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Kohl Children’s Museum enjoys a successful reception. P.17

Former Sports Illustrated writer recalls covering Miracle On Ice. P.14


Deerfield High School wrestling team cruises to a first-place team finish. P.24

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Inside This

North Shore Weekend 17 Social whirl


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

08 Olympic fever The Winter Olympics may be far away in Russia. But from Highland Park’s Jason Brown to STATS in Northbrook, there are plenty of connections on the North Shore.

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13 News Digest Find out what’s happened and what will happen in Deerfield, Glenview and Northbrook.

Lifestyle & Arts 14 Sunday Breakfast E.M. Swift covered nine Winter Olympics for Sports Illustrated — including the six U.S. golds at the unforgettable 1980 Games in Lake Placid.


Sports 24 kings of the conference Deerfield High wrestlers cruise to first place in CSL Tournament.

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Let the Games begin


ramed above my desk are a few mementoes of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, which I attended with my Dad. A number of pins received in trades with foreign fans are enclosed. The Leroy Neimandrawn cover of the official program is inside. A simple ticket also rests there. In big black numbers its says “22” to represent the day of the month, and there’s also the hands of a clock that read 5 p.m. A hockey stick is on it, but there’s no mention of the two teams playing. When the tickets were printed, everyone knew there’d be a semifinal hockey game that night — but no one dreamed the United States would be playing the Soviet Union Today, everyone knows the rest of the story about the historic upset we saw in person — in part because there was another Lake Forest native in the arena during those Games: E.M. Swift. He captured the drama for Sports Illustrated, not only for the following issue but for the magazine’s Sportsmen of the Year piece that December. In 2002, after the Olympics began in Utah, Sports Illustrated put a high school basketball player on the cover. I asked Ed — on the ground in Salt Lake City at the time — about his thoughts

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regarding that choice, to include in a media column I was crafting for SportsBusiness Journal. “It’s the single worst editorial mistake I can remember in 24 years (with the magazine),” said Swift. Do you really want your name attached to that, I asked? He insisted he did. Recently, I asked the writer if he stood by his 12-year-old opinion — that teen basketball player on the cover, after all, was now the world-famous LeBron James. “Absolutely!” he said without hesitation. “That story on LeBron works two weeks earlier or two weeks later. To not have the Olympics on the cover that first week? I absolutely stand by that opinion.” The Winter Games in Sochi begin next week. Inside, find a variety of Olympic coverage related to the North Shore’s role in the worldwide event. And unlike a well-known sports magazine way back when, we even put the Olympics on the cover. Enjoy the weekend.

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■ by bill mclean Chicago Blackhawks executive and Wilmette resident Jay Blunk will not travel to Sochi, Russia, to watch 10 Blackhawks skate and represent their countries at the Winter Olympics starting this week. “The [National Hockey League] break for the Olympics comes at a fortunate time for us,” Blunk admits. “Our staff is going to need that time to do all we need to do before March 1.” That is the date the Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field in another of the NHL’s Stadium Series outdoor games. “It’s certainly a unique event to organize, with so many moving parts,” he adds. But Blunk will find the time — as will millions of others — to get cozy on a couch at home and watch the world’s best athletes. “You can’t beat watching downhill skiing,” Blunk says. “The athletes performing in that sport, the speeds at which they’re going … I sit there and watch, praying silently that nobody gets hurt.” He will have five other reasons to pay close attention to the Games, which open Feb. 6 and close Feb. 23. Five

of the 10 Olympic qualifiers from Illinois have ties to the North Shore, including uber-ebullient Jason Brown, 19, of Highland Park. Brown earned his first Olympic berth after finishing second at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston Jan. 12. “It’s been so insane, so crazy [since qualifying],” says Brown, who trains in Monument, Colo. “But I’m back to training and trying to stay grounded. It’s just another event, just another arena — that’s how I will have to approach the Olympics. “It will be such a honor and a privilege to skate over the Olympic rings.” His free skate at the U.S. Championships has been viewed on YouTube more than 3 million times. Brown’s ponytail? It actually has its own Twitter account — @2014PonyPower. It has attracted a few hundred followers. “I have received tons of support from people in Highland Park,” says Brown, who sought advice from 2002 Olympic figure skating gold medalist Sarah Hughes after securing a spot on Team USA. “My parents sent me pictures of signs hanging from [local] grocery stores. I am so grateful. “When I was 3,” he adds, “I was told all I wanted to do

