Sports briefs: Week of Nov. 15


Girls Swimming

Kenna Malinowski (9), Nina Osborne (11), Meghan Kilcoin (11), and Larissa Harr (12) finished their season at the single-class IHSA State Swimming and Diving meet on Nov. 12-13 at the FMC Natatorium in Westmont.

Malinowski finished 28th in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.24 seconds, accomplishing her goal of swimming faster than her Sectional time. 

In the 100-yard freestyle, Malinowski placed 32nd.

Osborne finished 22nd in the 500-yard freestyle.

The 200-yard freestyle relay, consisting of Malinowski, Osborne, Kilcoin, and Harr, took 22nd.


National Signing Day

Four student-athletes formalized their commitments to compete at the collegiate level during Wednesday, Nov. 10’s National Signing Day ceremony.

Zach Cleveland (12) committed to Liberty University, playing Division I basketball in Virginia.

Isabelle McCormick (12) will continue her volleyball career at Division I University of North Dakota.

Laynee Scheck (12) signed to Pennsylvania’s Seton Hill University’s Division II lacrosse program.

Softball’s Lindsey Deroeck (12) heads to North Carolina, signing to Queens University of Charlotte’s Division II program.


Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team opened their season with a 62-38 Intercity victory over the Central Catholic Saints on Monday, Nov. 15.

The Lady Iron continue Intercity Tournament play with a match against U-High, Friday, Nov. 19 at Bloomington High School.

The team hopes, said point guard Karleigh Creasey, to bring home an outright Intercity Tournament victory for the first time since 2017.


Boys Basketball

Boys basketball opens their 2021-22 campaign Monday, Nov. 22 with the Intercity tournament at Illinois Wesleyan’s Shirk Center.

The Ironmen are looking to continue an eight game winning streak dating back to February of last year.

The team, led by Liberty University commit Zach Cleveland, take on the Central Catholic Saints Monday night.


Pork and Pigskin Competition

The A-Train concessions trailer won the Pork and Pigskin contest, claiming the “golden spatula.” 

Beating out 79 competing schools, the A-Train receives a championship banner and a $500.00 check for next season’s pork-related costs. 

Winning is an “awesome” way to honor the late Adam Denzer, the Community alum to whom the trailer is dedicated, according to A-Train volunteer Marty Pickett.


Normal West Volleyball

Normal West Wildcats volleyball team placed 3rd in the 3A IHSA State competition on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena.

West lost the State Semi-final match against Belvidere North 0-2 on Friday, Nov. 12 before defeating Joliet Catholic 2-0 Saturday, securing their 3rd place victory.