Varsity What an incredible final two weeks of the varsity badminton season. Jacque Cameli, Caroline Lee, Judy Yang, Sarah Puz, Imani Williams, Sara Temelkova and Claire Pomey represented the Hornets in the 2016 State Championships! The Hornets won the program’s 18th straight Sectional championship on Thursday, May 5th beating Wheaton-Warrenville South, Willowbrook, Oak Lawn and Glenbard South. Judy Yang was a Sectional Champion in singles while Sara Temelkova finish in 3rd. Caroline Lee and Jacque Cameli were Sectional Champions in doubles while Sarah Puz and Imani Williams finished in 2nd place.
The State meet was an experience of a lifetime! The Hornets brought home the programs 6th State trophy back to Hinsdale South! The Hornets finished in second place with 13 points to Neuqua Valley’s 21 points. Judy Yang had the tournament of her life and was the 2016 Singles State Champion! The entire gym, all weekend, was holding its breath for Judy to win and they exploded when she finally accomplished this goal. Jacque Cameli and Caroline Lee completed their goal of winning an individual medal by finishing 6th in doubles. Sarah Puz and Imani Williams had two awesome wins on Saturday for 2 badly need points to help the team secure the 2nd place trophy. Sara Temelkova had a tough first day of the tournament but was an integral part of the team’s success as well. What a perfect ending to a season! The team completed a goal we had at the end of 2015 and we had former Coach Dennis Karnstedt’s spirit with us throughout our entire journey this season! This one is for you Coach K!
Week of May 2
Varsity Judy Yang, Sara Temelkova, Jacque Cameli, Caroline Lee, Sarah Puz, Imani Williams and Claire Pomey will represent the Hornet Badminton program at this year's State Championships at Eastern Illinois University on Firday and Saturday, 5/13 & 5/14. These girls won the Sectional Championship on Thursday night (5/5) over Wheaton-Warrenville South, Willowbrook, Oak Lawn and Glenbard South. This is also the 18th straight Sectional Championship won by the Hornet Badminton program!
Week of April 25
Varsity This has been an exciting few weeks for the Varsity Hornet Badminton program. The Varsity team won the West Suburban Gold conference Championships on Firday, 4/29 with 11 Conference-Champions out of 15 positions. This is the 17th time in 18 years the Hornets have won the WSC Gold Conference Championship. Champions were: Judy Yang, Sara Temelkova, Sarah Puz, Jacque Cameli, Simin Rajwany, Imani Williams and Priya Deshmukh, Caroline Lee, Sonali Patel and Claire Pomey.
JV JV Badminton had an awesome week starting with wins against Downers Grove South and Lincoln Way Central at a quad hosted at home.The JV girls also competed in a quad at Buffalo Grove where they fell to York 1 – 7, but had significant wins against Lake Park and Buffalo Grove 5 – 3.
Our biggest accomplishment of the week and ultimate goal of our season was reached this week with a WSC GOLD DIVISION CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP! The team finished in first place by 4.5 points over rival Willowbrook. In doubles we had champions Kaylee Mckinney and Jenna Deolitsis at #5 doubles, and Maureen Christofaro and Egle Markus at #4 doubles with second place finishes from Maggie Schmitz and Isabella Hanson (#3 doubles), Haley Der and Jackie Wojcik (#2 doubles) and Sarah Alcantara and Stephanie Spytek (#1 doubles). In singles we had champions Maggie Schmitz at #1 singles, Isabella Hanson at #2 singles, Jackie Wojcik at #4 singles, Sarah Alcantara at #5 singles, Stephanie Spytek at #7 singles, Maureen Christofaro at #8 singles, Jasmine Riggs at #9 singles, and second place finishes from Elizabeth Lowery at #3 singles, Haley Der at #6 singles and Sammy Jo Lueg at #10 singles.
Week of April 18
Varsity This past week was a busy one for the Varsity Badminton team. The girls lost a hard fought match to Hinsdale Central 7-8 on 4/18. They came back on 4/20 to beat Downers South 12-3. Then we hosted the ABCD Badminton tournament on (4/23). The ABCD is the premier high school badminton tournament in Illinois with 16 of the top teams in the state in attendance. The Hornets finished in second place with 60 points. First place went to Neuqua Valley with 78 points and Andrew finished third with 40 points. We also hosted a small fundraiser for the West Suburban Humane Society in Downers Grove and we were able to collect many supplies that they needed to help run their facility. Our MVP of the ABCD meet was Serena Patel! Serena played with “her hair on fire” all day! This week we prepare for the West Suburban Conference Championships on 4/29 at Downers South at 4:30pm.
JV JV Badminton had another strong week with a 13-2 win against Downers Grove South on Wednesday, completing their undefeated conference record! JV also took first place finish at the Lincoln-Way West Invitational on Saturday.
Kaylee McKinney and Jenna Deolitsis finished in 1st place in number 3 doubles, Haley Der and Jackie Wojcik finished 2nd place in number 2 doubles, and Sarah Alcantara and Stephanie Spytek played great the whole day finishing in 1st place in number 1 doubles! Elizabeth Lowery finished 5th in number 3 singles, Isabella Hanson took 2nd in number 2 singles, and Maggie Schmitz took 5th in number 1 singles.
We look forward to hosting our conference meet this Friday!
