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44 | April 12, 2018 | The Northbrook tower sports Girls Water Polo North falls short in OT Michal Dwojak, Sports Editor Glenbrook North goaltender Erin Markowitz looks to move the ball down the pool on April 4 at Evanston. Michael Dwojak/22nd Century Media Online content For the photo gallery from the game, visit Few teams are content after losing a tight, hardfought game in overtime, but the Spartans looked beyond the final score of their 12-11 loss to Evanston on April 4. Glenbrook North headed into the second overtime period with a 11-10 lead after a dominating performance in the first overtime, but the Wildkits responded with two quick goals just 10 seconds apart to take the lead and eventually the win. It might seem there would only be one way to feel after such a dramatic finish, but the Spartans realize what the game meant beyond that one night’s fight. “It stinks that in the last couple minutes of the game we lost it, but it was a good game on both sides,” Alexandra Gehrs said. “I’m very happy with how we played.” GBN rushed out to a quick lead in the game when Anne Rosdahl scored with 5:47 left in the first quarter to help the Spartans get going. The team continued to create different opportunities even though Evanston continued to fight back with each Spartan goal. Evanston scored a goal with a player advantage with 31 seconds left in the game and had a chance to win the game, but the Wildkits couldn’t score despite having the player advantage. Gehrs was the cog to the strong offensive machine the Spartans put together at Evanston. She scored five goals in the game where she helped create different opportunities, including a moment in which she on a no-look shot in the fourth quarter. Gaby Hanna and Isabel Herbst each added two goals while Rosdahl and Julia Mastej each scored one a piece. But the overtime experience was something few of the players experienced. “It was very stressful,” Gehrs said. “I’ve never been in an overtime game before, not really sure how it worked. It was pandemonium everywhere.” Goaltender Erin Markowitz was a critical part to the Spartans’ success against the Wildkits. She made 10 saves on the 32 shots she faced, batting away many shots and opportunities Evanston threw at her. Markowitz maintained a shutout in the first overtime while facing three critical shots that could’ve helped Evanston take command of the overtimes earlier. “I think Erin took it to another level,” head coach Robin Walker said. “Erin’s good, but today, she’s just an incredible athlete. … She was a big reason why that game was as big as it was.” Walker was proud of his team’s performance despite the adversity he thought his players faced. GBN faced 11 ejections while Evanston only had two, creating plenty of opportunities with the Spartans forced to play with a player down. “The fact that they stayed in and kept playing, I’m proud of them,” Walker said. “That was just a good high school game right there.” The Spartans were 7-3 after the loss to Evanston, but that doesn’t mean the team isn’t happy with the direction it’s going. The Wildkits were a good benchmark to see where the Spartans could go this season. Walker has noticed that this time of year is when teams start to put it together after learning the style the first few weeks of the season and after a hiccup because of spring break. The head coach said the game against Evanston was the best any of his teams have looked returning back from spring break. Add that with the positives he’s seeing in practice, it’s not a surprise why the Spartans were content with an overtime loss against a conference opponent. “I’m happy with where we’re at,” Walker said. “Usually this is where the kids develop and they get into the sync of things. We can compete.” Softball Senior captain Mendelson throws no-hitter Michal Dwojak, Sports Editor THIS WEEK IN.... SPARTANS VARSITY ATHLETICS BASEBALL ■April ■ 12 - at Niles North, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - Plainfield South, 10 a.m. ■April ■ 16 - hosts New Trier, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - at Deerfield, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Deerfield, 4:45 p.m. GIRLS BADMINTON ■April ■ 14 - at Wildcat Invite, 8:30 a.m. ■April ■ 16 - hosts Conant, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - hosts Maine East, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - at Stevenson, 4:45 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE ■April ■ 18 - hosts Evanston, 7 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE ■April ■ 13 - at Deerfield, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - hosts Does a no-hitter take place if no one know realizes it happened? This was almost the case for Glenbrook North senior Lauren Mendelson. The GBN pitcher knew she threw well against Deerfield on March 22. She limited the Warriors to no runs and was happy to get the win, but it only occurred to her and head coach Bridget Matsunaga after the coach looked at the pitching line and realized Mendelson didn’t allow a hit. “I just finished the game and was like, ‘oh, solid,’” Mendelson laughed when thinking about the moment. “It wasn’t really anything special.” Her teammates didn’t avoid her in the dugout like many might expect when any pitcher is close to throwing a perfect game or a no-hitter. Matsunaga was too busy coaching and focusing on what the team had to improve on while handing out beads — a tradition she does at each game for strong performances. Even when the team realized what Mendelson had accomplished, she still had her mind somewhere else. “It was really exciting,” Mendelson said. “I don’t think we’ve ever beaten Deerfield before, so it was especially nice to beat them with a no-hitter. ... We had Barrington, 2 p.m. ■April ■ 16 - hosts New Trier, 7 p.m. BOYS VOLLEYBALL ■April ■ 14 - at Glenbard West, 1:30 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Maine East, 6 p.m. SOFTBALL ■April ■ 12 - at Maine West, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 14 - at Loyola