High School Sports Spotlight
January 13, 2013 6:24PM
Cassie Hendrickson, of Plainfield East
Updated: February 15, 2013 6:11AM
Sr., Cheerleading, Plainfield East
Hendrickson started cheerleading in fifth grade for the Plainfield Prowlers, where her brother, Derek, was a football player.
She’s a four-year varsity member who was on the coed squad that took 20th in the state in 2011 but missed making the cut in 2012.
“I love performing during the football season – it’s a great way to promote school spirit,” Hendrickson said. “During the competitive season, I love being able to compete and see the other teams perform.”
Sr., Diving, Lockport
“The commitment is really big, especially trying to become the best you can be,’’ said Pastore, a two-time state qualifier. “If you want it hard enough, it’s almost easy. You’ve got to be able to work through the pain and do what you can to get better.’’
Pastore said he learned from former Lockport divers, including Connor Howard.
“It’s them teaching you it is a commitment,” Pastore said. “You have to be dedicated, or you can get hurt.’’
Sr., Wrestling, Minooka
McNulty wasn’t pleased with the way he started the season, but a strong showing at Granite City’s Invitational propelled him to a solid stretch of outings.
“I wasn’t having a good season this year until Granite City. I really turned it around and had a good showing,” McNulty said of his fourth-place finish. “I don’t know if it was a mental thing, but ... I’ve been wrestling well since.”
McNulty, a 138-pounder, added a third-place finish at the Sycamore Invitational to his resume.
Jr., Bowling, Minooka
Segatto has bowled four perfect games, his latest on Dec. 8 in the Lincoln-Way East Invitational. He said he’ll never forget his first.
“My first one was probably the greatest feeling I’ve ever had in my life,” he said. “It was amazing.”
Segatto finished 30th in the state last season and is hungry to improve on that.
“It was a great experience and I want to get back again and do better,” he said. “I know what it’s like at state now, so that’ll help.”