Titan Top Three

Samantha Casey & Georgia Arvanitis, co-sports-editors

These are the top three moments in Titan sports from the past month, picked by the Oracle sports editors.

1)Sam Iida

Junior Sam Iida, state champion in the 500-yard freestyle, beat the GBS record for the 100-yard breaststroke on Jan. 22 during a home meet against Niles West. The school record was previously held by Jon Salomon, a state champion who graduated last year.  According to Iida, he intended on beating the record before he went into the race. Head Coach Keith MacDonald is excited to see Iida perform at the State meet.

2) Jimmy Martinelli

Senior Jimmy Martinelli was named all-tournament player at the Loyola and New Trier invite on Nov. 23-28. He was also the leading scorer out of all 16 teams, averaging 19 points per game at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic on Dec. 21-26. Head Coach Benjamin Widner names Martinelli as one of South’s key players this season. According to Martinelli, his goal, as well as the team’s goal, is to finish in the top three of conference.

“[Jimmy] is our leading scorer and rebounder. He does a great job,” Widner said.

3) Titan Poms

The Titan Poms competed in the National Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Florida on Jan. 29-31. In the Large Varsity Team category, the Titans placed 11th in Poms and 13th in Jazz, which is the highest GBS has ever placed in Jazz and Poms at Nationals, according to senior captain Grace Moran. The Titans advanced to semifinals in both Jazz and Pom categories. However, they missed the finals cut by less than one point, according to Moran.

“When we hit the last pose in our semi-final Pom performance[… ] we all went crazy as we ran off because we all knew [that] we just nailed [the performance],” Moran said. “I will never forget that feeling.”