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08 Growth spurt The North Shore is full of eyecatching gardens, both public and private. How do they look so nice year after year?

10 Rock on Rock N Rags – once known as CD City -- has reinvented itself in Highland Park.

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11 Social Media Susan Block’s artwork will be on display next week in New York City.

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Steve Pemberton has enjoyed family and business success. You never would have guessed that from his upbringing.

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20 A Matter Of Taste Chef Armando Gonzalez enjoys plenty of freedom at Libertad in Skokie.

21 Social whirl Take a look at some of the top parties attended by North Shore residents recently.

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24 Open Houses See a list — complete with map — of what houses you can see on the North Shore this weekend.

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he North Shore is packed with gardens, gardeners, garden clubs and more. Now that March and April have tiptoed away, it’s time to celebrate what we’ll soon see emerge from the dirt. In Glencoe, the Chicago Botanic Garden on Lake Cook Road is ready to welcome the majority of its 1 million annual visitors during the North Shore’s warmest days. A few miles north in Lake Forest, Kennetha “Posy” Krehbiel’s backyard will be explored by many who love flowers. Posy is happy to show them around. As she said a few years ago of her 10 acres exploding with flowers, bushes and even a pool house, “What’s the point of having all of this if I can’t share it?” The Winnetka Garden Club — along with others on the North Shore — is poised for flower sales and more under the sun. Bill McLean digs deep for the story. Steve Pemberton is an affable Walgreen executive who lives in Highland Park. Given his childhood, it was more likely he’d end up on the streets than in a corner office. His book, “A Chance in the World,” is a harrowing look at

his upbringing in a foster home that rivals anything out of Dickens — and spotlights the ways perseverance and faith are essential to those youngsters dealt life’s horrors. See Sunday Breakfast for all the details. Joanna Brown’s biweekly “Love & Marriage” column has been a popular feature since the debut of The North Shore Weekend. She always seems to pick a topic that resonates with couples. This week she wonders: Should life’s problems be left outside once a family is inside their home? Spurred by watching the movie “42,” where Rachel Robinson suggests a home should be a haven, she asks: “When do we talk about the things that ail us if not in those precious moments before we fall asleep?” Read her insights as always in Lifestyle & Arts.

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The Chicago Botanic Garden will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to see its 26 gardens this summer.

Here’s the dirt ■ by bill mclean Robert Milani first heard of a “staycation” three or four years ago. A typical “staycation” destination: nowhere. “People are staying home more often, instead of going somewhere for a vacation,” said Milani, a senior landscape architect at Chalet in Wilmette. “They’re investing more in their homes. They’re enhancing the look of their properties and staying around to enjoy it.” It is planting season in Illinois, and Chicagoland residents are only a few sniffs away from the frost-free date of May 15. Gorgeous gardens along the North Shore will soon force passengers in passing vehicles to slow down and admire; backyard vegetable gardens will allow families to avoid the produce section at grocery stores for months; and eye-catching water features around homes — ponds, waterfalls, whimsical fountains — will provide ideal sights and sounds for homeowners who want to unwind with wine after dinner. “The outside of a house should be an extension of someone’s inside living space,” said Tony Fulmer, Chief Horticulture Officer at Chalet. “Everybody has a different vision of what’s appealing. A person’s lifestyle, along with the architecture of the house, will help determine what surrounds that house. “The outside,” he added, “should reflect the personality of the homeowner.” The outside of the Krehbiel house on Rosemary Road in Lake Forest could take the breath away from 1,000 people — the approximate number of visitors who will likely tour the nine-acre estate on a national Garden Conservancy Open Day July 28. Twenty-one resplendent garden “rooms” (areas) grace the grounds, owned by John and his aptly named wife, Posy, since 1989. It’s the Augusta National of Lake Forest gardens. It’s dubbed Camp Rosemary. The landscape was created in the 1920s by Rose Standish Nichols. “Growing things is a positive activity,” said Posy, who grew up in Glenview and became her family’s “lawn boy”

“Posy comes up with wonderful visions through travel and her reading of books,” says Betty Kirincich of Lake Forest’s Posy Krehbiel.

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after her older brother, Bart, got drafted and served in the Korean War. “There are so many more good surprises than there are disappointments in gardening. You learn that early on. It’s also good exercise, and my mind clears the instant I start working on something outside.” As she spoke in her crowded, cozy, colorful conservatory, one of her gardeners, Marya Padour, stood near a container of streptocarpella, a brilliant blue-purple plant with a name that sounds like a throat ailment. But it’s a sight for sore eyes. “Posy comes up with wonderful visions through travel and her reading of books,” said Betty Kirincich, another Camp Rosemary gardener. “She then executes those visions to her delight, right here at her home.” Early spring this year was nothing like it was in 2012. April felt like August last year. Remember those 80-degree days? But November rudely returned in April this spring. “Spring came a little late this year, yes,” Chalet’s Fulmer noted. “But April wasn’t all that abnormal. Highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s, with a lot of rain — pretty normal for this area. Last year was extreme; shrubs and trees, blooming together in one week. But this year is setting up nicely for a healthy planting season. Plants like to get into warmer temperatures gradually.” Plants and flowers also need to always be a little thirsty, said Heidi Sibert, Senior Vice President/landscape architect at James Martin Associates in Vernon Hills. “It’s all about knowing when to water and when not to water,” she added. “Overwatering leads to rotting. Many people unfortunately do that to plants and flowers. Watering plants and flowers properly usually leads to better root growth.” Sibert, like Chalet’s Milani, has noticed an increase in the number of North Shore homeowners’ plans to expand their outdoor living experiences, to build their “staycation” spots. Oases don’t just exist in deserts. “A lot of people have been looking to create outdoor family rooms, including an outdoor kitchen,” she said. “They want that full experience outdoors in the warm months,

especially if they entertain a lot outdoors and like to spend time with their family outside. Gardens play a big role in such arrangements. “We get clients very involved in the process. For me, helping a client create a small-scale, postage-stamp type of backyard at a townhouse is just as challenging and fun as enhancing a backyard at a big house.”

“Wow. You hear a lot of people say that word when they walk around here.” | Tim Johnson Glencoe is home to Chicago Botanic Garden. It’s 26-gardens-big, and it covers 385 acres. Near the visitors’ center is Crescent Garden, home to 26,000 tulips. For some perspective, the population (2010 census) of Highland Park is 29,763. “Wow,” said Tim Johnson, director of horticulture at the Chicago Botanic Garden. “You hear a lot of people say that word when they walk around here. Visitors, with all kinds of tastes, come here to relax and enjoy the views. Gardeners get inspired. People love the details, the variety around the grounds. “There’s something for everybody here,” he added. Milani has seen plenty of positive reactions from homeowners upon the completion of his landscape projects for Chalet. Each thrills him. But he also gets a kick out of the blueprint-to-creation process. “I truly enjoy seeing a yard transition from something mundane or ordinary to something extraordinary,” he said. “It’s rewarding. Projects give me a chance to be creative. Every project is never the same as the last one, and that’s just as exciting as the final result of every project.” ■

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masters the art of reinvention ■ by angelika labno “Growing up, I figured I’d be a rock star, and if that fell through, I’d own a record store,” said Highland Park resident Steve Kessler. Since opening CD City in Highland Park back in 1988, Kessler has witnessed many transformations to the music scene: from vinyls to CDs to mp3s. With the latest faze of downloading music, Kessler has had to reinvent the business to stay relevant, which involved expanding its offerings. The change beckoned a new, more appropriate name, and so CD City became Rock N’ Rags this year. “We wanted to emphasize that we were more than CDs,” he said. “The doors are wide open for new and exciting things.” The store chose to build up its “rags.” While one can still buy a Rolling Stones onesie for the baby, the original selection of band and graphic T-shirts has evolved into edgy yet affordable women’s apparel. Kessler’s daughter, Kira, is the fashion buyer and consultant for the store. Currently a senior at Highland Park High School, Kira plans to study marketing

and fashion merchandising at Indiana University in the fall. She decides the look and feel for each season by attending fashion shows across the country and brings in designers such as Elan International, Chris Carol, Vintage Havana, Mink Pink and Dex, a line from Canada. Rock N’ Rags has also expanded its social media presence with Facebook and Instagram pages that offer exclusive offers and discounts. “We’re still experimenting with who the ‘Rock N Rags girl’ is,” said Kira. “But my dad is so passionate about music and loves working with people, and I’m passionate about fashion, so when you bring it together, you’re going to get a good outcome.” The store is still very much “rock” and a destination for music lovers to grab the latest CD or Bob Marley shirt. Kessler notes a resurgence in vinyls and record players, which brings Kessler full circle from his first job selling records. The shop offers thousands of factory-sealed vinyl records as well as LPs for jazz, rock, classical, soul and more. “If you download music, you will get a shoddy product,” said Kessler. “I would suggest uploading a CD onto your iPod, because

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as well as for the Chicago Sox and Bulls. A schedule of summer shows can be found at www. He aspires to turn Rock N’ Rags into a place where the creative community can convene by featuring DIY stations or open microphone nights. He hopes the store events will get the

community involved, as he values being a “Highland Park store.” Local art is displayed in the store, and Kira makes a conscious effort to stock local jewelry designers. “I urge people to support local retailers regardless of the genre; otherwise, the world is going to end up as one big supermarket,” said Kessler. ■


