High School Sports Notes
February 17, 2013 8:28PM
Sandburg's C.J. Brucki celebrates his victory over Hersey's Hunter Rollins. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 19, 2013 6:15AM
16: The percent of Class 3A semifinalists Sandburg and Marist combined to amass. Sandburg had five: Sebastian Pique (second at 120), John Pellegrino (third at 138), C.J. Brucki (first at 160), Colin Holler (first at 170) and Ricky Robertson (first at 195). Marist had four: Mark Duda (2nd at 113), David Kasper (fourth at 120), Peter Andreotti (fifth at 160) and Tom Howell (first at 220).
0: The number of years Sandburg state champion C.J. Brucki wrestled before high school. “I was playing basketball in eighth grade and I thought wrestling was something that could help me stay in shape. I never thought it would take off like it did,” Brucki said.
18: The number of wrestling programs in Illinois recognized for maintaining a team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Oak Forest and T.F. South both made the cut.
5: The total times Brother Rice freshman Rudy Yates had the press laughing after his 106-pound championship over Plainfield South’s Miguel Silva. “For sure (Silva was one of the toughest). He definitely had the longest nails, too,” Yates said holding up a bloody hand.
9: The number of state champions from the Southland.
The 2012-13 season has been a good one for the Andrew swimming program.
“This is probably the best season we’ve had in my nine years,’’ coach Frank Muchna said. “We’ve got a good, solid core group of guys. I’m only losing one senior with Rick Osty. They’ll all be back, so it’s looking real good.’’
Andrew’s 400-yard freestyle relay of Kyle Fitzgerald, Michael Tamulonis, Zach Rentner and Osty ended the Lincoln-Way North Sectional on Saturday with a pool record (3:11.94).
“To break a pool record on the last event, you can’t ask for much more than that,” Muchna said.
“Everybody has that attitude ‘I want to beat the next guy,’ ’’ Fitzgerald said. “The competition on our team alone, with guys fighting to be faster than the next guy, it’s making everybody better as a team.’’
Homewood-Flossmoor coach Keith Dombkowski had high praise for senior Kevin Kuchta, who won his third straight sectional title in the 200 individual medley (1:57.07). “He’s the first guy to practice, last guy to leave,’’ Dombkowski said. “If I could multiply him and have eight of him, we’d be set.’’
Marian Catholic sophomore Joe Cifelli won his second sectional diving title Saturday at Lincoln-Way North with a 501.25 total.
A season of pain and disappointment for many area gymnasts came to an end at the IHSA State meet in Palatine Saturday.
Andrew’s Jamie Valla fought off various leg injuries that she suffered in January and reinjured the leg after her first vault Friday but managed a 10th place all-around finish in the state and a ninth-place finish on the vault.
Valla said she is not sure if she will continue the sport after high school.
Meanwhile, Shepard gymnast Skylor Hilger qualified for state as an individual and was socked with a stomach flu Thursday. She was not able to compete on Friday, although she did walk out with the rest of the state qualifiers in the ceremonial march before the meet.
“She fixed a lot of things since the sectionals and would have done very well,” said Jody Raymond, her Action Gymnastics club coach. “This was the worst timing for her to be sick. She wa s still able to make it to the meet for the big entrance and to cheer on some of her club teammates.”
Homewood-Flossmoor junior Aleigha Williams was able to snag an at-large bid into the uneven bars event and finished 36th.