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26 | November 9, 2017 | The wilmette beacon sports v-ball From Page 31 gie Bodman said. “Their offense is insane and they run a variety of things. They’re really scrappy and a really good team.” In an odd twist, the second set mirrored the first, almost exactly. It featured 12 ties again and had some of the longer rallies of the entire match. With the Tigers up 22- 20, it looked as if the Trevians had drawn back to one when a ball bumped over by libero Julia Maisel dropped in the middle of the Crystal Lake Central side, but a Trevian was called for having a part of their body under the net, giving the Tigers the point and a 23-20 lead, one New Trier wouldn’t recover from. Hsieh had said in the past that coming into the playoffs she had seen a path for her team to get downstate, but did she see a season like this? “We started off the season strong, we didn’t drop a set for the first 11 matches,” the coach said. “From then on, I think we went to every three-set match possible but that prepared them for the fight and being able to come back from behind.” Maddie McGregor and Gillian Klise led the team with five kills each, while Taite Ryan added three. Maisel had 14 digs and Payton Hielscher had 13 assists. The 2018 edition of the Trevians looks to be even stronger, as it returns starters Hielscher, McGregor, Klise, Ryan, Bodman and Grace Bozzo, all of whom other than Bodman will be seniors, as well as some younger players who saw some time in the regular season and playoffs in Grace Magner, LuLu McShane and Katie Merk. “This (supersectional) definitely shows us what we can do,” Bodman said. “This shows how far we can go, what our limits are and gives us confidence going into next year.” Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Galen Quinn The New Trier senior is a member of the Trevians rowing team Do you have any superstitions before, during or after a meet? We do this thing called passing the rock, where we give a knuckle bump going down the boat. We’ve always done that. Higher Cut Styles Built for the Changing Weather Ahead 608 990 1400 608 MID 990 MID 1400 BOOT The feel of a lightweight everyday trainer with the protection of an outdoor mid-cut. Our premiere 990 series now in a mid-cut with a lugged outsole and a weather-resistant upper. Waterproof and ready for winter with a leather upper, gusseted tongue and extra support. Vote for Athlete of the Month Help support young athletes. Vote online November 10 - 25 at: 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 • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Japan because I have not been there but I’ve seen plenty of cool videos on it and seems like it’d be a cool location. What’s the hardest part about rowing? It’s not the most exciting sport and gets kind of boring sometimes so you have to endure. The mindset is the hardest part. What’s the best part about being a New Trier athlete? The team offers a lot of camaraderie. It’s a good place to go, no matter if you had a good day or a bad day. It’s a good constant in your life. What’s been your favorite moment at New Trier? This year when I got third place at Head of the Charles, a huge meet. After the meet, we were really surprised and it felt like a good race. What’s one item on your bucket list? To travel the world but also to create a business I’m really passionate about. What’s one thing people don’t know about you? I started a company, an app development company. It’s called Bitbybite Inc. What’s the best Photo Submitted coaching advice you’ve gotten and from who? Coach (Jack) Rusher, he told us to think that every stroke is our last. If you could play another sport, what would it be and why? I would play volleyball. I used to play but I love the dynamic and something different than rowing. What’s your favorite restaurant on the North Shore? Walker Bros. I get a Santa Fe omelette with pico de gallo and hash browns. Interview by Sports Editor Michael Wojtychiw sports the wilmette beacon | November 9, 2017 | 27 This Week In... Trevian varsity athletics Girls basketball ■Nov. ■ 13 - at Phillips, 5:30 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 16 - at Loyola, 6:30 p.m. Boys bowling ■Nov. ■ 9 - host Vernon Hills (at Classic Bowl), 4:30 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 13 - at Niles West (at Classic Bowl), 4:30 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 14 - host Evanston (at Classic Bowl), 4:30 p.m. Boys fencing ■Nov. ■ 11 - at Stevenson Invite, 9 a.m. Girls fencing ■Nov. ■ 11 - at Stevenson Invite, 