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Susan Block is an artist living in Highland Park. Her work will be at the Mayson Gallery in New York City starting May 8. You can see her art at What are you… Reading: I do read novels and things, but I really love history. I’m reading “Queen Isabella” by Alison Weir, which is about Queen Isabella of England, originally of France; it’s very fascinating. Listening: I listen really eclectically; I use Spotify and Pandora, and I like everything. I play the piano really badly — I felt that I should have a discipline. I used to be a stage actress and I was always memorizing things, because being on stage is like being on a tightrope without a net. When I stopped acting, I started piano. It’s a horrible devotion. Watching: “Mad Men.” And I watch “Project Runway” religiously. Following: I try to go to the theatre — I’m a fan of Bob Falls, the director for The Goodman. He’s the most interesting director — I think the actor and the play is carried on the whims of the director. Theater is never consistently brilliant, because plays aren’t consistently brilliant. You have to have a magnificent vehicle. As for artists: I’m very taken with the Bay Area artists of the 1950s, and I really love German expressionism. But I try not to look at it, because I find I start to imitate it. It’s not helpful. Or maybe it was; I only know that it was so seductive to me. After a certain point you have to let it go. Painting: It’s mixed media on paper. It’s very hard for me to talk about this body of work. For a start, it’s one painting sharing with another painting. I stand in my studio and I tear stuff up. It’s very violent and cannibalistic, to tear up your own work, and it fits together like magic. Sometimes the muse is on my shoulder; sometimes it takes a month to find the right space. I call

it “jigging the surface” — I want to take it out of the plane it’s in. It takes something that might be expected and makes it unexpected. It has a Dadaist element — it’s about line, color, design, composition, but it has an unconsciousness that’s fascinating to me. I call it abstract figuratism, or nonliteral figuratism. Cezanne jigged the plane of the surface and tilted the way you saw

“I’m very taken with the Bay Area artists of the 1950s, and I really love German expressionism.” | Susan Block things. I feel like I’m doing [what Cezanne did]; it makes your eye do the hula. I’ve been an artist all my life; it took a long time to figure myself out, and it took me a long time to start at the beginning and learn my craft. It’s been a strange and interesting journey. Eating: I eat very little, just enough to stay alive. What is your favorite mistake? I wish I didn’t make so many mistakes. I make mistakes all day long — frankly, I think my work is about the fact that I like the mistakes. I nurture them. They take you out of the realm you expect and they put you into something else. But I do think that if you make bad choices in your life, you pay for them. And sometimes you pay for them for the rest of your life. I always feel bad because I’m always wrong, and the person standing next to me is always right, but I do use the mistakes I make in my work; it enhances it. It makes it profound instead of simple. ■

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Rather than providing food or shelter, there is a group in Lake County that aims to get the homeless off the streets and point them to self-sufficiency — by managing their money. Many of the chronically homeless — of which 40 percent are veterans in Lake County — receive benefits from Social Security, the Veterans Administration or disability. What Patricia Lynch of Lake Forest was seeing during her time at Catholic Charities was that they weren’t using the money wisely; it was often spent on drugs or alcohol instead of rent or food. In 1994, she gathered a group of volunteers and formed alliances with case managers, thus forming I-PLUS, which stands for Independent Positive Living Under Supervision. “We’re not social workers,” said Lynch, executive director of I-PLUS, which helps 130 people, half of which are veterans. “We’re collaborating and supporting and working with the social work community.” Lynch points to a statistic that it costs $40,000 a year to keep someone homeless. I-PLUS saves the government money that might otherwise be spent on soup kitchens, shelters, hospitalization, court or jail. Everything that the clients get is paid for by their own checks. The financial services are made possible through partnerships with United Way of Lake County, the Abbott Fund, Veterans Administration and the Lake County Community Foundation, and fundraising. A barn dance will be held in September as I-PLUS’s annual fundraiser. “We think we have a good model and we’re trying to draw it out, make it bigger,” said Jon Dutcher, president of the board of I-PLUS. Dutcher, a veteran, came on board two years ago as a way to help out fellow veterans. Since a pilot program was held at Hines Mental Hospital back in August, the board has decided to

form an expansion plan that involves partnering with more mental health units in Chicago and Milwaukee. Lynch estimates that 90 percent of her clients have a disability based on mental illness, and the growing awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder raises a special need for I-PLUS’s collaboration. “The program is unique in the country,” said Lynch, “and I would love to see it go nationwide.” Local agencies such as Veterans Administration Hospital, Lake County Court, PADS and case

“The program is unique in the country, and I would love to see it go nationwide.” | Patricia Lynch managers work refer those in need to the program. I-PLUS then sets up a bank account for each client and micromanages every dime that goes into the account. A budget of priorities is established to secure housing, ensure rent is paid for and groceries are bought. Whatever is left over makes up an allowance for the client, which is often only available once he or she attends some sort of support group meeting such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Within time, all the money is released back to the individual except the money that pays for the rent. Through this model, the client stabilizes, eats better, builds management skills and generally improves the quality of life. “They live in subculture that is destructive to them,” said Lynch. “Those checks are meant for basic needs, and our piece is to make sure the money is to sustain them.” ■

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The Village of Glencoe Water Utility released the annual Consumer Confidence Report. For 2012, the Glencoe Water Utility met every standard for the more than 100 contaminants tested. Five years ago, the lead action level in a few homes exceeded acceptable levels. After successful follow-ups in 2009, the next round of monitoring occurred this past summer, and results were strong with not one sample exceeding the 15 parts per billion action level.

The Butterflies & Blooms exhibition returns for its second season on May 25 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visitors walk into a habitat full of

Lake Forest Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart inducted seven students into the French Honor Society this spring. Kelly Bowler, Lake Bluff; Erika Cerillo, Waukegan; Maddy Morris, Lake Forest; Emma Parkinson, Lake Forest; Natalie Robbins, Glencoe; Jennifer Slaughter, Lake Bluff and Susan Tharp, Lake Bluff all were inducted. Northfield Jenny Goodwin, a Northfield resident and student at Indiana University, and her Kappa Kappa Gamma teammates participated in The Little 500 Bike Race at Indiana University. The Little 500 bike race began as a way to help raise scholarships for working students. Since its inception in 1951, the race has raised more than $1.4 million for that cause. Goodwin had never raced before joining the Kappa bike team at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. Kappa finished seventh out of 33 teams. “It was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had, and I can’t wait to try again next year,” Goodwin said.

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Nuestro Center Supervisor Elsi Rodriguez helps students get ready for college interviews, works with them on language exercises and more. The center in Highwood is funded by Family Service.

photography by joel lerner ■ by angelika labno Second City Improv All Stars will entertain supporters of Family Service during “A Show of Support,” which will be held at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest on May 17. “The community support for this event has been amazing, and that has been witnessed by the ticket sales and number of sponsorships,” said Executive Director Paul Dean. “I think it’s the fact that people understand more and more what we do to strengthen our families in the community.” This year, Family Service — whose headquarters are in Highland Park — has already broken the record for the number of raffle tickets sold for the benefit. In addition, there will be a silent auction that includes hotel packages, a Cubs’ package with seats behind home plate and a dinner for 12 at a lakefront property on the North Shore. While the event generally benefits all programs of Family Service, two focuses are on the Latino Youth Initiative (LYI) at Highland Park High School and the GROW Youth and Family Counseling Program at CROYA in Lake Forest, which the raffle ticket proceeds will benefit equally. The LYI program is in particular need this year after losing a $50,000-a-year donor. Started in 2008, LYI provides free services to high school students and families to help them set academic and personal goals, like achieving high school graduation and eventually college graduation. A third of the families have a total income of less than $20,000 a year. Dean observed last year’s group of six seniors from their middle grades to their current success in finishing their freshman year of college. “If anyone had told me that one of these students were going to graduate from high school, I would have said it was a long shot,” said Dean. GROW, a fee-free counseling program, was established in response to three teen suicides in Lake Forest last year. Schools then identified students at serious risk for depression and suicidal behavior to get help through the program.

“Being on the North Shore, there’s the image that there’s a lot of wealth here, and there is, but it’s not for everyone,” said Family Service Director of Counseling Debbie Hege. “Families are still losing their homes, and it puts a lot of pressure on teens in particular.” Founded in 1930, Family Service benefits close to 7,500 people of all ages across 62 communities in Lake and Cook counties. The bulk of the services are counseling service for groups like seniors, caregivers and Latinos. Dean says Family Service is the designated senior and caregiver provider agency for Lake County, and programs include: senior counseling, caregiver counseling, caregiver support groups and a caregiver resource center. The latter provides seniors with things like wheelchairs, grab bars in showers and legal assistance services. “For the services that we provide in the areas that we provide the services, there is no one doing what Family Service does, especially with the quality of programming and at the price we do it at,” said Dean. “These people would be in trouble if we did not survive and thrive as an organization and continue to provide the excellent service that we do.” Most of the services are provided at no out-ofpocket cost to clients, and in 83 years, no client has been turned away due to an inability to pay. The one service that carries a charge is the counseling program, which the average client pays $9.92 a session for, according to Dean. Fees are based on a sliding scale, meaning that a client’s income and life circumstances are taken into consideration, such as medical bills, child support or alimony. “It takes a lot of courage to walk through the door; we don’t want to make it any more difficult and challenging than it already is,” said Hege. “Everyone needs help at some point. Once they get that help, they will be productive members in their communities,” said Dean. Tickets for the May 17 event can be purchased at the door or in advance at either or ■

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Music to his ears: Neumeister gears up for top program ■ by angelika labno Karsten Neumeister dabbled with music when he started taking piano lessons at age six, but it wasn’t until fifth grade when his parents inadvertently caused his musical epiphany.

