Boys Gymnastics: Lincoln-Way co-op, Andrew, Homewood-Flossmoor finish 3,4,5 at H-F meet
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media March 14, 2014 11:46PM
Lincoln-Way co-op's Tyler Greenberg perforrms his routine on the rings March 14 during the Homewood-Flossmoor Spring Classic. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 17, 2014 6:37AM
The distance between Lyons’ and Mundelein’s high schools is pretty far, about 42 miles.
The talent level between the Lyons and Mundelein, however, was pretty close in 2013 as one point separated fourth-place Mundelein and fifth-place Lyons in the state meet.
This year, these unlikely foes are facing one another three times on three straight Fridays.
Lyons won the Hinsdale Central Red Devil Invitational on March 7 by close to eight points. Friday night, the Lions defeated the Mustangs 146-141.350 at the five-team Homewood-Flossmoor Spring Classic. The two will lock horns one more time March 21 back at Hinsdale Central in the Neil Krupicka Invitational.
In Flossmoor, the two teams claimed 27 of the 30 top-five spots in the six individual events. The all-around winner was Mundelein’s Colin McCarthy (53.800). Lyons’ Chris Redhies (51) was second. McCarthy won the vault, pommel horse and high bar while Redhies won the parallel bars and floor exercise. Lyons’ Will Gallucci won the rings.
“It was a great meet. We started out a little slow with a couple of falls on the vault,” Lyons coach Kenn Su said. “We were a little off at the beginning. We had to adjust to the scoring a little bit but by the end of the meet we had two of our best performances on the pommel horse and the rings. We really needed that.”
The three SouthWest Suburban Conference teams competed together for the first time this season in Friday’s meet. Lincoln-Way co-op finished third with 117.65 points, Andrew co-op was fourth with 106.750 and the hosts took fifth with 71.850.
For Lincoln-Way, a team that was been a state power for several years until 2013, it may be the best team in the Southland but has a way to go to become an elite team again.
“It’s a challenge,” first-year coach Allison Hack said. “I know they are talking about next year. This year is a learning experience. We only have two seniors. They know what the Lincoln-Way tradition has been.’’
Lincoln-Way’s Tyler Greenberg was sixth in all-around to lead the area with a 39.90. Kaleb Hong, a freshman, was seventh with a 39.150.
Andrew co-op’s Jacob Giron was eighth in all-around with a 28.700. Homewood-Flossmoor’s Kyle Johnson was ninth with a 23.700.