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Kelly Golden has helped neopolitan collection shine. P.20

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What are North Shore residents looking forward to in 2014? What are their worries?

North Shore Offerings Take a look at two intriguing houses in our towns.

Sports 32 Going through hoops It’s a hot time for high school basketball on the North Shore. Check out your favorite teams inside.

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Highly educated Seth Weinberger, a long-time lawyer, runs Innovations for Learning.

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Sunday Breakfast Fashion retailer Kelly Golden has lifted neapolitan collection in Winnetka to new heights.

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School crossing guards enjoyed a bit of a break with winter vacations, but they returned to brutal conditions this week. These underappreciated souls, It’s our January ClearanCe sale. who keep our children safe, rarely have a shelter We’ve selected special merchandise and reduced it all 20-40%. to step in to take a break from the elements. It’s this month only, while stock lasts, so hurry in. Because our loss is your gain. When the alarm rings, our firefighters too head outdoors to battle blazes whose heat does little to mask the cold. Policemen can be seen helping cars which have stalled on highways or spun into snowbanks. Baggage handlers at airports such as ChICago hInsdale lake forest wInnetka 773 404 2020 630 655 0497 847 295 8370 847 441 0969 O’Hare work as long as planes arrive, as they did shopbedside.com both Sunday and Monday in dangerous conditions. Even those anachronisms — the full-service attendants pumping gas — brave stretches of cold 1.14 BSM NSW Reduce.indd 1 the majority of us gladly shun. Many of these workers, public servants and others, are under the radar on the best of days. But when their jobs include exposure to frigid weather none of us want to endure, they deserve to be recognized — and thanked.

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The North Shore Weekend asked a number of residents to share their thoughts about 2014. They offered a variety of responses.

Kathy Weaver, artist represented by The Zia Gallery in Winnetka Hopes: I’m going to try to stay in the moment in my work, enjoying the art of making things. Sometimes we get all wrapped up in our deadlines and it’s anxiety-producing, but really, I’m so fortunate to be in this field that I love doing. The other thing that I’ll try to do is I’m going to keep swimming. I do swim for exercise, but it’s my metaphor for the flow of creativity, not getting caught up in one medium or a particular way of doing things. Worries: There are a lot of worries when you talk about what’s happening in the world, that things are going in the direction of more splintered instead of coming together. The position of women in the Third World, the disparity between the rich and the poor — there’s some amazing issues that we can work to improve. Resolutions/Plans: I’m writing some proposals for a show that will deal with issues of collateral damage: the effect of war on humans and the environment. I’m also going to Ragdale this week, and I’ll be there for a month, so I’m very excited to work on some projects and drawings.

Susan Garrett, former State Senator Hopes: As a former politician, I’m very interested in the legislative process. My personal hope is that the partisan gridlock comes to an end sooner rather than later, and hopefully in 2014. We have to make sure that senators and representatives are looking out for our best interests, not their party’s. More than anything, I want my children and family to continue to support their professional careers and personal interests and causes, and I want them to really enjoy doing both of those things. Worries: I see how difficult it is for people to come together and be on the same page. We tend to isolate ourselves based on issues and not instead reach out and help others or help to understand why others have a totally different point of view. I see that continuing to be more pronounced, and that worries me. In a perfect world, I’d like to see others embrace opinions that are different. Resolutions/Plans: My resolution is to be more patient with myself. I’m working on a personal memoir, “Lose the Pearl!” that I intend to at the minimum share with my family. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I’m learning a lot and enjoying it and discovering things about my career, things that happened in my past that I haven’t thought about. The story behind the title: I was campaigning in Highland Park, and a woman came up and asked me if I was a Republican or Democrat. I said “Democrat” and she said, “Well, lose the pearl!”

Rebecca Makkai, author Hopes: I was recently awarded a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship that will fund my writing projects throughout the year. I’m excited to have an excuse to focus more intensely on my writing with the knowledge that I have this funding for it. I’ll be hopefully traveling to Hungary and researching for my third book — a literary nonfiction and personal reflection on my family history in the 1930s and 1940s. My grandparents were very politically involved leading up to World War II. It’s a complicated history — and also a juicy one. Personally, I have young daughters (four and seven), so they’re ready for new things every year. Worries: I have nothing but worries (laughs). I have a second novel coming out in July, “The Hundred Year House,” so there’s always 100 worries that go with that. Reviews, whether anyone will show up for readings, how many copies will sell — you can’t help but freak out a little bit about how something will be perceived that you put out there. Resolutions/Plans: My one and only New Year’s resolution is to make more of an effort to get the North Shore artists together more often, especially the writers. We see each other in the city for events, but it’s kind of silly since so many of us live on the North Shore. We need to get together at a bar and not feel like we’re all exiled. 2014 >> page 10


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Hopes: Watch the speedy demise of all buckthorn in our community (professional) and see a steelhead trout swim up the stream in McCormick Ravine (personal).

Hopes: We hope to add three additional chapters to our current 12 in 2014. On an even bigger note, I think we’re ready for our big break. We went from teeny tiny to this year, we hope to help 180 kids and we almost have $1 million in our budget. We’re ready to have more kids. If I could just get through 2014 with everyone I love and staying healthy, it will be a good year.

Worries: That gadgets and busy schedules will blind us to nature’s incredible beauty. Resolutions/Plans: Plant a couple oak trees in my yard and to see more friends and neighbors “down the trail” at Open Lands’ preserves. This looks to be an exciting year for Lake Forest Open Lands with a couple of endeavors we’re currently implementing, including a new native garden at the Barbara Eldridge Environmental Classroom and a first-ever ravine restoration and outreach program. We are also increasing awareness and action to support our important “re-greening” programs to encourage the re-planting of native trees throughout our community.

Worries: I hope for continued economic growth, because going into a recession hurts funding for Gift of Adoption. Resolutions/Plans: Last night, I was washing dishes in the kitchen and trying to do something for my son and ended up slicing two fingers and went to the emergency room — so no more stupid accidents in the kitchen. I’m embarking on a college search process (my son’s a junior), so that’ll be fun. You get to learn a lot more about your kid and what your kid wishes for.

Jean Wright, Winnetka Realtor Hopes: We’re very optimistic about the new year. Christmas is over, and people have gotten bonuses. We give people a chance to come home from their vacations, unpack their suitcases and wash their dirty clothes. The second week in January is when you see activity resume.

