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38 | February 16, 2017 | The glenview lantern sports A STEP ABOVE THE REST! JOIN TODAY FOR A HEALTHIER TOMORROW! South stalls at sectional meet Neil Milbert Freelance Reporter INCLUDED WITH MEMBERSHIP THE Y OTHER GUYS Unlimited FREE Yoga Unlimited FREE Cycle Unlimited FREE Pilates Unlimited FREE Group Exercise including BODYPUMP TM Reserve Raquetball Courts FREE Babysitting while you workout FREE Family Swim and Lap Swimming Provides Financial Assistance Community Involvement Social Responsibility: Volunteerism North Suburban YMCA • 2705 Techny Rd. Northbrook, IL • 847-272-7250 • Finding Senior Housing can be complex, but it doesn’t have to be. “You can trust A Place for Mom to help you.” – Joan Lunden NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NEW FAMILIES & COUPLES GET NO JOINERS FEE! FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY Call A Place for Mom. Our Advisors are trusted, local experts who can help you understand your options. Since 2000, we’ve helped over one million families find senior living solutions that meet their unique needs. A Free Service for Families. Call: (800) 581-1056 A Place for Mom is the nation’s largest senior living referral information service. We do not own, operate, endorse or recommend any senior living community. We are paid by partner communities, so our services are completely free to families. Glenbrook South’s wrestling season ended at the Barrington Class 3A Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 11. None of the five seniors who made up the Titan’s delegation reached the final four. But the 132-pound Ethan Bond came close. He won his first match on an overtime decision but then dropped his second on a decision. Relegated to the consolation bracket, he got off to a successful start by winning on a fall at 1:17 before being the victim of a fall. Classmate Ben Schonken (22-20) lost his two 120-pound matches, the first on a decision and the second on a fall. It was a similar story for Daniel Pravich (32-9) in the 152-pound class — a defeat by decision and then another by major decision — and for 285-pound Alex Balabanos (28-12), who was pinned in both of his matches. Although GBS 195-pounder Branko Andelkovic (28-12) also exited on back-to-back losses, both coming on decisions, he was one of the biggest success stories in the sectional that featured contestants from 34 schools. Andelkovic didn’t take up wrestling until his junior year. “I was a defensive tackle on the football team and the assistant coaches (Tom Mietus and Alan Greenberg) told me it would make me stronger,” Andelkovic said. “It worked wonders for me in both sports. Last year I only got in about three or four varsity matches, so this was my first year of Loyola Academy’s Aidan McKeag competes at the Barrington Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 11. Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media varsity wrestling. One goal was to be All-Conference, which I just missed, and the other was to make it at least to sectionals, which I accomplished.” Although Andelkovic’s wrestling career has ended, it’s not the end of his high school sports career. “I do the shot put and discus for our track and field team,” he said. “For me, the season starts Monday.” GBS Coach Pat Castillo was proud of what his wrestlers accomplished in his first year as head coach. “Branko worked hard and was a quick learner,” Castillo said. “Like Branko, Alex Balbanos is a threesport athlete who played football and wrestled and will do track and field. He has been with us since his freshman year and he worked hard to make it to sectionals. Ethan Bond did everything right to make it to the sectionals. He qualified for state his sophomore year. I’m sorry he won’t be going back his senior year.” Loyola Academy’s 195-pound senior, Andrew Gonzalez (30-11), won his first match by decision before losing on a fall at the hands of the eventual champion Demos. He then won his first consolation match on a fall at 1:57 and his second on a 2-1 decision before Hambrock ousted him on a fall in the semis. The Ramblers’ other wrestler at the sectional was 126-pound sophomore Aidan McKeag (27-18), who won his first match on a major decision before suffering back-to-back setbacks on falls. “Aidan qualified for the sectionals last year and this year,” Loyola coach Joe Haney pointed out. “Next year we’re hoping to get him over the hump and make it to state. Andrew was my biggest senior contributor. He didn’t make it to state but he reached a milestone today by winning his 30th match.” Three New Trier wrestlers — 126-pound junior Jack Tangen, 138-pound junior Patrick Ryan and 195-pound senior Jake Lowell — have advanced to the state tournament at the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center by virtue of their second place finishes. Tangen (33-6) lost the 126-pound championship match to Libertyville freshman Danny Pucino Please see wrestling, 34 sports the glenview lantern | February 16, 2017 | 39 Girls Gymnastics South claims top spot at sectional 22nd century media file photo 1st-and-3 STARS OF THE WEEK 1. Hannah Hartley (above). The Glenbrook South gymnast earned a second-place all-around performance, including placing first in parallel bars and vault, at the Stevenson Sectional on Feb. 6 in Lincolnshire. 2. Ethan Bond. The 132-pound GBS wrestler won his first match by an overtime decision at the Barrington Class 3A Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 11. 