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44 | November 9, 2017 | The tinley junction Sports Football Moving on in the mud Athlete of the Week 10 Questions LWE comes from behind for playoff win Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter Lincoln-Way East was down — possibly out. After giving up a touchdown to St. Charles East that made it 14-12 Saints with 1 minute and 17 seconds left in the game Saturday, Nov. 4, in St. Charles, it’s not hyperbole to say people were penning the final sentences of the Griffins’ 2017 season. But as has been the case all season, the top seed in the Illinois High School Association Class 8A playoffs needed just one spark to ignite their team. Enter sophomore A.J. Henning, who fielded the ensuing kickoff near the 5-yard line. Henning began running up the middle, got a big block from a teammate and raced up the sideline. By the end of the run, Henning had made it to the Saints’ 43-yard line. It was the spark the Griffins needed. With just 1:07 left in the game, on the first play from scrimmage, East senior quarterback Brendan Morrissey looked deep and found senior Mason Keenan, who caught the pass in traffic for a 32-yard gain at the Saints’ 9-yard line. PRESSBOX PICKS Our staff’s predictions for the top games in Week 12 Providence Catholic (7-4) at St. Laurence (8-3) Lincoln-Way East (11-0) hosts Oswego (10-1) Lincoln-Way Central (10-1) hosts Benet Academy (8-3) Lincoln-Way West (9-2) hosts Batavia (10-1) After being stopped, onto the field jogged East sophomore kicker Dominic Dzioban, who set up at the Saints’ 15. On a wet, muddy grass field, the snap came out perfect. “Honestly, it was just blank mind, focus on making that kick — that’s all I was thinking of, nothing else,” Dzioban said. The sophomore booted the ball through the uprights for a successful 25-yard kick, giving East (11-0) the 15-14 lead with 23 seconds remaining. On the final play of the game, a St. Charles East pass was stripped in the air from the receiver’s hands by East senior defensive back Dugan Bolsoni, icing the game and giving the Griffins the Round 2 victory. After the Griffins’ offense stalled on their opening drive and the defense forced a turnover, the Griffins sent out Dzioban — but it was a ruse. Senior Matt Judd received the snap, got up and ran in a 10-yard touchdown with 5:44 left in the first quarter. But on the extra-point attempt, the kick by Dzioban went wide to the left, meaning the Saints held the lead at 7-6. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the offense got going again, and it came courtesy of great field position. 44-10 Tim Carroll | Sports Editor • Providence 35, St. Laurence 17. St. Laurence has the better record, but the Vikings have not faced the same level of competition. • LW East • LW Central • Batavia Morrissey had three straight runs of 9, 3 and 7 yards, followed by a pass to senior Turner Pallissard for a 6-yard gain to set the offense up at the Saints’ 10. Morrissey later connected with Pallissard over the middle, and Pallissard reached up over his shoulders to haul in the score. East had its first lead of the day at 12-7 with 6:07 left in the game. The Griffins tried for two but came up short. St. Charles East wasn’t done. Quarterback Clayton Isbell, on a third-and-12 from the East 25, dropped back and lofted the ball to the left corner of the end zone. Despite having two East defenders on him, St. Charles East junior Ronan Macaluso dove for it and completed the catch for the TD to make it 14-12. “Probably a lot of people thought it was over,” Zvonar said. “I’m glad our players didn’t.” In many ways, memories of last season may have played a part in the Griffins’ comeback. Now, for the second straight season, the Griffins will play in the Class 8A quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. They will host Oswego, who defeated Glenbard West 24-20 in the second round. 44-10 Tom Czaja | Contributing Editor • Providence 35, St. Laurence 21. Formidable schedule of Celtics has team well-prepared to continue playoff run to semifinal. • LW East • LW Central • Batavia with Sam Cossidente Sam Cossidente is a senior setter on the Andrew girls volleyball team. How did you get started playing volleyball? My sister, she used to play volleyball. And then, my dad used to coach her team. And when I was really little, I used to practice with her and stuff, and I really enjoyed it. And then, I started [playing competitively] in fifth grade. I just moved on from there, and I really have a passion for the sport. I fell in love with it from then on. Do you have any rituals or superstitions? Every time, before a game, I usually listen to music and have them blasting in my headphones. I focus really hard during warmups, and sometimes I go over setting. I set against the wall, or I do my footwork. 