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Athlete of the Month

Loyola Academy senior girls tennis player Caroline

Witkowski is the winner of 22nd Century Media’s

Athlete of the Month competition for the month of

September. 22nd Century Media File Photo

Loyola’s Witkowski

captures top spot

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

For the third time this

year, a Rambler tallied the

most votes in 22nd Century

Media’s Athlete of the

Month contest.

Loyola Academy senior

girls tennis player Caroline

Witkowski finished with

283 votes for the contest

in the month of September.

Witkowski, along with

junior Maggie Hines,

made up the no. 1 doubles

team for Loyola for the

past two seasons. Last season

the duo combined to

finish seventh in the state

and followed that up with

another seventh-place finish

this season.

Finishing second in the

voting was Loyola senior

volleyball player Natasha

Borkowski. Loyola golfer

Connor Prassas was third.

The Athlete of the

Month contest for athletes

selected in the month of

October gets underway

Thursday, Nov. 10. Vote at


October Athlete of the Month Candidates

Lake Forest

Lena Benjakul, girls golf

Lena Ansari, Lake Forest

Academy girls field hockey

Cal Wonham, football

Claire Torkelson, girls


New Trier

Max Rosenthal, football

Nicole Urbanowicz, New

Trier girls volleyball

Loyola Academy

Anya Kavanagh, girls field


Tommy Herion, Football

Highland Park

Charlie Skurie, boys crosscountry

Tommy Quirk, boys soccer

Julia Shafir, girls golf

D.J. Westbrook, football

Glenbrook North

Ryan Golde, boys soccer

Charlie Van Cleave, boys


Ashley Choi, girls golf

Jeffrey Van Spankeren,

boys cross-country

Glenbrook South

Julia Rytel, girls volleyball

Grady Bruch, boys soccer

This Week In

Scouts Varsity


Boys Cross-Country

■Nov. ■ 5 - IHSA State

Championship at Peoria

(Detweiller Park), TBD

Girls Cross-Country

■Nov. ■ 5 - IHSA State

Championship at Peoria

(Detweiller Park), TBD

Boys Hockey

Varsity Blue

■Nov. ■ 9 - vs. D155 (Lake


From Page 39

tional is staying healthy

and logging considerable

miles this summer, according

to Sullivan.

Lake Forest had one

participant in the Sectional

meet, senior Etienne


Najman had a time of

16:14 to place 65th overall.

“After talking with Etienne,

he said it didn’t go

very well,” coach Nathan

Sweet said.

“He felt a little flat today.

I’m pretty pleased

with his performance.”

He was faced with the

task of pushing himself

in the buildup to this race

and throughout the duration

of the course after his

team failed to qualify for

this meet.

“As an individual it is

kind of difficult, it’s quite

challenging,” Sweet said.

“We have seen a lot of

these teams during the

season, especially Lake

Zurich. We knew coming

in what to expect having

competed against them.”

His time dropped by

six seconds from the Libertyville

regional while

competing as the lone


“It’s more of a mental

toughness and challenge

Forest College),

8 p.m.

Varsity Gold

■Nov. ■ 9 - at LZ/M/W

(Glacier Ice Arena),

8:50 p.m.

Girls Hockey

■Nov. ■ 3 - vs. Latin

(Lake Forest College),

8:45 p.m.

■Nov. ■ 10 - at Lake Forest

Academy, 5 p.m.

than with a team,” Sweet

said. “With a team you

have six other individuals

in the race with you trying

to achieve the same goals.

You feed off of each other.

As an individual, it’s just

you against everyone else

in the race. That’s the most

challenging part of coming

into a situation like this.”

The Lake Forest girls

cross country team finished

seven places out of

state qualification, also

racing at the Waukegan

Sectional, though two runners

earned individual advancement

to state.

Junior Brett Chody, who

finished in sixth place, had

a time of 17:50 to qualify,

as did junior Emma Milburn

with a time of 18:26.

Chody beat her regional

time by 15 seconds, while

Milburn shredded 25 seconds

off her previous


The Scouts had a team

score of 299. Senior Haley

Click and Mary Gregg

rounded out the team’s top

four with times of 20:12

and 20:17respectively.

Glenbrook North had a

mesh of experience competing

in the race, which

failed to send anyone to


Four of the team’s top

five runners were underclassmen,

including three


“It shows really nice

Girls Swimming

■Nov. ■ 5 - NSC

Championship (East

Campus), 9 a.m.

Girls Volleyball

■Nov. ■ 3 - Sectional Final vs.

TBD at Lakes, 6 p.m.

Caxys Varsity


Prep Hockey

■Nov. ■ 4 - at Nike Bauer

Tournament vs. Gilmour,

10:50 a.m.

progress with a young

team,” coach Bob Leblanc

said. “The first time you

see this race it can be a

little nerve racking. Next

year we will know what

we are walking into, for a

lot of the girls.”

The 14th-placed team

was paced by freshman

Maya Epstein in 42nd

place overall with a time

of 19:17.

The course proved more

of a challenge for Epstein

than the Hoffman Estates

Regional, as she finished

40 seconds slower than her

previous mark.

According to Leblanc,

the course measured closer

to 3.1 miles instead of 3,

in addition to the weather

and hills limiting the runners

this week.

Junior Emma Cintado

clocked in at 19:33 and

Chloe MacMillin had a

time of 20:06 to round out

the top three.

Highland Park’s girls

team failed to send anyone

to state as the squad

finished in 15th place with

403 points.

“It didn’t go real well

for us at the Sectional,”

coach Andy Butler said.

“It was a tough day for the

girls team.”

Senior Veronica Kriss

was on pace early to qualify

for the next meet, but

faltered down the stretch

with a time of 19:37.

■Nov. ■ 4 - at Nike Bauer

Tournament vs. Minnesota

Magicians, 5:30 p.m.

■Nov. ■ 5 - at Nike Bauer

Tournament vs. Team North

Dakota, 11 a.m.

Girls Hockey

■Nov. ■ 6 - at Glenbrook HS

(Northbrook Arena), 6:40


■Nov. ■ 8 - vs. New Trier

Silver, 6 p.m.

■Nov. ■ 10 - vs. Lake Forest,

5 p.m.

“Our No. 1 runner Veronica

Kriss was running

real well, she was in position

after two miles, but at

two miles, she shut down,”

Butler said. “She was totally

fatigued and her body

shut down. It was hard, because

she was right there

and 17th place was the last

place that qualified (for

state). The combination

of it being warmer and dehydrated,

maybe anxiety

(hurt her). I felt really bad

because she worked hard

and deserved it.”

Junior Kaitlyn Twadell

came in second on the

squad with a time of 19:54.

“She had a chance, she

got boxed in early,” Butler

said. “She got too far back

and couldn’t fight her way

back. She has been battling

a shin injury. She was

off, but both our No. 1 and

No. 2 runners ran as hard

as they could, it just wasn’t

their day.”

Freshman Jillian Butler

came in two seconds behind

Twadell to round out

the top three.

“The sectional meet is

so hard, because it comes

down to one day and people

perform at their best

and the margin for error is

pretty small,” Butler said.

“We will learn from it, we

have a group is motivated

by it and will be better in

the track season and next


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