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28 | November 9, 2017 | The highland park landmark sports “ I love the idea of a publication which is a true amalgamation of rich history, current events and timely political topics! Congratulations! I really enjoyed Chicagoly Magazine!” —sarah w., of highland park Celebrated by critics and readers, the depth and strength of Chicagoly’s storytelling is unmatched in this city. Don’t miss another issue. Subscribe today. a 22nd century media publication Cross-Country Injuries slow Amster at state meet Brittany Kapa Sports Editor Nate Amster has run more than 7,000-miles during his tenure at Highland Park High School. The cross-country runner was hoping to make his most recent three miles memorable, but his body had other plans. Amster, who competed in the Illinois High School Association’s Class 3A State Cross-Country meet Saturday, Nov. 4, struggled after the first mile. Amster had a tumultuous season, to say the least, and he sustained a shin injury early in the season, was sick and finally tweaked his knee towards the end of the season. Amster battled back, worked hard and eventually punched his ticket to state. Amster was hoping that the momentum from the sectional race, where he ran 15:14 to qualify for state, would translate Saturday. “I wanted to do my best, under the circumstances with my knee,” Amster said. “I took a chance and went out with the leaders, around the Top 30 by the mile. My joints, my knees and my waist just didn’t hold up. The injuries just caught up with me.” Amster would cross the finish line in 158th place with a time of 15:51. Much This Week In Giants varsity athletics Boys Hockey ■Nov. ■ 10 - at Loyola Maroon, 5:20 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 11 - at Prep V1, 9:30 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 16 - at Latin Romans, 8:30 p.m. Girls Swimming and Diving ■Nov. ■ 11 - at Glenbrook South Sectional Girls Basketball slower than he would have liked. “I’ve only been running 12 miles a week because that was all I could handle,” Amster said. “It was bound to happen.” As the lone Giant to make it down to state, which was held in Peoria at Detweiller Park, Amster faced the tough challenge of running the race by himself. “It was very odd; I’m so used to having the guys in the box with me,” he said. “I had nobody with me this time. I was warming up by myself, stretching by myself and then on the line when the gun went off. It was a little bit different.” Amster did get out to a hopeful start but as the race progressed things started to take a turn for the worse. “He got out really well into the position he wanted to and we talked about before the race,” said Steve Buti, Amster’s coach. “He came through the mile where he wanted to be, and even slightly faster. By the time he got into the back loop of the course you could see his form starting to shut down and not looking as strong as he looked at sectionals. “Every time he came by me, or his other teammates or coaches and we were cheering for him you would see him try and respond and push himself,” Buti said. However, no matter the encouragement from teammates and coaches, Amster’s body would not cooperate. “There was no lack of effort, he ran with such heart and it was just really his body wasn’t able to perform the way he wanted it to,” Buti added. “His form was shutting down and his posture wasn’t as upright as he usually is. Once that starts happening, at this level of racing, it’s hard to hold your position. He was just consistently losing positions as the race was going. You could see he was fighting and trying and it just really wasn’t his day.” Buti is proud of Amster for making it to state after the season he has had. “His perseverance showed all season long and even to qualify for the state meet was a huge accomplishment,” he said. Amster, understandably, was disappointed after the race but this isn’t the end of his running career with the Giants. He will return for the track season in Spring. “It’s been a roller coaster of a season,” Amster said of his cross country season. “It’s for sure not a fairytale [season] or a fairytale ending. At least I got to make it to the state meet.” ■Nov. ■ 13 - at Mundelein Tournament vs. Mundelein, 7:30 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 14 - at Mundelein Tournament vs. Grant, 4:30 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 15 - at Mundelein Tournament vs. Glenbrook South, 7:30 p.m. sports the wilmette beacon | november 9, 2017 | 29 sports the highland park landmark | November 