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Updated: November 30, 2012 6:16AM



Girls Diving

Building off her 40th-place showing at the state meet as a junior, Lincoln-Way West’s Alexis Skiniotes has come back for her senior year with a vengeance.

Earlier in the month at Lincoln-Way North, Skiniotes obliterated the pool diving record set by North’s Jessica Collins (202 points) in 2009, racking up 227.25 points.

She also has won every dual meet in which she’s competed, along with invitational titles at Glenbrook South, Sterling and Andrew. Her only non-first-place finish was at West’s invite in September, when she came in second.

“Our hope for Alexis would be conference and sectional champion in diving,” West coach Kristen Neuberg said. “The goal at the state meet is making the top 12 to earn a medal, and I think she has a good chance at making it to the (second day) at the state finals and earning her best 11-dive score.”

Skiniotes also finished 25th at state as a sophomore.

Hopefully joining Skiniotes at the state meet will be fellow senior Emily Gallagher who is swimming a second under the state cut in the 100-yard breaststroke. Gallagher set five West records this season, breaking her own previous records on the leaderboard.

Tim O’Brien

Boys Soccer

Lincoln-Way Central had high expectations coming into the year, but stumbled through a disappointing 8-10-2 regular season.

So what was the difference in the postseason, as the Knights made a run to the sectional final before Saturday’s loss to Sandburg?

“We’ve been trying to get the point across that you have to play a full 80 minutes,” Central coach Sean Fahey said. “We’ve been letting minutes slide and that’s when something would happen to cost us the game. It just clicked in the playoffs that now it’s do or die.”

Fahey said his 11 seniors, including six starters, were the “heart and soul” of the team.

“We had five seniors on the field pretty much all times and they absolutely spearheaded this,” he said.

Senior goalie Mike Dybala posted three straight playoff shutouts, with plenty of help from a back line anchored by senior defender Jeff Neukom.

“We have a lot of seniors and when we got to the playoffs, none of us wanted it to end,” Neukom said.

Fahey hopes the Knights have built some momentum for future seasons.

“Our numbers haven’t been the biggest the last few years,” he said. “Hopefully this built excitement. There’s been a buzz around the school.”

Steve Millar

Boys Cross Country

From the Class 3A Marist Sectional at Midlothian Meadows:

How ready was the crowd Saturday for the start of the boys race? The fans were cheering so loudly that the starter, standing near the top of the ladder behind the runners, had to ask the crowd to quiet down so he could start the race.

Shepard finished three spots behind the final qualifying spot in eighth place, but it still was quite a season for the Astros. They won the Sandburg Regional, the South Suburban Red title and the Bremen Invitational. Abel Hernandez (14th, 15:16.7) qualified for the state meet as an individual.

“I think it’s been at least 12 years since someone from Marist has made it downstate,’’ Marist’s Kyle Hauser said after he finished 10th (15:13.3) and qualified as an individual. “I have so many goals going into the meet.’’

Brother Rice junior James Durkin just missed making the state meet, finishing 16th in 15:18. Watch for him next season.

Oak Lawn placed 19th in the 21-team field, but the Spartans weren’t without spirited fans. Four shirtless students colored in green were among the loudest fans along the route. Each had a letter on his chest spelling out “O” “L” “X” “C.”

Tim Tierney

Girls Cross Country

From the Class 3A Marist Sectional at Midlothian Meadows:

It wasn’t an easy choice for Sandburg junior Carly Krull to switch to cross country after being on the swimming team her first two years.

“That was a really hard decision for me,’’ sectional champion Krull said. “I spent a couple days really worrying about it. One day I woke up and decided I liked running more than swimming, which was big for me because I had been swimming for 10 years.’’

Marist’s Maggie O’Loughlin knew she had qualified for Saturday’s state meet after she finished fourth in the sectional, but teammate Moira McDermott had to wait for the race results to be announced.

“I really didn’t think I was going to get it this year,’’ said McDermott, who finished 18th in 18:23. “I was kind of surprised I made it again. The race went out really fast. I just tried to hang on. I wish we had qualified as a team.’’

Shepard senior Lauren Loomis placed eighth (18:03) and qualified for the state meet as an individual.

“She loves facing tough competition because she knows that is how you become a better runner,’’ Shepard coach Angie Ochoa said. “It has been a joy coaching her these last few years.’’

Tim Tierney



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