26 | January 16, 2020 | The lake forest leader SPORTS LakeForestLeaderDaily.com Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Sebastian Starks Starks is a junior on the Lake Forest wrestling team. How did you get started wrestling? In eighth grade, my dad wanted me to wrestle, and I was like “I don’t want to do that.” One day I was at the school, he came in and slipped a note under the coach’s door, it said “My son’s way too scared to come out for wrestling, you should find him tomorrow and make him come to the first practice.” The next day I’m walking out of the school and I get tracked down by [the coach], and he says “You’re coming to our practice.” I thought this was going to be an absolute waste of my time. I got out and I absolutely loved it, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. What’s your favorite part of wrestling? The atmosphere. It’s different from any other sport. You got weird crowds, you got everyone screaming, it’s crazy. The coaches are all insane and it’s so funny, you’re so entertained. What’s the most challenging part of wrestling? The mindset sometimes. It’s not a super long season, but after these two and a half hour practices everyday and super long tournaments, you start to get worn down. Eventually you can pull yourself back into it, you can really create a better connection with the sport. What’s the best coaching advice you’ve ever gotten? Only people who went to Deerpath would understand this one: Stuff the head. Every older coach I’ve ever had is always screaming that in every match, it works whenever you hear it. When you have someone who’s shooting on you and he’s about to take you down, and you stuff that head, you can change the entire outcome of that match. Do you have any premeet rituals or lucky superstitions? I’ve always been really nervous before my matches, but after these past two years I’ve started creating an attitude where I’m very calm and I’m ready to go. I do a small pace back and forth to get that intimidating factor and go out there and go wild. If you could play any other sport besides wrestling, what would it be? I’ve always wanted to do track, I tried it once in seventh grade. What’s your favorite place to eat? Buffalo Wild Wings. For 22nd Century Media file photo pretty much every sport I play, it’s always a team dynamic to go to BDubs after you win. Who is your favorite athlete? Jordan Burrows. He’s a wrestler I found the first year I started wrestling. He’s similar to me, he’s really fast, really short. I’ve stolen his moves ever since I started wrestling. Who is the class clown of the wrestling team? It’s definitely Jade Khater. As annoying as he is sometimes, he’s really hilarious. If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would buy? Either a computer for me just because I’ve always wanted a laptop, or I’d probably get something for my girlfriend. Interview by Sports Editor Nick Frazier The Varsity: North Shore Podcast Guys recap hoops, talk swimming and bowling Staff Report In this week’s episode of The Varsity: North Shore, the only podcast focused on North Shore sports, hosts Michal Dwojak, Nick Frazier and Michael Wojtychiw catch up on everything going on with North Shore sports. They start off by recapping boys and girls basketball, hear from Loyola Academy boys basketball head coach Tom Livatino, play Way/ No Way with boys swimming and diving and finish off by talking about conference bowling and This Week In... SCOUTS VARSITY ATHLETICS BOYS SWIMMING & DIVING ■Jan. ■ 16 - hosts Waukegan, 5 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 18 - diving at Glenbrook North, 8:30 a.m. ■Jan. ■ 18 - invitational at New Trier, 12 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 22 - hosts Zion- Benton, 5 p.m. WRESTLING ■Jan. ■ 16 - hosts Waukegan, 5:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 17 - invitational at Reed-Custer, 5:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 18 - invitational at Reed-Custer, 10 a.m. POM/DANCE ■Jan. ■ 17 - NSC Championship, 6:30 p.m. GIRLS GYMNASTICS ■Jan. ■ 18 - Lake County invitational at Stevenson, 1 p.m. Find the varsity Twitter: @NorthShorePreps Facebook: @thevarsitypodcast Website: LakeForestLeader Daily.com/sports Download: Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, PlayerFM, more some other things going on in the area. First Quarter The guys start off the ■Jan. ■ 22 - at Mundelein, 5:30 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL ■Jan. ■ 17 - at Zion-Benton, 7 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 21 - at Vernon Hills, 7 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL ■Jan. ■ 18 - at Hersey, 2:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 21 - hosts Glenbrook South, 7 p.m. BOYS ICE HOCKEY ■Jan. ■ 18 - Big Bear tournament in Farmington & Allen Park, times TBD GIRLS ICE HOCKEY ■Jan. ■ 22 - at Niles, 8 p.m. CAXYS VARSITY ATHLETICS BOYS BASKETBALL ■Jan. ■ 18 - at Wheaton Warrenville South, TBD episode by recapping all of the hoops action. Second Quarter Loyola coach Livatino joins the show after his team’s battle with St. Ignatius for the Jesuit Cup. Third Quarter Mike and Nick face off in Way/No Way as the two debate over boys swimming and diving. Fourth Quarter To finish off, the guys talk some conference bowling and other sporting events from the week. ■Jan. ■ 20 - at Wheaton Warrenville South, TBD GIRLS BASKETBALL ■Jan. ■ 18 - vs. Schaumburg Christian (at Willows Academy), 1:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 18 - vs. Christian Liberty (at Willows Academy), 6:40 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 20 - at Willows Academy, TBD BOYS SWIMMING & DIVING ■Jan. ■ 18 - hosts University High School-Chicago, 10 a.m. ■Jan. ■ 22 - hosts Warren, 4:30 p.m. WILDCATS VARSITY ATHLETICS ■GIRLS ■ BASKETBALL ■Jan. ■ 18 - hosts Christ the King, 1 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 21 - hosts U-High, 6:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 22 - at Latin, 6 p.m.
