Cole Robbins and Thomas McKeon
Girls basketball had a strong season despite losing six seniors last year. Highlights of the year include a 46-9 victory over Woodlands Academy. The very young team will be headed into the city tournament this year determined to finish their season strong.
The girls soccer team had a solid regular season, which placed them in a strong position heading into the postseason. They finished as sectional champions in the statewide tournament after a strong victory against Jones, but struggled against lower-seeded Washington High School in the city tournament and were ultimately unable to advance.
This year’s football team performed very well in conference play, as they were 5-0 and were crowned champions of the conference. Unfortunately, their strong performances didn’t carry into the post-season as they lost both of their playoff games.
Girls volleyball placed second in city this fall, after a strong regular season that placed them as the number two seed for the city tournament. Led by seniors Olivia Rozmus and Nadiyah Pate, as well as junior Allison Lettiere, the team made it through the city tournament with relative ease until the city finals against Whitney Young.
Last Saturday the boys bowling team placed second in the Lindblom Regional Tournament, with Callen McDonnell ‘16 having the second best series of the tournament. The boys hope to improve on their fourth place finish in last year’s citywide championship.
After a 26-3 regular season, the boys softball team went into the playoffs with high hopes. The boys then rolled through the first couple of rounds of the playoffs with wins against Bronzeville, Ogden, and Northside. The team squeezed through to the city championship with an 11-9 win against Ag-Sci. The boys then slaughtered Solorio to win the city championship.
On January 27, the boys basketball team clinched the conference championship by beating Senn High School. At halftime, the score was 30-29, Payton leading by only one point. Seniors Zac Veitch and Joe Droegemueller helped to lead the team to a commanding lead in the second half and finished the game strongly in the 4th quarter, with a final score of 64-50.
The boys soccer team excelled last season with key senior players.
Photo by Jonah Shifrin