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38 | January 25, 2018 | The Northbrook tower sports THIS WEEK IN.... SPARTANS VARSITY ATHLETICS BOYS BASKETBALL ■Jan. ■ 26 - at Vernon Hills, 7 p.m. ■Ja. ■ 30 - at Mundelein, 7 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL ■Jan. ■ 26 - hosts Vernon Hills, 7:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 31 - hosts Resurrection, 6:30 p.m. BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING ■Jan. ■ 26 - hosts Maine East, 5 p.m. GIRLS GYMNASTICS ■Jan. ■ 26 - at CSL Conference Invite, 6 p.m. BOYS BOWLING ■Jan. ■ 26 - at IHSA State, TBA ■Jan. ■ 27 - at IHSA State, TBA GIRLS BOWLING ■Jan. ■ 27 - at CSL Conference Invite, 9 a.m. ■Jan. ■ 29 - at Libertyville, 4:30 p.m. Vote for Athlete of the Month Help support young athletes. Vote online January 10 - 25 at: BOYS HOCKEY ■Jan. ■ 25 - at Glenbrook South, 8:50 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 26 - at Cathedral Prep (South Bend, Ind.), 3:15 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 27 - at Wayzata (South Bend, Ind.), 11:15 a.m. ■Jan. ■ 27 - at Dayton (South Bend, Ind.), 7 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 31 - hosts Loyola, 7:25 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY ■Jan. ■ 28 - hosts New Trier, 8:20 p.m. TRAINERS FOR EVERY TYPE OF WORKOUT When Your Workout Moves Indoors We’ve Got You Covered Studio • Cardio • Weights High Intensity • Spinning Come in and check out our full lineup of trainers. Our team will help you get the perfect fit. 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 • visit us online at Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Jacob Rosenberg Rosenberg is a senior on the Glenbrook North boys bowling team. When and why did you start bowling? When I was younger everyone had their birthday parties at Brunswick or Pinstripes. I always liked it then, but to me it was just a game. Freshman year I took broadcasting and the teacher for that was the head of the bowling team and told me I should try out. I got some of my friends together and gave it a shot. Ever since then, I fell in love with the sport. Do you have any superstitions before a performance? It’s the way I place the balls in my bag. I have a three-ball bag and a separate ball for my spare ball. I put my most-used ball first and working my way up from there. What do you like most about the sport? One of the biggest things is the team aspect. We get along really well. I think bowling is such an unusual sport because bowling is such a mental game and people tend to think because your score is always on display and you have to deal with it. The competitiveness and team aspect makes it such a great sport. What is one thing people don’t know about you? Not a lot of people know I’m into music. I play the guitar and saxophone. What’s your favorite personal sports moment? I think just going down to state last year was incredible. As a team we were young and we knew we could be good, but didn’t know how we would compare to the teams around the area. We made it all the way down to state and played pretty well. If you were a superhero, what superpower would you want? I would want super-speed. There are so many things you could do with that in terms of using superstrength and creative ways you can use it. What would you do if you won the lottery? I would invest some of the money and donate it. I think a lot of people in the area are well off and we can use some of that money. I think investing is a lot of fun and donating it to those people who need it more. If you could play another sport, what would it be? I would play basketball. I think there’s a great team element and you need people working together to Photo submitted accomplish a goal. What is one thing on your bucket list? I would travel to go skydiving. I’m kind of afraid of heights, but I think it’s something everyone has to try it in their lives. If you could be any animal, which would you choose? I’d be cheetah just because they’re one of the fastest land animals there are quick and powerful. It seems like it would be a lot of fun. Interview by Sports Editor Michal Dwojak sports the northbrook tower | January 25, 2018 | 39 Boys Swimming Tired Spartans outlast Giants Gary Larsen Freelance Reporter When beleaguered swimmers face 8,000 yards of training during finals week, as Glenbrook North did recently, toughness is laid bare. “Good swimmers learn how to swim fast when they’re tired,” Spartans