32 | February 16, 2017 | The Northbrook tower sports northbrooktower.com Voting Open February 2-28 Vote: www.22ndcenturymedia.com/NSchoice Athlete of the Year Fast start propels NT’s Kalis to award We want to know your favorite local businesses! Tell us your favorites in categories such as: Beauty ★ Health ★ Dining ★ Education & Camps ★ Fitness & Recreation Pets ★ Services ★ Shopping ★ Vehicles Honor your favorite local businesses by voting for them in the North Shore Choice Awards presented by 22nd Century Media. Look for the ballot in the center of this newspaper or vote online at www.22ndcenturymedia.com/nschoice starting Feb. 2. Complete at least 50 categories and be eligible for 22nd Century Media’s Southwest Choice Awards prize—one three-night trip for two (2) adults to Riu Caribe in Cancun, Mexico, courtesy of Apple Vacations. 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, which 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. For her victory, Kalis will receive a prize package including a personalized sweatshirt. THE LAKE FOREST LEADER THE GLENCOE ANCHOR THE GLENVIEW LATERN THE WINNETKA BEACON THE NORTHBROOK TOWER TJHE WILMETTE BEACIN THE HIGHLAND PARK LANDMARK Sports Briefs Holecek named NFHS National Coach of the Year Longtime Glenbrook North educator Peggy Holecek was selected as the National High School Girls Tennis Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Coaches of the Year are selected based on the results of the 2015-16 school year, as well as other elements such as career success, sportsmanship and contributions to the sport. State coaches of the year then complete further information for the NFHS, which a national committee reviews before selecting eight section winners in each sport and one national winner in each sport. Holecek has been the head girls tennis coach since 2010 and coached in the program since 2004. In 2004 she coached Ali Salomone and Stephanie Heller to the IHSA Doubles State Championship, and this past fall coached Colette and Catherine O’Regan to a state runner-up finish to go along with their thirdplace finish in 2015. GBN grad Leighton named IHSTCA Boys Coach of the Year On Feb. 3, the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association honored Northbrook resident Corky Leighton and Glenbrook North graduate Josh Leighton. Corky, the head boys tennis coach and assistant girls coach at Lake Forest High School, was inducted into the IHSTCA Hall of Fame. Josh, the head boys coach at Deerfield High School, was named Boys Coach of the Year. Sports Briefs are compiled by Editor Matt Yan. This Week In... Spartans Varsity Athletics GIRLS BASKETBALL ■Feb. ■ 17 - hosts IHSA Regional, 7 p.m. GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD ■Feb. ■ 16 - hosts Highland Park and Maine West, 4:30 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 22 - hosts Antioch and Lake Forest, 4:30 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL ■Feb. ■ 17 - at Vernon Hills, 7:00 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 21 - at Niles West, 7 p.m. BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING ■ ■Feb. 25 - at IHSA Sectional, 9 a.m.
northbrooktower.com sports the northbrook tower | February 16, 2017 | 33 Girls Gymnastics GBN’s Lazar advances to state at-large in vault NEIL MILBERT Freelance Reporter The performances of the Hartley sisters made the difference, enabling Glenbrook South to defeat New Trier by a margin of 0.175 and capture the ultra-competitive Stevenson Sectional championship. The Titans finished the Feb. 6 meet with 145.45 points; the Trevians had 145.275; and third-place Carmel had 144.8. Only Glenbrook North junior Kelly Lazar (14th place all-around with 34.2) advanced for the Spartans. Lazar will join the state field in the vault as her 9.3 was good enough for ninth and an at-large selection. Neither Lazar nor her teammates were able to place top five in individual events to advance automatically. The rest of the Spartans’ season ended at the meet, while GBS and New Trier gymnasts will be going on to state. The injury-plagued Spartans had a successful season, finishing second in the regional tournament at GBS and also in the Central Suburban League North Division meet. “I love my team,” said GBN coach Julie Holmbeck. “I cannot say enough about what exceptional young ladies they are. They’ve jelled so well together; they’re the most close-knit group I’ve had. “I’m disappointed for (senior) Alex Michalak. “She made it to state as a sophomore (finishing 20th on the beam).” Because of a knee injury, Michalak was sidelined for segments of the season and at the sectional she didn’t compete in the floor exercise and the vault. Her vault score of 8.9 tied her for 12th with Faulkner and in the beam she finished 19th (8.45). Junior Brittany Ulrich was eighth in the parallel bars (9.025). Holmbeck also made a point of praising Katie Brownlee, the only other senior on the team. “Katie has a great work ethic and she always has a smile on her face,” said the GBN coach. “She’s a solid all-arounder (finishing 22nd at the sectional with a score of 33.1) and she did a fine job for us in the vault this year (finishing 21st at the sectional with a 8.775).” Carmel senior Samantha Lococo was the all-around champion with a score of 37.525, followed by GBS senior Hannah Hartley with 37.4, New Trier freshman Avery Faulkner with 37.175, GBS freshman Jenna Hartley with 37.075 and Mundelein senior Taylor