High School Sports Spotlight
October 7, 2012 8:02PM
Taylor Jach, of Lincoln-Way East
Updated: November 9, 2012 6:10AM
Sr., Swimming, L-W East
Though she has four individual state meet races under her belt, Jach isn’t looking too far ahead just yet. The senior is first focusing on getting past rival Lincoln-Way North at sectionals.
East has won five sectional titles in a row.
“The rivalry is a blast,” Jach said. “I know a bunch of girls on North so it’s fun, but I still like to beat them.”
Jach finished 46th in the 200-yard freestyle and 34th in the 500-yard freestyle at state as a junior.
Jr., Cross Country,
Giroux has been Lockport’s No. 1 runner most of the season. He was fourth at the Sept. 1 Plainfield Central Invitational and two weeks later clocked 15 minutes, 40 seconds in first flight of the Minooka Invitational.
The Porters’ top spot has “been between me and J.T. (Orban), we’ve kind of had it back and forth,’’ Giroux said. “Me and him are usually up front during workouts and the long runs.’’
Sr., Cross Country,
McLawhorn is a fourth-year varsity runner and the leading returnee from East’s 2011 state meet squad. She ran her personal best of 18 minutes, 39 seconds at the Sept. 15 Peoria Invitational.
“Kaley has done a great job of leading the team at practices and meets,” East coach Wendy Hegarty said. McLawhorn was eighth in the SouthWest Suburban pre-conference meet. Hegarty said McLawhorn “looks forward to the challenge” of this week’s SouthWest Suburban Blue meet.
Soph., Golf, Lockport
Hollatz took home medalist honors at the Class 3A Lincoln-Way Central Regional with a 1-over 73 at The Sanctuary. That helped Lockport take second and advance to the Pekin Sectional.
It was an especially satisfying finish, given the Porters beat out Lemont and coach Mark Hollatz, Gehrig’s dad.
“My dad and I always go at it about who has the better team,” Hollatz said. “(This) showed we were better. But I know he was proud of me that I shot this good.”