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Doyle leads Benet Academy to back-to-back Class 4A titles with win over Fremd


Doyle leads Benet Academy to back-to-back Class 4A titles with win over Fremd

NORMAL, Ill (AP) - Kathleen Doyle poured in 24 points, including nine in the final five minutes, to propel Lisle Benet Academy past Palatine Fremd 42-39 on Saturday to win its second straight girls 4A championship.

It was a rematch of last year’s 4A title match, which Benet (32-3) won 61-39.

“It’s awesome to be able to do it when no one thinks you can,” Doyle said. “We did that last year, and we did it again this year.”

Bryana Hopkins scored 18 points and Grace Tworek had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Fremd (30-3).

“I knew we were good,” said Benet coach Joe Kilbride. “But did I think this would happen? Again? Not hardly. It’s such an accomplishment just to get here, let alone to win it.”

Fremd pulled to within one point with 20 seconds left on Tworek layup, but both Doyle and Elise Stout sank free throws to put Benet up by three. Tworek missed a potential tying three-pointer with two seconds left.

“It just didn’t go,” Tworek said. “I knew it was off when I shot it.”

Doyle hit two huge three-pointers and three free throws in the final five minutes to put her team in a position to win another championship.

“My teammates have such confidence in me,” she said. “It’s amazing, really. I just love everyone associated with this program. I’m so proud of all of us.”

In Friday’s semifinals, Benet Academy advanced by beating Trinity 68-51, while Fremd defeated Whitney Young 47-40 in overtime.

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Shepard

Head coach: John Rone

Assistant coaches: Andrew Porter, Ron Rivera, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire and Clint Connelly

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (5-1 South Suburban Red Conference). Shepard made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Astros lost to Marmion Academy in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Leyden

Sept. 1 @ Stagg

Sept 7 vs Hillcrest

Sept. 14 vs Eisenhower

Sept. 21 @ Richards

Sept. 28 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 5 vs Reavis

Oct. 12 vs Evergreen Park

Oct. 19 @ Argo

Biggest storyline: First-year head coach John Rone. Can the Astros challenge once again for the South Suburban Red conference title under a new head coach?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Chris Harrison and TE/DE Kevin Graham

Biggest holes to fill: The Astros bring back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense). Overall depth could also be a concern.  

EDGY's Early Take: Shepard will be led by former Eisenhower assistant Rone, who was able to retain an experienced staff at Shepard. It will help ease the transition from former head coach Dominic Passolano this summer. If the Astros can get off to a good early start they have the overall talent to again make a state playoff appearance in 2018. Can they challenge conference power Richards in the South Suburban Red race?

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Trent Jensen, Jesse Kikkert, Jonathan Hill, Doug Smith, Mike Tisza, Rob Shell and Tim Russell

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Blue Conference), T.F. South made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Rebels lost to Danville in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Thornwood

Sept. 1 vs Julian

Sept. 7 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 14 @ TF North

Sept. 21 vs Bremen

Sept. 28 @ Reavis

Oct. 5 vs Hillcrest

Oct. 12 @ Lemont

Oct. 19 @ Tinley Park

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Biggest storyline: T.F. South has advanced to the playoffs 20 times in the past 24 seasons. Can the Rebels get back to the IHSA state playoff field and make more noise this fall?

Names to watch this season: QB Kamron Clayton LB Michael Smith

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace seven starters on each side of the football this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: T.F. South head coach Bob Padjen was able to keep the Rebels on a winning path in his first season as Rebels head coach after several years serving in an assistant role. South always has talent. If the underclassmen can step up this summer, look for the Rebels to challenge for the top half of the South Suburban Blue conference race.