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High School Sports Spotlight for Aug. 27, 2012

Emily Gallagher Lincoln-Way West

Emily Gallagher, of Lincoln-Way West

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Updated: September 28, 2012 6:12AM



This week we shine the spotlight on: Emily Gallagher, Lincoln-Way West; Tommy Eyer, Shepard; Gaby Rosales, Marian Catholic; and Kyle Hauser, Marist.

Emily Gallagher

Senior, Swimming Lincoln-Way West

As a freshman, Gallagher became the first-ever West swimmer to qualify for state. Now in her senior season, she wants to end on top.

“I’ll be one of the first graduating classes who was at West all four years,” Gallagher said. “It’s cool to know that when my brother and sister get to high school, they will have to live up to what we did.”

Gallagher qualified for state last season in the 100-yard freestyle.

Tim O’Brien

Tommy Eyer

Senior, Soccer, Shepard

Eyer has a busy fall ahead of him as a leader of the Astros’ soccer team and a standout kicker for the Shepard football squad.

“It’s hectic at times,” he said. “I get home at 11 Friday night after football and hit the pillow and it seems like my alarm’s already going off for soccer practice.”

Eyer hopes to go deeper in the postseason in soccer. The Astros have fallen short in the regional title game the last four seasons.

Steve Millar

Gaby Rosales

Junior, Tennis, Marian Catholic

Rosales, despite two sectional championships, is hardly resting on her laurels.

“Gaby has continued to play many United States Tennis Association tournaments in the offseason and continues to improve her deep shots and drop shots at the net,” coach Scottt Bodnar said. “She still needs to work on ... conditioning and racquet speed to increase velocity on her hits.”

Dennis Nelson

Kyle Hauser

Senior, Cross Country, Marist

Hauser, a senior, was a youngster when his family ran a 5K race together. “I wanted to go ahead of them, run off by myself,” he said. “They said ‘Wait until you’re older.’ I decided to do a 10K. I was 10 years old and did it with my dad. He said ‘Halfway through you can go off by yourself.’ That’s pretty much where it all started.”

Hauser was ninth in the Class 3A 1,600 meters last spring and leads the Marist cross country team that was runner-up in the East Suburban Catholic last fall.

Tim Tierney



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