After his Game Cube got taken away, Neumeister found solace in a guitar that was lying around the house. Now a senior at Lake Forest High School, Neumeister is headed to one of the finest guitar programs in the world — the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

“When Karsten was a toddler, we’d watch movies together,” said mom Allison, recalling the first memories of his musical interest. “While the rest of the family was absorbed in the plot, he’d comment on all the sounds and music on the soundtrack. It opened our world to another dimension, through which we now more critically view movies and television.” “I’ve always loved music, and I love trying as many things as I can within it,” said Neumeister, who also plays cello, clarinet, saxophone, bass, and most recently, the mandolin and ukulele. “Guitar is the instrument I connected with on a higher level than the other instruments that I played.” One of the reasons is because of the instrument’s versatility. Although Neumeister initially trained in jazz guitar, he experiments with a number of playing styles. He says he goes through “musical phases,” from jazz to Beethoven to Willie Nelson, and he is currently exploring folk rock musicians such as Ray LaMontagne. He mastered the difficult and fast-plucking Spanish style of flamenco and even tried his hand at some Sinatra crooning, all which can be viewed on his site at “Going into the studio guitar program, what drew me there is that they emphasize jazz yet expose you to other genres,” he said. “It wasn’t even a question; it was my first choice to study there.” So what does it take to get into one of the best guitar programs? Neumeister says it was a rigorous process consisting of four videos, an in-person audition in front of the faculty and a music theory test. The credentials on his musical resume also speak volumes. Neumeister started studying jazz guitar, classical cello and music theory at

Midwest Young Artists about seven years ago, through which he unraveled his passion for jazz. The conservatory gave him incredible opportunities to perform, including Ravinia Festival, Harris Theater and the Jazz Showcase at McCormick Center, all alongside big names in the jazz scene. “When I first joined MYA, I saw people that were graduating seniors. Seeing what amazing talent they had, and knowing that I had the same resources and opportunities that they had, was motivational and inspiring,” he said. Neumeister continues to play cello in the school orchestra, where he is also the orchestra’s president, and he plays jazz guitar in the jazz band and jazz combo. He plays in a few bands with friends, with whom he performs at school talent shows. Rather than focusing on becoming a solo artist, Neumeister doesn’t mind playing off to the side of the stage, letting the music reign over performance. He wanted to go into studio guitar for that reason—he would rather tour with a band or be an extra track on a recording. When he’s not strumming a tune, Neumeister participates in sports as a way to stay active. Before his absorption in music, he played baseball up until high school and volleyball his first two years at LFHS. He is currently wrapping up the water polo season. With his mind at peace now knowing he’s heading to a music school (founded in 1884) that’s ranked in the top one percent in the United States, he can concentrate on the upcoming state sectionals. In the fall, he will pack his bags and set out for the Golden State, taking advantage of the mountainous coastline and network of famed musicians. “Knowing all the work that I put in the past few months, I couldn’t be more excited,” he said. ■

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16 | lifestyle & arts sunday breakfast In a corner office at Walgreen Co. hangs a white board. On it is written “Daddy rocks out,” with a peace sign drawn among the words. Kennedy Pemberton wrote the tribute a year ago, and her father Steve — divisional vice president and chief diversity officer at the Fortune 500 company — has let it stay, even as business thoughts have been scribbled nearby. “Her mind works that she’ll remember that she wrote that. I don’t take that down because she’ll hold me to account,” says Pemberton, dressed in a business suit at the Deerfield headquarters. Pemberton’s caring gesture, along with his friendly rapport with his three children (including Quinn and Vaughn), may seem unremarkable — but only if you haven’t read his book. “A Chance in the World” is the Highland Park resident’s story. The first third is about growing up as a foster child in New Bedford, Mass. — and it is filled with horror. Steve Pemberton He holds one memory of the family he joined after he was removed from his mother at age three; they drove away and left him alone outside of the house, locked out for hours during the night. Hope emerged when a new home beckoned. A woman named Mrs. Robinson smiled and made him feel welcome — until the social worker who deposited him there departed. Within seconds, Mrs. Robinson demanded the six-year-old do the dishes. The first one not up to par, he was smacked in the face. The many rules of the Robinson house (from “Something about you isn’t right” to “You are here to wait on us hand and foot”) seem stolen from Les Miserables. Some days before he left for school, he was told he’d be beaten when he got home. Pemberton writes, “I came to live not just in fear but in abject terror, the kind that rises up and takes over every sense of your being.” One of his happier memories was spending time in a hospital after being bloodied by Mrs. Robinson — who told doctors Steve had fallen out of a shopping cart. Books helped save his sanity. A woman named Claire Levin in the neighborhood gave them as gifts, ones he was forced to hide from the Robinsons. Reading them in a dank spot in the cellar, they revealed a different world. “I loved the smell of books, the feel of their weight in my hands,

the rustle of the pages,” Pemberton writes. Once he attended church as a 10 year old. The revelation was immense. “I had a spirit I could talk to,” he recalls. The Sunday School teacher said you could pray. I prayed and I did get peace at that age, so I prayed all the time. “During some real difficult moments, I’d say, ‘God, get me through this.’ Then this quiet peace came over me.” Yet the teen years brought new ugliness. Desperate to attend college and get out of the house, the Robinsons did all they could to prevent it. At one point, during a meeting involving a social worker and the Robinsons, Steve gave the “wrong” response. His naked body was whipped later that night in the basement, with salt literally poured on illustration by barry blitt his wounds. But Pemberton didn’t write “A Chance in the World” -- his first book -- to focus on the mind-numbing 11 years on Arnold Street. In fact, he said he made a conscious decision not to detail everything. “I was really trying to show a pathway to overcoming it. I wasn’t writing a misery memoir,” he said. “To me it’s almost entirely a story about faith. Faith in a different life. Faith in humanity. That faith was returned and rewarded many times over.” His different life started after the state finally allowed him to leave the Robinson house. He ended up graduating from Boston College, found out who his father was (Kenny Pemberton, an amateur boxer who had been killed) and then received a call from a social worker at age 23 who agreed to give him confidential information. His mother’s name was Marian Klakowicz (his last name at the time) – and he had three brothers and a sister. He started to dig into his past. In many ways, it introduced more pain about his roots. Yet he said he wouldn’t change it all if he could. “No,” Pemberton says. “Sometimes the man I am wishes I could tell the boy I was that there’s some goodness in the land. But I’m here, I’m fine, I’m intact.”


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It took two attempts (due to the combination of closed roads after massive rains and the high school rowing team’s competition schedule), but I finally got to see “42”; it’s the new film about baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s first years with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and his struggles as the first black Major League Baseball player. The movie was good. The story was excellent. But it was Jackie’s wife I’d gone to see. I’d read a lot leading up to the film’s release about Rachel Robinson and the actress who played her, Nicole Beharie. I was intrigued by the strength she provided

her husband during this most trying time in American history. Rachel Robinson is 90 now but still works a few days a week at the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which she created to promote education and leadership skills in minority youth. She holds a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing, and her resume is studded with prestigious positions in both clinical settings and institutions of higher learning. She raised three children, launched the foundation, wrote a book, buried her firstborn son a year before her husband’s death, and continues to participate in national efforts to recognize Jackie Robinson’s achievements. She’s clearly a woman to

be reckoned with. Movie-goers learn quickly that she’s made of tough stuff. Early in the film we watch Rachel — a California native who was unaccustomed to the rampant segregation she found in the South — march into the first “whites only” restroom she finds en route to spring training. As the plot develops, she stomachs rebuffs against her husband, limits on her own lifestyle in the segregated South, and the solitude of road

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in those precious moments before we fall asleep? Getting to the movie was the perfect example. In order to get there, we negotiated two attempts during the week to secure a babysitter, a Friday evening commute home from work and daycare after record-setting rain, getting the baby-sitter to the house amid the same flooding, putting dinner on the table for those staying home (made more difficult by the storage

“We treated our home like a haven, and when you come into a haven, you don’t want to bring in painful things. You want to cherish it.” trips that would have sent lesser women packing. Yet she (via Nicole Beharie) maintains her composure throughout. So how did she do it? Rachel recently told Sports Illustrated, “Home was our place away from the world, and it was central. We made a point not to talk about every negative encounter that happened. That would have been too much. “We treated our home like a haven, and when you come into a haven, you don’t want to bring in painful things. You want to cherish it. You use the haven to get yourself ready for the next day.” It sounds fabulous, but Jackie Robinson played baseball in the 1940s. Is it possible in 2013 to leave our challenges outside of the home? Contemporary households have multiple careers, untraditional working hours, busy children, community involvement, social lives and unhealthy obsessions with The Voice to contend with. When do we talk about the things that ail us if not

shelf that collapsed on my spare freezer and the sea of broken holiday decorations I would wade through in order to retrieve that frozen pizza from the basement), a trip to the cash station in order to pay the sitter at the end of the night, more gas for the car after that extended commute, and a mad dash toward the theater. And that was just the first night, which ended with a full refund on my pre-purchased movie tickets. Instead of popcorn, I enjoyed two hours of uninterrupted conversation with my husband while we navigated the detours around the Des Plaines River. I can’t believe our haven is a 2004 Ford. So how do we create Rachel Robinson’s home-based haven without a time machine? I have no idea. Send me yours: L ove & Marriage c o l u mn i s t Joanna Brown can be reached at

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Dan O’Shea, author of “Penance” Lake Forest Book Store | 680 N Western Ave., Lake Forest | 7pm | Book: $14.99 | 847-234-4420 Dan O’Shea is a Chicago-area writer. His thriller “Penance” centers around Detective John Lynch, the son of a murdered Chicago cop, who finds himself cast into an underworld of political corruption and guilty secrets, as he tries to uncover the truth about what’s really going on -- before another innocent citizen gets killed.

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Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens Home Tour Through May 19 | 9am-2pm Weekdays; 10am-4pmWeekend | Tickets $35 online, $40 at the door | A David Adler estate has been chosen for the 2013 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens home tour. Known as the Pike House, this Italian Villa is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan. Proceeds from the home tour will benefit The Angel Harvey Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Community Health Center, located in the Logan Square Community.

Spring Volunteer Work Days Mellody Farm Nature Preserve | Lake Forest Open Lands | 350 North Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest | 9am–Noon | Email for more information Join the land management staff to help maintain high-quality

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Italian Passion North Suburban Symphony Gorton Community Center | 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest | 4pm | Tickets: Adults $20, Students/Seniors $18,

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Joy Horwich Gallery +2, comprised of celebrated Chicago area art gallerist Joy Horwich and daughters Jill Bernstein, and Penny Keeshin, presents Faces Forward, an exhibition of works featuring over 20 emerging and established artists. A show featuring the crazy quilts of Highland Park resident Addie Davis opens on May 5 at 1 p.m. and will also be on view. Exhibit runs through June 2.

