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Wilmette ice-cream establishments hit rocky road By Emily Spectre

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t’s not uncommon to see families enjoying ice cream at Homer’s Ice Cream in Wilmette after their kids’ sporting events, and many residents walk into the village center to sample Bobtail’s latest inventive flavor. But both establishments have hit rocky times. Bobtail Ice Cream Company has found the ice-cream business to be unprofitable in Wilmette. While its Central Street location is typically closed during the winter, this year the business will not be re-opening during warmer weather. Instead, the ice cream company has decided to focus on its flagship store located on North Broadway in Chicago and its wholesale business, explained Ryan Ouellette, manager of the Chicago location. The Wilmette location was not financially lucrative anymore, said Oulette. Crain’s Chicago Business recently reported that the familyowned Homer’s Ice Cream is in

a dispute that landed in court when a lawsuit was filed on April 22. The lawsuit was brought by Stephen Pouolos, who now suffers from Alzheimer’s disease but still jointly owns the restaurant with his two brothers, Dean and Jon Pouolos. Stephen’s two sons, Craig and Todd Pouolos, brought the action on behalf of their father. The complaint alleges that brothers Dean and Jon have been skimming cash from the business and taking more than $220,000 in shareholder advances. The complaint also alleges that the business is not profitable and in disrepair. Residents will miss both shops if Homer’s ultimately also closes. “I am sad that Bobtail is closing because we always went there on the last day of school,” said Wilmette resident Melissa Stressler. “I will be really sad if Homer’s closes. The quality of the ice cream is so good and it is such a pivotal part of the community,” said Wilmette resident Heather Hehman.

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Rush experts tackle depression, anxiety BY EMILY SPECTRE

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epression and anxiety disorders are more common than many people realize, according to experts from Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry who spoke at the Indian Hill Club in Winnetka recently.

Dr. Mark Pollack, chairman of Rush University’s Psychiatry Department, moderated a panel of experts and one survivor of depression. “The more education we all have about these conditions, the more likely people are to seek treatment,” Dr. Pollack said. According to the statistics cited at

the presentation, many Americans suffer from anxiety and/or depression at some point in their lives. It’s estimated that the U.S. economy loses over $100 billion each year due to a loss in productivity from people suffering from depression or anxiety. Over 40,000 people kill themselves each year.

ate Miller Spencer’s dad never took much of a liking to the family’s love for snow skiing. So as Spencer would join family and friends out on the slopes, partaking in brown paper bags full of lunchtime sandwiches and salty chips in Ziploc bags, Spencer’s dad would stay behind, working on creations of his own. “I would walk in after a full day and there my dad would be with my mom, finishing off these amazing beef stews or chilis,” the Lake Bluff resident recalls. “It’s the dish I will never forget them making and probably the dish in which my love for food was built on.” Granted, Spencer doesn’t consider herself an incredible cook by any stretch of the imagination and admits to still be “mastering her mistakes in the kitchen.” “Getting better at cooking is a bit like getting better at playing the piano — you have to practice to get better,” she says. Yet, her principles regarding food in general are strong. Food is nourishment. Food is power. Food is everything. And it is these ideals that have propelled the former Minnesota girl turned Northwestern University graduate turned foodindustry maven to create what some are saying is a groundContinues on page 14

While Dr. Pollack shared these statistics, he also reassured the audience that effective treatment exists for people willing to seek it. Dr. Corey Goldstein, assistant professor at Rush, discussed how genetics play a role in these disorders. Some families have a predisposition Continues on page 14

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18 h  e’s a poet — and he knows it

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[LIFESTYLE & ARTS ] 22 n  orth shore foodie

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24 social whirl

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breaking movement within the culinary industry. “CookGirl is about showcasing the talents of female chefs and supporting the next wave of women in the culinary arts through the CookGirl Foundation,” says CookGirl’s president and founder of the CookGirl website, cookgirl.com. The idea of CookGirl was established a couple of years ago when Spencer attended a Food & Wine Magazine event in Beaver Creek, Colo. Partaking in a lively conversation with two accomplished chefs — one

male and one female — Spencer says she was quick to pick up that their journeys within the culinary world differed greatly. She realized that while one’s gender could never go as far to determine the success of any chef, it did have an effect on how much hard work it would take to get there. From a challenging barrier to entry to access to capital to start their ventures, the plight of the female chef was one that Spencer empathized with — and felt she could do something about. “There are female chefs out there who don’t have enough capital to stock a wine cellar, whereas you have male chefs

sitting there with 10-12 corporate sponsorships,” Spencer explains. “The fact is I wish that the disparity between female and male chefs wasn’t even a topic, but unfortunately it is. “So instead of becoming discouraged, I felt there was a way to begin a female empowerment of sorts in this space through access to capital and, in turn, to inspire the next generation of female chefs.” This realization coupled with Spencer’s 50th birthday led the executive — who had spent more than 20 years on the marketing/business side of illustrious culinary publications — to take the necessary steps to

make CookGirl a realization. “Sometimes those who shout the loudest get the most attention,” laughs the trailblazer. A living-room search on Spencer’s laptop quickly helped discover that the brand CookGirl was available as a URL, and support and inspiration from her venture capitalist husband allowed for the dream to materialize quickly, launching officially in January. These days, CookGirl is becoming nationally known as a strong brand supporting all that makes up today’s female chef, supporting those women via culinary events to promotional opportunities to the CookGirl Foundation which will eventual-

ly go to support up-and-coming culinary professionals. Spencer even plans to find and purchase a studio kitchen in Chicago. Yet Spencer says she finds it incredibly important to keep her priorities in order. “I have always told the people who have worked with me that you will never remember the business reason you missed your child’s baseball game or your child’s choral concert,” says the mother of three and stepmother of two. “Sometimes, you have to stop, slow down and take a breath.” So she turns off her phone and shuts her laptop and heads to the family’s home in North-

ern Michigan for rest and relaxation. She also takes the time to talk to those special people in her life who have encouraged her from the beginning. “My parents have always pushed me to follow my bliss, from encouraging me to quit my job at Bon Appétit and start my rep firm 18 years ago to resigning my Time Inc. contract last fall to launch CookGirl,” Spencer says. “Every time I talk to my Dad, it starts with ‘Hello Kate! How goes the CookGirl?’ He taught me to work hard, never run from a challenge and to take care of my family. And that’s exactly what I tend to do.”

Developer addresses concerns about seven-story Winnetka project BY EMILY SPECTRE

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e sat down with David Trandel, chief executive officer of Stonestreet Partners, this month to talk about the development his company is proposing for the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Elm Street in Winnetka. At two public Plan Commission meetings, Trandel and his team presented their proposal: a seven-story, mixed-use building featuring 120 rental apartments on the upper floors, underground parking, and retail space on the first floor. Both meetings were crowded with Winnetka residents voicing their concerns about the project, primarily objecting to the size and scale of the building. At the last meeting on April 22, Stonestreet agreed to submit a new plan before the next Plan Commission meeting on

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May 27. Since then, Trandel and his team have been working to modify their proposal to respond to the community’s objections. Why did your team submit a plan of this scale given Winnetka’s zoning restrictions? Since we’ve owned the property, Winnetka’s Zoning Code has changed. We think that we are providing a lot of public benefit and that always comes with some cost. We view this property as a blank canvas and in one effort are trying to address multiple issues in the downtown. The business district needs parking to attract more retail and restaurants, which community residents desire. What is the parking situation in the East Elm shopping district? Right now there is not enough commuter parking and

so residents park on the streets in front of businesses. Some residents park on Maple Street in front of people’s homes. Potential shoppers frequently circle the blocking looking for a parking space. A solution to this problem would be an underground two-level parking garage with parking spaces for commuters and retail shoppers. Residents have raised safety concerns about an underground parking garage. How will you address those concerns? The garage will be open on the west side and that will make safety less of an issue. There are other ways to monitor a garage as well, including cameras and other security measures, and potentially valet parking for restaurant patrons. The proposed project asks for a roughly $6 million contribution from the Village. How did you wind

up with that figure? We plan to buy a portion of Lincoln Avenue and then deed it back to the Village. The Village will own the parking garage, and it will be a village asset. We would build the garage and so the Village contribution is not a subsidy for the project. Are you concerned that the Village won’t be able to pay for the garage? The Village does have a capital reserve fund. It is more about having the will to solve the parking issue. They also have access to low-cost capital. Where will the residents of the building park? In the current plan residents have their own two-level underground parking garage below the building. If we eliminate a level off the top of the building then we might also eliminate a level of underground parking to make the numbers work. How much space will be dedicated to retail and what types of retail business do you envision? The entire first floor will be retail space at about 33,000 square feet. A lot of existing tenants are interested in leasing in the proposed building, such as Kids In Motion. We will envision local boutiques and restaurants, with at least three restaurants. We plan to attract quality retailers by providing more parking. Who is the market for these apartments? We are targeting the emptynester market because many residents raise their families in Winnetka and want to simplify their lives and stay here. Right now there are only a handful of places to choose from. We also envision young professionals who want to try living in Win-

netka before they choose to buy something. Why did you choose apartments over condos? Financing is a real driver. Banks are making loans for luxury rentals but not for condos right now. With two towers, if there is a demand in the future for condos we could convert one tower to condos at some point. How much do you plan to rent these apartments for? These are going to be expensive apartments. The average rental price will likely be $4,000 per month. Conney’s is a holdout. Are you still working with them to reach an agreement? It would make for a better project if we could relocate Conney’s. We have made generous offers to Conney’s because we don’t want to harm their business. They wanted to own their building and so we offered to buy the building across the street where Mirani’s is currently located. We also offered to move Conney’s to that location and we agreed to a noncompete because they were concerned about a national drugstore opening in our building. They wanted deed restrictions, but we could only agree to a noncompete. What’s your response to residents concerns about traffic and congestion? We hired international experts on traffic, and their studies show no negative impact on traffic. People won’t be coming and going at the same time. Look at 711 Oak Street which has 78 unit, and nobody feels they create a traffic burden. Did you expect this much push back from the

community? I think there is a lot more support than opposition. The majority tends to be much more quiet than the minority, and we expected the minority to be vocal and loud. But I want people’s thoughts to be heard and we are trying to address concerns that have been raised. Some residents object to the Beaux Arts style of the building. Will you modify the style in your new plans? We will provide more detail so that people can embrace the Beaux Arts style. We plan to propose some varying architectural styles along Elm Street so it is not just one uniform style. It is going to be beautiful. Mike Klein was part of New Trier Partners, the previous developer for this location. What is his role in your project? He is an interested party. When we acquired the property he carried interest. But he is not making any decisions and has zero control over the project. DEPRESSION Continued from page 1

