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42 | April 12, 2018 | The glenview lantern SPORTS Titans fall to Spartans in annual tilt Michal Dwojak, Sports Editor Not much needs to be added to any meeting between Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South, but when the two met on Thursday, April 5, they played for more than a rivalry. The two teams met in the annual “Battle for the Cure” match, one won by the Spartans 25-15, 25- 19, in what has become a tradition at the beginning of each season. Both the Spartans and Titans played to raise awareness and funds to battle Ewing’s Sarcoma and other pediatric cancers. While the rivalry might be more than enough motivation for the players on both teams, it’s fighting a disease that has affected both programs and brings together their efforts far beyond just playing volleyball. “We’re not going to cure it, but we’re going to do what we can to help fund the research to get better treatment,” Glenbrook South head coach Tim Monahan said. “We’re just going to keep on doing it and do what we can do help with better treatment. It’s the least that we can do.” The Titans’ link comes from Bryan Paynter, who was a 2004 graduate and four-year member of the Titans volleyball program. Paynter was diagnosed with Ewing’s and lost his battle in 2007. GBN volleyball alumnus Teddy Shapiro is in remission after battling Ewing’s Sarcoma. This was the 11th year the Titans have played to draw awareness for the Online content For the photo gallery from thie game, visit disease and more than $25,000 has been raised to help fund research. When both head coaches realized the impact it had on both programs, they decided to co-host the annual match to help draw more awareness. Players from both teams wore yellow headbands in support, trying to do the least they can to support the cause. “Hopefully we gathered a little bit of money for it,” Glenbrook North head coach Chris Cooper said. “It’s a good thing to do for however long we’ve been doing it. It adds a nice kind of feeling to the match.” For coaches and players of both teams, although they might be rivals on the court, it’s nice to have the support from both communities to pull off a successful event. “To have it in our communities, to have it in our programs, it’s great,” Monahan said. “We just hope we can keep on doing more and more. It’s great to have this community and have this support that we have, because we’ve got a lot over the years and will continue to do so. I wouldn’t want to be doing this anywhere else.” When it came time to play, there was no love lost between the two rivals. The Spartans ran off to a commanding start with a 20-14 lead in the first set after the two teams sized each other up for the first few points of the set. GBN Glenbrook South players prepare to receive the ball against Glenbrook North on Thursday, April 5, in Glenview. Photos by Michal Dwojak/22nd Century Media The Titans get ready for the next serve. held off a late GBS rally and took the first set 25-15. The Titans came off with a stronger start in the second set, pushing the tempo more and creating opportunities, but the Spartans started to move the ball well, used a late rally when the score reached the 20-point mark and ruined any chance the Titans had of a comeback to take the second set 25-19. Monahan said that it was the third match of the season for the Titans and while he credited the Spartans for putting together a strong outing, he also noted that he’s still looking for the right lineup a few games into the young season. “Little mistakes here and there,” Monahan said. “North has more touches this year. Guys didn’t get down, but things got away from them. They’re making mistakes kids make at the beginning of the year.” The match has the Titans filled with hope. While they might not have the perfect lineup at their fingertips this early in the season, they know they have the personnel to be competitive, especially after a battle against its rival. “I think it’s our potential,” junior Thomas Cavallaro said. “We have a lot of chemistry. The chemistry will be there; the potential keeps us motivated.” SPORTS the glenview lantern | April 12, 2018 | 43 Boys Gymnastics Titans make progress at Mundelein Invite Michal Dwojak/22nd century media 1st-and-3 players of the week 1. Joe Masloski (ABOVE) The Titans volleyball player helped move the ball in the GBS effort against rival GBN. 2. Lucas Pauker South’s gymnast led the way for the Titans in the Mundelein Invite, taking ninth in the all-around. 