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Western Springs, 09/21/12--Lyons Township's Trevon Woods outruns Hinsdale Central's Jack McGann for a long gain. Lyons Township High School hosted Hinsdale Central High School in football Friday night. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
This Week Lyons
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Hosts Hinsdale Central/York at South Campus, 4:30 p.m.
At Lockport Invite at Dellwood Park, 9 a.m.
At Downers Grove N. w/Oak Park, 4:30 p.m.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Hosts Hinsdale Central /York, 4:30 p.m.
At Wheaton North Invite at St. James Farm, 8:30 a.m.
Hosts Downers Grove N./Oak Park at South Campus, 4:30 p.m.
At Oak Park, 7:30 p.m.
At La Salle-Peru Invite at Oak Ridge G.C., 8 a.m.
At West Chicago (Class 3A) Regionals at St. Andrews
At Naperville N. (Class AA) Regionals at Springbrook G.C.
At Hinsdale South, 6:30 p.m.
At Rockford Boylan, Noon
Hosts Hinsdale S., at South Campus, 4:30 p.m.
At Naperville N. Invite, 8 a.m.
Hosts Nazareth Acad. at South Campus, 4:15 p.m.
Hosts Downers Grove N. at South Campus, 5 p.m.
Hosts O.P.-River Forest at South Campus, 5 p.m.
At Metea Valley, 5:30 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2012 6:58AM
WESTERN SPRINGS — Tom Fiedler’s varsity appearance last week is supposed to be brief.
The left-handed sophomore quarterback was called up to serve emergency duty last week after starter Zachary Mahoney was sidelined after injuring his left, non-throwing shoulder in the win against Downers Grove North Sept. 14.
Fielder’s starting debut ended with a 24-20 loss to West Suburban Silver rival Hinsdale Central Friday night in Western Springs.
“Coach (Kurt Weinberg) told me that we would run a little bit more,” Fiedler said. “I was ready. I watched film all week.”
Fiedler took snaps with the varsity the previous Monday after it become apparent that Mahoney could not play.
Fiedler held his own while leading Lyons (2-3, 1-2) to a 17-14 lead over the No. 3 Red Devils (4-1, 2-1). Fiedler (14-for-25, 285 yards) threw a seven-yard TD pass to Matt Mrazek to cap the game’s opening drive and he connected with Jemari Burks on a 79-yard TD pass with 47.2 seconds to go before the half.
Hinsdale Central coach Rich Tarka was impressed by Fielder’s debut.
“I thought it was positive,” Tarka said. “He kept his cool.”
According to Weinberg, Mahoney is expected to return as the starter when Lyons plays at Oak Park-River Forest (3-2, 1-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“Tom is a great player,” Weinberg said. “We expected great things. His future is very bright. It’s a plus to see how he will do in the future.”
Mahoney is just one of three major injuries Lyons has suffered in the past few weeks in its chase for a playoff berth.
Northwestern-bound defensive back-receiver Matthew Harris is expected to return for OPRF after missing two weeks due to a chest injury. Harris was hit hard on a reception and came out of the Glenbard West game Sept. 8.
Harris’ replacement at cornerback has been Jimmy Heim, while Burks has emerged as both quarterbacks’ favorite target. Burks caught four passes for 152 yards against the Devils.
The news for senior running back Victor Conforti isn’t as bright. He’s expected to miss the rest of the season after breaking his left hand in practice. Weinberg said Conforti is seeking a second opinion. Meanwhile, junior Trevon Woods rushed for 35 yards on 15 carries Friday night.
“We’ve got great players. We’ve got great depth,” Weinberg said. “It’s the next man up. It’s the nature of the game. We are not playing chess. It’s football. You have to take things as they come.”
Names in the Game
BEN LARSON Noteworthy efforts:
The senior defender scored the only goal in the Lyons Township boys soccer team’s 1-0 victory over Morton in the championship game of the Pepsi Showdown Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. Larson scored on a free kick eight minutes into the second half to help the Lions knock off the defending Class 3A state champions and previously unbeaten Mustangs.
KELLEY GARROW Noteworthy efforts:
The senior captain teamed with Elizabeth Murphy, Kristine Rosenberger and Kristen Young to win the 200-yard medley and also finished second in the 100-yard backstroke to help the LT swimming team beat West Suburban Conference Silver rival Hinsdale Central.
3 | The number of runner-up finishes the LT boys soccer team has had in the nine-year history of the prestigious Pepsi Showdown before claiming its first championship Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview with a 1-0 win over Morton.
“It was a nice win for us in general. Even though Hinsdale Central isn’t as strong as they have been in the past, they still have some great swimmers and divers. It is always a nice win for us as a program. It keeps us in position to vie for the conference championship.”
— Swimming coach Kurt Johns on his team’s victory over Hinsdale Central.
FridayFootball: LT at Oak Park-River Forest, 7:30 p.m.
The Lions face a crucial conference contest as far as the playoffs are concerned. LT (2-3) must win three of its final four regular-season games to have a shot at a postseason appearance.
WednesdayGirls golf: LT at Class AA Naperville North Regional at Springbrook Golf Course in Naperville, 9 a.m.
The Lions begin their quest for a third straight state berth. The top three teams at the regional and top 10 individuals not on an advancing team advance to the Marian Catholic Sectional Oct. 8.