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36 | February 16, 2017 | The wilmette beacon sports wilmettebeacon.com Athlete of the Year Fast start propels NT’s Kalis to award Wrestling 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. 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 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. New Trier’s Kristie Kalis is the winner VARSITY of the VIEWS 22CM Athlete of the Year contest. Varsity Views VARSITY VIEWS New Trier’s Jack Tangen takes control in a match at the Barrington Sectional Saturday, Feb. 11. Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media Trevs qualify three for state Lowell, Tangen, Ryan advance to state finals Neil Milbert Freelance Reporter Three New Trier wrestlers — 126-pound junior Jack Tangen, 138-pound junior Patrick Ryan and 195-pound senior Jake Lowell — have advanced to the state tournament at the University of Illinois by virtue of their second place finishes in the Barrington Class 3A Sectional on Feb. 11. Tangen (33-6) lost the 126-pound championship match to Libertyville’s Danny Pucino (37-4) on an 8-5 decision after taking his two earlier matches on decisions. Ryan (37-6) suffered an 8-6 loss by decision to Deerfield’s Kenny Kerstein (36-9) in a rematch of last year’s 132-pound match bout. He made it to the 138-pound final via victories by tech fall and fall in his other two matches. In championship match, Ryan made a strong rally after facing an 8-2 deficit going into the final period. “Letting up at the start is not a hole you can put yourself in and expect to come out on top,” Ryan said. Lowell (17-4) lost to Warren’s undefeated Andrew Demos (40-0) on a 5-2 decision in their championship match but his disappointment over not being able to pull off an upset was offset by his satisfaction in recording an 8-4 decision over Harlem’s Dalton Hambrock (30-5) in the semifinals. “He was the guy who beat me last year in the sectionals,” explained Lowell. “I thought about that match for an entire year. I knew he’s a thrower. He threw me last year so I was ready for him. He made a last ditch effort to try to take me down but I took him down.” Prior to avenging his 2016 loss to Hambrock, Lowell won his quarter-final match on a fall at 5:06. Loyola’s 195-pound senior, Andrew Gonzalez (30-11), won his first match by decision before losing on a fall to Demos. He then won his first consolation match on a fall at 1:57 and his second on a 2-1 decision before Hambrock ousted him on a fall in the semis.
wilmettebeacon.com sports the wilmette beacon | February 16, 2017 | 37 Girls Gymnastics Trevians finish second at sectional Faulkner takes 3rd in all-around at sectional tourney NEIL MILBERT Freelance Reporter The Hartley sisters performances made the difference, enabling Glenbrook South to defeat New Trier by a margin of .175 and capture the sectional championship on Feb. 6 at Stevenson. The Titans finished the meet with 145.45 points; the Trevians had 145.275; and third-place Carmel totalled 144.8. Carmel senior Samantha Lococo was the allaround champion with a score of 37.525, followed by GBS senior Hannah Hartley (37.4), New Trier freshman Avery Faulkner (37.175), GBS freshman Jenna Hartley (37.075) and Mundelein senior Taylor Shanahan (36.4). The team winners in the four sectionals will advance to the state meet on Feb. 17-18 at Palatine. There also will be four at-large teams — those emerging with the highest scores following the Stevenson, Fremd, Glenbard North and the Oswego meets. The scores recorded by NT and Carmel made them at-large qualifiers. Individuals from nonqualifying teams who place in the top five in each event in the sectional will also compete in the state meet. Glenbrook North competed in the Stevenson Sectional but didn’t finish in the top five as a team and didn’t have any topfive finishers in individual events, so the Spartans’ season ended at the meet while GBS and New Trier gymnasts will compete at state. With the Hartley sisters showing the way, nobody did it better than the Titans in the sectional. In the parallel bars, Hannah Hartley finished first (9.5) and Jenna Hartley finished third (9.25). In the vault, Hannah Hartley was first (9.725) and Jenna Hartley tied for fifth (9.35). In the balance beam, Hannah Hartley tied for second (9.4) and Jenna Hartley was fifth (9.275). In the floor exercise, Jenna Hartley was third (9.2), while Hannah Hartley tied for 15th (8.775). “I was really proud of my floor,” Jenna Hartley said. “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 Hartley gets nervous when her big sister competes. “I can’t watch any of her routines,” she said. Hannah Hartley said she was “happy with bars and vault, upset because of my fall on 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. New Trier had edged second-place GBS 146.25- 144.725 in the Central Suburban League South meet and 143.2-143.7 in a dual meet at NT in December. Host New Trier won its regional with 147.175 points while the Titans took the regional they hosted with a score of 146.4. According to coach Jennifer Pistorius, NT 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 said. “We certainly have the talent, but we had some bumps along the way, some extremely uncharacteristic falls.” En route to finishing 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. “Floor went really well but I was proudest of my beam.” Faulkner’s junior teammate, Rohrer, just missed securing the fifth spot in all-around— — her sixthplace score of 36.2 was only .2 shy of Shanahan’s score. GBS junior Bebe Harmaras 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) while Murdock was fourth in the balance beam (9.375). Once a week is weak. You don’t have to wait until the paper arrives for your news. Join today to get all the news from your newspaper as it happens—online anytime, anywhere. Visit WilmetteBeacon.com/Plus to become a member. Brought to you by THE WILMETTE BEACON