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Wheaton Warrenville South's 2013 spring sports highlight reel

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 11:26 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:49 a.m. CDT
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Sammy Granger delivers a pitch during Wheaton Warrenville South's regional championship win May 25 against host Yorkville. Mark Busch – mbusch@shawmedia.com

SOFTBALL

13: Victories the Tigers posted in their final 19 games after reaching their low-level mark of five games under .500 (4-9) early in the spring

Highlight: After a tough beginning to the 2013 season, a strong second half sent Wheaton Warrenville South into the playoffs with momentum. And once there, the Tigers responded in a big way, winning three consecutive games to capture the Class 4A Yorkville regional title. That run was capped off with an 8-6 victory over the host school as Joanna Drew hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the eighth inning.

Photo gallery: Wheaton Warrenville South plays Glenbard North in DVC matchup

BASEBALL

18: Final win tally for the Wheaton Warrenville South baseball team in 2013

Highlight: In what turned out to be a successful spring for the Tigers, the team's three-game series against Naperville Central stood out. Wheaton Warrenville South was the only DuPage Valley Conference squad to win a series against the Redhawks, who went on to claim the league crown. The Tigers beat them, 5-1, on April 22 behind the pitching of Baylor Holmes, who allowed just two hits, and then defeated Naperville Central, 4-3, on May 1 after plating the winning run in the eighth.

Photo gallery: Wheaton Warrenville South and West Chicago in action

BOYS TRACK & FIELD

9:03.96: Time recorded by Nolan McKenna in the Class 3A 3,200-meter run at the IHSA state meet

Highlight: After finishing 30th at the state cross country meet in the fall, Nolan McKenna created an even bigger moment this spring. The junior notched all-state honors with a fifth-place finish in the Class 3A 3,200-meter run. McKenna also advanced to the finals of the 1,600 where he crossed the line in 12th.

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

2:11.74: Personal-best time posted by McKenna Kiple in the Class 3A final of the 800-meter run at the IHSA state meet

Highlight: With everything that McKenna Kiple did for both the track and cross country programs at Wheaton Warrenville South during the past four years, it was only fitting that the senior went out on a high note. Kiple brought home a runner-up finish in the 800-meter run at the Class 3A state meet for a grand total six state medals in her high school career. Fellow senior standout Hope Schmelzle also notched all-state honors, placing eighth in the 1,600.

GIRLS SOCCER

11: Consecutive games to end the season in which the Tigers did not allow more than one goal

Highlight: It took nearly 100 minutes but Wheaton Warrenville South was able to secure the Class 3A York regional title with a 1-0 victory over the host Dukes. Scoreless through regulation, the Tigers broke through on a cross that went into the goal off a York defender. Goalie Abbey Fuster secured a shutout, registering 10 saves. That win capped off a strong late-season surge for the team, which won eight of its final 11 matches.

Photo gallery: WWS takes on Lyons Township in the sectional semifinal

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