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26 | February 16, 2017 | The glencoe anchor sports glencoeanchor.com TrEvians From Page 29 est of my beam.” Faulkner’s junior teammate, Rohrer, just missed securing the fifth spot in all-around—her sixth-place score of 36.2 was only .2 shy of Shanahan’s score. GBS junior Bebe Haramaras came in seventh in the event (35.975), followed by New Trier freshman Maeve Murdock (35.975). Rohrer was second in parallel bars (9.35) and tied for fifth in the vault (9.35) while Murdock was fourth in the balance beam (9.375). Although Glenbrook North won’t be represented in the state tournament, the injury-plagued Spartans had a successful season, finishing second in the regional at GBS and also at the Central Suburban League North meet. “I love my team,” GBN coach Julie Holmbeck said. “I cannot say enough about what exceptional young ladies they are. They’ve jelled so well together; they’re the most close-knit group I’ve had. I’m disappointed for (senior) Alex Michalak. She made it to state as a sophomore (finishing 20th on the beam).” Because of a knee injury, Michalak was sidelined for segments of the season and at the sectional she didn’t compete in the floor exercise and the vault. Her vault score of 8.9 tied her Perform Your Best With New Balance Athletics Lacrosse • Baseball • Track Tennis • Golf • Soccer Whether you’re training or competing, we’ve got you covered. Shop here for the best and latest New Balance styles. Get fit in the right size and width for your feet. Reach your next milestone with NB footwear and apparel. Vote for Athlete of the Month Help support young athletes. Vote online February 10 - 25 at: glencoeanchor.com for 12th with Faulkner and in the beam she finished 19th (8.45). The best all-around performer for the Spartans was junior Kelly Lazar in 14th place (34.2). Her best event was the vault, in which she tied for ninth (9.3). Fellow junior Brittany Ulrich was eighth in the parallel bars (9.025). Holmbeck also made a point of praising Katie Brownlee, who along with Michalak was one of only two seniors on the team. “Katie has a great work ethic and she always has a smile on her face,” the GBN coach said. “She’s a solid all-arounder and she did a fine job for us in the vault this year.” Congratulations to this week’s Athlete of the Week. We’re pleased to be a sponsor of this program. New Balance North Shore 610 Central Avenue • Port Clinton Square Downtown Highland Park 847-266-8323 • Open 7 Days • ShopNewShoes.com Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Lauren Kaplinsky The North Shore Country Day senior is also an All-ISL soccer player and tennis player Do you have any superstitions before, after or during a game? Before a game, I tie my left shoe before my right shoe. I always take a headband from Caroline Segal. I’ve always tied my left shoe before my right shoe, for school, for soccer games, everything. The headband thing started this season and two of our three losses have been when I didn’t take a headband from her. Is there any music that pumps you up? We’ve had the same play list since my freshman year. It starts out with rap, then goes to pop and has some country towards the end. What’s the best coaching advice you’ve ever gotten? To not let my height (5-foot-2) be the reason I can’t do something. If you could travel to one place, where would it be? Fiji. I’ve always wanted to go to Fiji and sit on the beach. If you could have dinner with three people who would they be and why? Beyonce, Michelle Obama and Shakira. Beyonce is awesome, Michelle Obama is someone I’ve always looked up to and I just love Shakira. When did you start playing basketball? I started when I was 8. My mom put me in an allboys league and the boys wouldn’t pass to me so I hated it. I quit for a couple years but started again in sixth grade and liked it again. What’s the hardest part about basketball? Working well with everybody on the court, trying to figure out everybody’s styles and how to play with that. Do you feel soccer or basketball is harder? Basketball is harder mentally and soccer is harder physically. What’s the best part about being a North Shore Country Day athlete? That I can be a three-season athlete and play club soccer at the same time. I play basketball, soccer and tennis and play for FC United’s club team. What’s your favorite moment as a North Photo Submitted Shore Country Day athlete? The sectional [semifinal] game of my sophomore year for soccer (2015 vs. St. Edward). We lost but before the game, everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. But we went to PKs and it was the best game I’ve played with my team. I forgot both my shin guards and cleats, two players on our team were coming late and they got caught in a traffic jam and one of them was our goalie and she showed up 10 minutes into the game, our center mid was out of the country doing service and everything had to shift. If you were on a deserted island, what would you bring and why? Food, so I could survive. Seeds so that I could grow an apple tree. Interview by Sports Editor Michael Wojtychiw
glencoeanchor.com sports the glencoe anchor | February 16, 2017 | 27 Athlete of the Year Fast start propels NT’s Kalis to award Michael Wojtychiw Sports Editor New Trier is known for having success in many sports, with many of the school’s athletes winning various awards. The Trevians added yet another local award as girls basketball player Kristie Kalis won the sixth annual 22nd Century Media Athlete of the Year contest, racking up 2,428 votes to defeat fellow New Trier athlete Eden Rane, a coxswain on the Trevians crew team, who tallied 1,415 votes. The contest, which ended Thursday, Feb. 9, included athletes from six schools in the 22CM coverage area and 14 sports, ranging from basketball to soccer to water polo. Kalis, who finished fifth in last year’s Athlete of the Year voting, led the competition from day one. “It’s a good feeling because it shows people care,” Kalis said. “You don’t really realize it while you’re playing, but after you get the recognition, you realize ‘Wow, people do watch New Trier girls basketball and know