Brian Hansen (left), a Glenview native who won a silver medal (team pursuit) at the 2010 Winter Olympics, practices in Milwaukee with Jeffrey Swider-Peltz before heading to Sochi.

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Cascia’s young career heading in right direction ■ by jenna schubert Since his childhood, Glenview native Logan Cascia has had a strong interest in the world of film and television. Now, at the age of 23, he has already directed an award-winning documentary, created several music videos, founded his own film company, and secured a position directing segments for Entertainment & Sports Programming Network (ESPN). Yet, despite his success, Cascia sticks to his main goal of creating films that have constructive and encouraging messages. “If the films I make have an impact on people in a positive way, then I know that what I’m doing is for a good reason, and that it’s beyond entertainment,” he says. As a child, Cascia began making films with his friends. After beginning high school at Glenbrook South, he enrolled in a television class with teacher Mark Ferguson. “Mr. Ferguson was instrumental in my success,” Cascia says. “I really credit his class for what I learned: the hands-on experience of shooting and editing my own documentaries and segments. It was in that class that I decided to pursue a career in film.” During his high school years, Cascia shot “AnaTommy,” a short documentary on fellow Glenview resident Tommy Carroll, who became a skilled skateboarder despite being diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma and losing his vision at age two. “I made the documentary for a school project, but I knew Tommy’s story would

attract more attention than a normal class project would,” Cascia says. “And it did; it was played at a few international film festivals and won awards.” After the success of his first documentary during his high school career, Cascia continued studying film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UVM). There, he directed a few humorous sports music videos, including two Green Bay Packerinspired videos and a “Teach Me How to Bucky” video — which became a YouTube sensation with more than 2 million hits. Cascia also founded his film company, Cascia Films, in 2008. Though he had initially considered attending a “big-name” film school, such as University of Southern California or New York University, Cascia’s choice of UWM proved to be a beneficial one. “Being a big fish in a small pond, I got to make a name for myself with my music videos,” he says. “And there are a lot of Wisconsin alumni in Hollywood, surprisingly. So, having a different set of connections worked to my advantage.” Because of his connections and talent, Cascia was able to secure work with ESPN, where he currently films the show “E:60,” which features 15-minute documentaries on athletes who have overcome major obstacles. Aside from his work at ESPN, he has also filmed important political figures such as Madeline Albright and John McCain. As he looks to the future, Cascia’s ultimate goals include directing large-scale documentaries and, ultimately, feature

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film productions. Although he eventually hopes to move to California to pursue his dream, he is content now with his job at ESPN and his work creating human-interest documentaries. “Many movies are just entertainment, and so much of the media is negative,” he says. “But the stories in my films are always about triumphant victories, which is the reason why I make them.” In his down time, Cascia – who now lives in Chicago – enjoys spending time with his family in Glenview and keeping up with the

world of sports. In fact, because many of his film industry connections are Wisconsinites, he sometimes needs to become an “actor” instead of a director when it comes to professing his sports team loyalties. “Am I a Packer fan? Well, it depends on who is reading this,” he says. “When I was in Wisconsin, I sort of bit my tongue and didn’t answer that question. But I’m a Bears fan.” For more information on Cascia Films, visit ■