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Armando Gonzalez is the executive chef of Libertad in Skokie. How did you start cooking? I started cooking a long time ago, when I was probably 8 years old. My parents got divorced, so I was the only guy in the house cooking for my youngest brother (my mother was working). It was easy for me, and I also helped out in my mother’s restaurant. I came back to the U.S. in 1993, and I started to work as a line cook in a sports bar. What made you decide to become a professional chef? The thing is, I didn’t go to school, and when I worked in my first restaurant, I was in love. It’s in my blood. To work in a restaurant, you have to be in love. It’s not about a job. Best advice? It’s very simple: I worked for many different kinds of restaurants, and I learned a lot of stuff. To make a recipe is easy. Make sure you have a really good team to work with. Signature dish? Scallops, pan-seared and served with black rice, Chinese long beans, and a little butter sauce. Favorite food to make? I like to work with everything — meat, fish, vegetarian —and at Libertad, we have three signature dishes: scallops, skirt steak, and a poblano pepper tempura-style that we fill with wild mushrooms, goat cheese, tofu, salsa — it’s very light. The carne asada has heirloom tomatoes and chipotle goat cheese and chimichurri. It’s unique — Libertad means freedom and I’m free to use my recipes to make my own menu. We change the menu seasonally. Only my signature dishes stay on the menu. What do you like to eat at home? My wife cooks for me once in a while! I cook at home for my wife — I do the same thing, I pretty

much go for fish, because my wife likes it. Worthwhile gadget? My knife and my tongs. Favorite cookbook? I try to be unique — I’ve spent my life in the kitchen, so I don’t use any recipes. I think that’s why people love it here; it’s a lot of big surprises. I don’t use any books. Favorite fruit or vegetable? My favorite fruit is the mandarin and bananas. Vegetable is the chayote, a Mexican squash, because there’s a lot of things you can make with it. Funniest or most memorable kitchen incident? There’s a lot of funny stuff. One time I was working late and one of my crew was downstairs, but I didn’t know he was there, and he didn’t know I was there, and we scared each other. We laughed a lot. Recipe: Carne Asada For the sauce: Place 3 bunches of chopped cilantro; 3 bunches of chopped flat parsley; 8 chopped garlic cloves; 1 lime with the ends cut off; 1 cup white vinegar; 3 chopped Serrano chilies; 3 tablespoons salt; and 1 tablespoon fresh pepper in a blender and pulse until finely blended. Add 2 cups extra virgin olive oil. Mix 6 ounces goat cheese with 4 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo until fully incorporated. Grill 3 pounds of peeled outer skirt steak seasoned with salt and pepper to desired temperature. Top with chipotle goat cheese and serve with chimichurri to taste. Libertad is located at 7931 Lincoln Ave. in Skokie. For more information or to make a reservation, call 847-674-8100 or visit

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Here's to farmer's markets and everything that makes the North Shore home New Listing

Highland Park $9,800,000 Julie Deutsch 847-835-6086

Lake Forest Ann LaSalle Lyon

New Listing

$5,850,000 847-234-8000

Lake Forest $2,895,000

Highland Park $2,495,000

Suzanne Myers

Julie Deutsch


Lake Forest Sophia Childs

$1,149,000 847-234-8000


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Highland Park $1,775,000

Julie Deutsch


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Lake Forest $995,000

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Highland Park $550,000

Highland Park$495,000

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Steve Kolko

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Lake Forest $299,000

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Evanston Candace Kuzmarski

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Evanston $218,000

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Highland Park $169,000

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Marcia Lyman

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“We’re big on keeping an open door for the parents of our patients to come in, at any time and talk with us.” | Dr. Derek Bock

Dr. Derek Bock and his wife, Dr. Anokhi Bock, work together at Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry.

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It’s not like pulling teeth Bocks’ practice looks to put patients at ease ■ by bill mclean Derek Bock was 12 years old and in an orthodontist’s chair when it hit him. He could see himself fitting braces to patients’ teeth one day. The career choice made perfect sense to the Massachusetts native as he opened wide for the installation of brackets and wire. “I’d always liked math and science, and I had an artistic side,” Bock recalled. “I liked to sketch, with charcoal. I enjoyed painting. “I thought being an orthodontist would be an ideal blend of my interests. I’d be able to use both sides of my brain.” Two Bocks work at Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Lake Forest. Dr. Derek Bock and his wife, Dr. Anokhi Bock, have been straightening teeth and

cleaning teeth at their “boutique style” practice since late 2008. Derek affixes braces to his patients at the 11-chair office at 840 S. Waukegan Road; Anokhi aims to ease anxieties of kids — braced for fear, usually — who must get a cavity filled for the first time. “We’ve always strived to provide an elite level of customer service and to make a visit to our office as easy and as comfortable possible,” Derek said. “That atmosphere here is not busy, never hectic. “We’re big on keeping an open door for the parents of our patients to come in, at any time and talk with us. Face time with parents is very important to us.” Derek and Anokhi Dalia, a Lake Forest native and Lake Forest Academy graduate, met as freshmen at the Tufts University’s

School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Mass. The year was 1999. The setting was a dental lab. Antiseptic was in the air. Love, too. “We sat a row apart,” Derek recalled. “The students in that lab drilled plastic teeth. That was what we did to practice cavity preparation.” They got married in 2005 and have three daughters: Bela, 5; Asha, 3; and Lila, 1. They live in Lake Forest. “It was interesting, the first year we worked together,” Derek said. “We talked dentistry outside of work at times. But we eventually found a balance. When we’re home now, we’re home. We don’t discuss work there.” Derek completed his post-graduate

training in orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During his fellowship in craniofacial orthodontics, he received training in treating children with craniofacial syndromes, especially cleft lip/palate. Among the research projects he has tackled was the width of a smile as its relates to facial harmony. His patients benefit from new technologies like The Damon System and Invisalign. Traditional braces are tied with elastics; Damon braces feature a slide mechanism that holds wire. “It functions like a garage door,” Derek said. “Teeth move and straighten faster and more comfortably.” Invisalign is an anti-metal-mouth option. Custom-made aligner trays are made of practically invisible plastic. They fit snugly over a patient’s teeth. “Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you,” notes Invisalign’s website, Patients replace their trays with new ones approximately every two weeks, until the treatment schedule is complete. “Orthodontics will be completely digital,” Derek said, looking ahead five to 10 years. “It will reach the point where patients won’t have to take impressions.” Translation: No more biting into goop, no more gagging. Anokhi specializes in pediatric dentistry. She moved to Indianapolis after her Tufts years and continued her studies at Riley Children’s Hospital through Indiana University’s School of Dentistry. She formed a study club with other local pediatric dentists after returning to Lake Forest. Derek is an avid and steady golfer (9 handicap) away from the chair. His top strength in the game is iron play. But breaking par doesn’t come close to generating the joy he gets from seeing one of his patients crack a new smile after a series of treatments. “Helping someone transform a smile is rewarding, especially if the patient came to us as a shy child who lacked confidence or was embarrassed about his or her teeth. It’s been said that people notice your smile first, then your eyes. “For a child to get a new smile, that’s a foundation and a reason to feel confident,” he added. “What’s also great is watching that same child grow confident in other areas of life.” ■

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Innovative Washburne School a true model of educational excellence ■ by

bob gariano

The American political environment in those years was a contest between two dramatically different philosophies about the role of government. Progressives, including many academics, believed that the federal government should implement programs to spur growth in the economy through regulatory, monetary and economic incentives. There was a belief that free market avarice and unregulated commercial activity had created a global economic collapse. Equally obstinate and committed, American conservatives argued for a free market economic policy that relied upon private business and individual initiative to reinvigorate a lethargic economy. Conservatives had a belief that a free market would eventually self correct and that the initiative of private business was the best path to regain economic and social prosperity. In a dramatic national election, the progressive Democratic candidate swept to victory with the support of urban voters and unionized workers. Crestfallen Republicans began an electoral postmortem

to determine whether they would ever again have an opportunity to lead the country. This sounds like a description of contemporary national politics, but it also describes the 1932 election that compared Hoover with Roosevelt. As a complication, Roosevelt’s election was played out against a backdrop of a darkening international political scene where a virulent fascist movement in Europe was emerging, a movement that would inevitably collide with a communist philosophy already being assembled in Russia by Joseph Stalin. Even though such differences led to the tragedy of global war, they were also fertile ground for new ideas to take root in an American society where free speech and political discourse are permitted. The years before the Second World War were a time for such new ideas in the United States, especially in fundamental areas like education. Carleton Washburne was the superintendent of the Winnetka public schools from 1919 to 1943. Washburne started his career in education under the tutelage of Frederic Burk, who was president of the San Francisco State Normal School. The

San Francisco State Normal School was a laboratory for progressive educational ideas during the early twentieth century. The San Francisco State Normal School pioneered the idea of self-study where students can proceed at their own individual rate without following a rigid and proscribed protocol of a set curriculum. It was Burk who recommended Washburne for the role as superintendent in Winnetka. As superintendent, Washburne set about revolutionizing the Winnetka schools’ curriculum, initiating a rubric of instruction that emphasized individual student progress rather than a set schedule of advancement for an entire age-based cadre. He achieved this individual approach by introducing self-correction exercises, student specific workbooks and other individual programmed learning. Even though advancement to the next grade continued to be part of a public school hierarchical curriculum, students were given time to remedy areas where their pace of learning was slower than other members of their class. Even though he would later serve as president of the Progressive Education Association from 1939 to 1943, Washburne also implemented certain curriculum reforms in the Winnetka school system that were decidedly traditional in philosophy. Washburne was convinced that the essentials of education were spelling, language, mathematics and reading. He wrote extensively about how to examine for student mastery of these subjects and he installed a system of testing, including the first multiple-choice tests that would measure student progress in these fundamental areas of study. He required that at least half of every school day be committed to teaching these essentials and that students be allotted time to achieve the required level of mastery in these subjects. Washburne also extended the educational

experience for Winnetka residents. He established nursery schools that served a dual purpose. The nursery schools not only provided early childhood education, they also served as teaching laboratories where middle school and junior high school students assisted teachers. As these older students became involved with teaching nursery school students, they fulfilled a requirement for a family living course that was part of their curriculum. The Carleton Washburne School on Hibbard Road in Winnetka was opened in the fall of 1969 and has been expanded and renovated throughout the years. As a school committed to progressive ideas in education, the Washburne School carries on the innovative traditions of Washburne himself. Approximately 400 students in grades 7 and 8 attend the school, which is part of the District 36 of the Winnetka Public Schools. At Washburne School, there is a fundamental belief that “educating the early adolescent requires thoughtful and deliberate decisions by the professional staff and the active collaboration of the learner, the family and the larger community. Through guidance and example, every student should be encouraged to reach his or her maximum intellectual potential.” Even though the time before the Second World War was a difficult era of economic and political upheaval, many of the new ideas and approaches that were pioneered then continued to guide our institutions today. The Washburne School is named for an educational innovator who helped introduce many of the most effective and modern curriculum and teaching methods that are used in our public schools today. Winnetka’s Washburne School continues to be a part of this innovation as an example of educational excellence on the North Shore.■ Main Street columnist Bob Gariano can be reached at

