High School Notes
October 6, 2013 10:12PM
Updated: October 6, 2013 10:27PM
Through the dog days of the swimming season, Homewood-Flossmoor coach Tim Caldwell knows how important an individual swimmer’s work ethic can be.
With an influx of swimmers this season bumping up the program’s numbers, Caldwell certainly has liked what he’s seen of the Vikings.
“We will find out who we are as the season progresses, but we have a larger team with new faces,” Caldwell said. “Some freshmen, some from other sports, some came back to swimming after leaving, some moved up from junior varsity. (It’s) too early to determine our work ethic, but we seem to have a group of young ladies ready to move onward and upward.”
The Vikings have defeated Andrew, Lincoln-Way Central and Mother McAuley in dual meets while falling to Lincoln-Way North and Stagg. Homewood-Flossmoor also finished second in the Lincoln-Way West Invitational.
Caldwell is counting on juniors Amber Barney and Susanna Reese to lead the way as H-F’s top two returning scorers from last season.
Lincoln-Way East’s fourth-place finish in the 28-team Lockport Invitational may have caught a few people off guard.
“We were seeded 14th so we were a Cinderella story throughout the tournament,” East coach Chris Olson said.
The tournament format had teams – not individuals – advancing.
East beat Sandburg 3-2 in Friday’s pool play and that fired Olson up.
“That was big,” Olson said. “We really came out and brought the goods.
“Sandburg had beaten us several times and they were one of the top seeded teams. It went right up to dusk. (The third doubles team of) Natalie Gevaudan and Rachel Alexander went to the fifth set of super breakers and had a couple of high overheads in the twilight of the night. Rachel just buried a couple of high balls. There was a lot of excitement. It was very special. We hadn’t beaten Sandburg in about four years.”
Lockport coach Bob Champlin was happy two of his teams could enjoy success in the invitational. The Porters varsity made it to the second level and won that eight-team tournament for a ninth-place overall finish. The Porters JV finished second in the third-level tournament for an 18th-place finish.
Girls Cross Country
With two invitational titles and two other team trophies, Lincoln-Way Central is putting together a strong season.
“We’ve had a really solid year so far,’’ coach Matt Bowden said.
Central won meet championships at T.F. South and Whitney Young. The Knights took second at the Edwardsville Invitational and third at the Argo meet.
“The team is largely a veteran group,’’ Bowden said. “JJ Robinson has been leading the way.’’
Other key runners have been seniors Taylor Martinez, Bridget Sullivan and Mallory Johnson and junior Liz Venezio. Freshmen Jenna Diers and Madison Smith also have contributed to the varsity’s success.
Central was moved this season from the SouthWest Suburban Blue to the Red division.
“We’re hoping to win Central’s first conference title since the school split in 2000. It’s been too long,’’ Bowden said.
The Knights will aim to qualify for the state meet for the fourth year in a row. Venezio is the top returnee from last year’s state team.
Boys Cross Country
Running the hilly Dellwood Park course Saturday at the 31-team Lockport Invitational was a welcome challenge to Shepard’s Josh Maier.
“It’s amazing seeing everyone, got some sectional competition here,’’ Maier said. “The atmosphere is great. I love the course. It’s so challenging, all these hills.’’
Maier, a senior, placed 18th among 250 runners, covering the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 27 seconds.
“Running with all these hills, it beats you down,’’ he said. “Then once you get to regionals and sectionals, it seems a lot easier.’’
Shepard finished 15th in the field that included five of the top 12 teams from the 2012 Class 3A state meet. Lyons retained the Lockport team championship, followed by Hinsdale Central and Neuqua Valley.
Shepard will chase the South Suburban Red championship in the Oct. 19 meet at Conkey Woods in Crestwood.
“I feel pretty confident about conference and regional,’’ said Maier, the 2012 Red individual champion. “Our team should win conference.’’