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34 | February 16, 2017 |

34 | February 16, 2017 | The wilmette beacon sports wilmettebeacon.com THIS WEEK IN Trevians varsity athletics Boys Basketball ■Feb. ■ 17 - host Niles West, 7 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 18 - host St. Viator, 11:30 a.m. Girls Basketball ■Feb. ■ 16 - vs. Maine West/ Maine East/Von Steuben (at Maine West Regional), 7 ■Feb. ■ 20 - vs. TBA (at Niles West Sectional), 7:30 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 23 - vs. TBA (at Niles West Sectional), 7 p,m. GIRLS GYMNASTICS ■Feb. ■ 17 - at IHSA State Finals (at Palatine High School), TBD ■Feb. ■ 18 - at IHSA State Finals (at Palatine High School), TBD BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING ■Feb. ■ 18 - Diving at Niles North Sectional), 9 a.m. ■Feb. ■ 18 - Swimming at Niles North Sectional, 1 BOYS INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD ■Feb. ■ 17 - at Evanston Invite, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD ■Feb. ■ 16 - host New Trier Invite, 4:30 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 22 - at Niles W, 4:30 Wrestling ■Feb. ■ 17 - at IHSA State Finals, TBD ■Feb. ■ 18 - at IHSA State Finals, TBD Ramblers varsity athletics Boys Basketball 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: wilmettebeacon.com ■Feb. ■ 17 - host CCL Tourney, TBD ■Feb. ■ 21 - host Steinmetz, 6 p.m. Girls basketball ■Feb. ■ 16 - vs. Trinity/ Lane/Steinmetz (at Trinity Regional), 7 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 20 - vs. TBD (at Niles West Sectional), 6 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 23 - vs. TBD (at Niles West Sectional), 7 p.m. BOYS SWIMMING ■Feb. ■ 18 - Diving at Niles North Sectional, 9 a.m. ■Feb. ■ 18 - Swimming at Niles North Sectional, 1 BOYS INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD ■Feb. ■ 17 - at GBS, 4:30 ■GIRLS ■ INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD ■Feb. ■ 17 - at Maine South Invite, 4:30 p.m. 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 Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Lauren Kaplinsky The North Shore Country Day senior is also an All-ISL soccer player and tennis player Do you have any superstitions before, after or during a game? Before a game, I tie my left shoe before my right shoe. I always take a headband from Caroline Segal. I’ve always tied my left shoe before my right shoe, for school, for soccer games, everything. The headband thing started this season and two of our three losses have been when I didn’t take a headband from her. Is there any music that pumps you up? We’ve had the same play list since my freshman year. It starts out with rap, then goes to pop and has some country towards the end. What’s the best coaching advice you’ve ever gotten? To not let my height (5-foot-2) be the reason I can’t do something. If you could travel to one place, where would it be? Fiji. I’ve always wanted to go to Fiji and sit on the beach. If you could have dinner with three people who would they be and why? Beyonce, Michelle Obama and Shakira. Beyonce is awesome, Michelle Obama is someone I’ve always looked up to and I just love Shakira. When did you start playing basketball? I started when I was 8. My mom put me in an allboys league and the boys wouldn’t pass to me so I hated it. I quit for a couple years but started again in sixth grade and liked it again. What’s the hardest part about basketball? Working well with everybody on the court, trying to figure out everybody’s styles and how to play with that. Do you feel soccer or basketball is harder? Basketball is harder mentally and soccer is harder physically. What’s the best part about being a North Shore Country Day athlete? That I can be a three-season athlete and play club soccer at the same time. I play basketball, soccer and tennis and play for FC United’s club team. What’s your favorite moment as a North Photo Submitted Shore Country Day athlete? The sectional [semifinal] game of my sophomore year for soccer (2015 vs. St. Edward). We lost but before the game, everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. But we went to PKs and it was the best game I’ve played with my team. I forgot both my shin guards and cleats, two players on our team were coming late and they got caught in a traffic jam and one of them was our goalie and she showed up 10 minutes into the game, our center mid was out of the country doing service and everything had to shift. If you were on a deserted island, what would you bring and why? Food, so I could survive. Seeds so that I could grow an apple tree. Interview by Sports Editor Michael Wojtychiw

wilmettebeacon.com sports the wilmette beacon | February 16, 2017 | 35 Steady as a rock Loyola senior Kyle Rock makes impacts on the ice, gridiron Winter reading is here. Michael Wojtychiw Sports Editor For many athletes, high school is a great time to play as many sports as possible. Some play two, some play three (with some interesting combinations). Many football players play lacrosse and wrestle, basketball players may also play volleyball, and field hockey players often also play lacrosse or ice hockey. Loyola Academy senior Kyle Rock, a starting running back on the Ramblers’ state-runner up football team, has a combination that isn’t seen much: football and hockey. Rock, however, started his hockey career long before his football career. He first took to the ice at the age of 3. He credits his dad for starting him out with hockey. “He put us on skates when we were young and then from there he thought it’d be a good sport and I started to learn to skate, loving the sport,” Rock said. Like any combination of sports, football and ice hockey do have some things in common. “One of the similarities is contact, high speed, a lot of vision,” Rock said. “They’re both fast-moving games that take a lot of heart and physical strength, ability and skill to play both.” At the same time, there are differences, as well. “The differences are the breathing and the stamina Loyola Gold’s Kyle Rock looks to pass the puck during a game this season. Photo Submitted are different,” Rock said. “Now with my school, I played the football season and I can’t step on the ice until the football season ends, because it’s an IHSA rule. So after football season ends and I get into hockey, you’d think that I’d be in good shape, I’ve been a starting running back, running a lot, conditioning a lot but the conditioning rarely carries over. “ Because of that IHSA rule, the transition from football to hockey has gotten harder. When he was younger, Rock would go from football practice to hockey practice, or vice versa, without any problems, and games always took precedence over practices. Rock would go from playing in a football game one day to a hockey practice the next — but with his expanded role on this year’s football team, his body was more banged up. “I tried to get on the ice the next day but felt a little awkward, like I needed a little more time,” Rock said. Both the Loyola football team and Loyola Gold (the top varsity ice hockey team and one Rock has been on since his sophomore year) are known for having a lot of success. The Ramblers have made the semifinals in football in seven of the last eight years, including three runner-up finishes and a state title in 2015. On the ice, they’ve seemingly been competing for a state title every season. “It benefits that both teams are top teams in the state, the confidence and the winning,” Rock said, “It helps to have in the back of your mind, that both teams are doing well and that brings a different edge to each game.” Rock doesn’t know where he’ll be going to college next year or which sport he’ll play but he has time for that as he and his Ramblers are looking to win a state title. “As football season comes to an end, I’ve gotten some looks from [Division III] schools, a [Division I-AA] school, Holy Cross, to possibly play running back, so for football there’s a couple schools,” Rock said. “My grades are good so I can get into school for academics. And then there’s hockey, I’m seeing where it goes. And right now I’m in the middle of my hockey season, or actually the start of the season, I’m just going to see what comes to me and what I can get and take them at the end, take my love and passion for both sports, my passion for academics and what I want to do with life, package that all together and make my final decision. I can’t decide what sport I want to play in college, if I do want to play.” Chicagoly’s winter issue is out now. Follow up for more at Chicagolymag.com