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38 | January 25, 2018 | The lake forest leader SPORTS LakeForestLeader.com Scouts secure first conference win of season David Jaffe Freelance Reporter The Lake Forest basketball team has been much better than its record would indicate. Despite being in the tough North Suburban Conference, the Scouts have not been an easy matchup for any of the teams they’ve faced. The team’s matchup on Saturday, Jan. 20, was no different. Lake Forest (6-11, 1-5) finally put it all together, dominating a visiting Mundelein team in the second half for a 56- 38 win, its first conference win of the season. “It felt great to get the win,” the Scouts’ Mead Payne said. “Hopefully, it’s something we can continue to build off of. We’ve got Waukegan and Stevenson coming up. We played really well today and hopefully that can snowball for us going forward.” “You have to give these guys credit,” said Austin Scott, Lake Forest assistant coach. “A lot of teams that lose their first five league games could pack it in and give up. But these guys have continued to battle and compete in practice and the second group has really helped make us better. (Coach) Phil’s (LaScala) M.O. is his teams have played their best at the end of the year. No one’s going to be scared by our record but I think we’re going to be a tough matchup for anyone going forward.” The Scouts had a 26-25 halftime advantage but broke it open right out of the gate in the third quarter with a 19-3 run, increasing Jake Fisher drives to the basketball Saturday, Jan. 20 in a game at home against Mundelein. Photos by ​Neil Ament/22nd Century Media the lead to 45-28. Payne(12 points, 7 rebounds) had six during that stretch while Ben Gibson had five. Jack Van Hyfte and Jed Thomas buried treys along with a Jake Fisher jumper. “We did a good job pushing the ball and beating them down the court in transition to get layups,” Payne said. “After doing that, it allowed us to kick the ball out and we were able to knock down some open threes. It started with us getting out and running.” The Scouts’ lead grew to 53-32 with six points from Kyle Waggoner along with a pair of free throws from Fisher. But it was much more than just the Scouts’ offense. They held the Mustangs to only 13 secondhalf points. Mundelein’s top player, freshman point guard Conor Enright, played most of the second half with three fouls. A big reason for his foul trouble was Lake Forest’s defense. “We did a great job rebounding and defending the interior and that was the difference in the game,” Scott said. “We won the rebounding war Scouts’ senior Mead Payne drives to the basket​for a layup. 35-19. Guys like Kyle and Mead led the way on that end. We limited them to one-and-done on several possessions. Mundelein is normally great in transition and their freshman is going to be great over the next few years. But he picked up some offensive fouls and that was because of the pressure we put on him in the paint.” “Defense is all about trust and that’s how we were able to defend them,” Payne said. “We did a great job taking charges and there was a huge difference in how we defended in the second half.” The first half was back and forth with the biggest lead on either side being the Scouts’ five-point advantage on two separate occasions; after they scored the first five of the game and when they were ahead 23-18. Payne, always one of Lake Forest’s more reliable rebounders and defenders, played a big role, getting in on the act offensively too. Every decision he made in the paint was a smart one whether finding a way to create his own shot at a tough angle or making the smart pass to a cutting teammate in the lane. “We know we’re going to get defense and rebounding from Mead at the end of the day,” Scott said. “But it was great to see him get rewarded with points at the other end and running the floor well.” Gibson added 12 points while Van Hyfte and Waggoner each had eight and Fisher had four.

