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42 | April 12, 2018 |

42 | April 12, 2018 | The highland park landmark Sports hplandmark.com Giants’ Connors all-around champ at Bohl David Jaffe Freelance Reporter Junior Kevin Connors has been a very welcome addition to Highland Park gymnastics. All Connors did at the 19-team Mundelein Bob Bohl Invite Friday, April 6 was win the all-around title (55.825, the horizontal bar (9.6) and the still rings (9.5). He also finished with higher than a nine in all but one event. His dismount on the h- bar was extremely difficult but he managed to get high up in the air and perfectly stick the landing. “My goal on the dismount was to get as much height as possible,” Connors said. “No one else was doing that type of dismount so I wanted to make sure it looked perfect.” Despite not having an easy task, he was just as strong on rings. “The judges were a little tough on my score,” Connors said. “But I felt I hit my routine just about perfectly. When you stick it exactly the way you want to it’s a great feeling.” Connors was also second on pommel horse (9.3), vault (9.425) and parallel bars (9.3) and earned an 8.7 on floor. He joined Highland Park after previously competing in club gymnastics, at the Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center. Connors is enjoying competing as a member of a team. “Club is very serious and the sole focus is trying to compete in college,” Connors said. “But high school you’re competing to help your team do as well as they can. Highland Park’s Matt Hyatt holds himself steady on the parallel bars Friday, April 6, at the Bob Bohl Invite at Mundelein High School, during his routine. Photos by Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media Everyone fights hard in every event and that’s really fun to see. I was used to it being very individual but it’s enjoyable competing now in a team-oriented fashion.” Teammate Matt Hyatt took fifth on vault (9.3) and tied for sixth on p- bars (9). He also had solid scores on floor (8.5) and h-bar (8.2). Tim Steves did well on floor (8.7), vault (8.2) and p-bars (8). The Giants finished fifth at the invite with 149.725 points. A Warriors’ success Both Highland Park and Deerfield share gymnastics coach Doug Foerch and a practice space. The team competed back-toback at the Bob Bohl Invite. Highland Park resident Grant Baucom, a sophomore at Deerfield High School, placed seventh in the all around and finished fourth on the still rings (9.25). RIGHT: Tim Steves steadies himself on the still rings during his routine.

hplandmark.com sports the highland park landmark | April 12, 2018 | 43 Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media 1st-and-3 Stars of the Week 1. Matt Hyatt (Above). The Highland Park sophomore had a good all-around showing at the Bob Bohl Invite in Mundelein for boys gymnastics. He placed fifth on vault (9.3) and tied for sixth (9) on the parallel bars. 2. Kevin Connors. The junior is in his first year on varsity with the Giants’ boys gymnastics team. He took the all-around title for himself Friday, April 6, at the same Bob Bohl Invite. 3. HP Baseball. At the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla., the Giants went 4-1 during their spring-break trip. Listen Up This Week In ... Giants Athletics Girls Soccer ■April ■ 17 - hosts Vernon Hills, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - at Maine East, 7 p.m. Baseball ■April ■ 12 - at Maine South, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Hertiage Park vs. Fremd, 9:30 a.m. ■April ■ 16 - hosts Glenbrook South, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - at Maine West, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Maine West, 4:45 p.m. Boys Tennis ■April ■ 14 - at Mt. Prospect Knights Invite, 8:30 a.m. ■April ■ 17 - hosts Glenbrook South, 4:30 p.m. Girls Soccer Highland Park 5, Huntley 3 Jolie Carl led the Giants’ with three goals Saturday, April 7, in the team’s first came of the PepsiCo Challenge. Sarah Stalhberger netted two of her own goals and assisted on another in the win. Starting goalkeeper Sydney Salgado recorded three saves and Morgan Cohen, the second-half keeper, also recorded three saves. Baseball Eastern 9, Highland Park 6 Noah Shutan had two “My goal was to break 18 [minutes] and I was well under that.” Veronica Kriss — Highland Park HS graduate, on her first outdoor track-and-field race with Boston University. ■April ■ 19 - at Maine West, 4:30 