WW South clinches DKC with win against Lake Park

  • Lake Park's Matthew Zakic (23) guards Wheaton Warrenville South's Kellen Brown (1) during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton.

    Lake Park's Matthew Zakic (23) guards Wheaton Warrenville South's Kellen Brown (1) during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton. Tony Gadomski for Shaw Local

  • Lake Park's Vito LaGioia is trapped by Wheaton Warrenville South's defense during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton.

    Lake Park's Vito LaGioia is trapped by Wheaton Warrenville South's defense during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton. Tony Gadomski for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Colin Moore looks for an outlet during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Colin Moore looks for an outlet during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton. Tony Gadomski for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett attempts to hit the basket during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett attempts to hit the basket during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton. Tony Gadomski for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Matt Sommerdyke drives to the basket during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Matt Sommerdyke drives to the basket during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton. Tony Gadomski for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett takes a shot during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett takes a shot during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton. Tony Gadomski for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's James Hohnstein looks to pass during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's James Hohnstein looks to pass during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton. Tony Gadomski for Shaw Local

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett goes up with the ball during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett goes up with the ball during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton. Tony Gadomski for Shaw Local

  • Lake Park's Thomas Rochford (30) guards Wheaton Warrenville South's Matt Sommerdyke (2) during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton.

    Lake Park's Thomas Rochford (30) guards Wheaton Warrenville South's Matt Sommerdyke (2) during the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton. Tony Gadomski for Shaw Local

  • Lake Park head coach Billy Pitcher talks to his team during a timeout at the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton.

    Lake Park head coach Billy Pitcher talks to his team during a timeout at the boys varsity basketball game between Lake Park and Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Wheaton. Tony Gadomski for Shaw Local

 
By Bobby Narang
Shaw Media
Updated 2/11/2022 11:44 PM

Wheaton Warrenville South's boys basketball team attempted to encapsulate a lifetime of memories into Friday night's game in Wheaton.

The Tigers, on Senior Night, set up individual tables near the concession stand for each senior to go with a separate table full of goodies for every player. A dessert table filled with cookies and a big cake was placed near the concession stand, and a lengthy postgame highlight reel full of memorable moments was all set up.

 

A 10-page colored program honoring the nine seniors -- Bear Awadzi, Kellen Brown, Tyler Fawcett, Danny Healy, Jim Hohnstein, Lance Kottke, Rourke Robinson, Colin Scudder and Matt Sommerdyke -- was handed out to the fans. Each player had a full page, complete with pictures and answers to several questions that provided an insight into the personality of each senior.

But the Tigers nearly forgot to provide the main ingredient for the party -- a victory.

After a sluggish start and a rough shooting night, the Tigers cobbled together a few runs and played stellar defense to squeeze out a 30-26 victory over Lake Park in the DuKane Conference.

With the win the Tigers (27-2, 13-0) continued their magical season by notching their second straight conference title. When the final buzzer sounded, several Tigers jumped into a mosh-pit like setting at midcourt with the student body.

"It's nice to get a big win on senior night, just grind it out," Fawcett said. "Both teams took long possessions and played good defense. It feels good. It's a different type win. We work so hard, always have composure, even on senior night."

by signing up you agree to our terms of service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Fawcett led the Tigers with 7 points, Sommerdyke and Braylen Meredith both chipped in 6 points in the hard-fought, grind-it-out defensive battle that included long possessions with more passes than shot attempts.

WW South coach Mike Healy, after spending a few seconds sitting on the bench and chatting with his son Danny, admitted it was a tough game for his players and coaches because of all the emotions, along with Lake Park's defensive intensity.

"This wins means a lot, just an emotional day," Mike Healy said. "They're nine awesome kids. Danny showed a little video because they've been together since 9 or 10 years old. They had pictures together, from travel and feeder teams. It's well-deserved and an awesome moment for them."

"Lake Park is so well-coached and did so many good things. We kind of buckled down defensively in the second half. I'm really, really proud of them. They're so unselfish and don't care who scores. They play for each other and enjoy each other and love hanging out."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Tigers' lone two losses -- Normal Community by 4 points, Hillcrest by 1 point -- are the only blemishes on their stunning season.

Fawcett struggled to find his flow in the game, not scoring a point until the 1:20 mark of the second quarter. His block late in the fourth quarter of a one-possession game saved the Tigers, who scored just two points in the opening seven minutes due to a new starting lineup for senior night.

The Lancers (20-6, 10-3) committed just six turnovers but made only two 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Tommy Rochford hit both 3s, finishing with 10 points, including his team's first 7 points of the game. Sebastian Blachut attacked the glass and played strong defense, finishing with seven points. The Tigers pulled away behind a 9-0 run in the third quarter, with four players supplying the scoring.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.