The 2012-13 prep athletic season in the Orland Park/Homer Glen area stayed strong.
This week, TribLocal looks at how the girls' sports fared for Sandburg, Lockport and Providence Catholic. Many of the teams found themselves among the state's elite.
The Orland Park/Homer Glen area showed its muscle in cheerleading as all three area teams finished in the top five of the Illinois High School Association state meet.
Providence won its first state title in the large-team division with a 93.72 score.
Sandburg, which won title in 2012, placed fourth with a 92.82 and Lockport followed in fifth with a 92.22.
Porter bowlers fourth
Lockport's girls bowling team took fourth in the state meet after the Porters were tied with Rockford Jefferson for the lead after the first day of the tourney.
Megan Szcapanski led Lockport with a 2,520 pinfall in 12 games — good for 13th in the state — and Ashley Hostert had a 2,508, which earned her a 15th-place finish.
Powell No. 8 in state
Sandburg's Nicole Powell closed out a successful career when she finished eighth in the girls bowling state tournament with a pinfall of 2,580. It was the second year in a row she finished in the top 10 as she took second in 2012.
Lockport badminton player Sara Napoli went 5-2 in the state tournament and reached the consolation quarterfinals before bowing out to Audrey Mang of New Trier. Her first-round victory in the state meet was a 21-18, 21-14 triumph over Sandburg's Sarah Crowley.
Super Sandburg soccer and softball
Sandburg's soccer team made it to the Class 3A supersectional before bowing to Hinsdale Central, 2-0. Prior to the loss, the Eagles outscored their first four postseason opponents by a combined score of 19-1.
The Eagles also made it to supersectional play in class 4A in softball after pulling of a wild 5-4 victory over defending state champion Marist in the sectional final. But the run came to an end with an 8-1 loss to York.
Sandburg sophomore Carly Krull claimed 15th place and junior teammate Grace Foley was 17th in the state in cross country.
Krull took ninth in the state in the 3200 meter run and Foley was 21st.
Dancing to a strong finish
The IHSA hosted its first competitive dance state meet this season and Sandburg landed in the top 10 with a sixth-place finish.
Sandburg had its season come to an end in the sectional semifinals with a 25-21, 25-27, 25-23 loss to Mother McAuley while Lockport bowed of in the regional finals with a 13-25, 25-21, 25-19 loss to Lemont in Class 4A action.
In Class 3A, Joliet Catholic Academy ended Providence's season with 25-19, 24-26, 25-16 setback in regional play.