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A QUIET CHRISTMAS FOR THOSE FACING DIFFICULT TIMES

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Lake Bluff Golf Club Hires Outside Manager BY STEVE SADIN DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

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AKE BLUFF — Changes may not be noticeable to players at the Lake Bluff Golf Club when the season opens in the spring but the Board of Commissioners of the Lake Bluff Park District hopes an outside management company will improve the course’s financial condition. The board on Dec. 14 unanimously approved a contract with Billy Casper Golf to manage club operations and the driving range along with food and beverage services. While Casper will apply its marketing and management efforts to club operations, the park district will continue to maintain the course, according to board President Rob Douglass. Douglass said he hopes Casper will help Continued on PG 10

she was ordained as an Episcopal priest a decade ago. Quiet Christmas is designed AKE FOREST — Christ- for people who want to be in mas starts quietly at The church but may not want to be Church of the Holy Spirit. around others who are celebratBeginning the church’s five ing. “Perhaps they have experiChristmas services at 11 a.m. enced a loss of some kind and Dec. 24 was the “Quiet Christ- are grieving, or perhaps the mas: Holy Eucharist with laying Christmases of their childhood on of hands” for healing geared were not happy and they find to people who want to attend themselves feeling empty while church on Christmas but who those around them are filled with may not be feeling joyful. exuberant joy. Perhaps they were The Rev. Judith Doran, senior one of the many who suffer deassociate rector, officiated the pression or seasonal affective Quiet Christmas service. She disorder or are spiritually bereft,” joined the church’s staff in May, said Doran. and has led Quiet Christmas services at other churches since Continued on PG 10 BY STEVE SADIN DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

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Deer Path Inn Tradition Returns in Nick of Time serve diners and reopen in March. But by July everything AKE FOREST — Holiday was shut down and Barba said meals at the Deer Path Inn the project went full speed ahead are a big deal for people in with the hope of being open for Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and the the holidays. surrounding area. Barba said people who inThey are such a big deal that quired about reservations in people put their names on an August were told a 2015 opening inquiry list as early as August not was possible, and the staff started knowing whether the inn would taking names for potential be open for business by Christ- holiday meals. He said publicmas. ly during a speech to the Lake In fact it is such a big deal that Forest Lake Bluff Chamber of those who waited until the inn Commerce Oct. 14the inn would reopened Dec. 5 after a massive reopen by year’s end. 11-month renovation to make “There is such a tradition here reservations for dinner on and people expressed a hope we Christmas or Christmas Eve would be open,” Barba said. “We were out of luck, according to said we would be open by the Innkeeper Matt Barba. end of the year but we had to be “We quietly opened at 11 a.m. vague. The closer we got people Dec. 5 and within a few hours became more hopeful. people were coming in to check More and more people started on their Christmas reservations,” making holiday reservations as Barba said. “I told them we word leaked out, according to would check the list.” Barba. He said capacity was When the inn closed in reached before the Dec. 5 January for the overhaul, plans opening of the hotel’s public were to keep the bar open to spaces. BY STEVE SADIN

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“We’re sold out Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,” Barba said during a Dec. 17 news conference. “We still have room on New Year’s Eve as far as I know but I haven’t checked in a few hours,” he added. Those who are lucky enough to have a reservation for New Year’s Eve could also be among the first to occupy one of the newly renovated guest rooms, according to Barba. He told Daily North Shore Dec. 5 reservations were being taken for Jan. 1 and beyond. When pressed, Barba said a person reserving a room Jan. 1 could unpack there after midnight Dec. 31. Before that, the guest can partake of a New Year’s Eve five-course dinner for $85 with plenty of choices. He also said the menus for New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve are identical. Diners start with a choice of three opening courses—wild mushrooms vol au vent, smoked king salmon tartar or foie gras—

two soups—lobster bisque or roasted butternut squash—a salad and one of six entrees—duck, sea bass, lamb chops, filet mignon, prime rib or ravioli. A “special holiday dessert” tops it off. After finishing dinner and welcoming 2016, the Deer Path Inn guests can be the first to stay in one of the 57 redone rooms, which have gone from being devoid of technology to letting a person charge three electronic devices simultaneously through USB ports. The 57 rooms range in size from just under 400 square feet to suites around 800 square feet, according to Barba, and 23 are classified as suites. The bathrooms have modern facilities with marble and multiple shower heads. All rooms have bars with refrigerators. He stressed service. “If you let us know what you want we’ll go out and stock it for you,” Barba said. “If you leave them out by 11 (p.m.) they’ll be done by 6 (a.m.),” he added referring to shoe shining service

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NEWS CHRISTMAS Cont. from PG 1 The service was marked by a candle lighting ceremony with private devotion and a laying of the hands for people in need of healing. “People are invited to light a candle from the Christ candle in the center of the Advent wreath, and allow it to symbolize whatever it is they can offer to the Christ child,” Doran said. She said she sees the true meaning of the Christmas story in the quiet service because of Christ’s humble beginnings and all the things He experienced in his life. “For me this is really the true meaning of Christmas because Jesus was born in such desperate circumstances in a public place,” Doran said. “The shepherds who were at his feet when he was born were on the fringe of society. It is not a happy story. Only in retrospect is it a happy story.” Doran said over the years she has seen some of the same people at Quiet Christmas services while others move on. In the past, the church has held a blue Christmas or longest night service, but Doran said that is not what she wants to do for people who are not at a happy time in their life. “I don’t want to do something