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One of Lake Forest’s most beloved historic homes, transformed to fulfill the needs of today’s family. French Country residence of stone facade, on 3+ acres, with pool and coach house. Complete remodel of kitchen (amazing!) and all baths (gorgeous!) in 2006-07. Outstanding attention to detail, function and style. 6 BRs, 6.2 baths. | $6,625,000

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In (s)elect company

Duke-bound Montagne earns ayes (a four-term class president at LFHS) — and praise on lacrosse field

Lake Forest High School’s Isabelle Montagne (right) goes up against New Trier’s Kelsey Murray during action this spring, as teammate Chandler Scoco looks on. She’ll play at Duke University next year.

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■ by bill mclean Lake Forest High School’s serial class president lost a decision several years ago — to a lacrosse ball. Senior Isabelle Montagne — the school’s Class of 2013 president since her freshman year — and her father, Marty, were in a local park at the time, leisurely passing a lax ball to one another. Izzy, an eighth-grader at the time, stuck her stick near her face in an attempt to snare the ball. The ball struck her face instead. End of session. Time to go home.

The ball had won that day — in a landslide. “We were learning the sport together,” Marty’s daughter recalled, with a smile, after a recent varsity lacrosse practice. It didn’t take long for Isabelle Montagne to get quite good at the sport. In the fall of her junior year, she verbally committed to play lacrosse at Duke University. In the spring of her junior year, she earned first-team US Lacrosse All-America honors after the Scouts placed fourth at the state tournament. “An ideal captain, an ideal player,” LF coach Julie Levy said of her standout middie. “She is a phenomenal all-around player. “If you showed up at one of our games

and knew nothing about lacrosse, you’d watch Izzy and immediately think, ‘OK, that one is an outstanding player.’ It’s so clear how good she is.” LF had won six of its first seven games this spring before falling 13-12 in double overtime to Hinsdale Central (7-1) on April 25. The Scouts’ LaxPower state ranking was fifth after the tough loss. “Our team is young, but the young players are absorbing everything we’re throwing at them,” said Montagne, whose younger brother, sophomore Mac Montagne, struck for four goals in a varsity lacrosse game last month. “We’re getting better as a team every day.”

Montagne played soccer and basketball at Deer Path Middle School. She wanted to play a spring sport in eighth grade. Her travel basketball coach suggested lacrosse. Montagne has been wielding — with sure hands — a lax stick ever since. “In games, I love that things can change drastically in only a second,” she said. “Momentum changes a lot in lacrosse, and that’s appealing to me. It’s a growing sport. The fan base continues to get bigger. “I’m really looking forward to going to Duke and playing at the next level. What’s exciting to me is that I’ll get to do that at a school that will also challenge me academically.” One of her biggest athletic challenges to date was having to sit out the Scouts’ Final Four games at state last spring at Northwestern University. She had torn the labrum in her right shoulder at a national lacrosse tournament. The injury also forced her to miss Lake Forest’s field hockey season in the fall. But it didn’t keep Montagne from winning a fourth consecutive presidential election at LFHS, a school without a term limit. Two questions: Did her supporters chant, “One more year!” at her last victory bash? How many “Izzy for Prez” buttons are still out there? Her stranglehold on the office surprised nobody. “When I’m walking with her in the hallways or anywhere else at the school, everywhere we turn I hear, ‘Hi, Isabelle,’ or, ‘Hey, Isabelle,’ ” said Scouts senior co-captain and middie Brenna Carberry, a secondteam all-state pick last spring. “She’s so involved at school.” On the lax fields, she’s also busy and impactful. “She means everything to our team,” Carberry added. “Isabelle is an incredible and versatile athlete who plays well defensively and offensively. She makes the little plays, the big plays. She always wins 1-v-1 battles. “She never,” her good friend added, “has an off day.” The highly competitive Montagne admitted she sometimes allowed the rush of the game get to her on Game Days in past seasons. She has worked hard to abate that tendency this spring. “I needed to slow down, stay calm, play smarter,” Montagne said. “I’m also trying to iron out some other things in my game, some little things.” What Montagne has never had to adjust is her level of gratitude for all things Lake Forest — the community, the schools and, yes, the parks. Even the one where a bonding session with her father turned into a painful one. “I’ve been lucky,” she said. “I’ve been fortunate to grow up here, to go to such a great school like Lake Forest (HS) and to play for amazing sports programs. So many great memories.” Montagne shares a name with the major influences and inspirations in her life. “My parents, they’ve been the best,” she said of Marty and Annie. “They allowed me to pursue my passions and reminded me what hard work can do. They’ve been supportive. My dad breaks down lacrosse games with me. My mom is there to pick me up if I’m ever down. “They’re positive,” she added. “They’re amazing role models.” ’Berry good: Carberry poured in seven of the Scouts’ 12 goals in the double-OT loss to Hinsdale Central on April 25. ■

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Kasia Gorczynski/Katie Gentry Lake Forest Badminton: At the recent Wheeling Invitational, they took first in the No. 2 Blue Division doubles. Teammates Annie Belgrade and Olivia Nguyen also were winners in the No. 3 Gold Division. LF’s other champ was Emily Woidat at No. 4 singles (Blue Division). The Scouts (27 points) ended up second to Maine West (32) in the team standings. The third-place finishers were Taya Zoubareva/Shannon Brown at No. 1 doubles, Natalia Luque/Bethany Fyffe at No. 4 doubles, Genevieve Foster at No. 2 singles and Faelyn Sheridan at No. 3 singles. Sahana Moodabagil was fourth at No. 1 singles. Greg Biagi Highland Park

Gymnastics: The junior came up with a 9.10 routine to place third on the parallel bars at the CSL Championship on April 26. Biagi finished 11th in the all-around (38.65). The Giants, who placed sixth in the team standings, also had solid outings from juniors Dylan Abbott (7th, pommel horse, 7.70) and Mitch Berkowitz (10th, bars, 8.60). Devin Burns/Brittany San Roman Loyola

Soccer: Burns tallied two goals to help the Ramblers earn a hard-fought 2-0 win over host Lake Forest on April 29. San Roman collected the shutout. The Ramblers (17-2-0, 7-0) also defeated New Trier. Devin Burns, who has 27 goals this spring, scored twice, while Corey Burns added the goal. Gabby Perino/Sheridan Weiss Lake Forest

Soccer: This duo came up with one goal each in LF’s 2-0 victory over host Libertyville on April 18. Liz Clark played well in goal. Other standouts included Sheridan Bufe, Carly Hoke, and Paige Bourne. The Scouts (5-2-5) also recorded a 9-0 victory over visiting Zion-Benton on April 25.

Ackerman took first in the 3200 (11:19.46). Smith was the 1600 champ (5:02.86). New Trier, which placed third in the team standings (83) behind Homewood-Flossmoor (104) and Whitney Young (98), also was helped by Kelli Schmidt (2nd, 800, 2:22.97), Dana Hankin (3rd, 300 hurdles, 47.96), Nicole Karabas (2nd, pole vault, 9-6), Tara Smart (3rd, long jump, 15-11), 4x800 relay (2nd, 9:50.74) and 4x200 relay (3rd, 1:49.40).

Standout Efforts on the Shore Stephanie Bailen Highland Park

Soccer: The senior midfielder scored her team’s lone goal in a 1-1 tie at Glenbrook North on April 29. In earlier action, the Giants (11-4-1, 2-1-1) went 3-0 to win the recent Niles West Tournament. They beat Rockford Lutheran 4-0, Nazareth 2-1 and Willowbrook 4-0. The goals were scored by Amanda Skurie (2), Samantha Schwartz (3), Natalie Rachman (2), Shelly Feldman (1), Lauren Daly (1) and Bailen (1). Olivia Pinsof (1), Emma Levin-Wolf (1), Sara Ebihara (1), Schwartz (1) and Skurie (2) had the assists. Hayley Lovell Woodlands

Softball: She drove in five runs with a double and a triple in the Wildcats’ 20-8 victory over Lake Forest Academy on April 29. Kiara McKinley and Bitsy Ustaski also had doubles, while Lovell and Gabbie Reid did the pitching. Joe Hovanec/Colin O’Neill Loyola

Tennis: This doubles tandem won three matches at the Glenbrook South Invitational on April 27. The Ramblers finished fourth as a team. On April 26, LA topped Providence 5-0 behind the singles play of Patrick Rourke, Carl Beck and Daire Dolan and the doubles work of Mark Bredemann Jack Pillion and Timmy Reynolds/Camillo Morales. Jessica Ackerman/Mimi Smith New Trier

Track (Girls): The two distance aces came up with victories at the 15th Annual Trevian Invitational on April 27.

