High School Sports Spotlight for Sept. 3, 2012
September 2, 2012 7:38PM
Adam Zehme, of Sandburg
Updated: October 4, 2012 6:13AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Adam Zehme, Sandburg soccer; David Karwoski, Oak Forest golf; Taylor Martinez, Lincoln-Way Central cross country; and Jana Witulski, Lincoln-Way East swimming
Sr., Soccer, Sandburg
Last season, the top-seeded Eagles fell to No. 17 Providence in regional play.
“I think that loss could potentially be a blessing in disguise,” Zehme said. “Everyone was so upset the way we went out last year and we definitely want to redeem ourselves.”
Zehme, an All-Area selection in 2011, started playing goalie in eighth grade. He’s been a quick study.
“Once I started playing it, I really liked it,” he said. “It’s a fun position.”
Jr., Golf, Oak Forest
Karwoski, a runner-up at the SouthtownStar Junior Golf Challenge, parlayed his summer success into a strong start for the Bengals. He recently posted the score of his life with a 77 at Sanctuary.
Karwoski struggled in the South Suburban conference meet last season, but is eager to take another shot.
“I kind of lost my focus,” he said. “I feel mentally disciplined this season. I’ve been shooting a lot lower with more consistency.”
Jr., Cross Country, Lincoln-Way Central
Martinez, the Knights’ top finisher at the 2011 Class 3A state meet, will have plenty of competition this season.
“We have a lot of people who could be our No. 1 runner,’’ Lincoln-Way Central coach Matt Bowden said after the Aug. 20 Lincoln-Way quad.
“If you look at Taylor Martinez, who was our No. 1 runner at state last year, she was our fifth runner today. ... They’re going to push each other hard during races, and that’s going to help us a lot as the season goes on.’’
Sr., Swimming, Lincoln-Way East
Though East has won five straight sectionals, Lincoln-Way North could threaten that reign.
“We know we have to keep on our game to keep up with the competition and beat them,” Witulski said. “We’ve got to keep up that tradition.”
Witulski qualified last year for state in the 100-yard backstroke. She hopes to qualify in two individual events this year and swim at a Division III school.