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Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s music department won top awards — both group and individual — during the WorldStrides Heritage Festival in New York City. The all-girls prep school in Lake Forest was the smallest of the 13 schools representing 12 different states and two schools from Canada that competed. The honors its musicians brought home included: • Gold award for the Kaleidoscope choir, under the direction of Elizabeth Kurowski. • Gold award for Microscope, a student-led chamber choir under the direction of senior Chloe Tomkins of Lake Forest. • Silver award to Woodlands Symphonic Orchestra, under the direction of Lauren Moldenhauer. • Other highlights include the two individual honors won by Tomkins: • Ovation Award — presented to the one student selected to represent the entire festival population of nearly 2,000 participants, in recognition of the leadership skills Tomkins presented as well as her sense of caring and community for her group’s singers. • Maestro Award — given to a student whose performance stood out as exceptional to the judges. Tomkins received it for her work directing, organizing and teaching the music to Microscope students.

Organizing a breakfast for 1,000 people is a difficult task — serving 1,000 people in less than three hours is extraordinarily difficult. For 43 years, the Kiwanis Club of Lake Bluff & Lake Forest has hosted the annual pancake breakfast on the Village Green prior to the start of the Lake Bluff July 4th parade. For this year’s pancake breakfast to be a success, the club needs volunteers to flip pancakes, serve coffee, pass out doughnuts and conduct a variety of other tasks that morning from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Please contact David Lee at KiwanisLBLF@aol.com.

gether: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other will discuss the psychology of people’s relationship with technology at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 in the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest. Referred to by many as the “Margaret Mead of digital culture,” Turkle is a professor, author, consultant, researcher and licensed clinical psychologist who has spent the last 30 years researching the effect of technology on human behavior.

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The Winnetka Club will host its annual Housewalk on Wednesday, May 20 from 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. • “Lifestyles of the North Shore” will feature five homes, including: • A manor on Lake Michigan • A 1923 Georgian renovation • A ranch-style house that showcases its minimalist design • A Tudor home that exemplifies metro living in Winnetka • An accessible home featuring state-of-the-art living for “any ability” The cost is $60.Tickets can be purchased at http://thewinnetkaclub.com and can be picked up at the Hadley School for the Blind, 700 Elm St, Winnetka, on May 20 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Social psychologist Sherry Turkle will deliver the annual Oppenheimer Lecture at Lake Forest College in October. The author of Alone To-

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alph Hamilton lives and breathes poetry. As the editor of the Evanston-based poetry journal RHINO, Hamilton has put the publication in the same league as literary magazines such as Ploughshares and Gargoyle during his tenure. As a poet himself, his debut poetry collection Teaching A Man To Unstick His Tail (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015), published this spring, has been praised by Crab Orchard Review editor Allison Joseph as “poetry of unflinching honesty, of pauses and silences and songs that will leave the reader barely breathing.” Hamilton will be participating in the next RHINO Reads! event on Friday, May 29 at Brothers K Coffeehouse in Evanston. Gregg Shapiro: When did you first become interested in poetry? Ralph Hamilton: I began writing poems as a kid and wrote well into college. When I was an editor of my college newspaper — back in the days when one actually cut and pasted a newspaper together [laughs] — if we discovered a blank space left over on a page, I’d run into the back room to compose a poem that could be used to plug the hole. Blessedly I used pseudonyms [laughs]. But then I stopped writing poetry for 30 years. Ten years ago that all changed when I rededicated myself to writing, and I haven’t looked back since. Between editing RHINO and writing Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail, it’s been a very full decade. GS: Several of the poems in Teaching A Man To Unstick His Tail are centos, defined as a poetic “work wholly composed of verses or passages taken from other authors, disposed in a new form or order.” John Ashberry, Robert Lowell, Ted Berrigan, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Robert Creeley, Sappho, and W.H. Auden are among the poets whose work you incorporate into the centos. Are there one or two poets among these whom you consider to be strong influences? RH: Sappho continues to be a big influence. Although only a couple of complete po-

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ems and about 200 fragments remain of her nine books, the power and clarity of her images, her psychological insight, and the force, intimacy and candor of her voice continue to shape my writing. Although I did not make a cento of their work in this book, Frank Bidart and Anne Carson stand tall among other poets I look to. GS: What do you enjoy most and what challenges you the most about writing in form, such as a cento? RH: Since the book is a meditation on relationships, on

“If we discovered a blank space left over on a page, I’d run into the back room to compose a poem that could be used to plug the hole.” —Ralph Hamilton love and loss, it was important that I speak to different kinds of loves and losses, but also that I do it in a variety ways so that the reader was continually surprised and engaged. Not only did centos and semi-centos provide alternative voicings and provoke varied modes of expression, but they also forced me to go deeper into the topic and to explore other aspects. There is another aspect to the centos, though. The book can be read as a poet’s conversation with himself about navigating loss. But it is also a conversation with poetry itself, about what it can do for a writer and for a reader. In fact some readers have told me they’ve been surprised by Teaching a Man…, that “mere words can bring understanding, can bring solace,” or that “poems can help a person find her way through the morass of grief.” GS: In poems such

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as “Making Sense” and “Mother’s Stroke” you write about your mother. She also makes appearances in other poems. RH: On one level, writing about the illness and death of my mother was a way of coming to terms with the experience. With hospitals and nursing homes, one enters a strange and depersonalized world, and some of what one sees can be shocking even as one loses the person one loves. But writing about that was also a way of recovering my sense of who my mother was before she became ill, and that’s been a blessing. GS: Animals and birds — including dogs, rabbits, chickens, wolves and caribou, rhinoceroses, bats, crows and cardinals — can also be found in your poems. RH: I was a lonely kid, I suppose, who spent as much time talking with animals as I did engaging with adults. I felt deeply that the world was overflowing with sympathetic life of all kinds, that everywhere I turned there were birds and dogs and horses and chick-

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much a part of life as grief and tears. In fact, I think some aspects of living can only be understood or expressed through a comic lens. I love it when a poem takes me in just a few lines from a place of sorrow to one of goofy madcap farce. I have a dark sense of humor, I’m told — I wrote my thesis on dark comedy in poetry — so I enjoy reading poems in which tragic and comic sensibilities all jumble together. Particularly in the navel-gazing hothouse of one’s own inner emotional life (not to mention in poetry), it’s useful to regularly puncture the balloons of self-importance. GS: Have you started working on or thinking about your next book project? RH: My next book is called The Barnyard of Boyage. It’s about growing up on the ranch, in the Bahamas, in the mountains of North Carolina, about wrestling with male identity as a son and as a father, and about coming to terms with what it means to be an adult man, though I still have a way to go on that [laughs]! GS: How long have you been affiliated with RHINO?

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out upcoming events. RHINO sponsors a monthly poetry reading and open microphone, RHINO Reads! at Brothers K Coffeehouse on Main Street in Evanston, and a monthly open poetry-writing critique session, The Poetry Forum, at the Evanston Public Library. GS: In the interest of full disclosure, I want to say that I had a poem published in the 2012 issue of RHINO. For those who might be considering sending work for publication in RHINO, what kinds of poetry are you looking for? RH: By choice we’re eclectic, encouraging both emerging and established poets from the U.S. and throughout the world. RHINO is devoted to printing creative work that tells stories, provokes thought, reflects passion, originality, artistic conviction, a love affair with language, and pushes the boundaries in form and feeling – while connecting with our readers and audience in the Chicago area and elsewhere. GS: How long have you lived in Evanston? RH: We moved to Evanston 15 years ago when my son was

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13. 32 Meadowview Drive Northfield Sunday, 1 – 3pm $1,295,000 Chris Downey, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenigrubloff 847.340.8499

6. 551 Oakdale Glencoe Sunday 1-3 $849,000 Peg O’Halloran, Baird & Warner 847.446.1855

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14. 96 Church Winnetka Sunday 1-3 $1,599,000 Jean Wright, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.217.1906

7. 235 Dennis Lane Glencoe Sunday 1-3 $1,275,000 Carole Rosenberg, @properties 847.881.0200

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15. 1518 Edgewood Winnetka Sunday 12-2 $749,000 Dinny Dwyer, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.217.1906

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16. 811 Tower Winnetka Sunday 12-2 $1,250,000 Carrie Healy, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.507.7666

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17. 606 Maple Winnetka Sunday 1-3 $1,990,000 Carrie Healy, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.507.7666

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20. 247 Chestnut Street Winnetka Sunday 1-3 $2,275,000 Grinstead/Richwine, @properties 847.881.0200

12. 575 Oak Tree Lane Northfield Sunday 12-2 $1,425,000 Baylor/Shields, @properties 847.881.0200

5. 616 Gregory Avenue Wilmette Sunday 12-2 $1,349,000 Cummins/McDonald, @ properties 847.881.0200

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9. 610 Stonegate Glencoe Sunday 1-3$1,450,000 Jody Dickstein, Coldwell Banker 847.651.7100

11. 3 Pleasant View Lane Northfield Sunday 1-3 $1,599,000 Cathy Cascia, @properties 847.998.0200

4. 111 Broadway Avenue Wilmette Sunday 12-2 $1,649,000 Louise Eichelberger, @properties 847.881.0200

