Boys Gymnastics: Lincoln-Way co-op captures SouthWest Suburban Conference title
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media May 1, 2014 9:18PM
Kaleb Hong, of Lincoln-Way co-op, performs on the pommel horse en route to winning the SouthWest Suburban Conference all-around title. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 3, 2014 6:34AM
Lincoln-Way co-op was able to capture its ninth straight conference title when it won the SouthWest Suburban Conference crown Thursday night at Lincoln-Way East.
Even though the team flexed its muscles in the area and kept that streak alive, it’s a question if some of the scores Lincoln-Way athletes have been posting throughout this season will be good enough to make it to state. Sectionals loom Wednesday, and the team has sent athletes to the state meet since as far back as 1997, when the IHSA started tracking that information on its website.
For now, this young squad is savoring perfection in the league. Lincoln-Way has won all nine conference crowns since the league was formed in 2005-06. Thursday, Lincoln-Way (127.925 points) outdistanced District 230 co-op (95.875) and Homewood-Flossmoor (61.900).
“This team has been through a lot mentally and physically the last two years,” Lincoln-Way coach Ali Hack said. “They stuck together and have gotten better. They’ve had two new coaches in the last two years and had to adapt to rule changes this year and have done a great job. I couldn’t be happier.’’
Lincoln-Way freshman Caleb Hong beat out junior teammate Tyler Greenberg 44.85-38.80 to win the all-around title. District 230’s Ethan Doe took third (34.250) and teammate Omar Ashour (33.575) fourth.
While Greenberg and Hong had their moments, both also slipped and fell in the rings event. Hong also fell after a vault.
“It was one of those days,” Hong said.”But it was a good meet.”
Lincoln-Way won five of the six events, with Hong claiming the rings (7.550), parallel bars (7.70) and horizontal bar (6.350). Jimmy Maines won the floor exercise (8.75) and Anthony Balsamo claimed the pommel horse (7.450).
Ashour had the high score of the meet with an 8.900 to win vault. Homewood-Flossmoor’s Akeem Beymuhammad took second in vault and horizontal bar.
The three teams also met Tuesday at the John Campbell Invitational at Homewood-Flossmoor, with Lincoln-Way finishing with 102.5 points to Homewood-Flossmoor’s 82.9 and District 230’s 77.1.