Week of April 11
Varsity This past week was not so much about playing badminton as it was giving to others. The entire Hornet Badminton program set up a fundraiser last Friday (4/15) in the field house. We turned our annual “Friends and Family” night into a contest where friends / family / students could come in and challenge the current badminton team to a game of 10. Each game cost $5 and all the money raised will be donated to “One Step” which is an organization that helps kids with cancer and creates summer camp opportunities for them. Amazingly, the community came to out to help us raise over $1100 for this great cause! Congratulations to everyone involved. This event far superseded any competition that will occur this season and greatly over shadowed the match against Morton and the varsity and freshman tournaments over the weekend.
JV JV badminton continued their undefeated conference run with a 15-0 win against Morton this week. The highlight of our week, however, was challenging our friends and family to give to our fundraiser and come out to play us! It was a great turn out for an even better cause. We had the weekend free from a tournament but can't wait to take on Hinsdale Central and LWW this week!
Week of April 4
Varsity The varsity badminton came back after spring break with a big week ahead of them. Our first test was against conference rival Willowbrook on our "Senior Night" April 6th. The Hornets came away with a convincing 14-1 win taking the lead in the West Suburban Conference Gold race. On April 8th the girls came away with dominating wins against Oak Lawn, Wheaton-Warrenville South and Glenbrook South to keep their undefeated record in tact. Our next challenge came on April 9th at Naperville Central's Invitational. While the Hornets came away with awesome wins against Downers Grove North, Naperville Central, Rolling Meadows and East Aurora, the girls came upon their first defeat of the season against Nequa Valley. The team now sets our sights on New Trier's "Featherfest" Invitational on 4/16 while finalizing the details for our fundraiser on April 15th from 7-9pm in the fieldhouse and gym for "One Step" and their desire to send kids with cancer to a summer camp at Lake Geneva, WI.
JV JV badminton had a great week starting out with a significant 13-2 conference win against Willowbrook keeping their undefeated conference record. Friday evening they participated in a quad where they beat Wheaton Warrenville South 7-1 and took Hersey 4-4. JV fell to Glenbrook South 1-7, with Maureen Christofaro having an awesome win at number four singles. Saturday Hinsdale South hosted a JV invite where they took 3rd place with 56 points behind Hinsdale Central and Stevenson. Haley Der and Jackie Wojcik took 2nd place at number two doubles and Elizabeth Lowery and Isabella Hanson took 2nd place in singles. Overall another great week for JV Hornet Badminton!
Week of March 28
Varsity The varsity badminton team spent last week recharging some batteries and getting back to the basics. With spring break upon us the varsity team hosted a six team invitational at the beginning of the week. The Hornets won beating Metea Valley, Downers North, Palatine, Elk Grove and Sandburg. The ladies have kept their undefeated season in check so far this year. We spent the end of the break getting back to the basics, having some fun, planning our upcoming fundraiser and preparing for arch-rival Willowbrook. Hosting Willowbrook this coming week will be a defining moment for this year’s team as we battle towards our next conference champtionship. Freshman On Saturday, the HSHS freshman badminton team took 3rd out of 8 at the Hornet Invite. Top performers were Christina Prizgintas (2nd place in 1 singles), Olga Giza (1st place in 2 singles), and Gabby Tsorouhis (2nd in 3 singles).
Week of March 21
Varsity Busy week for the varsity badminton team with three matches and one tournament scheduled this week. The Hornets fought off their arch-rivals by defeating Andrew High School by a score of 8-7. Then the Hornets started out conference play with two wins over Leyden and Addison Trail. The Hornets concluded the week by winning our Spring Break Badminton Tournament over Metea Valley, Downers North, Sandburg, Palatine and Elk Grove. Momentum is building for the Hornets with great team chemistry beginning to develop.
JV JV badminton added to their winning record with victories over Andrew 10-3, Leyden 15-0, Addison Trail 15-0 and a 1st place finish in the Metea Valley Invitational to end the week. Isabella Hanson took first place in #1 singles, Maggie Schmitz placed 1st in #2 singles, Jasmine Riggs took 1st in #3 singles, Egle Markus and Maureen Christofaro tied for 3rd in #1 doubles, Haley Der and Sarah Alcantara took 1st in #2 doubles, Jenna Deolitsis and Kaylee McKinney took 1st in #3 doubles, and Mouna Chahin and Gabriella Zanayed took 3rd place in #3 doubles. It was an awesome week for Hornet JV Badminton!
Week of March 14
Varsity The 2016 badminton season has started off in a smashing fashion. The varsity team started out the week with an 7-0 record and finished in first place at the 22nd Annual Karnstedt Invitational this past Saturday (3/19). The greatest thing about this year’s team is that they have already done something no other badminton team has done is 22 years and that is beat Fremd High School! The girls completed this task with an 8-7 win over Fremd on Tuesday (3/15). The chemistry is starting to come together and the girls will continue to improve as we march our way toward our ultimate goal this year of a state championship!
JV JV badminton is off to a strong start with our first week consisting of victories over LWW, HF, Glenbard South, LWC, Oak Forest, and a significant win over Lyons Township. In our first tournament Saturday we had a strong 4th place team finish with Maggie Schmitz taking 3rd place in #2 singles and doubles team Stephanie Spytek and Sarah Alcantara taking 4th place in #1 doubles.
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