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19. 488 Ash Street Winnetka Sunday 1-3 $3,200,000 Lyn Flannery, @properties 847.881.0200

10. 190 Thackeray Northfield Sunday 1-3 $790,000 Katie Hauser, Baird & Warner 847.446.1855

3. 721 Prairie Avenue Wilmette Sunday 1-3 $1,774,900 Steve Samuels, @properties 847.881.0200

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8. 1010 Cherry Tree Lane Glencoe Sunday 1-3 $749,900 Maisel/Rinaldi, @properties 847.881.0200

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22. 422 Provident Avenue Winnetka Sunday 12-2 $1,349,000 Lyn Flannery, @properties 847.881.0200 23. 1067 Cherry Street Winnetka Sunday 12-2 $1,150,000 Kate Huff, @properties 847.881.0200 24. 1060 Tower Road Winnetka Sunday 1-3 $775,000 Lyn Flannery, @properties 847.881.0200 25. 1065 Fisher Ln Winnetka Sunday 12-2 $2,249,000 Dana Slager & Ken Dooley / CONLON: Christie’s International Real Estate 312.415.2611 26. 1141 Chatfield Rd, Winnetka Sunday 2-4 $935,000 Gloria Matlin, Coldwell Banker 847.951.4040 27. 1065 Fisher Lane Winnetka Sunday 12-2 $2,249,000 Dana Slager & Kenneth Dooley, CONLON/Christie’s Int’l Real Estate 312.415.2611 / 312.305.4919 28. 373 Berkeley Winnetka Sunday, 1 – 3pm $699,000 Chris Downey, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenigrubloff 847.340.8499 29. 1344 Edgewood Lane Winnetka Sunday, 1 – 3pm $1,225,000 Chris Downey, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenigrubloff 847.340.8499 30. 757 Locust Road Winnetka Sunday, 1 – 3pm $1,495,000 Jeanie Moysey, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenigrubloff 847.800.8110

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32. 1205 Willow Road Winnetka Sunday, 1 – 4pm $499,000 Peter Lipsey, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenigrubloff 847.606.5525 33. 615 Warwick Road Kenilworth Sunday 12-2 $2,850,000 Team Mangel, @properties 847.881.0200 34. 614 Essex Road Kenilworth Sunday 12-2 $2,699,000 Colleen McGinnis, @properties 847.881.0200 35. 29 Alden Lane Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $1,099,000 Carole Rosenberg, @properties 847.881.0200

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45. 525 Douglas Drive Lake Forest Sunday 12-2 $1,075,000 Ann Marie Farino, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0485 46. 650 Newcastle Drive Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 PM $1,398,000 Elizabeth Wieneke, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0485 47. 1271 Wild Rose Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $739,000 Sue Lindeman, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000 48. 1340 Lakewood Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $1,369,000 Vera Purcell, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000 49. 1086 Bob-o-link Road Highland Park Sunday 1-3 $628,950 Katie Traines, @properties 847.881.0200

36. 62 Niles Avenue Lake Forest Sunday 2-4 $549,000 Jonathon Nagatani, @properties 847.295.0700

50. 2666 Priscilla Ave Highland Park Sunday 12-2 $649,000 Peggy Glickman, Coldwell Banker 847.212.4610

37.489 E. Illinois Road Lake Forest Sunday 1-4 $1,225,000 Jean Anderson, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.460.5412

51. 1495 Avignon Court Highland Park Sunday, 2 – 4pm $279,900 Julie Hartvigsen, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenigrubloff 773.266.9850

38. 1080 Evergreen Drive Lake Forest Sunday 2-4 $1,849,000 Mona Hellinga, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.814.1855

52. 842 Lyster Highland Park Sunday 1-4 $599,000 Chris Melchior, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

39. 1260 Western Avenue, Unit 311 Lake Forest Sunday 2-4 $345,000 Lyon Martini Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.828.9991 40. 780 Greenbriar Lane Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $1,595,000 Lyon Martini Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.828.9991

53. 757 Ridge Rd, Highland Park Sunday 1-3 $619,000 Julie Deutsch, Coldwell Banker 847.217.1277 54. 1130 Waukegan Road Northbrook Sunday 11-1 $435,000 Debra Kaden, @properties 847.998.0200 55. 27 The Court of Greenway Northbrook Open 2-4pm $340,000 Irit Jacobson 847.323.6200

41. 114 Washington Road Lake Forest Sunday 11:30am to 1:30pm $ 640,000 Brunhild Baas,Baird & Warner Lake Forest 847.804.0092

56. 1240 Church St. Northbrook Open 12-2pm $559,000 Katie Marx, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 847.525.6254

42. 945 Pinecroft Lane Lake Forest Sunday 2:00 to 4:00pm $ 1,150,000 Brunhild Baass, Baird & Warner Lake Forest 947.804.0092

57. 2328 Asbury Road Northbrook Open 1-4pm $645,000 Semi Kim, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 847.946.2000

43. 1924 Bowling Green Drive Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $999,900 Ron Hart, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0816

58. 2268 Washington Drive Northbrook Sunday 12:30-2:30 $567,000 Marie Pierre Lebris, Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000 59. 260 Shore Acres Circle

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31. 1417 Scott Avenue Winnetka Sunday, 2 – 4pm $939,000 Sherry Molitor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenigrubloff 847.204.6282

44. 1105 N. Green Bay Road Lake Forest Sunday 1-4 $1,395,000 Katherine Hudson, Griffith,Grant & Lackie Realtors 847.234.0485

Lake Bluff Sunday 1-4 $1,299,000 Jean Anderson, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.460.5412

60. 155 Wimbledon Court Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3 $599,000 Kelly McInerney, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.826.6800 61. 49 Green Bay Road Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3 $1,275,000 Kelly McInerney, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.826.6800 62. 364 Mawman Avenue Lake Bluff Sunday 2-4 $498,000 Lyon Martini Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.828.9991 63. 227 Woodland Road Lake Bluff Sunday 2-4 $1,195,000 Lyon Martini Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.828.9991 64. 310 Winchester Court Lake Bluff Sunday, 1 – 4pm $829,000 Margit Nikitas, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenigrubloff 773.447.6575 65. 550 E. Center Avenue Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3 $989,000 Catherine McKechney, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0816 66. 315 E Sheridan Road Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3 $529,000 Catherine McKechney, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0816 67. 93 Warrington Drive Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3 $509,000 Lisa Trace, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0485 68. 307 E. Woodland Road Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3 PM $749,000 Beth Keepper, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0816 69. 502 E. North Avenue Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3 PM $939,000 Brad Andersen , Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0816 70. 812 Lyster Road Highwood Sunday 1-3 $739,000 Suzie Hempstead, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.910.8465 71. 645 Appletree Lane Deerfield Open 2:30-4:30pm $385,000 Katie Marx, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 847.525.6254 72. 1530 Pebble Creek Drive Glenview Sunday, 1 – 3pm $242,000 AG Krone and Jim Davis, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenigrubloff 847.732.3055 / 847.744.0747 73. 820 Stables Court West Ft. Sheridan Sunday 1-3 $549,000 Marie Colette, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0816


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open house May 17th 12-2:00pm 435 King Muir Road, Lake Forest 5 Bed/5.3 Bath

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open house May 17th 2-4:00pm 893 Gloucester Crossing, Lake Forest 4 Bed/3.1 Bath

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1345 McDaniels Avenue, Highland Park 5 BeD/6.2 BAtH

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385 Oakland Drive, Highland Park 5 BeD/5.1 BAtH

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475 rosewood Avenue, winnetka 6 Bed/5.1 BAtH

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$1,719,000

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1010 cherry tree lane, glencoe 4 BeD/3 BatH

$749,000

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Just Listed! 840 Heather Lane, Winnetka 3 Bed/2 BatH

$950,000

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open House May 17tH 12-2:00pm 4025 Blake Lane, Glenview 5 Bed/4.2 BatH

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open houSe MAy 17th 2:30-4:30pm 111 Broadway Avenue, Wilmette 6 Bed/4.5 BAth

$1,649,000

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open houSe MAy 17th 12-2:00pm 860 Ash Street, Winnetka 4 Bed/4.2 BAth

Louise eicheLberger Mobile: 847.612.3347 office: 847.881.0200 Leichelberger@atproperties.com

$1,295,000

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422 Provident Avenue, winnetka 5 Bed/4.1 BAtH

Lyn FLAnnery mobile: 847.338.2753 Office: 847.881.0200 lynflannery@atproperties.com

$1,349,000

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new Price-greAt vAlue! 848 Highland Place, Highland Park 5 Bed/2.1 BAtH

$599,000

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oPen House sundAy, MAy 17tH 2:30-4:30pm 1317 Arbor Avenue, Highland Park 3 Bed/2 BAtH

Debbie scully Mobile: 847.373.4296 Office: 847.432.0700 debbiescully@atproperties.com

$325,000

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1067 Cherry Street, Winnetka 4 Bed/2.1 Bath

$1,150,000

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952 Spruce Street, Winnetka 4 Bed/3.1 Bath

Kate huff Mobile: 847.322.9258 Office: 847.881.0200 Katehuff@atproperties.com

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847 Cherry Street, Winnetka 5 Bed/4.1 BatH

$1,549,000

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860 Hibbard Road, Winnetka 5 Bed/3 BatH

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308 Bel air drive, Glenview 5 BEd/3.1 BatH

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Large oPen fLoor PLan! 622 Warbler Circle, Highland Park 5 Bed/4.1 BatH

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WonderfuL LoCation, great neW PriCe! 1881 Lawrence Lane, Highland Park 6 Bed/4 BatH

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opEn HousE sunday, May 17tH fRoM 2-4:00pm 350 Elder Lane, Winnetka 5 BEd/3.2 BatH

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Country Retreat Outside Lake Geneva N426 Swamp Angel Road

9 bedrooms // 4.5 baths // Offered at $550,000 // N426SwampAngel.info Truly one of a kind residence. This barn has been transformed into an elegant home with restored beams and hickory floors, sitting on over 10 acres with 3 private ponds. The possibilities are endless including a guest residence of 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Enjoy the screened porch overlooking the acreage. Home offers 4 car garage space and over 7,000 feet of country living. Live in Lake Geneva while embracing the ultimate in country life. Rehabbed with vision and love for over 20 years!

