Glenbard West athletics: A year of excellence in review


The Girls Gymnastics Team celebrates their back-to-back State Championship status at awards during the IHSA Gymnastics State Competition. Key athletes for West’s win included Maddie Diab, Maia Lee, Taylor Ramirez, and Claire McGurck, all seniors.

Pride, Tradition, Excellence. In our very motto, the consistency, ability, and legacy of this school is prominent in almost every aspect of West itself. From academics to athletics, and with every passing year, the talents and trials of all students and faculty alike end in monumental successes.

This year alone, focusing on athletics, the amount of triumphs and heights that the Glenbard West sports teams reached was incomparable.

Taking a step back to look at the year as a whole, here are some of the many highlights of the year in sports from 2018 to 2019.

Boys and Girls Cross Country:

This year, the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams had a successful run at the State meet.

The Boys Cross Country team qualified for the State meet for the second year in a row.  Rory Cavan, senior, won All-State 5th place and Stephen Moody, senior, won All-State 6th place. The team overall earned 6th place.

For the ninth season in a row, the Girls Cross Country team qualified for the State meet.

Katelynne Hart, junior, won the State Championship meet for the third consecutive year and took home a personal record in the three-mile with a time of 15:59.

Furthermore, Katie Hohe, senior, also earned All-State honors with her 15th place effort, crossing the line in 16 minutes and 59 seconds.

Katelynne Hart went on to win second place at the Foot Locker National meet.

Girls Field Hockey:

For the Varsity Field Hockey team, Glenbard West took home yet another state trophy this year. The team had lost a close game in the semifinal but came back to beat North Shore Country Day, capturing 3rd place for the IHSFHA State Tournament.

Girls Gymnastics:

This was huge year for the Girls Gymnastics team. The team nabbed a back-to-back State Championship win as a team. To add onto this exciting State title, Maddie Diab individually captured State wins in all events except the Floor Exercise, which she narrowly took second place. Maia Lee and Taylor Ramirez also performed successfully in event finals. The Glenbard West Girls Gymnastics team truly made their mark in IHSA sports this year and in the history of Glenbard West tradition.

Girls Track and Field:

Recently, the Girls Track and Field team has been blowing up the competition meet by meet. After scoring 127 at the WSC Silver Indoor Meet, the team has placed high in all meets and competitions they have participated in since, only losing one of their invites.

Key players such as Aaliyah Collier, Katelynne Hart, Audrey Allman, and Katie Hohe, among others, look to take this team to State with high rankings and the possibility to finish on the State podium.

Girls Track Varsity, Frosh, and Soph champs at the Sue Pariseau Invite at Glenbard West. Photo courtesy of @GWHilltoppers Twitter account.


Girls Swimming made waves at the State competition. The West/South combined 200 Yard Medley Relay placed 7th in the finals, along with individual performances of 1st and 5th for Kate Morris in the 200 and 100 Freestyle events.

Boys Gymnastics:

After a second place team finish last year, the Boys Gymnastics Team is looking strong as they enter into Conference and State series. The whole Glenbard West community wishes them good luck as they move on in their final meets of the season!

The Boys Gymnastics Team poses for a photo on Senior Night. The team went on to win as a whole 140-135 against Hinsdale Central.

Girls Tennis:

After winning Sectionals, the Girls Tennis team — including Sienna Lopez, Shannelle Lopez, Sarah Burke, Sophia Fausey, Emma Chriilia, and Ashley Samuta — all qualified for State. As a whole, the team placed 5th at the State tournament, one of the highest performances for the program to date.


Coming off a State third place win, the Glenbard West Boys Varsity Boys Lacrosse team is looking promising heading into the State series. Most recently, the team beat Schaumburg 16-6 on their Senior Night. The team, led by a talented group of seniors, looks to head back to State and possibly reclaim a place on the state podium.

The Boys Lacrosse Team commemorates Senior Night on Memorial Field. That night, the team went on to defeat Schaumburg 16-6.


Individually, Griffin Roscich scored a 73 at the IHSA Boys Golf State Finals in Bloomington in October of last year. This earned him a 9th place in State and All-State honors as well.

Boys Basketball:

The Boys Basketball Team had a very exciting season. One of the most memorable games for the team was when the boys won 57-51 in overtime to win against Naperville North. This home game solidified their bid to the IHSA Regional Championship.

Girls Basketball:

Similar to the Boys team, the Girls Hilltoppers Basketball Team won a thrilling game in the Regional Semifinals against St. Charles North, 60 to 42. This admitted them to the Regional Finals and they played versus Geneva.

Girls Softball:

The Girls Softball team at West has had a very successful spring season. Most recently, the Varsity Hilltoppers defeated York 6-5 in the WSC Silver Game on April 23rd.


Similar to other teams at West, the Varsity Hilltopper Baseball Team has had a widely successful season. Most recently, the team defeated Hinsdale Central 7-3 at Village Green, using a 6 run in the 4th inning to their advantage.

Overall, Glenbard West has had its fair share of successes and highlights. Congratulations to all students, staff members, teachers, parents, and community members who have helped Glenbard West continue pride, tradition, and excellence in all accolades and events throughout this 2018-2019 school year!

Varsity Boys Tennis were champions of the 37th Annual Hilltopper Invite Photo courtesy of @GWHilltoppers Twitter account.