Sandburg’s Maia Loureiro, shown in a first-round match in Barrington, is the fifth area player to finish in the top 10 in the state in girls tennis. Photo by Jeff Vorva
High School Sports Postseason Roundup: Maia, oh, Maia — Sandburg soph finishes in top 8
By Jeff Vorva
It was cloudy.
It was windy.
It was rainy.
Many people might describe it as a lousy day, but Sandburg sophomore tennis star Maia Loureiro wasn’t complaining.
She was playing tennis.
In the state tournament.
She opened her state career on that crummy Oct. 21 day at Barrington High School with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Jacobs’ Kylie Cohn. She would end up with a top-12 finish, becoming just the fifth singles player in The Regional-Reporter history to finish that high at state, and the first since 2009.
COVID-19 helped wipe out the state portion of the IHSA state meet in 2020, so the heralded player had to wait a year.
Loureiro couldn’t wait for the state meet this year.
“It feels special and amazing,” she said. “Last year, we weren’t able to come here. It’s really nice to finally be here. It’s exciting.”
She has enjoyed success on the United States Tennis Association circuit, but she relished the opportunity to play at Sandburg and follow in the footsteps of her sister, Anna.
“For sure — high school season for me is all about team bonding and having fun,” Loureiro said. “Now we’re getting into more serious stuff so that’s even more exciting because I love competition.”
Loureiro was seeded in the top four and after her first victory added triumphs over Lincoln-Way Central’s Kara Rimkunas (6-0, 6-0) and Libertyville’s Lena Dogadalski (6-3, 6-4) before dropping a quarterfinal match with a three-set loss to Plainfield North’s Jessica Kovalcik (2-6, 6-4, 6-3) and a consolation quarterfinal loss to Hinsdale South’s Chase Metcalf (6-3, 6-4) to finish in the top 12. The state meet does not feature place matches beyond the fifth-place match.
Sandburg’s doubles team of Samantha Pagnucci-Alex Petcu won its first match against Jessica Hernandez-Goncalves-Sruthi Sundar of Hoffman Estates (6-3, 6-0), but lost the next two matches to bow out.
The Sandburg duo of Josie Canellis-Neela Browne finished 0-2.
Richards’ Meghan McSweeney finished 1-2.
Stagg’s Vicky Lipinski-Izabella Slezakova, Marist’s Elena Ruzevich and Molly Malloy and Mother McAuley’s Mairead Doran-Maddy McNamara all finished 0-2.
In Class 1A, St. Laurence’s Ruby Olmos finished 0-2.
Chicago Christian’s singles players Iljana Maier and Jessica Vollan and the doubles team of Meghan Tiemens-Emma Tiemens all went 0-2.
Boys XC regionals
Sandburg, which is ranked first in the state in Class 3A by two media services, won its own regional at Midlothian Meadows Oct. 23 with 27 points. Stagg finished fourth and Shepard sixth as both advanced to the Hinsdale Central Sectional this Saturday at Katherine Legge Park in Hinsdale.
Brock Rice finished second with a time of 14:46 seconds for the Eagles, seven seconds ahead of teammate Sean Marquardt. Luke Barham led Stagg with a 12th place finish and Santana Garcia led Shepard with a 22nd-place showing.
Marist won its own Class 2A meet, also at Midlothian Meadows, with 40 points while Richards, Brother Rice, St. Laurence and Evergreen Park followed and will all head to the Fenton Sectional this Saturday.
Jake Phillips of Marist was the sectional champion with a 15:26.20 and teammate Andrew Kerlin took second with a time of 15:42.60. Owen Forberg led Richards with a third-place finish, Rocco Cipolla led Evergreen Park with a sixth-place finish, Charlie Walsh led Brother Rice with a ninth-place showing and Allan Potter finished 22nd to lead St. Laurence.
Girls XC regionals
Marist was a daily-double winner as the RedHawks won both the boys and girls Class 2A regional titles. Emma Karczewski won with a time of 19:15.14.
St. Laurence and Evergreen Park finished second and third to qualify for the Fenton Sectional. Jadie Chavez led St. Laurence with a seventh-place finish and Ariana Martinez finished eighth to lead Evergreen Park.
Sandburg finished second, Mother McAuley third and Stagg fourth at the Class 3A Sandburg Regional.
Sophomore Ava Giblin led Sandburg with a third-place finish in 18:15.29. Lillian Coakley led McAuley with 12th-place finish and Iza Lepkowski led Stagg with a 14th-place finish.
Chicago Christian took second at the Bishop McNamara Class 1A Regional as Anna Enderle took third with a 19:26. The Knights head to the Lisle Sectional at Community Park in Lisle.
Golf State Finals
Catching up from the weekend of Oct. 8-9, St. Laurence’s Missy McGuire tied for 29th in the state in the IHSA Class 1A division with a two-round total of 163. Evergreen Park’s Charley Burns missed the cut with a 90 for one round.
In Class 2A, Sandburg’s Jillian Cosler tied for 38th with a 159 and teammate Katie Misko finished 52nd with a 163.
In Class 2A boys, Mount Carmel’s Michael O’Keefe tied for 61st with a 158 while Sandburg’s Caleb Negley (82) and Brandan Joy (85) missed the cut.
QUEENS OF THE QUARTERFINALS
Area girls singles tennis players who have reached the IHSA state quarterfinals.
Year Player School Finish
1980 Lisa Lebold McAuley 5th
1997 Tanja Sukovic Shepard 5th
1998 Rachal Dybas Stagg 4th
1999 Rachal Dybas Stagg 7th-8th
2009 Melissa Kopinski Stagg 4th
2021 Maia Loureiro Sandburg Top 12
Note: Consolation matches for seventh place are not contested
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