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Girls Tennis

Lockport duo’s aggressive play overpowers Sandburg

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

Taking a first glance at Lockport

Township girls tennis doubles

partners Gabby Perillo and Kamile

Sulkson, one can’t help but notice

a bit of a difference in something.

Their height.

While separated by over 10

inches in height, the junior duo is

as tough as they come on the court.

They showed that again last week

in pulling out a key match at No.

3 doubles. That helped the Porters

to a big 4-3 team victory over

SouthWest Suburban Blue rival

Sandburg on Thursday, Sept. 20, at

Lockport.

With its second win over a

SWSC Blue opponent in less than

a week [the other was a 6-1 win

on Sept. 15 at Homewood-Flossmoor],

Lockport (15-1-1, 3-0) put

itself as the favorite to win the

conference tournament. That takes

place between Thursday, Oct. 6,

and Saturday, Oct. 8, at H-F.

The loss was a rare one for Sandburg

(5-2, 1-1), which was coming

off winning its own invite the Saturday

[Sept. 17] before.

A key match in the Porters win

was certainly Perillo and Sulkson.

In a close contest they defeated seniors

Jenna Gonzales and Elisabeth

Wood 6-3, 7-5.

“I wasn’t sure if it would work,”

Lockport coach Bob Champlin

said of the pairing of Perillo and

Sulkson. “But it did.”

The two are now 14-1 on the season.

“Opposites attract,” said Sulkson,

who is 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall,

about her pairing with Perillo, who

is 4 feet 10 inches tall. “It’s different

playing styles and it took

awhile, but we got the hang of it.

“I’m better at staying back, but

we’re good at setting each other up.”

Perillo agrees.

“We stayed really aggressive at

the net,” Perillo said of the strategy

against Sandburg. “They try to hit

it over me, but [Sulkson] backs me

up. We didn’t play together a year

ago. We had to work really hard

together in the offseason. It may

have taken some time, but we did

it together.”

Both teams have done very well

together this season. Of Sandburg’s

trio of wins, two came at singles.

Those were a 6-1, 6-0 victory at

No. 1 singles by sophomore Anna

Loureiro over freshman Natallie

Barth, and at No. 3 singles freshman

Jayme Gross won 6-0, 3-6,

6-2 over senior Jessica Sterna.

“She’s a good player and I just

played really well,” Loureiro said

of facing Barth. “I just stayed focused

and whatever happened,

happened.”

Good things usually happen for

the Eagles when Loureiro is on the

court. She helped them capture the

title of their own invite by winning

the first singles title, one of three

on the day for Sandburg.

“To win the invite felt good

and we all played well,” she said.

“We’re really getting into a great

mindset as a team. We know what

we have to do and we go out and

practice with a purpose.”

The Eagles also captured the longest

match of the night in terms of

time. That was a 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) win

at No. 2 doubles by junior Agnes

Florczyk and senior Stephanie Garoufalis

over junior Kaitlyn Graves

and sophomore Bri Hillock.

“We [had] three really big

matches [last] week,” said Sandburg

coach Brian Ostrander, whose

team traveled to Marist on Wednesday,

Sept. 21, and hosted H-F on

Thursday, Sept. 22. “It’s tough to

come on the road and win at Lockport.

Their No. 1 doubles team is

tremendous and our No. 1 singles

player is tremendous.

“We’ve got to get to work on the

lower levels. But you can’t win the

conference [last week]. It’s going

to come down to one day [Saturday,

Oct. 8 at the SWSC Blue Tournament].”

Cassidy Hillock had Lockport’s

win at singles. That was at No. 2

where the sophomore was victorious

6-3, 6-2 over freshman Julia

Canellis. At No. 1 doubles it was

the Porter duo of seniors Mary

Kate Buchheit and Tomi Jo Mansell

with a 6-1, 6-2 win over seniors

Jasmine Abunaim and Sophie

Sjo. The No. 4 doubles duo of junior

Lauren Hasler and sophomore

Maddy Grcevic had a 6-1, 6-4 win

over freshman Konstance Delis

and junior Sam Warchol.

“This was a team win,” Champlin

said. “We won at the top and

bottom of our lineup.

“Our No. 1 doubles had a good

win and a good match. Our No. 2

doubles losing might be good in

retrospect, because often times you

learn more from a loss then a win.”

Sandburg sophomore Anna

Loureiro — who had a 6-1, 6-0

victory over Lockport Township

High School freshman Natallie

Barth — plays Thursday, Sept. 20,

in Lockport.

Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Players from the two teams may

very well see each other again this

weekend. Lockport hosts another

invite at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept.

30, and continuing at 8 a.m. Saturday,

Oct. 1, and the Eagles are there.

Boys Soccer

Griffins look to improve after falling 4-0 to Eagles at home

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

Sandburg coach Desi

Vuillaume opened the team’s

postgame talk with a question:

“Why are we only good

in the second half?”

Several players blurted

out answers. Some were inaudible.

None were acceptable,

Vuillaume would say

several minutes later.

“You guys are going to

get rolled if we don’t start

picking things up in the first

half,” assistant coach Scott

Wilkins told the team. “Otherwise,

it’s not going to be

good. It’s going to end quick

for you guys in the playoffs

if you don’t starting picking

it up in the first half.”

This was the talk that a 4-0

win over Lincoln-Way East

on Thursday, Sept. 22, had

earned Sandburg (5-6-1).

The Eagles have scored 25

goals on the season, but only

eight have come in the first

half. They’ve picked up the

pace with six of their eight

first-half goals in the past

four games, but Vuillaume

wants to see improvements

with conference play beginning

and regionals less than

one month away.

“We settle in too quick

and we just don’t see that

fire,” Vuillaume said. “We

need to play the whole 80

minutes like what we saw

in the second half. It should

have been 4-0 at the half.

… We haven’t found what

motivates this team yet, but

we’ll get there.”

East (2-7) has had its own

problems this season. The

roster of nine East players

and 12 former Lincoln-Way

North players have struggled

to mesh together.

“We haven’t figured out

how to play with each other,

and we’re fighting each

other,” said East coach Ryan

Decker. “Not that we’re literally

fighting each other,

but in the game there’s no

chemistry, no flow. … We’re

just not applying what we’re

doing in training to those

game moments.”

Decker sat three regular

starters in the first half because

they showed up late

to the pregame meeting. He

pulled captain Liam Elsden

and Spencer Hein in the 57th

minute after they got yellow

cards for talking back to a referee.

Both instances, Decker

said, were symptoms of the

Griffins’ losing problem.

“Respecting the refs, the

opponent, the game itself is

one of the principles I’m trying

to teach these guys about

character,” Decker said.

“That’s not character. Yeah,

you’re frustrated; you’re losing.

If you don’t like it, fix it.

Yelling at the refs isn’t going

to fix the problem.”

Sandburg sophomore forward

Colin Kroll and senior

midfielder Frank Connelly

were cleared from injuries

that Thursday. Kroll, who

leads the team in scoring

despite playing only four

games, didn’t play. Connelly

got hit in the head while contesting

a header in his first

minute of action and spent

the rest of the game on the

bench in what Vuillaume

called a precautionary move.

The Eagles got the first

three shots on goal, but Marko

Nedeljkivic had a prime

chance to put East up 1-0

in the eighth minute. East’s

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