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REAL ESTATE

Houses of the week $3,983,000

15-room residence on east lakefront lane. French windows with balconies, high ceilings, atrium with skylight, spiral stairs, heated marble, mosaic and wood floors, 5 interior fireplaces, elevator, temperature/ controlled wine cellar. Cobblestone finish driveway, iron fence, entry system with gates and cameras, and mature landscaping.

977 Sheridan Road Winnetka Exclusively presented by: Sandra Limacher/Yvonne Sito @properties 847.881.0200 sandralimacher@atproperties.com

$639,000​

Sunny kitchen boasting stainless steel appliances and open to Family Room. Master Bedroom Suite with Spacious Walk-in Closet, Spa-like Bath with Heated Floors and Towel Bar, Oversized Shower and Custom Cabinetry. New Hardwood floors throughout, heated Garage.

650 LaSalle Place​ Highland Park​ Exclusively presented by: Ellen Chukerman & Margie Brooks, Baird & Warner Real Estate ​Ellen: 847.507.5085 / Margie: 847.494.7998​ ​ellen.chukerman@bairdwarner.com / margie.brooks@bairdwarner.com​

$3,925,000

This home maximizes privacy, quiet, plus nature and garden views from every room. 2 large master options - down and up! Bucolic, yet near shops and dining. Gracious, spacious, pristine, peaceful.

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The Hodges factor

California transfer having a major influence on Highland Park’s girls water polo program BY bill mclean sports@northshoreweekend.com

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ighland Park High School girls water polo coach Danny Weinberg received the email in the middle of last summer. Tammy Hodges, a Californian, had sent it. Her family was set to move to Illinois and live in the HPHS district. Her daughter, freshman-to-be Abbey Hodges, played water polo … had played the sport since the sixth grade. A seasoned water polo from California is akin to a seasoned lacrosse player from Maryland, a seasoned hockey player from Canada and a seasoned penguin from Antarctica. The high-flying athletes — and waddling, flightless bird — typically thrive in a certain setting. A hotbed has nothing to do with a setting’s climate. “Water polo is big in California, for boys and for girls,” Weinberg says. “The typical [male] three-sport athlete in the Midwest plays football, basketball and baseball, right? I’ve heard the typical three-sport athlete in California plays football, basketball and water polo.” Abbey Hodges, a competitive swimmer (breaststroker, mainly) in the fall, made Weinberg’s varsity polo squad this spring, no problem. Weinberg put her in goal and watched the 5-foot-9 Giant parry shot after shot and chuck lengthy outlet passes to open teammates. The Golden State Warriors of the NBA like to do what the Highland Park Giants of the Central Suburban League like to do, Weinberg notes. “Go on fast breaks, shoot a lot,” the coach says. “So much of that plan starts with Abbey’s strong arm. She understands the game so well. She’s confident; her teammates are confident in her. We know, each time we play, it’s going to take a real good shot to beat her. Abbey has a good grasp on what teams try to do against her, on what teams like to do. She doesn’t get fazed very easily.” Eighth-seeded Highland Park defeated host and ninth-seeded Vernon Hills High School 9-2 in a Buffalo Grove Sectional play-in game on May 11. Hodges, unfazed, stopped 17 shots, including a penalty shot attempt in

Highland Park High School water polo goalie Abbey Hodges stretches to make a save during earlier action this spring. Photography by joel lerner

the first quarter. The win upped the team’s record to 14-10. “She doesn’t look like a freshman, act like a freshman or play like a freshman,” says HP senior Ali Perlman, a standout defender. “Abbey anticipates well, and she’s aggressive in goal. When players [holding the ball] get close to her, she’s tough, strong, physical. Other goalies often freeze in a situation like that. Her saves help us out a lot. We count on her.” The Hodges lived in San Diego until Abbey was seven years old. They moved to Japan and resided there for three years. The family then returned to San Diego. During the second tour in San Diego, Abbey checked out a water polo game. A familiar face battled and bobbed in the pool that day. Her older sister, Tayleur, swam fast, stopped, defended, threw a ball, swam some more.

The sport intrigued Abbey Hodges. “It was … different,” she recalls. “It was all about a group, not individuals. Swimming is all about individuals. I watched my sister, and then I decided to try it.” A couple of years later, after joining a new water polo club in California, Abbey Hodges tried her hand in front of a goal. “They didn’t have a goalie,” she says. “I thought, ‘I guess I’ll do it.’ ” She did it. She thrived. Such fearlessness helped her conquer waves as a surfer. Her Uncle Dustin taught her how to negotiate curling, angry water off the coast of “The Golden State.” Hodges first gripped a board about a year ago. “You can’t be scared when you surf,” she says. “If you fall, you

have to get back up, do it again. Keep working at it. You have to keep working at it.” Hodges’ approach to goalkeeping in water polo? It’s a lot like her approach to surfing. “You have to be ambitious … determined,” she says. “You have to want to work at it. I want to work at it, and I enjoy working at it to get better.” She and Giants goalie Haley Fucoo combined for the shutout in a 9-0 defeat of Resurrection this spring. A shutout is no-hitter rare in the sport. Hodges guarded the deep-end goal, Fucoo the shallow-end rectangle. Hodges had faced four penalty shots through May 11. She blocked two of them, the first coming in a game against Libertyville and the second occurring against Vernon Hills in the playoff opener earlier this week. Her left hand stopped Lib-

ertyville’s attempt. Her right hand denied Vernon Hills’ attempt. Shortly after moving to Illinois, Hodges joined Lincolnshirebased Northern Illinois Polo Club (NIPC). She intends to play club ball for Wilmette-based North Beach Water Polo — after returning from her summer vacation in California, where down time will be interrupted by time in the water with her former polo club, Xtreme. Is there anything better than a waterlogged, passionate water polo player? Probably not, in Weinberg’s world. The thought of Abbey Hodges in goal for three more seasons thrills the coach. “She’s quiet,” he says. “But she knows her role, and she knows when to speak. You know her teammates are going to listen to whatever she has to say, because they all respect her. They respect her experience and her consistency.”

Notable: HPHS was scheduled to face top-seeded Stevenson High School in a Buffalo Grove Sectional quarterfinal on May 13. Hodges knows several of Stevenson’s Patriots quite well. She met them as a member of NIPC. … Giants junior Natalie Gelberg poured in four goals in the 9-2 playoff win at Vernon Hills on May 11. Her twin, Emma Gelberg, scored three times. The assist on Natalie’s third goal came from Emma. Danni Cole (Natalie Gelberg assist) and Katie Costello tallied the Giants’ other goals. HP whipped three goals past the Cougars’ goalie in a 55-second span in the third quarter, turning a 4-2 advantage into a 7-2 cushion. Cole started the onslaught at the 2:58 mark of the period. Costello scored 19 seconds later, and Emma Gelberg capped the run with a goal at 2:03 of the frame.


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Love at first height

New Trier’s Karabas continues to fall heels over head for pole vaulting BY Kevin Reiterman, sports@northshoreweekend.com

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any track and field athletes — even the elite ones — want no part of pole vault-

ing. And, at first, Nicole Karabas was no different. “It’s something that I never anticipated doing,” the New Trier senior said. There had to be a hard sell. She had to be persuaded … by one of her best friends. “Claire (Egerter) wanted to be a pole vaulter, and she begged me to come out for the team with her,” Karabas said. “She said, ‘Give it a week.’ ” Well, a funny thing happened on her way to the pole vault pit. Karabas found herself hopelessly — and almost instantly — smitten by it. A week turned into four years. And now, four years will be turning into four more. Her vaulting comes with no expiration date. Next year, she will be competing at the Division I level for Elon University in North Carolina. “It started out being something fun for her,” said Egerter. “Now, it’s a passion. “She’s really motivated to get better,” Egerter added. “And she knows that she’s got the potential to get better and better.” This rugged and grueling event is not for everyone. “You have be fearless to be a pole vaulter,” said New Trier assistant coach Megan Garrity. Karabas, a state qualifier last spring, admits that pole vaulting brings out her inner “daredevil”. For her, doing aerial handstands from tree-branch heights (10 to 11 feet) is madcap fun. “Being upside down … doesn’t scare me,” she said. Instead, it gives her a rush. She had her adrenaline pumping on May 7, when the Trevians hosted the Central Suburban League South Meet. Karabas, the reigning league champ (10-6), was looking to push herself. She wanted to set her bar higher. Her first order of business was to successfully defend her league crown — and she did that by easily clearing 10-0. Her second order of business was trying to break a stadium record — which didn’t happen. Her three attempts at 11 feet, 1

Nicole Karabas of the Trevians attempts to hoist herself over the pole-vault bar at the CSL Meet. She took first in the event for the second year in a row. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

inch were unsuccessful. She came oh so close on two of her tries. “Not only was I hoping to win,” Karabas said, “but I also was eyeing the record. We don’t have a lot of home meets.” But the conditions weren’t ideal. A cross wind, coming from the south, played havoc with her psyche. She could see the bar wobbling. “I notice everything,” said Karabas, who won the CSL South indoor title on March 19 at Glenbrook South with a career-best 11-0. “I can be such a head case. I can psych myself out. I still have to get over that. But, she added, “I’ve gotten better at that.”

