High School Sports Spotlight for May 21, 2012
May 20, 2012 9:08PM
Jenna Tasic, Lincoln-Way North water polo
Updated: July 1, 2012 12:20PM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Josh Conley, Argo track and field; Scott Fifer, Sandburg volleyball; Carolyn Richards, Chicago Christian soccer; and Jenna Tasic, Lincoln-Way North water polo.
Sport: Track and Field
Conley isn’t superstitious, but the sprinter has a distinctive pre-race ritual.
“I like to get in the blocks crawling around like a spider,” Conley said. “I saw Tyrone Jackson, a sprinter from Eisenhower, do it a couple of years ago. He was a fast guy and I liked the way it looked.”
The routine hasn’t hurt. Conley qualified for Friday’s state meet preliminaries with his first sectional win, in the 400 meters (51.29 seconds) at the Class 3A Oak Park-River Forest Sectional.
Playing on the Ultimate Gold club team, Fifer sets for players he faces during high school season. Club teammates include players from Providence, Lincoln-Way East, Andrew and Mount Carmel.
“It builds the competition,” Fifer said. “When I see a friend on the court, you don’t want to see them as a friend. It makes the game more exciting, and a little trash talking never hurts.”
An All-SouthWest Suburban pick, Fifer has committed to Lewis University.
School: Chicago Christian
Richards had 15 goals and nine assists in earning All-Area honors in 2011.
Despite missing time with a head injury, she had another big season this year, helping the Knights win their third straight regional title.
The midfielder has signed to play soccer at Florida Gulf Coast University. Off the field, Richards enjoys spending time in the kitchen.
“I can cook really well,” she said. “I am have some food allergies, so I’ve become really good at cooking for myself.”
School: Lincoln-Way North
Sport: Water Polo
In 2011, Tasic returned from a torn ACL to score 39 goals in limited action. This season, having Tasic for a full season was huge for the Phoenix, which finished 23-6.
“(Tasic) is able to sink shots from behind the (5-meter zone) and is able to get past her defenders frequently,” North coach Kendra Will said.
Tasic, who scored 90 goals this season, has committed to swim at the Air Force Academy.