LakeForestLeader.com SPORTS the lake forest leader | January 25, 2018 | 39 Scouts Can’t stop, won’t stop Scouts win Steve Melichar 41st Annual Wrestling Invitational Tournament Neil Ament/ 22nd Century Media 1st-and-3 Stars of the Week 1. Ben Gibson (ABOVE). Gibson put up 12 points and six rebounds to help his team to its first conference win over Mundelein. 2. Mead Payne. The boys basketball player, and senior Scout, added 12 points of his own with six rebounds to contribute to a great thirdquarter push and win 3. Kennedy Stein. Stein, a sophomore at Lake Forest High School, scored the lone goal in the Scouts 4-1 loss to Glenbrook’s girls hockey team. Athlete of the Year 2017 Leader readers to vote for Athlete of Year Michael Wojtychiw Contributing Sports Editor Despite the fact the calendar year has now turned to 2018, 2017 still has a little bit missing from it. On fields of play all over the North Shore last year, student-athletes soared to new heights, and in many cases, took their team along for the ride. 22nd Century Media was following the action with its seven North Shore publications and websites, documenting the moments of glory as well as the agony of defeat. Along the way, every week, papers like our Lake Forest Leader selected and interviewed a worthy Athlete of the Week. At the end of the month, all Athletes of the Week from the seven newspapers were pitted against one another in the popular Athlete of the Month competition, for which residents decide the result by voting for their favorite athlete online. At year’s end, there are 12 winners, and we’re not done just yet. Those 12 winners — along with six at-large contenders selected by 22CM staffers — are about to vie for the ultimate title: 22nd Century Media Athlete of the Year. The Athlete of the Year competition is a two-week online voting contest that begins at noon Friday, Jan. 26, at LakeForestLeader. com, as well as the company’s six other North Shore websites. Fans can vote daily for their favorite student-athlete until 5 p.m. on Feb. 8. To avoid voting spam and abuse, we have restricted the votes to one per IP address per day with a special feature to ensure votes are being made by LEFT: The Scouts varsity wrestling team poses for a photo Jan. 13 after the tournament at Lisle High School where Caleb Durbin received the Outstanding Wrestler Award. Photos Submitted RIGHT: Bennett Duggan, freshman, wrestles St. Rita’s Andre Gurini at 106 to take the first place title. The Athlete of the Year 2017 Nominees are: • January winner: Sydney Ignoffo, Highland Park girls basketball • February winner: Kirby Bartlestein, Highland Park girls basketball • March winner: Henry Yavitt, New Trier boys water polo • April winner: Cameron Duffy, Glenbrook South boys lacrosse • May winner: Jack Sullivan, Glenbrook South boys volleyball • June winner: Melissa Tucker, Glenbrook North girls soccer • July winner: Grace Kapsimalis, New Trier girls volleyball • August winner: Marcus Shaw, Highland Park football • September winner: Daniel Spencer, Glenbrook North boys soccer • October winner: Alex Kahn, Glenbrook North boys soccer • November winner: Sam Carsello, Glenbrook North girls basketball • December winner: TBA online • At-Large: Cat Nicholson, Lake Forest field hockey • At-Large: Ziv Tal, Highland Park boys basketball • At-large: Savontae Garner, Glenbrook South football • At-large: Charlie Scheinfeld, New Trier boys swimming and diving • At-large: Brennan Dwyer, Loyola Academy girls lacrosse • At-large: Skyler Metzger, Glenbrook North football 22nd Century Media Athlete of the Year When: Friday, Jan. 26, through Thursday, Feb. 8 (two weeks) Where: WilmetteBeacon.com, WinnetkaCurrent.com, GlenviewLantern. com, NorthbrookTower.com, LakeForestLeader.com, HPLandmark. com and GlencoeAnchor.com Who: Eighteen North Shore studentathletes (12 Athletes of Month, 6 at-large contenders) humans. If votes are proven illegitimate, they will be discarded and the beneficiary of the fraudulent votes may be disqualified. A winner will be announced in the Thursday, Feb. 15 issue of The Leader. Listen Up “Defense is all about trust and that’s how we were able to defend them.” Mead Payne — Scouts senior, on how the boys basketball team was able to defeat Mundelein tune in Competitive Dance The Scouts dance team gears up for the Illiniois High School Association’s state final competition. Lake Forest at IHSA State Finals, Grossinger Motors Arena, Bloomington, Jan. 26-27 Index 35 - This Week In 34 - Athlete of the Week Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Brittany Kapa. Send any questions or comments to b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.com.