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36 | February 16, 2017 | The glenview lantern sports This Week In... Titans Varsity Athletics BOYS BASKETBALL ■Feb. ■ 17 - hosts Niles North, 7 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 21 - hosts Vernon Hills, 7 p.m. BOYS SWIMMING & DIVING ■Feb. ■ 18- at IHSA Sectional, 9 a.m. WRESTLING ■Feb. ■ 16 - at IHSA State, TBA ■Feb. ■ 17 - at IHSA State, TBA ■Feb. ■ 18 - at IHSA State, TBA BOYS TRACK AND FIELD ■Feb. ■ 17 - hosts Glenbrook South Quad, 4:30 p.m. GYMNASTICS ■Feb. ■ 18 - at IHSA State, TBA Athlete of the Year Fast start propels NT’s Kalis to award Michael Wojtychiw Sports Editor New Trier is known for having a lot of success in most sports with many of its 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 with 600 votes, led the competition from day one and cruised to the easy win behind the support of the New Trier community. “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 fourth with 748 and Bridget McConnell fifth with 429. With the majority of last year’s team having graduated, Kalis has seen her role on this year’s squad expand and forced her to become more of a leader. “The mindset we seniors had going into the season was to be unselfish and we’re not above everyone else, so I think us making that a big deal, saying we’re all the same, made a difference,” Kalis said. The other nominees included Ryan Gattari (Lake Forest hockey), Jake Mandel (Highland Park baseball), Sam Iida (Glenbrook 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). VARSITY VIEWS New Trier’s Kristie Kalis is the winner of the 22CM Athlete of the Year contest. Varsity Views For her victory, Kalis will receive a prize package including a personalized sweatshirt. VARSITY VIEWS sports the glenview lantern | February 16, 2017 | 37 Steady as a rock Loyola’s Kyle Rock makes impacts on the ice, gridiron Michael Wojtychiw Sports Editor For many athletes, high school is a great time to play as many sports as possible. Some play two, some play three (with some interesting combinations). Many football players play lacrosse and wrestle, basketball players may also play volleyball, and field hockey players often also play lacrosse or ice hockey. Loyola Academy senior Kyle Rock, a starting running back on the Ramblers’ state-runner up football team, has a combination that isn’t seen much: football and hockey. Rock, however, started his hockey career long before his football career. He first took to the ice at the age of 3. He credits his dad for starting him out with hockey. “He put us on skates when we were young and then from there he thought it’d be a good sport and I started to learn to skate, loving the sport,” Rock said. “My brother played hockey, he’s 23, my sister (21) was a figure skater, so all the kids have been skaters.” Like any combination of sports, football and ice hockey do have some things in common. “One of the similarities is contact, high speed, a lot of vision,” Rock said. “They’re both fastmoving games that take a lot of heart and physical strength, ability and skill to play both.” At the same time, there are differences, all the way down to how an athletes breathes. “The differences are the breathing and the stamina are different,” Rock said. “Now with my school, I played the football season and I can’t step on the ice until the football season ends, because it’s an IHSA rule. So after football season ends and I get into hockey, you’d think that I’d be in good shape, I’ve been a starting running back, running a lot, conditioning a lot but the conditioning rarely carries over. “On the ice, it takes me usually a good month to two months to get back to what I usually am but it takes a while to get the stamina, conditioning and breathing correct.” Because of that IHSA rule, the transition from football to hockey has gotten harder. When he was younger, Rock would go from football practice to hockey practice, or vice versa, without any problems, and games always took precedence over practices. Rock would go from playing in a football game one day to a hockey practice the next — but with his expanded role on this year’s football team, his body was more banged up. “I tried to get on the ice the next day but felt a little awkward, like I needed a little more time,” Rock said. “I was scheduled to go on a trip away with my team and I practiced like I was going to go on that and then I told my coach I needed a rest, a week off, because I think it would have been beneficial for me to not throw a hurt body into another physical contact, high speed sport and then start off not 100 percent.” Both the Loyola football team and Loyola Gold (the top varsity ice hockey team and one Rock has been on since his sophomore year) are known for having a lot of success. The Ramblers have made the semifinals in football in seven of the last eight years, including three runner-up finishes and a state title in 2015. On the ice, they’ve seemingly been in the running for a state title every season. “It benefits that both teams are top teams in the state, the confidence and the winning,” Rock said, “It helps to have in the back of your mind, that both teams are doing well and that brings a different edge to each game.” Rock doesn’t know where he’ll be going to college next year or which sport he’ll play but he has time for that as he and his Ramblers are looking to win a state title. The Amateur Hockey Association Illinois recently released its playoff bracket, awarding Loyola Gold the third overall seed and a first-round matchup against Deerfield. The title games are once again set to be played at the United Center, with this year’s game on March 17. “This year I think our team is very good,” Rock said. “We use our talent to the best — we’re not the biggest team, but we are one of the smartest, one of the fastest and one of the hardest-working and I think the key would be to conquer New Trier Green. We only have three instate losses and all to New Trier Green.”