Pat Maguire, of Brother Rice.
Updated: November 30, 2012 6:16AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Cross country runners Pat Maguire, of Brother Rice, and Lauren Loomis, of Shepard, and soccer players Ryan Curry, of Lincoln-Way West, and Jorge Garcia, of Bloom.
Sr., Cross Country, Brother Rice
Maguire was runner-up in the Oct. 13 Catholic League meet at Turtlehead Lake in an impressive 15 minutes, 14 seconds, his personal best at the time and one of the state’s top performances. Brother Rice finished third in the nine-team meet.
“Pat Maguire has been our senior leader all season,’’ Brother Rice coach Tom Wazio said. “He finished last season on a high note and has used that momentum to catapult him to a strong year.’’
Sr., Soccer, L-W West
Curry scored eight goals and dished out 12 assists this season, but West coach Jeff Theiss said his value goes well beyond stats.
“Ryan is the type of player every coach wants on their team,” Theiss said. “He is the first one at practice, the last one to leave, and is a workhorse on the field.”
Curry, an All-Sectional and All-SouthWest Suburban Red pick, scored three game-winning goals and assisted on three others.
Sr., Soccer, Bloom
Garcia led Bloom to the Southland Conference title and earned All-Sectional honors this season, notching 19 goals and 19 assists.
Called by coach Kelly Gutierrez “the heart and soul of our team,” Garcia can’t remember a time he wasn’t playing soccer.
“I’ve been playing since I started walking,” the midfielder said. “I love that it’s so creative.”
Garcia’s celebrity prom date? United States soccer star Alex Morgan.
“She’s good with the ball, and she’s beautiful, too.”
Sr., Cross Country, Shepard
Loomis was runner-up at the Class 3A Sandburg Regional in 18 minutes, 28 seconds. She has won three straight South Suburban Red titles and invites at Bremen, Rich East and De La Salle.
“This season has been one of the best,’’ Loomis said. “Our team is irreplaceable. All of our efforts have paid off.”
“The girls are motivated by her attitude and desire to succeed,’’ Shepard coach Angie Ochoa said.