1 year ago


The Northbrook Tower 110917

40 | November 9, 2017 |

40 | November 9, 2017 | The Northbrook tower sports Girls Cross Country Sandlow a welcome surprise Michal Dwojak Sports Editor Sometimes it takes a while to find out how good an athlete can be. Natalie Sandlow is an exception. The freshman Glenbrook North cross-country runner culminated a season filled with highlights when she finished 28th in the IHSA 3A state meet Saturday, Nov. 4, in Peoria with a time of 17 minutes, 31 minutes. Sandlow has progressed since her first race she started for the Spartans this season and finished what her head coach regarded an impressive feat in a young career. “She had a great weekend,” head coach Bob LeBlanc said. “She had an incredible race and for her to finish 28th in state is quite impressive.” The freshman’s path to the state meet could’ve been hard to predict heading in to high school. Sandlow had run in junior high, but never to the success where coaches could’ve imagined she would’ve reached this level. She opened the season steadily as she started in every meet this season. As the season progressed, she continued to gain momentum and confidence as a racer, which proved to be the difference when she raced with her teammates. “It’s been a really nice progression for how she’s improved throughout the season,” LeBlanc said. “She beat a lot of girls who had beaten her earlier in the season. She’s learned how to race and gotten faster.” Sandlow came out conservatively at the state meet, trying to get a lay of the land on a course that was different on ones that she had competed on before. Once she realized what the competition was, she took advantage and finished in the top-30 and beat the previous school record by six seconds in a 3-mile race, which has been the distance for the meet since 2001. LeBlanc admitted that it’s not unheard of for a freshman to Glenbrook North’s Natalie Sandlow competes at the state meet on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Peoria. Clark Brooks/PhotoNews Media make a mark at the varsity level. According to the coach, the group of girls have been inviting and easy to work with, which helped Sandlow make the transition to the varsity level as a freshman. That acceptance allowed Sandlow to grow as a runner. “She’s leading by example in work ethic and pushing through,” LeBlanc said. “She just jumped right in and fit well with the team. She’s a hard worker and a great kid, so it was great to see her fit in with them.” Sandlow’s success highlighted a season of improvements for the Spartan runners. GBN finished second in conference, improving one spot after finishing second to Vernon Hills, that as a team finished third as a team in the 2A meet. LeBlanc admitted GBN’s regional was tougher than others and even forced his runners to see competition at the sectionals they had beaten earlier in the season when they cheered on their teammates. But that improvement is something LeBlanc will take into next season with the returning talent. “It was a pretty good year’s work,” LeBlanc said. Maybe he’ll have another surprise next season. Girls Hockey Glenbrook trying to find groove NEIL MILBERT Freelance Reporter The 2016-17 season is a hard act to follow but the Glenbrook girls hockey team is getting its act back together. Last season the team made up mainly of girls from Glenbrook South and Glenbrook North was a study in upward mobility, going from the top of the lower division the previous year to the Scholastic League championship and then going on to take the Blackhawk Cup, which is emblematic of the Illinois High School championship. Hovering just above .500 when they met New Trier Silver in the seventh game this season on Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Northbrook Ice Arena, Glenbrook put on a performance in keeping with their stature as defending state champions by skating to a compelling 7-0 victory that improved their record to 4-2-1. “We have all those trophies and it’s sinking in: ‘we actually did this,’” said senior defenseman Katie Thomas, recalling last season’s accomplishments. “This season we started off a little slow. It took some time getting used to each other. Now, I think it’s going well.” Fourteen players have returned, including six All-State selections—senior forwards Hannah Jensen and Nicole Knudson, junior forwards Lily Cataldo and Katerina Poulos, senior defenseman Madison Itagaki and junior defenseman Madeline Dunham. “Our leaders are stepping up,” head coach Steve Hamelin said. “We lost a few key players but we have new girls who are freshmen who have been playing really well of late.” The freshmen are Alicia Kim, Addison Carr, Emma Patterson and goaltender Lauren Abraham. Abraham got her second shutout of the season against Silver but it wasn’t a difficult accomplishments because her teammates permitted the losers only three shots on goal. Claire Van Damme, the New Trier forward who made the All-State team last season as a freshman, played an aggressive game but couldn’t find the net because scoring chances were few and far between. “It was a good opportunity to work on passing, possession of the puck and making the most of our scoring opportunities,” Cataldo said. There were opportunities galore: Glenbrook was constantly on the attack in the New Trier zone and they pelted goalie Kate Burnham with 33 shots. “We have four lines and they are fairly balanced,” Hamelin pointed out. Jensen, who goes to Regina, led the attack with two goals and one assist, Knudson and Poulos each contributed one goal and one assist and Natalie Sorkin collected three assists. The other goals were scored by Kim, Cataldo and Nora Curtis. Glenbrook’s Lily Cataldo looks for an opening during her team’s game against New Trier Silver on Sunday, Nov. 5, in Northbrook. David Karaus/22nd Century Media northbrook the northbrook tower | November 9, 2017 | 41 DEAR FRIENDS As the holidays approach, I have been reflecting on this past year when we have witnessed some of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. Between devastating hurricanes to the south and wildfires on the west coast, so many lives have been affected. And many have lost everything – yet need to find the strength and courage to carry on. I have been blessed with a wonderful family, loyal staff and clientele. I would like to invite you all to participate with me in donating to the charity of your choice to help those around the world. We at Pascal pour Elle are giving a percentage of our proceeds to help those in need. Please visit our website at and choose a charity you wish to help support. From our Pascal pour Elle family to yours, have a wonderful, happy and healthy holiday season, and a new year in which we all do our part to make the world a better place. 368 Park Avenue Glencoe, Illinois 60035 847.501.3100