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32 | January 25, 2018 | The glenview lantern sports Wrestling Titans tune up for postseason against rivals at CSL tourney Todd Marver, Freelance Reporter Glenbrook South, New Trier, Glenbrook North, Highland Park wrestling tuned up for the postseason, at the Central Suburban League conference tournament. With regionals quickly looming and a start date of Feb. 3, area wrestling teams honed their skill Saturday, Jan. 20, at Maine West in the conference tournament. Unlike New Trier, Highland Park and Glenbrook North, no Glenbrook South wrestlers placed first or second in the conference tournament. The young Titans placed 10th at the 12- team tournament with a score of 45. Glenbrook South’s top finishers were three sophomores: Matt Rubel (21- 13) with a fourth-place finish in the 106-pound weight class, Nate Sullivan (3-5) with a sixth-place finish in the 113-pound weight class and Cam Mercer (26-11) with a fifth-place finish in the 195-pound weight class. “Obviously, we’re happy with successes we had, but losses and adversity we had, we’ll get back to work right off the bat,” Rubel said. “We’ll be in there on Monday working on anything we didn’t perform well on.” New Trier placed the highest of the four CSL schools in the 22nd Century Media coverage area with a thirdplace score of 222.5. New Trier senior Patrick Ryan, took home the title in the 145-point weight class and remained undefeated with a 38-0 record. He was also presented with the Elias George Outstanding Wrestler award at the end of the event. Glenbrook South’s Jesse Quijada takes down Glenbrook North’s Trent Williams, who won in the 220-pound weight class, on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Des Plaines. Tracy Allen/22nd Century Media “It’s an honor that the coaches voted me recognizing the hard work our team has put in this year,” Ryan said. “I’m super glad to have partners in the wrestling room who coach me to get better like Jack Tangen, Bayne Kiser and Russell Sanchez because without good practice partners it’s really hard to improve individually, so I’m just really glad that I’ve got those guys to push me every day.” Ryan defeated Highland Park senior Alex Rosenbloom (25-2) in the championship match on a 7-3 decision. “I was expecting a competitive match in the finals,” Ryan said. “I think the difference was my conditioning during the match. As far as something that I can work on, I really think that my takedown finishes could be cleaner. Just working on my technique. I need to improve riding guys in the top position and just trying to get all those things right for regionals in a couple weeks.” Ryan looks to keep his personal and team success going deep in the postseason. Ryan competed at state the past two years. “The goal is to stay undefeated and win a state title,” he said. “In the long term as a team, we want to win the team regional. I would say we’re an underdog right now, but in our wrestling room we have the mentality that we should be hanging in there with those teams. We’re just going to wrestle hard and see how it goes out. Hopefully we go out with a regional title and I hope to be able to end my career with a state title.” Alumni Spotlight Loyola grad earns Big Ten scholarship Michael Wojtychiw Contributing Sports Editor To play a college sport is an amazing feat in itself. But to have the opportunity to play a sport at a Power 5 conference school, that’s the dream for many high school athletes. Three years ago, Loyola football player Bobby Walker got that opportunity when he was offered a walk-on spot at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. A lot of it had to do with [Loyola] coach [John] Holocek,” Walker said. “He’s a U of I grad and kind of pointed me in that direction because I didn’t have a whole lot of options. He said ‘I could probably help you out with a walkon spot, I’ll see if I can but no promises.’ He ended up getting me there and I was lucky enough to work hard and do what I do.” That hard work paid off for Walker, as he was awarded a football scholarship by Illinois coach Lovie Smith on Christmas Day. “I didn’t really know why he was calling,” Walker said. “I was kind of nervous and then when I started to realize what he was starting to say, I freaked out, ran downstairs, was kind of jumping around and told my parents and they were like ‘oh my god.’ It was kind of really awesome.” With Walker knowing the Illini had a couple open scholarships, he was prepared to talk to the coaching staff about the possibility on being put on scholarship when he got back from winter break, but he ended up not having to do that. The 2017 season was a memorable one for the redshirt sophomore. Not only did he land a scholarship, he earned his first start and had his first catch, against Nebraska. “We had just had a film meeting and I was kind of Loyola graduate and current University of Illinois football player Bobby Walker in action against Wisconsin on Oct. 28 in Champaign. Photo Submitted upset because I thought we didn’t play well,” Walker said. “One of my coaches realized I wasn’t very happy and he said ‘I know you’re not really pleased with how you’re playing and I think we can give you a shot.’ I was like ‘alright, let’s go.’ I had to make the most of it because this could be a chance to prove that I should be on scholarship. “I came in relief in the Nebraska game and was in two tight end sets against Iowa. I had been getting a bunch of time on special teams. When we played at Indiana, a couple weeks later, when we played Indiana at home that’s when i got the start at the Y position.” For Walker, the transition to playing in college wasn’t as difficult as it may be for some other players, and that’s due to his time playing for Holocek. “Part of it was different because of the level of play. It’s always a different level because they’re bigger, stronger, faster,” Walker added. “But it terms of scheduling or how practice was run, that was the same way Loyola does stuff. Coach Holecek makes sure we work out in the summer, work out during the week and then also film meeting and stuff. It was a little bit more but it was very similar.” Walker sees himself as more of a blocking tight end and has seen himself improve in his three years at Illinois. “In the weight room, I’ve gotten stronger, I’ve gotten faster,” Walker said. “But I feel like I’ve worked on becoming a better football player in general, mainly blocking for me because that’s the stuff I do. Just really working on little details, getting down and getting good leverage, playing against guys that are bigger than me.” Despite two tight ends graduating from this year’s team, Walker shows that there will be plenty of competition at his position as the Illini return a redshirt freshman, a true freshman who saw a lot of playing time and also an incoming freshmen. But Walker isn’t worried about that because he knows what he needs to do to earn his shot. “I want to solidify that I’m a player in the Big Ten. I want to do some big things, solidify that I deserve to catch more passes, play more snaps,” he said. “To do that, I think I need to get a little bigger, which is definitely doable, and just help our team win. We’ve had some struggles but it’s time to push that rock and break through it.” sports the glenview lantern | January 25, 2018 | 33 Boys Basketball Titans can’t finish against Wildkits David Jaffe Freelance Reporter Glenbrook South has had close contests with a chance at winning in almost all of its Central Suburban League South games so far. That continued Friday, Jan. 19, against a visiting Evanston team that a week earlier had defeated New Trier. The Titans (6-11, 0-6) twice came back from nine points down to send the game into overtime. But ultimately they couldn’t do enough in the extra session, falling to the Wildkits 60- 58. “With the effort we played with, it was deserving of a better outcome,” GBS coach Phil Ralston said. “We’re playing hard and doing all the right things. We just have had trouble closing games out.” Evanston got off to a fast start in overtime going up 56-51 on a Lance Jones layup and Blake Peters three. Stevon Boyd cut the deficit to 56-53 with a layup with 1:45 left but Jaheim Holden buried two free throws getting it back up to five with 18 seconds left. Dom Martinelli knocked down a pair at the line with 9.4 left but Peters sealed it with two foul shots of his own, making it 60-55. Mac Hubbard hit a three as the clock expired. GBS trailed 38-29 in the third but battled back with a 16-7 run to tie it at 45-45 with just over three minutes left in the game. Martinelli had two three-point plays during that stretch while Gavin Morse had four along with layups by Hubbard, Boyd and Dashka Anard. Then trailing 49-47, GBS took its only lead on a three by Hubbard with Glenbrook South’s Gavin Morse drives to the basket against Evanston defenders on Friday, Jan. 19, in Glenview. David Kraus/22nd Century Media 49 seconds left but Holden went right down the court and answered making it 51- 50 with 34 seconds left. “We defended well all game but after we took the lead, we had a letdown defensively the next play,” Ralston said. “We let him get right into the middle of the floor. It wasn’t the type of defense we had been playing.” GBS had a chance to win in regulation but Martinelli split at the line with 6.7 seconds left ultimately sending the game to overtime. Evanston jumped out to an early 12-3 advantage but GBS cut it to 22-20 thanks to 8 points from Martinelli, 6 from Jimmy McMahon and 4 from Morse. After the Wildkits were initially successful trapping the Titans, GBS adjusted and was effective getting to the rim, scoring 34 points in the paint. “Coach told