Past, present stars to collide on Hinsdale court
This debate will be settled on the court.
Six days after they won the Division 4 girls basketball title, the Lady Pacers will take on the school's 2014 state championship team in a PTSA alumni game at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at "the Stable" to answer what every sports fan in town wants to know — which powerhouse is better?
The Hinsdale boys versus men showdown will follow at 7 p.m.
The Lady Pacers rattled off 21 consecutive victories this winter, ending with a 32-30 victory over top-seeded Littleton for all the marbles on Saturday. They held all four postseason foes to under 35 points, but can they do the same to this loaded alumni team?
Four of the five starters from Hinsdale's 2014 state championship team are expected to play, including 1,000-point scorers Allison Scott and Skyler LeClair. They will be joined by center Bridget Bourne who had a double-double (15 points, 15 rebounds) during the 48-35 win over Sunapee that completed a perfect season, and Breanna Benjamin who scored 13 points and was responsible for reigning Division 4 player of the year Erika Waterman going just 3-for-19 from the field in that game.
Skylar Bonnette, who was also a member of that team's starting five and is a 1,000-point scorer, is currently away on vacation.
Hinsdale's varsity team is led by center Angelina Nardolillo, who racked up 75 total points in her four playoff games combined. In Saturday's title tilt, ninth-grader Delaney Wilcox finished with nine points, Mariah Nichols pulled down seven boards, and the team got clutch steals from fellow starters Maggie St. John and Monika Costello.
The second game of the evening will feature the "Fab 5" from Hinsdale's 1974 team, which went 23-0 to win it all. That group consists of 1,000-point scorer Larry Scott, Mike Fecto, Mike Carbino, Kevin Lavalla, and Mark Bradbury. Between them, they were key members of a combined total of 21 state championships during the school's glory days in the early to mid-1970s when Hinsdale was nicknamed "Title Town USA."
They will face off against a Hinsdale varsity boys team that went 10-9 in Carl Anderson's first year as head coach. The top scorers for the Pacers this season were seniors Caleb Steever (13 points per game), Ryan Boggio (12 ppg) and Peter McCosker (12 ppg).
Admission prices for the two alumni games are $3 for adults, and $2 for students and seniors.
Varsity Girls: Coach — Terry Bonnette. Players — Hannah Lynch, Mariah Nichols, Maggie St. John, Monika Costello, Angelina Nardolillo, Gabby LeClair, Myia Boyd, Erica Girroir, Delaney Wilcox, Audrey Martin, Olivia Pangelinan, Kleay Steever.
Alumni: Coach — Kathryn Lynch. Players — Julie Messenger (2000), Katie Leonard (2004), Kayla Matuszewski (2009), Taylor Coleman (2013), Breanna Benjamin (2014), Allison Scott (2014), Bridget Bourne (2014), Makenzie Bonnette (2013), Jennifer Matuszewski (2017), Skyler LeClair (2017), Megan Laflam (2007).
Varsity Boys: Coach — Carl Anderson. Players — Ryen LeClair, Caleb Steever, Dylan Harden, Peter McCosker, Ryan Boggio, Daniel Roberts, Arth Patel, Ryen Lee, Garrett Carrier, Carter Finnell, Greg Howard.
Alumni: Coach — Eric Boyd. Players — Dan O'Melia (2016), Kevin Lavalla (1974), Mike Fecto (1975), Larry Scott (1975), Mark Bradbury (1975), Mike Carbino (1974), Mark Simon (2012), Nate Simeon (2009), Matthew Boggio (2016), RJ Tacelli (2014), Sebastian Braun (2016), Zack Lepisto (2016), Syla Sengaloun (1993), Brian Boudreau (1993), Terry Fecto (1978), Mike Cavana (2005), Jim Bradbury (1977), Cameron Morales (2016), Rob Murray (2004).
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