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NEWS DIGEST REVIEW Deerfield After Monday and Tuesday’s school closings due to dangerously cold weather, District 109 is telling parents to not make plans for early summer vacations. The district notes that the official end of the school year is June 12, and with four emergency closure days thus far, the earliest the school year will end now is June 10. Had no emergency closure days been used, the school year would have ended June 5. The district annually builds five emergency closure days into the school calendar. District 109’s first emergency day this school year, Jan. 6, did not impact the calendar as an extra day of student attendance had been built into the calendar. “At this point, we still have two emergency days left in our school calendar; the Board of Education will officially amend the calendar in March or April to shift emergency days to student attendance days,” Superintendent Michael Lubelfeld said. “We cannot simply cancel a holiday or waive an institute day – these are regulated by law.” Glenview A local PGA Tour tournament has been named the presenting sponsor of the upcoming Chicago Golf Show. The Encompass Championship presented by Career Builder will headline the show, being held Feb. 21-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. An event on the PGA’s Championship Tour, the Encompass Championship will feature 81 professional golfers age 50 and older, including eight Hall of Famers, the week of June 16-22 at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. “The Chicago Golf Show is thrilled to welcome the Encompass Championship as its exclusive presenting sponsor for 2014,” said Tom Corcoran, Chicago Golf Show organizer. The Encompass Championship will offer show attendees half-price general admission tickets to the tournament. Any oneday ticket, normally priced at $25, will be sold for $12.50 at the show. Attendees can pick up the promo code at the Encompass Championship exhibit booth and purchase tickets at www.encompasschampionship. com. Anyone purchasing tickets at the show will be entered into a special prize drawing. Said Encompass Championship tournament director Mike Galeski, “The show is a great opportunity for the tournament to connect with core golfers who love the game and who follow the Champions Tour players who will be competing in our tournament.” Glenview A resident of Vi at The Glen has been honored for his service to a California rescue mission. Leonard “Lenny” Leonard “Lenny” Weisberg, a resident Weisberg of the Glenview continuing care retirement community, and his friend Chuck Riach were recently honored for 10 years of volunteer service at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission in Indio, Calif.

Weisberg and Riach started and operated the Country Club Food Drive in and around Coachella Valley to raise funds for the homeless and poverty-stricken population in the area. The initiative, which ran from 2001-10, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in food, funds and gift cards to feed the homeless and hungry. The duo frequently loaded and distributed the food themselves. When Weisberg and Riach, both widowers, finally called it quits on the collections – Riach getting remarried and Weisberg moving to Glenview to be near his children – the director of the food center that benefited from their efforts figured out that if all the food they collected was distributed at one time it would fill more than 1 million plates. “It gives you a good feeling. My mother did the same thing until she was 97 years old,” said Weisberg, himself now 94. “Volunteering was inborn in my family. We were in the bakery business so we were always in the dough! We just wanted to share some of that dough.” Besides the award, Weisberg has also received letters from two presidents – Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush – recognizing him for his efforts. Weisberg is contemplating conducting a similar effort here after residents of Vi at The Glen heard that the Northfield Food Bank was running short of funds and a group of them raised $10,000 for the organization in just five days.

Preview Deerfield The Deerfield Park District will conduct its annual Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance on Feb. 9. The event, from 5:30-8 p.m., will be conducted at the Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St. Geared for younger girls and their dads, the dinner dance will be in a fairy-tale atmosphere. Fairy-tale attire is encouraged for the event. The evening will consist of dinner, entertainment and dancing. A souvenir photo will be provided to daddydaughter couples. The cost is $50 per couple and $25 for each additional person. Dads and significant adults need to register for the event and can do so by calling (847) 945-0650. Glenview During February, more than 50 North Shore restaurants will take part in North Shore Restaurant Month. Depending on the restaurant, customers will be offered free appetizers or desserts with the purchase of an entree, 15 percent off of their bill or a complete meal for one fixed price. “The culinary talent on Chicago’s North Shore is unsurpassed,” said Gina Speckman, executive director of Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Not only do we have gifted and award-winning chefs, but the diversity of the cuisine that is offered in our region rivals any major city in the world. The North Shore dining scene truly has something for everyone.” Participating restaurants include

