High School Sports Spotlight for Dec. 31, 2012
December 30, 2012 6:08PM
Sarah Klawitter, of Evergreen Park
Updated: February 1, 2013 6:14AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Evergreen Park bowler Sarah Klawitter; Sandburg swimmer Mike O’Malley; Lincoln-Way West cheerleader Katy Dyer; and Tinley Park wrestler David McDonald.
Jr., Bowling, Evergreen Park
Klawitter was an at-large state qualifier in 2011-12.
“It was so exciting, because I didn’t know if I made it,” she said. “One of my friends who qualified, Destiny Miller from Shepard, called me up during school and was like ‘Guess what? You’re going with me.’ ”
She finished 68th, and hopes to improve this year.
“I also want to win (the South Suburban Red) title again,” Klawitter said. “My average was 190-something last year and I want to get it over 200 this year.”
Sr. Swimming, Sandburg
O’Malley swam on all three Sandburg relays at state last season. The 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays were state runners-up.
“I want to get up there in state, be one of the top guys,” O’Malley said. “I want to be one of those household names.”
O’Malley said he has “to step up even more this year. Other guys have to, too, otherwise the guys underneath us won’t know what to expect next year.”
Sr., Cheerleading, L-W West
The Warriors finished 23rd in the state meet medium school division in 2011 and 16th in 2012.
Dyer has an eye on a top-10 finish in February.
“I love how a team can come together — it’s not like an individual sport,” she said. “It’s great to work together and accomplish something as a team, like making it down state.”
She conceded she likes the attention she gets as a flyer, saying “flying is what everyone watches. It’s exciting but if you mess up, people notice.”
Jr., Wrestling, Tinley Park
McDonald finished third at sectionals last season to secure a berth in the state tournament.
“I’m looking to place this year. I don’t want to just settle for qualifying,” he said.
McDonald began wrestling in the eighth grade. He also runs track and cross country for the Titans, but prefers the mat.
“I’ve loved wrestling from the start,” McDonald said. “It helps keep my mind focused on being the best.”