Jackie McDonnell/Stacey Weaver Loyola

Track (Girls): McDonnell, a freshman, captured top honors in the 800 meters (2:20.91) at the Trevian Invitational. Weaver, a junior, claimed the pole vault title (10-0). Other standouts were Sarah Kelly (2nd, 1600, 5:15.35) and Hirut Negassi (3rd, discus, 81-3 ½). Maddie Dolins/Nyjah Lane Highland Park

Track (Girls): Competing in the Lake County Meet at Grayslake North on April 25, Dolins raced to a first-place finish in the 3200 (11:12.58) while Lane sprinted to first place in the 100 (12.5) and third place in the 200 (26.39). Kiera Thorpe helped the Giants to a fifth-place team finish (55 points) by taking second in the 400 (1:01.46). Savannah Sledd was third in the shot put (35-4). The 4x100 (2nd, 50.58) and 4x200 (3rd, 1:51.41) were the team’s top relays. Helen Schlachtenhaufen/Elle Chody Lake Forest

Track (Girls): This senior tandem went 1-2 in the 1600 meters at the Lake County Meet. Schlachtenhaufen was clocked in 5:13.72. Chody’s time was 5:30.67. LF placed second in the team standings (66 points) behind Warren (87). The team’s other champs were Carly Schmidt in the pole vault (12-6) and 4x800 relay (9:42.89). Diana Mzyk added a third in the high jump (5-0), while the 4x200 relay was second (1:50.40).

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Earning her keep O’Brien ‘commands respect’ as Loyola’s last line of defense ■ by bill mclean Loyola Academy girls water polo coach Rich Schici called it “a thankless position.” Ramblers senior Meredith O’Brien plays the position — goalkeeper. But Schici is grateful O’Brien, a tennis player in the fall, also knows how to deal with a bigger and wetter ball in the spring. Keepers in the pool have to be mentally stronger than their field players, and O’Brien owns that asset. “When you do well as a goalkeeper, it’s expected,” Schici said. “When you don’t, you often get fingers pointed your way after a loss. It’s a tough job and it’s unappreciated. But Meredith is our seventh defender, our last line of defense. That’s a lot of pressure. “Meredith,” he added, “handles such pressure with maturity and intelligence.” O’Brien, a co-captain, displayed both qualities after a gut-wrenching 11-10 loss to visiting New Trier on April 12. The Trevians (16-6) stunned the Ramblers (147) by pouring in four unanswered goals in the final 2:20, including the clincher as the buzzer sounded. NT downed LA 15-9 in a sectional final at Glenbrook South last spring.

“You can’t get down on yourself after allowing a goal,” said the 5-foot-6 ½ O’Brien, a Glenview resident. “One of my roles this year is to be a leader; a leader has to play with confidence, show confidence and motivate teammates.” Schici never worries when Loyola’s polo practices near less-than-serious levels. He knows O’Brien will know exactly what to say to get her teammates to refocus. “Leaders sometimes come across as intimidating when they try to get their points across,” said Schici, a 1992 Loyola Academy graduate. “Meredith doesn’t lead that way. She commands respect; her teammates listen to her and look to her as a leader.” O’Brien isn’t sure when she started playing goalie her freshman year. But she knows it was early. Very early. “The second day of the preseason, maybe the first,” she said. “Most people think it’s an easy position; it’s not, mostly because of the mental part of it, but I’ve always enjoyed the position.” O’Brien might play club water polo in college, at either Marquette University or the University of Dayton. She’ll make her college decision later this month.

In the meantime she’ll concentrate on making all the right decisions behind her defense. Loyola went 3-1 at the Maroon and Gold Tournament at the University of Illinois-Chicago April 19-20. O’Brien averaged 6.5 saves in four games, as the Ramblers improved to 18-8. “It’s going well,” she said of the Ramblers’ season. “This year we’re picking it up. (Loyola junior) Marta Considine has been awesome.” Considine, a standout swimmer, tallied a team-high five goals in last week’s loss to NT. She swam on the fourth-place 200yard freestyle relay team at state last fall, a unit that included 100 breaststroke state champion Evan Swenson. Swenson, a powerful left-handed polo player, scored the Ramblers’ first goal in the fourth quarter on April 12, putting the hosts up 9-7 against NT. “Swenson and Considine are stars,” said NT coach Matt Wendt, whose club placed fourth at state last year. “They throw big, booming shots … fastballs.” LA senior Allison Sajnaj netted three goals against NT, with her final one giving the hosts a seemingly comfortable 10-7 lead at 2:32 of the fourth quarter. Ramblers co-captain Katie Lynch tossed in her goal

at 5:59 of the first quarter. LA led 6-4 at the half and 8-6 after three quarters. “It was a tough loss, yes,” O’Brien admitted nearly 15 minutes after NT’s Samantha Padavic uncorked the dramatic game-winning goal as the clock melted toward 0:00. But her father Ryan would know what to say to soothe the sting of the setback – as he always does. “His support is helpful,” said the one with the thankless responsibilities. “He’ll say, ‘You did your best.’ It’s great hearing those words. (Schici) has also been encouraging and supportive. He’s been good with me and positive.” Notable: Considine poured in five more goals in LA’s 17-3 rout of Waubonsie Valley at the Maroon and Gold Tourney on April 20. Swenson scored three. Colleen Ahern relieved O’Brien in goal and secured five saves. … Swenson tossed in a team-high four goals in a 10-4 defeat of Lyons at the tourney on April 21. Considine added three. Against St. Ignatius, also on April 20, Considine (five goals) and Swenson (three) paced LA’s offense in a 16-8 loss. St. Ignatius placed third at state last spring. ■

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Area feeder teams excel on basketball court ■ by kevin reiterman There’s no doubting this Thomas. Reed Thomas definitely has some hops. Usually, Peter Silvestri, a former college basketball player, is not easily impressed. The Lake Forest Junior Scouts eighth-grade feeder coach has seen a lot of basketball. But when the 6-foot-2 Thomas “dunked a volleyball in practice,” Silvestri was … all eyes. “That,” said Silvestri, who played his high school ball at Libertyville, “impressed me. “I couldn’t dunk until my freshman year,” said the 6-8 coach, who has completed five seasons as the program’s eighth-grade coach. Thomas was one of the standouts for the Junior Scouts, who finished the 2013 season with an impressive 25-4 record. They won Maine West and Wauconda Tournaments, while they took runner-up honors in the Warren Tournament. In the Northern Illinois Boys Feeder Basketball Conference (NIBFBC), they were first in the regular season and second in the postseason tournament. In addition to Thomas, the team’s other high scorer was point guard Justin McMahon. “He has all of the traits you look for in a basketball player,” said Silvestri, who coached the team with his dad, Michael Silvestri. “And he really developed his floor leadership, which was good to see.” Brian Stickler, Austin Clamage, Connor

Hanekamp, Jake Marwede, Nithin Reddy and Duncan Trerotola also received huge minutes. “Clamage showed some remarkable leadership,” said Silvestri. “His dad and older brother have passed that down him.” This roster also included Charlie Reinkemeyer, Johhny Salm and Michael Parsky. “It’s a talented group,” said Silvestri. “They have a strong basketball acumen. They adapted to things quickly.” New Trier Feeder The New Trier Feeder eighth-grade A team just missed a 30-win season. The squad, which was coached by program director Brendan Pierce, claimed the Glenbrook North MLK Tournament and Warren Tournament, while it took second in the Evanston Tournament. The team finished 27-5. “We’re excited about the future of New Trier basketball,” said Pierce. “We played hard, played smart and played as a team.” New Trier defeated Maine South in double overtime to win at GBN. And the Junior Trevians topped Lake Forest by four points in the title game at Warren. “We had some good battles with Lake Forest,” said Pierce. At the Evanston Tournament, the hosts came out on top. “They (Junior Wildkits) beat in three of four games during the season,” said Pierce. “It was good competition.” The A team roster included James Connors, Clayton Czyzynski, Francis Fay,

Ben Higgins, Dylan Horvitz, Nolan Mabie, Eric Nicholas, Aaron Peltz, JP Sheridan and Chase Thomas. Highland Park Feeder It’s wasn’t a good season for “wins and losses” for the eighth-grade level at Highland Park. Still, coach Bryan Rome likes the longterm prospects of these players. Passion of the game definitely is there. “These guys were a bunch of gym rats,” said Rome. “They’re always trying to get better. They truly love the game. And they’re willing to make the investment to basketball. “We don’t cut players,” he added. “We believe kids grow at different paces.” Members of the A roster included Jeremy Allen, Logan Dowell, Thano Fourlas, John Gauthier, Sam Goshen, Gabe Strauss, Kyrie Washington, Cole Wexler, Jack Zeidler, Luke Zemelis and Cameron Zoub. Fundamental U Michael Weinstein has expanded his club basketball program. After going with only one team last year, Weinstein now has three squads. His 17U team features Loyola Academy’s James Clarke and New Trier’s Ricky Samuelson along with Eric Porter (Deerfield), Brad Zaumseil (Barrington), Riley Glassman (Fremd), Jack George (Carmel), Bobby Frasco (Prospect) and Hayden Barnard (Metea Valley). The 16U Blue roster includes Highland Park’s Jacob Iden; Lake Forest’s Tommy

Trkla and Matt Talbot; Lake Forest Academy’s Ryan Clamage, Daniel Joseph, Dominic Rowley and Brandon Amoroso; Deerfield’s Will Boshes; Fremd’s Pat Benka; and Warren’s CJ Payawal. Three Lake Forest players — Steven Vogrich, Noah Karras and Jack Traynor — are members of the 16U Grey squad. The others include Sam Kuznetsky (Deerfield), Drew Cayce (Libertyville), Kyle Beyak (Prospect), Sam Kaufman (RichmondBurton), Jason Gregoire (Cary-Grove) and Will McClaughry (Lake Zurich). At Next Level Wilmette’s Matt Sullivan, a Loyola Academy graduate, was named Second Team All-Ivy League this winter by the Ancient Eight men’s basketball coaches. Sullivan, a senior guard, averaged 14.1 points per game. He finished his career with 1,033 points, which puts him 22nd on the Bears’ all-time scoring list. He had 165 career three-pointers (fourth all-time at Brown). The 6-foot-5 Sullivan, who played in a school-record 117 career games, also starred in the classroom. The two-time team captain was a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American. Meanwhile, Connor Boehm averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during his freshman season at Dartmouth this winter. The New Trier grad, who made 16 starters for Dartmouth (9-19), shot 87 percent from the foul line. ■


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Young phenom Yalowitz gets his shot with Ramblers ■ by kevin reiterman First-year head baseball coach Nick Bridich figured he had a quick riser in sophomore Jack Yalowitz. And the Loyola Academy outfielder/pitcher, who started the season on the sophomore team, has not disappointed. Yalowitz hit No. 3 in the batting order in LA’s 10-3 loss to visiting Brother Rice on April 27. The young phenom went 2-for-4 and now has seven hits in six varsity games. Through Saturday’s action, he was hitting .350. “We hit him third and deservedly so,” said Bridich. “He’s a tough kid. He’s played a lot of baseball (for his age). He’s ready for this experience. He’s a competitive kid who helps our club right now.” In his debut, the left-handed hitting Yalowitz went 1-for-3 in a 9-7 setback to Fenwick on April 21. He had his first multi-hit game, including a double on April 26 in a 9-7 loss to Glenbrook South.