42-12 Joe Coughlin | Publisher • Providence 34, St. Laurence 24. Like many Chicago Catholic League teams, the Celtics are built for this. • LW East • LW Central • LW West 22nd Century Media File Photo What songs are on your pre-match playlist? My team made a playlist with a bunch of different songs, but one of the songs one of my teammates introduced to me was “Legend” by The Score. It’s about going for what you want and being determined, and that really gets me focused and pumped up and ready for the game. What is your proudest moment in volleyball? Probably, right now, it’s probably making the sophomore team as a freshman and starting as a setter. It was one of my big accomplishments. What do you like the most about playing volleyball? It always keeps me on my toes and ready. And if I’m having a stressful day or a stressful week, I can take out my stress and just relax while playing — get the anger out. And it always keeps me on my toes and ready to work. If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money first? Definitely a Jeep, for sure. A Jeep Wrangler. I’ve just always wanted it since I was little. It’s one of my favorite cars, and I’ve been dreaming [of] having it. Who is your favorite athlete? For me, probably Lauren Carlini. She’s on the professional volleyball U.S. team. I used to watch her when she played college, and my first club coach knew her and coached her. She just seems so very determined and very focused on what she does, and she’s a really nice person. What is your favorite subject in school? Science. I’ve always really enjoyed it. Last year, I took anatomy, and that’s my favorite class, because I like learning about the human body and what goes on in it, and the functions and the parts. What is your dream job? For me, probably a surgeon, just because it seems like an awesome job to have. You’re always awake, and it’s long hours, but I like to be busy, so it would really keep me busy. What do you have planned for college? I plan on going to a fouryear university. As of right now, it’s Tennessee Wesleyan University, because they’re interested in me for playing volleyball. Interview by Sports Editor Tim Carroll Sports SportS The orland the tinley park junction prairie | November november 9, 2017 | 37 45 At the end of every boys soccer season, 22nd Century Media scours through stories, stat sheets and reporters’ notebooks to compile its Team 22 All-Star lineup. The team features student-athletes from Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln- Way West, Providence Catholic, Andrew, Tinley Park, Lockport Township and Sandburg high schools. Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff Forwards Silvio Gkizas, senior, Providence 35 goals, 28 assists. All- Sectional, All-CCL. Gkizas had the ability to create something out of nothing, proving to be a gamechanging player who put up video game numbers. MidFielders Kyle Seymour, senior, LW West 17 goals, 6 assists. All-SWSC. The Warriors’ captain was the most explosive offensive threat for his team and seemed to be involved in every play. deFenders First team Vasili Vouris, senior, Sandburg 3 goals, 3 assists. All- Sectional, All-SWSC. Vouris helped shut down offensive lines this season, combining with keeper Connor Baker to allow only 13 goals. second team Forward Dan Repa, junior, Andrew 10 goals, 2 assists. All-Sectional Honorable Mention. Jordan Abbasi, senior, LW East 8 goals, 7 assists. All- Sectional, All-SWSC. David Flores, junior, LW West 5 goals, 9 assists. Goalie Scott Slocum, senior, Providence 30 goals, 9 assists. All- Sectional, All-CCL. Slocum showed the ability to find the back of the net regularly, working to be a great leader for his team over the course of the season. Brett Hudak, junior, Tinley 16 goals, 3 assists. All- Sectional, All-SSC. Hudak repeated and improved upon everything great about his sophomore season, scoring two more goals than last season and adding three assists. Connor Baker, junior, Sandburg 9 shutouts, .72 goals against average. Baker was fast at reading the field and helped give Sandburg a chance all season long. Jimmy Margas, senior, Sandburg 12 goals, 4 assists. All- Sectional, All-SWSC. Fast and versatile, Margas played with a lot of heart, proving to be a driving force in the Eagles’ offensive attack. Luke James, senior, LW West 4 goals, 16 assists. All- SWSC. One of the Warriors’ most consistent defenders, James dished out great passes all season, sparking the West offense. Nick Kowalczyk, junior, Lockport 15 goals, All-SWSC. There is a reason Kowalczyk was named Player of the Year for the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue Division. Frank Dicosola, senior, LW East 8 goals, 8 assists. All-Sectional, All-SWSC. Dicosola proved to be East’s fantastic counterpart to forward Jordan Abbasi this season. Justin Biela, junior, Lockport All-SWSC. The defender was an anchor for the Porters’ defense this season and possessed the ability to create scoring chances. Honorable mentions: F: Brock Krohe, senior, LW West; Leonardo Rodriguez, senior, Tinley. M: Jose Mendoza, junior, Lockport. D: Dan Kaleciak, senior, Sandburg; Charlie Gainer, junior, Sandburg; Connor Kettleson, senior, LW West; Bobby Valiska, senior, LW West; Tim Lange, senior, LW West; Tim Moriarty, junior, Tinley. G: Dominic Wistocki, senior, Lockport; Victor Porada, junior, LW East; Andres Aguilar, senior, Andrew. MidFielder Austin Keate, senior, Andrew 5 goals, 5 assists. All- Sectional, All-SWSC. Alex Trujillo, senior, Andrew. 1 goal, 6 assists. All-SWSC. Nolan McGrath, junior, LW West 11 goals, 1 assist. All- SWSC. Luke Baumgartner, senior, LW Central 5 goals, 9 assists. All- Sectional. All-SWSC. deFenders Jake Purvis, junior, Providence 6 goals, 4 assists. Ben Zuraitis, senior, LW Central All-Sectional Honorable Mention. All-SWSC. Josh Davis, senior, LW Central 2 goals, 1 assist. All- Sectional, All-SWSC. Goalie Connor O’Shaughnessy, junior, LW West 6 shutouts. All-SWSC.