Updated: March 12, 2013 6:12AM
Mount Carmel coach John Kading said he’d be foolish not to mention 182-pound junior Jimmy Mickens amongst his standouts. Mickens (38-4) finished second at the Shepard 3A Sectional and qualified for state.
“Jimmy is one of my captains,” Kading said. “He doesn’t yet have the accolades (undefeated) Bryce Brill does, but he goes neck-and-neck with Brill as far as a hard worker.”
One Caravan stud who won’t advance is 220-pound senior David Denne (31-4). Denne, a fourth place state finisher last season, injured his knee at regionals and wasn’t able to compete. Denne ends his prep career with the Lawless Award, given to the top senior in the Chicago Catholic League.
At the Rich East 2A Sectional, it looked like Oak Forest’s Alec Brown (37-3) and Tinley Park’s Derek Schultz (38-2) would meet for their third title match in as many weeks, but Lindblom’s Duece Rachel (16-0) had different plans for the SouthtownStar all-area linebackers. Lindblom defeated Brown in the semifinals and took down Schultz for the 220-pound title. All three qualified for state and could see each other again, but this marked the first time Brown or Schultz had lost to anyone but each other.
Entering the final game of the state in 15th place, Lemont sophomore Kyra Udziela had a shot at a state medal — awarded to the top 12.
A 170 in the finale ended that chance, dropping her to 28th, but it was still a strong state debut for Udziela.
“For the most part, I’m happy,” she said. “There’s always another shot and another spare you could have made.”
After ending Friday’s play in 33rd place, Udziela quickly moved up thanks to a 707 three-game session Saturday morning — the third-highest score of the session — that included a 275 in the opener.
“The lanes were really oily in the morning and I knew how to read them,” she said. “It was exciting. I definitely want to come back next year and do even better — start strong and finish strong.”
While Udziela looks to the future, Lincoln-Way West’s Morgan Flaherty concluded her high school career.
The 2012 state champion finished 33rd.
“I wish I would have bowled better,” she said. “I know I did really well last year and it’s nice to have that (championship) under my belt.”
Andrew and Rich Central took full advantage of their second chance opportunities and enjoyed a little redemption over the weekend.
Two weeks after a heartbreaking ouster from the IHSA sectional by a fraction of a point by fellow District 230 school Stagg, Andrew had a second chance to shine.
The Thunderbolts won their fourth straight Illinois Cheerleaders Coaches Association large school division title Saturday at the Prairie State Convention Center in Springfield.
The ICCA doesn’t call its event a state meet but schools had to qualify for it via various invitational meets throughout the state in the past three months.
Stagg, which finished 14th in the IHSA meet last week in Bloomington, took fourth in the ICCA. Shepard, which didn’t qualify for the IHSA state meet, claimed fifth and Oak Lawn took 10th in Springfield.
Rich Central, a perennial ICCA coed division champion, reclaimed its spot at the top with a first-place finish one year after missing out on the title.
The Olympians won the ICCA crown in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Despite missing the top spot in 2012, they won their first IHSA title but finished fifth this year.
Marian Catholic grabbed 10th place in the medium school division.
Sandburg, Lincoln-Way North, Reavis and Tinley Park all have conference meet championships going into Saturday’s IHSA sectionals.
It wasn’t easy for Tinley Park to win its second straight South Suburban Blue title. Repairs to the pool meant the Titans traveled to practices and home meets.
Led by team captains Dan Shaunnessey, Kevin Hesse and Raf Pesina, Tinley Park was undefeated during the conference season. Shaunnessey (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) and Hesse (500 free, 100 backstroke) won their events at the conference meet and swam two first-place relays. Keaton Klaff, Mitch Wood, Vince Meng, Larry Feeley and Zack Casey also swam on relays.
Lincoln-Way North and Lockport will host the area’s two sectional meets. Each event winner advances to the state meet and individuals or relays that equal qualifying times.
“We look where we can get kids to the state meet, and where we can do something at state,’’ Sandburg coach Jim Caliendo said of his lineup for Lockport.
“We talk about what the consequences might be. Move somebody out into three relays, as a team approach to the sectional, it may cost you points. But the payoff is the state meet.’’
“We want to win our sectional and I want to win all four of my races,’’ Sandburg’s Trevor Winans said.