The IHSA Cross Country (XC) Regional meet was held on Saturday, 20 October, at LaBagh Woods in Chicago. 16 schools competed.
The NSCDS Boys' team came in 4th overall, and advanced to the Sectional meet next Saturday. This was the highest ever finish for our boys' team at Regionals.
Two NSCDS girls also advanced to the Sectional meet as individuals: Hanna Cunningham and Antonia Theodosakis.
The Sectional Meet will be Saturday, 27 October, in Lisle. The Girls' race is at 10:00 AM, and the Boys' race is at 11:00 AM.
Varsity Field Hockey
Varsity Field Hockey is celebrating their Conference and School Record of 5 consecutive ISL Championships.
Their next game is Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. If they win the Sectional, they'll advance to the final four.
Opponent: Latin School of Chicago
The #7 seed Raiders had home field advantage on Thursday when they faced #10 Latin last week in Field Hockey Regional Play. Heather Mabie got the Raiders on the board early with a goal only 2 minutes into play. Latin responded and notched a goal to tie the game with 15 minutes remaining in the half. The Raiders came out strong in the second half scoring five goals to close out Latin. Katherine Chandler, Tonya Piergies and Lizzy Gendell each scored one and Heather Mabie notched another two in the strong second half surge. With the win the Raiders advance to the Sectional game against Lake Forest High School on Tuesday, October 23.
Opponent: Noble Charter
The North Shore soccer team went into Wednesday's Sectional Final knowing a lot was on the line. If the team won, it meant that it would tie the school record for wins in a season (11) and ensure they advanced to its first ever Sectional Final. The team did not disappoint and put in a spirited, disciplined, and creative performance that resulted in a 2-1 overtime victory.
Noble Charter struck first when a player hit a great left foot shot from 20 yards out that found the bottom right corner. The goal inspired North Shore, and freshman Ben Potter struck 5 minutes later following a great run from the midfield and shot from 25 yards that found the corner beyond the outstretched goalkeeper.
North Shore enjoyed the better of the chances in the game, however regulation time finished 1-1. In the first overtime, North Shore came out strong and scored in the 7th minute of the first overtime. Potter picked the ball up in the midfield and split the Noble Charter defense with a through ball that the speedy senior Jamie Swimmer latched onto. Showing great composure in front of goal, Swimmer rounded the Noble Charter goalkeeper and finished cooly. North Shore possessed the ball for the remainder of the overtime and did not allow Noble Charter to get the equalizing goal.
Opponent: Francis Parker
North Shore went into the sectional final confident off the back of two great overtime/PK victories. Playing against a talented Francis Parker team that had 12 seniors on the roster, North Shore contained them in the first half and were unlucky with a few chances to not be ahead going into the halftime break.
Knowing that Francis Parker had proven to be a difficult team to score against all season, North Shore understood that the first goal of the game would be very important. It was Francis Parker that got the go-ahead goal with 20 minutes remaining in the game off an own goal following a dangerous cross by the Colonels right midfielder. With fifteen minutes remaining, the Colonels took advantage of North Shore's more offensive lineup by scoring two late goals.
North Shore's coach Kyle Jones, in his first season back with the Raiders, commented, "While it was disappointing to lose a game of this importance, I am very proud of the team's accomplishments this season. The team should be proud of winning the school's first ever Regional Championship and tying the best season record. The four seniors have led in the best possible way and the 12 underclassmen have brought a new energy and level of play to the program."
Score: 31-33, 18-25
After two losses against Woodlands this season, the Raiders were ready to take down the Wildcats at home for their last ISL game of the year. This was their third time playing Woodlands this year, so both teams knew each other very well. The rallies were long and filled with excitement. Strong offense from both teams kept the game going side out after side out. The Raiders and Wildcats fought to the last point of the first game.
Junior Malini Valliath came out ready to play. Her aggressive serves and unstoppable defense helped the Raiders stay in the game. The Raiders dropped the first game to the Wildcats, 31-33. Even though the momentum was on the opponents' side, North Shore stayed in the game and did not give up. Although the Raider defense would not let a ball drop, the Wildcat offense kept swinging. After a long and exhausting first game, and a competitive second game, the Wildcats took the match 31-33, 18-25. The Raiders will take the energy and adrenaline from their match against the Wildcats and bring it into next week for their first Regional game on Tuesday!