Glenview House, and Francesca’s North and Morton’s The Steakhouse, both in Northbrook. Northbrook The Northbrook Public Library is conducting a winter concert series, starting Sunday. Consuelo Lepauw will kick off the series at 2 p.m., performing on violin and playing the works of J.S. Bach. Lepauw is a French violinist living in Boston. She graduated magna cum laude from the Boston Conservatory and is getting her master’s degree in violin performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College. Lepauw has served as concertmaster of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra for two years and has been performing throughout the United States for the past year. Other upcoming performances are: Feb. 9: The Calumet Chamber Musicians with works by Chopin and Liebermann on the flute, cello and piano. Feb. 16: Er-Gene Kahng & David Gerstein with works by Martinu, Kodaly and Schulhoff on the violin and cello. Feb. 23: The Vienna Waltz Ensemble with works by Johann Strauss Jr., Beethoven, Haydn and Rossini on the violin, viola and bass. The concerts, all at 2 p.m. and being conducted on the third floor of the library, are sponsored by the Northbrook Arts Commission Northbrook Residents interested in exploring adoption

options are invited to attend a seminar in February at the Northbrook Library. Northbrook attorney Sally Wildman will present “The Sally Wildman Adoption Process From A to Z” from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Pollack Room of the library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Wildman will help individuals explore the world of adoption and the legal steps involved, with a focus on preparing individuals to adopt. She will share resources on choosing adoption agencies, community support and related professionals. A member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys since 1992, Wildman has represented adopting parents in all types of adoptions. “My goal in this workshop is to share both current trends in practice and also available resources so that people gain a framework for their interest in adoption of children,” Wildman said. Wildman noted that adoption is a complex field, with a lot of different procedures and different types of adoptions available. “Many people can find it overwhelming,” she said. “I decided many years ago that what people need is a non-threatening way to get a framework, an opportunity to come and get an overview.” For information or to register, call (847) 272-6224 or go to www.northbrookinfo/ programs/adult. ■

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As a writer for Sports Illustrated, E.M. Swift covered the 1980 Miracle on Ice, when the United States hockey team stunned the Soviet Union juggernaut and then topped Finland to capture the gold medal in L ake Placid. In 1994, as the national media member who knew Tonya Harding best, he appe a r ed on “Nightline” and other programs after thugs she hired clubbed fellow figu re sk at er Na nc y Kerrigan. This February will be comparatively quiet. After attending the past nine Winter Games, the scribe will be watching events in Russia from his couch in Massachusetts. “I’ve got to say that Sochi, it seems like a good one to miss,” says Swift, a Lake Forest native whose thoughts on sports can now be found at, the Web site for Boston’s NPR radio station. “If it was in a beautiful spot in the Alps, that’s different.” When Swift, only in his 20s at the time, showed up at Lake Placid flashing his Sports Illustrated press pass, the U.S. hockey team was almost an afterthought. “I was also covering speed skating, E.M. Swift and Eric Heiden was a much bigger story than hockey that first week,” he says. “He won five gold medals, so I covered all six U.S. gold medals. That was a great way to get introduced to the Olympic experience.” Being assigned to the figure-skating beat for the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary was quite an introduction to that sport as well. Russian pairs skaters Ekaterina Gardenia and Sergei Grinkov won gold — the youngest pairs team ever to do so. Married three years later, their story turned tragic when Grinkov died of a heart attack

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at 28. Swift penned “My Sergei: A Love Story” about the duo. Published in 1996, it stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for almost six months. Swift says he was given the opportunity to write a book on the Miracle on Ice team but passed. “I had written the (1980) Sportsmen of the Year piece on the team. I traveled all over the world for it — they had never told those stories before,” Swift says. “If you look at it, it was the model for the movie ‘Miracle,’ though I wasn’t given any credit for it. “ T hat (Spor ts Illustrated) piece got it right – there was nothing more to say.” Along with the Olympics, February is also the time for Sports Illustrated’s most popular issue, featuring dozens of models posing in swimsuits. Famous for its bikini-clad beauties (and its letters from mothers enraged that their sons receive such a publication), the swimsuit issue gave Swift the chance illustration by barry blitt to travel to Thailand, Costa Rica, Argentina and more. He crafted sports stories with the models — and ended up going bonefishing with Niki Taylor, sailboat racing with Heidi Klum (“she was tough as nails — she had a broken toe and never complained”) and even did his best to save Molly Sims after her bedroom caught on fire. “It was a burning sofa, and I tried to push it out the door, but it got stuck,” Swift recalls. “We ended up stuck in her room with her hairdresser, because the windows of