Shanahan with 36.4. The team winners in the four sectionals advance to the state championship meet at Palatine Friday- Saturday, Feb. 17-18. There also will be four at-large teams — those emerging with the highest scores following the Stevenson meet, the Fremd meet on Feb. 7, the Glenbard South meet on Feb. 8 and the Oswego meet on Feb. 9. Individuals from nonqualifying teams who place in the top five in each event in the sectional also go on to the state championship meet. “Just do your best,” GBS coach Steve Gale told his girls before the sectional. “That’s all you can do. You aren.’t out to beat anyone. Don’t worry about what other teams do. Do what you can do.” With the Hartley sisters showing the way, in the sectional nobody did it better than the Titans. In the parallel bars Hannah was first with a score of 9.5 and Jenna was third with a 9.25. In the vault Hannah was first with a 9.725 and Jenna tied for fifth with a 9.35. In the balance beam Hannah tied for second with a 9.4 and Jenna was fifth with a 9.275. In the floor exercise Jenna was third with a 9.2, while Hannah bobbled and dropped to a tie for 15th with a score of 8.775. “I was really proud of my floor,” said Jenna. “This is the best I’ve done all season. I knew if I stayed calm it would work out. I was calmer for this than I was for the regionals.” However, Jenna gets nervous when her big sister competes. “I can’t watch any of her routines,” she said. Hannah said she was “happy with bars and vault … upset because of my fall in floor” and “so proud” of the way her kid sister came through under pressure. Carmel and New Trier went into the meet as the teams to beat. In winning a dual meet last month Carmel posted the top score in the state this season, 149.55, while the visiting Trevians recorded the second-highest score, a school record 149.3, in the meet. New Trier had edged second-place GBS 146.25- 144.725 in the Central Suburban League South Division meet and 143.2- 143.7 in a dual meet at the Trevians’ west campus in December. Host New Trier won its regional with 147.175 points, while the Titans took the regional they hosted with 146.4. “We had a good conference meet; we had a better regional; and, considering the competition, we had an A-minus sectional,” said Gale. “All season long we’ve been working on getting healthy this time of year. Now, I’ve got all my girls back but some of them have ankles taped and get heat on their backs.” According to coach Jennifer Pistorius, New Trier went into the meet with less than 100 percent preparation because “Emma Jane (Rohrer) had back spasms and didn’t practice for two days and Avery was out all week with stomach flu and could only practice on Saturday (Feb. 4).” “We tried to do what we’ve been doing and keep everything rolling,” Pistorius continued. “We certainly have the talent but we had some bumps along the way, some extremely uncharacteristic falls.” En route to coming in third in all-around, Faulkner was second in floor exercise (9.5), tied Hannah Hartley for second in balance beam (9.4), was fourth in vault (9.375) and tied for 12th in parallel bars (8.9). “I tried my best,” the freshman said. Faulkner’s junior teammate, Rohrer, just missed securing the fifth spot in all-around — her sixth place score of 36.2 was 0.2 shy of Shanahan’s score. GBS junior Bebe Haramas came in seventh in the event (35.975) followed by New Trier freshman Maeve Murdock (35.975). Rohrer was second in parallel bars (9.35) and tied for fifth in the vault (9.35) and Murdock was fourth in the balance beam (9.375). b-ball From Page 35 in between Knebelkamp’s three-point play and Witherell’s putback for a 60-54 lead. But GBN wasn’t done, forcing two straight late turnovers, getting a split at the line from Knebelkamp and a layup from Gertner to close to within 60-57 with 34 seconds left. GBN had the ball late but a missed layup and two more Singapori foul shots sealed things. GBN missed seven free throws in the fourth quarter. “We played really hard in the fourth,” Weber said. “If we had a couple more minutes, we may have been able to pull it off. We defended really well in the fourth but I was disappointed with our defense in the first half. We have to figure out how to start the game playing with that type of urgency. The last few games, we’ve played well in the fourth but it’s been too big a deficit. We’ve considered deploying the trap earlier in the game and did a little bit today but got into foul trouble.” Maine East went on a 9-0 second-quarter run to increase a 16-14 lead to 25-14. Knebelkamp’s four points and Sean Merrigan’s three sparked a 7-0 GBN spurt cutting it to four. But Maine East went back up double digits in the third, 45-33. GBN may ultimately have lost the game at the rim. The Blue Demons were successful attacking the rim getting a lot of open looks in the first three quarters, scoring 30 points in the paint. On the other end, GBN missed many open shots at the rim. “We had a lot of open layups that we missed,” Weber said. “I wish I could say I was surprised. But we miss a lot of them in practice. I don’t understand what the reason for that is. But we’ve struggled with missing key layups all year. In our last game against Fremd, we started the game by missing three layups and got down 15- 3. We’ve just had a lack of ability to consistently be able to convert those shots.” Karis led GBN with 14 points while Knebelkamp had 12, Gertner nine, Brandon Bayzaee six and Witherell four.