Monday, December 17, 2012
Watch: Andrew freshman Caily Friel recreates her state-finalist performance in the 100-yard breaststroke in a Patch video.
Kelly Matusik created the environment. Caily Friel created the excitement. Friel, an Andrew High School freshman, powered to a 12th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke event at the IHSA girls state swimming meet. She recorded a season-best and school-record time of 1:06.01 in the prelims on Friday, Nov. 16, at Evanston Township High School. Then, she was clocked in 1:06.31 on Saturday, Nov. 17, while becoming the first Andrew freshman to reach the girls swimming state finals since Olympic silver medalist Christine Magnuson at the turn of the new millennium. Friel is recognized today for her fast work as Southland Patch’s Athlete of the Month for November. She started shaving precious seconds off her time in the 100 breast as soon as …
Joliet photographer John Parli snapped a few shots of Southland Patch's Athlete of the Month winner Caily Friel. He will present her with this keepsake print.
Joliet photographer John Parli snapped a few shots of Southland Patch's Athlete of the Month winner Caily Friel during a meeting Thursday at Andrew. Parli will present his fine-art print to Friel as a keepsake to mark the occasion. Friel, a freshman who placed 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke event at the IHSA girls state swimming meet, was selected as Southland Patch's Athlete of the Month for November from a list of weekly winners by Patch Sports Editor Ron Kremer. The other weekly winners in fan voting for November Patch MVP honors were Kelly Clarke (Mother McAuley volleyball), Josh Glover (Lincoln-Way West bowling) and Abby Kresal (Marian Catholic girls swimming). PHOTO CREDIT: John Parli Photography
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Ryan Utter stood tall in the face of gusting winds at the Class 3A state tournament, dropping a birdie putt on his final hole to finish in a tie for fourth place. He is honored for his work today as Patch's Athlete of the Month for October.
His dad taught him how to play golf. Years later, his mom nearly paid the ultimate price for that. Providence Catholic High School senior Ryan Utter—Patch’s Athlete of the Month for October—can laugh now with friends about the time he nearly took out his mom with an errant tee shot. “We tease him,” Providence coach John Platt said. “I’ve seen him hit great shots. And I’ve seen him hit bad shots. I think the worst shot I’ve seen him hit was on the 18th hole at sectionals during his junior year. “His mother (Denise Utter), who I had never seen come watch before, was … we’re talking it was probably 100 yards left of where he should be hitting it,” Platt said. “And he pulls his driver, just misses his mother and the ball goes in the water. He …