Girls Gymnastics: Lincoln-Way co-op wins SouthWest Suburban Conference title
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media January 29, 2014 10:18PM
Updated: March 3, 2014 4:22PM
When Maggie Schultz transferred from Wilmington to Lincoln-Way West, she had no idea that come January she’d be the SouthWest Suburban Conference all-around gymnastics champion.
But there she was Wednesday night at Lincoln-Way East, beaming and waving from atop the podium after scoring a 35.225 to help Lincoln-Way co-op to a convincing victory. Lincoln-Way totaled 139.025 points, followed by Sandburg (122.625), Andrew (119.700) and Homewood-Flossmoor (85.725).
“It was a nice meet for me. This is pretty cool,” Schultz, a sophomore, said. “I wanted to have fun, but I did feel some pressure. I pulled through it. We had a lot of fans here. It pumped me up when they all clapped and were cheering.”
Schultz won the uneven parallel bars (8.6) and balance beam (9.025). Teammates Jalyn Hobbs (a 9.2 on floor) and Mallory Winter (8.95 on vault) made it a clean sweep for Lincoln-Way.
Lincoln-Way won its fifth straight conference title. Since the league started in 2005-06, Lincoln-Way has won six titles and Sandburg three.
“The girls did awesome,” first-year Lincoln-Way coach Kim Lago said. “The meet was postponed a day because of the weather, but it was worth the wait.’’
Lockport didn’t field a team but the Porters’ Kacie Kenney finished second in the all-around with a 33.950, followed by Winter (33.800), Andrew’s Autumn Wabi (31.275) and Sandburg’s Hanna Mussalem.
Kenney said she was trying to have fun during this meet.
“When I’m serious, I mess up,” she said. “So when I have fun, I do better. I was hoping I could take first this year but I’m happy I could improve over last year.”
The 2013 all-around champ, Lincoln-Way’s Kaila Pohrte, was out all season because of a knee injury suffered prior to the season. She aims to return next season. Sandburg’s Anna Girlich, who finished third last year, suffered a knee injury Saturday at an invitational at York and was on crutches Wednesday night. Sandburg coach Mike White said Girlich will not participate in the postseason.
“I feel bad for her because it she had a shot at winning the conference in a couple of events qualifying for state,” White said. “When she was injured our chances of winning conference went out the window, but the girls did a nice job battling.”