Maddie and Bryce Sesemann are usually too involved in their own sports to notice how their cousin is doing.
That should change now that both members of the Sesemann extended family are in the process of wrapping up their winter seasons.
Bryce Sesemann, a senior from Hinsdale South, completed his boys bowling season Saturday when the Hornets finished 10th in the St. Patrick Sectional. Only the top six schools in each sectional advance to the state meet and he did not qualify as an individual after ranking second on the team in scoring average.
“This year is my favorite year,” said Bryce Sesemann, who lives in Willowbrook. “For the last four years, I’ve been bowling. We had a lot of new kids and a lot of my senior friends tried out and made the team.”
With school postponed Monday and Tuesday due to the frigid temperatures, Sesemann was preparing to report Wednesday to indoor track and field preseason practice, which already started last week. He is a long jumper and triple jumper.
Bryce Sesemann’s father Doug is the brother of Maddie Sesemann’s dad Craig. Bryce Sesemann’s brother Hunter is a sophomore on the Hornets’ track and field team, while older sister Jordan was involved in cheerleading. Their three younger sisters all participate in sports.
Maddie Sesemann, a junior at Hinsdale Central, is beginning to wind down her girls gymnastics season. She will compete in the West Suburban Silver meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hinsdale Central. The Devils then open the playoffs at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Lyons Regional in La Grange.
Maddie Sesemann, the youngest of three siblings, doesn’t see any competion in the Sesemann clan to her athletic achievements.
“I think it’s funny. In our family, [Bryce and I] are the most athletic,” she said.
With Lyons poised to repeat as state champion, Red Devils gymnasts such as Sesemann and teammates Alex Yager, Lindsey Riker and Jamie Sherlock face a difficult road to the Hinsdale Central Sectional Feb. 12.
Maddie Sesemann has been heating up at about the right time entering the conference meet. She scored an 8.8 on he vault at Saturday’s York Invitational to take seventh for eighth place Hinsdale Central (127.55). Sesemann was 18th on all-around (33.10).
“I think [floor] is my best event. That’s where I can possibly go to the sectional,” Sesemann said.
The Devils are rebuilding this year behind Yager, the team’s only senior. The loss of a couple of club gymnasts have left Sesemann as the only junior, while the rest of the team includes sophomores Elle Bergevin, Riker and Sherlock.
“This has definitely been my best season of gymnastics so far,” said Sesemann, who lives in Clarendon Hills. “I’ve got my highest all-around score [8.85 in a dual meet Jan. 22 against York] and my highest score.”