30 | April 25, 2019 | The lake forest leader SPORTS LakeForestLeader.com Scouts host invitational, place second overall Gary Larsen Freelance Reporter As Lake Forest’s top 100-meter sprinter, Tyler Trachsel isn’t necessarily built to run the final leg of the 1,600-meter race for the Scouts. So when he took the baton from teammate Elijah Fietsam, in second place behind Larkin’s anchor leg runner Oliver Wah by roughly five meters, Trachsel had a decision to make. “Normally you try to stay with him and pass him at the end, but I die at the end,” Trachsel said. “So I thought ‘I’m going to die NORTH SHORE anyway so I might as well try to get him now’. And then the thing is to keep your form together.” Trachsel caught and passed Wah around the second turn and then held him off in a close finish, giving the Scouts their third relay race win of the day in Lake Forest’s nineteam, 55th Annual Track & Field Invitational on Saturday, April 20. The Scouts placed second behind Plainfield South and coach John Brumund-Smith was pleased. “They all pretty much rose to the occasion. I don’t know how many A 22ND CENTURY MEDIA PRODUCTION personal bests we had, but it was a bunch,” Brumund- Smith said. “Overall, I’m real happy today.” Trachsel, Fietsam, Kean O’Connor, and Jonathan Phalen won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:30.29, inching closer to the time they’ll need to guarantee themselves a state finals berth. “They’ve done amazing and they keep getting better every time out,” Brumund-Smith said. “The state auto (qualification time) is 3:24 and we’re six seconds away, so it’s doable. Trachsel’s split today was his best time ever.” EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS AND INTERVIEWS about your favorite high school teams. Sports editors Michal Dwojak, Michael Wojtychiw, and Nick Frazier host the only North Shore sports podcast. FIND THE VARSITY: NORTH SHORE ON SOUNDCLOUD, ITUNES OR LAKEFORESTLEADER.COM/SPORTS Lake Forest’s Tyler Trachsel (right) narrowly beats a Larkin sprinter to the finish of the 400-meter relay at Lake Forest High School on Saturday, April 20. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media O’Connor and Phalen also ran for the winning 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams, with Trachsel, Jahari Scott, and Ryan Cekay filling out the other spots on those relays. O’Connor, a senior in only his second season on the track team, is enjoying the ride. “I quit baseball and started track last year and it was worth it,” O’Connor said. “I talked to Brumund-Smith, he saw that I had some speed, and he put me in a couple relays. I love the team, love the coach, and track is a great experience.” The freshman Scott ran the first legs of the 800 relay, and Phalen and O’Connor set Cekay up with a lead for the final leg of the race. “They’re the three fastest guys on the team,” Cekay said. “I kind of expect to get the baton in first place every time I run with them.” Cekay held off Plainfield South’s Liam Wolfer for the win. Trachsel also managed to barely edge Rockford East’s Isaiah Rynders in the final leg of the 400 relay. Lake Forest also got first-place finishes in the high jump from Ryan Ransom and in the pole vault from Bennett Flynn. Ransom jumped 6’1” and Flynn cleared 12’6” in the vault. “(Flynn) has gone 12’6” before but hasn’t had much competition yet,” Brumund-Smith said. “It also hasn’t been great vault weather but he’s doing well. He’s got our froshsoph record, too. He went 12’1” as a sophomore.” The Scouts also got second-place finishes from Trachsel in the 100 (:11.39), Scott in the long jump (19’9”) and junior Rylie Mills in the discus (131’7”). When told that Trachsel wasn’t happy with his run in the 100, Brumund- Smith wasn’t surprised. “He never is,” Brumund- Smith said. “He could set a world record and he’d be ticked off.” The 6’5” Mills is a junior and a highly-recruited football player in his first year as a discus thrower and shot-putter. “He’s better at the discus than he is at the shot put. Normally the discus takes a long time to learn and if you’re a big, strong kid you’ll get the shot right away,” Brumund-Smith said. “Somehow it’s been the opposite with him. He’s been an immediate success in the discus. He’s an awesome kid, too.” Another fine addition to this year’s Scouts has been Scott, who has broken at least one recent tradition at Lake Forest. “Since I’ve been coaching here in 2010 we’ve never had a freshman on the 400 relay team for the whole year,” Brumund- Smith said. “He’s the first one but he can handle it. He’s the best football player in his grade, one of the top two or three basketball players, and he’s just a really good athlete and an incredible kid. We’re happy to have him.”