Dedication never has been in question with Karabas. “She puts her whole heart into (pole vaulting),” said Garrity. “She’s always begging me to stick around for one more jump. She goes to camps in the summer. She goes to clinics on Sundays. She watches a lot of film of herself.” Garrity, who started coaching at New Trier four years ago, has been with Karabas every step of the (run) way. “Nicole, Claire and I learned the pole vault together,” said Garrity, a former hurdler at Eastern Illinois University. “We’ve been through thick and thin.” Karabas’ coachability? Dreamlike. “She likes to sit down with you

and discuss what she’s done,” Garrity said. “She’s always trying to find ways to fix things.” Her dad has played a role in her success. “He videotapes all of my jumps,” said Karabas. “Going off what I see there, I am able to change some things. I can pick out things that I’ve done wrong. “It’s always the little things.” Karabas is far from reaching her lofty expectations. “It takes a long time to learn the techniques of pole vaulting,” said Garrity. “It’s not like being a sprinter, where you can be good right away. With pole vaulting, it’s next to impossible to be good from Day One.” The warm temperatures in North Carolina figure to work in

Karabas’ favor. “With the nicer weather, I think I’ll have a better chance to prove myself,” she said.

Alex Cook (16-11 ½) and Tara Smart (15-11), while Ariel Swett (107-6) and Yeji An (92-3) went 1-2 in the discus throw. Allison Borsotti added a second-place Notable: Besides the pole effort in the shot put (37-2 ½). vault, Karabas and Egerter were … NT sprinters Nicole Lamagno teammates and fellow captains (26.87) and Cook (26.89) were on the New Trier girls gymnastics the top two finishers in the 200 team. … Egerter cleared 9-6 to meters, while that same duo went claim runner-up honors in the 1-3 in the 100 meters. … Other CSL South Meet. Their 18 points winners were Smart in the 400 helped the Trevians defeat Evan- (1:00.92) and Mimi Smith in the ston 193-106 for first place in the 1600 (5:13.13). … The team’s team standings … Karabas’ sister, other first-place showing came Natalie, took second in the high in the 4x800 relay (9:41.45), jump. The freshman came up with while Savannah Noethlich was a personal record (4-11), finishing second in the 800 meters second to Evanston’s Gabrielle (2:26.12). … The Trevians were Watson (5-0). … The Trevians scheduled to compete in the Class went 1-2 in the long jump with 3A Loyola Sectional on May 14.


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Polar opposites … coming together Lake Forest’s top duo — O’Kelly and Frauenheim — ready to chase postseason hardware BY bill mclean, sports@northshoreweekend.com

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Casati/Niko Wasilewicz in a Pitchford Invite semifinal earlier this month. It had avenged a loss to the pair of Warriors at the Deerfield Quad. The LFHS combo shook off a slow start in a Deerfield Invite semifinal last weekend, winning 11 of the last 14 games in a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Glenbrook South’s Gavin and Bryce McClanahan. Both Scouts intend to play Division III tennis, with O’Kelly having committed to Carleton (Minn.) College and Frauenheim to DePauw (Ind.) University. “They care a lot, and they’re good together, good teammates,” Gilbert says. “Jordon is a very skilled guy, good at angling volleys. I like Greg’s power. “I also like their personalities; it’s easy to talk to both of them.” It’s difficult, for Gilbert, to look at some of O’Kelly’s hats. O’Kelly wore a blinding, neon yellow baseball hat in that semifinal at the Deerfield Invite. It might have been neon lime-green. He had also packed a blue-and-white plaid baseball cap in his travel bag. Gilbert doesn’t mind O’Kelly’s orange chapeau. But he has a slight problem with a certain head piece that reminds him of … ants. “He’s got one that looks a lot like the bottom of a tablecloth you’d see on a picnic table,” the assistant coach says. Gilbert likes to wear a hat, too. Look for him to take his off in the presence and Frauenheim and O’Kelly this month. Often. It’s what people tend to do in the presence of victors.

lob travels above the heads of seniors Jordon O’Kelly and Greg Frauenheim, Lake Forest High School’s No. 1 doubles team. Both sprint toward a baseline to catch up to the tennis ball, as a pair of Wildcats from Libertyville High School sprint to areas near a net. Frauenheim hears his partner shout, “Mine!” Frauenheim veers, giving O’Kelly some extra space. O’Kelly, his back to the netters at the net, does not have enough time to position himself to the right or to the left of the ball to lift a normal lob. Instead he shifts into quick-thinking, trick-shot mode. O’Kelly, still on the run, flicks his racket at the ball. The ball slingshots between O’Kelly’s legs and above the two heads at the net. It dips and then hits an open spot on the court, well behind frozen foes. Winner. Clean, unforgettable winner. Point, O’Kelly/Frauenheim, tennis’ Harlem Globetrotters for a few seconds. The Scouts’ top tandem would skip to a 6-2, 6-1 win in the North Suburban Conference dual meet. Both smile at the memory of the circus shot, moments after a semifinal victory in a recent invitational at Deerfield High School. The shot — executed on April 21, in Libertyville — was a light moment With teammate Greg Frauenheim looking on, Jordon O’Kelly (left) slices a backhand approach shot in recent doubles acin a success-laden season for O’Kelly/ tion. The Scouts’ No. 1 duo took second at the Deerfield Invite on May 9. Frauenheim, the Scouts’ No. 2 doubles PHOTOGRAPHY BY jOEL LERNER team on a squad that took second at the Notable: On May 14, Lake Forest’s state meet last spring. Their runner-up “is an imposing guy. He imposes his will when he “We were on fire throughout that match,” Scouts were scheduled to begin play in the showing against Nos. 1 and 2 doubles teams at the plays. He’s bigger and better this year, with a real Frauenheim recalls. NSC Meet at Lakes, Antioch and Grant high Deerfield Invitational on May 9 matched their hard serve. He will be a great college tennis player, They worked hard, together, on their doubles schools. … O’Kelly/Frauenheim defaulted to Deershowing (against No. 1 duos) at the highly com- with his height and with his huge wingspan. I see games in the offseason at the Racquet Club of Lake field’s Casati/Wasilewicz before their scheduled petitive, 32-team Pitchford Invite in Arlington him getting really good when he starts to use his Bluff. They also took private doubles lessons, sharp- No. 1/No.2 doubles final at the Deerfield Invite on legs the way he should, staying low when he hits ening their poach moves and strengthening their May 9. A prom commitment scrubbed the matchup. Heights on May 2. finishes. Top-notch tennis players typically hone Scouts junior Craig Campbell and sophomore Jack “Greg has big groundstrokes, and Jo has very shots.” O’Kelly/Frauenheim reached the Round of 16 their singles skills and enter only singles tourna- Armstrong finished runner-up in the No. 3/No. 4 good hands,” says senior Ben Kasbeer, half (with junior Colton England) of Lake Forest High and went 1-2 in the doubles back draw at state last ments in the summer. doubles bracket; freshman Connor Polender placed Doubles, for many ranked players, is a relaxing seventh at No. 1/No. 2 singles; Kasbeer/England School’s No. 2 doubles team. “Greg sets up Jo well. year. They finished among the top 13-16 tandems took ninth at No. 1/No. 2 doubles; freshman Alex Jo gets into it in matches, really into it. Greg … as a 9-16 seed. Their teammates, seniors Scott outlet, a diversion from the pressure of singles. It’s serious stuff at LFHS practices. Just ask the Bancila competed at No. 1/No. 2 singles; and senior he’s more [low-key]. The best part of them to- Christian/Connor O’Kelly ( Jordon’s brother, now gether is that they’re polar opposites — that makes a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University in Penn- Scouts’ No. 2 duo. Parker Marsh/junior Matt Reay hit the courts for “They are always solid, week in and week out,” the Scouts at No. 3/No. 4 doubles. … LFHS deit tough on opponents. sylvania), finished sixth in doubles as a 5-8 seed. “They complement each other well,” he adds. The previous weekend, in the Warren Sectional England says. “They raise our games when we feated Stevenson 5-2 on May 7, winning three of One (O’Kelly) loves to play FIFA video games doubles final in Gurnee, Christian/Connor O’Kelly compete against them. We enjoy going up against the four doubles matches. O’Kelly/Frauenheim between matches; the other (Frauenheim) loves to faced Frauenheim/Jordon O’Kelly. Seniors vs. them. My volleys have improved, because of them. (No. 1), Campbell/Armstrong (No. 3) and Marsh/ hike and camp and canoe in northeastern Min- juniors. Scouts vs. Scouts. Top seed vs. second seed. I like working on finishing [shots] against them.” Reay (No. 4) notched straight-set victories. Bancila “It’s fun,” says Kasbeer, bound for the Univer- (No. 2) and Scouts senior Clarke Hough (No. 3) nesota. O’Kelly is built like a sturdy shooting guard, A Scout and a brother vs. a Scout and the quick and fearless and shrewd. Frauenheim, taller, brother’s younger brother. sity of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “It’s fun to play triumphed in singles. Coach Corky Leighton’s crew covers courts with a power-forward’s frame, always Frauenheim/Jordon O’Kelly stunned their elders against a doubles players that are better than you improved to 9-1 in dual meets. … The Scouts’ team ready to finish from either the baseline or terri- 6-3, 6-1, a result that certainly caught the attention are.” finish at the last three state meets: second, second, Among O’Kelly/Frauenheim’s significant wins third. … LFHS vies for state berths at the Antioch tory near the net. of the state seeding committee and more than a “Greg,” Scouts assistant coach Scott Gilbert says, few other doubles qualifiers. to date is a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 defeat of Deerfield’s Chris Sectional May 22-23.


