Press Release submission by Reed Rawhouser of Gordon Tech High SchoolGordon Tech Rams Softball Wins 8 Straight Games The Gordon Tech Rams Softball team took to the road on Monday as they defeated Chicago Bulls Prep 13-2. The Rams (12-7) pushed across five runs in the first and added two in the second as they cruised to their fourth straight victory. In the first inning, seniors Mika Morgan walked, Larissa Panczyszyn singled and Murielle Vansach walked to load the bases, that’s when junior Melanie Claudio singled in two runs giving the Rams a quick 2-0 lead. Sophomore Emily Malarski then smacked a double to drive in two more runs and senior Nikki Acevedo had an RBI ground out to finish the scoring for the Rams. In the second, Vansach stroked a triple driving in Panczyszyn and a sacrifice fly by Claudio gave the Rams a 7-0 lead after two innings of play. RBI singles by senior Alyssa Ryan and freshman Jessy Evans gave the Rams a 9-2 lead in the fifth. In the sixth; Panczyszyn reached on an error, Vansach then doubled and sophomore Isabel Vargas doubled to drive in 2 more runs. Sophomore Jackie Cuebas then ripped a 2 RBI single to right, driving in Vargas and sophomore Ji Walroth who had walked to round out the scoring for the day. Vansach pitched all six innings, earning her fourth win of the season against only one loss. She allowed just 3 hits and struck out 11. The Gordon Tech varsity softball team scored 10 runs while pounding out 10 hits and junior Melanie Claudio pitched a no-hitter as the Rams defeated De La Sales 10-0 on Tuesday, April 17. The Rams (13-7) quickly took a 2-0 lead in the first, added 2 runs in the third and came up with 5 runs in the fourth in route to an impressive win to go 2 and 0 in GCAC Divisional play. Senior MurielleVansach was 2-for-2 with 2 triples and 2 RBI’s and sophomore Emily Malarski was 2-for-3 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s. Winning pitcher Melanie Claudio faced 19 batters, one over the minimum, and tossed a no-hitter. She hit a batter with a pitch in the third inning to miss a 6-inning perfect game. Melanie was also 2-for-3 with a double and 3RBI’s. The Rams stay home to take on the Mystics of Maria High School on Wednesday, April 18th. It will be another GCAC White Division game for the Rams. Game time is 4:30 p.m. The Gordon Tech softball team continued their winning ways on Wednesday, April 18, with a convincing 13-0 win over Maria. The Rams scored four runs in the first inning. Junior Melanie Claudiodrove in the first runs of the game when she tripled in two runs, scoring seniors Larissa Panczyszyn and Murielle Vansach. Senior Alyssa Ryan then drove in two more runs to cap off the scoring in the first. In the second inning with the bases loaded, senior Jazmyn Lopez was hit-by-pitch to bring in a run and sophomore Emily Malarski singled to drive two more runs extending the Rams lead to 7-0 after two innings of play. The Rams added 2 runs in the third and finished off the scoring with four in the fourth. Senior Mika Morgan was 2-for-3 with 2 runs, an RBI and a stolen base and Melanie Claudio was 2-for-3 with 2 triples, 2 runs and 3 RBIs for the Rams (14-7, 3-0 GCAC White). Claudio was dominant again, pitching her second no-hitter in 2 days, striking out 11 and walking 3. The Gordon Tech softball team traveled to St. Joseph and won their seventh straight game on Friday, April 20, with an exciting 5-2 win over the Chargers. The Rams (15-7, 4-0) scored right away in the first, when senior Mika Morgan led off with a walk and proceeded to steal second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Murielle Vansach. The Rams added another run in the third when with two outs Vansach tripled. Vansach then scored when junior Melanie Claudio drove her in with a single. The Chargers fought back in the bottom of the sixth by adding two runs. That set the stage for the thrilling finish in the seventh. Sophomore Haley Hack and freshman Jessy Evans both walked to get the inning started. With one out senior Jazmyn Lopez hit into a fielders choice, forcing out Hack. That’s when, with two outs, Vansach, with the,wind blowing in hit a line drive to straight away center for a three run homerun giving the Rams the 5-2 lead. After the first two Charger hitters reached base to open up the bottom half of the seventh, sophomore catcher Emily Malarski made a diving catch of a foul pop fly, and then freshman Jessy Evans caught a fly ball in right for two outs, and Melanie Claudio struck out the final batter for the victory. Murielle Vansach was 2-for-3 with a triple, homerun and 4 RBIs, including a game-winning 3-run Home Run in the top of the 7th, and Melanie Claudio struck out 7. The Gordon Tech softball team traveled to South Holland to take on divisional opponent Seton Academy on Saturday, April 21 and won their eighth consecutive game with a resounding 16-0 victory. The Rams scored 10 runs in the first two innings and never looked back as they completed a sweep of the week. With the Rams ahead 7-0 in the second, sophomore Isabel Vargas hit her first career home run, a three run shot giving the Rams a 10 –0 lead. Senior Alyssa Ryan went 2-for-2 with two RBI’s. Mika Morgan, Emily Malarski and Melanie Claudioeach had two RBI’s as well. Claudio coming off of 2 no-hitters earlier in the week, carried a no-hitter into the seventh and was one out away from recording her third no-hitter of the week, however, a two out single ended her no-hit bid. Nonetheless, Claudio gave up