GOLF CLUB Cont. from PG 1

“ People are invited to light a candle from the Christ candle in the center of the Advent wreath, and allow it to symbolize whatever it is they can offer to the Christ child.” –Judith Doran the week before,” Doran said. “I don’t want them to feel set apart from everyone else.” That is why she decided to make it the first service of Christmas.”

between $100,000 and $150,000 in additional revenue. With an the club attain a stable financial estimated loss of $65,000 in condition. 2015 from operating the golf “The golf course industry is in course, he said he hopes Casper a contracting condition and we helps generate $150,000 over felt we needed to change the operating expenses. club’s trajectory,” Douglass said. Though golfers may notice “We want to tap into (Casper’s) some slight differences when network and analytics that we they play a round, Salski and could never dream up.” Douglass said they would see Douglass said the hope is nothing significant. Douglass Casper will help the club boost said the quality of the course is revenue by drawing more cus- sacrosanct. “Our greens and fairways are tomers to the course as well as contain costs to make it a reve- two things which distinguish us nue-producing asset rather than from other golf courses and we a drain on the park district intend to maintain that,” Douglass said. budget. The primary reason for the Salski said one way to help recent financial setbacks has lower costs will be less use of been a drop in play, according to maintenance machines but the Douglass. He said the course greens and fairways will not be averaged between 24,000 and altered. He said there may be a 25,000 rounds for the season in few less flowers and an addi2013 and 2014. tional weed or two. Douglass “It used to be over 30,000 said it should not affect quality rounds, so we have that capacity,” of play. “Where you used to see just Douglass said. Our goal is to be in the range of 28,000 to 30,000 rough you may see tall grass,” rounds.” Douglass said. “Hitting the ball Park District Executive Di- in the rough should be a half rector Ron Salski said hitting stroke penalty and we’ll try to the increased goals can produce keep it that way.”

The board action Dec. 14 authorized Douglass, Salski and the board’s vice president to negotiate final details of the Casper contract. They expect that to be done within 30 days. Once a contract is in place, the park district and Casper will determine a fee structure which must be approved by the board. Deer Path Plans Move Along Lake Bluff is not the only local community looking at change to its municipal golf course. Lake Forest is looking at options for Deer Path Golf Course. The City of Lake Forest signed a consulting contract with Lohmann Golf Designs recently and has already received a preliminary report on possible improvements to its practice putting green, club house, cart barn and some of the holes in that area, according to Alderman Tim Newman who chairs the city’s Golf Advisory Committee. Newman said the committee has reviewed the ideas, offered input and he hopes there will be final suggestions from Lohmann by March.

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Camp Kesem: A Cathartic Experience BY JOANNA BROWN

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innetka resident Lisa Bandolik remembers driving her daughter to overnight camp like it was yesterday. “She was apprehensive and didn’t want to take the bus so we drove up together,” she explained. “But as I watched bus after bus pull in full of kids who got in a circle, held hands and started singing, I think we both knew she was going to be fine.” Beyond the commonalities shared by all campers, Camp Kesem campers – which Lisa’s daughter Tara had become – share the experience of having a parent with cancer. Camp Kesem is a national organization with 73 chapters across the country, all providing summer camp experience for 5,000 children whose parents have cancer. Camp is free to children ages 6-16, and offered locally by chapters based at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Augustana College and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “Our daughter had a great time, and made a lot of new friends who all had the opportunity to talk about what they were going through in a group setting with people who had similar situations at home,” said Lisa’s husband, Keith Bandolik, who received a cancer diagnosis a year before his daughter attended Camp Kesem. “When I picked her up, she

“ Many of our campers tell us that they never knew there are other kids out there like them until they get to camp’s fun, energetic environment filled with kids just like them.” –Jim Higley was full of life and happiness, and excited to show off the counselors she had and the crafts she had made and explain the nicknames they all had,” Lisa added. Camp Kesem combines traditional camp activities like talent shows, bonfires and water sports with opportunities for campers to talk about their experiences at home with their peers who can relate. While the

camp does not provide therapy, counselors are trained to create a safe environment for such conversations and to provide emotional support. “This is a place for our kids to forget about the heaviness that weighs on them every day and be kids,” Lisa said. “It’s a life-changing experience,” echoed Jim Higley, Camp Kesem’s chief development and

marketing officer. “Many of our campers tell us that they never knew there are other kids out there like them until they get to camp’s fun, energetic environment filled with kids just like them. “It’s cathartic for all of them, and it becomes a moment in life when they can first shed the burden of life with a parent who has cancer.”

