Most and Highland Park athletes consider each other rivals. But Deerfield's Mike Spinello and Highland Park's Robbie Brown are rivals of a different sort.
"It's not because they're from different schools," Deerfield/Highland Park Head Gymnastics Coach Doug Foerch said. "But there is (a rivalry) just because of their competitive nature and they both just want to be the best."
Being the best on the Deerfield/Highland Park co-op boys gymnastics team has been a two man battle for the last two years. Brown finished 24th in the state in all-around last season, while Spinello finished 16th on floor and 12th on vault at the state meet. Both gymnasts shared team MVP honors.
This year, the friendly rivalry has already begun, as Brown and Spinello have led the Giant Warriors to a 2-0 start as well as a win at the the Dick Foerch invite this past weekend. Brown has finished with the top all-around score twice, while Spinello has taken all-around honors once.
To find out how both plan to improve on last year's run to state, click on the video link above.