After finishing the regular season of Scholastic Bowl with a second-place finish in the South Suburban Conference, the Oak Lawn Community High School team entered the Illinois High School Association Regional meet earlier this week as a number-two seed. And after defeating Reavis and St. Laurence in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, the Spartans faced off with host St. Rita for the regional championship. The neck-and-neck battle came down to just one toss-up question, and St. Rita beat the Oak Lawn competitors to the punch for a 250-230 final score. The Spartans came home as the regional runner-up.
“I really had a blast coaching with JV coach Bill Gerny this year,” said first-year Oak Lawn Scholastic Bowl head coach Pat DiFilippo. “This was an awesome group, and we expect even greater achievements next year.”
The Spartans were impressive in their run to the regional championship match. They defeated Reavis 490-120, and followed that by scoring more than 500 points in their win over St. Laurence. The key members of the varsity team were sophomore Brendan Gallian, juniors John Unger and Yusra Abdelrahman, and seniors Johnathon Weber, Arvin Wallack, and Leena Abdelrahman.
Both the varsity team and the junior varsity team finished conference in second place. Valuable junior varsity members for Oak Lawn included Quinn Haywood, Brandon Mariano, Malik Adi, Matthew Perry, and Timothy Weber.
“The season had a rocky start for JV, having less than a full team,” said Haywood, who split time between JV and varsity this season. “After the first week we found our footing and got our rhythm back from last season. Huge shout out to Malik for helping the team find our buzzers. With the steam from week 2, we were able to roll all the way to second place in conference with only three members. I couldn’t be more proud of my fellow teammates Matthew and Tim.”