High School Sports Notes for Dec. 6, 2012
December 5, 2012 10:36PM
Kylee Botterman, the 2011 NCAA all-around champion and a New Lenox native, is one of 12 United Gymnastics Academy athletes to earn NCAA Division I scholarships. | File photo
Updated: January 7, 2013 7:05AM
More paint is being used to spruce up Frankfort’s United Gymnastics Academy’s walls.
Three high school seniors from the team signed to Division I schools this year, which is the most it signed in a single season. Whenever an athlete signs to a D-I school, she paints her hands and puts a handprint on a wall at the academy.
T.F. South’s Courtney Dowdell (Northern Illinois), Sandburg’s Allison Hanson (Iowa State) and Simeon’s Tenille Funches (Ohio State) are the three standouts from the class of 2013 who signed.
Since 2007, 12 athletes from UGA signed D-I pacts, including area stars Amanda Mohler (Lincoln-Way North/Northern Illinois), Brittani Price (Lincoln-Way Central/Missouri) and Kylee Botterman (Lincoln-Way Central/Michigan). Botterman won the all-around national championship in 2011.
Athletes at high level clubs such as UGA generally do not participate in IHSA gymnastics, opting to enter Midwest and national competitions instead of high school events during the winter months. The schedule includes trips to St. Louis and Arizona this season. UGA will host a Super Invitational Jan. 25 to 27 at the Tinley Park Convention Center.