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30 | January 25, 2018 | The glenview lantern sports glenviewlantern.com This Week In... Titans Varsity Athletics BOYS BASKETBALL ■Jan. ■ 26 - hosts Niles North, 7 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 30 - hosts Lake Forest, 7 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL ■Jan. ■ 26 - at Niles North, 7:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 27 - at Hersey, 2:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 31 - hosts Prospect, 7 p.m. BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING ■Jan. ■ 26 - at New Trier, 5:30 p.m. WRESTLING ■Jan. ■ 20 - at CSL tournament, TBA GIRLS GYMNASTICS ■Jan. ■ 27 - at CSL Conference Invite, 11 a.m. ■Jan. ■ 29 - at IHSA Regional, TBA BOYS HOCKEY ■Jan. ■ 25 - hosts Glenbrook North, 8:50 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 31 - hosts New Trier Blue, 7:35 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY ■Jan. ■ 28 - hosts New Trier, 8:20 p.m. Athlete of the Week Vote for Athlete of the Month Help support young athletes. Vote online January 10 - 25 at: glenviewlantern.com TRAINERS FOR EVERY TYPE OF WORKOUT When Your Workout Moves Indoors We’ve Got You Covered Studio • Cardio • Weights High Intensity • Spinning Come in and check out our full lineup of trainers. Our team will help you get the perfect fit. Congratulations to this week’s Athlete of the Week. We’re pleased to be a sponsor of this program. New Balance North Shore 610 Central Avenue • Port Clinton Square Downtown Highland Park 847-266-8323 • Open 7 Days • ShopNewShoes.com Do you See this Ad? Your Customers Will! 708-326-9170 www.22ndcenturymedia.com 22nd Century File Photo 10 Questions with Sean Cloherty The Loyola wrestler is one win away from the alltime school record. What’s one item on your bucket list? I’d really like to skydive. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Australia because I want to see all the different animals. What’s one thing people don’t know about you? I was a competitive gymnast before I started to wrestle. I did that until seventh grade. What’s the best coaching advice you’ve gotten? Never be content with second place. If you could play another sport, what would it be and why? Hockey because it’s so intense. It’s high intensity, similar to wrestling. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To fly. What’s your favorite restaurant? Cheesecake Factory. I get the grilled chicken sandwich. If you could have dinner with three people, who would they be and why? One would be Yoda because I love Star Wars. Second, someone like Einstein because I love physics and I know so much about him. Also, probably Dan Gable, one of the best wrestlers in the world. What’s the best part about being a Loyola athlete? The team community because everyone on the team is my best friend. What’s been your favorite moment at Loyola? Sophomore year when I broke the varsity pin record. That was the greatest feeling I’ve had. The old record was 23 pins in a single season and I got 26. Interview by Contributing Sports Editor Michael Wojtychiw

glenviewlantern.com sports the glenview lantern | January 25, 2018 | 31 Coach Talk Titans poms ready for Orlando, championship Jon ‘Coach’ Cohn Contributing Columnist Glenview Resident Timing is everything, they say. That certainly would be true of longtime Glenbrook South Titan Poms coach Julie Smith, who drills her girls on the precision and timing it takes to excel in highly competitive pom competitions. But her own timing, on a more personal level, certainly could have been better. Baby No. 3 for the Smith family is due — in fact, as you’re reading this, he/she could have arrived. The only problem? The Poms big annual trip to Orlando for national championship competition is this coming week. That’s a problem. Smith, as head coach of the squad, has led this highlight trip for the past 14 years. It is something she always looks forward to. But this year, the streak, shall we say, is in jeopardy. “I have already been Googling earliest times you can take a baby on a plane” coach laughed, refusing to give in just yet to the 14-year streak. “I am still hoping to find a way to go,” she added. If she can’t make it, don’t worry. The team will be in the more than capable hands of junior varsity coach Dayna Parenti, who knows the girls well after coaching them the past four years. But don’t count out coach just yet. As the old expression goes “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Now let’s talk the sport of poms here. I have always admired the entertainment value and athleticism of the girls, performing their routines at various sporting events; however, talking to Coach Julie, I was given a real primer on this sport. Call it Pom education class 101. Here is some of what I learned. The sport is not just showl; it is really competitive. While respecting their opponents routines and even admiring the really good ones, they still want to beat their competition just as much as a football, soccer, or basketball team does. The dedication required is extraordinary. The girls work out almost year round in preparation for events, competitions and the commitment is equivalent or greater than any other sport. Making the team is not easy. Large numbers of girls try out and only the top performers are selected. hey keep a squad of 24 on the varsity and 22 on junior varsity. The gaining popularity of the sport is a testament to Smith and her high school athletes who make it a point to go out into the community and promote their program. The trip to Orlando is the highlight of the year. Much of their hard work comes to fruition under the sunny skies of Florida. This trip, though, is not about just fun and games. “We go there to compete,” Smith said. “The first few years we kind of looked at it as recreation, but now the girls view it as a business trip.” OK, I guess not a lot of wandering around Disney World slapping high fives with Mickey and Donald (the duck, not the president). Nope, it is all about practice and presentation. The goal for our Titan girls is to make the finals. Twelve teams typically make it and last year the Titan Poms achieved just that. First time in a few years, and they hope to repeat again. If they really excel, the final few teams are televised on ESPN, so keep an eye out. What a great way to start the month of February it would be: a new baby, and a shiny new trophy. Good luck ladies and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen. Cohn has a new book published called “Stuff People Might Want To Know,” available at Amazon.com or any local bookstores. He can be reached at jcsportsandtees@ aol.com. US... IS BETTER TOGETHER SAVE UP TO A TOTAL COMBINED SAVINGS OF $248 JOIN TODAY! At the Y, members get more LAST CHANCE! JANUARY SPECIAL! • No Joiner’s Fee • 1 FREE month membership for a friend • 10% OFF Small Group Training • FREE Fitness Assessment • Unlimited free group exercise classes with more than 60 offered weekly, including yoga, Pilates, Werq ® , TRX, cycle, Les Mills BODYPUMP TM & Les Mills GRIT TM • Two floors of the latest in cardio, strength, free weights and circuit training equipment • Modern strength training center and track for all levels of users • Full-sized gymnasium, 3 racquetball courts, and indoor 25-yard, six-lane pool • FREE babysitting while you work out and FREE family programs • Need-based scholarship options available NORTH SUBURBAN YMCA • 2705 Techny Rd. Northbrook, IL • 847-272-7250 • nsymca.org