Hinsdale Falcons

9U FALCONS EARN another win

Two teams that had not beaten or scored on came to battle Sunday morning.

The Oswego Panthers arrived at Dickinson Field looking to continue their early season success. The Hinsdale Falcon 9U players were equally as determined to build on their fast start to the season.

Both defenses flexed their collective muscles to start the game. After a Michael Kipnis 30-yard punt return, “Kipper” decided to finish the drive with a 32-yard touchdown run, breaking two tackles before reaching the promised land. Nate Thangamani, Josh Castro and Bennett Zeikus had key blocks on the inaugural score, giving the Falcons a 6-0 lead.

The Hinsdale defense posted back-to-back defensive stops to end and start the halves. Another long punt return by Kipnis offered the Falcons great field position. Spencer Marnell sprinted in for a 22-yard touchdown run and a 12-0 lead. The touchdown scamper included nice blocks by Grady Wood, Mas Burdi, Ryan Pieczkowski and a skillful fake by Marnell. Even the referee commented on the great fake.

The Falcons’ defense was impressive most of the day. The Panthers did get a late touchdown to cut the lead to 12-7. But the Falcons slammed the door on the Panthers last-ditch effort. Gavin Schuler, Sullivan Camp, Salvi Calandriello, Luke Lieberenz, Ben Murphy, Nick Carbonara, George Beatty, Seabass Christensen, Keegan McCoskey and Jack Corry were instrumental in the Falcons’ third straight victory to start the 2021 campaign.

Next up: Park Ridge Sunday.


JV Silver rolled to a 26-0 win on the road at Oswego this past weekend.

The Falcons scored on their first possession of the day and never looked back. Tom Golon almost broke the first play of the game on a carry off the right side. Two plays later Owen Sunderson lowered his shoulder and ran over an Oswego cornerback for the first score of the day. Golon would add another first-quarter touchdown and Sunderson would throw a touchdown to punch in another score before the half. Sunderson’s pass found pay dirt when Jack Wyent reeled the ball in after a beautiful corner route, spun away from a would-be tackler and trotted into the end zone just as the half completed.

Golon would add another second-half touchdown to complete the onslaught. Alex Przyzycki also ran the ball well for the Falcons, compiling several nice runs. Falcon offensive Linemen Michael Sharples, Luke Zajicek, Matthew Tomfohrde, Harrish Mekla, Jimmy Satchwell and fullback John Breton made life easy for the Hinsdale ball carriers, who ran wild on the day.

The Falcon defense shut down the Oswego offense all day long. Defensive ends Luke McLaughlin and Henry Kohn led the stifling defense, bottling up Oswego runners play after play. Defensive tackles Jonathan Fausto and James Frankel and cornerback Drew Wyent made nice stops in the second half to shut the door on any possible second half comeback.

The JV Silver Falcon squad plays next on the road at Ruzicka Memorial Park at 2:30 p.m. Sunday as they take on Bartlett.


It was another epic battle between the Oswego Wildcats and the Hinsdale Falcons JV on Sunday afternoon on a hot day at Dickinson Field.

The Falcons drew first blood thanks to some fantastic blocking by Meko Zecevic, Luke Injaychok, Charles Calhoun, Don Mershon and Chris Kasky. Two great runs by Jupiter Pohlenz set up a nice 30-yard touchdown scamper by Marko Wallace.

The Falcons were facing a 14-6 deficit with 30 seconds left in regulation. Quarterback Brian O’Malley hit Jupiter Pohlenz on an electrifying 89-yard touchdown pass to get within 14-12. Fatigue was starting to set in, so the team attempted its first ever 2-point PAT. It came up just barely short, leading to a 14-12 loss.


The Falcons faced the Bloomingdale Bears on Sunday afternoon and had the game plan to win.

The Falcons faced adversity at the beginning with Bloomingdale threatening a score from the 4-yard line on first down. The Falcons’ defensive line — led by Corbin Camp, Liam Joyce, Luke Melillo and Anthony Mayan — denied any movement further and Alec Allegra, Albin Stromberg and Johnny Martinez made consecutive tackles to end the Bears’ threat. From there the Falcons did not look back, scoring 24 unanswered points.

Conor Hoddle was a magician running the ball, rushing for three touchdowns and compiling over 150 yards. Hoddle also spread the ball around to receivers Navin Limson, Gavin Klobach, Will Lynch and Alex Garcher. The offense was as dynamic as the defense was stout!

Luke Melillo sealed the victory with a 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

It really feels like the Falcons have figured out their identity, which is a combination of a dynamic offensive attack and a suffocating defense.

The final score: Falcons 24, Bloomingdale Bears 6.

The Falcons next game is Saturday night at Mooseheart High School Stadium in North Aurora, where they take on Tri-City Green at 5:30 p.m.


The Falcons Senior Gold knew Palatine would test every fiber, and at the end of the game, they would know exactly what kind of team they have.

When the smoke cleared, it was the Falcons 34, Palatine 26.

The Falcons took a 26-18 lead on a Riley Contreras 30-yard scamper with 2 minutes left. But Palatine wasn’t done. They drove the length of the field and tied it on a 2-point conversion to Sweet T Paws in the back of the end zone. Wasting no time, the Falcons implemented their 2-minute offense and in three plays, with only 7 seconds left, Contreras found Jack Lesniewicz in the corner for the game winner. James Skokna had some key catches along the way, and Patrick Connors had two explosive touchdowns.

Owen Joyce led the defense with 10 tackles.

Next up for the Falcons is the Plainfield Jr Cats led by legendary coach Nick Bjorson.