High School Sports Spotlight for Jan. 14, 2013
January 13, 2013 6:14PM
Megan Sullivan, of Sandburg
Updated: February 15, 2013 6:10AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Sandburg gymnast Megan Sullivan, Lincoln-Way North swimmer Evan Surma, Homewood-Flossmoor wrestler Mike Burke and Andrew bowler Justin Finnen.
So., Gymnastics, Sandburg
Sullivan, it seems, was born to be a gymnast.
“I was able to turn a cartwheel before I could walk,” she said. “That’s what my mom said. So she signed me up when I was 2 and I’ve done it ever since. And it’s a family sport. My cousins did it.”
Sullivan said gymnastics is her favorite sport, but she also runs cross country and track.
“I love gymnastics just to be able to fly,” she said. “It’s a rush to be able to do things that most people can’t do.”
Jr., Swimming, Lincoln-Way North
Surma was a state qualifier last season in the 100-yard backstroke.
“When I finished at sectionals I looked up at the scoreboard and saw I just went the state cut, I went nuts,’’ Surma said. “I took fourth, but I was so happy because that’s all I had been shooting for all year.”’
Surma’s best backstroke time last year was 54.01 seconds at the Lincoln-Way East Sectional.
Jr., Wrestling, H-F
Burke, a state qualifier last season, was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the H-F Invitational. He credited his offseason regimen with Region Wrestling in Calumet City for his improvement.
“I’ve been involved with the sport for seven years,” Burke said. “I started off playing youth soccer, but I kept wrestling kids on the field. My dad thought wrestling would be a good fit.”
Along with his title at H-F, Burke (106 pounds) stood atop the podium at the Hinsdale South Invitational.
Sr., Bowling, Andrew
Finnen bowled in all 12 tourney games as Andrew captured the state title last season. This season, he’s one of two returning starters.
“I like it because it’s fun to get a chance to lead the team now,” he said. “But I don’t like it, because I loved last year’s team.”
The Thunderbolts, winners of their last four tournaments, are favored to repeat.
“We just need to do the same thing we did last year,” Finnen said. “Practice as a team and help each other.”