High School Notes
October 13, 2013 8:06PM
Arguably the top team in the area this season, Providence coach John Platt said he’s liked what he’s seen from the Celtics heading into sectional play.
“We started the season strong, had a little lull in the middle, and now they’re starting to play good again,” Platt said.
Propelled by 73s from Will McCabe and Ricky Costello, Providence posted a 299 to beat fellow sectional qualifiers Lincoln-Way East and Lockport at the loaded Lemont Regional on Oct. 8.
Those three schools, along with Plainfield North, which finished second at the Oswego Regional, advance to Monday’s Pekin Sectional at Lick Creek in Pekin.
Minooka just missed qualifying as a team for that sectional, finishing fourth at the Normal Regional. But the Indians will be well-represented with four individual qualifiers led by Jason Chobar.
Other notable individual qualifiers include Joliet co-op’s Trent Wallace, Lemont’s Ben Groselak and Lincoln-Way Central’s Tony Kestel.
The Lockport boys aren’t the only golf program from the school to book a ticket to Monday’s sectional round. The Porters, led by Kayla Garritson and Breanne Hanus, finished third in the Joliet Central Regional to advance behind Lincoln-Way East and Providence.
“Our team is playing their best golf of the season and that’s all you can ask for at this point,” Lockport coach Gene Trent said. “We’ve had five girls shoot their best rounds the last two tournaments.”
Trent spoke of the team’s resiliency, adding the squad shot 37 strokes better on the back nine than the front at regionals.
“I’m very proud of how hard these girls fight and never give up on a hole, let alone an entire round,” he said.
Lockport will be at Coyote Run on Monday for a chance to advance to state. Lincoln-Way East, Providence and Lemont also will be in the hunt.
While most swimming teams are in midseason form preparing for the upcoming conference and sectional meets in early November, some teams do not have the same luxury.
Both Joliet Catholic and Providence do not have girls swimming and diving teams but have individual swimmers who compete at the sectional meet.
Joliet Catholic’s top two swimmers, senior Megan Byrd and junior Savannah Rubocki, practice several times a week at the YMCA in Joliet with their club team, the Joliet YMCA Swim Team Jets. Participating at this summer’s YMCA Nationals at Georgia Tech, Rubocki finished 25th in the 400-meter individual medley, cutting eight seconds off her time from the previous year.
“The main goal is to go to state, but overall, all of our swimmers strive to do their best and put forth their best times in every meet they compete in,” JCA swim coach Michael Pero said.
Joliet Catholic and Providence will compete at the Lockport Sectional.
Most of the area teams will be battling it out at the Plainfield North Sectional on Friday and Saturday, and if the regular season and conference meets mean anything, it appears Providence, which last won a sectional crown in 2001, has a chance to break Lockport’s stronghold in the sectional. The Porters have won six of the last seven sectional titles.
Lockport took third in the SouthWest Suburban Blue over the weekend. Providence was fourth in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
The Celtics also have a shot at sweeping the No. 1 singles and doubles titles. Providence sophomore Hannah Davis was at or near the top in every tournament, while the doubles team of Maggie and Kelly Ruane have a wealth of state experience.
Bolingbrook, Joliet Catholic, Joliet co-op, Plainfield Central, Plainfield East, Plainfield North, Plainfield South and Romeoville make up the rest of the field.