“He’s taken some highly productive at-bats,” Bridich said. Yalowitz also appears to be fundamentally sound in left field. He made three putouts against Brother Rice. According to Bridich, Yalowitz has that look of a baseball player. “You can tell right away that he’s a player,” said the LA coach. “You can see it offensively. You can see it in the way he carries himself.”

The Ramblers, who are 5-5 in league play, are receiving solid offense from a number of sources. Senior right-fielder Danny Woodrow, who doubled and scored in Saturday’s game, has banged out 17 hits in the last nine games. The LA leadoff hitter had three hits in

Notable: This team has hit a rough patch. Following their loss to Brother Rice — their sixth in a row — the Ramblers saw their record dip to 8-12. “It’s been disappointing,” said Bridich. “We had success early. We had confidence that we could deal with the good teams. “But we haven’t been very good with the controllable parts of the game: pitching and defense,” he added. “That’s been our struggle. And today’s game was another reflection of that.”

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a 9-5 loss to Stevenson on April 25. He also finished with three hits in the loss to Fenwick and in the 12-4 win over Bishop McNamara. Senior first baseball/pitcher Daniel Rafferty had a runscoring single against Brother Rice. In the Bishop Mac game, he doubled and homered. ■

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Scouts’ Christian, Zordani form dynamic duo

New Trier High School’s Will Szokol, seen here against Lake Forest on April 24, went 3-2 at No. 1 singles at the Pitchford Invite.

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■ by bill mclean They didn’t insist on playing No. 1 doubles for Lake Forest High School’s boys tennis team this spring. Nor did they lobby for the slot. Senior John Zordani and junior Scott Christian approached Scouts tennis coach Corky Leighton before the start of the season with a gentle question: “How would you feel if we played doubles together?” Leighton liked the thought of it, and not just because Zordani stands 6-foot-5 and Christian checks in at 6-3 and they could win countless free points on their daunting presence alone. Both play high-level tournament tennis year-round. Both are set to play college tennis: Zordani has committed to play for the University of Wisconsin, and Christian has given his verbal commitment to Marquette. “Two future cheese heads,” Christian said in Illinois last weekend. Arlington Heights, Ill., to be exact. The pair took second at No. 1 doubles at the highly competitive Pitchford Invite at Hersey on April 27, falling 6-3, 6-3 to reigning state doubles champions Peter Heneghan/Alex Hagermoser of Hinsdale Central in the final. It was the duo’s first loss of the spring, after nine wins. “We have similar games,” said Christian, a state qualifier in singles last spring. “It’s going well.” Their games feature big serves, aggressive play near the net and fearless service returns. But Hinsdale Central’s tandem had too many potent answers. “We were a little off today,” admitted Zordani, who last played for Lake Forest’s varsity as a freshman. “Those two — they’re very good players.”

He didn’t seem too concerned. Zordani and Christian had about a month to prepare for a rematch with those two Red Devils — possibly in the state doubles final. Hinsdale Central dominated at the 32-team Pitchford Invite, amassing 80 points to runner-up Lake Forest’s 50. The Scouts also received strong showings from junior Peter Tarwid (third place, No. 1 singles) and sophomore Brice Polender (fourth, No. 2 singles). LF’s No. 2 doubles team of senior Cam Bagheri and junior Connor O’Kelly reached the quarterfinals of their draw; they defaulted before the start of the match because of Bagheri’s shoulder injury. Tarwid had entered the invite with an impressive win, a 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Stevenson senior Jeremy Bush in LF’s 5-2 dual win on April 25. Bush took third at state last spring. Bush had never lost to Tarwid, dating back to their days in 12-and-under tournaments. “Peter played a real clean match,” Leighton said. “He attacked well and stayed with the game plan. I told him, ‘Remember this match. Keep the pictures of how you played in your head.’ ” New Trier The Trevians’ boys tennis team spent its spring break in the Peoria area, competing at the Metamora Invite. Coach Tad Eckert’s netters also found time to check out action on an entirely different kind of court in central Illinois. They watched Simeon beat Stevenson in the Class 4A boys basketball state title game. “It was good to see that game as a team,” said Eckert, whose team also bonded at a sleep-in at New Trier’s Northfield campus on April 6. “We’re young (three freshmen made the varsity) this year, with a lot of competitive guys.” tennis >> page 46

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John Zordani of the Scouts, seen here against New Trier, will play his college tennis at Wisconsin.

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None of the courts at last weekend’s Pitchford Invite at Hersey was as big as that hoops stage inside Peoria’s Civic Center. But the 32-team gathering in Arlington Heights allowed Eckert to observe his netters take on some of the state’s best. “The atmosphere here, the competition — this invitational is like state in a lot of ways,” said Eckert, a 1990 New Trier grad who captured the state singles title in 1989. “We got some great experience. I saw some good things.” New Trier — battling without junior Alex Galoustian, a junior who sat out with a sore wrist — placed fourth (43 points), only one point behind third-place Stevenson. NT seniors Chas Mayer and David Laser finished third at No. 1 doubles, while freshman twins Scott and Tom Bickel matched that result at No. 2 doubles. Trevians sophomore Scott Drier reached the quarterfinals at No. 2 singles but had to default because of an ankle injury. Will Szokol, another soph, went 3-2 at No. 1 singles. Other members of Eckert’s varsity include senior Michael Weller, sophomore Max MacKinnon and freshman Wyatt Mayer. Underclassmen outnumber upperclassmen on varsity. “Our varsity tryouts are arduous, involved and competitive,” Eckert said. “So to have three rookies make it — that’s saying something about their talent.” Highland Park Giants boys tennis coach Steve Rudman will take experience over wins any day. His squad went a collective 8-10 and finished 25th (12 points) at last weekend’s Pitchford Invite. “I’m a big-picture coach,” Rudman said. “My guys faced the kind of competition (April 26-27) I want them to face every weekend. We’re getting better, slowly but surely. My guys are learning. If wins concerned me, I wouldn’t have the guys play in tough invites. I want my players playing at Hinsdale Central, at the Pitchford, at the Deerfield Invite every year.” Both of Highland Park High School’s double teams — sophomore Teddy Dunn/freshman David Aizenberg (No. 1) and junior Eli Schneider/freshman Chase Garber (No. 2) — went 3-2 at the Pitchford. Dunn/Aizenberg won

Lake Forest’s Peter Tarwid focuses on the ball during No. 1 singles action against New Trier last week.

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Lake Forest’s Reimer, Turelli shut down Devils ■ by kevin reiterman JR Reimer was hard to solve. In fact, the Warren High School hitters never figured him out on April 25. The Lake Forest junior right-hander threw a steady diet of off-speed pitches and wound up tossing a gem against the host Blue Devils. Reimer struck out seven and allowed only two hits in the team’s 5-0 victory. “The second part of the game felt better than the first part,” said Reimer, who is now 1-1 with a 2.00 earned run average. “The more the game went along the more my velocity picked up. Which is unusual for me.” Reimer, who also is a standout middle infielder for the Scouts (7-6-1), closed the game in sparkling fashion. He struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh. “He kept taking something off his fastball,” said Lake Forest head coach Ray Del Fava, who is being assisted this spring by ex-Loyola Academy head coach Bill San Hamel. “He did a great job of throwing his fastball at different speeds. “Most high school pitchers only have one velocity,” the coach added. Reimer definitely was fooling hitters. In the bottom of the second, he came up with a pair of backward Ks. And in the bottom of the fifth, he punched out two hitters on swings and misses. The LF hurler also had the ability to work out of trouble. He left runners stranded at third base in the first and second innings. His defense shined in the sixth inning, when the Scouts turned a 6-4-3 (Luke Johnson to Connor Hanrahan to Peter Gruenes) double play to end a mild threat. “Our defense was very good,” said Reimer. “I felt safe.” Reimer, who leads the team in hitting (.343), also helped his own cause, when he ripped a run-scoring double to left-center field in the third. It brought in Sam Templeman, who had doubled. “It was nice to get it started,” said Reimer. “That was some of the best contact that I’ve made all year. I was seeing the ball well.” The doubles, as it turned out, kept coming. Sophomore Charlie Sullivan doubled in Hub Cirame in the fourth inning. And later, Cirame doubled and scored in LF’s three-run sixth inning. The inning also featured a run-scoring single by Sullivan (2-4, 2 RBI) and a perfect squeeze bunt by Hanrahan. Notable: With the road win at Warren, the Scouts

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extended their win streak to four games only to see it end on April 26 against visiting Grant 12-6. On April 24, Luke Turelli starred on the mound for LF. He went the distance in a 5-2 win over visiting Warren and allowed only five hits to go along with no walks and four strikeouts. The Scouts rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Johnson led the attack with two hits, two runs and two RBI. Henry Erzinger also had two hits. On April 22, the Scouts took down visiting Vernon Hills 11-4. David Keaton worked four middle innings to pick up the win. The offense was paced by Liam Howe (3-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Reimer (2 hits), Erzinger (2 RBI) and Johnson (2 RBI). Turelli, who also threw a complete game in the 9-0 win over Zion-Benton on April 16, is 3-1 with an 0.85 ERA. ■

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Heating up HP’s Carl hoping for another break-out second half

Highland Park High School senior Harrison Carl blocks a pitch in the dirt during action this spring.