the place (in Argentina) had bars on them.” Everyone survived — and these days, “it’s a great cocktail party story,” he says. Much has changed since Swift left Sports Illustrated in 2010. Time Inc.’s magazine division was spun off by corporate parent Time Warner. Editors now report to business executives, a formerly unfathomable breach of the separation of editorial and advertising. “Editorial didn’t cover things because the business side wanted us too,” Swift says. “I would say the last few years I was there, though, some of that was creeping in. “I wrote an honest and critical look at (women’s golfer) Michelle Wie. Nike — which had a big contract with Wie — called my boss and said they spent a lot on advertising with Sports Illustrated. I stopped covering women’s golf because of that.”

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■ by joanna brown Though the Valentine’s Day decorations have wallpapered local stores since Dec. 26, I remain stumped. Sure, I have a shopping bag full of treats for my son’s preschool classroom and enough pink-and-red sprinkles on hand to candycoat the driveway — but I have nothing for my Valentine. He, I believe, gets off easy Feb. 14. He can stop at most any drug store, grocery store or gas station to grab a bunch of daisies on his way from work and arrive home looking like a hero. If I were to try the same thing, he would raise an eyebrow. Flowers, it seems, are not a manly gift. The research says that after-work driveby does not cut it these days. A 2013 Valentine’s Day spending survey by BIGinsight shows the average person spent $130.97 on candy, cards and gifts. Total spending in the United States was $18.6 billion.

Most gift-givers buy candy, and another third buy flowers. A sad 15 percent of giftgivers buy gift cards – a totally amateur gift, in my opinion. Given, not all of this spending goes to your One And Only. The same survey found that 60 percent of shoppers shared the love with family, and 25 percent bought gifts for friends. One in five Americans bought a Valentine for their pet, a category where total spending exceeded $800 million. Another sign of the times: 40 percent of smartphone users will dial up a gift idea; 46 percent of tablet owners will do the same. As if on cue, I asked my Facebook friends for manly gift ideas in the same genre as flowers and candy. I received exactly one response: a DVD of a favorite movie. (Technically, I received two responses, but “the honor and privilege of having a spouse” was disqualified because it was submitted by a blissful newlywed who is currently being deprived of sleep by his beautiful infant daughter.)

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a tropical locale. There are his-and-hers coffee mugs and stainless steel wallets (to prevent high-tech pickpocketing) and birdhouses in a range of styles. But there are also perfectly masculine gifts in the floral department. Venus flytraps, Smith recommended, or anything with more greenery than pink and lavender blooms. She is particularly fond of a preserved boxwood wreath – heart-shaped, no less – for indoor use. It only needs to be misted monthly. Just be careful while you’re shopping. There’s a drugstore, gas station and grocery store at the same intersection of Lake Avenue and Skokie Highway — and likely a swarm of men looking for parking spaces. Love & Marriage columnist Joanna Brown can be reached at ■

