Posted on October 8, 2021 · Posted in Athletic News

Fall sports are in full swing and it has been great to return to some normalcy. The IHSA seasons have reverted to their normal schedule, so some of our fall sports are competing for the second season in four months. And so far, all programs have gotten off to a good start.

Girls volleyball is currently 19-7 on the season, the best start in program history. The Vikes won the Thornton Tournament and have scored victories over Stagg, Evergreen Park, Andrew and Resurrection recently. They are in the heart of conference play and are looking to take home the GCAC White Division title. The girls will compete in the IHSA Regional on our home court the last week of October and will be looking to continue their run of post-season success. In addition to the varsity team, the JV and freshmen teams are also having strong seasons.

The Football team has a grueling schedule this year but find themselves at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the CCL/ESCC Orange Division. The Vikes scored an impressive victory on the road over Montini, one of the most successful programs in recent memory. They followed it up with a win over DePaul Prep on Homecoming. The 3 losses have come to teams that are a combined 17-1 on the year. The future is definitely bright for Viking football, as the sophomores are currently 6-0 and the freshmen are 4-2. As the first two classes to come in under Coach Nissen, they are poised to build upon the proud tradition of St. Laurence football.

The Boys Soccer team started the season ranked #1 in the Daily SouthTown. Coach Jaime Alonso has the boys playing well and competing in the tough CCL Blue division. The Vikes have battled injuries and still are 13-4-1 on the year. They are another program with strong numbers and talented sub-varsity squads. After a fourth place finish in state in 2019 and a one loss season this past spring, the Vikings are regarded as the premier soccer program on the southside. They will begin their quest for a second straight downstate appearance at Kavanagh Stadium the third week of October as they will host in the Regional and Sectional round.

Cross Country is a young program with strong numbers on both sides. The girls program has three first place finishes already on the season while the boys have finished in the top 10 three times. The programs are preparing nicely to peak during the conference and IHSA championship meets.

Girls Tennis is having a fine season under Coach Sal Marquez. Led by seven seniors, the Vikings have strong numbers in the program. They picked up a win on senior night over Resurrection earlier this week, and they also defeated De La Salle in conference play. The girls have the GCAC tournament upcoming and IHSA Sectionals to follow.

The Boys and Girls Golf teams have competed well this year. For the girls, it is the first year they have competed with a full squad. Mary McGuire led the way at the GCAC tournament with a 79 and a fourth place finish. The girls finished ninth out of 12 teams, which is very respectable for a first year team. They put together an even more impressive performance at last week’s Regional, as they took fourth as a team and missed qualifying for Sectionals by ten strokes. Mary McGuire and Maddie Davis both advanced as individuals, finishing third and 11th respectively. This weekend, Mary McGuire will be competing in the State Finals individually. The boys shot better than they have in recent years at the CCL tournament. The Suchecki brothers led the way with Matthew shooting 82 and Thomas shooting 89. The Sucheckis and Jesse Garcia all qualified for the IHSA Sectional. Both Sucheckis pull double-duty for the Vikes, as they are also members of the soccer program.