Jay Lovell, Lake Forest restaurateur Hopes: I’m opening a new restaurant, Jay Lovell’s, in Highwood, so personally I’m gearing up for that restaurant to open up around Feb. 15. We’re also starting a line of sauces to be distributed in grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s. Worries: My main concern for the new year is what happens in the world affects our business. If there’s a major crisis, that will affect us; if people are not spending money, the first thing that goes out is going out to dinner. It’s just the way it is. I’m hoping that things across the world will relax and smooth out, people can figure out their differences and move forward. Resolutions/Plans It’s the same one every year — lose weight. I have back problems, and it’s hard for me to walk long distances — welcome to the restaurant business — so I bought this equipment, The NuStep. I put my music in my ears and rock out while working on it. I’m using it twice a day and doing about three miles in the morning and three miles in the afternoon. I’m only on level three, but when you get to level 10, believe me, you’ll be hurting.

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Educational entrepreneur ensures young children can read ■ by abby wickman Innovations for Learning Founder and Executive Director Seth Weinberger has spent more than 20 years creating programs designed to improve reading in schools afflicted by poverty. “If [children] don’t learn to read fluently at the end of first grade, you almost immediately set them on a trajectory of remediation,” Weinberger said. “Remediation can work at times -- it’s not like it’s absolutely hopeless. But it is so much more costly -- so much more potentially psychologically damaging.” Though not an educator by training, Weinberger first became interested in education when he and his wife, along with several other families and early childhood educators, decided to open Warren W. Cherry Preschool in Evanston in the early 1990s. Weinberger was particularly interested in reading education during the first years of a child’s academic life. “The evidence is pretty clear that if students don’t read by third grade, their opportunities are very limited in every direction,” said Weinberger, who has also spent a quarter century as a partner at the law firm Mayer Brown in Chicago. Weinberger began working with professors from across the country, learning to develop his own education software. Software for Success was the program’s original name. However, the Evanstonbased organization’s many “innovations” called for a more accurate title.

“We changed the name when we realized that software was just one of the innovations that we were providing schools,” Weinberger said. Innovations for Learning consists of two main programs — TeacherMate and TutorMate. TeacherMate utilizes technology such as iPads, iPod Touches, and MP3 players through software designed to aid teachers in their classrooms. The TutorMate program remotely connects professionals who are interested in volunteer tutoring to kindergarten and first-grade students by way of a computer, phone line and TutorMate software in the classroom. Both of the programs are implemented in several communities, from Chicago to New York and Denver. “This is all around the country -- we’ve had really positive results -- as much as 14-point reading gains in Washington D.C. in the last few years,” Weinberger said. “Governors hold press conferences when there are two-point reading gains.” Innovations for Learning’s TutorMate program is “the most amazing cost-benefit ratio ever in volunteerism,” Weinberger said. In terms of cost, professionals -- from their desk -- can tutor a student for 30 minutes once a week anytime during school hours. On the benefit side, Weinberger said there’s little in volunteerism that is as satisfying as helping teach a child to read. “In most cases, [first-graders] grow a ton in reading right in front of your eyes in the nine months that you’re working with them. It’s just deeply satisfying to see that and know you’re a part of it,” Weinberger said.

Though the TeacherMate program aims to implement software and technology in the classroom, computers and tablets are poor substitutes for human thinking and creativity, according to Weinberger. “Our desire for technology is more modest, where we want the technology to help the teacher,” Weinberger said. “The reason why we call our system TeacherMate is because even though there are devices, it’s really all part of an instruction plan that the teacher has created...all instructional decisions are made by the teacher -- not some computer algorithm.” With more than 1,000 new tutors added this year from companies like JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Costco, and the U.S. Coast Guard, TutorMate Program National Director Dan Weisberg said reaching 4,500 volunteer tutors is an achievable goal. “Seth has the ability to diagnose weak spots in current education and creatively construct ways to meet the challenges, without undermining relationships that are critical to implement the things he’s bringing to the table,” Weisberg said. “He also has the skills to collaborate, instead of coming into schools and saying, ‘Do it this way.’” One of Innovations for Learning’s collaborative partners is local nonprofit Ravinia Festival. “Ravinia has a program where they bring music educators -- young graduates of music universities -- into Chicago public schools to do music education where the schools have lost their music teachers,” Weisberg said. “They came to us, asking if we would create a

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photography by joel lerner technology component to the music education.” Using an already-existing story-writing program, Innovations for Learning worked with Ravinia to integrate originally recorded work to the program. The collaborative project is set to launch this year. Extending beyond the U.S., Innovations for Learning also partnered with the global microfinance and non-governmental organization, Edify, to bring TeacherMate to schools in Ghana, Rwanda and the Dominican Republic. “As much as what we’re doing is needed in the United States in high-poverty concentrated areas, there’s an even more obvious need in the developing world, where there are millions and millions of people living in extremely high-concentrated high poverty areas or rural poverty areas,” Weinberger said. ■

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As craft breweries appear in the city and suburbs alike, some may be surprised that many of these businessmen started out in kitchens as home brewers. “This whole movement that’s happening -it’s this beer culture that’s kind of just sweeping the nation,” said North Shore Brewing Supply Owner and long-time home brewer Michael Buss. “You kind of develop an appreciation for the beer that you’re tasting at a craft brewery and start thinking, ‘Could I do this?’” Tucked away between the business suites of Old Deerfield Road in Highland Park, North Shore Brewing Supply offers brewing ingredients, equipment and cleaning supplies; customers may also opt to take one of Buss’s home-brewing classes – which range from the basics of home brewing to more complicated techniques of using all-grains. “I think the best part is that it caters to anyone – from the beginner who just drinks beer on occasion and is interested in it to people who are experts,” employee Alex Hirsh said. “It’s just a really good opportunity for anybody who enjoys beer – or who maybe wants to learn about wine-making or cider.” Buss himself is partial to Scotch Ale, often called Wee Heavy – the first beer brewed on the Supply’s induction system was aptly named “Wee Open.” Buss also brews recipes that include dandelions greens, pumpkin, and peppers. “That’s the fun thing about home brewing too – just adding those different flavors.” Buss also hopes to remove any elements of intimidation for those new to home brewing.

