High School Sports Spotlight
September 9, 2012 11:08PM
Kokeith Perry, Bolingbrook
Updated: October 11, 2012 6:12AM
Jr., Cross Country
Perry was a Junior Olympics qualifier in the 800 meters in July and was part of the Raiders’ 2011 sectional-qualifying cross country team.
“(I) went from initially doing track because that’s what I was good at to developing a love for it,” Perry said. “Cross country, I haven’t hit where I want to be yet.’’
His goal for the Raiders this year is “to get to where we need to be so we can have a good, full season for the whole team.”
Jr., Golf, Plainfield South
Catalano, a sectional qualifier last season, started golfing just before her freshman year. She’s blunt about her on-course temperament.
“I only have fun if I’m shooting good,” she said. “If I’m not playing good, I’d rather not play at all.”
The junior said she doesn’t always watch the PGA, but there’s one player she enjoys tuning in for — John Daly.
“He’s very entertaining,” she said. “And he follows me on Twitter.”
Sr., Golf, Lemont
It’s hard to believe but Paloian, the reigning South Suburban Red madalist, was cut from the team his freshman year and first played high school golf as a sophomore.
Now the superstitious senior — he only hits odd-numbered clubs — returns as one of two Lemont golfers with state finals experience after the team’s third-place finish in Class AA in 2011.
“I’m hoping we can make it to state again but we’ve been moved up to (Class) 3A, so it’s going to be difficult,” he said.
Jr., Girls Tennis,
Ritter is gaining confidence by being consistent with her ground strokes.
“The real strength to Hope’s game is her steadiness and consistency with her ground strokes from the baseline,” East coach Chris Olson said. “She is a very patient player that is willing to put a two-hour effort out there in each match, slowly wearing down her opponent. She has a refuse to lose mentality, which is such a key asset for a singles player.”