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LeServe protects

Senior netminder keeps the good times rolling for New Trier girls lacrosse team BY bill mclean, sports@northshoreweekend.com

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anni LeServe did not just prepare a speech for the New Trier High School girls lacrosse banquet last spring. The goalkeeper, a junior then, got snippy an hour before the start of the gathering … in a good way, in a thoughtful way. She cut a strand of netting from the wide face of her lacrosse stick for each of her teammates. The goalie of the state runner-up Trevians handed the strands out at the banquet. Keepsakes from a keeper. “That was my way of telling my teammates, ‘We’ll always be together,’ ” LeServe says. “We had an amazing season last year. We’re having an amazing season this year.” NT (15-2) — ranked second to Loyola Academy in both Illinois and in the Midwest, by laxpower.com — edged host Hinsdale Central 9-8 in double overtime on May 11; HC’s Red Devils (ranked fourth in Illinois) placed third at state a year ago. LeServe came up with one of her most memorable saves (one of her 15 stops that day) during a 13-10 defeat of host Menlo (Calif.) School on April 17. “You should have seen her,” Trevians senior defender Kate Conaghan says. “Danni jumped and kicked her right leg out to the side, while making the save. She’s our rock, our base, our everything. At halftime of games, she gives our attackers a scouting report on the opposing goalie. She tells our attackers where they should shoot in the second half. She’s picking up tips and sharing them … tips from the crease.” New Trier head lacrosse coach Pete Collins and assistant coach Kristen Murray love the Danni LeServe Story. When they remember LeServe, the 14-year-old freshman, they remember a quiet teen, an athlete in search of an identity. The current Danni LeServe is nothing like the 14-year-old version. Lacrosse continues to enliven her, game by game. Watch her run toward midfield, after a New Trier goal, and jump-bump celebrate with a teammate or two. Watch pure joy unfold. Her lacrosse teammates cannot get enough of her. LeServe’s presence brightens others’ days. “I can’t remember anybody in our program who has grown as a player and as a person as much as Danni has,” Murray says of the 2014 New Trier goalkeeper Danni LeServe (left) celebrates with teammate Kate Conaghan after beating Lake Forfirst-team all-stater and New Trier’s reigning est on May 7. The Trevians are 15-2 this spring. PHOTOGRAPHY BY jOEL LERNER Most Improved Player. “She is now the heart and soul of this team. She is an excellent com- netkan, earn the nickname “D Money” without alized athletic training program, introduced the municator, with great field vision, and she has such lacrosse? sport to her. Maybe not, maybe not, definitely not. passion for the game and for her position.” “I knew I would want to play a spring sport Collins says the sport of lacrosse changed “The best, Danni is the best,” Collins says. “She’s during my freshman year,” LeServe says. “I picked LeServe. For the better … for the much better. our glue, our anchor. She plays big in big games. lacrosse. I had no idea what I was doing at the Does LeServe become the 2014-15 sports editor She keeps us in games.” beginning, but I stayed with it. I’m glad I did, LeServe, a soccer player (striker) in her grade- because it is such a fun game, a back-and-forth of New Trier News, the school’s student newspaper, without lacrosse? Does LeServe’s confidence soar, school years, had not picked up a lacrosse stick game, fast-paced. I also love how unpredictable it to a near International Space Station level, without before the summer preceding her freshman year. is. You could be down by three goals and then up lacrosse? Does the 5-foot-11 LeServe, a Win- Staff members at Sports Made Personal, a person- by six goals in the same half.”

Following an under-level season at New Trier, LeServe signed up for a New Trier summer lacrosse camp. Murray served as an invaluable coach for LeServe at the camp. You can’t learn the nuances of goalkeeping from a book. Murray worked hard with a LeServe. LeServe listened hard. The lax novice in the summer of 2011 became the backup varsity keeper, as a sophomore, in the spring of 2013. “Coach Murray was great,” LeServe recalls. “She told me, ‘Here’s what you need to do, and here’s how you do it.’ What I learned that summer helped me so much.” LeServe’s game would grow some more at ALL IN Lacrosse, run by Winnetkan Mark Bundra. ALL IN Lacrosse is a destination for players interested in personal training and picking up lacrosse balls — and lacrosse acumen. But the rock in LeServe’s life is her mother, Chris. Her mother grew up in a time when “LAX” stood only for an international airport in Los Angeles. When it is uttered these days, it is short for her daughter’s favorite sport “My mom does everything for me,” says Danni, reflecting near NT’s lax sideline following a recent game. “Everything. Without her, without her support, I wouldn’t be here.” Danni LeServe will be on the University of Richmond campus this fall. One of the Spiders’ goalkeepers chose to no longer play Division I lacrosse. Murray knows the Richmond coaches. Murray got wind of the roster opening. Murray then touted LeServe. One thing led to another, the biggest thing being the recruitment of a goalkeeper who had to add new netting to her lacrosse stick last spring. A future pre-med major, LeServe got excited about the prospect of juggling lab work and lax commitments in Virginia. Look for LeServe to serve well as the Spiders’ backup keeper in 2016. “No way did I ever think I’d ever play Division I lacrosse,” LeServe says. “I was hoping for a chance at a Division III school. Lacrosse has been such a major part of my life these last four years. It’s exciting to think I’ll get to enjoy four more years of lacrosse.”

Notable: LeServe (second half ) and senior Akane Shimomura (first half ) shared goalkeeping duties for New Trier in the Trevians’ 16-6 Senior Day defeat of visiting Lake Forest High School on May 7. NT sophomore middie Katherine Gjertsen poured in a team-high four goals. Senior attack Emily Carothers struck for a hat trick, and seniors Madi MacRitchie and Megan Wetzel each scored twice in Northfield. Meegan Maloney, Clare Rooney, Isabelle Sennett, Jenny Thompson and Tace Sutherland netted NT’s other goals.


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Tree-mendously strong Highland Park’s powerful shot putter Sledd pining for more success BY Kevin Reiterman, sports@northshoreweekend.com

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avannah Sledd has a tattoo of a pine tree on her right forearm. It’s subtle. Nothing showy. Nothing extravagant. She’s not looking to bring attention to it — the pine tree is a symbol for ‘eternal life’ in some Native American teachings — or to herself. Sledd prefers to stay out of the limelight. The Highland Park High School shot put putter likes to keep her … distance. But she’s also this: polite and pleasant. Sledd flashed a record number of smiles during a short conversation after her second-place showing at the Central Suburban League North girls track and field meet on May 7 at Glenbrook North. Distance and numbers have become majorly important to Sledd, who is in her final track and field season at the school. And, right now, her numbers in feet, inches and fractions are trending in the right direction. A couple weeks after winning the Lake Country Meet with a 38-8, Sledd added even more length (a career-best 39-1) with her second-place finish at the CSL North meet. Her best toss yet came in between those two meets. On Senior Night at Wolters Field, she let one fly. The tape measure read 39-5 ½ — which is almost two feet better than the statequalifying standard (37-8). Sledd, however, isn’t content just yet. There’s more work to do. “My goal is to break 40,” said Sledd, who was scheduled to throw the shot and the discus at the Class 3A Loyola Sectional on May 14. “I’ve been more consistent with my technique,” she added. “I’m twisting my back more on my throws. Getting more torque. It’s helped a lot.” Highland Park throws coach Andy Anderson refuses to put any limits on her. “I think she can go over 40 feet,” said Anderson, who is in his 10th season with the Giants. “She just needs to pop one. And when she gets one, she’ll pop a lot more.” Breaking the school record

(40-3 ½) is in reach. It’s held by Sheila Grant-Shaffer, who is still at it. A junior at Western Illinois University, Grant-Shaffer heaved the shot 45-9 at an indoor meet earlier this season. What puts Sledd in the same class as a Grant-Shaffer is her unbelievable strength. “Savannah works hard in the weight room, and she’s tremendously strong,” said Anderson. “She really gets into her throws.” Sledd has been taught the glide technique, but she has yet to fully embrace it. Two of her six tosses, including her best toss, at the CSL North meet were on standing throws. She also won the county meet with a standing throw. “So far, she hasn’t felt totally comfortable with the gliding technique,” said Anderson. “If she ever gets it down, it could add distance.” That possibility may come down the road. Sledd, who will attend Louisiana State University next year, would like to continue her track and field career in Baton Rouge. “It would take a lot of work, but I wouldn’t mind throwing in college,” said Sledd, who plans to enroll in the school’s nursing program. Playing sports at the high level is nothing new to the Sledd family. Andrew Sledd, a 2013 graduate, was a star in two sports: football and track. He capped off his prep career by finishing third in the 100 meters at the IHSA Class 3A state track and field meet. Meanwhile, Andrew Sledd Jr. — the dad — played point guard on the Xavier University basketball team. His other claim to fame: involved parent. “I didn’t miss a single football game that Andrew played in, from Pee Wee to high school,” he said. “And I don’t miss Savannah’s meets either,” the dad added. “Sometimes, she’ll say, ‘You don’t need to come.’ But I know she’d be mad at me if I didn’t.”

Notable: Sledd went up against one of the top throwers in the state at the CSL North Meet. Niles North senior Fiona Kanam, who finished eighth at

Highland Park High School’s Savannah Sledd lets one fly during the CSL North Meet. She took runner-up honors in the shot put. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PFOERTNER

state last year, took first place with a 43-7 toss. … Sledd also scored points in the discus (3rd, 110-9). Her efforts helped the Giants to a first-place finish in the team standings (184 points). Deerfield took second (119 ½), while Niles North was third (92 ½). The title was a three-peat for the Giants … Sledd’s teammate, sophomore Ellie Sullivan, took fourth place (94-2) in the discus. … Highland Park’s other standouts were Kiera

Thorpe, Charlotte Nawor, Bianca Oviedo, Madison Knobloch and Kenzie Horberg. … Thorpe took first in the 200 meters (26.32) and triple jump (36-4 ¼), while she added seconds in the 100 (12.95) and 400 (1:00.06). … Nawor claimed titles in the 800 (2:20.31) and 1600 (5:19.11). … Oviedo won the 100 hurdles (17.05), Knoloch was the high jump champ (5-0), and Horberg took first in the long jump (15-5

¼). … Highland Park’s other wins came in the 4x800 relay (10:43.51) with Rachel Powers, Allie Weiss, Veronica Kriss and Katie Hull and the 4x400 relay (4:15.85) with Horberg, Weiss, Grace Rhoades and Amy Rogin. … The other runner-up finishes belonged to Rogin in the 300 hurdles (49.12), Marni Pine in the 3200 (12:36.30) and the 4x200 relay (1:53.80) with Rhoades, Amy Greenberger,

Emily Shimanovsky and Zoey Melinger. … The other contributors were Horberg in the 400 (4th), Oviedo in the 300 hurdles (4th), Powers in the 1600 (4th), Knobloch in the 100 hurdles (6th), Rhoades in the triple jump (5th), Greenberger in the pole vault (4th-tie), Kaitlyn Twadell in the 3200, Sarah Lehman in the high jump (4th), Sydney Levenfeld in the 800 (5th) and the 4x100 relay (3rd).


