HC Boys' Gymnastics impresses on Senior Night
Senior Thompson dazzles as both varsity and freshman teams prevail
By: Mike Ellis
HINSDALE—Hinsdale Central Boys’ Gymnastics enjoyed a good all-around performance on Senior Night en route to a win over York at both the freshman and varsity levels earlier this evening.
The varsity squad defeated the Dukes, 141.7-117.8, while the freshman unit prevailed 77.2-70.6.
“Senior Night is always bittersweet,” varsity coach Mark Wanner said. “Four years of hard work for a lot of [our team], and it’s fun to be a part of. It’s good to win this meet, but it’s more about what happens at the end of the year, and they know that.”
Senior Brian Thompson performed difficult routines on all apparatuses, displaying great strength on the pommel horse and equally impressive balance on the still rings. Juniors Jack Schmidt and Alex Gelz both executed excellent routines on the parallel bars as well, while sophomore Luke Letizia stood out on the high bar with an impressive dismount.
“We had a really good day on parallel bars—all the guys hit [their routines],” Wanner said.
At the freshman level, coach Myles Laffey said he was pleased with his team’s overall performance.
“The team has improved vastly over the season,” Laffey said. “We had two all-arounders, Andrew Miscimarra and Chris Kujalowicz, who did a great job. We had a need for a score with an athlete out injured (Darryl Larsen), and he was replaced by Thomas Swanson in his first meet. Thomas did a great job at vault for us, gave us a score we really needed; he probably made the difference in the meet.”
The evening was not without an anxious moment. On his dismount from the still rings, freshman Larry Walls hit the ground hard and injured his legs as the gym fell silent.
“It appeared to be simply a matter of letting go,” Laffey said. “I initially thought that maybe there was a bad bail, which I should have seen, but the outside coaches said [Walls] seemed seemed to have let go. His feet hurt him from landing sideways.”
Momentarily down and out, Walls demonstrated tremendous perseverance by returning to perform on the parallel bars, where Laffey said he produced the team high-score.
The Red Devils return to action at the Donaldson Invite at Wheaton Warrenville South on Saturday at 2 p.m.
“We’re looking to add our full lineup,” Wanner said, “and we’re ready for our next meet.”