Higley, formerly of Kenilworth, will celebrate Camp Kesem’s impact with Lisa and Keith Bandolik and hundreds more at the Magic Ball benefit at the Redmoon Theater Saturday, March 5. Guests will enjoy dinner and dancing, as well as a live auction to benefit Kesem’s campers. “Cancer touches everyone in one way or another,” said Lisa,

now a Camp Kesem Board member. “It hits home for us, and we see how it affects our kids. We understand the importance of giving every kid that camp experience to get back the self-esteem and confidence that has been broken down by the weight of things at home.” Find more information about Camp Kesem and the Magic Ball benefit at http://themagicball.org/

North Shorts Musings by Mike Lubow

there are a lot of slender, youthful people here, shopping for ou’re in one of those nat- longevity. Then, something you saw in a ural-food supermarkets that dot the North Shore. book pops to the surface and As you push through aisles of makes you shrug at the capricious organic pet food, fun-with-flax nature of nature... cereal and head toward the giant There was a guy known to wall of yogurt, you think: man, drink a bottle of brandy every “Defiance”

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He was about five-six, and rotund. He waddled when he walked, and rasped when he talked. It’s said he breakfasted on eggs with meat, toast with butter and he’d wash it all down with whiskey. He had a high-stress job, too. Worked insane hours in airless

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CREATIVE CUISINE OF MIZUKI GRILL BY SIMON MURRAY

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ometimes when I walk into a restaurant and greet the owners, pulling up a chair across from them at a table and tasting their cuisine, their world—I can’t help but walk away feeling like I’ve been inside someone’s home. It’s the intimacy inherent in food: its preparation and serving, nourishment and identity. It’s the camaraderie, too. It’s what Michael Pollan describes so well in “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” when he writes (or, really, implores): “shake the hand that feeds you.” I got that feeling again the other day sitting at Mizuki Grill. We had just shaken hands with the owners, Joe and Nami Choi. On the always-busy Central Ave in Highland Park, the Japanese restaurant is, unfortunately, not prominently displayed, being inside the brick Highland Park Mall. Which is a shame, because diners can certainly miss it—and they would be missing out on

some of the best Japanese food on the North Shore. In what was once Las Palmas Restaurant & Bar, the couple told their story to a group of friends seated at a table. As Nami talked with animated gusto, Joe was behind the sushi bar preparing our meal: tuna and salmon tartar. Every so often a series of thump, thump, thump, thump would penetrate the conversation; the sound of a sushi chef hard at work. “We’re very creative, very proud of our food,” said Nami as we enjoyed the first course, a spicy tuna roll that was stacked two rolls high, one roll on top of the other. “I think he has something talented in his hands,” she added, comparing her husband’s fluid hand motions slicing with a knife to that of a dancer. The couple has been working together for over 30 years. They first met in Seoul (Nami is Korean). Joe, who was born in Osaka, Japan, is of mixed descent: his mother was Japanese, his

father Korean. His earliest years were split between kitchens: his mother had seven sisters, and all of whom were in some way connected to the restaurant business. One owned a French restaurant, another a sushi restaurant, and so on. He first came to the US in 1981; the very next day he was working in a kitchen. Settling in Minneapolis where his sister was already living, he worked as a hibachi chef for Samurai of Japan, a chain of restaurants similar to Benihana. “Of course, I had to get used to it, because Japan not like that,” said Joe. He had just prepared his last dish—wiped off his knife and took a seat at the table. In just six months, he was traveling around the US, training other hibachi chefs at different locations. Arranged around Mizuki Grill are pictures of lavish looking dishes, and these are the creations of Joe, who, along with Nami (who followed her husband to the US four years later) have

opened a total of seven restaurants around Chicago. Three of which (Fuji Ya, Kegon Northbrook, Bistro Nami) are still open today. I bit into the tuna and salmon tartar put before us and experienced an explosion of texture and taste. The fish was impossibly fresh (the Chois do not use any frozen fish). They also prepare all of their sauces in-house, and Nami said it takes two or three days alone to make their unagi sauce—typically a combination of sweet rice wine and soy sauce that’s paired with teriyaki dishes and sushi. “Everybody nowadays buy it,” explained Nami speaking of other Japanese and sushi restaurants, “but I cannot eat that.” Which is why the prices are a littler higher here, because the quality is what consumers expect when going to eat sushi nowadays: possibly even higher than what their expectations should be. Echoed Joe: “You can’t cheat tongue.”