LakeForestLeader.com SPORTS the lake forest leader | April 25, 2019 | 31 Girls Soccer Caxys narrowly beat Wildcats Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media 1st-and-3 STARS OF THE WEEK 1. Jahari Scott (ABOVE, LEFT). The freshman helped the 800-meter relay team finish first and placed second in the long jump at the Lake Forest Invitational on Saturday, April 20. 2. Richard Hoskins. The sophomore lacrosse player tallied four goals in a win on Saturday, April 20. 3. Andrea Pulaski. The Woodlands goalkeeper made 18 saves in a 2-1 loss to Lake Forest Academy on Saturday, April 20. David Jaffe Freelance Reporter Lake Forest Academy’s Kiki Hood is a defender who usually plays in the back. But Hood got the opportunity to score in the Caxys’ contest against Woodlands Academy Saturday, April 20, and she made the most of it. Hood scored the gamewinning goal late to help the Caxys’ to a 2-1 win over the visiting Wildcats. “I got a really good pass,” Hood said. “It started off of a throw-in and the middle was open. I got set up very well to take the shot. I’m a defender. I don’t get many opportunities like this. So I didn’t hesitate.” “Kiki’s normally in the back but we brought some players up to give ourselves more chances at shots,” Lake Forest Academy coach Taylor Haist said. “She was in good position and she can really strike the ball. So even though it’s not a situation she’s typically in, I felt good when she took the shot.” The Caxys controlled the ball throughout the contest but Wildcats’ goalie Andrea Pulaski had a huge game with 18 saves, making it difficult for the Caxys to score. But LFA stuck with what they had been doing. “I said at halftime, we just had to continue to stay aggressive and play our game,” Haist said. “We felt good about the looks we were getting and we did a good job possessing the ball. I’m proud of how we fought at the end of the game to get the win. They did a good job defensively against us but we stayed very composed throughout the entire game and committed to staying with our game plan.” The Caxys took a 1-0 advantage when Autumn Coulthard scored in the first half as Pulaski was out for a few minutes after getting hit by the ball. Woodlands responded when Chloe Williams evened the game up shortly afterwards. And while the Caxys controlled the ball, they also made sure the Wildcats couldn’t do any more damage on the offensive end after that. “We didn’t stay in front of their player on the one goal they got and we had a few fouls, but otherwise we did a good job making sure they didn’t get past us,” Hood said. “Defense has been one of our biggest strengths and it allowed us to stay close. We did a good job continuing to give ourselves Lake Forest Academy’s Julia Birmingham sends the ball past a Woodland defender at Lake Forest Academy on Saturday, April 20. Photos by Dave Kraus/22nd Century Media opportunities though and I think we did a good job keeping pressure on them possessing the ball like we did.” “We ask a lot of our defense,” Haist added. “We don’t sub a lot so usually our players in the back are playing the full 80 minutes. Not only do they play with composure but they’re not just looking to clear the ball out. They know how important possessions are and they are always looking to find their teammates and make sure we can come up with a possession.” Woodlands did a good Woodland goalkeeper Andrea Pulaski makes the save Please see Soccer, 29 versus the Caxys. Listen Up “You always look at the names that are on the list of top area coaches and coaches in the state, it’s great to be recognized in that company.” Kyle WIlhelm - Girls Basketball coach on being named Co-Coach of the Year, Page 28 tune in Badminton: NSC Championship •Second day of conference championship Saturday, April 27 at Waukegan High School, 9 a.m. Index 29 - Spring Signing Day 27 - Athlete of The Week Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Nick Frazier. Send any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.