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26 | February 16, 2017 | The lake forest leader sports LakeForestLeader.com Athelete of the week 10 Questions with Grace Tirzmalis 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: lakeforestleader.com Varsity Views 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 Tirzmalis is a sophomore forward on the Lake Forest High School girls basketball team. How long have you been playing basketball and how did you get started with it? I started playing around 5 years old and started playing competitively in sixth grade. I started playing because my dad used to play basketball when he was in high school and he wasn’t able to in college. He was really the one that got me into basketball. What’s the most challenging aspect of playing basketball? Probably the defense. There’s so many little aspects of it that build up into being your best. You have to perfect almost everything with fouls and moving your feet. What do you usually eat before a game? Usually me and a couple of the other girls on the team go to Foodstuffs and either get a caprese sandwich or a salad. Do you have a favorite NBA or WNBA player? My favorite WNBA player is Elena Delle Donne and my favorite NBA player is probably either Dwyane Wade or Stephen Curry. I’ve always looked up to Elena ever since she was in college because while we’re not the same player —she’s a post— she’s always making really good moves and I try to recreate them and make them my own. If you could be any animal, what would you choose and why? I would probably be a cheetah because I’m normally not the fastest person and I’d like to see how it is to be really fast. What’s one school you really look forward to playing against each season? My favorite school to play in our conference is Warren because it’s always going to be a good game because we both know so much about each other. We’re really competitive and are each other’s enemies in conference, so I look forward to that game the most. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? I’d want to read people’s minds because sometimes I’d like to know what they’re thinking about me or what I should be doing and then I could figure it out and try to work on it even faster. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? Anywhere in Italy, because I’ve always talked about going there. There’s just so much culture there and I’d like to learn more. They have a lot of different cultures and think differently than the U.S. What advice would you give younger basketball players? Even if you get flustered, keep working at it. I’ve always listened to my coaches who tell me not to quit and to keep working harder, that my minutes will go up and that I’ll improve if I do. If you work hard, you will get better. What’s the best part of being an athlete at LFHS? Probably the friends that you make. My teammates and I are best friends and we’re always together. We have sleepovers and the chemistry that our team has, and other teams (I’m also on the volleyball team), the chemistry we’ve built during the season is unquestionable. You couldn’t ask for anything better in the world. I’ll have these friends for the rest of my life because I’ll have their back and they’ll have my back. Interview by Sports Editor Derek Wolff

LakeForestLeader.com sports the lake forest leader | February 16, 2017 | 27 Vote for Lake Forest 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 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 Lake Forest, visit lakeforestleader.com. LFHS Athletes to vote for Ellie Pearson, Lake Forest girls basketball Colson Stutz, Lake Forest boys ice hockey Kevin Donahue, Lake Forest boys swimming and diving Connor Hanecamp, Lake Forest boys basketball 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. “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 New Trier’s Kristie Kalis is the winner VARSITY of the VIEWS 22CM Athlete of the Year contest. Varsity Views VARSITY VIEWS 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. Lake Forest High School girls basketball player Ellie Pearson was an athlete of the week in January. 22nd Century Media File Photos Lake Forest hockey goaltender Colson Stutz. high school highlights The rest of the week in high school sports Girls Basketball Lake Forest 53, Zion- Benton 47 Grace Tirzmalis had a team-high 18 points to help Lake Forest (21-9, 10-4 NSC) pull out a sixpoint victory over conference foes Zion-Benton on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Lake Forest. Senior guard Delaney Williams had 14 for the Scouts in the victory, while junior forward Maeve Summerville had nine points and a team-high 13 rebounds. This Week In… Scouts Varsity Athletics Boys Basketball ■Feb. ■ 17 - vs. Mundelein (East Campus), 7 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 22 - at Waukegan, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball ■Feb. ■ 17 - at Warren (Almond Campus), 7 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 20 - at Libertyville, 6 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 23 - IHSA Sectional at Libertyville, 7 p.m. Boys Hockey ■Feb. ■ 19 - Varsity Gold vs. St. Pats (Lake Forest College), 4:30 p.m. Girls Hockey ■Feb. ■ 16 - vs. New Trier Silver (Lake Forest College), 9:15 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 19 - vs. Maine, 6:15 p.m. Boys Swimming and Diving ■Feb. ■ 18 - Diving at Vernon Hills, 9 a.m. ■Feb. ■ 18 - Swimming at Vernon Hills, 1:30 p.m. Girls Track and Field ■Feb. ■ 22 - at Glenbrook North, 4:30 p.m. Wrestling ■Feb. ■ 16 - IHSA State Tournament, TBD ■Feb. ■ 17 - IHSA State Tournament, TBD ■Feb. ■ 18 - IHSA State Tournament, TBD Caxys Varsity Athletics Girls Basketball Boys Ice Hockey ■Feb. ■ 17 - at ChiTown (Johnny’s IceHouse), TBD ■Feb. ■ 18 - at ChiTown, TBD ■Feb. ■ 19 - at ChiTown, TBD Girls Ice Hockey Prep Hockey ■Feb. ■ 17 - MPHL Playoffs at Shadyside Academy, TBD ■Feb. ■ 18 - MPHL Playoffs at Shadyside Academy, TBD ■Feb. ■ 19 - MPHL Playoffs at Shadyside Academy, TBD visit us online at www.lAKEFORESTLEADER.com