coach Kirk Ziemke said. “When you learn how to do that then it becomes easy to swim fast at the end of the year, when you’re not tired. As young high school kids, they’re in the process of learning how to do that.” Ziemke’s Spartans capped a tough week of training with a 112-73 dual-meet win at Highland Park on Friday, Jan. 19, winning eight of 12 events in the Central Suburban League North Division dual, including all three relay events. GBN junior Ryan Purdy won the 100 backstroke and the 500 freestyle events, and spoke afterward about the grueling nature of swimming in mid-January, with sectionals now less than one month away. “It’s tough when you’re training 8,000 yards a day, but you have to find a way to push through it,” Purdy said. “At some point you have nothing left in the tank and you don’t want to go anymore. But you know it’s about the outcome at the end of the season that matters so you know in your head that you need to keep going hard.” Purdy finished a little more than 11 seconds ahead of the field in the 500 freestyle, then showed guts in edging the Giants’ Richard Heller in the 100 backstroke, 55.14 to 56.19. “Ryan Purdy is a kid who has that level of toughness, of being able to be exhausted but still put a performance out there,” Ziemke said. “He was cruising in his 500 and still went pretty fast, for going easy. Then in the backstroke, he was tired but he Glenbrook North’s Ryan Purdy swims the 100 backstroke Friday, Jan. 19, at Highland Park. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media kicked it in on that last length and he wasn’t going to lose that race.” The Spartans’ other individual winners on Friday were Jake Shapiro in the 200 freestyle, Zander Johnson in the 100 butterfly and Ryan Cohn in the 1-meter diving event. Highland Park’s Andrew Vorobev won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, and the Giants’ Tobe Obochi won the 50 and 100 freestyle races. “That was the first time (Vorobev) has done the 100 (breaststroke) this year and his (200 IM) is going to be pretty special,” Highland Park coach Tim Sirois said. “He’s a great worker and a great leader and I’m excited to see him swim that race when he’s not exhausted. And Obochi was sick all week so that was great to see.” In the night’s closest race, Obochi swam the 100 freestyle in 50.06, a mere one-one-hundredth of a second faster than second-place Shapiro. The Giants’ Heller, Jake Reisner, Andrew Vorobev and Tobe Obochi kicked off the meet with a time of 1:40.73 in the 200 medley relay, finishing second to Glenbrook North by less than one second. “That was a really good leadoff and our best by far this year, so that was exciting,” Sirois said. “After a long week of finals they were tired but I thought it was a good meet. They don’t think finals takes anything out of them but it does. All week it can be a struggle at practice because they’re sluggish, but we swam great.” Purdy, Shapiro, Daniel Kaufman and Fabian JuJescu won the 200 medley relay in 1:39.86. Ziemke also applauded Anton Ivanchenko, Garrett Chan, Dan Smagorinsky, and Tony Mrozowski for their relay performances and their roles in providing a spark during Friday’s dual. Ivanchenko was the lone common denominator in the Spartans’ winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, and he also finished third in the 100 freestyle. “Anton did a great job,” Ziemke said. “He has trained his butt off and that was great senior leadership from him today. He’s definitely exhausted.” Ivanchenko, Mrozowski, Daniel Kaufman, and Sam Shin won Friday’s 200 freestyle relay, finishing a little more than one second faster than the Spartans’ second 200 free relay team of Chan, Smagorinsky, Noah Bruns and Zander Johnson. Athlete of the Year 2017 Tower readers to vote for Athlete of Year Online contest begins Friday, Jan. 26 Michael Wojtychiw 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 Northbrook Tower 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 began at noon Friday, Jan. 26, at, 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 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 Tower. 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: 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 • At-Large: Ziv Tal, Highland Park boys basketball • At-Large: Cat Nicholson, Lake Forest field hockey 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, and Who: Eighteen North Shore student-athletes (12 Athletes of Month, 6 at-large contenders)