p.m. Boys Volleyball ■April ■ 13 - at Lake County Invite, Grant High School, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Lake County Invite, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - hosts Maine East, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - at Vernon Hills, 6 p.m. Boys Gymnastics ■April ■ 14 - at York, noon ■April ■ 17 - at Deerfield, 6 p.m. Girls Water Polo ■April ■ 12 - hosts Glenbrook North, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Deerfield Invite, 8 a.m. ■April ■ 17 - hosts Maine West, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - at Deerfield, 6 p.m. high school highlights The rest of the week in high school sports runs on two hits Saturday, April 7, in Kissimme, Fla., during the team’s loss to Eastern. Tyler Gussis (1H, 1 RBI), Jack Kramer (1H, 2 RBI), Luke Semrad (1H, 1 RBI) and Michael Rooney (1H, 1 RBI) all contributed offensively during the game. Highland Park 10, Bullitt East 0 Tyler Gussis didn’t allow a single run and only two hits Friday, April 6 in the Giants’ shutout win against Bullitt East at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility in Kissimme, Fla. Giants’ offense was led by Joey Re- inberg (1H, 1 RBI), John Sakos (1R, 2H, 2 RBI), Noah Spitz ( 1R, 2H, 2 RBI) and Jack Kramer (2H, 3 RBI). Gussis struck our four hitters from the mound. Highland Park 5, Viewmont 4 Luke Baldwin held onto the victory on the mound during the close April 5 game in Kissimme, Fla. He allowed three hits on two runs over two innings and walked one. Noah Shutan threw on inning in relief. The Giants scored four runs in the third inning and added a run in the eighth after Viewmont tied up the game. Shutan, Noah Spitz, Michael Rooney, Joey Reinberg and John Sakos all scored tune in Boys Lacrosse The Giants will face a tough competitor with the Patriots and try to best them. Highland Park at Stevenson, Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m. Boys Water Polo ■April ■ 12 - at Glenbrook North, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Waubonsie Valley, 8 a.m. ■April ■ 17 - at Maine West, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Deerfield, 6 p.m. Boys Lacrosse ■April ■ 12 - hosts Maine South, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Stevenson, 2 p.m. ■April ■ 16 - at Hoffman Estates, 7 p.m. ■April ■ 18 - hosts Antioch, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Whitney Young, 5 p.m. Girls Lacrosse ■April ■ 13 - at Glenbrook South, 7 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - hosts Chicago-Taft, 11:15 a.m. ■April ■ 16 - hosts Libertyville, runs for the Giants. Tyler Gussis recorded an RBI after a pop-fly single drove in Shutan. Highland Park 4, St. Francis de Sales 3 Zach Zoloto helped the Giants to a win from the mound April 4 in Kissimme, Fla. Zoloto allowed five hits and two runs over four-and-athird innings. He struck out four and walked one. Noah Shutan and Luke Baldwin both came in for relief during the game. Noah Spitz, Jack Greenwald, Luke Semrad and Michael Rooney all scored a run. Index 40 - Centennial Ice Skaters 39 - Athlete of the Week 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Vernon Hills, 4:45 p.m. Softball ■April ■ 12 - hosts Vernon Hills, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Freeport (DH), 11 a.m./1 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - at Maine East, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Deerfield, 4:45 p.m. Girls Track and Field ■April ■ 12 - at Grayslake Central, 4 p.m. ■April ■ 16 - at Deerfield, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 18 - at Loyola, 4:30 p.m. Boys Track and Field ■April ■ 17 - at New Trier (Winnetka Campus), 4:30 p.m. Highland Park 11, Jackson County 1 Jack Kramer solidified the Giants’ big win off a walk to get on first April 3 in Kissimmee, Fla. After Noah Shutan scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-1 in favor of the Giants, Kramer walks, then steals second and teammate Jack Greenwald walks, loading the bases. Luke Semrad singles a line drive to right field and picks up the 3 RBI. Semrad steals second and Michael Rooney triples on a fly ball to right field. Rooney finished the game with a run and 2 RBI. T.J. Gimbel pitched six innings and allowed just one run on three hits and struck out three. Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Brittany Kapa. Send any questions or comments to b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia. com.