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30 | February 16, 2017 | The highland park landmark sports hockey From Page 33 the 30 shots he saw, while the Giants were outshot 30-20 in the contest. The series traveled back to Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park for Game 2 but a slow start doomed the Giants in a 6-3 loss. Abt scored twice, adding to his team-leading 27 goals and 49 points on the season, while Zach Chamberlain added another goal for the Giants, who trailed 3-2 after the second period. Mandel added two assists, while Ryan Genender and Tommy Quirk each added one. Goaltender Chase McKellar saw the majority of the action for Highland Park, giving up five goals on 22 shots, while Robertson gave up a goal on six shots against. The Giants were outshot once more, 28-25 and while they limited their penalties to just two allowed in the contest, Latin’s power play struck for another goal. The Giants scored twice with the man advantage in four attempts. Highland Park will now turn its attention to its first round AHAI Red Varsity bracket matchup with Fenwick in the state playoffs. Fenwick, the No. 12 seed, will host the contest on Feb. 26 at 7:20 p.m. from the Edge West in Bensenville. The state playoffs function as a surive-and-advance tournament. A win over Fenwick would see the Giants take on either No. 5 Benet Academy or No. 28 Naperville North in the second round. athlete of the week 10 Questions with Kirby Bartelstein Bartelstein is a junior point guard on the Highland Park High School girls basketball team. How long have you been playing basketball and how did you get started with it? I have been playing basketball competitively since fourth grade but I’ve been playing with my siblings for as long as I can remember. 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 • visit us online at What’s the most challenging aspect of playing basketball? I think it’s staying mentally strong and continuing to play hard when you’re not having the best game or when things don’t go your way. What do you usually eat before a game? My favorite meal before a game is a Chipotle burrito bowl with everything in it, but a pizza bagel is a close second. What team do you look forward to playing against the most? I look forward to playing Deerfield every year because our rivalry is so intense and every time we play them there is always a very competitive atmosphere in the gym. Do you have a favorite NBA or WNBA player? My favorite NBA player is Gordon Hayward because I like the way he plays all aspects of the game. If you could be any animal, what would you choose and why? I would be a grizzly bear because I get to hibernate for half the year. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? I would want to be able to fly so I could fly to a different country every night and Varsity Views eat all my favorite foreign foods. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? I would go to Tanzania because my whole life I have wanted to go on an African safari. What advice would you give younger basketball players? My advice to younger basketball players would be that although sometimes it feels rough when you have to sacrifice hanging out with your friends to go to practice, don’t let that get to you and continue to work hard because it will all pay off in the end. What’s the best part of being an athlete at HPHS? My favorite part of being an athlete at Highland Park High School is the friendships I’ve made from it. Basketball and soccer has introduced me to so many great girls that I now call my best friends. Interview by Sports Editor Derek Wolff sports the highland park landmark | February 16, 2017 | 31 Vote for Highland Park athletes Staff Report Every month, 22nd Century Media selects a North Shore athlete of the month. All athletes selected as athletes of the week are elligible to be chosen Girls basketball player Sydney Ignoffo. This Week In… Giants Varsity Athletics Boys Basketball ■Feb. ■ 17 - vs. Maine East, 7:30 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 21 - at New Trier, athlete of the month. The voting process is now OPEN and will run from Friday, Feb. 10 until Saturday, Feb. 25. To vote for athletes from Highland Park, visit hplandmark. com. 6:30 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 23 - at Schurz, 4:30 p.m. Boys Swimming and Diving ■Feb. ■ 18 - at IHSA Sectional, 1 p.m. HPHS Athletes Hugh Laedline, boys swimming and diving Sydney Ignoffo, girls basketball Casey Eisenberg, boys ice hockey Casey Eisenberg was one of The Landmark’s Athletes of the Week in January. 22nd Century Media File Photos Boys swimmer Hugh Laedline. Girls Track and Field ■Feb. ■ 16 - Traingular vs. Maine West, Glenbrook North at Glenbrook North, 4:30 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 22 - at Niles West, 4:30 p.m. 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, forcing her to become more of a leader. VARSITY VIEWS New Trier’s Kristie Kalis is the winner of the 22CM Athlete of the Year contest. Varsity Views “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), VARSITY VIEWS 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); Jeanie 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.