For the eighth time in the last 10 years, the Oak Lawn Community High School boys bowling team rolled to the top of the heap by earning a trip to the IHSA state tournament.
The Spartans placed second in the Hinsdale South Sectional and 22nd in state tourney play at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon. Coach Kevin McKeown was named the South Suburban Red Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in a row.
Cody Marek and Ryan Campin were named the team’s co-MVPs during Oak Lawn’s recent winter sports bash. Mike Pontrelli was awarded the Spartan boys bowling Sportsmanship Award. Marek, Campin and Dan Pfister were cited as all-conference picks.
And the future looks bright for the Spartans, too. Oak Lawn also won the boys bowling sophomore conference title.
Following is a rundown of the Oak Lawn winter sports award winners:
BOYS BASKETBALL: Lyndell Johnson, MVP; Lorenzo Gudino, Sportsmanship Award; All-Conference picks—Johnson, Jacob Campbell and Martynas Einikis.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: LaTondra Brooks, MVP; Brooke Annerino, Sportsmanship Award; All-Conference picks—Brooks, Annerino and Jannah Mahmoud. The sophomore Spartans won the SSC Red championship.
WRESTLING: Kevin Lonergan, MVP; Connor Niemiec, Sportsmanship Award.
BOYS SWIMMING: Yoon Nam, MVP. Sean Mottl, Sportsmanship Award; All-Conference picks—Nam (100 backstroke, 200 medley relay), Mottl (200 medley relay), Joe Fay (200 medley relay) and Marc Augustine (200 medley relay).
GIRLS BOWLING: Shannon McGuire, MVP; Jamie Schuld, Sportsmanship Award.
CHEERLEADING: Jessica Hoenselaar and Kaleigh Hayes, co-MVPs; Erin Pratl, Sportsmanship Award; All-Conference pick—Katie Bringe.
DANCE: Lauren Sipple and Becky Mackowiak, co-MVPs.