High School Sports Spotlight for Feb. 11, 2013
February 10, 2013 9:06PM
Lindsey Baker, of Bremen
Updated: March 12, 2013 6:13AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Bremen bowler Lindsay Baker, Lincoln-Way North swimmer Tony Mikrut, Marist wrestler Josh Pruitt and Sandburg gymnast Hannah Musalem.
Sr., Bowling, Bremen
Baker’s Bremen career forever will be highlighted by an emotional Senior Night.
“We played Hillcrest and bowled 1,015 one of the games,” she said. “Being a senior and a three-year varsity player, it was hitting me emotionally. To top 1,000 that day was really cool.”
Baker started bowling at age 6, and hopes to continue after high school.
“I put it off for two years to play softball, but once I got into high school, I got back into it. I really want to bowl in college.”
Sr., Swimming, L-W North
Mikrut won the 100-yard butterfly and 50 freestyle at the SouthWest Suburban Red meet, won by North. He was “very happy’’ about his fly time (52.47 seconds) because he “was not expecting to go that fast.’’
“Everybody had great swims,” he said. “It was overall really good.”
Mikrut, a competitive swimmer since age 8, will swim both of the above events and two relays in Saturday’s sectional at North.
Sr., Wrestling, Marist
Pruitt, a returning state-placer, was bit by the injury bug earlier this season. The 195-pounder managed to rebound and finish second in the East Suburban Catholic tourney and third at the Marist Regional to qualify for sectionals.
“My bottom game is a strength for me,” Pruitt said. “I stay active and usually never get ridden out.”
Pruitt also notched an impressive 4-2 record at The Clash in Minnesota, a dual-team tournament featuring a slew of the nation’s elite teams.
So., Gymnast, Sandburg
Mussalem ended her sophomore season with ice bags on each ankle Wednesday at the Hinsdale Central Sectional, unable to compete in bars and floor exercise. She still loves the sport she began at age 2 with the Oak Lawn Pirouettes.
“I like how it is competitive,” she said. “You have to push yourself harder. It’s a mental sport where you try to do better each time. I was hoping to make it to state this year but … next year I hope to.’’