The distance between Lyons and Mundelein is pretty far – about 42 miles.
The talent level between Lyons and Mundelein, however, was pretty close last year as one point separated fourth-place Mundelein and fifth-place Lyons in the state meet in 2013.
This year, these unlikely foesare facing each other three times on three straight Friday nights.
Lyons won the Hinsdale Central Red Devil Invite on March 7 by close to eight points and Friday night the Lions beat out the Mustangs 146-141.350 at the five-team Homewood-Flossmoor Spring Classic. The two will lock horns one more time on Friday back at Hinsdale Central in the Neil Krupicka Invite.
In Flossmoor, the two teams claimed 27 of the 30 top-five spots in the six individual events. The all-around winner was Mundelein’s Colin McCarthy with a 53.80 while Lyons’ Chris Redhies was second with a 51. McCarthy won the vault, pommel horse and high bar events while Redhies won the parallel bars and floor exercise. Lyons’ Will Gallucci won the rings.
“It was a great meet – we started out a little slow with a couple of falls on the vault,” Lyons coach Kenn Su said. “We were a little off at the beginning. We had to adjust to the scoring a little bit but by the end of the meet we had two of our best performances on the pommel horse and the rings. We really needed that.”
The three SouthWest Suburban Conference teams faced each other for the first time this season and the Lincoln-Way co-op team finished third with 117.65 points while Andrew co-op was fourth with 106.750 and the hosts took fifth with 71.850.
For Lincoln-Way, a team that has been a state power for several years, it may be the best team in the area but has a way to go to become an elite team again.
“It’s a challenge,” first-year coach Allison Hack said. “I know they are talking about next year. This year is a learning experience. We are really young and only have two seniors. They know what the Lincoln-Way tradition has been.’’
Lincoln-Way junior Tyler Greenberg was sixth in all-around to lead the area with a 39.90. Freshman Kaleb Hong was seventh with a 39.150.
Andrew co-op’s Jacob Giron was eighth in all-around with a 28.700 and Homewood-Flossmoor’s Kyle Johnson was ninth with a 23.700.