“We’re going to try to take anybody by the hand and lead them through this process, because it’s really just a fun hobby and what you make of it,” Buss said. At $50 per class (except for the CiderMaking Class at $35), the classes can last from two to four hours. Included in the cost of the initial class is the option of coming back after one to two weeks for “racking” – moving the beer from its primary to secondary fermenter. Finally, after another two weeks, customers have the option to learn the bottling process or simply pick up their own homemade six-pack of craft beer, including a personalized label. Buss first homebrewed in a friend’s kitchen 17 years ago. After a few batches, Buss decided to brew on his own – though his first efforts at a local homebrew supply store were not exactly fruitful. “I was walking around, struggling with my list, and I just felt overwhelmed and a little bit embarrassed. I didn’t really get any kind of attention or people saying ‘Let me help you’ or ‘What do you need?’” Buss recalled. “I ended up leaving, and I didn’t buy anything, and I didn’t make that batch of beer – that’s exactly the kind of thing that I want to make sure never ever happens here.” Though unofficially open for business in September, North Shore Brewing Supply’s grand opening took place to coincide with the American Homebrewers Association’s National Learn to Homebrew Day on Nov. 2. More information about North Shore Brewing Supply can be found at northshorebrewingsupply.com or at facebook.com/ NorthShoreBrewingSupply. ■

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Lake Forest A 1985 Lake Forest High School graduate was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for stealing more than $2 million in merchandise while an executive at Tiffany & Co. Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun — who had pleaded guilty to one count of transporting stolen property across state lines last summer — was sentenced in Manhattan. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe said Lederhaas-Okun earned about $360,000 a year at Tiffany during the time the thefts took place.

Winnetka The French Institute of the North Shore hosted a festive evening last month during which Michael McCaskey, former Chicago Bears CEO and one-time French Institute student, shared his passion for photography with a slide show of Paris and stories of unusual city discoveries.

Preview Highland Park Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) has several homes available for low- and moderate-income households. To learn more about the program, please register for an information session on either Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
 To register, contact (847) 681-8746 or akaufman@cpahousing.org. All sessions are held at CPAH’s office, 400 Central, Suite 111, Highland Park. Pictures of available homes are at www.cpahousing.org.

Kenilworth The Kenilworth Club will be the site of a black-tie celebration Jan. 11 to celebrate a social ballroom dance club that has been in existence on the North Shore for 100 consecutive years. Town Club, as it is known today, was organized in January, 1914 as the Town Club of Wilmette. Members got together on Saturday evenings once a month (except during the summer) at the Wilmette Women’s Club for a pot-luck

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McCaskey began his study of French language and culture while in high school. “I admired the richness of French culture, including French cuisine, history and art,” McCaskey said. In 2000, he came to the French Institute in search of an opportunity to practice the language regularly. He and his wife Nancy, a current student at the French Institute, use the French conversational skills they have learned on their trips to France.

dinner and dancing. These were formal affairs — men were required to wear a dinner jacket and ladies attended in formal dress. When the Kenilworth Club building opened its doors in 1924, dances were moved to this location, where they continue to be held without interruption 90 years later. Socialization continues to be a major emphasis. Dancing is to live bands, monthly themes are planned by committees — which give all members an opportunity to participate — and formal black-tie attire is still in place. Membership in Town Club is open to couples throughout the Chicago area that enjoy meeting others in an elegant and friendly environment. For more information, contact Townclubinc@gmail.com. ■


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Giving on the North Shore can be quite glamorous: a typical charity event involves a stately venue, blacktie, gourmet food and auctions for spectacular trips. On a cold night recently, Loyola Academy students made peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and hit the streets of Chicago. They struck up conversations with the homeless, then headed to a food pantry to distribute food and clothing. They retreated to the school for a sleepover — in cardboard boxes, outside. “I had it better than most people on the streets -- I had a big box,” said Matthew Moriarity, a freshman, who dressed in several pairs of pants and sweatshirts that night. “It was really, really difficult,” added sophomore Caroline Jaros, “but I think from the experiences that are most difficult, you get the most out of them.” The two students, both part of the school’s service team, have already racked up more community service hours than most seniors. Moriarity of Winnetka volunteers through the Arupe program, and Jaros of Glencoe is part of Campus Ministry. Their dedication to service, however, kicked off years earlier. Moriarity and his family helped out with Santa for the Very Poor when he was nine years old, and he has continued to participate every year since. He wakes up in the early dawn to unload trucks filled with donations. He sorts and fills bags of clothing, toys and house necessities and loads them back in. He then rides in a truck to a parish or school to be further distributed to families. “Seeing the people that you do the service for makes all the difference,” he said. “I’ve never experienced any suffering of my own, so this has changed my

perspective of service.” Jaros and her mom got involved with Misericordia Junior Board years ago, and it influenced Jaros to continue serving in her schools. She constantly looked for ways to raise money during her reign as president of her grade school’s student council, and she now acts as a mediator between the Junior Board and Loyola. While serving at St. Columbanus Food Pantry, a quote from Co-Director LaVerne Morris stuck with Jaros. It went something like, “I’ll take your money, but what I really need is your hand and time.” “You can write a check and feel good about yourself, but it’s more helpful for you to grow as a person when you’ve gone through tough experiences,” she said, admitting that her some of her service experiences were initially uncomfortable or awkward. “Working with homeless people, you’re learning the art of conversation, and I think that’s what a lot of people struggle with — what do I talk about?” “[The homeless] were probably more thankful for the conversations that they had with us than the food or clothes we gave them,” concurred Moralis. “When they see that you’re there for them, it makes them feel more significant than anything you can give them without a personal experience.” Their efforts will continue throughout the school year, as Moriarity points out that those in need are in a year-round struggle. Jaros, who earned the moniker “service junkie,” will keep challenging others to get involved in ministry and volunteerism. Moriarity, driven by a sense of responsibility, hopes to find a summer service trip. “I was raised on the North Shore; I’ve never had to worry about food or money,” said Moriarity. “The shock never really goes away. The more you give, the more you want to keep continuing to give.” ■

