Sports Briefs: Fall sports open ’23 season

Sports Briefs: Fall sports open ’23 season
Boys soccer triumphant against Champaign Central, set sights on Intercity

The Iron boys soccer team improved to 1-0-1 with a 2-1 victory over Champaign Central on Aug. 28, after opening the season with a 1-1 draw with Minooka in non-conference play. 

Forward Carson Mizell (’25) is leading the Iron offense–netting Community’s lone goal in the season opener and tallying an assist in the Champaign Central contest. 

Raheel Yousouf and Cooper Lee each found the back of the net for Community against the Maroons, giving the Iron 1-0 record in the Big 12 Conference.   

Senior goalkeepers Ian Henrichsmeyer and Parker Michels have split time in net, combining for 11 saves on the season. 

The Iron look to claim their fourth consecutive Intercity Title when they face U-High in the opening round of the annual tournament Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball secures victory over Moline,  4-2 ahead of match-up with State-ranked Lyons

Iron volleyball (4-2) defeated Moline (0-4) in two sets on the road Tuesday, Aug. 29, improving to 4-2. 

Community opened the season with a 3-2 record at the Plainfield North Invitational last weekend.

Community went 1-1 Friday, falling to the Bolingbrook Raiders (2-1) before defeating Plainfield East in straight sets. 

The Iron went 2-1 on Saturday, notching 2-0 wins over Riverside-Brookfield and Hinsdale Central and suffering a 2-0 loss to tournament host Plainfield North.  

Community returns to action Friday, facing a 4-0 Lyons team ranked 4th in Illinois before taking on Bolingbrook (2-6) in a rematch. 

Girls swimming & diving: Last season’s State qualifiers start 2023 0ff strong

Girls swimming and diving defeated Richwoods 108-71 Saturday after dropping the season-opening meet to Glenwood 94-82 on Aug. 22.  

The team returns four State qualifiers from last season in Kenna Malinowski (’25), Ava Johnson (’24), Piper Lowder (’26) and Alexis Plassman (’25).

Malinowski has yet to be beaten this season–recording four individual wins and contributing to four relay victories.

Johnson, too, has earned four individual wins while contributing to three relay victories and one second-place finish.

Lowder boasts three individual first-place finishes, with the sophomore contributing to four winning relay teams. 

Plassman and Lyndsay Hackman (’25) consistently contributed to the Iron’s scoring this season as members of multiple first-play relay teams while combining for five second-place individual finishes.

The team next competes Aug. 31 when they host Washington High School at 4:30 p.m.  

Iron Cross Country: Girls prepare for a challenge, boys prepared to compete

The 2023 cross country season opens at Maxwell Park on Sep. 1 when the Iron host the Normal Community Co-Ed Invitational.

The girls team returns just two runners from last year’s State qualifying team– senior Ali Ince and sophomore Lily Cavanaugh–with four graduates and senior Abigail Ziemer opting not to run her senior season. 

Ince’s meet appearances will be limited this season due to several factors, including the NCAA recruiting calendar and last year’s extended track and field season.

It will be a tall order for the Iron to claim a fourth consecutive Big 12 Title, as the team’s 13-runner roster is the smallest girls team Community has fielded in decades.   


Senior Jack Thomas and junior Joey Yaros are set to lead the boys cross country team after the duo became the first pair of Ironmen to post sub-6-minute 3-mile times since 2017. 

Poised to join them in breaking the 16-minute mark is sophomore A.J. Ince. Ince is returning from a hamstring injury that hampered him last year. 

Drew Patterson (’25) also is expected to be a consistent contributor for Community.

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