9 a.m. Girls swimming and diving ■Nov. ■ 11 - at IHSA Sectional (at Glenbrook South), TBD Rambler varsity athletics Girls basketball ■Nov. ■ 13 - host Hyde Park, 5 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 16 - host New Trier, 6:30 p.m. Girls swimming and diving ■Nov. ■ 11 - at IHSA Sectional (at Glenbrook South), TBD Panther varsity athletics Girls basketball ■Nov. ■ 14 - at Niles North, 7 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 16 - at Intrinsic, 7 p.m. Girls swimming and diving ■Nov. ■ 11 - at IHSA Sectional (at Glenbrook South), TBD Cross-country Trevians use ‘pack mentality’ at state finals Daniel L. Chamness Freelance Reporter New Trier’s Caroline Trukenbrod runs during the Illinois High School Association’s State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Peoria. Chris Johns/PhotoNews Media Making it downstate for the state meet is one of the tougher things to accomplish for a cross-country program. Both the girls and boys teams from New Trier were one of the lucky teams to get through for the Saturday, Nov. 4, state finals in Peoria and both had similar results. The New Trier boys had a collective pack time of 29 seconds between their top seven varsity runners. The pack time for the New Trier girls from one through five was even better. Only nine seconds separated the scoring five as they finished 13th as a team, scoring 362 points. “We were extremely pleased with the state finals,” New Trier girls coach John Burnside said. “From the beginning of the season to the end, every girl improved between 60-90 seconds. We have a great deal of depth, which is nice and we expect that depth, plus our returners, to make us even better in one year.” Caroline Trukenbrod was New Trier’s top finisher, taking 83rd, finishing the three-mile course in 18 minutes, 4 seconds. “I was very happy and were able to hit our splits like we should,” Trukenbrod said. “We have been trying to get closer and closer during the season. We are going to continue that for next year. I am looking forward to track and looking forward to running the shorter distances. At state, did not care as much about the place, we just wanted to reduce that pack time. By doing that, we knew that the improvement would come.” Bridget Forbes was only five seconds behind Trukenbrod, finishing in 18:09. Within four seconds of that, the top five scoring finishers were done. Leah Ulrich (18:06), Madeline Difenbacher (18:13) and Elizabeth Finnigan (18:13) rounded out the top five. Marlee Fradkin (18:20) and the lone senior on the varsity team, Savannah Noethlich (18:44) completed the varsity team. “I have never had a pack that tight, ever,” Burnside said. “To be only nine seconds apart and even if you throw in the sixth and seventh runners, we are only 40 seconds between us. That allows us to work together in meets and improve together.” Since the introduction the three-class system in cross country during the 2007-08 school year, the New Trier girls team has qualified every year with the exception of two years. Since 2010, they have earned two state trophies. They won the state championship in 2011 and were third in 2013. It could be said the boys subscribe to the “pack” theory as well. Of the top seven runners that competed on Saturday, all seven broke 16:00. Graeme Lane, one of three juniors on the varsity team, started the clock by finishing in 15:25. He finished in 90th place. “We needed the boys to finish a little bit higher up,” New Trier boys coach David Wisner said. “We had some injury problems at the end of the season. I was pleased with the effort and I feel like the boys learned so much on Saturday.” Ford Baker and Patrick Norrick both broke 15:30. Baker took 97th in 15:28, while Norrick took 102nd in 15:29. The scoring five was rounded out by John Izzo (15:36) and Owen Eskandari (15:43). Charlie Forbes (15:45) and Alex Kogen (15:54) rounded out the rest of the team. Lane, Baker and Forbes are slated to return as all three are juniors. The other four runners on the varsity team are seniors. “We have some good talent coming up,” Wisner said. “This was the first state final for everyone, except for Patrick. They handled it very well.” Loyola Academy’s Lainey McKinley was the lone representative for the Wilmette school in the girls state championships. She qualified individually and the senior finished 110th in 18:17. “We were pleased with her season overall, but not the state meet. After about five minutes of being disappointed, she was already talking about track. She is fired up about track,” Loyola coach ChrisJon Simon said.