Homewood-Flossmoor girls volleyball won 25 matches this season after struggling in recent years. They highlighted the fall sports season for the Vikings.
H-F volleyball had three separate win streaks of at least five matches, including one for eight consecutive victories. The Vikings won their opening regional match with Bloom Township 25-13, 25-14 but lost to Sandburg 25-17, 21-25, 25-15 in the next round.
H-F was led by junior Skylar Skinner, who had 646 assists, 200 digs and 22 aces on the campaign. Ladonna Trantham had 301 kills, while sophomore Kymora Scott added 137 to go with her team-best 18 blocks. The Vikings expect to return the bulk of their production next season.
Cross Country seniors qualify for state
Seniors John Hockenberry and Habtamu Epley each qualified for the Class 3A state championship meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Neither cracked the top 100, with Hockenberry finishing in 109th place with a time of 15 minutes, 29.8 seconds.
It was Hockenberry’s first time running in the state meet. Epley was there twice before.
On the way to state, Epley finished second in the Andrew regional and 13th in the Granite City sectional. Hockenberry was fifth in the regional and 20th in the sectional.
Football falls in first playoff game
The Vikings football team qualified for the state series for the second consecutive season, finishing with a regular season record of 5-4.
H-F drew York (11-1) in the first round. The Dukes were still alive in the Class 8A state semifinals, as of Nov. 17. York beat the Vikings 43-22.
HF girls swimming second in sectional
The Vikings finished second in the Lincoln-Way East sectional with 227 points to the host and winner’s 347. H-F didn’t win an event but had six top-three finishers. Coach Anna Tenney was named sectional swimming coach of the year.
Lucy Bolling, who was named team MVP, helped the 200 medley team finish third and the 400 freestyle relay team take second while finishing fifth in the 200 freestyle and second in the 500 freestyle.
Girls tennis singles, doubles advance out of sectional
H-F girls tennis had both an individual and a doubles team in the state bracket this fall.
Adia Douglas took second in the Lincoln-Way Central sectional but lost 6-0, 6-0 to Marist’s Helena Klooster in the first round of the championship bracket, then 6-0, 6-1 to Chicago Latin’s Nicole Kupczyk in the consolation bracket.
Senior Ava Loudon and Laila Williams, a sophomore, were third in the sectional. They fell to Normal Community’s Ivy George and Reese Michaels 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the state series.
Henry, girls golf win regional
Julia Henry shot a regional-low 70 and the Vikings were the team champion of the Shepard regional with a team score of 341. Junior Morgan Kimmons posted an 83 while senior Kendall Laven carded a 91.
The Hinsdale South sectional was H-F’s final stop, though. Its 382 team score was good for 11th place. Henry was just one stroke shy of qualifying for state with an 82.
Keigher leads boys golf
The Homewood-Flossmoor boys golf team finished second to advance out of the regional it hosted at Ravisloe Country Club, advancing to the Pekin sectional. Senior Jack Keigher was the medalist there, carding a 75.
The Vikings’ season ended there, though, with the team posting a seventh-place 349. Keigher had eyes on qualifying for state as an individual, but his 82 was three strokes over the cut.
Boys soccer wins playoff game
The Vikings boys soccer team had a rough fall, finishing with a record of 4-15-1. H-F did win a postseason match, though, topping Marist 3-2 in the Joliet West sectional opener before losing 3-0 to Bloom. The Vikings scored three first-half goals in that Marist game.