Athlete of the Week
Wells went undefeated at No. 1 singles at the Lakes Quadrangular on Saturday with wins against Grayslake North, Zion-Benton and Lakes. Skyhawks coach Rick Bailey said Wells has put in a lot of offseason work.
“[Wells has] just worked at it and worked at it and worked at it,” Bailey said. “Kevin is playing what I call No. 1 singles. He’s competing well.”
Taking its toll: The only good thing about the weather this spring for Cary-Grove coach Amanda Schuetzle is that it has been worse.
Schuetzle sets the benchmark for bad weather as the 2011 state tournament, when former Trojans player Chris Federighi played in frigid temperatures and gale force winds. This year the wind has been better, but there’s still the cold and rain.
“I keep telling myself it was way worse two years ago,” Schuetzle said. “The rain is expected, it’s the cold that’s been brutal. When you combine the two it’s awful.”
Schuetzle said she has been pleased with the way her team has adjusted to the conditions both mentally and physically.
“You kind of have to get past that and play. You’re going through it, but so is everyone else,” Schuetzle said. “My guys have stayed pretty upbeat.”
Bailey said the inability to get much practice in outdoors has had a big impact on his team because most only play during the season. This is especially true for his inexperienced players, whose development is primarily during team practices.
“It’s impacting my ability to improve the team,” Bailey said. “What’s made this really frustrating for me and my players is we’re constantly trying to have any kind of a rhythm. And there isn’t.”
This week’s top meets
Prairie Ridge at Jacobs
4 p.m. Friday
The Wolves and Golden Eagles will try again after getting rained out last week in what could be the determining match in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division.
Prairie Ridge Invitational
9 a.m. Saturday
Crystal Lake Central and Marian Central also compete at the multiteam event.
– Rob Smith