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Ben Rossi is the eponymous only child and founder of Only Child Brewing in Northbrook. How did you start making beer? I started home brewing several years ago, and just really started getting into it — not only because of my avid enthusiasm for craft beer and different styles of beer, but the whole science and history behind the brewing process has always been fascinating to me. Once I discovered it all, it really became a consuming passion of mine. Years brewing? Six or seven years. What compelled you to start Only Child? On top of the many benefits of entrepreneurship, it’s nice to do something that I’m passionate about and that I’m proud of. I’ve been in the bar and restaurant industry for well over a decade. I have a wife and two kids, and the late nights and hours in the hospitality industry burns you out. I wanted to take something I enjoyed doing and do it for a living. We just started releasing beer in September, and hopefully by the end of the year, we’ll have at least a dozen different beers. As the years go by that number will just increase. We’re in the process of expanding the brewery, building out a separate grain room and storage facility. Favorite beer to drink? I’ll be diplomatic. I’m a big fan of sessionable beers, beers with lower alcohol content. There are so many awesome beers and types out there, but I prefer a beer I can drink a couple of while I’m watching a Bears game. Favorite beer to make? I like making our farmhouse ale. It’s such a good, drinkable beer. I love that beer — it’s very earthy and rustic. It’s really something special. Worthwhile gadget? I’d say my tankless water heater is the best part of the whole brewing process — it’s uber efficient. Favorite cookbook? The Brewing bible

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is “How to Brew” by John Palmer, and it answers any question you could possibly have. That guy’s a mad scientist. I also think that anybody with even the slightest appreciate for craft brewing should read “The Brewmaster’s Table,” by Garrett Oliver, which concentrates more on beer and food pairings. It opens up your eyes to how complex beer can be. Best bar story? My brother-in-law helps me brew a lot of beer. One day, he and I were brewing and my wife and kids were in the area and stopped by. It was one of the first brew days we had after operations started, so we were still working out the kinks. While we were transferring some of the beer, we had had a significant spill. There was a decent amount of beer on the floor. When my wife and children came in, my eldest, who is 4 years old, put her hands on her face and said, in shock, “what’s that all over the floor?!” She was so upset that we’d spilled some of the beer — she cared very deeply about the spilled beer. It was amusing. Only Child Brewing has five beers, which are available at Binny’s, The Firkin, and Whole Foods Northbrook. For more information, visit ■

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24 | sports

Wrap-sody Wahl, fellow GBS freshmen finding their rhythm in crunch time ■ by bill mclean If it is late January, it is a time high school gymnasts resemble mummies. They have to wear tape … practically everywhere. Rolls and rolls of it. It’s a grueling, punishing, pain-is-myconstant-companion sport. Glenbrook South freshman Katie Wahl taped up both of her ankles and part of an arm before she and the Titans faced host Glenbrook North’s Spartans on Jan. 23. “She is competitive, fearless,” South coach Steve Gale said after his squad’s 137.8-129.1 victory in Northbrook. “She’s tough. She goes right after it.” Wahl is one of three freshmen on varsity. All-arounder Hannah Hartley — a Glenview-based Dreams Gymnastics Club member, like Wahl — did not compete in last week’s Central Suburban League crossover because of a back issue; the third regular rookie on varsity, Julia Stadler, finished second in the all-around (34.15) to Wahl (35.8). “Our three freshmen have been embraced by our seniors,” Gale said. “They work out together; there is nothing territorial about our team. “It’s a joy to come to practice each day,” he added. “Great work ethic in the gym … all of them.” Wahl, a Level 8 gymnast, also topped the bars (8.65) and beam (8.95) fields at Glenbrook North. She took runner-up honors on vault (9.2) behind junior teammate Kaci Castino (9.3) and added a runner-up showing on floor (9.0) behind Glenbrook North junior Tatum Zuransky (9.15). “It’s been fun,” Wahl said of her 2013-14 season thus far. “Everybody has been welcoming and supportive.” Stadler’s third-pace 9.15 on vault completed a 1-2-3 GBS sweep in the event; she also bronzed on bars (8.3) and beam (8.2). Titans senior Amanda Browder took Glenbrook South’s Katie Wahl soars through the air during her floor exercise routine. third in the all-around (33.65), highlighted by her runner-up 8.75 on the beam. Among Gale’s other varsity performers coachable. You tell her something, and you first 9 of the season. this winter are seniors Samantha Kopley can see her soak in the information. She “She deserved it,” Holmbeck said. “She’s and Allison Tye. An injury prevented Tye thinks, then does it … does whatever is been a consistent performer for us, solid. I from competing in the dual. know I can count on her.” needed in a routine.” Julie Holmbeck knows injuries. The Zuransky added a second-place effort on Spartans freshmen Alexa Michalak and Glenbrook North coach had to battle withJordyn Purdy also had to watch the action beam (8.35). out three of her all-arounders against GBS Glenbrook North senior Jane Nellis tied because of health issues. last week, including junior and returning “I knew yesterday [Jan. 22] we’d have to South’s Castino for third place on floor state qualifier Carli Betman. go without two of our girls,” Holmbeck said. (8.65). A bum ankle sidelined Betman, 13th on “Today [Jan. 23] I found out we’d compete Notable: Glenbrook North had been scorvault (9.525) at state last winter. without three of them. ing 134-136 points before it hosted South “Great technique,” Holmbeck said of “We had to play around with the lineup.” last week. … South competes at the CSL one of Betman’s strengths. “She’s very Zuransky’s score (9.15) on floor was her South Meet at Maine South Feb. 1, starting

