Boys Gymnastics: Lincoln-Way co-op third at invitational
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media March 9, 2013 4:46PM
Lincoln-Way's Chad Hosman competes on the ring Friday in the Homewood-Flossmoor Spring Classic. | Jeff Vorva~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 11, 2013 7:04AM
It was a bittersweet moment for the Lincoln-Way co-op team.
This program either was first or second in the state in seven of the past eight years.
So when it took third place Friday night in the five-team Homewood-Flossmoor Spring Classic, it didn’t sit well with the team.
However, Lincoln-Way’s overall 138.950 score was a huge jump after scoring 130 on Feb. 28 against Hinsdale South and 128.80 on Wednesday against Naperville Central in a pair of dual victories to open the season.
“We were 10 points better than our last event,” said senior Brent Schneider, who took fourth all-around with a 48.350. “I guess that’s a positive.”
Mundelein won the meet with a 145.700, while Lyons was second with a 140.550. The host Vikings claimed fourth with a 98.550 and the District 230 co-op team finished fifth with an 84.750.
Lincoln-Way’s Bryan Kowalkowski scored the Southland’s lone individual championship as he won the vault with a 9.300. It was the senior’s first invitational championship.
“I thought I would do well in the vault but I didn’t think I would take first,” he said. “But I’m happy with the result.”
Bret Arias took sixth for Lincoln-Way in the all-around with a 40.100, and Kowalkowski was right behind with a 38.300.
“It was our best score so far and it was our first invite so it was a great experience for the kids,” Lincoln-Way coach Jay Johnson Jr. said. “We added a few skills (Friday). Some of our kids had some injuries and we had to make do for that. They work hard and that’s what I’m looking at more than the score right now.’’
H-F’s Akeem Beymuhammad was eighth in the all-around with a 33.900 and District 230’s top performer was Scott Rigg, who was 10th with a 29.600.