By Pat Brozynski

Liberos draw oohs and aahs at Tiger Classic

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Copy of Siroky.jpgKudos to Sandburg's outside hitter Kevin Groeper, who was named MVP of the Tiger Classic last weekend at Wheaton Warrenville South.

Joining Groeper on the all-tournament team were libero Connor Bolan (Glenbrook North), libero Danny Boryca (Naperville North), setter Garrett Dempsey (Marist), libero Mike Fredrick (Oak Park), junior outside hitter Blake Kribs (DeSmet) and outside hitter Eric Luhrsen (WW South).

Also named to the team were: setter Matthew McCown (Lake Park), middle hitter Jim Mead (Marist), sophomore middle hitter Casey Pieper (Moeller), outside hitter Lucas Rytel (Glenbrook South) and opposite hitter Chris Shanahan (Buffalo Grove).

Also, (pictured above) opposite side hitter Bill Siroky (Sandburg), junior libero Jake Tomaras (Lincoln-Way East), middle hitter Bennett Wakenight (New Trier) and outside hitter Dan Weishar (Brother Rice).

Other than Groeper, Mead, Tomaras, Bolan and Oak Park setter Diego Rodriguez-Guerrios, a move-in from Puerto Rico, might have made the biggest impression on opposing coaches and tournament officials.

Tomaras and Bolan established themselves as two of the best defenders in the area and Mead's performance in Game 2 against Sandburg in which he blocked three consecutive Sandburg attacks and added a kill to help rally Marist from a 21-17 deficit was stunning.


Congratulations to Glenbrook South, which bounced back from a surprising loss to Andrew in pool play Thursday to win the Bronze division at the Tiger Classic by defeating Evanston, Naperville Central and St. Rita.

Glenbrook South was missing two starters during the tournament - 6-4 outside Vince Gabuzzi and 5-10 defensive specialist Niko Kontos. Both are expected back later this week when Glenbrook South plays Glenbrook North.

Glenbrook South coach Tim Monahan hopes this year's team helps to resurrect the Titans' reputation as a perennnial state power. But he also has some building blocks for the future in juniors Brian Brennan, Troy Farsakian and Peter Rafalo.


Didn't see it. Wish we had.

The game of the weekend? Game 3 between Buffalo Grove and New Trier in the Gold quarterfinals. The Trevians outlasted the Bison 31-29 to advance to the semifinals against Sandburg.

Buffalo Grove bounced back to defeat (St. Louis, Mo.) DeSmet and Glenbrook North for fifth place.

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