Angela Cates, of Bloom
Updated: June 14, 2013 6:06AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Angela Cates, Bloom track and field; Robert Wallace, Tinley Park track and field; Tyler Scaletta, Lincoln-Way East tennis; and Rohan Piska, Lincoln-Way East.
Sr., Track & Field, Bloom
A four-year member of the team, Cates won back-to-back high jump titles at the Southland Conference Meet (5 feet, 4 inches, personal best) and at the Class 3A Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional (5-3).
“When I first tried out for track after I got done with basketball, I saw a girl jumping over the pole and I thought ‘That looks cool,’ ’’ Cates said. “I went over there and I fell in love with it.’’
Cates has run relays and did long jump, but said high jump is her favorite event.
Sr., Track & Field, Tinley Park
Wallace qualified for the Class 2A state meet in 2012 in the high jump.
He said his goal this year is “to get on the podium. I’ve just got to get more flexible. I can get up to the height.’’
Wallace joined the track team as a sophomore, and would play baseball if track hadn’t worked out.
“If I didn’t do a sport, I’d just be bored,’’ he said. “I like the competition in track, the individual competition.’’
Sr., Tennis, Lincoln-Way East
Scaletta and Griffins teammate Rohan Piska have combined talents to become of the area’s toughest doubles teams.
With Piska, Scaletta thinks he has the right partner for success.
“We started playing at a national team tennis tournament over the winter,” he said. “We got thrown together and we thought we would give it a shot. We practice a lot together. It took a couple of weeks into the season but once we hit April, we’ve done well.”
Soph., Tennis, Lincoln-Way East
Piska and Griffins teammate Tyler Scaletta worked together in the winter and have formed one of the area’s toughest doubles teams in the spring.
Piska’s father, Venu, played the sport in his native India and tried to get Rohan into the sport at an early age. “My first lesson came when I was 4 but I didn’t show any interest,” he said. “He reintroduced tennis to me when I was 10 and I really got into it.”