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High School Sports Spotlight for Dec. 10, 2012

Seth Gajdorus Lincoln-Way Central

Seth Gajdorus, of Lincoln-Way Central

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Updated: January 11, 2013 6:10AM



This week we shine the spotlight on: Seth Gajdorus, Lincoln-Way Central bowling; Emily Berkheimer, Andrew gymnastics; Josh Ruettiger, Lincoln-Way West wrestling; and Joe Cifelli, Marian Catholic diving.

Seth Gajdorus

Sr., Bowling, Lincoln-Way Central

Gajdorus is in his fourth season on the varsity, and hopes the experience will pay off. “It’s really nice having all that time on varsity,” he said. “It helps a great deal for me personally, and being able to help the other kids and everything is nice, too.”

Gajdorus, who had a personal-best 277 in preseason practice in November, expects the Knights to be much-improved.

“We just need to work on our consistency and stay positive the entire year,” he said.

Steve Millar

Emily Berkheimer

Sophomore, Gymnastics, Andrew

When she was 8 years old, Berkheimer was at a friend’s house when a gymnastics career would be born. “One of my friend’s moms always thought I was flexible,” she said. “She made me do a bridge walking down the wall (an exercise for flexibility), and she got me to do it by myself. Since then I kept wanting to do that and kept going with that.’’

Berkheimer is a second-year varsity member.

Jeff Vorva

Josh Ruettiger

Sr., Wrestling, Lincoln-Way West

For Ruettiger, a returning regional champion and state qualifier, staying on the attack is the foundation for success.

“My offense is my best defense,” he said. “I try to stay aggressive and control the pace of my matches.”

On Dec. 1, the 152-pounder won his bracket and helped West win the 12-team Fenton Invitational title.

A three-sport athlete, Ruettiger also plays football and baseball for the Warriors.

Logan Malloy

Joe Cifelli

Sophomore, Diving, Marian Catholic

Cifelli was Lincoln-Way East Sectional champ last season as a freshman and surprised himself when he finished 10th in the state meet. “I was going into the state meet just ready to experience it and getting ready for my next years,’’ he said. “When I made the finals, it was really surreal.’’

Marian doesn’t have a team, so Cifelli has just three meets: the Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational, the sectional and state.

Tim Tierney



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