Friday, April 22, 2011
Naperville Central 12, Hinsdale South 3. The Redhawks score the first 12 goals of the game en route to upping their record to 16-1 on the season.
Naperville Central’s boys water polo had high hopes for this season despite the graduation of all-state players Mark Menis and Ryan Stanley. With the majority of the regular season in the books, those hopes appear to be turning to reality. Thursday’s 12-3 non-conference win over Hinsdale South on Senior Night left the Redhawks at 16-1 on the season. There are still 13 matches left in the regular season, but Central did find out on Thursday that it will be the top seed in the Neuqua Valley Sectional in March. “We lost our star player from last year, but we came in thinking big,” Central senior Pat May said. “Now, we’re just trying to prove ourselves. I’m surprised at how well this team meshes. The juniors really work well with us. It makes …
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Redhawks' Sean Lehane becomes program's first-ever state champion in 100-yard backstroke; Central finishes second to New Trier.
- Ken Ryan
Saturday, February 26, 2011
If anyone else had finished first ahead of him Saturday at the state meet in Winnetka, Naperville Central senior standout Jeff Depew may have been upset. Considering it was his junior teammate Sean Lehane, who edged him out to win the 100-yard backstroke championship, Depew couldn’t have been happier. “If it was someone I hated or someone else other than Sean, I wouldn’t have been happy, but Sean is a great guy,” Depew said. “He’s a hard worker and great person to train with. I can’t really say anything bad about him and I’m just so happy that he won.” Lehane became the tradition-rich program’s first-ever state champion in the 100 backstroke when his time of 50.28 seconds edged Depew’s 50.40. Depew had posted the fastest time in the event …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Redhawks expect a stiff challenge from New Trier in their quest for a second straight boys swimming state crown.
Despite being the defending state champions, Naperville Central’s boys swimming team has heard all season that powerhouse New Trier is the team to beat at the state meet this weekend. Starting Friday in the Trevians’ home pool in Winnetka, New Trier will be looking for its fifth state title since 2004 and 21st overall, while the Redhawks have slid under the radar, despite currently holding the title. “Everyone’s saying New Trier, but I think we possibly have a shot at them next week if we can get some good swims in,” Central junior Sean Lehane said. “Our team goal is top-three, but of course we’d like to win it.” Central coach Mike Adams has been at this long enough to know that predictions are meaningless heading into the state meet. …
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Naperville Central dominates the Neuqua Valley Sectional Saturday and now turns its focus toward heading back to state next weekend.
Naperville Central’s boys swimming team has a different look than last year’s state champions. But this edition of the Redhawks is well on its way of trying to make a name for itself at the state meet next week at New Trier. Central was dominant at times in winning the Neuqua Valley Sectional Saturday with 280½ points. Naperville North was second (247) and Neuqua Valley third (204). The Redhawks advanced 14 entries to state, including six champions. Sean Lehane led the way by winning the 200 free (1:43.55) and the 100 back (52.39). Jeff DePew (200 IM, 1:54.13), Nate Weeks (100 butterfly, 51.45), Pat May (100 free, 47.24) and the 200 medley relay (1:35.55) all took home first place. “We’re right where we want to be,” DePew said. “We’re …
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Redhawks reload behind Jeff Depew and Nate Weeks after winning state title in 2009-10.
After graduating standouts like Mark Menis, Matt O'Brien, Keith Piper and Danny Tucker off of last year's state championship team, Naperville Central's boys swimming team knew it had some holes to fill, especially in the sprints. After last Saturday's win at the Neuqua Valley Invitational, the Redhawks have a better idea of how their team is coming together. Central was expectedly led by Jeff Depew and Nate Weeks, but received solid contributions from the likes of Sean Lehane and Pat May, who both won events. "When you lose so many guys, it's like, 'Where are we at? What are we going to be able to do? Who will be able to step up and go?,' " Central coach Mike Adams said. "This meet isn't the end for us. This meet is only after four weeks. …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wildcats usually dominate their home meet, but the Redhawks used five individual wins to seal the title.
Since 2001, Neuqua Valley has dominated its own boys swimming invitational. The Wildcats had seven titles and two second-place finishes in that time. Naperville Central, on the other hand, had a second-place finish in 2008. That's it. That all changed Saturday. The Redhawks used five first-place finishes to roll to the invite title with 352 points, well clear of Neuqua's 302 points in second place. Naperville North was fourth (226), Waubonsie Valley fifth (195) and Metea Valley ninth (127) at the 12-team event. "Toward the end of the week, we started to get our focus," Central senior Jeff Depew said. "We knew what we had to do to put our team in a position to win, because we've never won this meet. It's been Neuqua all the time, so we knew…