High School Sports Notes
October 27, 2013 6:20PM
Youth was served in the Joliet area when it came to the postseason.
Joliet Catholic Academy freshmen Maddie Bauer and McCoy Hutchison teamed to qualify for the IHSA state meet and they finished 2-2 and bowed out in the third round of consolation.
Whether the duo will remain a team or eventually go on to singles play for the Hilltoppers is yet to be determined. But either way, they picked up valuable state experience their first year in high school and during the regular season was able to knock off the talented Providence duo of Maggie-Kelly Ruane once in three tries.
Lockport’s Tomi Jo Mansell and Morris’s Megan Davy were freshmen who bowed out at 0-2 in state play but also picked up experience that could bode well for the future.
Another player with a bright future ahead is freshman Meg Chadick of Plainfield North, who was one match away from qualifying for state in sectional play.
With postseason meets fast approaching, Morris co-op coach Andrew Porth is starting to see times fall into place at just the right part of the season.
Morris will compete Saturday at the upcoming Independent Conference meet at Riverside-Brookfield and the Nov. 16 Lockport Sectional.
“The season has been really good for us,” Porth said. “We’re seeing the kids compete, and they are doing their best to drop their times. We’re seeing some low times.”
The Morris co-op team consists of swimmers from Morris, Minooka, Coal City and Seneca, 35 swimmers in all. Porth credited Jennifer Ashley (200-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly), Reilly Chytraak (200, 500-yard freestyle) and Kelly Kolotka for their strong performances.
Morris will also compete Nov. 8 at the Boiler Tune-Up at Bradley.
“That’s the meet we go out, try and get your best time, get on the podium with a personal best,” Porth said. “With your best times and best efforts, we want to keep seeing that.”
Expectations never have been higher at Providence, and so far, the Celtics have delivered, winning 15 of their first 18 games of the season.
“It’s been good,” Providence coach Nick Iaciancio said. “The guys have been pretty focused. Everyone is playing well.”
The Celtics’ two setbacks have come to perennial powers New Trier Green and Loyola Gold. The Celtics also forged a tie with Benet. Other than that, Providence has found its way down victory lane 15 times, including wins over Glenbrook North twice and Naperville North.
Offensively, Rich Yusa, Tim Brandau, Mike Vennetti, Dan Ricker and Matt Iaciancio, one of the coach’s two sons on the team, have starred.
Son No. 2, Ryan Iaciancio, along with Justin Salazar, have been stellar sharing goaltending duties.
“Both of them have a goals-against below 1.40,” Nick Iaciancio said. “Justin’s had an upper-body injury, but he’s feeling better. They’re doing a very good job.”
The Celtics never have finished on top of the Catholic League standings or won the Kennedy Cup. They’re hoping that will change this season.
“It’s the Kennedy Cup or nothing,” Nick Iaciancio said.