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Five spring sports highlights

Wheaton co-op gymnastics state title tops list

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 4:01 p.m. CDT
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Wheaton co-op's Ethan Sansone competes on the pommel horse at the IHSA state meet at Hinsdale Central. Sansone won the event and the team won its third straight title.
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Wheaton Warrenville South's Erin Zappia competes in the high jump preliminaries at the state meet. Zappia notched an all-state finish, as did teammate Heidi Nassos in the pole vault.

WHEATON – The spring sports season has concluded and with it the school year. Now is the perfect time to take one more look at the best moments from the spring sports season for Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South.

1. Simply the best

The top team in the state throughout the spring, the Wheaton co-op boys gymnastics squad put forth a dominant performance at the IHSA state meet. Wheaton posted a total of 161.55 to win its third consecutive state championship and in the process topped its closest competition at the state meet by nearly eight points.

"I think we met our expectations and exceeded them," senior Ethan Sansone said. "We pretty much hit every routine that we came out and tried.

"Freshman year, I'm the only freshman on the varsity squad and the rest of the guys were seniors and a few juniors. Back then I had no clue that we'd end up with three team titles and everything else we've accomplished."

2. MacDonald leaves mark in gymnastics finale

Having made the decision not to compete in college, David MacDonald (Wheaton Warrenville South) went out with a bang in his final gymnastics meet.

The Wheaton co-op senior won the individual all-around title with a score of 56.1 while also coming in first on the floor, still rings, vault and the parallel bars. Sansone (Wheaton North) added a runner-up finish in the all-around (54.2) and also placed first on the pommel horse with a 9.6.

3. McDonough triples state tennis win total

Courtesy of his second-place showing at the Naperville North sectional, Wheaton Warrenville South's Charlie McDonough advanced to the state meet for the second straight year.

After winning one match at state in 2013, the sophomore won his first two matches in straight sets this spring before falling in the third round. McDonough then notched one more victory in the consolation bracket.

4. Contreras leaps into top-10

Not only did Matt Contreras advance to the IHSA state track and field meet in the pole vault after falling short in the sectional the year before, but the Wheaton North junior also notched all-state status. Qualifying for the finals with a mark of 13 feet, 9 inches in the prelims, Contreras finished eighth in Class 3A with a height of 14-3 to bring home a state medal.

5. All-state track honors for Tigers

The Wheaton Warrenville South girls track and field team had a pair of individuals bring home all-state medals from the IHSA Class 3A state meet.

Junior Heidi Nassos came in eighth place in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet while senior Erin Zappia finished ninth in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 4 inches. Fellow senior Amy Smith also added a 10th-place showing in the pole vault.

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