Mizuki Grill’s Tuna and Salmon Tartar Recipe Mizuki Grill’s Tuna and Salmon Tartar

• 4 ounces chopped tuna (sashimi grade) • 4 ounces chopped salmon (sashimi grade) • 1 teaspoon chives, finely chopped • 1 teaspoon shallot, finely chopped • 2 teaspoon red bell pepper, finely chopped • 2 tablespoons green bell pepper, finely chopped • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion (or regular onion), finely chopped • 2 tablespoons masago (orange-colored fish eggs) • ½ teaspoon honey • ½ teaspoon lemon juice • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil • Dash of Tabasco sauce (optional) • Dash of chili oil (optional) • 6 wanton skins (rectangular or round) • Salt & pepper to taste

Wasabi and Yuzu pon Dressing

Owner/chef Joe Choy prepares the Tuna Tartare at Mizuki Grill in Highland Park. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

• 1 teaspoon wasabi paste (optional) • 2 tablespoons yuzu pon (citrus flavored Japanese soy sauce, can be substituted with 1 ½ tablespoons of regular soy

sauce and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice) • 4 ounces vegetable oil • Salt & pepper to taste 1. Wisk Wasabi and yuzu pon dressing ingredients together, set aside. Mix honey, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, Tabasco sauce and chili oil in a separate bowl and add chopped tuna, salmon and masago. Prepare wonton chips as per package directions. 2. On two plates, place one wonton chip in the middle of each plate and put a small scoop of the tuna and salmon tartar on top. Place another chip on top followed by another scoop of the tuna and Salmon tartar and repeat creating a tower. 3. Drizzle the wasabi and yuzu pon dressing on top. Garnish with 1 teaspoon chopped chives, 1 teaspoon shallot and 2 tablespoons finely chopped red and green peppers. sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt and a grind of fresh black pepper. Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles on each plate. Dress each with a drizzle of the balsamic condiment and a drizzle of EVOO. Serve.


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athryn Pedi’s travel coffee mug was gone forever, death by blunt force trauma. A friend of the New Trier senior guard-forward had accidentally knocked it to the ground before a basketball game. May it rest in pieces. Pedi drinks coffee before every game. Has to drink coffee before every game. No cream, no sugar. She enjoyed her very first taste of coffee before an AAU basketball game. Most of the players in that game, including Pedi, were … fifth-graders. More than a basketball bounced all over a court during that game. “I am very superstitious,” Pedi, 5-foot-9 and a Wilmette resident, says. New Trier faced visiting Glenbrook South on Dec. 8. Pedi poured coffee into an replacement mug (one of her many conventional mugs at home), transported it carefully to the school and sipped it near the Trevians’ home court an hour or so before tipoff. She then spilled it, another accident. Pedi and some of her teammates cleaned it up. “I thought she was going to cry,” New Trier senior forward Jeannie Boehm, a good friend, says. “Kathryn loves her coffee.” Pedi, later in the week, opened up her Secret Santa gift. It was a travel mug, mostly silver, with a handle. A Secret Santa had nailed the festive assignment. New Trier traveled to Waukegan on Dec. 11. The star of the game scored a career-high 27 points in a 69-23 New Trier victory. The star of the game took eight shots from threepoint territory, nailing seven of them. The star of the game: a wideawake Pedi. The fan of ground coffee was all about instant stuff on that night — instant offense. “She’s an amazing shooter, an amazing player, the hardest worker on our team,” Boehm, a Harvard University recruit, says. “Kathryn does a lot of the little things really well, like playing tough defense, rebounding, passing. She kind of rocks in those aspects, making her an underrated player. What I also like about her game is how unfazed

