ETHS boys gymnastics: Evanston gymnasts claim first CSL title since 1988

Glenbrook North was missing one of its key scorers – out with concussion protocol – for the Central Suburban League championship gymnastics meet held Thursday at the Evanston gym.

But no asterisk was necessary to go with Evanston’s first boys conference gym title since 1988.

The Wildkits relied on the 1-2 scoring punch of freshman Erik Van Leer and senior Aryeh Lesch and piled up a school record 144.15 points to dominate the 8-team field.

Evanston earned a share of the overall title with GBN when dual meet results from the regular season were factored in. But no one wearing the Orange and Blue minded having to share in the spotlight Thursday.

Van Leer and Lesch finished 1-2 in the all-around competition, with 51.20 and 49.20 points, respectively, and combined for 4 individual titles in their home gym.

Now ETHS will have to provide some new signage for veteran head coach Frank Erwin and his championship squad.

“I remember pointing to the sign on the wall early in the season and telling them we needed to put 2022 up there, next to 1988,” said Erwin, referring to the sign that lists the years the program has won titles. “We knew we were going to have a good team and we thought, would it not be something to be able to put another conference championship on that board?

“It was a lofty goal for our program, but the fact that it was even in the realm of possibility was really exciting. They knew the door was open with that GBN kid out. And it was pure exhilaration for me when we won it. We were all thrilled – overwhelmed – and they all came through for us. I just told them before the meet that I had confidence in their ability, and I think we would have given GBN a run for their money with that score even if everyone was healthy. ”

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