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Olivia Mezan 22 and Hailey Markworth 22 attend Fall 2021 Signing Day on Nov. 10 (Wolf/LION).

LT holds signing day, athletes finalize their commitments

13 seniors sign letters of intent to play their sport in college
Molly Burke, Reporter November 18, 2021

Nov. 10 marked the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Fall Signing Day, where 13 LT seniors finalized their college commitments in the Vaughn Gym. Hailey Markworth ‘22, who has committed...

Will Caronchi 22 drives the ball down the fairway (photo courtesy of Caronchi).

Boys golf finishes season with state qualification

Team walks away with joy, sixth-place state finish
Molly Burke, Reporter November 15, 2021

The LT boys golf team is able to celebrate its season after placing sixth in the state tournament as a team--the first state appearance since the 2018-19 season--as well as having three individuals qualify.  Will...

Tiernan Kelly 22 and Kyle Mora 22 pose after running the Chicago Marathon (photo courtesy of Mora).

Tiernan Kelly ’22, Kyle Mora ’22 run, participate in Chicago Marathon

Both runners finish marathon in under five hours, check off bucket list goal
Emme McLean, Managing Editor November 11, 2021

After a quick chat with each other in January of 2021, Tiernan Kelly ‘22 and Kyle Mora ‘22 signed up for their first Chicago Marathon (26.2 miles) in hopes of successfully completing it. The marathon...

Varsity tennis player Anastasia Bozovic 22 prepares to serve tennis ball at opponent at home sectional match at Oct. 15 (Burke/LION)

Girls tennis ends with successful season, sends four girls to state

Team plans for state match, reflects on season highlights
Nicholas Barbera, Reporter November 11, 2021

After an unconventional season for girls tennis as a result of COVID-19 last year, the team has returned to a more normal season with two doubles teams placing in the top 40 at state. Some changes made...

Dylan Holtz 22 prepares to bowl at LT tryouts (Burke/LION)

Bowling trains for state-bound season

Team comments on goals for the upcoming season
Molly Burke, Reporter November 11, 2021

With LT bowling back in their regular, full season, the team hopes to play strong enough to make it to the state competition, as they were not able to compete last year due to COVID-19. Jack Pochocki...

Consequences of an extra year of eligibility

Lily Hanafin, Opinions Editors November 11, 2021

In the spring of 2020, the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) released a statement that granted collegiate spring sport athletes an extra year of eligibility. After COVID-19 continued into the...

Cate Bonanno 22 performs spinning flip during dive practice (Wolf/LION)

Senior girls prepare for dive conference, sectionals

Divers end their season, practice for important meets
Sydney Wolf, Reporter November 11, 2021

As the LT girls swim and dive season came to an end, their preparation for conference, sectionals, and possibly state, began right away. Out of the 13 divers, five prepared for the conference meet, held...

Coach Emilee Ledonne directs team (Mardegan/LION).

Ultimate Frisbee club retains popularity at LT

Team continues preparations for competitive spring season
Jeanne Mardegan, Reporter November 11, 2021

For the past five years, Emilee Ledonne, head coach of the Ultimate Frisbee club, has worked with the students of LT to support and promote the sport that she’s played for the past 25 years, she said. “I...

Tavari Johnson 22

Varsity guard earns multiple offers, commits to Akron

LT basketball star commits to University of Akron, looks forward to final high school season
Aidan Wirtz, Sports Editor November 11, 2021

Lyons Township has had its fair share of college athlete commits this year, and Tavari Johnson ‘22 has been added to that list. Johnson committed to the University of Akron on Sept. 8, according to his...

Lyons Township defense lines up against Glenbard West offense prior to the snap in game on Oct. 15 (Burke/LION).

Football secures first playoff spot since 2017

Varsity team loses Lockport in first round, reflects on successful season
Elle Simek, Reporter November 11, 2021

The LT varsity football team lost in their first playoff game on Saturday, Oct.30, against Lockport with a score of 35-10 and closed out the 2021 season. Before going into the last regular season game...

Charlie McLawhorn 22 runs at conference meet at LTs home (Chomko/LION).

Senior cross country athlete succeeds in final season

Charlie McLawhorn '22 finishes senior cross country season with numerous accomplishments
Brooke Chomko, Sports Editor November 11, 2021

Charlie McLawhorn ’22 has been climbing in the ranks of cross country over the past four years of his involvement. He went from freshman year being not fully committed to the sport to now, an all-state...

From left to right: Becky Phillips 23 and teammate Maggie Adler 23 (photo courtesy of Phillips).

Junior swimmer Becky Phillips prepares for post season with girls swim

Phillips hopeful for a chance at state
Elle Simek, Reporter October 21, 2021

Becky Phillips ‘23 has been working hard in the pool since the girls varsity swim season began on Aug. 9. She spends day after day pushing herself to be a better swimmer taking the season one meet at...

Izzy Lee 22 tosses soccer ball (photo courtesy of Lee).

Girls soccer boasts two D1 commits

Izzy Lee to play at University of Illinois, Eleanor Musgrove to play at Air Force Academy
Brooke Chomko, Sports Editor October 7, 2021

After winning the state semifinal game in June 2021, Izzy Lee ‘22 was told by her coach that a scout from University of Illinois was there watching to recruit her. Post-game, she talked on the phone...

The girls team huddles up mid-match at a home quad meet. From left to right: Adriana Vassek 22, Tijana Kostic 22, Abby Markworth 24, Maya Rabah 23, Kiley Mahoney 24 (Grefenstette/LION).

Volleyball excels, ranks in state

Younger players show potential, help team acheive #2 ranking in Illinois
Aidan Wirtz, Sports Editor October 7, 2021

With only two losses so far, the girls volleyball team looks to continue their hot streak further into the season. They’ve rolled over teams such as Lincoln-Way East, Fenwick, and New Trier, all in two...

NIL deals: The Payments

Aidan Wirtz, Sports Editor October 7, 2021

Johnny Manziel, Candace Parker, Tim Tebow, Zion Williamson, Reggie Bush. These specific players would have flourished if they had the money and therefore opportunities college athletes have now. Personally,...

Destigmatize mental health: athletes

Maddie Gee, Reporter October 7, 2021

What do you think about when the word “athlete” comes to mind? Committed, dedicated, strong, hardworking. Yet, there is a specific term that is rarely associated with athletes, because it is assumed...

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