The Evanston Township High School spring sports season ended up being a very successful one for the school.
Leading the way was the boys’ track team, which finished 8th in the Class 3A State meet with a total of 22 points. Senior Brad Garron earned a second-place finish in the 200 meter with a time of 21.70 seconds. Brad also placed 3rd in the 400 with a time of 48.92, and teamed up with Myles Hampton, Brian Daniels and Oluwashola Oluleye to earn a 5th-place finish in the 400-meter relay with a time of 42.34 seconds. The Kits also got an 8th-place finish from junior Jonathan Wilburn in the triple jump with a distance of 46 feet, 9.75 inches.
The girls’ captured a 3rd-place finish in the Class 3A Loyola Academy Sectional meet by scoring 66 team points. In doing so, they claimed six individual qualifying spots and two relay teams for the State meet at Eastern Illinois University. In the State meet, junior Enyaeva Michelin placed 7th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 16.82 seconds. Her performance earned three team points, which allowed the Kits to keep their streak of scoring at least one point at State alive. The Kits have now scored at least one point in every single State final that has been held since the 1972-73 season.
The track team has a remarkable streak going, as does the softball team, though the softball record was not as positive as the track team’s. Entering this season, the softball team had never captured a Regional title in the program’s history. That fortunately changed this season, as the Kits beat Trinity in the Evanston Regional title game to give them their first Regional title. The Kits finished with a record of 23-12 overall, which set a new record for wins in a season. This marks the second straight year the Kits have set single-season records for victories, as they won 18 games last year.
The girls’ soccer team also had a solid season. They captured the Evanston Regional title after winning 15 games during the regular season. Unfortunately, the Kits lost to Loyola Academy in the semifinal round of the Glenbrook North Sectionals. Even though the Kits came up short in the postseason, the season was still a success, coach Stacy Salgado said. “Overall, our team had a very successful year. We won a Regional title, earned the No. 2 seed in the toughest sectional in the State, beat local rivals such as Loyola and GBS,” said Coach Salgado. “We had a fantastic start to the year, but hit a little of a rough patch in the middle of the season where we struggled to finish on our goal scoring chances and had a lot of girls that typically played big minutes struggle with injuries. This resulted in a few 1-0 losses and ties that could have been wins, but the girls never got down on themselves, and we ended the year strong,” explained Coach Salgado. “Our overall record was 15-6-3, but two of our losses were in penalty kick shootouts, and all of our losses were to teams ranked in the Top 15 by most of the publications.”
In addition, after starting the season by winning four of their first five games, the boys’ lacrosse team unfortunately struggled the rest of the way, as they finished the regular season with an overall record of 6-10 and were knocked out by Glenbrook North in their first-round matchup in the IHSLA Class A State tournament. On the girls’ side, Coach Sarah McKenna’s squad fared a bit better, as they finished with an overall record of 11-9.
Finally, the baseball team finished the regular season with a 23-11 record, then went on to win both games in the Maine South Regionals to capture the title. Unfortunately, they fell to archrival New Trier in the Lane Tech Sectional semifinals, thus finishing the season with an overall record of 25-12.
Even though they came up short of their ultimate goal of a State title, coach Frank Consiglio was proud of his team’s performance throughout the season. “I thought they competed at a high level all year. Twenty-five wins and 13-3 in [Central Suburban League] Conference, I thought they competed really well and they had a big year.” The Coach added, “In fact, this was the second-most regular season wins, I think, we have ever had. But 25 wins is nothing to sneeze at, so they did a nice job.”
All of the participants in spring sports certainly did a nice job as well.