High School Sports Spotlight
February 17, 2013 9:00PM
Updated: March 19, 2013 6:14AM
Fr. Gym, Lincoln-Way co-op
Hobbs finished eighth all-around in the SouthWest Suburban Conference and was a sectional qualifier in her first varsity season.
She said she enjoyed representing her school and being on a team that finished first in the conference and second in the Oswego Regional.
“I used to do club but I like high school a lot better,” she said. “I get to focus on the team. It was a great experience. I love this sport. I’ve been doing it since I was 2 and I’ve been dedicated to it.”
Sr. swimming, L-Way East
Newell led off East’s 200-yard medley relay that qualified for the state meet at the Lincoln-Way North Sectional. He is a relative newcomer to the sport.
“I just started swimming my freshman year,’’ he said. “Swimming is responsible for 95 percent of my friends. It’s a great team. All the seniors are best friends.’’
Newell believes swimming is “definitely one of the hardest sports. It’s really hard to motivate yourself to wake up at 5 in the morning every day. It’s a challenge, but it’s worth it.’’
Sr. wrestling, Lemont
Giatras, a two-sport standout for the Indians, capped his senior career with a third-place finish at state in the 182-pound division. Giatras rebounded from a first-round defeat to the eventual state runner-up, Washington’s Colin Carr.
“I’ve been taught to never give up. I didn’t really have any other option because there’s no such thing as quitting,” Giatras said.
Giatras, a two-time state medalist, finishes his senior season with a 44-2 record.
So. wrestling, Coal City
Minnick, a fifth-place finisher at state last season, made it all the way to the Class 1A state finals in the 106-pound division. The sophomore fell just short, however, dropping a tough 11-3 decision to Harvard’s Anthony Luis
“I’m a lot more comfortable now,” Minnick said. “Last year I was so nervous wrestling this tournament it was ridiculous. I just had a whole different confidence level out there this time.”
Minnick, joined by Corey Jurzak and Casey Brown, was one of three state runner-ups for Coal City.