The Beacon Academy tennis team tied for eighth place in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state championship this past weekend at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. This historical feat came on the shoulders of junior Peter Adams-Agresti, who advanced all the way to the final match, earning second place in the event.

Adams-Agresti fell in his final match of the season to eventual State Champion freshmen Max Braun of Centennial High School (Champaign) in two sets. It was Adam-Agresti’s only loss of the season.

The match began shortly after the 8 a.m. start time on Saturday morning. The first set would not end until approximately 9:52 a.m. The two competitors exchanged volleys all the way to a tie-breaker. Adam-Agresti dropped the first set 7-6 (4). The next set would not extend to the same time frame. Adams-Agresti dropped the second set (6-2), earning State Runner-Up honors. 

He displayed precision tennis throughout his three rounds. His first round victory over Curt Robinson of Carbondale High School went (6-1), (6-0). His second round win over Brecken Peterson of Sterling High School ended (6-0), (6-0). His third round opponent, James Theriault of Nazareth Academy, was the first to take three games from Adams-Agresti. That match ended in victory (6-3), (6-0).

On day two, Adams-Agresti opened the quarterfinal round against Luke Welker of Burlington Central High School. Beacon won the first set (6-1) but would be tested throughout, winning (7-6), and setting up a semifinal matchup against the overall No. 1 seed, Sujan Garapati of Chicago Latin School.

Garapati exploded to a (6-1) victory in the first match. However, Adams-Agresti’s slow start only lasted one set. He picked up the second and third set, (6-2), (6-2) respectively, setting up his championship match against Braun.

After the tournament, Adams-Agresti said, “Going into the tournament, I was worried I would be rusty as I had to travel for family purposes leading up to it. I felt more and more comfortable as the tournament went on. Obviously, I would’ve liked to have won, but I played as hard and as smart as I could. I am not upset with the outcome.”

Adams-Agresti put together a historical run throughout his junior season, not giving up a single set until the finals of the Sectional Tournament at Vernon Hills. He finished a perfect three and zero on the day, eventually earning the No. 4 seed in the State Tournament.

Adams-Agresti became the first state placewinner and state finalist in Beacon Academy school history.


Boys Lacrosse

Tyler Graham scored four goals and dished out four assists and Chase Goulet made eight saves to lift No. 2 Bacon Academy past No. 15 North Branford, 14-10, in the Class S second round. Kellen Paparella (two assists), Jake Chapman (one assist) and Jason Consiglio netted three goals apiece for the Bobcats (15-2). Jake Saldatti scored seven goals for the Thunderbirds.  Bacon hosts No. 7 East Catholic in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 3 p.m. … No. 12 Woodstock Academy was four seconds away from pulling off the Class M upset on the road but No. 5 Watertown tied the game and then won it, 8-7, with 2 minutes, 44 seconds left in overtime. Jonah Libby finished with the hat trick for the Centaurs (10-8). Senior Guerin Favreau scored two goals and had two assists, giving him 71 goals, 35 assists and 106 points this season … Matt Valakos (three assists) and Wes Williamson netted four goals apiece to lift No. 1 East Lyme past No. 16 Notre Dame, 11-8.  Dom Basti scored three goals for the visiting Green Knights.

Boys Track

Woodstock Academy got a pair of first-place finishes at the Class MM state championship at Willowbrook Park to finish with 46 points, good enough for a fourth-place overall finish behind Weston (84), Daniel Hand (68) and Berlin (62 ½). Senior Adam Schimmelpfennig won the 110-meter hurdles by almost a second and just missed out on a sweep, finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles. Keenan Lamontagne added a first-place finish in the discus for the Centaurs. Ethan Aspiras finished third in the 3200-meter and Eric Phongsa was fifth-best in the 100m dash … In Class M, Windham’s Jayden Villafane won the state title in the triple jump (41-09) and Ledyard’s Ryan Kinney won the state title n the pole vault (12-0).

Girls Track

Killingly placed eighth in the Class MM meet with 33 points. Abbie Burgess placed third n both the long jump (17-06.5) and 100 (13.09) events. Burgess also finished second in the triple jump (36-01). Emma Miller set a new school record with a third place finish in the pole vault (8-06), while Shanaya Brown placed fourth in the 200 (27.02) … Magdalena Myslenski was best for the Woodstock Academy as she finished fourth in the discus at the Class MM state championship meet at Willowbrook Park. The 4x800m relay team was sixth; Linsey Arends placed seventh in the 800m and Carah Bruce was eighth in the 3200m for the Centaurs.


No. 11 Bacon Academy defeated No. 6 Abbott Tech, 7-2, in a Class M second round contest. Jack Novak (four Ks) retired nine of final 10 batters to earn the complete game pitching win. Harry Snow went 3-for 3 with three RBIs and Andrew Navickas and A.J. Blanchette each had two hits and two runs scored for the Bobcats (13-6), who travel to No. 3 Woodland on Saturday in the quarterfinals … In Class L, No. 4 Woodstock Academy (17-6) put

LEIPER’S FORK – The Grace Christian Academy baseball team advanced out of the first round of the Division II-A Middle Region tournament with a 9-2 win against Davidson Academy Friday at The Clyde in Leiper’s Fork.

Jordan Carter, Trace Phillips and Jackson Sleeper all smashed home runs in the victory, while Luke Gill picked up the win on the mound and freshman Hudson Barton earned the save.

Gill pitched five innings of four-hit baseball with eight strikeouts, three walks and just one earned run. Barton came in and struck out three with one walk and surrendered just one hit in two innings of work.

The Lions were coming off a 5-3 DII-A Middle Region District 3 win at Middle Tennessee Christian School on Wednesday. They will host Columbia Academy Saturday at 1 p.m.

Christ Presbyterian Academy earned a 3-0 win over Goodpasture and will travel to Clarksville Academy Saturday in the other regional semifinal. Clarksville Academy claimed a 2-1 win at MTCS on Friday to advance in the double elimination tournament. 

Cade Fuller, Brock Arender and Gill all collected two hits for GCA on Friday with Fuller and Jackson Sleeper each sending two runners home.

GCA opened with an early run and plated three more in the third to take a 4-0 lead. After allowing a run in the fourth, the Lions scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth, triggered by Phillips homer to center to open the bottom of the frame.

Baseball: GCA clinches district title, eyes more hardware

MURFREESBORO – Not satisfied. 

GCA handed Columbia Academy a 5-3 loss on Monday in the district tournament. The two teams split in the regular season.

Grace Christian Academy 9, Davidson Academy 2

DA 000 100 1 – 2 5 3

GCA 103 005 X – 9 11 1

WP – Luke Gill. LP – Kaleb Gupton. SV – Hudson Barton.

DA – Richmond Roberts 2-4, Jared Vetetoe 1-4, Kaleb Gupton 0-4, Peyton Oliphant 1-4, Nic Kropf 0-2, Knox Roberts 1-2, Glenn Seabrooks 0-2, Jagger Goodall 0-2, Luke Heppermann 0-1.

GCA – Jordan Carter 1-4, Cade Fuller 2-4, Parker Wyatt 1-2, Blake Barton 0-3, Gunner Haskins 1-3, Brock Arender 2-4, Jackson Sleeper 1-3, Luke Gill 2-3, Trace Phillips 1-2.

2B – Gill, Wyatt. HR – Roberts, Carter, Phillips, Sleeper. SB – Vetetoe, Gill, Wyatt. Team LOB – DA 8, GCA 7.