who I am,’ stuff like that.” Glenbrook North boys soccer player Seth Grossman finished third with 864 votes, Loyola track/ cross country’s Kathryn House took fourth with 748 and Bridget McConnell took fifth with 429. The other nominees included Ryan Gattari (Lake Forest hockey), Jake Mandel (Highland Park baseball), Sam Iida (Glenbrook New Trier’s Kristie Kalis is the winner VARSITY of the VIEWS 22CM Athlete of the Year contest. Varsity Views VARSITY VIEWS South boys swimming and diving), Claire Sullivan (Loyola girls gymnastics), Tom Condon (Lake Forest boys water polo), Kiley Sullivan (Glenbrook North girls soccer), David Adelstein (Highland Park baseball), Caroline Witkowski (Loyola girls tennis), Nicole Urbanowicz (New Trier girls volleyball), Olivia Peters (Glenbrook South girls soccer), Kelly Maday (New Trier girls soccer) and Chris Canning (Loyola boys diving). Kalis joins past winners Olivia Van Zelst, Loyola girls volleyball (2015); Jeannie Boehm, New Trier girls basketball (2014); Kara Lucenti, New Trier girls swimming (2013); Kerry Scafidi, New Trier gymnastics (2012) and Bo Murray, Loyola Academy hockey and baseball (2012). For her victory, Kalis will receive a prize package including a personalized sweatshirt. Girls Soccer Trevians girls soccer has impressive signing day Michael Wojtychiw Sports Editor FC United Soccer Club, a competitive youth soccer program for players 4-18 years old and located in Northfield, held a ceremony to honor its 25 studentathletes that made their college commitments final by signing their National Letters of Intent Feb. 1 in Glenview. FC United boasts many North Shore athletes from schools such as New Trier, Loyola, Glenbrook South, Lake Forest, Highland Park and Glenbrook North. Recent FC United alumni include Kelly Maday, last year’s Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year, Olivia Peters, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and Maggie Washelesky, who was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region Second Team after her sophomore year at Carthage. This year’s signing day included 11 girls and 14 boys. Eleven of the 25 are from 22nd Century Media coverage areas, including Hannah Arment, Hope Baisley, Avery Schuldt and Samantha Urban, all of whom played key roles for New Trier’s state championship team last season. After seeing Maday (Illinois), Bina Saipi (DePaul), Katie Sedara (University of Chicago), Flower Eddington (Illinois Wesleyan) and Dani Kaufman (Bucknell) sign last year, the Trevians had an additional five sign for the upcoming year. Hannah Arment signed with St. Lawrence University, a Division III school in New York. Last year, Eleven members of the FC United soccer club signed letters of intent Feb. 1 in Glenview, including New Trier’s Hannah Arment (St. Lawrence), Samantha Urban (Wisconsin), Avery Schuldt (Dartmouth) and Hope Baisley (Fordham). Michael Wojtychiw/22nd Century Media the Saints finished 9-4-4, but had made the NCAA Tournament the previous season. “I wanted to play DIII soccer so I could have a balance of soccer and school and be on the East Coast at a liberal arts school and St. Lawrence was the perfect fit,” Arment said. Baisley signed her letter of intent to play for Fordham University, a Division I school in New York and a part of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Rams lose eight players from last year’s squad that finished 10-5-5 and are still looking for their first-ever invite to the NCAA Tournament. “Fordham for me was a huge family school so when I visited two summers ago and I loved the campus, I kept pursuing the school and the coach and it eventually worked out,” Baisley said. “I think I’m going to be a center midfielder, be aggressive, play fast and distribute the ball.” Schuldt made the decision to head off to the Ivy League, where she will play for Dartmouth starting this fall. Last season, Schuldt was named to girls soccer Team 22. The Big Green last made the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and are looking to improve on last season’s 7-7-2 record. Schuldt is the only forward in Dartmouth’s signing class of seven players. “I knew I wanted to play Division I but I wanted a really good academic school as well as a soccer school and I thought Dartmouth combined the two really well,” Schuldt said. “It gives me the best options I can have in college, like I can go abroad, which is something that was really important to me.” Urban decided to stay closer to home, signing with the University of Wisconsin of the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers are coming off of a second round NCAA Tournament appearance and boasted the top pick in this year’s National Women’s Soccer League draft — midfielder Rose Lavelle. Like Schuldt, Urban was a Team 22 selection, one of four first team selections. “I always wanted to go somewhere big, somewhere that’s big on sports because I always thought that was fun, growing up and going to Big Ten games but also wanted to stay close to home, where it’s easy for my parents to come up for games,” Urban said. “Once I visited I fell in love with the school and the coaches and every school I visited after that I compared it back to Wisconsin and didn’t find anything better than that.” With Urban off to Wisconsin, a matchup with former teammate Maday is inevitable, especially since Urban is a defender who will be trying to stop Maday from scoring. “It’s going to be hard because I’m a forward and she’s a defender,” Urban said. “It’s going to be different because playing her in practice is different than in a game and probably once I step on the field I’ll act like she’s an enemy. I know the Big Ten is a tough conference and they’re a big rival so it’ll be a hard matchup.” Also signing was Natalie Laser, who is headed to the University of Southern California. The Trojans won the program’s second national title this season, finishing 19-4-2. USC became the first Pac-12 program to win two NCAA women’s soccer titles and had five players drafted in this year’s NWSL draft. The Trevians begin their quest for a fourth consecutive state title March 14 at home against Lake Zurich.