DOWNERS GROVE – As expected, Lyons Township won the boys gymnastics title in the West Suburban Silver on Friday, and now the Lions have a state trophy on their minds.
LT posted a season-high score of 155.9 at Downers Grove North to win the meet by more than seven points. The Lions were the dominant team at the meet, posting the best score on four of the six events and had the individual winner in five events as well as the all-around.
“It was our best meet of the year,” LT coach Kenn Su said. “It was the first time at a major invitational that we’ve won four out of the six events.”
The Lions broke their previous season high by more than two points. Junior Chris Rediehs won the all-around with a 52.8 score. He also was first on floor exercise, pommel horse and vault. Alex Janicki was first on parallel bars and horizontal bar.
Dave Bielski, Will Gallucci, Noah Mennemeier, Xavy Berry and Jackson McCoy all placed top five on one event.
“We’ve got a lot of seniors that are starting to step it up,” Su said. “They don’t have very many meets left so they’re working hard in practice. We’re starting to hit it on all cylinders.”
The Lions now turn their attention to the sectional meet, which LT is hosting Friday. LT will be favored to win the sectional, but Niles West will be tough competition after recently scoring 153.15 to win the Central Suburban League meet.
A year ago the Lions were fifth in state, coming up one place short of a state trophy. This season, the Lions have the third best high score in the state. The Wheaton co-op is again heavily favored to win state having gone over 160 twice this season, but LT, Stevenson, Niles West and Mundelein appear to be in contention for state trophies.
“I think we’re capable of going 157 or 158 if we all hit,” Su said. “We’re shooting for top three. We’d like a trophy. That’s been the goal all year. We feel it’s right there.”
Su praised the team’s work and the program’s progression in his four years as head coach.
“To me, winning the West Suburban Silver championship is the culmination of four years of really hard work,” he said. “We’re a heavily senior dominated team this year. We changed the culture four years ago when [Fred Dryanski], the previous coach, left and these kids have stuck with us through thick and thin. It’s been just great to see how their hard work and dedication has resulted in a conference championship. I’m really proud of the guys.”