High School Sports Spotlight for Dec. 17, 2012
December 16, 2012 9:16PM
Billy Foertsch, of Brother Rice
Updated: January 18, 2013 6:13AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Billy Foertsch, bowling, Brother Rice; Morgan Flaherty, bowling, Lincoln-Way West; Ricky Olson, wrestling, Bremen; and Aleigha Williams, gymnastics, Homewood-Flossmoor.
Sr., bowling, Brother Rice
Foertsch has his sights set on a conference title.
“Last year, I finished second in the Catholic League,” he said. “Hopefully, I can match that or top it this year.”
Foertsch is a four-year varsity performer who competed in the state meet his freshman and sophomore years when Rice qualified as a team.
“We fell short last year and it’s a motivator,” he said. “I want to make it back to state as a team and I think we have a good shot.”
Sr., bowling, Lincoln-Way West
The defending state champion, Flaherty is looking for another big showing.
“I know what I’m capable of doing and I feel like if I stay focused and use my practice time wisely, the season will turn out good,” she said.
Flaherty almost gave up bowling in high school.
“I used to do Irish dance for years,” she said. “When it came to high school, I had to decide if I wanted to do that or bowl. I’m glad I went with bowling.”
Sr., wrestling, Bremen
A state qualifier at 152 pounds a season ago, Olson noted he’s had little difficulty shedding the extra weight he added to play nose guard for Bremen’s football team.
“It was easy,” Olson said. “I eat leaner meats and I run a lot more. I still lift but I’m less focused on heavy weights.”
Asked to assess his strengths on the mat, Olson said, “I’m physically strong and I don’t get tired easily. I don’t slow down. I’m looking forward to helping lead the team and going to state.”
Jr., gymnastics, Homewood-Flossmoor
Williams said that she was “jumpity” when she was 3-years-old and her parents put her in gymnastics.
She still loves the sport after all these years and made a change in her career, opting to forego the club season and to participate in the high school season.
“It’s a different experience and I like representing my school a lot,” Williams said. “My friends are all here. It’s less pressure. I get to put all of my best skills and put them in my routine. I get to do what I’m best at.”