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The Mokena Messenger 012518 sports the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 41 This Week In... Knights varsity athletics Boys basketball ■Jan. ■ 26 - at Lincoln-Way West, 6:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 27 - at Beecher Shootout, TBA Girls basketball ■Jan. ■ 30 - hosts Thornton, 6 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 1 - at Thornwood, 6:30 p.m. Boys bowling ■Jan. ■ 26 - IHSA State Final, TBD ■Jan. ■ 27 - IHSA State Final, TBD Girls competitive cheerleading ■Jan. ■ 26 - IHSA Sectional Final, TBA The Griffins’ Carolyn Waleski goes up for a shot against a Bolingbrook defender. Waleski finished with a game-high 17 points in the loss. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media basketball From Page 46 with 35 seconds remaining. She then came up on defense to trap with Nekola, which led to the basket by Sheehan and the one-point lead. “I’m usually not up there,” Hunter said of being that high on the trap. “But I was in that position and had to do something. We trapped her and Kaley made the shot. I was super excited to get the steal, but knew [after the basket] that we had to get back on defense.” East did, but the speedy Raiders responded by getting upcourt where Gabby Smith (11 points, 7 rebounds) scored what proved to be the winning layup. The Griffins called timeout at the six second mark, but threw the inbound pass away for only their second turnover of the quarter and 13th of the game. Bolingbrook was fouled with 3.2 seconds left, but in the bonus situation, stepped over the line. That nullified a made free throw and gave the ball back to East for one final shot. Junior point guard Katchie Savic (3 points) was able to get an attempt off before time expired, but her hurried 30 foot shot from the right side was a little too hard and smacked off the backboard at the buzzer. Senior forwards Delani Grayer (6 points) and Lily Hicks (4 points) - who had a couple of nice fullcourt passes, along with senior guard Cambrii Alexander (3 points) added to the East scoring. Sophomore swing player Danyel Middleton (10 points, 6 rebounds) and senior post player Jahari Smith (8 points, 11 rebounds) also contributed for the Raiders. “We still haven’t come together the way that we need to on the court; we’re still a work in progress,” said Bolingbrook coach Chris Smith, who saw his team commit 16 of its 26 turnovers in the second half. “The talent is there, it’s just about playing together as a team. Any time that we play East, it’s always going to be a tough game, so we were looking to get into this environment. Hopefully, these games benefit us at the end of the season.” East had early leads of 2-1, 6-3 and 7-5. With the game knotted at 10-10, the Raiders scored the final five points of the opening quarter for a 15-10 lead and maintained it the rest of the half. A key part of the game was the final minute of the first half. Ahead 23-21, Gabby Smith scored on a layup and senior guard Taylor Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 28-21 Bolingbook halftime lead. Hicks had a pair of layups as the Griffins opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run to go up, 29-28 with 6:05 left in the quarter. But Jahari Smith scored four points as Bolingbrook bounced back with seven straight points. The Raiders led 41-36 after three quarters and matched their largest lead at 43-36 on a layup by Marable to open the fourth quarter. “We did some very good things,” East coach Jim Martin said. “When we got down and I called a timeout with about seven minutes to go, and I told them to be patient and just play their game. I told them that we’d get some runouts and some easy baskets. This [the Raiders] was a team that’s undefeated in conference with only two losses, and they’re going to be a one-or two-seed in the sectional, so I’m proud of our kids. I would have loved to have the lead in conference, but hopefully we can win out and finish at their place.” The two teams end the SWSC season with a 5 p.m. game Feb. 6 at Bolingbrook. Boys basketball Lincoln-Way Central 51, Thornwood 59 Matt Maloney (11 points), Chris Robinson (10 points) and Luke Handley (10 points) led the way for the Knights Jan. 12 Lincoln-Way East 64, Oswego 54 Sam Shafer (28 points) paced the Griffins Jan. 15. Lincoln-Way Central 39, TF South 56 Sean Curran (10 points) led the Knights Jan. 16. Girls basketball Lincoln-Way Central 51, Maine South 61 Abi Baumgartner (24 points, 6 rebounds) and Regan LoConte (15 points) led the way for the Knights Jan. 13. Lincoln-Way Central 46, Belvidere North 49 (OT) Abi Baumgartner (9 points, 10 rebounds) and Natalie Spudic (9 points, 6 rebounds) led the way for the Knights Jan. 13. Lincoln-Way East 56, Huntley 