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Inside the Press Box Circling the Bases Baseball

Highland Park: The Giants are starting to turn the corner. In last week’s action, the team (7-20, 6-5) swept its season series against rival Deerfield, while it played solidly in a 3-1 loss New Trier. Dan Wagner went the distance in HP’s 9-2 win over the Warriors on May 6. Justin Mills (3-for-4) and Sam Nevers (2-4) led the offense. A day later, HP claimed a 10-9 victory over the Warriors. Liam McCann had three hits, including a three-run homer, and knocked in four runs. Nevers had two hits, while Eric Schwartz drove in two runs. McCann also pitched one inning and picked up the win. On May 9 against visiting New Trier, Toby Tigges pitched a complete game. Nevers had the team’s lone RBI.

on May 9. No. 1 singles Patrick Halpin and No. 2 singles had two wins each. Peter Horne and Alan Arocho collected three wins at No. 1 doubles. Jack Nichols and Patrick Browne at No. 2 and Andrew Hovanec and Matt Sheridan at No. 3 also won three matches each.

New Trier’s Katie Sadera (No. 21) and Lake Forest’s Adrian Walker take part in a head-to-head battle on May 11. The reigning Class 3A state champion Trevians topped the reigning Class 2A state champion Scouts 3-1. PHOTOGRAPHY BY jOEL LERNER

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Boys Gymnastics

Highland Park: Andy Kaufmann is making a return trip to the state meet. He was an automatic qualifier as taking third (9.050) on floor exercise at the Stevenson Sectional on May. The state meet will be held at Hinsdale Central this weekend.

Stick Nation Boys Lacrosse

Lake Forest: Conor Walters tallied six goals to lead LF to a 13-0 victory over Stevenson on May 6. Matthew Clifford came up with a hat trick, while Hunter Moore and Mac Montagne had two goals apiece. Kyle Hanrahan also scored, while the assists were credited Walters (2), Clifford (2) and Pat Brandell (3). Goalie David Khalili had eight saves for the Scouts, who improved to 11-5 overall.

Lake Forest: Nines are nice. The Scouts improved to 17-6 over with a pair of lopsided wins last week. They defeated visiting Lake Forest Academy 9-0 on May 6 and then topped host Vernon Hills 9-4 on May 7. George Karkazis had three hits, including a double, in the win over LFA. Cal Coughlin had threes, including a double, and drove in two runs. Charlie Asma also had two RBIs. Mark Turelli (6 IP, 3 hits, 4 Ks) and Clayton Lawrence combined for the shutout. Charlie Sullivan was hitting star against Vernon Hills. He had two hits and drove three runs. Asma also had two hits. Coughlin and Jack Durburg hit doubles. Bryan Bund earned the win, allowing five hits and three earned runs over five innings.

Girls Lacrosse

Lake Forest: Sparked by Katie Karahalios (5 goals) and Marielle St. Amand (5 goals, 5 assists), the Scouts (7-9) won a thrilling 15-14 decision over visiting Stevenson on May 6. Lindsay Close (2 goals, 2 assists), Audrey Kaus (1 goal, 1 assist), Sarah Steindl (1 goal, 2 assists) and Caroline Skinner (1 goal) also helped the cause. Mary Doheny finished the game with 16 saves. On May 7, LF dropped a 16-6 decision to host New Trier. Skinner had two goals. Karahalios, Steindl, Skinner and Kara Antonucci also scored. Karahalios leads the team in scoring with 44 points (40 goals, 4 assists). St. Amand has 43 points (29 goals, 14 assists).

Loyola: The Ramblers have fallen on rough times. With losses to host St. Laurence 5-1 on May 9 and host Mt. Carmel 11-1 on May 6, LA’s overall record dipped under the .500 (12-13). Senior Paul Cushing had two hits in the St. Laurence game. New Trier: Ben Brecht was the story in NT’s 10-0 victory over Niles West on May 7. The junior left-hander tossed a five-inning no-hitter. He finished with 13 strikeouts. The offense was led by Ryan Acri (2 hits, 3 RBIs), Kevin Donahue (2 hits), Jake Reynolds (2 hits), Will McNulty (2 RBIs) and Max Rosenthal (2 RBIs). The Trevians (15-6-1, 8-3) also defeated Niles West 7-6 on May 6. Acri led the attack with two hits and two RBIs. Scott Hammes also drove in two runs. Danny Katz got the win, while Andrew Earvolino earned the save. In the team’s 3-1 win over host Highland Park on May 9, McNulty, Clay Czyzynski and Matt Boscow had two hits apiece. Billy Cremin pitched five strong innings to earn the victory.

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Loyola: The Ramblers picked up wins No. 16 and No. 17 by downing Glenbrook South 14-12 and Oak Park-River Forest 15-3 last week. On May 10, the team dropped an 8-6 decision to visiting East Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 17-3 Ramblers are led in scoring by Brenna Dwyer (69 goals, 43 assist), Kathleen Hulseman (38 goals, 44 assists) and Caroline Heldring (47 goals, 32 assists).

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New Trier: Highlighted by the doubles play of senior Cece Bishop and junior Kaylin Steinberg, the host Trevians captured a sectional championship on May 7. NT finished the tourney with 16 ½ points. Deerfield was second with 12 ½ points. Bishop and Steinberg teamed up to win the doubles title, downing fellow teammates Emily Wisner and Sarah Zhang in the final 21-11, 21-11.

Softball That foursome will advance to this weekend’s state meet in Charleston along with seniors Julia Lake Forest: Jon’nah Williams had two hits Siebert and Elly Kikos. Siebert took second in and the team’s lone RBI in its 18-2 loss to Antioch singles, falling to Deerfield’s Gerri Soren 21-19, on May 7. Katie Wickman, Kallin Hermann, 21-19 in the final. Kikos defeated Maine East’s Isabel Das and Skye Miller also had hits. On May 4, LF dropped an 11-1 decision to Philo Deeja 21-9, 21-5 in the third-place match. host Libertyville. Boys Tennis

Loyola: The Ramblers edged Downers Grove South 42-40 to win the Naper Valley Tournament

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New Trier: The Trevians are playing at a high level. They have won 10 of their last 13 games to improve their overall record to 14-9. Three players are hitting over .400: Lily Novak (.446), Gillian Gossard (.444) and Amanda Howell (.406). NT played two games at Downers Grove North on May 9. Led by Howell (2-for-3, double), Novak (2-4) and Cindy Secaras (1-3, 2 RBIs), the Trevs beat Lincoln-Way Central 6-4. In a 7-5 setback to the host team, NT was led by Howell (home run), Secaras (2 hits) and Lee Fisher (home run, 4 RBIs). On May 7, Dana Dolinko earned the win in a 10-0 victory over visiting Niles West. The offense was led by Novak (2 doubles, 3 RBIs), Howell (2 hits, RBI), Gossard (2 hits), Dolinko (2 hits), Fisher (double), Laura Bagan (double) and Shayle Arenson (3 hits, 3 RBIs).

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Lake Forest: Close? You want close? There were plenty of great races in the North Suburban Conference championships at Warren High School on May 7. One of the photo finishes came in the 1600 meters, when Stevenson’s Isabelle Sparreo cruised the four laps in 5:10.46 to narrowly nip Lake Forest’s Emma Milburn (5:10.96). Teammate Katie Condon placed third in 5:13.41. Both Scouts ran under the state-qualifying standard of 5:14.24. Milburn and Condon also starred in the 4x800 relay. Teaming up with Etta Eckerstrom and Callie Schmidt, the Scouts claimed top honors in 9:45.80. Lake Forest ended up fifth in the team standings with 61 points. The host Blue Devils won with 104 points. LF high jumper Diana Mzyk continues to perform at a high level. A week after taking second in the Lake County Meet, she cleared 5-3 to earn runner-up honors. Lakes’ Danielle Griesbaum (5-4) was the champion. The Scouts also took a second in the 4x400 relay (4:08.34), while the 4x200 relay was fourth (1:50.31). Anika Boyd helped the LF cause by placing third in the triple jump (32-10) and fourth in the long jump (16-2). LF also received solid work from Haley Click in the 300 hurdles (4th, 48.59), Olivia Vallone in the 100 hurdles (5th, 17.32) and Eckerstrom in the 800 (6th, 2:23.28). The Scouts will compete in the Class 3A sectional on May 15 at Fremd.

junior won the 800 in 2:19.77, while her winning time of 5:06.96 is well under the state-qualifying time of 5:14.24. LaTorraca, a junior, claimed the shot put (35-2) and discus (112-0). The state-qualifying mark in the discus is 117-6. LA’s other winner was Lila Adler in the pole vault (9-6). The Ramblers received solid efforts up and down their lineup. In distance races, Caroline Zaworski earned runner-up honors in the 800 (2:21.89) and 1600 (5:22.15), while the freshman duo of Payton Hoag (12:02.46) and Emily Plodzeen (12:08.69) went 2-4 in the 3200 meters. In the sprinting department, Megan Schulte placed fourth in the 100 (12.63) and fifth in the 200 (26.88). Megan Zahorik helped the LA cause by taking third in the long jump (15-11) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (52.11). The Ramblers also got help from Rebecca Marquez (2nd in the pole vault), Melody Ogoke (3rd in the shot put), Sara Baase (3rd in the discus), Emily Blomquist (4th in the high jump) and Laura Pinderski (5th in the long jump). The team also scored a ton of points in the relays: 4x800 relay (2nd, 10:08.23), 4x200 relay (2nd, 1:50.93) and 4x400 relay (3rd, 4:27). LA was scheduled to host Class 3A sectional on May 14.

