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Lincoln-Way's KailPohrte performs balance beam during Hinsdale Central girls gymnastics sectional Wednesday February 6 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

Lincoln-Way's Kaila Pohrte performs on the balance beam during the Hinsdale Central girls gymnastics sectional Wednesday, February 6, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 28, 2014 6:36AM



Boys Swimming

Lockport is working through a rebuilding season after finishing second in the SouthWest Suburban Blue last year.

“Our relays are coming along really well,’’ first-year coach Jason Ozbolt said. “We’ve gotten some guys get together and throw some good times.’’

The 200-yard freestyle relay of Steven Howell, Jake Jagodzinski, Matt Cavanaugh and Jake Speechley took third (1:31.58) Saturday at Lockport’s 11-team invitational. Lockport diver Michael Howard was runner-up (321.25) at the meet.

Cavanaugh tied for sixth in the 50 freestyle and Speechley was seventh in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke to help Lockport finish fifth.

“Everyone saw where we were at the beginning of the season and took it upon themselves to step it up,’’ said Ozbolt, who also pointed out contributions by Eric Johnson, Josh Lantow and Dale Westberg.

Lockport will host the SouthWest Blue meet on Feb. 8. The Porters will compete for state meet spots Feb. 22 at the Sandburg Sectional.

Tim Tierney

Girls Gymnastics

The SouthWest Suburban Conference meet is still up in the air.

There was some confusion as to when it would be taking place as some schedules had it for Tuesday at Lincoln-Way East and some had on Saturday.

Lincoln-Way co-op coach Kim Lago said that the meet was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

But …

Due to the cold weather, District 210 canceled classes and activities for both Monday and Tuesday and as of Sunday night, Lago said she wasn’t sure if the meet would take place Wednesday or later in the week.

Lincoln-Way is seeking its fifth straight championship. Since the league started in 2005-06, Lincoln-Way has won five titles and Sandburg claimed three. Lincoln-Way’s Kaila Pohrte was the individual champion as a junior in 2013 but a season-ending knee injury opens the door for a new champion.

Lockport’s Kacie Kenney, Sandburg’s Anna Girlich and Lincoln-Way’s Shelby Wiktor, Mallory Winter and Maggie Schultz figure to be top contenders for the individual crown.

Jeff Vorva

Boys bowling

After sitting in one of the six advancing spots all day at Saturday’s Andrew Sectional, the host Thunderbolts struggled to a potentially disastrous 888 in the penultimate fifth game, falling to eighth place.

Suddenly, the state dreams for a team expected to contend for a state title were in serious jeopardy.

Andrew responded in a big way with an 1,115 in the final game, its highest score of the day, to move back up to fifth place and punch its ticket to the state meet that begins Friday in O’Fallon.

“I just told them at the beginning of the sixth game ‘Do you really want to go to school Thursday and Friday?” Andrew coach Mark Lobes said.“In the fifth game, they just fell apart, but they really stepped up in the sixth.”

Nick Guziak tossed a 252 in the final game and Nick Ghilardi a 235.

“I knew it could be the last game of my career,” Ghilardi said. “We wanted to make sure there were no regrets.”

Steve Millar



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