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34 | February 16, 2017 | The glenview lantern sports wrestling From Page 38 (37-4) on an 8-5 decision after taking his two earlier matches on decisions. “Last year I was 0-2 so this year I was nervous,” Tangen said. “I had to persevere through the nervousness (to make it to the title match). I don’t think I wrestled my best (against Pucino) but I gave it my all.” Ryan (37-6) suffered an 8-6 loss by decision to Deerfield’s Kenny Kerstein (36-9) in a rematch of last year’s match for the 132-pound title. He made it to the 138-pound final via victories by technical fall and a fall in his other two matches. In the championship, Ryan made a strong rally after facing an 8-2 deficit going into the final period. Lowell (17-4) lost to Warren’s undefeated Andrew Demos (40-0) on a 5-2 decision in their championship match but his disappointment over not being able to pull off an upset was offset by his satisfaction in recording an 8-4 decision over Harlem’s Dalton Hambrock (30-5) in the semifinals. “He was the guy who beat me last year in the sectionals,” explained Lowell. “I thought about that match for an entire year. I knew he’s a thrower. He threw me last year so I was ready for him. He made a last ditch effort to try to take me down but I took him down.” Prior to avenging his 2016 loss to Hambrock, Lowell won his quarterfinal match on a fall at 5:06. The other four Trevians who wrestled in the sectional failed to make it downstate. The best of the rest was 132-pound senior Nick Elias (33-15), who dropped to the consolation bracket after losing a quarterfinal decision. There he won on a forfeit and took a 2-1 decision before being ousted on a 3-2 decision inflicted by Hononegah’s Aaron Leppert, who went on to finish fourth. Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Val Caldwell The Loyola senior has signed to play at the University of Vermont. Do you have any superstitions? I always have to have my stick taped before I get on the ice. The bottom of my stick has to hit the ice before it can touch the ground. 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: 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 • Do you have a pregame meal? It’s not really a meal, but I always drink a Vitamin Water and have to have something gummy or something that gives me a sugar spike. What type of music pumps you up before a game? I’ve got a playlist of electronic/techno songs that I listen to in the same order before every game. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be? Canada because when you go there you get to compete against a lot of good players and that makes everything more fun. What’s the best part about being a Loyola athlete? Getting to know people, especially the new ones every year. It feels more like a family because you see each other every day and you can talk to them about everything — classes, teachers, everything. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Last year’s Loyola coach Conor Sedam said: “Play every game like it’s your last and if you make a mistake, let it go. Don’t let that haunt you.” If you were on a deserted island, what or who would you bring? I’d bring a Tempur- Pedic pillow because those are amazing. I’d also bring my dad because he’s a forester and he’d be able to make sure I survive. I probably wouldn’t make it if I was alone on an island. 22nd Century media file photo Why and when did you start playing hockey? I started when I was 4 (years old). I used to figure skate but my older brothers started to play hockey, so I wanted to do it as well. What’s the best part about playing hockey? The people I meet, friends I make and life lessons I learn. Not everything is about hockey. Who are your hockey idols? Angela Ruggiero. She was the first Olympian I met. I was 7 when I went to a camp and she was there. I love how she gives back to the community and works with kids too. Interview by Sports Editor Michael Wojtychiw sports the glenview lantern | February 16, 2017 | 35 Coach Talk Glenview’s hidden treasure still going strong Jon ‘Coach’ Cohn Contributing Columnist Glenview Resident I think we uncovered a local treasure right here in Glenview. And I am willing to bet that not many people know about Bill Norberg or his exploits outside the close-knit Henking and Hoffman community. But they should. Norberg has been teaching physical education to grades K-2 for 31 years at Henking Elementary School — all in the same school, all in the same gym and all while working with the youngest of our District 34 population. I know from experience the incredible amount of patience, caring and love you must have to teach this particular age group and make it through one school year, let alone 31. Recently, I caught up with the school’s beloved Mr. Norberg. I remembered him as a young, extremely positive and enthusiastic teacher. But figured after so many years I would be talking to a little more restrained and reflective teacher, maybe even a tired one as he enters his final years of teaching. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was as if I was talking to a super-enthused, first-year teacher. His passion and love for teaching was dripping from my cell phone as we talked. No doubt, whatever Norberg had in his younger teaching days ... he’s still got it. “I absolutely love it here at Henking,” Norberg said. “The kids are so great. They keep me young and I learn stuff from them every day. “And the teachers that I have worked with over the years? My colleagues? They are the best. We are like a team here at Henking, and everyone from the principal, to teachers, to students, to the school custodians are all in it together. I can’t thank them all enough for so many great years.” I asked Norberg about some of the changes he has seen and he excitedly rattled off many innovative things the school and district are doing in the physical education curriculum. “We do a lot of skillcentered activities now, with a strong emphasis on hands on learning,” he said. “Any game or unit we do now, we emphasize touches and opportunities to help increase hand-eye coordination.” The district also installed a health unit specially geared toward the younger age group, and just recently reinstated a highly successful bicycle riding and bicycle safety unit. “One other major emphasis is we don’t just teach the skill or the sport, but we try and explain to the kids the value of the activity and help them understand why we do certain things,” he said. Good stuff. Good stuff, indeed. After so many years, Norberg has a lot of other things up his teaching sleeve, including different sounding whistles (the train whistle might be the favorite) and nicknames for many of the kids. Nicknames they may remember many years from now. “Nothing makes me feel better than coming across one of my former students [when] they remember [me] and even remember the nickname [I] gave them,” he said. So there you have it. Bill Norberg, physical education teacher extrodianaire, passing on his love of sport and movement to so many of our Glenview youth over so many years. He is truly one of our treasures here in Glenview. And hopefully, with this column, he’s not so hidden anymore. Cohn has a new book published called “Stuff People Might Want To Know,” available at or any local bookstores. He can be reached at Winter reading is here. Chicagoly’s winter issue is out now. Follow up for more at