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Matt Fedderman is a musician, music producer and the owner of Phase Media. He lives in Highwood. Reading: I read tons of blogs and articles — I’m not a big book or magazine reader. They range from Stereogum.com to random links I see people posting via Twitter, what’s going on in the world of music sales. Listening: There’s a band called Dawes out of Southern California. A really great band, very early Jackson Browne-ish. Great melody and lyrics, something I haven’t heard in a really long time. Their songs just really jump out at me. Watching: We’re watching “Sons of Anarchy” on Netflix. It is a very intense show, sometimes shockingly intense. But we’re involved in the storyline; we’ve got to push through it. Following: I’m really studying trends in how the public listens to, absorbs, discovers, finds, and engages with music. Because the traditional model is not there any more, the download model is not working well — how are people finding music? I’ve been following MusicUnited.com, their goal is to bridge the gap between music listeners and music makers, in the way they want to be engaged. Activity: Over the last year I’ve been trying to morph my talents from the music world to more media consulting. I’ve had an interesting revelation — maybe I can take both talents and combine them into a company that helps find, record, promote, and distribute, via social media, fresh new talent. On that note, I’m most excited for launching Annecto Music early this year. The first artist we’re coming out with is a 15-year-old girl (Ally Ahern) from Lake Bluff, and we’re producing her songs. Annecto is basically a music production company

that lends an element of social media. An artist can walk in with a guitar or song, and we can take it from the production stage to distributing the song, to promoting the song via social networks — onestop shopping, we can literally do everything. That’s the big thing I’ve been working on as of late. It’s a big process. In old Latin, “annecto” is “to connect,” so trying to connect people with music. It means following trends and stories. It kind of hit me: I remember buying CDs and records in stores, looking at the cover and reading liner notes. These days you don’t have a personal connection anymore — music listeners aren’t as engaged in the band, personally, as they are interested in a song. Annecto is trying to help make that connection, meet these people being promoted behind the scenes, trying to reestablish that connection. I’m also gearing up to record a new album of my own, called “Life in Whiskey Junction.” I’m an alderman in Highwood, so all the songs are about my life and experiences living in Highwood. Eating: The chipotle chicken salad at the Tap House Grill in Highwood. I can’t get enough of that, I find myself going there all the time. I’m not a big artisanal eater guy; when I like stuff, I just go for it. What is your favorite mistake? The best mistake I ever made was quitting college. Had I followed through and gotten a degree with audio recording in the late ‘90s, I don’t think I would have taken the path to where I am now. I’m an entrepreneur; I create my own work. Had I gone through the traditional system, I don’t think I’d be where I am now, and I like where I am now. I don’t think [college] would have given me the entrepreneurial spirit, the upstart spirit. For more information, visit mattfmusic.com or annectomusic.com ■

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■ by ann marie scheidler As Kelly Golden enters Mirani’s, just a few doors down the Winnetka street from the fashion retailer neapolitan collection — which she owns — she cheerfully greets the restaurant’s hostess, Katia. “I must order lunch from here two to three times each week. It’s all delicious and they are so nice,” she says, removing her Derek Lam cape and draping it around the chair next to her where her Dior satchel is neatly tucked. Golden is surprisingly down-to-earth for a woman of her standing in the fashion world. And her Midwest roots are undeniable. “I recently had a New York rep in the store who couldn’t believe I knew the name of our UPS driver,” she says with a laugh. “I see him every day. Of course I know his name.” If you were to ask Golden’s high school classmates from Regina Dominican in Wilmette if they ever imagined she’d be having dinner with the likes of Andrew Gn or Wes Gordon, it’s something they wouldn’t have likely predicted.

“The key is to not overthink clothing — invest in a few key pieces and wear them.” | Kelly Golden “I was the girl running around in tank tops and cut-off shorts — about as far from high fashion as you can get,” she notes. But Golden’s work ethic and business savvy have seen neapolitan collection through to its 10th anniversary that they were celebrating throughout 2013. “We saw a lot of shops close in 2009 because of the economy, so we feel fortunate to be here and thriving. We owe that to our clients who supported us and continue to support us.” While Golden is quick to credit those around her for neapolitan’s success, it was her relentless pursuit of bringing exclusive brands and one-of-a-kind products to Winnetka that have set neapolitan apart. And its location in Winnetka has been critical to the retailer’s staying power. “Once women realized that they didn’t have to go to Chicago or New York to find what they were looking for, they understood what an incredible shopping experience it was to come here,” she says. “I do work very hard to listen my customers and understand their lifestyles. A woman can attend an insurance dinner one night and an opening at the MCA the next, and we can easily dress her for both. The key is to not overthink clothing — invest in a few key pieces and wear them.” Kelly Golden Golden, who is regularly quoted as an expert in the fashion trades, has done much to improve the perception

of the Chicago fashion market with designers around the world, especially in Paris and Milan. “So much is written about fashion on our coasts, but I think it’s pathetic how Chicago is often overlooked. There’s a real intelligence to Chicago women. They wear clothes well — and they buy them. No one is lending them pieces to wear to events.” And designers, too, are finding that they want their pieces among the offerings at neapolitan. Gn, who has visited neapolitan twice, found it to be a hidden gem. “He cited the beautiful architecture in Chicago as the inspiration for previous collections,” Golden says. In addition to running neapolitan, Golden makes parenting three young children and being happily married look effortless. “I would be lying if I didn’t say on some days it feels like a lot. But my husband is a real partner. When I can’t take the children to school, he does. If I have an event and can’t be home for dinner, he makes sure that he is. I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have a husband who was so hands-on with the kids.” With a sound support system in place, Golden challenges herself every couple of years to change things up a bit. “Even before I owned neapolitan, I would get restless to improve upon something or expand in an area.” Neapolitan’s foray into menswear was the result of such an itch. “Men are our biggest growing customer base — and continue to be. Over and over they would be in the store shopping for their wives and encourage me to sell menswear,” she says. But even with their expansion into the space next door, neapolitan could never fully offer everything men were looking for. “They’re a different kind of shopper. Most men only shop once a year and they like to buy everything at once — jeans, shirts, shoes, suits. We just couldn’t provide all of that in the full array of sizes they wanted.” But that space isn’t going unused. Today, it’s a year-round resort wear shop. Says Golden, “It’s no joke. I sell a swimsuit every day. Every day. Where else can you find beachwear on the North Shore every day of the year?” It’s Golden’s sheer love of working with clients that keeps her engaged. “Last night, right before closing, I came upstairs and ran into a client who said she was looking for a fun necklace. ‘I just need a necklace to wear over a blouse for this event I have,’ she said. ‘But I hate all of my blouses.’ I encouraged her to try one of ours on and she loved it. She looked great. It means so much to have a client’s trust.” ■

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Five years ago, Chicagoan Yara Zolotukhina accepted her boss’s invitation to attend a fundraiser for the Juvenile Protection Agency, a non-profit organization working with children and families in crisis. Moved by the event and by the organization, Zolotukhina joined the Auxiliary Board. In May, she stepped up to lead eight inaugural members of the newly formed Associate Board. Today, the Associate Board has grown to more than 30 members who are preparing for the first All in For Kids Casino Night and Chef Tasting Jan. 24 at Chicago’s Catalyst Ranch. Beginning at 7 p.m., the event in Chicago’s West Loop will feature two rooms of gaming – including craps, poker and blackjack – as well as food and beverages from local restaurants and breweries. There will also be a live band and dance floor. Associate Board Vice President Bo Holden is expecting up to 200 guests — whom can all feel good about losing at the tables. “We expect the interactive, lively atmosphere will bring out the competitive nature in some, but the end result is having fun and raising money for charity,” the Glenview native explained. In addition to fundraising goals, the Associate Board hopes to recruit more volunteers that night. “We were looking for something fun and different that people for people to come out and do with their friends,” Zolotukhina said. “We’re a young board, representing a smaller organization, trying to attract a new audience. “Just like I went to that benefit five years ago and felt a desire to join, I hope Casino Night will attract some similar people.”

