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Top five highlights from Morton fall sports

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 6:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:45 a.m. CDT
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(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawme)
Morton defender Luis Alvarado (right) tries to keep the ball inbounds during the Mustangs regional final win over Kelly. Morton won 25 matches and a sectional title this fall. Bill Ackerman file photo - backerman@shawmedia.com
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(Matthew Piechalak)
Morton senior running back Marlon Hester carries the ball during the Mustangs' game against Willowbrook. Hester was selected to the West Suburban Gold all-conference team. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

The winter sports season is still in its early stages, but it’s not too late to look back at some memorable achievements for Morton athletes from the fall season.

The Morton boys soccer has been the best program in Mustang athletics in recent years and continued that success this fall with another stellar season, but there was success elsewhere in the school.

Here are the top highlights from Morton’s fall sports season, listed in no particular order.

1. Morton soccer at it again

The Mustangs are certainly in the conversation for most successful boys soccer program in the state over the last few years. They have proven their worth in both the state tournament and the prestigious Pepsi Showdown.

This year, Morton went 25-3 with another West Suburban Gold conference title. Morton made it to the final of the Pepsi Showdown at Toyota Park, where they fell to Lane Tech 1-0.

They also won a sectional title with impressive wins over Benet and Lyons Township, but the season ended in a supersectional loss to Naperville Central. Morton will graduate key seniors in Luis Alvarado and Alonso Fregoso, but formidable junior goalkeeper Ian Chacon will be back to lead a program that always seems to reload.

2. Boys cross country wins conference

In a tight West Suburban Gold meet, the Mustangs came out on top to take the conference crown from Downers Grove South. Morton tied Downers Grove South on points, but used its depth to win the meet on the sixth runner tiebreaker.

All seven Morton runners placed inside the top 15. Senior Mateo Hernandez was fourth individually.

Christopher Zavala  (seventh), Aaron Ruiz (ninth), Eduardo Martinez (10th), Andrew Paplaczyk (11th), Ryan Loris (13th) and Robert Loris (14th) also ran for Morton.

The Mustangs were fourth at a regional and seventh at sectionals.

3. Girls runners advance from regional

By taking fifth at the Lyons Township regional, the Morton girls cross country team advanced to sectionals. Senior Jalissa Stokes led the Mustangs with a 25th place finish.

Lesley Lopez (28th) and Sahian Lopez (30th) were right behind her. All seven Morton runners crossed the finish line in the top 40.

Morton took 14th at the sectional meet hosted by Hinsdale Central the next week.

4. Hester highlights football season

Senior running back Marlon Hester was a standout on a Morton team that didn’t have a lot of success on the field.

Hester was an all-conference and all-area player for the 1-8 Mustangs. He proved to be a fast and tough runner on a team that was hit hard by an injury to starting quarterback Emilio Engle.

Fellow senior Kevion Anderson and sophomore Darin Gipson were also all-conference in the West Suburban Gold.

5. Skenandore makes it to sectionals

Sophomore Thomas Skenandore shot a 93 at the Class 3A Brother Rice boys golf regional at Silver Lakes in Orland Park to advance to sectionals.

The Mustangs were seventh as a team at the regional.

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