The state gymnastics meet boasted an all-around finish that featured athletes from every class among the elite. A freshman won the championship and six sophomores wound up in the top 20.
One of those sophomores was Shepard’s Skylor Hilger, whose solid exhibition at Palatine placed her 14th with an all-around score of 36.45 points. Hilger’s best effort over the two-day meet, without question, came in floor exercise. She finished 10th in Friday’s prelims while averaging a 9.25 over four performances, and then added two points to her score on Saturday to finish sixth with a 9.45 average.
Hilgor was 31st in the vault with a 9.30 prelims score, and she posted respective averages of 9.125 and 8.775 on the bars and beam. Hilgor was approximately 1.40 points behind state champion Claire Rose Ginsberg, a freshman from Geneva.
Sandburg’s Jessica Colson had a respectable showing for the Lady Eagles at last weekend’s state meet, where she was 37th with 2,468 pins.
She started the tournament on Friday in 44th place after rolling a respectable 628 series on games of 221, 182 and 225. However, Colson elevated her performance in the next block with a 664 series, built on games of 266, 217 and 181, to finish the day in the 17th position.
On Saturday, Colson’s scores of 214 and 231 sandwiched a 167 to create a 612 series for her in the morning block, but she failed to shoot above 200 in the afternoon block. Colson bowled games of 179, 195 and 190 for a 564 series.
Three Sandburg wrestlers placed at last weekend’s individual state meet in Champaign.
Brian Krasowski lost a 3-1 decision to Maine South’s Tom Brewster in the 160-pound wrestleback semifinal and then was pinned by Lockport’s Vince Dietz in the fifth-place encounter. John Pellegrino finished two spots higher at 145 after defeating Hinsdale South’s Justin Maslow (5-0) and Belleville West’s Nick Foster (10-4) in the wrestleback quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
Hinsdale Central’s Juwan Edmond stopped Pellegrino’s progress in the third-place match by claiming a 12-9 victory.
Taking fifth for the Eagles at 126 was Christian Robertson, who wrapped wrestleback triumphs over Plainfield Central’s Nickolas Nasenbeny (2-0) and Glenbard East’s Dayton Olson (6-1) around a loss to Wheaton North’s Dylan Thurston (12-2).
Stagg’s Mantas Druktenis advanced to the wrestleback quarterfinals at 285, but came up one point short of Downers Grove South’s Michael Hobbs (4-3) in that match.
Stagg cruised to its first sectional championship since 2011 when it captured Saturday’s Sandburg Sectional meet with 296 points, which were 49 more than runner-up Brother Rice mustered
Swimming through the pain of a broken foot suffered just two weeks ago, Evan Johnson won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles for the Chargers in respective times of 21.68 seconds and 47.99. Teammate and fellow junior Zack Amendola was also a two-event winner as he touched out first in both the 100-butterfly (51.36) and 100-backstroke (51.97).
Other champions for Stagg included the 400-freestyle relay team (3:14.21) and Harlan Long in the 200-free (1:45.55). Bettering state-qualifying times to earn entry into the state meet were the Chargers’ 200-medley relay quartet (second in 1:36.85), Lucas Smiarowski in both the 200- individual medley (second, 1:56.12) and 500-free (second, 4:43.38), and Long in the 100-breaststroke (1:00.29).
Sectional host Sandburg was third on Saturday as it totaled 234 points. Diver Dean Boures scored a victory by amassing 444.15 points and Bret Reid was right behind him with 380.25 points.
Also performing well were Kevin Stratton in the 100-backstroke (52.68) and David Apps in the 200 IM (third in 1:57.15).