one hit and struck out nine. She ran her record to 12-6 on the season The Gordon Tech Rams Softball team won their home opener over Willows Academy on Monday. The Rams (6-5) jumped out to a huge lead in the first inning by scoring double digit runs. Every Ram in the starting lineup had at least one RBI in the bottom half of the first. Seniors, Mika Morgan,Larissa Panczyszyn and Jazmyn Lopez each scored three runs, while Murielle Vansach, Alyssa Ryan and Nikki Acevedo scored two runs a piece. Also, scoring two runs on the day were juniors, Sabrina Rivas, Melanie Claudio, sophomores, Jackie Cuebas and Emily Malarski, as well as, freshman, Shania Gaspard and Jessy Evans. Malarski went2-for-3 while driving in 5 runs, Acevedo went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI’s and Lopezwent 2-for-2 while also driving in three runs. Melanie Claudio pitched 5complete innings; allowing just 2 hits, while striking out 12 batters. Gordon Tech Rams Girls Soccer defeat St. Francis de Sales 5-0 The Gordon Tech Rams Girls Soccer team faced St. Josephina in a tough match up on Monday, April 16th. Both teams were held scoreless during regulation time and in overtime both teams failed to score to put one over the other. The Rams had outstanding play from Sophomore Sarena Marwah-Blanke at goal keeper. She had 9 saves to keep St. Josephina off the score board. On Tuesday, April 17th the Rams traveled to Saint Scholastica. The Rams started off really slow by letting up two goals within 10 minutes of play. But sophomore Jennifer Haslwanter brought the Rams back to contentions with a goal in the last 5 minutes of the first half. At the half, the score was 2-1 with the Rams trailing. The Rams came out during the second half on their toes and scored immediately to tie the game. The goal came from sophomore Nicole Patino and was assisted by freshmen Alyciah Gutierrez. The Rams tried to hold onto the lead, but fell short when the Stingers scored with only 18 minutes left in regulation. Leaving the end of the score to be 2-3 as the Rams lose their only 3rd game of the season. Then on Thursday, April 19th Gordon Tech played De La Salle. The Rams played well for the first half keeping De La Salle scoreless and leaving the score at 0-0 at the half. But with an injury to sophomore goal keeper Sarena Marwah-Blanke the Rams were put out of place and let up in the early second half. The Rams allowed two goals but played a tough game to the last minute. On Tuesday, April 24th Gordon Tech played Latin High School. The score going into the second half was 0-1 with Latin on top. The Rams tied the game late with only 8 minutes left with a goal from Jennifer Haslwanter. GT played great defense the second half only allowing one shot on goal. The lady Rams were led by Sophomore Sarah Zarymbski playing one of her best games defensively thus far this season. The score at the end of regulation was 1-1. The Rams finished a busy two weeks on Thursday, April 26th against Saint Francis de Sales. Gordon Tech had one of their best games of the year. The game started with senior Colleen Kim scoring her first goal of the season within the first 3 minutes of the game. No longer than 5 minutes later freshman Alycia Gutierrez scored off of an assist by Annabel Stewart. After the first half the score was left at 2-0 with the Rams leading the way. Within the first few minutes of the second half Gordon Tech's leading scorer attacked again by sending a beautiful shot from the top of the box to the back of the net. This goal left sophomore Jillian Connelly with 9 goals on the season. Jillian was given her goal by a great assist from sophomore Ally Biegal. Sophomore Nicole Patino and Freshman Alycia Gutierrez placed an additional set of goals during the second half. The defense played one of the best games of the season only allowing Saint Francis De Sales two shots on goal. The score at the end of the game was 5-0 giving Gordon Tech their 6th win this season. Great job to the Rams as they enter the IHSA regional tournament in two week. Gordon Tech RamsBoys Volleyball Defeats Northtown in Straight Sets The Gordon Tech Boys Volleyball team played Northtown last week and won in two straight games, 25-15, 25-12. Strong performances were put in by Josse Sandoval (8 kills), Kevin Rojas, (12 assists, 11 points), Tom Molloy (4 kills), and Trey Pruente (6 assists, 9 points). The team traveled to Arlington Heights to face perennial E.S.C.C. powerhouse St. Viator. The boys lost a close match (18-25, 20-25) to the Lions. Strong performances were put in by Tom Molloy (7 kills), Josse Sandoval (6kills, 4 blocks), Diego Reyes-Alicea (3 blocks, 2 points), and Kevin Rojas (9assists, 8 points). Gordon Tech RamsBoys and Girls Track and Field Fight the Cold Weather for a 6th Place Finish The Gordon Tech Rams Track and Field Friday night was cold (44 degrees) and massively windy. However, Gordon Tech still ended up placing 6th at the ND Relays. Marwan Smith again made the finals in the 100m dash and finished 6th in the finals. Daniel Rios finished 10th in the mile. The 4 x 100m team (Marwan Smith, Habeeb Durojaiye, Deon Taylor, Nick Palos) finished 4th. In high jump, Habeeb jumped 5'2" ending in a 3 way tie for4th. In long jump, Habeeb jumped 17'11 3/4" good for 5th place. In shot put Javier Ortiz finished 5th with a throw of 42'0". In discus Ian Headtke finished 3rd with a throw of 122'3" (personal best). Owen Luu didn't place, but he did throw a personal best of 25'7" in shot put.