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Holden joined Zolotukhina to lead the board in May, following the example set by his parents. “My parents have been involved for years, so when the opportunity to get involved with JPA’s 5K committee came up a few years ago I was eager to do so,” he noted. “JPA’s mission struck a chord with me: protecting vulnerable children and families. Theirs is the most noble work there is.” JPA was founded in 1901 by social worker Jane Addams, and in 2013 served 1,620 at-risk children, parents and caregivers through direct services. The majority of clients are low-income families, largely of minority descent. JPA employs professionals to provide therapeutic and support services and influence public policy through research and education.

“We expect the interactive, lively atmosphere will bring out the competitive nature in some, but the end result is having fun and raising money for charity.” | Bo Holden In addition to its fundraising efforts to support JPA’s efforts, Holden considers the Associate Board a social network for 20- and 30-something Chicago professionals “It’s been a great way to meet new people,” he said. “We’re in our infancy but we’re growing like a weed, and we’ll continue to grow and attract more volunteers.” Find more information at http://juvenile.org/ events/all-kids-casino-night/ ■


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The Lake Forest Symphony with Andres Franco | The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, College of Lake County | 19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake | 8 p.m. (Additional show Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.) | Tickets $32-$54 | lakeforestsymphony.org or 847-295-2135 | Guest conductor Andres Franco is the third of five candidates for the new Music Director post. The orchestra will present Rossini’s “Semiramide Overture,” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)” and Shotakovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” with guest soloist Lukas Vondracek. There will be a pre-concert lecture an hour before the concert and a post-concert reception.

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Chef gets fresh with Japanese cooking ■ by katie rose mceneely Jason Alford is the chef at Roka Akor Old Orchard in Skokie. Roka Akor is a national restaurant focused on Japanese cuisine. How did you start cooking? I guess as a child — I grew up with two parents who were great cooks, and we had a garden in the backyard. Growing up with fresh food and people who cared about having a good meal. Years cooking? About 15 years. What made you decide to become a professional chef? I think it’s important to learn about food and where it comes from — as a chef you have access. Literally, you’re on top of the food chain. Best recipe tweak? I put mustard in everything. You know, the Brussels sprouts we serve are from a guest who came in and asked what I didn’t like — and I didn’t like Brussels sprouts. We fry them in rice oil and put mustard with them—make them crispy and smoky. So mustard and bonito are my two favorite additions. Signature dish? I’d say the Brussels sprouts — but we make a beet salad with a jalapeno-miso dressing. I went through a lot of people who are vegan or who have a gluten allergy, so I’ve developed a lot of recipes that are friendly, that make things taste good, instead of sending out bland food. I’ve developed a lot of sauces and dishes that are gluten free and that taste really great. Favorite cuisine to make? I love raw food — vegetables, fish, anything raw. What do you like to eat at home? I have expensive tonic water and mustard at home, that’s about it. We’ll say I eat Italian. Worthwhile gadget? A Sharpie. We have a lot of very time-sensitive ingredients —it’s a small kitchen,

but it’s important to know when everything came in. I’m a stickler for labeling and dating everything. Favorite cookbook? No, just connect your tongue to your brain. I like to use ideas from food I’ve eaten. Favorite fruit or vegetable? Yuzu. It goes with any grilled seafood — I’m a big gin drinker, so I’ll have gin, tonic, and yuzu instead of lime. It’s like trying to describe a color to someone who’s blind — it’s so complex. Like a combination of a tangerine and a lime? Proudest of: I think the freshness of it — the fish, the vegetables, the type of food we use. That’s the beauty of Japanese cooking. You get a lot of credit, but it’s really the food speaking for itself. Funniest or most memorable kitchen incident? One of chefs back in Scottsdale — you know those ticket stabbers? We were in the middle of the dinner rush, the spike fell and he stepped on it — it went into his foot. I saw him pull it out, wash his hands, and go through the rest of the dinner rush. It went through his shoe and everything—but he kept going until there was time to go to the hospital. He’s tough. Roka Akor Old Orchard is located at 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie. For more information visit rokaakor.com/old-orchard or call 847329-7650 ■

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Combine the juice of one yuzu fruit in a cocktail shaker with 6 ounces gin, 2 tablespoons ginger syrup and fill shaker 3/4 full of ice. Shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds and strain into a cold rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a fresh slice of ginger. Serves two.


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Kauss and effect Lake Forest senior guard makes things happen on both ends of the court ■ by kevin reiterman

