Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Shepard’s boys’ swim team dropped a 117-69 South Suburban Conference dual meet to Tinley Park last week before grabbing second place at its own 10-team invitational on Friday.

  The Astros’ Sanders Yu was a two-time winner versus the Titans as he touched out first in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 7.09 seconds) and 200-individual medley (2:13.01). Single-event victors were diver Tyler Timmer (195.80 points) and Hayden Wiest in the 100-backstroke (1:00.54).
  Wiest’s triumph in the 100-butterfly (59.26) and his runner-up finish in the 100-backstroke (59.09) were key elements in Shepard’s performance at its invitational. Also contributing to the Astros’ 269-point total were Yu and Zach Sierzega.

  Yu took second in both the 200 IM (2:12.26) and 100-breaststroke (1:06.48), while Sierzega placed third in two events: the 50-freestyle (23.89) and 100-free (52.76). Other individuals of note were Timmer (fourth in diving, 271.20 points) and Jeremy Schultz (fifth in the 500-free, 5:45.44; seventh in the 200-free, 2:06.23).
  Shepard’s 200-medley (1:48.71) and 400-free (52.35) relay units both wound up third, while its 200-free relay team (1:47.40) occupied the No. 6 finishing position in that event.
  With titles at the Downers Grove South and Lincoln-Way North invitationals already to its credit, Stagg added another crown on Saturday by being the overall pacesetter at the 11-school Lockport Invitational.
  The Chargers piled up 368 points to outdistance runner-up Riverside-Brookfield by 34 ½.
  Leading the way for Stagg was the quartet of Lucas Smiarowski, Harlan Long, Zack Amendola and Evan Johnson, who joined forces to capture victories in both the 200-medley (meet-record 1:39.27) and 400-free (3:17.32) relays. Each swimmer also excelled individually.
  In Amendola’s case, that meant another win, which he grabbed in the 100-fly by completing the race in 53.06. Long took second in both the 200-free (1:49.22) and 100-breaststroke (1:01.75), Johnson garnered a second in the 100-free (49.74) and third in the 50-free (22.68), and Smiarowski was runner-up in the 500-free (4:49.68), where Bloomington’s Michael Wolfe set a meet record with his time of 4:38.02.

  Stagg dropped a 1,748-1,373 SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue verdict to Joliet West last Tuesday at Palos Lanes and a 1,577-1,301 nonconference decision to Tinley Park at that same site the next day.
  Kylee Murray led the Lady Chargers with a 345 series against the Lady Tigers.
  Shepard split a pair of SSC Red matches last week.
  The Lady Astros got the better of Eisenhower (1,528-1,316) on Tuesday at Centennial Lanes, but then had the tables turned on them by Evergreen Park, which bagged a 1,865-1,316 victory on Thursday at Arena Lanes.
  Sandburg came up short against Lockport in an SWSC Blue dual meet last Thursday at Strike ‘N’ Spare II by a 2,114-1,597 score.
  Sandburg finished 10th with 5,900 pins at Saturday’s Andrew Sectional, which was won by Minooka (6,510).
  Paced by titles from John Pellegrino (145 pounds) and Hunter Pindel (182), Sandburg finished second at Saturday’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Meet.
  Pellegrino secured a headlock in his championship bout against Lincoln-Way West’s Kyle Rodriguez and registered a pin 55 seconds into the battle of returning state-placers. It was Pellegrino’s second title after missing the last conference tournament with a concussion.
  Stagg’s Tyler Mackessy (152) was one of three champions to win a crown in overtime at the conference meet.
  Shepard took fifth in the South Suburban Conference meet at TF South with 95.50 points. Nathen Oquendo captured the title at 285 pounds with a pin in 2:38, while Jabari Jones placed second at 195 after falling to a 5-4 defeat against Oak forest’s Nick Graziano.