us they’re not as good on help defense,” Martinelli (19 points) said. “So he told me and Gavin to keep attacking the basket. They’re a great offensive team so we knew we needed to score a lot. I was able to get open looks off of screens. I was trying to do what I could to help my team win.” “Evanston does a good job pressuring the perimeter,” Ralston said. “I told them if you have an advantage, you have to make them pay for it. We didn’t get the ball inside in the first half. But we were much better doing that in the second half. The plays we ran weren’t always the way it was scripted. But I was very happy with our shot selection and can’t complain about what we did offensively.” It’s clear GBS is very close to turning the corner and no matter what deficit they’re facing, they keep playing hard. “No matter what the score is, we keep battling,” Martinelli said. “We never get too high or too low. We know we can compete with good teams. That’s the type of team we are.” “We had a very good fourth quarter. We’re still learning but we’re competing at an extremely high level,” Ralston said “I think we did about as good a job defending their top kid as anyone has. The effort is always there and there’s going to be a breakthrough with this team.” McMahon added 11 while Morse had 10, Hubbard had 8 and Boyd and Will King each had 4. Girls Hockey Glenbrook pleased with win over Scouts Gary Larsen Freelance Reporter It’s not common for both teams to skate away happy after a 4-1 hockey game, but Glenbrook and Lake Forest managed the feat. Glenbrook was pleased with its solid play throughout its win at the Northbrook Sports Center on Saturday, Jan. 20, especially after a choppy performance one day prior in a loss to Naper Valley. “We had a tough night last night in Naperville. They took it to us,” Glenbrook coach Steve Hamelin said. “Tonight, it was hard work, we played as a team and kept it simple, and were very disciplined. We won the foot battles and kept the pressure on.” The offensive star for Glenbrook was stalwart senior defenseman Koby Wilcox, who scored the first and fourth goals in the win. Chloe Carroll and Alicia Kim scored the other two goals for Glenbrook. Kim liked the way her side bounced back after the loss to Naper Valley. “We had opportunities in that game but at times we weren’t communicating, and that’s what broke our defense down,” Kim said. “But not tonight. And I think we have a good chance to win it all if we keep progressing the way we have been.” Lake Forest was happy with its effort against defending state champion Glenbrook, especially since Scouts defenseman Hannah Matthews was forced to play in net with starting goalie Amanda Peter absent due to injury. Matthews is a defenseman whose experience in net consisted of one Glenbrook’s Chloe Carroll (left) congratulates teammate Koby Wilcox on her first-period goal Saturday, Jan. 20, in Northbrook. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media three-on-three game during the spring of 2017 and one practice leading up to Saturday’s game. She borrowed goalie equipment from her younger sister Sarah, an eighth-grader who plays goalie for the Falcons U14 team. Matthews made 24 saves on Saturday and wasn’t particularly nervous heading into the game. “It was fun and I was super excited,” she said. “The hard part was just trying to figure out the different muscle movements. I watched (Sarah) play yesterday and I was watching the other goalie, too.” Lake Forest coach Liz Zorn was grateful for the effort that Matthews gave her. “She volunteered and jumped right in. She was awesome,” Zorn said. “We had a good game. Our defense played well, our offense was getting shots off, and we played with energy.” Matthews appreciated the effort that defensemen Annika Sornson, Jessica Krug, Sarah Newtown, and Abby Benjamin put forth in front of her. “They blocked a lot of shots for me and they cleaned the puck pretty efficiently, so that was really helpful,” Matthews said. “I thought as a team we played really well.” Lake Forest led 1-0 in the first period on a Kennedy Stein goal but Wilcox tied the game on an assist from Carroll. Kim attacked the net from the right side and finished with a backhand shot in the second period, and three minutes later it was Kim’s rush up the ice and shot on net that allowed Carroll to bury the rebound to give Glenbrook a 3-1 lead. Addie Carr also assisted on Glenbrook’s third goal. Kim also defended hard throughout the win in a two-way effort that stood out. “(Kim’s) compete-level is off the charts,” Hamelin said. “She’s very coachable, she has some tenacity to her, and she wants to go to the net. She’s using her teammates well, too. “Eleni (Tasiopoulos) played really well, too. We needed a good all-around effort from everyone and we got it, but I thought that was probably the best game I’ve seen Alicia play this year.”