Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Lyons Township boys basketball team lost to Oak Park-River Forest in the Class 4A LT Regional semifinals to finish with an 11-16 record after a 2-9 start.
Trailing by 18 points in the second quarter Tuesday, the Lyons Township boys basketball team responded the way it had all season. The Lions battled back. They closed to within one point in the third quarter and two points twice in the fourth quarter before having their season end with a 60-51 loss to West Suburban Conference Silver Division champion Oak Park-River Forest in the semifinals of the Class 4A LT Regional in La Grange. “I’m just really proud of the effort the kids made. The end result wasn’t what we wanted, but the effort was there and that’s what is most important,” LT coach Tom Sloan said. “It would have been really easy in the first half to just cave in and say, ‘It’s not our night,’ but they hung with it. We had guys making …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Lyons Township boys basketball team opens Class 4A LT Regional play Monday with hopes of a Tuesday rematch against Oak Park-River Forest while LT senior wrestler Jaime Jones competed for the second time at the state meet.
The Lyons Township boys basketball team (10-14) will play West Chicago (6-19) in its opening game of the Class 4A LT Regional at 6:30 p.m. Monday in La Grange. LT, the No. 13 seed in the Schaumburg Sectional, would play No. 2 seed and West Suburban Conference Silver Division champion Oak Park-River Forest (18-5) in the regional semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday in La Grange. LT won their first meeting 65-53 Jan. 13 in La Grange but lost the rematch at Oak Park 58-35 Feb. 11. West Chicago is the No. 18 seed. The regional final is at 7:30 p.m. Friday in La Grange against No. 7 Leyden (15-10) or No. 10 Morton (12-11). The Lions visit Leyden at 7 p.m. Wednesday to conclude their regular season in the crossover game with the corresponding finisher …
Friday, February 17, 2012
The fourth year of Lyons Township's biggest regular-season game of the year on Friday has a charitable bent as players and fans raise money for the slain Kelli O'Laughlin's scholarship fund.
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- Darren McRoy
Friday, February 17, 2012
The annual Blackout boys’ basketball game at Lyons Township High School between the Lions and their cross-Interstate rivals the Hinsdale Central Red Devils on Friday will also this year serve as a show of community unity and a fundraiser for the Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Scholarship, for which the team expects to raise $15,000-$20,000. All Lions basketball players have been working tirelessly to jack up their fundraising total, said freshman team coach Jason Brauer, with everything from T-shirt and ticket sales to a pledge drive where players collected per-basket pledges from the community before attempting 100 consecutive free throws. “I’ve never been more proud to be a coach at LT after seeing what these boys have done to raise money…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Lyons Township girls basketball team opens Proviso West Regional play against the host Panthers Wednesday while the LT boys basketball team beats Downers Grove North but loses at Oak Park-River Forest.
The Lyons Township girls basketball team’s playoff season is a challenge right from the start. The Lions open with West Suburban Conference Silver Division co-champion Proviso West at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday in Hillside in the Class 4A Proviso West Regional semifinals. LT (16-10), which finished third in the Silver, is the No. 9 seed in the LT Sectional, and Proviso West (19-10) is the No. 7 seed. The Lions lost the teams’ first meeting 54-47 Nov. 29 in Hillside before winning the second 57-48 Jan. 21 in front of a Pack the Place crowd in La Grange. “We’re hoping to upset Proviso West. That’s our goal. If we could do it once, I know the girls believe they can do it again,” LT coach Katie Meyers said. The reward for the victor is undefeated …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Lyons Township girls basketball team lost its Silver finale at York to finish third in the final standings while the boys basketball team almost overcame early deficits but lost to York and Hinsdale South.
The progress of the Lyons Township girls basketball team this season resulted in a disappointing feeling Friday at York. The Lions’ last chance to contend for the West Suburban Conference Silver Division came to an end as they lost to the Dukes 47-32 in Elmhurst in the league finale. LT’s Maggie Orlowski had 11 points, including a three-pointer. The Lions (16-8, 7-5 in Silver) finish third in the final Silver standings, two games behind co-champs York (15-11, 9-3) and Proviso West (19-10, 9-3). Even if the Lions won Friday, Proviso West was earning at least a share of the crown at the same time by beating Downers Grove North 51-27. “(Those losses) hurt our chances a lot in coming out with a conference title, but we didn’t even come into …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Gymnast Kelsy Kurfirst won all-around and three events at the Silver Meet and the wrestling and swimming and diving teams prepare for postseason.