sports@northshoreweekend.com You may not notice him right away. But give it time. Jack Kauss is a high-energy guy who knows how to create synergy on the court. The 6-foot senior is a facilitator on offense, an irritant on defense. And he’s got it down to a T. He’s a player that you appreciate over time. “A lot of people in the audience might be wondering why he’s playing so much,” said Lake Forest High School head boys basketball coach Phil LaScala. “He’s doesn’t score. He’s not flashy,” the coach added. “But he doesn’t turn it over. He gets the ball to our scorers. I know that Evan (Boudreaux) really likes playing with him.” All of that was in evidence, when Kauss and the Scouts (12-2) defeated host York 61-47 in the title game of the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic in Elmhurst on Dec. 31. Kauss turned the ball over only two times in the five-game set. “He does a great job of being a leader and doing the right things on the court. He recognizes what needs to be done,” said LF senior Evan Boudreaux, who was named the tournament MVP. “He does things that don’t necessarily show up on the score sheet.” Like valuing every possession and giving his man fits on defense. Kauss, who is blessed with a quick first step, is tenacious on the defensive end. He majors in perseverance. “Jack is one of our glue guys on defense,” said LaScala. “We have him guarding the better kids.” “What I try to do is provide energy and be that defensive guy,” said Kauss. “My mentality is to not let my guy get by me and to keep him from scoring. “It’s a role that I’ve embraced,” he added. “Jack is not afraid of anyone,” Boudreaux said. “He’ll take on bigger guys — as a challenge.” It’s fair to view Kauss, who also plays baseball at the school, as a survivor. Like the John Wayne movies he enjoyed watching as a kid with his father (Jim), he’s shown some “True Grit” to get this far. His basketball career at Lake Forest began on the freshman B team. Thus, Kauss, a former Small Fry player, is not taking anything for granted. He’s playing in the moment. “It feels a little like a dream,” said Kauss. “When I was in the eighth grade (at Lake Bluff Middle School), I never thought I’d one day be a starter on the Lake Forest varsity team. Pretty amazing. “I’ve had to work hard for it.” Kauss came off the bench last season and proved that he could play at the varsity level. He prepared well for his senior campaign. “He developed his game in the offseason. He’s a hard-working kid,” said Boudreaux. “He’s one of those guys who comes in early and leaves late. He puts a lot of time into basketball.” Kauss has this team thing down. He has no problem checking his ego at the door. “He’s unselfish,” said LaScala. “He knows what needs to be done. He knows why he’s out there.” He’s an ideal collaborator on the court. “I’m trying to get the ball to our weapons (Boudreaux and Cal Miller),” said Kauss, who attempted only one shot in the championship game. The Scouts, who were riding a nine-game win streak heading into an Lake Forest High School’s Jack Kauss pulls down a rebound against Ridgewood in the opening round of the York NSC matchup against Warren on Jan. 8, have struck a nice balance. Tournament. Boudreaux and Miller, who was named to the all-tournament team at York, are the main scoring threats. photography by jon durr The other starters — senior forward Dane Roberts and junior point guard Jack Traynor — also have stepped up. In the title game, Roberts connected on three big fracture. He hopes to return sometime in February … LaScala brought up prized sophothrees (nine points), while Traynor finished with eight points, six rebounds and five assists. more Lorenzo Edwards (6-4, 195) for the tournament. “He’s good. We’re getting him accliAnd the bench — Ryan Bender, Noah Karras, Tom Trkla and Steve Vogrich — also mated,” said the LF coach. “He’s going to be a big part of our future.” … Miller played has been a strength. well during the entire tournament but he really came on in the championship game. He “We’re clicking,” said Kauss. “We’re finding our identity.” tallied 10 points in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 18 points. “I just Notable: The Scouts are not at full strength. Adam Wolf, a 6-7 junior who started stepped up. All of us stepped up,” said Miller. “I got hot and the other guys fed off that. the first five games of the season, has been sidelined since early December with a stress Lake Forest basketball is team basketball.” ■


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Rising in value Unsung Sutker playing a significant role in HP’s success ■ by kevin reiterman

sports@northshoreweekend.com Every once in a while, Tommy Sutker will get a little flashy on the basketball court. In the second round of the York Holiday Classic, the Highland Park High School forward slivered through the St. Patrick defense and scored on a drive down the lane. Nicely done. Four stars. Threading defenses is nothing new for Sutker. This past fall, the solidly built (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) and extremely athletic senior was an end-zone magnet and big-play producer for the Giants football team. This mobile, dual-threat quarterback, who was named honorable mention all-state by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA), put up extravagant numbers: 1,669 passing yards, 517 rushing yards. He scored 21 times — including 14 through the air. Sutker, who threw for 2,831 yards over two varsity seasons, still has hopes of playing football at the next level. But in the meantime, he’s perfectly content to be playing on rectangular courts with backboards. He’s not a basketball MVP, but he has become invaluable to the Giants. Sutker is one of the unsung heroes for a team which went 4-1 in the 32-team tournament at York High School. The 10-3 Giants came home with the third-place trophy after topping Lyons 53-39 on Dec. 31. “Leadership,” said Highland Park head coach Paul Harris. “That’s the biggest thing that Tommy gives us. He’s a great teammate with a great sense of humor. “He helps our team unity,” the coach added. “He helps to keep the team close.” And, like he did on the football field, he simply makes plays. In the second quarter of the third-place game, Sutker went all athletic on the Lions. He turned into a one-man fast break, when he came out of the shadows, stole the ball on the wing and bolted down court for an easy layup. Then, in the third quarter, Sutker was Mr. Finesse. He received a pass from point guard David Sachs, weaved around a defender, lifted up and fired in an off-thedribble 15-footer. Sutker also is starting to master the upand-under move. “I love watching him,” said HP junior twoguard Luke Norcia. “He can out-tough you. Or, he can come at you with some finesse. “We just have to give him ball,” Norcia added. Last winter, Sutker came off the bench and saw spot duty. It was a season of transition. “When I was on the sophomore team, my main thing was driving with the ball and attacking the rim. That’s how I played,” said Sutker. “Last year, I had to be more of a big man. Play down low.” Toughness has never been a question with Sutker. In the state playoff football game at Rockton-Hononegah, he was banged up pretty bad. But despite being severely

Highland Park High School’s Tommy Sutker (right) battles for possession during earlier action against Maine West.

photography by joel lerner restricted by a knee injury (sprained MCL), he threw for 255 yards and scored on a seven-yard run. He wears a black brace on his right knee for a reason. “He needed a period of time to get readjusted (to basketball),” said Harris. “He’s not going to make any excuses. “Tommy is tough, physically and mentally,” the coach added. Sutker is an important piece on this HP squad. Along with junior Jordan Krawitz, he’s one of the primary rebounders. He pulled down 20 boards in the five games at York. And defense is a priority with him. In the come-from-behind 49-35 win over St. Patrick on Dec. 27, Sutker was all enthused about his team’s shutdown ‘D’ in the third quarter. “We made seven defensive stops in a row,” said Sutker. “It all starts with the defense.” Notable: Hallvard Lundevall had one of his best all-around games of the season in the third-place game against Lyons. The high-flying junior forward finished the

game with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and one block. He had 10 points, three rebounds and three steals against St. Patrick, while he added 10 points and two rebounds in a 44-42 win over Palatine in the third round. In the opener, a 53-35 victory over Minooka, Lundevall had five points and four rebounds … Krawitz’s best outings came against Minooka (8 points, 7 rebounds), St. Patrick (4 points, 7 rebounds) and Lyons (6 points, 5 rebounds) … in HP’s 48-45 setback to Lake Forest in the semifinal round, Sachs (12 points, 5 rebounds), Norcia (10 points) and Sutker (9 points) led the way … “We haven’t arrived yet, but I think what we learned from this tournament is that we can play at high level,” said Harris. “We just have to keep moving forward.” … And the coach believes that Sachs, who earned all-tournament honors, is starting to get his due. “He’s having a good year and people are taking notice. It’s nice for him to get an individual honor but he’s a team guy. What’s important to him is how the team is playing. He just wants to win.” ■

