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TF South Badminton wins sectional, Girls Track wins conference again

LANSING, Ill. (May 6, 2022) – It was a big week for the TF South Red Wolves, as some teams’ seasons near their end and conference and sectional tournaments begin. TF South Badminton and Girls Track are celebrating this weekend:

TF South Badminton

The most recent success of a remarkable season, TF South Badminton swept the board and earned the Sectional Championship plaque Thursday night.

After a perfect showing at last week’s Conference Championship tournament, the finals of the Sectional — both in the singles and doubles divisions — featured TF South vs. TF South match-ups. In the singles division, TFS junior Christina Aguilar battled against TFS senior Diana Cardenas. Aguilar won the match, punching her ticket to the State tournament.

In the doubles division, TFS seniors Paige Drewno and Carla Martinez faced off against their teammates, seniors Azul Rodriguez and Val Sandoval. Drewno and Martinez won the match, earning a trip to State.

Aguilar, Drewno, and Martinez will play at state on May 12-14. The state tournament is hosted by Hinsdale South High School in Darien.

TF South
TF South junior Christina Aguilar was dominant at the sectional meet on Thursday. She will represent TFS in the singles division at the State tournament next week. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

TFS Girls Track and Field

One day before the badminton team’s success, the Girls Track Team had their own reason to celebrate: a third consecutive conference championship. After winning in 2019, sitting out 2020’s cancelled season, and winning last year, TF South will again make an appearance at the sectional tournament.

Coach Elissa Belli said TFS was ranked second behind Oak Forest going into the meet. She said, “We were able to step up in many events and win with a final score of 126 for TFS to 119 for Oak Forest.” TF North came in third in the tournament with 107.

Results are listed below:

  • Senior Jasonay Starkley finished first in the 100m
  • Starkley also finished second in the 200m
  • Starkley, Laniya Porter, Taylor Poole and Janiya Lucas finished first in the 4×100
  • The same foursome took first in the 4×200 as well
  • Lucas placed second in the 100m
  • Lucas also placed 4th in the 200m.
  • Aniya Barton scored in all three jumping events, winning the Triple Jump, placing 2nd in the Long Jump and tying for 2nd in the High Jump

Coach Belli said many of the girls that scored at the conference meet were forced to miss several weeks of this year’s season due to a bus accident that the team was a part of in early April.

The JV Red Wolves team also impressed, winning second place behind Hillcrest High School.

From left: TFS track relay runners Taylor Poole, Janiya Lucas, Jasonay Starkley, and Laniya Porter. (Photo provided)

TF United Boys Tennis

May 4

Opponent: Hillcrest High School

Result: The combined TFS and TFN tennis squad (TF United) beat Hillcrest 5-0.

Adrian Sanchez and Cameron Turner both notched wins in the singles division, while doubles partners Cesar Moreno and Rushi Patel, Roberto Caballero and Adrian Perez, and Steve Lameli and Joey Panozzo also won.

TF United Mens Volleyball

May 5

Opponent: Oak Forest High School

Result: TFU’s Varsity squad won 25-12, 25-16, while the JV team won  25-16, 25-19.

TF United Girls Soccer

May 5

Opponent: Lemont High School

Result: The TFS and TFN combined team lost to Lemont 4-0.

TFU Girls Soccer is now 6-5-2 on the season, with a 5-3-2 record in conference play.


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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.