High School Sports Spotlight
October 21, 2012 8:22PM
Maggie (left) and Kelly Ruane, of Providence
Updated: November 23, 2012 6:10AM
Maggie (left) and Kelly Ruane
The Ruane twins ended their junior season with their second consecutive appearance at the state meet last weekend. The Joliet sectional doubles runner-up went 2-2, reaching the sixth round of the consolation bracket at the state meet, before being eliminated. “The girls had a solid year in doubles,” Providence coach Ben Thompson said. “They are hoping to build on their success this season for next season.”
Zuraitis primarily was a defender before last season, when Knights coach Sean Fahey decided to try him out at forward.
“One practice he put me at forward and I guess I did well so I started playing both,” Zuraitis said. “I think it’s fun to play both and get to try to score and try to stop people.”
While still playing on the backline part-time, Zuraitis scored 17 goals last season. This year, he’s become the Knights’ go-to attacker.
With just 12 swimmers on the varsity, coach Marlo Varnado needs contributions from each and every swimmer for the Knights to be successful. Enter Bernhard.
“Kim has done a really good job for us,” Varnado said. “She has barely even scratched the surface at this point.”
Bernhard is undefeated at dual meets and invitationals this season in the 500-yard freestyle and has lost only twice in the 100 backstroke.
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Lazaro has become Central’s top runner in his first season on the team. “I knew I had a talent for running,’’ he said.
He ran his first 5K last summer and came out on top. He was Central’s No. 1 runner in the Oct. 13 SouthWest Suburban Blue meet at Channahon Community Park.
“I’m hoping to get better,’’ Lazaro said. “I set my goals and I don’t give up. That’s my main thing. I like to prove people wrong. I like to represent Joliet and push forward.’’