High School Sports Spotlight for Oct. 8, 2012
October 7, 2012 7:50PM
Hannah Egan, of Tinley Park
Updated: November 9, 2012 6:10AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Tinley Park swimmer Hannah Egan, cross country runners Will Giroux, of Lockport, and Kayley McLawhorn, of Lincoln-Way East; and Lincoln-Way East golfer Matt Contey.
Sr., Swimming, Tinley Park
A key member of the 2011 South Suburban Blue champion Titans, Egan knows repeating will be tough.
“We welcome the challenge, and since we lost some of our key swimmers, it bumps up the pressure a little,” Egan said. “We do bring back key swimmers, too, and we’re confident in the team. I hope we can win conference again.”
Egan is the defending Blue champion in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. The conference meet is Oct. 27 at Bremen.
Jr., Cross Country, Lockport
Giroux has been Lockport’s No. 1 runner most of the season. He was fourth at the Sept. 1 Plainfield Central Invitational, and two weeks later clocked 15 minutes, 40 seconds in first flight of the Minooka Invitational.
The Porters’ top spot has “been between me and J.T. (Orban), we’ve kind of had it back and forth,’’ Giroux said. “Me and him are usually up front during workouts and the long runs.’’
Sr., Cross Country, Lincoln-Way East
McLawhorn is a fourth-year varsity runner and the leading returnee from East’s 2011 state meet squad. She ran her personal best of 18 minutes, 39 seconds at the Sept. 15 Peoria Invitational.
“Kaley has done a great job of leading the team at practices and meets,” East coach Wendy Hegarty said. McLawhorn was eighth in the SouthWest Suburban pre-conference meet. Hegarty said McLawhorn “looks forward to the challenge” of this week’s SouthWest Suburban Blue meet.
Sr., Golf, Lincoln-Way East
Contey, a two-time SouthWest Suburban Blue champ, was one of four East scorers in the 70s as the Griffins won Tuesday’s Lincoln-Way Central 3A Regional.
Contey learned the game at age 6. His brother, Brian, golfs at St. Ambrose University.
As a freshman, Conte earned the nickname “Stache”’ by being the lone first-year player sporting a mustache.
“I wore it proudly,” he said.