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42 | February 16, 2017 | The Homer Horizon sports Athlete of the Week 10 Questions CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179 Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm CUSTOMER APPRECIATION Month with Izzy Van Kuiken Izzy Van Kuiken is a senior at Lockport Township High School. How did you start cheerleading? I started in sixth grade because my big sister [Jessie] was always a cheerleader, and I just looked up to her. She got me into it. What do you like about it? I love going to competitions and just competing in front of such big crowds of people. It just gives me a feeling I can’t describe. Speaking of big crowds, what was the state meet like? Being a senior, it was sad because it was the last time I’m ever going to go out there. But it was happy because I loved spending it with my team and coach. FREE FREE FREE CLASSIFIED MERCHANDISE ADS!!! In this tough economy, we'll give you a free merchandise ad totaling $100 or less. · Write your FREE ad in 30 words or less. · One free ad per week. · Same ad may not be submitted more than 3 times. · The total selling price of your ad must not exceed $100. · Ads will be published on a space available basis. · Free Ads are Not Guaranteed to Run! GUARANTEE Your Merchandise Ad To Run! Ad Copy Here (please print): $30 for 7 papers Free Merchandise Ad - All Seven Papers Do you have pre-competition rituals? Usually, I listen to music, and I always eat the same thing: pretzels and a banana. What is your favorite memory from your time with the Porters? My sophomore year, we won sectionals, and we got second at state. That’s definitely one of my favorite memories because we were just such a good team, and winning sectionals was such a good feeling. Who is your role model? Both my parents [mother, Lisa; father, Jerry] I would consider my role models because they always encourage me to do my best, and they’re just so hard working. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I think I’d want to be able to mind read. I think it’d be cool to see what other people are thinking. When you are not in school or cheering, what do you do for fun? I hangout with my family and my friends. Photo submitted I love to go camping and just go to the beach. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Bora Bora. It just looks really pretty there, and I’ve always wanted to go there. What are your plans for after graduation? I plan on becoming a teacher, probably a math teacher. Interview by Assistant Editor Erin Redmond Merchandise Pre-Paid Ad $30! 4 lines! 7 papers! Choose Paper: Homer Horizon New Lenox Patriot Frankfort Station Orland Park Prairie Mokena Messenger Tinley Junction Name: Address City/State/Zip Phone Payment Method(paid ads only) Check enclosed Money Order Credit Card Credit Card Orders Only Credit Card # Signature ® Exp Date Please cut this form out and mail or fax it back to us at: 22nd Century Media 11516 W. 183rd St, Suite #3 Unit SW Orland Park, IL 60467 FAX: 708.326.9179 Circle One: sports the Homer Horizon | February 16, 2017 | 43 Competitive Dance Celtics dancers improve at state in transition year James Sanchez Contributing Editor First-year Providence head dance coach Stephanie Coglianese admitted she had to tone down her coaching style and be patient. After spending five years coaching 18- to 22-yearolds for Calumet College of St. Joseph’s dance team, she moved on to coaching incoming freshmen to seniors at Providence to be closer to her husband, Mark, who is the school’s varsity football head coach. With no junior varsity team, 10 of the 17 Celtics were freshmen or sophomores. “I had to step back and think, ‘How does a 14 yearold take on corrections as opposed to a 22 year old?’” Coglianese recalled. “I had put myself back in high school shoes to coach down at that level.” As much as that was an adjustment for her, the girls had to do their own. Since the IHSA included competitive dance as a sanctioned sport five years ago, the Celtics have performed traditional poms routines. Coglianese shifted from that hard-hitting style into a lyrical, contemporary base where it was more fluid and dramatic. Members of the Providence dance team perform their routine last month during the IHSA state dance competition’s preliminary round in Bloomington. Clark Brooks/PhotoNews Media Coglianese said the seniors seemingly had the toughest transition after spending three years doing poms but began to grasp the new routine after a month, along with the rest of the team. It danced to a remixed rendition of “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & The Papas. A first-place finish in November during the team’s regular season debut at an Andrew competition set the tone for what eventually became a successful season. “This was the most technically difficult routine we’ve had so far at Providence,” Coglianese said. “It’s a different ballgame for them, and they did well, despite switching genres, which meant different styles, techniques and doing all this with a new coach.” The Celtics later placed second in the Chicago Catholic League’s inaugural dance competition, finishing behind Class 3A school Loyola Academy. A week later, they took third at the Class 2A Mahomet Sectional to advance to state, where they finished 21st out of 30 schools with a score of 82.74. They failed to advance to Day 2, but the outcome was still an improvement from last season’s appearance. “This is our third year moving up to 2A, dealing with the big dogs, and this year, we did score five points higher than last year and went five placements up, so I’m very pleased with that finish,” she said. “Obviously, being a first-year coach, you want to improve the program as much as you can.” The Celtics’ best finish at state was third in Class 1A in 2014. They did not advance the following year in their 2A debut but have made it backto-back years since then. Moving forward, Coglianese expects that winning culture to continue. She will only lose four seniors. Coglianese said she has a team full of technicallydriven, coachable girls, and that is going to help when she plans a harder, more innovative routine next year. Looking back, she added those characteristics made her transition much easier. “They were 100 percent respectful of new coaching and new coaching styles,” Coglianese said. “Being a new coach, you could see a lot resistance from a lot of high school girls, but all my girls embraced everything that I have brought. I could not have asked for a better first year with the girls.” high school highlights The rest of the week in high school sports BOYS BASKETBALL Lockport 24, Sandburg 20 Patrick Cooper, Matt Smietanski and John Meyer each posted six points for the Porters Saturday, Feb. 11, at Sandburg. Lockport trailed 17-5 at halftime. The win gives them an 11-13 overall record, 2-6 in SouthWest Suburban Blue. ELITE SPORTS TRAINING ATHLETES INSIDE-OUT 815.221.6000 • Mar 11 - Apr 29 • Saturdays - 8 Weeks • $150-$180 per player • Ages 5-6 & 7-9 This Week In... 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He is not only happy to have Chase, who has been a sometimes starter and regular contributor to the team as a player, he is also happy to have him as a connection to that history. “I had no idea he was coming here,” Hespell said of Chase. “He wasn’t here over the summer [for summer league basketball], but he was here the first week of school. He’s been a positive contributor for us. “Plus, it’s always good to have that connection, and he’s a physical connection on our team to those groups of the past.” • Mar 4 - Apr 15 • Saturdays, 9am - 11am • 7 Week Program • $250 Per Player • Ages 8 - 14