17 against Phillips, 17 in the Trevians’ second game at the Nike National Tournament of Champions last weekend in Arizona. Months ago, in an AAU game in Chicago, Pedi netted six treys. One of the spectators in the gym was Bill Gibbons, women’s basketball coach at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Pedi committed to the Patriot League school and to the program in the middle of November. Her AAU coach, Randy Weibel, is “a guy of few words,” Pedi says. Weibel contacted his sharpshooter upon hearing the news about Pedi’s college decision. He was thrilled for her. And he told her so, using more than a few words. Pedi will be a guard only for the Crusaders, dropping the “forward” in her current job description “The head coach has been there forever (30 years, with a 568-344 record), and all of the coaches are from there,” Pedi says. “The team’s style of play is similar to New PEDI-PURE: Kathryn Pedi of the Trevians (right) puts up a shot during state tournament action at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena last Trier’s. Good fit …. I think it will season. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER be a good fit for me. To get there she is if she happens to be having practices and on bus rides to Sophomore year, she averaged what they do well. They’re usually I’ll fly to Boston, not too far from a tough game [shooting].” games. Kaspi discovered Pedi’s eight points per game, when the not so good about doing what it Harvard. There will be times, I’m Pedi and Boehm, a Winnetkan, approachability and sense of Trevians reached a Class 4A su- takes to improve another aspect sure, when I’ll swing by Harvard first met as sixth-graders, hoop- humor. The two laugh together persectional and played Rolling and become a better all-around to see Jeannie before heading to sters in a feeder team practice. They these days, good friends. To Kaspi, Meadows High School for a Final player. Kathryn’s defense, it’s been Holy Cross.” Pedi is already thinking about paired up for a zig-zag drill, one the only part of Pedi that is still Four berth. Late in the fourth outstanding this season, truly outgirl dribbling with her right hand terrifying is her scary-good three- quarter of a 60-43 loss to RM’s standing, and she’s maintaining her items to pack for college. At the top of the list? and then her left hand for the point shot. Mustangs, Pedi played when NT her confidence [on offense]. “A coffee maker,” she says. Pedi’s harshest critic is the one had the ball and often got pulled length of the court, the other girl “Great kid,” the coach adds. guarding the dribbler. Then they she sees in the mirror. All kinds of for a substitute when RM had the “She works hard, and she’s consciNotable: A stat line does not get switched roles. people, parents (Rick and Linda) ball. Court time, bench time, court entious.” “I thought she was really, really included, have told Pedi, after time, bench … . Shuttle in, shuttle Pedi made all-league honors more monstrous than the one NT good on the first day we met,” games, “Great game, Kathryn, out. Trevians coach Teri Rodgers and averaged nearly 11 points per senior Jeannie Boehm produced Boehm recalls. “I went up to her great game.” Her usual response, wanted Pedi, three-point threat, at game for Rodgers’ 31-2 squad last in Phoenix last weekend at the and said, ‘Hey, you and me, we sometimes out loud, sometimes to one end of the floor. Rodgers winter, the third-place team in the Nike National Tournament of need to be friends.’ She’s still a herself, has been, “No, no.” People wanted Pedi close to her when NT Class 4A state tournament. She Champions. In a 71-44 defeat of good friend of mine, hilarious, so tend to remember Pedi’s timely was on defense. ranked second among teammates Springfield (Massachusetts) funny, goofy. A lot of people three-pointers or Pedi’s spot-up “I did not like that,” Pedi admits. in three-pointers made (35) and Central High School, the 6-footwouldn’t know that if they just jumpers. Pedi tends to remember What Rodgers liked: Pedi’s third in rebounding (4.3 boards 3 forward finished with 35 points, other moments. commitment to improving her per game). She came down with 21 rebounds and 10 blocks on watched her play basketball.” Pedi’s Game Day face is a super“After one game my parents defense in between her sophomore a team-high 12 rebounds in an Dec. 19. Boehm had scored 19 serious one. She says it frightened thought I had a good game, and and junior seasons. Pedi’s defense early game against Bogan. She points and classmate Kathryn Pedi current sophomore Nicole Kaspi they were nice, said some nice reached another level, a stingier shot 83 percent from the free- 16 in NT’s tourney opener, an last year, because Kaspi knew the things,” Pedi recalls. “I didn’t agree one, a more tenacious one, before throw line. Her scoring (13 points 86-56 loss to St. Mary’s of StockTrev vet only from a distance. with them. I reminded them about the start of her senior season. per game) is up, again, this winter ton, California — ranked No. 1 Kaspi, now a first-year varsity the turnover I had committed in “She realized she had to get for a 10-1 team (4-0 in the Central in the nation by MaxPreps.com member, got to know Pedi in an the second quarter.” better defensively, so she did just Suburban League South). In ad- — on Dec. 18. … A day before entirely different light this year, Pedi made the New Trier varsity that,” Rodgers says of the Midwest dition to that caffeinated 27-point departing for its trip to Arizona, noticing Pedi likes to lose the team as a freshman. She averaged Elite AAU player. “Kids are really, effort in Waukegan, she poured NT downed host Evanston 61-47 Game Face during down times in about three points per game. really good at getting better at in 18 points against Maine West, behind Boehm’s 25 points.


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STARTING TO SOAR Eagle Scout Donahue turns in admirable effort for LF Scouts at Lake County Invite BY BILL MCLEAN, SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

SPREADING HIS WINGS: Lake Forest High School junior Kevin Donahue (left) competes in the 200 medley relay at the Lake County Invite. He finished sixth in two individual events and helped LF place third in the 400 free relay. Alexander Streightiff (below) of the Scouts performs a dive on his way to a pool record at the Lake County Invite. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JON DURR.

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evin Donahue is working on his Eagle Scout project. It is only on paper now, due to be completed in the spring. The Lake Forest High School junior swimmer plans to create a garden and build a bench on the grounds of Fort Sheridan. Donahue, a busy boy, has been working on another project since the day after his sophomore swim season ended last winter. The unofficial name of the project: Kevin Donahue, faster swimmer. Another Scout project, minus the “Eagle.” “I worked really hard in the offseason,” Donahue said at the Lake County Invitational at Stevenson on Dec. 19. “I didn’t take a day off. Right now, I’m pretty tired; we all are. We practiced in our pool, for about an hour and a half, before the meet today, sprint work mostly. Our coach [Cindy Dell] likes to say, at this point in the season, ‘Swim tired, swim well.’ ” A drained Donahue swam quite well at the 10-team County meet in Lincolnshire. The irrefutable evidence — the finishes and the times, next to his name — was there for all to

see, on the results sheets, on … paper. He touched sixth in the 200-yard IM (2:05.94) and sixth in the 100 butterfly (55.39) and helped the 400 free relay (with senior Michael Hambleton and juniors Wyatt Foss and Dylan Boyd) place third (3:21.16). What made each of his sixth-place efforts more significant was the heat in which Donahue had been assigned. He raced in the fourth heat — the penultimate heat — in both events and dropped nearly a combined four seconds off his seed times. Tired swimmers are supposed to swim slower, right? “Everybody stepped up,” Dell said. “I love this team. It’s a fun team, a hard-working team. It’s a bunch of eager beavers, fighting through each meet, all the yardage [in practices]. They’re not af raid to compete, and they’re not afraid to learn. I couldn’t be happier. We had a great meet [third place, 162 points].” The Scouts garnered the most possible points in the first event (diving), getting a first-place — and pool-record 509.05 points — performance from senior Alexander Streightiff and

