Oswego High School this week announced the promotion of Sara Polensky from JV softball coach to the position of head varsity softball coach, replacing the late Amanda Stanton.
Stanton was killed in a hit-and-run accident in June.
Polensky, a Kinetic Wellness teacher, is in her second year at Oswego High School and in her first full season as the Panthers' head volleyball coach.
She took over as varsity volleyball coach last year at midseason after first-year coach Tracey Garza stepped down.
Polensky played softball collegiately at DePaul, where she graduated in 2007. She played volleyball, basketball and softball at Stagg.
"Although this has been, and remains, a very difficult time for our athletic department and softball program, we feel that Sara worked closely with Amanda and has a very good feel for the positive direction the program was moving in and the positive culture that coach Stanton had developed," Oswego athletic director Darren Howard said. "We felt strongly that it was important to our girls and staff as a whole to keep this program as a cohesive unit, and that hiring from the current staff, who had been with coach Stanton, was an important piece in the healing process, as well as beginning to move us forward.
"I know that Sara will carry on what Amanda started while also along with the staff, add their own expertise and touches to an ever improving program in softball."
Oswego: Ryan Prusak shot an 81 for fifth place, leading the Panthers to fourth place at the Minooka Invite Sept. 17. Patrick Hranka carded an 86, Ethan Albaugh an 86, Blake Ginn an 88 and Andrew Aagesen an 88 for Oswego's total of 341.
Oswego defeated Oswego East in a dual Sept. 12 171-175. Prusak, Hranka and Aagesen each shot 42s, Ginn and Lucas Ingram a 45.
Oswego East: Ethan Lindblad shot a 39 to lead the Wolves to a 166-184 dual win over Plainfield Central on Sept. 18 at Fox Bend. Matt Wons and Blake Lipscomb each shot 42, Jack Walsh a 43. Gavin Hjella and Walsh each shot 39s to lead the Wolves to a 162-181 dual win over Plainfield East at Fox Bend. Camden Bonney and Lindblad both shot 42.
Oswego co-op: Summer Hawkins shot an 81 to tie for 16th out of 110 girls, leading her team to 13th out of 22 schools on Sept. 15 at Ingersoll Golf Course. Lauren Zalud shot a 92 tie for 40th. Britney Sennes carded a 100, Ryan Sanders a 103 and Katie Brucki a 104.
Crosstown Challenge tickets: The 14th Annual Allied Bank Crosstown Challenge between Oswego and Oswego East will be held Oct. 5 at Oswego East. Families of students participating in the game can purchase tickets through their coach/supervisor until Sept. 26. School District 308 staff can purchase two tickets at $3 each in person ONLY on Oct. 1. High school students can purchase two tickets at $3 each on Oct. 2 at their school. General ticket sales will be available online from Oct. 1 through Oct. 4 at https://gofan.co/oswegoeastwolves. In-person general ticket sales will ble held from 6-7 p.m on Oct. 3 at each high school, four per adult purchase. If not yet sold out, all remaining tickets will be sold at the gate at Oswego East on game day starting at 3:45 p.m.