Mark Myers in the 3200 (6th, 9:42.70) and the 4x200 relay (4th, 1:32.52).

Lake Forest Academy: Senior Dejon Brissett came up with a stellar performance in the triple jump at the Lake Country Meet at Grayslake North on May 8. He won the event with a leap of 45-2 ½. He also took sixth in the high jump (5-11). Teammate Nick Frystak placed fourth in the 400 (50.02).

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Highland Park: Lily Pickus scored her team-best fifth goal on May 9 in a 2-1 setback to visiting Grayslake North. Lake Forest: The Scouts defeated Lakes 3-0 on May 7 to win the North Suburban Conference championship. The team fell to visiting New Trier 3-1 on May 11. Paige Bourne scored LF’s goal in a matchup of reigning state champions. Senior midfielder Carly Hoke was named to the PepsiCo Showdown all-tournament team.

New Trier: The Trevians improved their record to 18-1-1 with a 3-1 victory at Lake Forest on May 11. Jessica Ritchie tallied the game’s first goal. Subsequent NT goals were scored by Kelly Maday and Maggie Armstrong. Regina Dominican: The Panthers On May 5, NT and Glenbrook South tallied 23 ½ points at the GCAC Meet on ended in a 2-2 tie. Natalie Laser and Bina May 9. Saipi score for Trevians. Niamh Ryan had a solid outing. She not Meanwhile, Saipi was named the only took fourth in the high jump (4-6), PepsiCo Showdown MVP. Maday and but she also teamed with JoAnn Birt, Mi- senior defender Jackie Welch were named chelle Delana and Lauren Vaughn-Snapp to the all-tournament team. to take fourth in the 4x400 relay (4:31.19). Volleys Regina also scored points in the two other Boys Volleyball relays: fifth in 4x800 relay (11:06) and sixth in the 4x200 relay (2:03.4). Highland Park: Sparked by Ari HoffBarbara Acacia also helped the Regina man’s 15 kills, the Giants downed Niles cause by taking sixth in the in 100 hurdles North 2-1 on May 7. Caleb Goldstein had (17.6). 28 assists, while Ben Wellek was credited with 10 digs. Boys Track On May 5, HP fell to Deerfield 2-0. Highland Park: He’s been here before. Hoffman had nine kills. Frankie Schorsch For the second year in a row, Eddie had six kills, while Eli Mordini added five Smoliak captured a Lake County title in kills. Goldstein had 24 assists. the pole vault. The senior cleared 14-6 in the championship meet at Grayslake North Lake Forest: The Scouts (17-8) claimed on May 8. a 25-14, 25-16 victory over Mundelein on Ryan Kriozere was in fast company in May 6. Mason Moore had a team-high six the 300 hurdles. His time of 39.46 placed kills to go along with three blocks. Teamhim third. State-qualifying time in the event mate Patrick Salzer had five kills. Michael is 39.84. Christensen had two ace serves, while HP’s other top-five finisher was junior Quinn Gaughan had seven assists and four Brett Davidson in the 3200 meters (9:29.58). digs. Connor Olson added four digs. State-qualifying time is 9:29.04. Loyola: The Ramblers finished 9-1 to Loyola: The trio of Hannah Hess, Lake Forest: Matt Mekaelian and win the Chicago Catholic League Blue Kathryn House and Francesa LaTorraca Gavin Hoch led the Scouts at the Lake Division. On May 6, Jack Talaga had 21 turned it up a notch at the GCAC Cham- County Meet on May 8 at Grayslake North. assists in a 25-10, 25-14 victory over Mt. pionships on May 9 at Loyola Academy. Mekaelian covered the four laps in the Carmel. On May 11, the Ramblers improved to The Ramblers tallied 187 points to finish 1600 in 4:21.73. He beat the state-qualify24-5 overall with a 25-16, 25-20 win over atop of the 11-team standings. St. Ignatius ing standard of 4:22.04. came in second with 133 points. Hoch also earned runner-up honors. His Niles North. Jakub Mazurek came up with Hess was the hurdles standout. The senior time in the 300 hurdles was 38.54. The 14 kills and two blocks. Connor Kreb had seven kills, while Talaga ended up with 27 posted wins in the 100 hurdles (15.70) and state-qualifying time is 39.84. 300 hurdles (47.38). Both times are close LF also received nice showings from assists. to state-qualifying standards. Stephen Mathew in the high jump (4th, House was the meet’s distance ace. The 6-1), Quinn Julian in the 100 (5th, 22.42), Continues on page 58


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here’s no etiquette when it comes to eating good barbecue. Consult any book on table manners, and you’ll find the much-needed pages dedicated to the cookout stuck together with barbecue-sauce fingerprints. You’re best bet is to plant your elbows firmly on the table. Keeping emergency wet naps at the ready, attack those ribs, looking up to occasionally grunt or nod in satisfaction at your fellow tablemates. And yet, what do you do when you find yourself sitting across the table from a pit master in his woodfired domain? I asked myself that same question before sitting down with Jeff Shapiro, owner of Real Urban Barbecue (RUB), before taking a leisurely walk with him through his menu. By the end, with my pant seams splitting, I was close to crawling out. “So I did a little homework before you got here,” says Shapiro. I had wondered the total amount of pounds, per week, of meat all three of his establishments produce. Turns out — a lot. Between the three locations — Highland “Pork,” Vernon “Hogs,” and “Smoke” Brook — Shapiro sells approximately 10,000 pounds of brisket, 1,825 slabs of ribs, and

3,650 pounds of pork. Expanding his comfort food empire built on Angus beef brisket, all-natural Michigan turkey, all-natural pork shoulder, and Wichita Packing Company baby back ribs to more towns isn’t a question of if; it’s a question of when. (Easily-renamed, kitschy-sounding towns possibly required.) “Never in my mind would I have thought that I’d be talking thousands and thousands of pounds,” says the husky, headband-wearing pit master with the salt-and-pepper beard. Good-natured and congenial, his humility masks a dedication to BBQ that borders on fanatical. Shapiro admits to eating barbecue every day; constantly testing the quality of his product. Then again, you don’t get to be the owner of a multi-million-dollar barbecue chain —selling the most barbecue in the Chicagoland market — without getting your fingers a little saucy. Shaprio had invited me to his establishment weeks earlier, offering a word of warning: come hungry. He didn’t say to train for the equivalent of a food marathon of epic proportions: starting first with RUB’s ribs, brisket, turkey, and shredded pork shoulder. A slow drawl of a country song comes on over the speakers. Jared, an employee who looks remarkably similar to San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick,

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Fast-forward about five years later to today, and the sauce is now in 50 retail locations in three states. Its also given rise to the Texas Sauce. A close cousin, it’s the red sheep of the family — spiced up with cumin powder, dark chili powder, red chili flakes, and mustard. Says Shapiro, “some people want a straw with it.” I can’t tell if he’s joking. Shapiro cuts a piece off the slab of brisket, and I do the same. “Look at the defined smoke ring on this.” (There Jeff Shapiro | Illustration by Barry Blitt was.) “I mean, this is picture perfect.” (It was.) lunches — for schools “Little bit of fat on there, you can’t around the North Shore. He’s make it better.” also able to meticulously deliver Onto the turkey, which Shapiro on quality, making sure that even tells me is a “sleeper hit.” Last year the onions are diced the same they smoked 550 turkeys for size for his 13 sides — from Thanksgiving, which is easily the creamy spinach to buttermilk busiest day of the year, he says. So mashed potatoes — at every much so that it prompted the location. At a young age, Shapiro swept United Service Organizations to ask if they could provide turkey the floors of Stash’s in Highland dinners for some military bases in Park. Real Urban Barbecue is now Illinois. Shapiro happily obliged. situated on the same site as his With the help of a commissary former employer. He met the he had constructed two years ago, woman of his dreams only a Shapiro is able to provide a hot couple shops away working in the lunch program — some 2,000 same shopping complex — his

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2087 WINDY HILL LN | $1,349,000 HIGHLAND PARK

K AREN POTESH M A N SKU R I E Real Estate Broker Associate

o 847.432.0500 c 847.361.4687 karen.skurie@bairdwarner.com karenskurie.bairdwarner.com

1175 LAKE COOK RD, #210 | $439,000 NORTHBROOK

3851 MISSION HILLS RD #505 | $429,000 NORTHBROOK

“I grew up and raised my own children here, let me know how I can help you settle into our community.”

Baird & Warner Highland Park | 1920 Sheridan Road | 847.432.0500 | BairdWarner.com


RESIDENCE L’AGAPE, 977 SHERIDAN ROAD AN ARCHITECTURALLY DISTINCT, NEOCLASSICAL HOME ON PRIVATE LANE IN EAST WINNETKA 977 Sheridan Road, Winnetka • 5 bedrooms / 6.5 bathrooms • $3,983,000 Stately, neoclassical style residence, on a premier, tranquil east lakefront lane at this coveted Winnetka address. Custom completed in 2005, striking craftsmanship and specialty finishes include: solid stone columned entry way, elegant French doors, handcrafted balconies, high ceilings, atrium, skylight, radiant heated marble, mosaic and exotic wood flooring throughout. Antiqued, tumbled cobblestone finish driveway and unique open flame gas lanterns, 5 interior custom carved fireplaces, wood paneled elevator with telephone, 1200 bottle wine

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cellar and classic drawing room; the distinguished elegance of this home is undeniable. Outdoor dining areas feature mature cypress trees and fireplace, a relaxing upper balustrade terrace with wood burning fire and lake glimpses, while enjoying ultimate privacy behind wrought iron secured gates. A luxurious floor plan, impeccably maintained, this sophisticated, private residence is a one-of-a kind home with crisp and classic lines, timeless elegance, openness, natural light and tranquility. SANDRA LIMACHER

BROKER ASSOCIATE

847.331.4144

sandralimacher@atproperties.com

YVONNE SITO

BROKER ASSOCIATE

847.902.9076

yvonne@atproperties.com

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