Fall Athletics Update (Part 2)

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY: (season ended)  The team qualified for the State Meet!

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Our Cross country team earned the title of ISL Conference Champions for the 1st time in school’s history! We also had four ISL All-Conference awards: Francoise Lechner ‘23, Lucy James ‘23, Izzy Avila ‘23 & Jane Potter ‘25. Our team was made up of 18 girls (5 freshmen, 5 sophomores, 4 juniors & 4 seniors) and had 3 first place finishes at the 3 Lake Forest Academy invites. At the IHSA Regionals, the team finished in 2nd place and Francoise Lechner took 3rd place for All-Regionals.

At the IHSA Sectionals, the team finished in 5th place and advanced to State!  This is the fourth time a Willows team qualified for the cross country state meet.  Francoise Lechner took 5th place for All-Sectionals. At the IHSA State Meet, the finished in 23rd place! Congratulations Eagles on an amazing season!

MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: (season ended) Middle School volleyball finished strong in the NWCC!

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This year, we had over 50 students express interest in middle school volleyball. In response, we created 3 separate teams – 6th grade, 7th grade & 8th grade (a total of 37 students committed to the team). The teams were coached by alumnae Nicole Hortness ‘90 & Maureen Buttkus ‘96 and we joined the NWCC (Northwest Catholic Conference) league. 6th grade finished with 2 wins and 8 losses. The 7th grade team finished with 9 wins and 3 losses and took 2nd place in the NWCC league. The 8th grade team finished with 7 wins and 6 losses and took 2nd place in the NWCC tournament. Thank you everyone who made this season possible!

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: (season ended)The team was IHSA Regional Champions!

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Our high school volleyball program has 2 teams: JV & Varsity. JV had 14 students and was coached by alumna Rhiannon Cassata ‘19. Our JV team finished with a 5-4 record in the ISL Conference. Our Varsity team had 11 students and was coached by Michelle D’Amico, her 4th season coaching Willows Varsity Volleyball. Varsity finished with a 7-2 record in the ISL Conference including 2 big conference wins over Latin & Regina! Our ISL All-Conference athletes were Eleanor Cassata ‘23 – 1st Team; Mia deGrasse ‘23 – 2nd Team; Emma Lizak ‘24 – Honorable Mention.

In addition, we hosted many home games with unique themes to increase crowd attendance: Pink Out, Pajama Pants Theme, Beach Party & 70’s Disco!

Finally, for the third time in the school’s history, our varsity team was IHSA Regional Champions! Go Eagles!

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