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52 | February 16, 2017 | The orland park prairie sports 22ND CENTURY MEDIA is looking for local FREELANCE REPORTERS and PHOTOGRAPHERS to cover events, meetings and sports in the area. Interested individuals should send an email with a resume and any clips to CHICAGO SOUTHWEST CHICAGO NORTHSHORE MALIBU Girls Bowling Emily Schrader advances to state following return to form at sectional Sophia Jablonski advances to state in Wheelchair Division Frank Gogola Freelance Reporter For the first time this postseason, things were not coming easy for Lockport. The Porters had been in second place the majority of the day Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Andrew Sectional at Orland Bowl. But as the other teams started to fade late in the day, strong play from junior Bailey Delrose and a lineup change helped the Porters win the sectional title and earn their fifth consecutive trip to state. “It’s been a fantastic run, especially these last three years,” Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said. “You don’t see girls with this ability this often, and all on the same team. It’s been a pleasure to watch them work and mature. They’ve accepted both the good and bad breaks.” Lockport was the only area school to advance to state as a team. Andrew’s Noelle Doody and Danielle Stefanski qualified for state, as did Sandburg’s Emily Schrader. Sandburg’s Sophia Jablonski advanced to state in the Wheelchair Division. Lincoln-Way West, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln- Way Central and Tinley Park did not qualify any individual bowlers. The lowest individual advancing score was a 1,259. The four highest-scoring teams and five top-scoring individuals who did not advance with a team moved on to state. The state finals are scheduled for Feb. 17- 18 at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford. Sandburg junior Emily Schrader will be heading to state as an individual for the third consecutive season. Schrader finished fifth overall and first among individuals without an advancing team. Her 1,351 was 24 pins behind Minooka senior Carmella Russell, who won the individual sectional title with a 1,375. The 1,351 was 96 pins better than her 1,255 at the Plainfield South Regional. She had a 1,288 at the conference championship. “It’s the old Emily,” Sandburg coach Joe Geiger said. “She had been bowling well the past couple of weeks but not up to her standard. This was the Emily we know.” Schrader bowled a 698 in the afternoon session for the second-highest three-game score of the afternoon. She had a 653 in the morning session. She scored a 266 in the final game, which included a run of seven strikes, to secure her state berth. She did not bowl lower than a 204 after struggling to a 169 in the first game. A 7-10 split in that first game had her moving where she lined up and switching the type of ball she used. Geiger and assistant coach Tim Walsh talked with her about nonbowling subjects to keep her mind off of overthinking the bowling, and Walsh told her jokes to keep her relaxed. “I think for me it was more [about] not getting down on myself,” Schrader said. “That was what propelled me today. “I’m really proud of myself that I stayed calm and got my spares. That’s really important at this time of the year.” This past year, Schrader finished 10th overall at state. She tried for 69th and did not make it to the second day of competition as a freshman. “It is fun, but, at times, it can be a very tough situation,” Schrader said of bowling at state. “You have to keep your mental game in check. … Today, I didn’t feel too much pressure, because I had such a good attitude, even after that bad first game.” Junior Sophia Jablonski won the Wheelchair Division to advance to state. She bowled a 459. It is her first year bowling in high school. “I was nervous at first, but then I treated it as if it was just a practice,” Jablonski said. “I got better and better [scores] every time.” Family, friends and other Sandburg bowlers who did not advance to the sectional came out to support her. “Cheering helps me a lot,” she said. “I do better with cheers than without. I really liked the encouragement.” “She just lit up today,” said Naheda Jablonski, Sophia’s mom. “She hardly slept last night, because she was so excited that she’s able to participate in something like this. She feels just like any of these other kids.” sports the orland park prairie | February 16, 2017 | 53 Girls Gymnastics Giglio, Roe qualify for state in four events apiece Frank Gogola Freelance Reporter