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Keeping his perspective Loyola’s Wosick staying grounded when it comes to state ranking

126-pound title at the Hinsdale Central Tournament on Dec. 21. He placed third at the Hoffman Estates Invite on Dec. 14. The Trevians, who are undefeated in the CSL South, placed fourth at Hoffman Estates and 15th at Hinsdale Central. The other place-winners at the Mid-States meet included Michael Lynch at 106 (3rd place), Thomas Palmer at 145 (7th) and Alex Shapiro at 170 (8th). Lake Forest Regis Durbin has found the 195-pound to his liking. The Lake Forest star, who is ranked No. 8 in state, has put together a 17-0 record. The senior has claimed tournament titles at the Buffalo Grove and Richmond-Burton Invites. “He’s not mauling kids, but he’s been very much in control,” said LF head coach Matt Fiordirosa. “He’s had a couple of big overtime wins.” The key? “He’s not cutting weight this year,” the LF coach said. “He’s lot quicker than some of those big boys.” Durbin is coming off an outstanding football season with the Scouts. He was an honorable mention all-conference quarterback. Senior Matthew Harmon, another football player, has been solid at 220 pounds. He’s 10-4 with seven pins. He’s placed at two invites: 4th at BG and 5th at Richmond-Burton. Junior Corey Knutson has been a bright spot at 145 pounds. “Corey is totally dedicated to wrestling, and it’s paying off,” said Fiordirosa. Knutson is 13-4 overall with six pins. He came away with fifth-place finishes at BG and Richmond-Burton. Sophomore Gage Griffin (9-5 at 120 pounds), senior Michael McKendry (7-4 at 182) and Ryan Wang (5-2 at 138) also have winning records. “Gage is scrappy,” Fiordirosa. “He’s another guy who is 100 percent wrestling.” Wang was second at the BG Invite. Senior Erik Wasser also has shown well at the invites. The 152-pounder claimed runner-up medals at both invites. Loyola Academy’s Ryan Wosick takes on Dundee-Crown’s Christian Brunner in Saturday’s quad meet at Deerfield High School.

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sports@northshoreweekend.com Ryan Wosick left Anonymity-ville earlier this season. He no longer can operate incognito. The competition knows who he is. January has arrived and the 182-pound Wosick is one of the state’s ranked wrestlers. He’s earned honorable mention recognition by Illinois Matmen.com. It’s a nice prospectus on Wosick’s resume. But the Loyola Academy junior, who is basically brand new to the sport of wrestling, is keeping it all in perspective. “It’s a little weird for me,” said Wosick. “I think I still need to earn it a little more. I’ve got to prove myself. I need to show that I really belong there. “Still, it’s nice,” he added. Wosick, who is 24-3 with seven pins this winter, turned some heads when he finished first at the Glenbrook South Tournament. Taking third at the Prospect Tournament also helped his cause.

“It’s his work ethic,” said LA head coach Chris Stevens. “That’s how he’s gotten there. He puts in the time.” Wosick’s rise to prominence began midway through his sophomore season. He won 16 of his last 22 matches to finish 20-16 overall. He took third in the conference meet. He’s a motivated wrestler. “He wants to be the best,” said Stevens. “He wants to place at state.” Wosick, a basketball player and golfer in his younger years, said that he joined the wrestling team “to get in shape.” But then, he said, “I found out that I really liked to wrestle.” Wosick is still putting together his arsenal of moves. But he’s on the right track. He sharpened his skills in the offseason at the Poeta Training Center in Lake Forest. He competed in 50 matches last summer. “Wrestling year round has changed everything,” said Wosick. “I used to be timid (when I took the mat). But with more experience, that changed.” Loyola’s other top wrestlers include Nico

Couri, Alex Lopez, Kevin Dolick and Peter McPike. New Trier The Mid-States Invite, which is held at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, brings out the best in New Trier’s Colin Kenyon. The 113-pounder, who is ranked No. 10 by Illinois Matmen.com, is two for two at this 42-team meet. He defended his title on Dec. 28. “He’s the only New Trier wrestler to win there,” said NT coach Marc Tadelman, who has been sending teams to this Wisconsin meet for three years. “Colin has lost some tough matches this year, but overall he’s doing great,” said Tadelman. “But all that really matters is what happens at the end of the season.” The Trevians finished fourth in the team standings at Whitewater. Alec McKenna advanced to the 126-pound finals but was unable to pull out a victory. McKenna, who ranked No. 7, is putting together a terrific season. He claimed the

Highland Park Dom Ciancio is on the right track. The 152-pound senior standout has been victorious in 19 of 20 matches this winter. His ledger includes a first-place finish at the Guerin Tournament and a third-place finish at the Lake Park Invite. “He’s wrestling at a pace that we like to see,” said HP head coach Chris Riley. “We hope he’ll be wrestling at Assembly Hall (state meet in Champaign).” Ciancio is a known quantity. He’s ranked — honorable mention — by Illinois Matmen. com. The same is true of Andrew Cohen. The sophomore has a 15-5 record at 126 pounds. He was first at Guerin and fifth at Lake Park. “He’s having a nice season,” said Riley. “It’s nice for him to be recognized (by Illinois Matmen). It’s definitely a compliment.” Brandon Garcia-Galvan also is putting together a solid season. The senior is 11-3 at 132. He went 4-1 at the Lake Park Invite, which placed him fifth overall. And Riley likes what he sees with Junior John Ciancio (145 pounds) and Brian Fiorenza (285). Ciancio is sporting an 8-3 record, while Fiorenza has an 11-6 mark. ■