Academy, 2 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - hosts Vernon Hills, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - at Maine East, 4:45 p.m. BOYS TENNIS ■April ■ 14 - at Harlem Invite, 9 a.m. ■April ■ 16 - hosts Warren, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - at New Trier, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - at Maine East, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER ■April ■ 14 - at Mundelein, 11:15 a.m. ■April ■ 16 - at Buffalo Grove, lost to them so many times in the past. It was a cherry on top of the cake.” Maybe not realizing what she was about to accomplish helped lead to her success. Mendelson focused on hitting her pitches in the right zone, instead of worrying about each specific pitch to make sure not to make a mistake. Her defense also had her back, making key stops, even though no one knew. “Obviously her team backed her up and made the plays they needed to make,” Matsunaga said. The feat might’ve also not held the same meaning given it was the sec- Please see sOftball, 43 6 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - Maine East, 7 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Deerfield, 7 p.m. BOYS GYMNASTICS ■April ■ 14 - at Donaldson Invite, 4 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - hosts Stevenson, 6 p.m. BOYS WATER POLO ■April ■ 12 - hosts Highland Park, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - at Vernon Hills, 5 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - at Maine East, 6 p.m. GIRLS WATER POLO ■April ■ 12 - at Highland Park, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 17 - hosts Vernon Hills, 6 p.m. ■April ■ 19 - hosts Maine East, 6 p.m. BOYS TRACK AND FIELD ■April ■ 14 - at Bartlett Invite, 9 a.m. sports the northbrook tower | April 12, 2018 | 45 Spartans swim alumna named to All-American honorable mention team Submitted content Sabrina Baxamusa competed at the NCAA Division-III National Swim meet in Indianapolis from March 21-24. She was named to the All-American Honorable Mention team for her swim in the 200-yard freestyle relay with her team at Washington University in St. Louis. They placed 14th with a time of 1 minute, 34.85 seconds. She earned All- UAA Conference (University Athletic Association) honors with this same relay last month at the conference meet held from Feb. 14-17 at Emory University in Atlanta. They placed second in the conference with a time of 1:34.28. She is enrolled in the Olin Business School at WashU where she has an interest in finance. She is a 2017 graduate of Glenbrook North High School where she was captain and four-year letterwinner on the girls swimming and diving team. At GBN she was awarded two-time team MVP, as well as led the team to two-time conference championships. She was two-time All-State as well as two-time All-American while at GBN. Sabrina Baxamusa is a freshman Glenbrook North graduate, who competes for Washington University in St. Louis. Photo submitted Spartans win Final Flight Baseball Classic, remain unbeaten early on Martin Carlino, Editor Just eight games into the season, the Glenbrook North Spartans have already captured a championship trophy. The Spartans made the most of their spring break trip to Union City, Tenn. by winning the Final Flight Baseball Classic in dominant fashion. GBN finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 mark, outscoring opponents by a margin of 35-1. Senior Jack Garibaldi pitched a gem to help the Spartans start off the tournament with a 10-0 win. In six innings of work, Garibaldi allowed no earned runs on just one hit while striking out seven batters. GBN capped its victory with a six-run sixth inning. Chris Karasinski, Jake Kieffer and Chris Heywood all drove in runs in the frame. Senior Evan Barnes followed up Garibaldi’s wellpitched game with one of his own. In game two of the tournament, Barnes tossed seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing just two hits. Kieffer continued his strong tournament with another two-hit afternoon. In the semi-final game, The Spartans put forward their best hitting performance of the tournament with a commanding 18-1 win. Karasinski led off the game with a solo home run. GBN plated seven runs in the third inning with singles from Garibaldi and Brandon Coleman, and doubles from David Rubin and Karasinski. In total, GBN tallied 16 hits. The Spartans pose for a team picture after winning the Final Flight Baseball Classic. GBN outscored its opponents by a margin of 35-1. Photos courtesy of Aaron Weinberg Senior Ben Harkey twirled a five-hit shutout in the championship game to help lead GBN to a 5-0 win over host Union City, the no. 4-ranked team in Tennessee. Harkey struck out five batters while allowing just one walk. GBN finished the game with 12 hits. Karasinski went 3-for4 at the plate to put the finishing touch on his strong tournament. Head coach Dom Savino was impressed by the strong pitching the team displayed in each game. “Our starting pitchers did an outstanding job of working very efficiently,” he said. “I thought they demonstrated great trust in our defense by the way they challenged hitters. I was really impressed with their mound presence from start to finish.” Per Savino, senior catcher Daniel Spencer was an integral part of the team’s success on the mound. “Daniel Spencer has The Spartans celebrate after their victory. done an outstanding job behind the plate in all facets of the game,” Savino said. “I think he increases the confidence level of our pitchers by the way he is able to receive, block and throw.” Offensively, Savino is pleased with the team’s consistency throughout the entire lineup. “The most impressive thing so far this season from an offensive standpoint has been the number of different players who have contributed to our ability to score runs,” he said. “Every game we play, there is a different player rising to the occasion.” The Spartans remain unblemished on the season, sporting a perfect 8-0 record. Over the team’s first eight games, the Spartans have outscored opponents 75-5.