:15pm.
This week, the girls golf team competed against Rosary in their first conference match. The girls played well but lost to Rosary by a score 194-206. The best round of the day was turned in by medalist, Margaret Harmon, carding a 36 (+1). The Brookhill Shootout scheduled for Friday, August 24 was canceled due to heavy rain.
They will resume competition against Aurora Central Catholic on Tuesday (8/28) at their home course, Pheasant Run and will start at 4:00pm.
The girls’ tennis team had their first matches of the season on Saturday (8/25) at the Metea Valley Mustang Quad. The Warriors played their first dual against a tough Benet team. Benet was the 1A state champions in 2016. In a tight match, the Warriors ended up taking the dual by a narrow margin. They then faced Oswego and the Warriors won all six match-ups for a decisive victory. This meant the victory came down to the Wheaton Academy vs. Metea Valley match. Both teams won three matches so the tiebreaker came down to who lost the fewest games. The Warriors came out on top by a margin of two games.
This week, they have two home matches that both start at 4:30pm. On Tuesday (8/28) they face Wheaton North and on Wednesday (8/29) they play host to Wheaton Warrenville South.
The Warriors opened the season on Thursday (8/23) night as they hosted Batavia. “This year’s team is a good mix of youth and experience, and they have come together quickly and play with a great energy level,” coach D. A. Nichols said. The Warriors fell 21-25 and 18-25 to Batavia, but each set was intense and close throughout. Georgia Johnston led the team with four kills and one block.
Their next game is a conference matchup as they travel to Timothy Christian on Thursday (8/30) and begin at 6:30pm.