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40 | April 12, 2018 | The glenview lantern SPORTS Coach Talk Ex-Titan Hauser makes throw to next, elite level Jon ‘Coach’ Cohn Contributing Columnist Glenview Resident Talk about transformations. Glenbrook South class of 2015 graduate Will Hauser could star in one of those Transformer movies with the way he has altered both his physical appearance and his athletic skills since graduation some three years ago. The before? A 6-foot- 1, near 300-pound high school senior who threw the discus pretty well by the end of his senior year. The now? A 6-foot-3 man with a sturdy but svelte 210 pounds. And he flings the javelin airborne like it is a paper airplane with a motor. Quite a revelation really and a story of you never know what your good at till you try it. As a young high school freshman, he first joined the Titan football program and immediately landed at the offensive line. GBS coaches had high hopes for the big guy, figuring by junior and senior year he would turn into a terror on both sides of the ball. A concussion and constant back pain changed that plan. Football was no longer an option. Volleyball was next in line for the still developing Hauser, and after playing for the Titan lower level teams and with the Vortex club team, he thought maybe this might be his sport. But even here, after sophomore year, it was clear that was not meant to be. At this point, he thought maybe his scholastic athletic experience might be over. But not so quick. A little birdie (family friend Mr. David O’Gara, father of star runner David O’Gara Jr.) planted the seed with GBS track coach Kurt Hasenstein that there is a big kid in school looking for a sport to play who maybe could help the Titan track team in some of the field events. At the time, Hauser had absolutely zero knowledge of track and field, but when asked by Coach Haz, he said he would give it a try. “We are going to try you in the throwing events,” the coach said. Hauser’s response? “Great, but what exactly am I throwing?” “Yeah, that was about it. He was pretty inexperienced when he came to us,” coach laughed. Hauser started slow as expected, but did develop, and while still raw and inexperienced was good enough his senior year to finish second in conference and seventh in the sectional in the discus. Not bad for someone who didn’t even know what the discus was two years before. But here is where it gets interesting. Hauser enrolled at DePaul, and kind of as in afterthought, decides to join the Blue Demon track team as a walk-on. Now a collegiate athlete, the transformation rolls into fast forward. In short time the try him in two new events, the javelin and the hammer throw. He takes to them like bees on honey. Particularly the javelin, where you fling airborne a spear like object and through power and trajectory try to land it further than any opponent without apparently injuring any of the javelin judges. As just a raw sophomore last year, Hauser throws a personal best and finishes fifth in the Big East conference. The potential clear at this point. The rapid fire improvement continues into this his junior year. Fast forward? Amazingly, the kid who thought he would just try the sport is now a contender to be an individual champion in the Big East conference. Don’t forget, he is still developing. Who knows where this trajectory is headed? The ceiling is high, very high. About as high as that javelin goes when Will throws it seemingly to the stars. Cohn has been a coach, physical education teacher, sports announcer and athletic supervisor in the community for over 35 years. He can be reached at This Week In... Titans Varsity Athletics BOYS GYMNASTICS ■April ■ 14 - at Wheaton Warrenville South Invite, 4 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - hosts Highland Park, Deerfield, 6 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER ■April ■ 14 - at Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Classic, TBA ■April ■ 17 - hosts New Trier, 7 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE ■April ■ 18 - at New Trier, 6:15 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Evanston, 5 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE ■April ■ 14 - hosts Lyons, 1 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - at Glenbard West, 4:45 p.m. SOFTBALL ■April ■ 12 - hosts Evanston, 5 p.m. ■April ■ 13 - at St. Viator, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Schaumburg, 10 a.m. ■April ■ 17 - at Niles West, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Maine South, 4:45 p.m. BASEBALL ■April ■ 12 - hosts Vernon Hills, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Buffalo Grove, 10:30 a.m. ■April ■ 16 - at Highland Park, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - hosts Evanston, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - at Evanston, 4:45 p.m. BOYS TENNIS ■April ■ 12 - hosts Deerfield, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Moline Invite, 9 a.m. ■April ■ 17 - at Highland Park, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 18 - hosts Stevenson, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - at Maine South, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS WATER POLO ■April ■ 12 - at Maine South, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Richards Invite, TBA Shot of the Week ■April ■ 19 - hosts New Trier, 6 p.m. BOYS WATER POLO ■April ■ 12 - hosts Maine South, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 13 - at Best of the West Tournament, 4 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Best of the West Tournament, 8 a.m. ■April ■ 19 - at New Trier, 6 p.m. GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD ■April ■ 13 - at Ritter Invite, 5 p.m. ■April ■ 16 - hosts Maine West, Vernon Hills, 4:30 p.m. BOYS VOLLEYBALL ■April ■ 16 - at New Trier, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 18 - at Niles North, 6 p.m. GIRLS BADMINTON ■April ■ 14 - at Rolling Meadows Invitational, 8 a.m. ■April ■ 17 - at New Trier, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 18 - at Stevenson, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Maine South, 4:30 p.m. Glenbrook South’s Forrest Eriksson competes in the still rings at the Mundelein Invite on Friday, April 6. Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media SPORTS the glenview lantern | April 12, 2018 | 41 Girls Water Polo South building toward future Girls Lacrosse Neil Milbert Freelance Reporter After losing seven seniors to graduation, Glenbrook South coach Michael Stancik is in the midst of a major rebuilding project. “We’re young and really inexperienced,” said Stancick who is in his fifth season as the Titans’ coach. “My philosophy has changed. It’s now growth for everyone. Everyone has a chance to get in the water.” The only seniors on the varsity roster are goalkeeper Sydney Scott, attacker Bella Del Muro and utility player Eliana Wright. “This is a multi-year team,” Del Muro said. “There are lots of new girls. We have two freshmen who play, Nicole Bacoyanis and Gia Gorski.” Stancik has been alternating his goalies in games with the incumbent starter Scott and sophomore Adair McMahon each playing two quarters. “Adair and I have gotten really close,” Scott said. “It’s a great arrangement.” In the Titans’ home game against Evanston on Thursday, April 5, Scott was in goal the first and third periods and McMahon played the second and fourth. The Wildkits came on strong at the start with Sydney Hollingsworth scoring two goals in the first 87 seconds and went on to a decisive 10-2 triumph. A goal by Grace King late in the first period and a pair by Mina Dizdarevic in the second period put Evanston on top 5-0 at the half, giving senior goalie Leah Friedman a huge cushion. Friedman’s strong arm was an important component of the offense. Time and again she would hurl the ball the length of the pool, finding attackers who’d raced ahead of the defenders, putting the GBS goalies in compromising one-on-one situations. Meanwhile, for most of the first half when the Titans had the ball they were confined to the perimeter and rarely tested Frieman. In the second half Evanston increased its lead to 8-0 before junior Nomun Saintur scored for the home team with 59 seconds to play in the third period. In the fourth period a goal by junior Kelsey Berg reduced the deficit to 8-2 but in the closing minutes King answered with her second goal of the game and Dizdarevic replied with her third. Stancik believes his two freshmen are blue chip prospects but he isn’t rushing them. Becoyanis was used sparingly against the Wildkits, while Gorski sat out the game because she was ill. “Nicole shows a lot of promise,” the GBS coach said. “She has good instincts, she can shoot and pass the ball and she’s a decent swimmer. Like any girl, if you really want to be good you have to play in the off-season. I’m going to urge her to do that. “Gia doesn’t have quite as much skill as Nicole but she’s a fast swimmer.” Claire Caffery celebrates scoring a goal against New Trier last season. 22nd Century Media file photo New-look Ramblers aim for IHSA title Michael Wojtychiw Contributing Sports Editor Having to replace 10 seniors who have moved on to play at the Division I collegiate level can normally be seen as a daunting task. However, for a team like nine-time defending state champion Loyola, while it may be difficult, it does have the players coming back to help ease the transition. “The way we approach each year is that it’s a new team and each team has a new set of goals, although the goals never change,” Loyola coach John Dwyer said. “This is a team that really is going to achieve a lot and we know we may have to be a little more patient. We’re very fortunate that we have some really, really gifted kids coming back. “Right now, there’s a lot of good, healthy competition for playing time and we certainly plan on playing a lot of kids to see what combination works best.” The Ramblers return 16 players from last year’s team and add seven, which makes for a smaller team that they’ve carried in the past, but many of the returnees have been on varsity for two or three years and four freshmen that played last year also return. “The kids that played a sophomores, and we had four freshmen who played, they’re leaders now,” the coach said. “The kids that are coming back, one year is a lot of experience to gain, especially last year because we did so much last year with the number of games we played and level of competition we played. “These kids coming back are really like seasoned veterans. They’re used to playing against really good teams.” The team only returns four seniors, but all of them will be looked upon to play a big role, especially Riley Dolan, who will play more of a midfield defender role, Claire Caffery, who started at attack and Mary Kate Campbell, one of two returning goalies. The Ramblers’ junior class is full of key players who will be key for the team, including Brynn Holohan, who will combine with sophomore Sophia Rucker, at the front of the attack; Anna Gordon, Maggie Gorman, Lizzie Walker, Lizzie Witkowski and Lauryn Repp, who will all play key roles in the defense and backfield. Along with Rucker, Kelsey Koch and Annabelle Burke are two other sophomores to watch. All of those players will be looking to lead Loyola to a state title in the first year that lacrosse has been a sanctioned sport. Nationally, Illinois lacrosse is recognized by the fact some of our teams are ranked so highly,” Dwyer said. “College coaches, the lacrosse community know how good the state of Illinois is. The competition that Loyola plays, New Trier plays, Hinsdale Central plays, Glenbrook plays, they’re some of the top teams in the Midwest and in the nation and either beating them or holding their own against them.” Loyola has never been one to shy away from playing some of the top teams in the nation and that’s the case again this year, as it makes its annual trip to Washington D.C., for a tournament against some of the best East Coast teams, as well as facing off with Midwest powers Eden Prairie (Minn.) and Rockford (Mich.), a team Dwyer feels is the best team in the Midwest. In the past three years, Eden Prairie has lost one game each year, to Loyola.