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Phoenix Boys Water Polo Squad Intent on Rising Again

Team is coming together despite the loss of several key players from last season.

Lincoln-Way North’s boys water polo team dropped a tough 13-11 decision to Lincoln-Way Central on Wednesday and then had a difficult time against DeSmet Jesuit of St. Louis on Thursday, falling 17-5.

"(Central) was a real close game," Phoenix coach Pat Shaughnessy said. "We have a lot of new guys playing who are making a lot of little mistakes, but I'm happy with how they've played."

The Phoenix have only a couple of returning players this year, but they’ve managed to post a 2-2 record early on.

"I'm very happy with where we're at with what we lost from last year," Shaughnessy said.

The team will face a couple of difficult matchups next week, against Homewood-Flossmoor and Sandburg.

East Routs North in Badminton

Lincoln-Way East overpowered Lincoln-Way North in a Southwest Suburban Blue Conference badminton match on Thursday, winning 14-1. The Griffins swept the doubles matches and won nine of the 10 singles matches. For more, click here.          

Griffins topple Mighty St. Laurence

Joe Piersanti delivered a clutch, game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Lincoln-Way East send St. Laurence to its first defeat in six games, with a 2-1 decision. For more, click here.

Wrestling Honors

Lincoln-Way East's Kyle Langenderfer was an all-conference selection at 135 pounds this winter. Walter Piech, Nicholas Allegretti and Joseph Allegretti were honored along with Langenderfer on the Southwest Suburban Conference Blue All-Conference Team. Lincoln-Way North had two wrestlers honored, as junior A.J. Vargas and senior Matt Thompson were selected.

The Big Chill

Apparently, Old Man Winter isn't ready to hibernate. Several Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North outdoor contests were postponed this week, including East soccer, softball, tennis and baseball on Thursday, and North's soccer match on Wednesday and baseball and softball games on Saturday.      

Hartmann on Hold

Former Lincoln-Way East standout pitcher Matt Hartmann is listed on Creighton's roster but hasn't made an appearance through 21 games this spring. Creighton pitching coach Rob Smith said a formal decision has not been made regarding whether or not the 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-hander would redshirt this year. The Blue Jays have the best record among the teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, sitting at 16-5 through March 25. Conference play hasn't begun yet.

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