3. Nomun Saintur The Glenbrook South girls water polo player scored a goal against Evanston in the loss against the Wildkits. David Jaffe Freelance Reporter Glenbrook South’s Lucas Pauker has already had plenty of state meet experience. But now in his senior year, he still wants to continue to get better. And in a crowded field on Friday, April 6, at the Mundelein Invite, he took ninth in all-around (51.875). Pauker was very happy with how he did on the horizontal bar, tying for 10th with an 8.3. “I’ve really been working on my h-bar routine,” Pauker said. “I hit the routine and it felt really good to see the effort that I’ve been putting into it pay off.” He was fifth on parallel bars (9.025) and tied for 10th on floor (9.1). “My floor was really clean and I was able to stick my landings,” Pauker said. “And on p-bars my dismount was better than it had been so I think there was a lot of good that came out of those events.” Pauker, who also had 8.7 on vault, 8.45 on rings and 8.3 on pommel horse, still feels there are improvements he can make in order to have another successful state run. “I’m still trying to integrate new skills and get my routines cleaner,” Pauker said. “My goal is to make it to the state finals in as many events as I can.” Glenbrook South’s Ethan Charvet competes at the Mundelein Invite on Friday, April 6. Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media Max McWilliams got an 8 on p-bars and Ethan Charvet had 7.9 on floor and Arian Gil had a 7.8 on floor. GBS finished 13th (129.375) as a team. Glenbrook North’s Casey Mutchnik had a consistent performance and finished fourth on pommel horse (8.7). His highest score came on vault (8.95). “I was happy to land my vault,” Mutchnik said. “I haven’t always been landing it this season. But it’s gotten better and I was pleased with how it went tonight.” He also had an 8.5 on still rings and an 8.8 on p- bars. But he still felt there was some work to do on certain events. “My rings overall were pretty clean,” Mutchnik said. “I got good scores on p-bars and pommel. But I feel like my routines didn’t go as well as they could have. There’s still some areas that could have gone better.” Though Mutchnik is the Spartans’ top gymnast, the team has plenty of experience and leadership as well as young talent. “We have three seniors on the team so I feel like even though I have a lot of experience, there are a lot of guys that are leaders on this team,” Mutchnik said. “There’s a lot of talent. Daniel (Lavrentiev) is only a freshman and he’s great on floor and has good skills in every event. There’s a lot to like about this team.” Mutchnik had an 8.5 on floor and a 48.95 in allaround. GBN was ninth (137.1) and other scores were Lavrentiev on floor (8.8) and vault (8.1) and Kevin Kapustka on floor (8.4). Junior Kevin Connors has been a very welcome addition to Highland Park gymnastics. All Connors did at the 19-team Mundelein Bob Bohl Invite was win the all-around title (55.825) as well as the horizontal bar (9.6) and the still rings (9.5) and he finished with higher than a nine in all but one event. His dismount on the h- bar was extremely difficult but he managed to get high up in the air and perfectly stick the landing. “My goal on the dismount was to get as much height as possible,” Connors said. “No one else was doing that type of dismount so I wanted to make sure it looked perfect.” Despite not having an easy task, he was just as strong on rings. “The judges were a little tough on my score,” Connors said. “But I felt I hit my routine just about perfectly. When you stick it exactly the way you want to it’s a great feeling.” Connors was also second on pommel horse (9.3), vault (9.425) and parallel bars (9.3) and earned an 8.7 on floor. He joined Highland Park after previously competing in club gymnastics. And he is enjoying the aspect of competing for a team. “Club is very serious and the sole focus is trying to compete in college,” Connors said. “But high school you’re competing to help your team do as well as they can. Everyone fights hard in every event and that’s really fun to see. I was used to it being very individual but it’s enjoyable competing now in a team-oriented fashion.” The Giants were fifth at the invite with 149.725 points. Matt Hyatt took fifth on vault (9.3) and tied for sixth on p-bars (9). He also had solid scores on floor (8.5) and h-bar (8.2). Tim Steves did well on floor (8.7), vault (8.2) and p-bars (8). Listen Up “It’s the least that we can do.” Tim Monahan — The Glenbrook South boys volleyball team coach playing in “Battle for the Cure” game against Glenbrook North. tunE in What to watch this week The Glenbrook South girls lacrosse team hosts its neighbor to the north when it takes on Highland Park. 7 p.m., Friday, April 13 at GBS Index 41 - Girls Water Polo 40 - Coach Talk Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Michal Dwojak. Send any questions or comments to