Shelby Wiktor, Lincoln-Way Co-op, competes in the uneven parallel bars during the twenty-second annual Lincoln-Way High School girls gymnastic invitational at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, IL on saturday January 5, 2013. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 31, 2014 6:20AM
All four SouthWest Suburban teams were able to mix it up with each other — as well as five other teams — in the Homewood-Flossmoor Holiday Invitational on Dec. 21 and the results were mixed.
Lincoln-Way co-op was the area’s top finisher but claimed fourth place with a 129.95 and finished behind champion Prairie Ridge (147.50), Glenbard North (135.675) and Neuqua Valley (130.05). The Sandburg-Stagg co-op team finished fifth, Andrew was sixth, and host H-F took eighth.
Lockport didn’t field a team but was heard from all afternoon as junior Kacie Kenney claimed third in the all-around with a 34.200. It was a strong showing but quite a distance from Glenbard North’s Allison Wahman (37.275) and Prairie Ridge’s Maddie Solka (37.250).
Other area standouts included Lincoln-Way’s Shelby Wiktor, who was sixth all-around with 32.950, teammate Kara Auchstetter, who was eighth, H-F’s Aleigha Williams, who was ninth, and Lincoln-Way’s Mallory Winter, who placed 10th.
Many of the best individuals in the Southland will compete Friday at the Lincoln-Way North Swimming and Diving Invitational. Meet participants Andrew, Sandburg, Stagg and host Lincoln-Way North all were among the top five teams in the SouthtownStar swimming preview.
Sandburg and Lincoln-Way North are defending conference and sectional champions with strong squads again despite graduation losses. Sandburg’s David Apps and North’s Evan Surma are senior leaders.
“We have the biggest team we’ve ever had, including four divers,’’ North coach Pat Shaughnessy said.
Andrew and Stagg also have the talent to compete for meet titles. Andrew’s Kyle Fitzgerald and Stagg’s Zack Amendola, both sectional champions last season, are two of the best on their teams.
Elsewhere, Brother Rice, with two-time All-Stater Mitch Strahlman, will have a tough dual meet Thursday at Marmion, which placed seventh at the state meet last season. Strahlman was All-State in the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle.
It’s always nice to win your own tournament.
Andrew was able to do that Friday, capturing the title at the Andrew Bowling Bash. The ThunderBolts were in first after the three-game morning session and were able to hold on when the format switched to Baker games in the afternoon, going 11-4 in the Baker session.
“The Baker sets make it about the whole team,” Andrew coach Mark Lobes said. “The teams that just rely on one or two bowlers don’t do well in Baker games. I had seven kids that I was rotating in and out and other teams were getting tired.”
Andrew also won the title at the Vernon Hills Invitational, took third at Lincoln-Way East and got fourths at the Plainfield North Strikefest and Plainfield South Invitational.
Nick Guziak, the individual champion Friday, Brad Kawulia and Joe Rymsza have stepped up for the Thunderbolts to complement returning starters Nick Ghliardi and Mike Dertz.