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Undefeated Trevians are winning games at a fast, furious pace ■ by kevin reiterman

sports@northshoreweekend.com Last year, the Charger Classic was a trying time for the girls basketball team at New Trier High School. The team ended the four-game set with a dismal 1-3 record. “It was,” said Trevians head coach Teri Rodgers, “the low point of our season.” Oh, how things have picked up. This year, the Dundee-Crown High School gymnasium, located at 1500 Kings Road in Carpentersville, had a totally different feel for Rodgers. This time the Trevians went 4-0 and came home with the crown. In their 54-35 win over Prospect in the championship game on Dec. 30, the Trevians came out in an all-out attack mode. They played fast and furious. They played, if you will, like they were doing a commercial for an energy drink. New Trier’s caffeinated offense jumped out to a 13-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back against a solid Lady Knights squad, which entered the contest with a 13-1 record. And right now, things couldn’t be going any better for the fast-paced Trevians. At the turn of the season, they have a remarkable 16-0 record. “These kids aren’t looking at the wins,” said Rodgers, who guided last year’s team to a regional title and a 16-15 record. “They just want to get better.” “What’s making this season so special is that every single girl on our team, 1 through 20, is a part of it,” said New Trier sophomore center Jeannie Boehm. “I think we’re more of a team this year. We’re not focused on individuals.” Boehm, who finished the four games with a team-best 70 points (17.5), earned all-tournament honors for the second year in a row. In the title game, she tallied 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Senior guard Alexa Czyzynski and sophomore forward Kathryn Pedi also were named to the all-toruney team. “Teams that play against us have to be able to stop all five players on the court,” said Boehm. “We’re deep.” Junior Jackie Welch sparked the Trevians late in the second quarter, when she drilled a pair of three-pointers from the right wing. She finished with eight points. “It was pretty congested inside,” said Boehm. “Hitting the outside shots really helped.” Czyzynski also popped in a pair of three-pointers. She finished with eight points and three assists. Notable: The Trevians advanced to the championship by downing Mother McAuley 47-43 on Dec. 28. Boehm (15 points) and Czyzynski (10 points) finished in double figures, while Pedi added eight points … In the opening round, led by Boehm (15 points), New Trier raced past St. Charles North 72-44 … In the second round, Boehm had 23 points in a 66-44 win over Maine West. Pedi had 15 points, while Czyzynski had nine. ■

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Gibbons. And Morrissey had a team-high 12 points against Vanguard. “The tournament was phenomenal,” said LA coach Tom Livatino. “Every team we faced had Division I players.”

Boys Basketball York Tournament: He was … the obvious choice. Lake Forest junior Evan Boudreaux earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Girls Basketball 32-team York Tournament. Mundelein Tournament: Lake Forest senior twoLake Forest senior guard Annie guard Cal Miller and Highland Keller and Loyola Academy Park point guard David Sachs senior guard Maggie Nick were also were named to the allnamed to the all-tournament tournament team. team. Boudreaux (16 points, 8 Keller finished the tourney rebounds) and Miller (18 averaging 11.25 points, 5.0 points, 4 rebounds) led the way rebounds and 1.25 assists per in the title game as the Scouts game. (12-2) topped the host Dukes Nick finished the tourney 61-47 on Dec. 31. with 58 points. Her efforts Boudreaux finished the fivehelped the Ramblers to a 3-1 game set with 110 points and record, including dominating 52 rebounds. He popped in wins over Niles West 64-29 and 27 points in a 52-38 win over Prairie Ridge 65-25 in the final Gordon Tech in round two. And two days of the tourney. he tallied 28 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a roundthree victory over Stagg 56-42. Circling the Miller, a versatile insideBases outside player, wound up with Baseball 48 points and 25 rebounds. Highland Park: Liam Carter Sachs, meanwhile, helped will head into the spring seathe Giants to a third-place Highland Park High School point guard David Sachs (No. 10) dribbles past Minooka’s Jayson Winick during tourney son as the 28th ranked player finish. After falling to Lake action at York High School. Sachs was named to the all-tourney team. in the Illinois senior class by Forest 48-45 in overtime in the The Prep Baseball Report. The semifinal round on Dec. 30, HP 6-foot-7, 170-pound lefthander photography by jon durr rebounded to beat Lyons 53-39 has signed a national letter of in the third-place game. intent with the University of Sachs, who finished the tourMissouri. unbeaten ranks last week, when it dropped the team topped Lakewood (Fla.) 59-34. ney with 61 points, 17 rebounds, But the win streak ended with a 15 assists and eight steals, hit a driving two of three games in the highly competiLoyola: Two seniors are listed in layup at the buzzer in a 44-42 win over tive Kingdom of the Sun Tournament in 47-43 setback to Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. the top 50 by PBR. Tommy Bordignon, Ocala, Fla. Lauderdale, Fla.), which wound up tak- a Northwestern recruit, is rated No. Palatine in round three. It started out well for the Ramblers. ing runner-up honors in the tourney. The 41. Andrew Owen, who is heading to Sparked by Jack Morrissey (25 points), Ramblers also dropped a four-point deci- Villanova, is ranked 46th. Boys Basketball Kingdom of the Sun Tournament: James Clarke (16 points), Kevin Kucera (12 sion to Ocala Vanguard 46-42. Morrissey In the 2015 class, Loyola’s Jack Yalowitz Loyola Academy (10-2) fell from the assists) and Griffin Boehm (11 rebounds), and Clarke scored 14 points apiece against is No. 75th. press box >> page 37


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Baseball Charlie Tilson: The New Trier grad continues to move up the ladder. The speedy outfielder, a second round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, played for two Class A affiliates (Peoria and Palm Beach) last summer and wound up with a .302 batting average and a .352 on-base percentage. He stole 15 bases. The 21-year-old Tilson, who bounced back nicely from a shoulder injury, is ranked as the team’s 13th best prospect by TheCardinalNation.com. He is listed as St. Louis’ No. 9 prospect by mlbpipeline.com. Most likely, left-handed hitting Tilson will start the 2014 season at high A Palm Beach.

At the College Level

Women’s Basketball Lena Munzer: The ex-Highland Park star, a freshman guard at Yale University, is averaging 17.2 minutes per game — fifth most on the team. In 12 appearances for the Bulldogs (5-7), she is averaging 4.3 points per game. She is shooting 88 percent from the foul line (15 for 17). And she has made seven three-pointers (35 percent).

At the College Level Men’s Soccer

Northwestern: Senior Chris Ritter, a New Trier High School graduate, has earned Second Team All-America honors. In addition to the Senior CLASS Award, Ritter claimed All-Big Ten First Team recognition and Great Lakes All-Region accolades. In helping the Wildcats (10-83) qualify to the NCAA Tournament, he finished the season with five goals, including three game-winners, and five assists.

Tournament. She had 18 points and 17 rebounds in her team’s 50-42 win over Grant. In the tourney opener against Conant, the junior forward had 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Torkelson averaged 11.75 points, 8.25 rebounds and 3.25 assists in the fourgame set.

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Volleyball New Trier: The Serv-a-thon program at the school proved to be a big hit. The Trevians raised $12,324.00 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. ■

Girls Basketball Lake Forest: She had a career night. Grace Torkelson came up with an impressive double double in the second round of the Mundelein Holiday

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