9, 2017 | 29 BoyS Soccer FirST Team Forward Will Felitto, NT senior • 15 goals, eight assists, 38 points; The Williams Collegebound senior helped lead the Trevians to the Central Suburban League title. MidFielder Jacob Danneker, LF senior • Four goals, three assists, 15 points; The phenomenal Danneker was a three-year varsity starter and 2017 All- Conference and All-Sectional honoree. deFense Gavin Morse, GBS junior • One goal, one assist, two points; The All-Sectional and All-CSL nods came after the three-year varsity starter helped lead the Titans to 10 shutouts. Welcome to the 22nd Century Media All-Area team: Team 22. Thanks to the help of area coaches, and the eyes of 22nd Century Media staff, the best players were selected from seven high schools — New Trier (NT), Loyola Academy (LA), Glenbrook North (GBN), Glenbrook South (GBS), Highland Park (HP), Lake Forest (LF) and Lake Forest Academy (LFA) — in our coverage area. Second Team Forward Sahil Modi, GBN senior • 21 goals, 12 assists, 54 points; The senior helped lead the Spartans to backto-back sectional title game appearances. MidFielder Collin Leider, LA junior • Five goals, seven assists, 17 points; The junior finished tied for second on the team in goals and led the team in assists, forcing teams to pay extra attention to him. deFense Justin Illes, HP senior • Two goals, five assists, nine points; Illes was a captain on the squad who was a key piece on the Giants back line this season. Forward Ryan Krueger, NT senior • 23 goals, 10 assists, 56 points; The Colgate-bound senior was a force to be reckoned with no matter where he was on the field. MidFielder Logan Weaver, NT junior • 10 goals, 17 assists, 37 points; The Northwestern commit excelled no matter what role he played. He will be even more dangerous for the Trevians next season. Goalkeeper Daniel Spencer, GBN senior • 0.57 GAA, 12 shutouts; Spencer excelled in net, helping the Spartans to a tremendous run in 2016 in the postseason and shutting out 12 of 21 opponents on the year. MidFielder Deng Deng Kur, GBN senior • 18 goals, 8 assists, 44 points; The London-native was consistently moved from midfielder to forward throughout the season and made for a scary duo with Modi. MidFielder Jimmy McMahon, GBS junior • Eight goals, six assists, 22 points; The team-leader in points, the three-year varsity starter was named to the All- Sectional and All-CSL teams. Honorable mentions: Forward: Eric Plante, NT sr. Midfielders: Mason Kimbarovsky, HP jr.; Ronin Moore, HP soph.; Christophe Wettermann, LF sr.; Dieter Villegas, LFA sr.; Carlo Castillo, LFA jr.; Gabe Diculescu, GBS sr. Defense: Riles Walsh, NT sr.; Jack Mahon, LFA sr.; Sergio Hernandez, LFA jr. Goalkeeper: Michael Hatfield, GBS sr.; John Walsh, LF soph. Forwards Jeremy Weber, GBS senior • Five goals, five assists, 15 points; The captain and two-year letter-winner was second on the team in both goals and assists. Ian Strudwick, LFA senior • 23 goals, three assists, 49 points; Strudwick scored 23 of the team’s 38 goals on the season. Ford Peterson, LA senior • Seven goals, two assists, 16 points; Peterson tied for the team-high in goals and was second in shots with 26. MidFielders Joey Schwartz, HP junior • Five goals, five assists, 15 points; Schwartz was what his coach called, “our heart in the center mid, leading our attack.” Max Marquez, GBN junior • 10 goals, six assists, 26 points; Marquez was a staple for the Spartans throughout his season and will play a bigger role in the 2018 season. Daniel Montaquila, LA junior • Two goals, three assists, 7 points; The junior’s ability to provide a physical presence and to pass out of the back was an important piece of what helped him earn all-sectional honors. David Joseph, GBS junior • Five goals, two assists, 12 points; The three-year varsity letter-winner was third on the team in points and scored big goals numerous times throughout the season. Robbie Fraser, GBN senior • Nine goals, 12 assists, 30 points; The senior combined with Kur and Modi to force a tough attack on CSL opponents. deFense Luke Phillips, LA senior • Two goals, two assists, six points; An All- Conference selection, Phillips helped lead a stellar back line that yielded less than one goal per game this season. Joey Williams, LF senior • Zero goals, one assist, one point; Williams was a big-time player on Lake Forest’s back line and earned an All- Conference honorable mention nod as a result. Goalkeeper Sam Warden, NT senior • 19 games played, 13 goals against; Warden posted a 0.70 goals against average and recorded 11 shutouts.