Lyons Township freshman Kelsy Kurfirst had quite an impressive first West Suburban Conference Silver Division Meet Saturday, winning the all-around and three events. Seniors Ali Stuck and Kalen Iffert also enjoyed firsts—their first all-conference varsity medals with top-five finishes. The Lions scored a season-high 142.975 points at Downers Grove North to finish second and second in the overall standings to Glenbard West’s 144.85. The Hilltoppers went undefeated in duals and the Silver Meet for the first time in program history to capture just their third overall title ever. Glenbard West won the Silver Meet for the first time last year but finished second overall to Hinsdale Central. LT beat its 142.325 from Jan. 14 even with three …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
In front of a Pack the Place home crowd, the Lyons Township girls basketball team defeated Silver leader Proviso West and the LT boys basketball team topped the Panthers for their sixth straight victory.
Lyons Township point guard Victoria Swift hasn’t just earned the confidence of coach Katie Meyers to start on the varsity girls basketball team as a freshman. Meyers wants Swift to take advantage of her three-point opportunities. “I don’t give many players green lights to shoot when they have an open look and I’m telling her she can shoot when she has an open look,” Meyers said. “Even when she’s sub-30 percent, I will be OK with it because I know she has such talent for shooting beyond the arc.” In Saturday’s Pack the Place home game, Swift played and shot with that confidence. It contributed to the Lions’ biggest victory so far this season, 57-48 over West Suburban Conference Silver Division frontrunner Proviso West in La Grange. Swift, …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Lyons Township girls basketball team defeated York 46-44 while the boys basketball team earned a huge home victory over Oak Park-River Forest; plus swimming, bowling, gymnastics and wrestling updates.
Lyons Township girls basketball player Ashanti Davis hadn’t scored since the first half of Tuesday’s game against York. With the outcome on the line, Davis didn’t hestitate wanting the ball. Davis took the pass from Kayla Morrissey at the top of the key, drove the lane and scored with nine seconds left to lift the Lions to an emotional and important 46-44 West Suburban Conference Silver Division victory in La Grange. Now LT (12-6, 5-3 in Silver) is still in the conference race with its next game against first-place Proviso West (14-7, 6-1) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in La Grange as part of LT’s Pack the Place lineup. “Ashanti’s great in the open court, but what was great about that shot was Ashanti finished in the half-court set,” LT coach …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Lyons Township girls basketball team uses a strong second half to defeat Nazareth while the Lyons Township boys basketball team extends its winning streak to three straight.
The Lyons Township girls basketball team is working on even better finishes. The Lions took another step towards that Tuesday by extending their halftime lead in a 47-23 victory over Nazareth in La Grange. Ashanti Davis led the Lions (11-5) with 16 points. Kayla Morrissey and Sara Beck had seven and six rebounds, respectively, and Colleen Connors (8 points), Clare Polega (7 points) and Davis each had four rebounds. “The girls hare having a phenomenal season,” LT coach Katie Meyers said. “They are really fighting to improve every single game. It’s refreshing as a coach. We’re looking forward to even better things the next few weeks.” Such was the case against the Roadrunners. LT was in control in the first half but felt it could do better. …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The unseeded Lyons Township boys basketball team finished seventh at York's Jack Tosh Holiday Classic with two victories, and the Lyons Township girls basketball team held its fourth seed at Wheaton North's Bill Neibch Holiday Classic for its first top-fo
The Lyons Township boys basketball team certainly didn’t look like a lineup that had won just one game prior to the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic at York. On Friday, the unseeded Lions claimed seventh place in the 16-team field with their second tourney victory, 70-61 over seventh-seeded Maine South. With an outstanding shooting display, LT (3-9) opened action by upsetting fourth-seeded Waubonsie Valley 80-71 Dec. 27 and nearly pulled off another upset in the quarterfinals but was edged by fifth-seed Naperville North 59-56 Dec. 28. The Lions then lost to unseeded St. Francis 72-57 Dec. 29. Waubonsie Valley (9-4) went on to win the consolation bracket, Naperville North (8-4) finished fourth and St. Francis (8-3) was sixth. LT resumes action …