OLCHS Scholastic Bowl Team Takes Second In Conference

February 24, 2022 04:47 PM
Legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano once proclaimed, “Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding.”
Looking for success against 2021 conference champion Argo, the Oak Lawn Community High School varsity, and junior varsity scholastic bowl teams faced off against South Suburban Conference Red competition on Wednesday at Eisenhower High School. The varsity team made it to the finals against Argo but fell a little short with a 190-140 loss. 
“Argo has been on top of the conference for a long time,” varsity head coach Patrick DiFilippo said. “We felt that we were putting together a team strong enough to compete for the SSC Red Championship. We had a slight lead at half-time, but Argo cleaned up on bonus points to secure first place in the conference.” 
The JV team went 2-1 at the conference tournament and finished third in conference. 
The teams on both levels finished the regular season in second place. In addition, both teams won against local rivals Reavis and Richards during the regular season.
Junior co-president Brendan Gallian, the second-leading scorer in the SSC, led the varsity team to an outstanding 13-2 record. 
“We improved throughout the season,” Gallian said. “As a team, we came together as the season progressed. Winning 11 straight matches put us in a position to compete for the championship.”
Other great varsity contributors included senior co-president John Unger, team captain Junior Quinn Haywood, senior Yusra Abdelrahman, junior Matthew Perry, senior Reem Al-Adwan, junior Timothy Weber, and junior Haven Rupsch. 
The JV team finished with a 12-3 record. Freshmen Shawn Perry, the second-leading scorer in the SSC JV Division, led the young team to many impressive victories. Other great contributors to the JV team include freshmen Ally Gabriel, Hamzah Abdeljaber, Fabio Noguera, and sophomore Ali Said. 
The OLCHS scholastic bowl team’s focus is now on the future competition at the Illinois High School Association Regional on March 7 at Lincoln-Way Central. 
“I am so proud of this group,” DiFilippo said. “Unfortunately, we came up a little short at conference, but we plan on taking that loss as a step toward victories at the regional.”
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