a runner-up showing (476.15) f rom senior John-Michael Diveris in the meet’s morning session. Streightiff finished in fourth place at the 2014-15 state meet. Boyd, seventh at state in the 200 free and 11th in the 100 fly last winter, sped to first place in the 200 free (1:42.15) and topped the field in the 100 fly (51.32). He later combined with Foss, Hambleton and junior Elliot Hangos to clock a fifth-place 1:33.64 in the 200 free relay. Foss contributed sixth-place points in the 100 free (51.03), and Hambleton medaled in the 500 free (sixth place, 5:02.74). Back to Donahue, who finished “16th, maybe 15th” in his individual events at last year’s County meet. A diver in the Donahue household, older sister Mary Rose, encouraged a young Kevin Donahue, back in his grade-school days, to stick with swimming, a demanding sport, a sport without a ball. The siblings trained as Scout Aquatics club swim members. Mary Rose then focused only on diving in high school, qualifying for the state meet in her junior (2012) and senior (2013) seasons. Among the spectators sitting

up in the stands at last weekend’s County meet was a Colorado College sophomore, an all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference diver in 201415. She watched a boy she had known her entire life climb a podium twice to receive a sixthplace medal. The boy was wearing a bathing suit and a tired smile. The proudest onlooker in the natatorium had to be Mary Rose Donahue. Notable: Host Stevenson (301 points) and Barrington (271) finished 1-2 at the Lake County Invite on Dec. 19. … Three Scouts (seniors Kuba Puchalski and Justin Jacobson and sophomore Collin Robinson) raced against three entrants from three other schools in the third heat of the 50 free at the County meet. The three LFHS entrants climbed blocks 4, 5 and 6 for the start of the event. Robinson, lane 5, placed 12th overall, with a time of 24.44. His seed time: 24.44. Match game. … The Scouts’ 200 medley relay of juniors Kevin Donahue and Elliot Hangos and sophomores Alex Ortiz and Will Paschke finished seventh in 1:45.93, missing a medal by one spot.


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BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Rivalry game turns into a riveting affair BY KEVIN REITERMAN, SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

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aniel Bronska just missed sending this game into overtime, when his deep three-point shot attempt from the left corner went in and out. As a result, host Deerfield High School wound up beating Highland Park 41-38 in Central Suburban League North Division action on Dec. 18. “Sometimes, it’s not meant to be,” said Highland Park head coach Paul Harris. “They had a couple of shots which bounced around and fell in. … (Bronska’s) shot bounced around and fell out.” Harris was disappointed with the outcome but not discouraged. Deerfield came into this contest as one of the hottest teams in the area. The Warriors are now 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the CSL North. “This was a big stage tonight,” said Harris. “And our guys were not fazed by the bright lights.” The Giants found themselves in a good position, when they opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run. A hard-fought rebound bucket by Blake Schwartz and a pair of give-and-go baskets down the lane by Zach Fleisher put HP ahead 34-26 with 3:50 left in regulation. “We’re growing as a team,” Harris said. “We showed tonight how much better we are. The first half and the fourth quarter was the best we’ve played all year. We were poised and strong with the ball. And give Deerfield credit. They dug deep when they needed to.” The dazzling three-point shooting of Deerfield sophomore Alex Casieri proved to be the difference. He nailed six threes and ended up with a game-high 20 points. Casieri’s biggest bucket of the night was a game-tying three-ball out on top with 1:07 remaining. It was set up by long tip rebound by Jordan Sherman off a miss by Jeremy Sernick. “Casieri stepped up for them,” said Harris. “He’s an excellent

Loyola The Ramblers improved to 6-4 overall with a road win at Montini 69-48 on Dec. 19. Brandon Danowski knocked down five three-pointers to lead the team with 15 points. Ramar Evans finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while Will Plodzeen had 11 points. Andrew White Jr. had nine dimes. The Ramblers will compete in a tournament in Meza, Arizona on Dec. 28-31.

GAME OF HIGHS AND LOWS: Members of the Highland Park High School boys basketball team react to the action during second half play in a tough loss at Deerfield. The Giants fell 41-38. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JON DURR.

offensive player.” Highland Park (2-5) was led by Schwartz and Fleisher. Schwartz had 13 points to go along with four rebounds and one block. Fleisher came up with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one block. Deerfield’s star point guard, Jordan Baum, finished the game with only four points — all free throws in the final 54 seconds of the game. The University of

Chicago recruit missed chucks of time with foul trouble. “If you hold him to four points, you should win,” said Harris. A Bronska bucket at the end of regulation would have been fitting. The game featured three buzzer beaters. HP’s Toby Tigges closed out the first quarter with a driving layup. Sherman scored on a backdoor play just before halftime. And Casieri nailed his only two-pointer of the night just

before the third-quarter horn blew. The Giants will compete in the York Tournament, which begins on Dec. 26 and concludes on Dec. 31.

