High School Notes
October 6, 2013 8:36PM
Updated: October 6, 2013 8:36PM
Coming off the program’s most successful season in 2012, the ’13 campaign was there for the taking for Plainfield co-op. With the season flying by, coach George Sam’s squad is poised to improve off last season’s performance.
“It’s crazy that the conference meet is just five weeks away,” Sam said. “The girls have responded well coming off last season. Caroline Kelly is swimming under the cut in the breaststroke, our medley relay is getting there, and overall, the girls are looking at some good times with their eyes on achieving their goals.”
Kelly, McKenna Avery and Carly Kramer all are key swimmers for the co-op team, which will compete Nov. 2 at Oswego East in the Girls Independent Conference meet.
“The big thing is that our seniors have been varsity swimmers four years now,” Sam said. “The others look to them, and it’s starting to click. We’re seeing times we haven’t seen in midseason before.”
Lockport coach Bob Champlin was happy two of his teams could enjoy success in the 28-team Lockport Invitational.
After Friday’s preliminary rounds, the Porters varsity team made it to the second level and won that eight-team tournament for a ninth-place overall finish. The Porters JV team finished second in the third-level tournament for an 18th-place finish.
The tournament was different than most tennis tournaments in that less emphasis was placed on individuals.
“The kids depend on each other and cheer more because more is on the line,” Champlin said. “And it allows coaches to stay with the team instead of going to different sites. The atmosphere is more exciting.”
Also from the area, Providence took third, Lincoln-Way East fourth, Lincoln-Way Central 11th, Lincoln-Way North 12th, Plainfield North 17th, Plainfield Central 19th, Plainfield South 20th, Lincoln-Way North’s JV 22nd, Lincoln-Way West 23rd, Plainfield East 24th and Minooka 28th.
Lincoln-Way East’s fourth-place finish may have caught a few people off guard.
“We were seeded 14th so we were a Cinderella story throughout the tournament,” East coach Chris Olson said.
Girls Cross Country
With two invitational titles and two other team trophies, Lincoln-Way Central is putting together a strong season.
“We’ve had a really solid year so far,’’ coach Matt Bowden said.
Central won meet championships at T.F. South and Whitney Young. The Knights took second at the Edwardsville Invitational and third at the Argo meet.
“The team is largely a veteran group,’’ Bowden said. “JJ Robinson has been leading the way.’’
Other key runners have been seniors Taylor Martinez, Bridget Sullivan and Mallory Johnson and junior Liz Venezio. Freshmen Jenna Diers and Madison Smith also have contributed to the varsity’s success.
Central was moved this season from the SouthWest Suburban Blue to the Red division.
“We’re hoping to win Central’s first conference title since the school split in 2000. It’s been too long,’’ Bowden said.
The Knights will aim to qualify for the state meet for the fourth year in a row. Venezio is the top returnee from last year’s state team.
Boys Cross Country
The expectations always are high for Plainfield South’s boys cross country team, which placed sixth at the Class 3A state meet last season.
“We’re behind schedule,’’ coach Jason Crowe said after South finished 10th Saturday in the 31-team Lockport Invitational. “We’re disappointed with how we did here. We wanted to be a top five team.
“But we’re right there. It’s nothing to give up on. The guys aren’t the type of kids to give up. We’ve got some work to do the next two or three weeks. We’re going to accomplish our goals.’’
Next for South is the Nike Northside/Southside Challenge on Sunday before the Chicago Marathon.
“They run right on the course, the last 2.62 miles of the course,’’ Crowe said. “We bring our top seven seniors. It’s like a going-away present to the seniors to get an opportunity to run that.’’
That group of Cougars will be Dan Lathrop, Misael Tobias, Bailey Zink, Jake Lorenz, Tristen Bennis, Nick Elsey and Christian Ortiz.