40 Carolyn Waleski (14 points) and Lily Hicks (9 points) led the Griffins Jan. 13. Lincoln-Way East 65, Bartlett 58 Carolyn Waleski (14 high school highlights The rest of the week in high school sports points) and Kaley Sheehan (14 points) led the Griffins Jan. 13. Lincoln-Way Central 35, Rockford Lutheran 48 Abi Baumgartner (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Regan LoConte (14 points) led the way for the Knights Jan. 15. Lincoln-Way Central 60, Johnsburg 48 Abi Baumgartner (22 points, 9 rebounds), Regan LoConte (16 points) and Natalie Spudic (8 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists) led the Knights Jan. 15. Lincoln-Way East 65, Rock Island 70 Kaley Sheehan (16 points) and Carolyn Waleski (14 points) led the way for the Griffins Jan. 15. Lincoln-Way East 59. Maine South 52 Carolyn Waleski (14 points) and Katchie Savic (14 points) led the way for the Griffins Jan. 15. Boys bowling Lincoln-Way Central places second overall at Joliet West Invitational Steven Plane (1,344) was overall champion and Alex Nolan (1,242) took eighth place to lead the Knights Jan. 13. Lincoln-Way East finishes sixth at Joliet West Invitational Demitri Przybylinski and D.J. Armbrecht advanced to sectionals for the Griffins Jan. 13. Boys swimming Lincoln-Way Central finished seventh at the Al Gillberg Invite Tournament Tim Murphy, Matt Senese, Danny O’Brien and Joe Bozzi placed fifth in 200 medley relay; Tommy Kirk placed seventh in 200 IM; O’Brien placed sixth in 100 butterfly; and Murphy placed fifth in 100 backstroke to lead the Knights Jan. 13. Lincoln-Way Central 113, Lincoln-Way West 64 Justin Hearne, Matt Senese, Tommy Kirk and Joe Bozzi kicked off Senior Night Jan. 18 for both teams with a win in the 200 medley relay. Also, Danny O’Brien won the 200 and 100 freestyle; Josh Fox won the 50 freestyle; Bozzi won the 500 freestyle; Tyler Quigley won the 100 breaststroke and Tim Murphy won the 100 backstroke. The relay team of Murphy, Hearne, Zach Athos and Fox won the 200 freestyle relay, and the team of Fox, O’Brien, Murphy and Hearne won the 400 freestyle relay.

42 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger sports “ABSOLUTELY —Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet IN THE WORLD.” Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Sydney Tyler “A gift forthisplanet.” —Georgianveteran journalist Helena Apkhadze Tyler is a junior on the Griffins girls bowling team How’d you get started in bowling? I started young, when I was 4, and my family was really big on bowling, so I jumped right in with them. What’s your spirit animal? I would say a tiger because it’s fierce and strong. MAR 21-25 Rosemont RosemontTheatre Art That Connects Heavenand Earth “ Ihavereviewedabout about 4,000 shows since1942. None can compare to whatIsaw tonight.” —Richard Connema, renowned Broadway critic “Thereisamassivepower in this thatcan embracethe world. It brings greathope. It is truly atouch of heaven.” —Daniel Herman, minister of Culture of the Czech Republic “Mesmerizing! Iencourage everyone to see and all of us to learn from.” —Donna Karan, creator of DKNY “The greatest of the great! It must be experienced.” —Christine Walevska, “goddess of the cello”, watched Shen Yun 5times ALL 2017 SHOWS SOLD OUT! SECURE YOUR SEATS NOW! APR5-8 Aurora Paramount Theatre APR12-15 Chicago HarrisTheater 888-99-SHOWS(74697) Prices:$80-$200 What are your plans for after high school? I’d like to continue bowling in college and I want to become an interior designer. I would like to go to Nebraska because they have a really good bowling team, and I would like to continue bowling in college; Duke because that was the first college I went to, and I found it stuck with me over the years; Vanderbilt because they also have a good bowling team; and Drexel because I did a summer program over the summer for interior design. What’s your ideal postgame meal? Sushi. I really like seafood. If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would buy? A car. A Cadillac CTSX. What item do you currently own that you couldn’t live without? My Phone. I do a lot of stuff with it; I play a lot of games, and I watch a lot of Netflix on it. If you could pick two people to bowl a game with, who would they be? I would pick my grandma and my aunt. They got me started with bowling and they always helped me, gave me tips. And my aunt because she has bowled a 300 before and I want to be just like her. If you could own an Photo submitted exotic pet, what would it be? A monkey. They seem fun. Do you prefer the lanes to be oiled too much or not enough? Not enough because the ball will hook more. What one lesson has bowling taught you about life? It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Interview conducted by Editor T.J. Kremer III