3. Jenna Hartley. The freshman gymnast placed fourth in all-round at the sectional meet on Feb. 6. She will compete at state with the rest of the Titans this weekend. Hannah , Jenna Hartley finish 1, 2 in all-around NEIL MILBERT Freelance Reporter The Hartley sisters made the difference, enabling Glenbrook South to defeat New Trier by a margin of .175 and capture the sectional championship on Feb. 6 at Stevenson. The Titans finished the meet with 145.45 points, the Trevians had 145.275 and third-place Carmel totalled 144.8. Carmel senior Samantha Lococo was the allaround champion with a score of 37.525, followed by GBS senior Hannah Hartley (37.4), New Trier freshman Avery Faulkner (37.175), GBS freshman Jenna Hartley (37.075) and Mundelein senior Taylor Shanahan (36.4). The team winners in the four sectionals will advance to the state meet on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 17- 18, at Palatine. The scores recorded by New Trier and Carmel at Stevenson made them atlarge qualifiers. Individuals from nonqualifying teams who place in the top five in each event will also compete in the state meet. Glenbrook North competed in the Stevenson Sectional but didn’t finish in the top five as a team and didn’t have any topfive finishers in individual events, so the Spartans’ season ended at the meet while GBS and New Trier gymnasts will compete at state. “Just do your best,” GBS coach Steve Gale told his girls before the sectional. “That’s all you can do. You aren’t out to beat anyone. Don’t worry about what other teams do. Do what you can do.” With the Hartley sisters showing the way, nobody did it better than the Titans. In the parallel bars, Hannah Hartley finished first (9.5) and Jenna Hartley finished third (9.25). In the vault, Hannah Hartley was first (9.725) and Jenna Hartley tied for fifth (9.35). In the balance beam, Hannah Hartley tied for second (9.4) and Jenna Hartley was fifth (9.275). In the floor exercise, Jenna Hartley was third (9.2), while Hannah Hartley tied for 15th (8.775). “I was really proud of my floor,” Jenna Hartley said. “This is the best I’ve done all season. I knew if I stayed calm it would work out. I was calmer for this than I was for the regionals.” However, Jenna Hartley gets nervous when her big sister competes. “I can’t watch any of her routines,” she said. Hannah Hartley said she was “happy with bars and vault, upset because of my fall on floor” and “so proud” of the way her kid sister came through under pressure. Carmel and New Trier went into the meet as the teams to beat. In winning a dual meet last month, Carmel posted the top score in the state this season (149.55) while the visiting Trevians recorded the second-highest score — a school record 149.3. New Trier edged second-place GBS 146.25- 144.725 in the Central Suburban League South meet and 143.2-143.7 in a dual meet at New Trier in December. The Trevians won their regional with 147.175 points while the Titans took their regional with a score of 146.4. “We had a good conference meet; we had a better regional; and, considering the competition, we had an A-minus sectional,” Gale said. “All season long we’ve been working on getting healthy [for] this time of year. Now I’ve got all my girls back, but some of them have ankles taped and get heat on their backs.” According to coach Jennifer Pistorius, New Trier went into the meet with less than 100 percent preparation because “Emma Jane (Rohrer) had back spasms and didn’t practice for two days and Avery was out all week with stomach flu and could only practice on Saturday (Feb. 4).” “We tried to do what we’ve been doing and keep everything rolling,” Pistorius said. “We certainly have the talent, but we had some bumps along the way, some extremely uncharacteristic falls.” En route to finishing third in all-around, Faulkner was second in floor exercise (9.5), tied Hannah Hartley for second in balance beam (9.4), was fourth in vault (9.375) and tied for 12th in parallel bars (8.9). “I tried my best,” the freshman said. “Floor went really well but I was proudest of my beam.” Faulkner’s junior teammate, Rohrer, just missed securing the fifth spot in all-around — her sixthplace score of 36.2 was only .2 shy of Shanahan’s score. GBS junior Bebe Harmaras came in seventh in the event (35.975), followed by New Trier freshman Maeve Murdock (35.975). Rohrer was second in parallel bars (9.35) and tied for fifth in the vault (9.35) while Murdock was fourth in the balance beam (9.375). Although Glenbrook North won’t be represented in the state tournament, the injury-plagued Spartans had a successful season, finishing second in the regional at GBS and also at the Central Suburban League North meet. “I love my team,” GBN coach Julie Holmbeck said. “I cannot say enough about what exceptional young ladies they are. They’ve jelled so well together; they’re the most close-knit group I’ve had. I’m disappointed for (senior) Alex Michalak. She made it to state as a sophomore (finishing 20th on the beam).” Because of a knee injury, Michalak was sidelined for segments of the season and at the sectional she didn’t compete in the floor exercise and the vault. Her vault score of 8.9 tied her for 12th with Faulkner and in the beam she finished 19th (8.45). The best all-around performer for the Spartans was junior Kelly Lazar in 14th place (34.2). Her best event was the vault, in which she tied for ninth (9.3). Fellow junior Brittany Ulrich was eighth in the parallel bars (9.025). Holmbeck also made a point of praising Katie Brownlee, who along with Michalak was one of only two seniors on the team. Listen Up “Don’t worry about the other teams. Do what you can do. ” Steve Gale— The Glenbrook South gymnastics coach on the Titans’ mentality at the sectional. tunE in What to watch this week BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING: The Titans will compete at the sectional. • GBS will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. Index 35 - Coach Talk 34 - Athlete of the Week Fastbreak is compiled by Assistant Editor Sarah Haider. Send any questions or comments to