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32 | February 16, 2017 |

32 | February 16, 2017 | The highland park landmark sports Boys Basketball Bears slip past Giants in fourth quarter Staff Report After outscoring Lake Zurich at a two-to-one clip in the third quarter, Highland Park had itself poised to pick up an important win late in the regular season. But the Bears stormed back and outscored the Giants by five in the fourth quarter to win, 51-48, when the teams met on Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Horseshoe Shootout at Deerfield High School. Highland Park’s top scorers in junior guard Ziv Tal (19) and senior forward Jack Zeidler (18) combined for more than 75 percent of the team’s offense in the loss, where the Giants struggled to find another secondary scorer. Daniel Michelon added four points while Sam Goshen, Tyler Gussis and Luke Zemelis all contributed to the score sheet as well. After heading to the second quarter tied at 14- 14, Lake Zurich guard Peter DiCerbo took over in the second, scoring 12 of the Bears’ 14 points en route to a 28-22 halftime lead. DiCerbo finished with a team-high 23 points in the win. Lake Zurich was coming off a loss to Lake Forest the previous night. Tal scored seven of Giants remaining regular season games Feb. 17 - vs. Maine East, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 - at New Trier (Winnetka Campus), 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 - vs. Schurz, 4:30 p.m. his 19 points in the third quarter, where a Michelon 3-pointer and baskets from Zeidler and Gussis helped the Giants to a 38-36 lead, but that quickly evaporated in the fourth, where Bears senior guard Ben Chimel sank a pair of 3-pointers. Junior guard Kenny Haynes added a bucket. Highland Park’s Ziv Tal led the Giants in scoring with 19 points in the loss. 22nd Century Media File Photo DiCerbo knocked down three-of-four opportunities from the free throw line to ice the game. The Giants will return to action with a home contest against Maine East on Friday night in Highland Park. wrestling From Page 34 takedown gave Weingart a 4-1 and he held on for the one-point victory. “Everything I had went into that match,” Weingart said. In the third place match, Weingart was pitted against Auburn’s Jordan Williams and lost on a fall at 2:35. “Jason has a lot of heart,” said GBN Coach Jason Erwinski. “I work out with him every practice. He’s in great shape.” In the consolation semi-finals, the Spartans’ 220-pound senior, Brandon Friedman (28-11), lost a 13-7 decision to Josh Dyer (29-6) of Lake Zurich. “Brandon didn’t achieve his goal (of going to the State Tournament) but he put together a good tournament,” Erwinski said. “He beat some very good guys.” Friedman also lost to some very good opponents—the eventual champion, Blake Zalapai (10-0) of Hononegah in the quarter-finals and the eventual third place finisher Dyer in his second consolation match. The other two GBN contestants in the Sectional, 106-pound freshman Kazden Orshoski (17-17) and 182-pound sophomore Cam Casey (15-18), lost both of their matches. Lake Forest’s three wrestlers—132-pound junior Quinn Dailey (32- 10), 160-pound senior Mark Tupanjac (28-8) and 195-pound senior Cory Barth (29-9)—all made it to the consolation semifinals before being eliminated. Dailey, who moved up from the 126-pound class to finish third in the Libertyville Regional, won his first match on a decision and then lost his quarterfinal match on a decision to drop to the consolation bracket. There it was the same story—a victory by decision followed by a defeat on a decision. “I’ve made significant improvement since last year,” said Dailey. “Last year I got double eliminated. I want to take what I learned this year and build on that in (off-season) national tournaments and invitationals.” Tupanjac and Barth, both of whom were Regional runnersup, had identical Sectional story lines—a victory on a fall, then a loss on a fall, followed by a second victory on a fall and a second loss on a fall. sports the highland park landmark | February 16, 2017 | 33 Boys Ice Hockey Giants bow out of division playoffs Staff Report Highland Park won six of its final regular season games but limped into its best-of-three IHSHL Champions Division series with Latin following back-to-back losses. The Giants weren’t able to outskate those losses, dropping the first two games of the Latin series on Feb. 6 and Feb. 8 to bow out of the league playoffs. Highland Park fell victim to Latin’s power play in Game 1 of the division series on Feb. 6 at Johnny’s Ice House East in Chicago. The Romans scored all three of their goals on the man advantage (3-for-7) in the 3-2 win over the Giants. After a scoreless first period, Latin took a 2-0 lead heading into the final intermission. Junior forward Dylan Abt had a goal and added an assist on senior defenseman Aaron Hope’s goal, while captain Jake Mandel and forward Gabe Schlussel also added assists. But Latin’s third power play goal made the difference in the contest. Giants netminder Evan Robertson stopped 27 of Dylan Abt lead the Giants in scoring this season and added three goals over the two loses to Latin in Highland Park’s IHSHL Champions Division playoff series loss on Feb. 6 and Feb. 8. 22nd Century Media File Photo Please see hockey, 30 Lose the paper, keep the news. Go green by going digital and get everything in this newspaper plus more on your mobile device with our Plus program. Visit to sign up for a monthly or annual membership. Brought to you by THE HIGHLAND PARK LANDMARK