LakeForestLeaderDaily.com SPORTS the lake forest leader | January 16, 2020 | 27 Youth SpOrts Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 7 dayS ago Lake Bluff basketball teams enjoy undefeated seasons Nick Frazier, Sports Editor Before 2019, neither of the Lake Bluff Middle School seventh grade basketball teams had ever finished better than third place in the Lakeside Athletic Conference. That only made the 2019 season more special for the school, as both the boys and girls squad went undefeated and won the conference tournament in December. The boys team went 13-0, while the girls put up an 11-0 record to bring home a championship. Lake Bluff overcame being one of the smaller schools in the conference to put together two league-winning teams, which is no small feat. “Being a small community and a smaller school, we’re usually not as competitive as we’d like to be on the sports front,” girls coach Alyssa Lucas said. “Just to see both teams motivate each other to keep doing better, and to have that competitive edge of ‘No, we’re going to go undefeated, not you guys!’ To have them both do it and both get to celebrate together was super awesome.” It didn’t take long for boys coach Arick Ellis to notice that his squad had what it took to win conference. The Bobcats played some tough teams to kick off the season in October, but Lake Bluff took care of business. “I felt like we had quite a bit of talent, they were picking up the things I was trying to teach them during practices and applied it right away during games,” Ellis said. “The Boys basketball roster • Max Helmer • Charlie Graham • Charlie Markee • Hudson Scroggins • Boden Rupprecht • Graydon Duncan • Bink Hartline • Ryan Valentincic • Tim Dan • Trevor Diem • Tate Nagy • Max Helfrich opposing coaches were very complimentary, so I knew we had something special.” The boys team consisted of 12 athletes who were versatile on the floor. Ellis switched up his lineups often, as the Bobcats were fairly interchangable. It was a balanced unit that led to an undefeated record. Ellis has been coaching at LBMS for 20 years, and he’s never had a team so focused before. “I always felt confident putting a group on the floor that could work together,” Ellis said. “This group had a really strong work ethic. They’ve supported each other throughout the season, they’re great friends on and off the court, and every player on the team knew their role and knew how they fit with our team.” After winning all 11 regular season games, the Bobcats defeated Millburn Middle School in the conference tournament semifinal before besting Edgewood Middle School in the championship on Dec. 12. The girls team also faced Edgewood in the title game, defeating them on their home court. • Sullivan Donohue (manager) Girls basketball • Phoebe Twichell • Lexi Bentley • Kay Perry • Amy Lugos-Santos • Nyla Taskapilioglu • Lauren Richards • Charlotte Arvia • Ryan Rice • Claire Dillow The girls team played its semifinal contest the day before and won a nailbiter, making the championship the next day all the more stressful. “The most challenging thing was probably the day prior to that which was when we played Highland, a long-time rival of ours,” Lucas said. “Having to go from a strenuous victory there to a championship game, I give the girls a lot of credit. They have a lot of resilience.” Lucas’ Bobcats team was made up of nine girls who were all great teammates. Lucas and assistant coach Sam Beckman didn’t have to worry about team chemistry, as the girls meshed well throughout the season. “The entire time, they were all fantastic sports,” Lucas said. “They were great people and great athletes on and off the court. That made it a lot easier to focus on skills and things like that and just take their game up to that next level. We had three girls on our team that had never played before, and instead of being frustrated by sharing the playing time, my more experienced The Lake Bluff Middle School seventh grade boys basketball team poses after winning the Lakeside Athletic Conference on Dec. 12. Photos Submitted The Lake Bluff girls team is all smiles after winning the Lakeside Athletic Conference on Dec. 12. girls really took them under their wings and really took the time to make sure they felt comfortable with what we were doing.” With the two seventhgrade teams having such success, Lake Bluff’s eighth-grade teams will likely make runs for championships next season. It will be tough for the athletes to top 2019, however. “This is very, very rare,” Ellis said. “For two teams to go undefeated and win the championship is unheard of.”