The Lincoln-Way and Sandburg-Stagg co-op gymnastics teams dominated at the Oswego Sectional in their own ways. Lincoln-Way’s depth helped it win the sectional championship, despite the team having its worst-scoring performance of the postseason Thursday, Feb. 9, at Oswego. Junior Una Farrell qualified for state as an individual in all five events, while junior Gabby DeVito, sophomore Barb Belka and freshman Korina Jarosz qualified in one event each. “I’m just proud of the girls and proud of the season,” Lincoln-Way coach Kim Lago said. “They’ve fought so hard this season. We had a huge injury [junior Maddie Flondor] in December, and the girls just kept fighting through and came together as a team. It just was amazing.” Sandburg, the only other area team at the sectional, had a gymnast win all five events, but the young Eagles finished fifth out of six as a team. Freshman Maddie Giglio won the all-around title, and she and junior Maddy Roe qualified for state as individuals in four events each. “The two of them together give us a great 1-2 punch,” Sandburg coach Mike White said. “This is valuable experience, especially for those younger ones who had some falls tonight. We had seven falls last week, so I said, ‘Let’s try and cut it in half,’ and we had eight on the first event on beam. That made it easier for me to lighten the load and say, ‘Let’s have a little fun with this; let’s work on what we need to work on.’” Sandburg-Stagg co-op’s Maddie Giglio competes Thursday, Feb. 9, in vault at the Oswego Sectional. Photos by Mark Korosa/22nd Century Media Sandburg-Stagg co-op’s Maddy Roe competes on the bars. She advanced to state in four events Thursday, Feb. 9, during the Oswego Sectional. The highest-scoring team and Top 5 individuals automatically qualified for state. At-large advancers will be announced on the Illinois High School Association website. Giglio would have been hard-pressed to have a better sectional debut. The freshman tied for first in all-around (36.500), with Lyons sophomore Olivia Kalata and won beam (9.325) and floor (9.325). She also qualified for state on vault (9.275) by tying for fifth place with Lincoln- Way’s Farrell. “I was pretty nervous,” Giglio said of the big stage. “I actually was less nervous than I thought I would [be]. I felt more confident, but I was super really nervous.” Giglio scored an 8.575 on bars, the only event in which Taylor Talley competes on vault for the Sandburg-Stagg coop Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Oswego Sectional. she wasn’t competing as an individual after she fell off the bars at the regional. White said they agreed to lower the difficulty of her routine, hence the lower score, since she was in a good position to finish in the all-around Top 5. Teammate Maddy Roe was fourth in the all-around but had a start to forget. The junior tied for fifth on beam (9.025) after falling off on a flip flop layout, also known as a back handspring with two flips. She finished 23rd on floor (8.450) after she could not land a double back — vertically flipping her body twice in the air — to close a cross-mat series of flips. She responded by winning vault (9.500) and bars (9.450). She finished fourth in all-around (36.425), just 0.075 points behind the cochampions. “I just used all the aggression and anger, upsetness I had from the first two events and just gave it my all, because what else are you going to do when that happens,” Roe said. Her performance earned her a third trip to state in as many seasons. She will be competing in a personal-best four events. Still, she was not pleased with her overall performance. “It was a rough day,” she said. “I’m not going to lie — not the way I expected it to come out.” As a sophomore, Roe finished eighth on vault, ninth in all-around and 11th on beam at state. She placed 21st in all-around as a freshman. As for her advice to Giglio at state, she said, “Go at it like it’s your last time competing and give it your all. You never know when your time is up with this sport.” Freshman Taylor Talley, the Eagles’ only other individual sectional qualifier, finished 19th on vault (8.775) and 29th on floor (8.050). The Eagles finished fifth as a team with 136.825 points. They were 7.25 points behind first-place Lincoln-Way. Roe, Giglio and Talley all return for Sandburg next season. The team loses seniors Marilyn Sedlak and Heather Cummins, both regulars in the lineup, to graduation. “We have a couple kids coming in next year and a pretty good core,” White said. “I think the kids are excited about that. I’m pretty upbeat about the future.”