Plainfield’s Hyland advances to Elite Eight at Lewis.

By Scott Taylor In just her second season at Lewis University, Elizabeth Hyland helped the Flyers take the next step as a volleyball team. And, it was a big one. The Flyers, seeded third in the Great Lakes Region, lost one set in three regional matches, including finishing off the top seed and host school, Ferris State, 3-0 in the championship. “I have never gone that far, so it was a cool experience,” Hyland said. “We worked really hard all year and in the summer. We also love playing with…

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Shook competes in Under Armour All-American game; ready for Texas

By Scott Taylor Plainfield Central’s Ashley Shook concluded her illustrious high school career recently by being one of 24 high school players to compete in the Under Armour All-America Match in Columbus, OH on Dec. 16. “It was awesome,” Shook said. “It meant a lot. The teams I have played on have been successful and it helped me be successful. It was an honor and I was happy to play and represent my school and town.” Shook was on the East squad, which lost 3-0 to the West squad and…

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District 202 raises the bar in the fall

After a successful spring season filled with firsts, the fall season just trumped it, putting Plainfield sports on an upward trajectory. The highlight of the fall was, of course, the Plainfield North football team advancing to the state championship game, being the first district team to do so in the sport. The previous best finish was in 2000 when Plainfield Central made it to the quarterfinals. Not only did the Tigers’ performance boost their program to new levels after having never won a playoff game, it gave all Plainfield programs,…

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Plainfield North football completes record season with state berth

A 26-13 loss to East St. Louis in the Class 7A IHSA state championship game didn’t tell the whole story for Plainfield North. It was a wild ride for the Tigers, who had not won a playoff game in their program’s 10-year history before the incredible run. In fact, they won as many playoff games this year as Plainfield has won this century total heading into this season. The run started with a 42-0 romp over Highland Park. That is the game that broke the ice, although they were expected to…

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Shook, Wildcats advance to sectional final before falling

Plainfield Central went through the Southwest Prairie Conference undefeated and made it to the Romeoville Sectional final, the second sectional final in three years, before bowing out to state runner-up Minooka. The Wildcats had defeated the Indians in straight sets earlier in the year before falling in straight sets in the sectional final. Throughout the season the Wildcats were led by Ashley Shook, who earned numerous Player of the Year honors and is headed to the University of Texas.

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Freshman Davis earns All-State spot

It was another successful season for Plainfield swimming as it qualified seven events to the state meet. At state, it was Jessica Davis, a freshman, who led the way, finishing eighth in the state in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.97 to earn all-state honors. Davis came within a half second of advancing to finals in the 200 as well, coming in 15th place with a time of 1:53.39. Kate Meunier, a junior, also qualified for state individually and finished 17th in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.5) and took…

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North girls cross country first to advance to state

There was history made in cross country as Plainfield North became the first girls cross country team to advance to state in District 202 history. At state the Tigers took 24th. Competing at state were Megan Patton (17:39, 42nd), Juliana Stogsdill (17:43, 47th), Lauren Super (19:22, 188th), Emily Bedford (19:25, 189th), Brittany Drag (19:41, 200th), Mariam Hussain (20:05, 205th) and Cami Dastrup (20:40, 209th). South’s Greta Carlsberg also competed at state, taking 81st in 18:10. For the boys, four runners advanced to state. North’s Ben Otstott led the way with a…

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Plainfield Central sets new standard for district

After years of heartbreak, the Plainfield Central boys soccer team became the first boys soccer team to win a regional title after beating Plainfield East 3-0. The Wildcats, the No. 15 seed in the Bolingbrook Sectional, took down No. 18 Plainfield South 1-0 in the opener and then beat No. 2 Naperville Central 1-0 in the Metea Valley Regional. In the sectional the Wildcats fell to Neuqua Valley 1-0 in double overtime.

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