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Girls Gymnastics: Lincoln-Way co-op and Shepard’s Skylor Hilger shine in regional

Shepard’s Skylor Hilger skies during floor exercise during Thursday's regional. The sophomore wall-around title. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

Shepard’s Skylor Hilger skies during the floor exercise during Thursday's regional. The sophomore won the all-around title. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 8, 2014 6:35AM



Armed with an impressive 140.75-point showing to win the West Suburban Gold championship, Downers Grove South had plans to crash the party against three south suburban teams during Thursday night’s Lincoln-Way Regional.

But host Lincoln-Way co-op, which owns the fourth seed, one spot ahead of the Mustangs in the Hinsdale Central Sectional, had ideas about keeping the trophy at home in Frankfort. Thanks in part to the 1-2 punch of sophomores Mallory Winter and Maggie Schultz, Lincoln-Way won its 10th regional title (and first since 2011), scoring a 138.500.

Downers Grove South finished second at 137.525. Andrew had a 121.425 for third and Homewood-Flossmoor was at 117.800, good for for fourth.

Individually, Shepard sophomore Skylor Hilger, who doesn’t compete with a team, continued to defy gravity and logic by winning her second straight regional all-around title with a 36.25, followed by Winter (34.875) and Schultz (34.800).

Hilger didn’t do much in the way of gymnastics last offseason because of softball commitments and saw limited action during the regular season. She still was able to pull off a state-qualifying-worthy score heading into the sectional.

“It’s tough, but I did it before,” Hilger said. “I didn’t do any gymnastics for three years (before restarting as a freshman), so I’m used to it by now. I haven’t done a vault in competition this year, so I’m glad I got through it.’’

Hilger won the regional titles in vault (9.275) and floor exercise (9.450). Downers Grove South’s Inna Dzyuma did not compete in the all-around but won regional titles in the uneven parallel bars (9.125) and balance beam (8.775).

Lincoln-Way knew all about South’s 140-plus showing.

“Our main goal (Thursday) was to get a 140,’’ Winter said. “We got a 138 but we got first, so that’s OK.’’

Also advancing to the sectional were Downers Grove South’s Emily Tom and Homewood-Flossmoor’s Aleigha Williams in all-around; Lincoln-Way’s Jaelen Mitchell and Shelby Wiktor in vault; Downers Grove South’s Kayla Carlson in bars; Wiktor and Carlson on beam; and Wiktor and South’s Isabella Marzari on floor.

At-large sectional bids will be announced by Monday by the IHSA.



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