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A Free Service for Families. Call: (800) 581-1056 A Place for Mom is the nation’s largest senior living referral information service. We do not own, operate, endorse or recommend any senior living community. We are paid by partner communities, so our services are completely free to families. Weingardt advances to state in thrilling fashion NEIL MILBERT Freelance Reporter Glenbrook North had four wrestlers in the Class 3A Barrington Sectional but the only one to make it to the state tournament was senior Jacob Weingardt (30-12), the fourth-place finisher in the 285-pound weight class. After winning 2-1 in the ultimate tiebreaker period and the second overtime in his opening round and quarterfinal matches, respectively, the workaholic Weingardt lost by fall to Hononegah’s number-one ranked and undefeated Anthony Cassioppi in the semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 11. Dropping to the consolation bracket, Weingardt gained his second overtime decision at the expense of Deerfield’s Peter Runac (27-14), this time by a 4-2 margin in two overtimes. At the end of regulation time the second match with Runac was deadlocked 1-1. An escape followed by a two-point takedown gave Weingardt a 4-1 lead and he held on for the onepoint victory. “Everything I had went into that match,” Weingardt said. In the third-place match, Weingardt was pitted against Auburn’s Jordan Williams and lost by fall at 2:35. “Jacob 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 semifinals, GBN’s 220-pound senior, Brandon Friedman Jacob Weingardt holds Deerfield’s Peter Runac down during the Barrington Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Barrington High School. Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media GBN’s Brandon Friedman pins Warren’s Tyler Gano. (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 Zalapi (10-0) of Hononegah in the quarterfinals 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. Highland Park’s threesport star DJ Penick is going to focus on football when he goes to college at Murray State but, in the meantime, he’s ending his high school sports career by having a superlative wrestling season. Penick improved his unblemished record to 35-0 when he earned another trip to the state tournament by defending his 182-pound championship in the Barrington Sectional. The score was 2-2 in the title match when Penick Please see wrestling, 30 sports the northbrook tower | February 16, 2017 | 35 boys basketball GBN closes in late, but can’t top Maine East Spartans drop fifth game in a row 2nd Century File Photo 1st-and-3 Stars of the Week 1. Kelly Lazar (ABOVE). The Glenbrook North gymnast earned the best all-around score for the Spartans and placed ninth in the vault to advance to state at-large on Feb. 6 at the Stevenson Sectional. 2. Max Knebelkamp. The GBN basketball player scored 12 points, with a three-point play and two forced turnovers late in the game, in the Spartans’ 62-57 loss to the Blue Devils on Feb. 10 in Northbrook. 3. Brittany Ulrich. The Spartans gymnast took eighth place in the parallel bars event for the Spartans at the Sectional competition on Feb. 6 in Lincolnshire. David Jaffe Freelance Reporter The six seniors on the Glenbrook North boys basketball team will ultimately be remembered not just for their contributions on the basketball court but across GBN athletics in general. When they were honored on senior night Friday, Feb. 10, that’s what stood out to coach Dave Weber, more than the outcome of the game, a 62-57 loss to Maine East. Weber was particularly appreciative of Thomas Witty and Evan Just, who may not get the playing time the rest of the seniors do. But they are very important to the Spartans. “I was really happy for Thomas and Evan. They’re two of the best kids in our program,” Weber said. “They’re the heart and soul of this team and really bring the best out of everyone in practice. I wish I could have gotten them in the game more but it was a scramble in the second half.” Weber also knows that the seniors give a lot to every sport they play as four are multi-sport athletes. “These guys have a lot Glenbrook North senior Tommy Gertner dives on a loose ball during the game against Maine East Friday, Feb. 10, in Northbrook. Photos by Varsity Views of athletic ability,” Weber said. “Luke (Amen) and Tommy (Gertner) are three-sport athletes. Thomas and Evan are twosport athletes. They’ve done so much for their school and all their teams. It’s not easy. They’ve put in a lot of time and work and to do that is impressive.” The Spartans (10-14, 3-6) ultimately dropped their fifth game in a row despite a big fourth-quarter comeback. Defending with a sense of urgency, they cut a 12-point deficit to three, forcing Blue Demons turnovers with their press. Six points from James Karis, buckets by Kellen Witherell and Max Knebelkamp and Evan Barnes’ free throw cut a 48-38 deficit to just 52-49. Maine East’s Yash Singapori drained four free throws which got it up to 56-49. The teams traded points with the Blue Demons knocking down four more foul shots Please see b-ball, 33 Max Knebelkamp plays defense against Maine East. Listen Up “I cannot say enough about what exceptional young ladies they are.” Julie Holmbeck — GBN gymnastics coach on the team. tunE in What to watch this week BOYS BASKETBALL: The Spartans will face off against the Cougars. Glenbrook North will compete at Vernon Hills at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. Index 33 - Girls gymnastics 30 - Athlete of the Week Fastbreak is compiled by Assistant Editor Sarah Haider. Send any questions or comments to