Hart came up with a team-high seven points. Justin McMahon and Clint Warkow finished with six points apiece. McMahon (7) and Ryan Kitchel (6) led the team in rebounds. Senior standout Lorenzo Edwards didn’t play for the Scouts Lake Forest The Scouts are at the .500 mark (4-4, 1-2). heading to the York Tournament. The Scouts open play in the On Dec. 16, Lake Forest York Tournament on Dec. 26 dropped a 54-31 decision to visit- (4:30 p.m.) against Thornton ing Libertyville. Junior Danny Fractional South.

New Trier The Trevians won two of three games to take runner-up honors in a tournament at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. In its tourney opener on Dec. 17, a 66-50 victory over Tempe (Arizona), New Trier was led by Michael Hurley. The senior guard had his best game of the season (19 points). Colin Winchester (15 points) and Tino Malnati (12 points) also finished in double digits. Balanced scoring also keyed New Trier to a 53-46 victory over host Scottsdale Christian on Dec. 18. Winchester led the way with 16 points. Three other Trevians finished in double digits: Martinez (14), Hurley (13) and Spencer Boehm (11). In the title game on Dec. 19, the Trevians (5-6, 1-2) dropped a 72-70 decision to host Horizon. In other recent action, New Trier managed to limit Evanston’s Nojel Eastern to 11 points but still fell to the host Wildkits 58-45 on Dec. 16. Evanston, one of the top teams in the state, improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the CSL South. Winchester, who averages 15.2 points per game, shared high-point honors (15) with Evanston’s Malik Jenkins. The Trevians will compete in the Proviso West Tournament. They will open with Cathedral Catholic on Dec. 26 at 8:30 p.m.


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Highland Park freshman Vorobev already gaining success at the varsity level BY BILL MCLEAN, SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

VROOM VROOM: Andrew Vorobev races in the 100 butterfly during a dual meet against Glenbrook South on Dec. 18. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JON DURR.

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throng of Highland Park Aquatics Club age group swimmers, ages nine and 10, listened to Andrew Vorobev speak last week. The throng had requested him. Vorobev is not a professional speaker, is not expected to swim for the United States’ Olympic Team in Brazil next year, is not one of Michael Phelps’ training partners. Andrew Vorobev is a Highland Park High School freshman swimmer — and a twotime reigning age group (ages 13-14) state champion (400yard IM, 100 backstroke), a near peer of his audience of starstruck listeners on Dec. 15. “Everything, everything,” Giants swim coach Tim Sirois said when asked what he likes about his rookie standout. “Nice kid, a hard worker, and he has a great mindset for the sport. He looks at getting beat in a race as

a challenge to swim better in his next race.” Vorobev raced in four events at the Lake County Invitational at Stevenson on Dec. 19. He finished third in the 200 IM (2:03.89), fifth in the 100 back (55.88) and helped a pair of relays (200 medley, 400 freestyle) collect top-six medals. “It helps, having a young guy like Andrew push the older guys,” HP junior and “old guy” Levy Nathan said. “I see him and I see ambition.” What Nathan saw, next to his name, on the Stevenson scoreboard after completing the 200 free at the 10-team County meet: 1:43.86. It was swift enough for runner-up honors. It also was faster than the Giants’ school record (1:44.21), owned by Reeven Nathan (Class of 2011, super triathlete, older brother of the current record-

holder in the event). “I’d been going for my big brother’s record for nearly three years,” Levy Nathan, poolside, said after finishing first in the 500 free (4:43.39) at the same meet. “I texted him the news; haven’t heard back from him yet.” Nathan and Vorobev joined senior Allen Tran and freshman Richard Heller in the 200 medley relay (1:42.12, fourth place) at the County meet. Nathan, Vorobev, Tran and junior Adam Grobelny served as the legs for the Giants’ 400 free relay unit (3:30.81, sixth place). Coming off a strong showing in a 110-76 loss to host Glenbrook South in a Central Suburban League crossover the night before, HP placed sixth (126 points) at the first big invite of the season. The Giants

had to compete without regulars Alex Grigorovich (illness), a senior, and Hugh Laedlein (injury), a junior. Laedlein was seeded first in the 100 free (50.27) and fourth in the 50 free (22.93) at the County meet. Laedlein had injured his back in an auto shop class last. The injury, though, did not stop him from swimming in four events in the dual meet at Glenbrook South. He touched first in the 100 back (56.67), swam on the victorious 200 medley relay (1:40.08, with Vorobev, Tran and Nathan), placed third in the 50 free (23.24) and swam on the runner-up 200 free relay crew (1:33.15, with Tran, Heller and Nathan) in Glenview. “Hugh’s back loosened up when the team warmed up before the meet,” Sirois said. “Great kid, tough kid. We chose not to let him swim [at the

