Sandburg Volleyball Wins Silver Division Crown at Rich East
Adam Zehme's strong play in the nets powers the Sandburg boys soccer team to a pair of victories. Zehme's shutout count stands at 10.
There were some highlights and also a few lowlights.
Sandburg played three pool-play volleyball matches Friday to start action at the Rich East Invitational. The Eagles passed their first tests against Downers Grove South (25-23 25-18) and Rich East (25-5, 25-7). Providence, however, proved too much and the Celtics pulled out a 25-11, 25-19 victory.
Sandburg shook off the loss and defeated Wheaton-St. Francis (27-25, 25-15). The Eagles reeled off three points after being down 25-24 to win Game 1.
The highlight of the tournament for the Eagles came against Lincoln-Way East when the two met in the Silver Division championship match. Sandburg gained control late in a back-and-forth first game to win 25-22. Then, in Game 2, the Eagles outlasted the Grffins 29-27.
Earlier in the week, Sandburg posted a 25-21, 25-14 win over Lincoln-Way West. The Eagles (14-3) were led by Dakota Hampton's 16 kills in the win over the Warriors.
Next up for Sandburg: The Eagles face Andrew on Tuesday and Lockport on Thursday.
Eagles Soccer Posts Two Wins
The Sandburg boys soccer team improved to 8-3-3 overall and 3-0 in the Southwest Suburban Blue with wins over Andrew and Lincoln-Way Central on Tuesday and Thursday.
The Eagles won 1-0 on Andrew's turf. The lone goal was posted by Kevin Kroll. Joe Longhi and Zack Biel were credited with assists. Adam Zehme made 13 saves against the T-Bolts to notch the shutout.
Zehme registered his 10th shutout as the Eagles used another early goal to beat Lincoln-Way Central 2-0 in New Lenox. Danny Lojek (assisted by Mike Gentile) and Zack Biel (assisted by Tyler Popovich) posted the goals. Zehme didn't need much help, however. The Sandburg defense allowed only one shot on goal the entire match.
Search for the Next Lukas Verzbicas
The exploits of Sandburg grad Lukas Verzbicas' and his traithalon glory have been well-chronicled, but according to Jeff Vorva at TribLocal, Verzbicas could stand at the beginning of a long line of standout triathletes to go through Sandburg High School. Triathletes from Orland and Tinley Park as young as 12 are placing in national and international events. One of them, Aidan Farley, age 12, placed 14th at the IronKids Triathalon in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 17.