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■ by kevin reiterman His other sport is karate. Which possibly explains why Harrison Carl is such a battler at the plate. He can be black-belt tough on pitchers. The red-headed Highland Park High School senior, a solidly built 6-foot, 180pound catcher/outfielder, had one of his marathon at-bats against Deerfield’s Dillon Wallace on April 26. He fought off pitch after pitch — nine total — before coaxing a walk. “That’s typical of him,” said first-year head baseball coach Dan Casey. “He’s a six-, seven-, eight-, nine-pitch kind of guy. You have to make a good pitch to get him out.” The respect factor is in effect when Carl strolls to the plate. Last year, he smacked a team-high six home runs in helping the Giants advance all the way to a Class 4A super-sectional. Down the stretch, he was one of the elite hitters on an elite team. He hit .428 during last year’s playoff run. “He’s one of those veteran-type players — the ones that they like to talk about on TV,” Casey said. “We’re leaning on him a lot. He’s the one guy (only returning position player) on our team with (varsity) experience.” The HP coach likes Carl’s tough-out approach. “He doesn’t take selfish swings,” the coach said. “He hits behind runners. He

understands that baseball is a team game.” “He’s got a great hitting mentality, and he’s got the quick hands” added junior David Hochstadt, who hits No. 4 in the HP batting order. “He’s always been a standout hitter. Even back when we played for Highwood Heat (travel team).” In his third at-bat against Wallace, Carl came within a whisker of hitting a grand slam. With the wind blowing out — Deerfield hit three homers and eventually won the game14-3 — he drove the ball to the warning track in left field and settled for a sacrifice fly. Mr. Baseball, according to Carl, had a funky flight plan. “I hit it off the end of the bat and, at first, I thought it was going right to the shortstop,” said Carl. “Then, I looked up and thought it might go out. And (finally), I thought it might drop in when I saw their outfielder fighting the sun and lunging for it. “There was a lot of back-and-forth going on in my head during that at-bat.” The swing? It’s coming around. Carl hit his first home run of the 2013 campaign on April 24 in a 15-3 loss to Deerfield at Wolters Field. He added another homer in Monday’s 10-8 victory over host Maine East. After 18 games — the Giants are 7-11 — he’s hitting just over .300 with seven runs and eight RBI. “We’re struggling right now as a team,” said Carl, who saw his team fall 1-0 to

The senior blasted six home runs last spring. He’s hit two out this spring.

photography by joel lerner visiting Waukegan on April 27 despite strong pitching performances from Liam Carter and Charles Elias. “We’re in a rough patch. But I sincerely believe we’ll come out of it soon.” Hochstadt believes Carl will have another strong second half. “As the season goes along, he’ll start seeing beach balls (for pitches) and hitting shots,” said Hochstadt, who had two doubles in the win over Maine East. “There’s a lot of baseball left. I’m confident that he’ll pass last year’s numbers.” “Last year, all of my home runs came in the second half of the season,” Carl noted. “That’s pretty characteristic of me. I seem

to come on strong at the end.” Carl is not planning to play baseball at the next level. Instead, he plans to give full attention to his other passion: mixed martial arts. “My mom put me into a karate class when I was 4. And I’ve never looked back,” he said. “I’ll be back into it — after the baseball season ends.” “I can’t explain why I love karate and martial arts so much,” Carl added. “I’m not a violent person. I’m not angry. It’s not about hurting anyone.” “He’s always done karate,” said Hochstadt. “And he’s pretty fierce about it.” ■

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Loyola Academy’s Anna Schueler (left) sprints downfield with ball during a recent game against New Trier.

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Anna get your stick ‘Fast and athletic” Schueler a natural on the lacrosse field

■ by bill mclean It appeared Anna Schueler had been propelled by a gigantic pinball lever from one end of a lacrosse field last month. The Loyola Academy senior middie was that fast, as she bolted this way and that way in a game against visiting New Trier on April 22. Trevians hustled in vain all over the field to slow the blurry, weaving Rambler down. But they were pedestrians, while Schueler was a 100-meter dasher with a lax stick. “She blows past people, doesn’t she?” LA senior middie Katherine Eilers said. “She’s the fastest person I know.” The only thing faster than Schueler’s foot speed might be her ability to learn a new sport. Schueler was leaning toward giving softball a try her freshman year. Eilers got wind of the intent. Eilers then had a few words for Schueler in a gym class. “I told her, ‘You have to come out for lacrosse,’ ” Eilers recalled. “I knew she’d be good at it.” Eilers also spoke to Ramblers varsity coach John Dwyer in the spring of 2010. Dwyer liked what he had heard. “I started out by saying, ‘There’s this girl, and she’s really fast and athletic,’ ” continued Eilers, a Winnetka resident. “It didn’t concern him at all that Anna had never played lacrosse. He wanted to welcome her to the sport. His thinking was, ‘We can teach her stick skills.’ ” Coaches taught. Schueler absorbed. Two short springs after that Eilers-Schueler encounter in a PE class, Schueler earned A-A status. The novice-turned-marvelous player received All-America honors (honorable mention) from US Lacrosse last spring. LA would capture a fourth straight state title shortly thereafter. “Anna,” Dwyer said, “has an unusual sense of determination, in addition to being an exceptional athlete. But the thing about her that is significant is her upside. She has so much of it.

“She’ll be a better lacrosse player a month from now,” he added. The top-ranked girls lacrosse team in Illinois is Loyola, according to LaxPower. The Ramblers improved to 9-3 with a 10-6 defeat of Edina (Minn.) Prairie on April 26, four days after downing New Trier 12-8 at the Ramblers’ sports complex in Glenview. Schueler scored three goals against NT’s Trevs. LA junior middie Annie Dooley tallied four. Dooley’s family also helped pave the way to Schueler’s success in lacrosse. One of Annie’s older sisters, Grace,

“I knew she’d be good at it.” | Katherine Eilers is a junior lax player at the University of Notre Dame. The pair’s four siblings are also well-versed in the sport invented by Native Americans. Schueler also praised Loyola’s coaches for sharing their vast knowledge of the game with her. If there’s such a thing as a crash course in lacrosse, Schueler passed it. Make that, aced it. “I borrowed a stick from Grace for the first day of tryouts,” said Schueler, who lives in Edgebrook. “On the second day, I had my own.” In her first game, a JV contest versus Evanston, Schueler was akin to a penmanship enthusiast who had inadvertently entered a convention hall full of stenographers. “I had no idea what I was doing,” she admitted. “I didn’t know all of the rules. But I had fun. I learned as I went along, and I couldn’t have done that without my supportive teammates and coaches.” Before her very first day at Loyola, the 5-foot-7 Schueler had more than a working knowledge in basketball. The

guard made the Ramblers’ varsity her sophomore year and averaged 11.3 points and nearly five rebounds per game her junior year, when LA (26-9) finished fourth at the Class 4A tournament in Normal. She entered the Final Four shooting 41 percent from three-point range. This past winter Schueler averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals for a regional finalist. “Her athletic ability – she’s so athletic, and that enabled her to do so many different things on a court,” Ramblers basketball coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “Her resiliency also impressed me, after she had to sit out a handful of games with injuries. “It was fun for my staff and me to coach her. She was a great teammate and leader for us. First and foremost, though, Anna is a great kid.” Schueler was recruited to be a part of the first women’s lacrosse team at the University of Michigan, where she’ll likely major in kinesiology. The program begins NCAA play in 2014. “She’s the perfect player for a program like that,” Dwyer said. “They’ll be building, and Anna will continue to get better and better.” Schueler insists she needs to improve her stickhandling skills before heading to Ann Arbor. Her speed? That’s not going anywhere, and the Ramblers will bank on it for what likely will be another extensive postseason run. “I love to compete. I always have,” Schueler said. “Lacrosse offers a lot of what I enjoy in sports.” But she enjoys time away from sports more than the minutes she logs in a Loyola uniform. Schueler owns a healthy perspective. “I’m a family girl, and I love hanging out with friends,” she said. “People, I know, say that all the time. But it’s true. It’s what I truly enjoy. I know there are a lot more important things out there than games. And knowing that helps me as an athlete.” ■



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For Richard & Linda Vermont is an ideal getaway

A trip that’s really memorable to us was in the summer of 2010. Our son announced his engagement, and we went to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. for the party. Then we drove to Vermont. We had never been there. We had always heard it was peaceful. We stayed at the Equinox Resort & Spa in Manchester. It was a magical place. Expanses of lawn and an old-world charm. We generally tried to eat at the Equinox because they had great cuisine. On Friday they had a fire pit. You could order sausages and cheeses and watch the sun set. Inside they had cozy dining rooms with fireplaces. Even though it was summer, it got cold in the evenings in the mountains. Manchester had some fabulous high-end shopping. We enjoyed doing that. We went to The Vermont Country Store in a nearby town. It’s about 200 years old — I had seen

“It was a magical place. Expanses of lawn and an old-world charm.” their catalogues since I was a little girl. They had home remedies — it was such a charming place. We went to Abraham Lincoln’s son’s house. It’s a fabulous mansion. He built it a few miles from the Equinox because of the great memories he had going there as a boy. We hiked — we’re not big outdoorsmen. We walked to a wonderful pond on the Equinox property a few miles away. It’s a lovely, lovely part of the country. After Vermont, we went to Cooperstown, N.Y. for my husband — he was such a happy guy. That’s when we’ll go back to Vermont — when Frank Thomas gets into the Hall of Fame. We’ve taken a couple of trips to Europe, but Vermont is a magical place. Linda and Richard Biondi reside in Lake Bluff.

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Featuring the news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest & Lake Bluff, Illino...