NSW Time Capsule // Season Three (2009-10)

Three seasons into Naperville Sports Weekly and a noticeable trend had developed. Three years, and three state champion boys cross country teams. In the Fall of 2009, it was Neuqua Valley who claimed its second state title in three years. Five runners in the top thirty and all seven in the top 55 displayed the depth and pack running technique Wildcat runners have perfected over the years. The Naperville North girls also had a strong performance at Detweiler park, finishing just one spot away from a state trophy in 4th place.

The Benet Academy girls tennis team had a flawless conference season in the ESCC. Literally, flawless. The Redwings went 10-0 and were a perfect 50-0 in their conference matches during the season. Benet also won the Naperville North sectional and tied for 17th at the state meet.

During the winter season, Neuqua Valley had one of its best collections of talent in wrestling. At the state meet in February of 2010, the Wildcats sent four sectional champions to the state meet at Assembly Hall, and three made it to the final day. Alex Cizek took 6th at 145 pounds, Nick Proctor finished third at 160 pounds and Andy Spangler finished as the state runner up at 171 pounds.

The boys State Swim meet was a Naperville heavy affair. Neuqua Valley entered as the favorites after winning the sectional by twenty points, but Naperville Central was neck and neck with the Wildcats heading into the meet’s final event. It all came down to the 400-yard free style relay, with Central finishing ahead of Neuqua by less than a second to clinch the state title for the Redhawks.

Going for the first title in program history, Waubonsie hockey made it all the way to the Blackhawk cup in the combined state championship game. The Warriors lost a thrilling, high scoring affair 7-5 to the powerhouse Rockford team.

Waubonsie Valley girls soccer brought home it’s third state championship trophy in four years, avenging an early season loss to Sandburg with a 3-0 win in the title game behind star senior and current Chicago Red Star, Vanessa DiBernardo.

The 2010 baseball season was a bittersweet one for Naperville Central. The team lost longtime pitching coach Phil Lawler to cancer during the year, but the Redhawks rallied under longtime head coach Bill Seiple to end the year on an 18 game winning streak. Central won its second state baseball championship in school history over St. Rita, breaking the school record for wins after a 38-4 season.

Season Three saw several programs once again reaching the pinnacle of high school sports, while some made their mark for the first time. While the five Naperville programs continued to rack up the state trophies, a brand new school was getting ready to begin its first year of Varsity competition.

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