County meet], thought it would be best to let him rest. With him out and Alex ill [sinus issue], our team had a next-guy-up mentality.” Tran added third-place points in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.75). Grobelny, junior Jack Burson, Heller and f reshman Will Singer finished seventh in the 200 free relay (1:39.55), missing a medal by one spot. Host Stevenson (301) won the meet, followed by Barrington (271) and Lake Forest High School (162). “Every part of our season we focus on a different part of strokes,” Sirois said. “Our focus today was on the end of strokes. We also wanted them to think about race strategies and work on little things, like approaches to the walls, turns, breathing where they’re supposed to breathe in the 50 [free] and not

over-swimming the first 50 [yards] in the 200 free.” Notable: Sophomore Steven Sirois and freshman T.J. Sirois are swimmers in the Highland Park High School swimming and diving program. Their father, Tim, helms the Giants’ varsity team. “They both listen really well,” Tim said. Steven swam in the 200 free and 500 free events at the Lake County Invite at Stevenson last weekend. … Other Giants first-place efforts in the 110-76 loss to host Glenbrook South on Dec. 18: sophomore diver Patrick Cullather (diving, 279.2 points); senior Allen Tran (100 breaststroke, 1:03.54). HP’s other runner-up showings at the same meet: freshman Andrew Vorobev (200 IM, 2:05.4; 100 fly, 56.02); junior Levy Nathan (50 free, 23.06; 100 free, 50.34).


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Radio funny man Bill Leff proves that you can be a nice guy on the air—and in life.

When we’re on the air, we’re just talking and people who listen to us icki Milin thinks Popeye had a regularly hang on to the t’s a Thursday evening in down- smallest details. Sometimes town Evanston and Bluestone it shocks me.” regulars are flocking to the eatLeff began his career in ery’s outdoor seats. entertainment as a standup comic “If you didn’t love fall in Evan- and did this successfully for more ston before, what about this?” asks than 10 years. It wasn’t until he WGN Radio’s mid-day host Bill and his wife decided to have a Leff of this unseasonably warm family that he began to look for day. An Evanstonian for nearly a something that would keep him 25 years, Leff knows of what he home. “I got to be friends with speaks. Danny Bonaduce who at the time “I grew up in Oak Forest. Even had a show on The Loop. I was though it only takes 45 minutes on with him almost every Friday. to get there, it feels like it’s a One day he asked me how million miles away,” he says. “I things were going. I told used to be mad at my parents that him great, but that my wife they knew about Evanston and and I were hoping to have kept it from us.” kids and I didn’t think Making sure his children— doing standup would let twins Kiley and Reese—don’t me be involved with my accuse him of the same thing kids the way I wanted to some day, he and his wife Teri be. So he said, ‘Why don’t have built a life in Evanston. “On you get a radio show?’ You any given night, there are about don’t just go and get a radio 15 restaurants where we might show. So, he said he’d set it choose to have dinner,” says Leff up for me. I really thought enjoying a club soda, straight up. that was the end of it. But “My wife is a terrible cook. If she three weeks later, the guys sees this in print, she’ll initial that. who ran The Loop called and So we eat out a lot. At a place like said ‘you want to do this?’ They Bluestone, we almost always run were looking for a partner for into a few friends.” Wendy and I thought, what do One of the job hazards of I have to lose?” working on one of Chicago’s most The rest is history—or a popular radio programs with rather a storied career in one of long-time colleague and radio the top radio markets in the veteran Wendy Snyder is that country where this dynamic duo everyone feels as if they are one has been reunited for a fourof Leff ’s friends. “It’s really funny. hour show every weekday, by the BY ANN MARIE SCHEIDLER ILLUSTRATION BY KIRSTEN ULVE

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“I used to be mad at my parents that they knew about Evanston and kept it from us.” –Bill Leff

same team that originally paired them at The Loop 20 years ago. “Wendy and I couldn’t be more different. We have the same sense of humor, but almost everything else is different. She has said this—so it must be true—that she’s the more hard-edged, masculine of the two of us. I’m the softer, gentler one,” he says. Leff and Snyder tend to plan six to seven hours of material for each of their four-hour shows, often having to play the “hot hand” dealt to them from the headlines of that particular day. “Sometimes you hit radio gold— like today I found this list of ‘Hollywood abnormalities’— actors and actresses who have something funny wrong with them. Those kind of lists never fail. It’s hard to believe that this is a legitimate job.” Leff ’s good fortune isn’t lost on him at all—quick to offer a compliment or to make time for a charity tennis match (the only thing that Leff might leave radio for would be a chance to be a professional tennis player—he loves tennis that much!). One of his favorite radio memories was having the chance to interview someone he had idolized since his childhood, Dick van Dyke. “It was the coolest thing in the world to talk with Dick,” says Leff of the star who just turned 90 years old. “I even made him laugh a couple of times. I made Dick van Dyke laugh. It really doesn’t get any better than that.”


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The North Shore Weekend East, Issue 168  

The North Shore Weekend East Zone is published weekly and features the news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield,...

The North Shore Weekend East, Issue 168  

The North Shore Weekend East Zone is published weekly and features the news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield,...