photography by joel lerner at 11 a.m. … GBN hosts the CSL North Meet Jan. 31, beginning at 6 p.m. … GBS vies for sectional berths Feb. 5 at the Stevenson Regional in Lincolnshire; Glenbrook North was assigned to the Mundelein Regional (Feb. 3). … Gale, on his staff: “It’s outstanding.” … Betman tied for third place on vault (9.55) at a sectional meet last year. … The GBS-GBN dual last week doubled as North’s senior night. The Spartans enjoyed pizza after the meet. … Wahl, on her favorite event, bars: “Swinging — it kind of comes naturally to me.” ■

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Upper-crust effort Deerfield wrestlers top CSL field in dominant fashion ■ by bill mclean Let them eat crust, at least. Marc Pechter coaches Deerfield High School’s wrestling team. The carrot he dangled in front of his Warriors at the Central Suburban League Tournament at Niles North was a cheesy one Jan. 24-25: Free pizza for winning the meet by at least 75 points. Deerfield won the meet — by 64 points. Warriors junior Brady Glantz was hungry afterward. But not for gooey slices. “It was nice to come here and win it,” said the champion at 145 pounds, after helping Deerfield tally 269 points to runner-up New Trier’s 205. “But we all have bigger goals.” A big number, in wrestling circles: 14, as in the number of weight classes at meets. All 14 of Pechter’s mat men placed (top 6) at the league tourney, with five of them Brady crunch: Deerfield High School’s Brady Glantz (top) ties up New Trier’s Thomas Palmer during the 145-pound title match at the CSL Tournament. leaving Skokie as champions. Glantz (25-7) pinned New Trier’s photography by joel lerner Thomas Palmer at 3:02 in his championship bout. Vanderkloot (15-22) was fourth at 285; and seniors Jeff “The plan was to just go out and wrestle hard, rack up Spinello (132, 21-17) and Landen Hinds (170, 8-6) took points,” said Glantz, a hard-nosed grappler and respect- fifth in their respective draws. ful teen. “We’re all friends, all well-connected,” Thompson said “I like to break guys,” he added, referring to a guy’s will, of Deerfield’s 2013-14 edition. “When one of us gets a big not a guy’s bones. “You can see it, when a guy is [deflated, win at a big meet, you should see what it does for the rest mentally]. After that, it’s smooth sailing.” of the team. Deerfield senior 182-pounder Colton Emmerich was the “It gets the whole team going,” he added. RMS Titanic in a singlet last weekend. One problem, for the Deerfield vies for sectional berths at the Class 3A rest of the boys in his bracket: None surfaced as an iceberg. McHenry Regional on Feb. 8. Emmerich (36-1) needed only 43 seconds to pin Waukegan Glenbrook South senior Jon Servantes in his final, after advancing with a Sluggish start. technical fall in each of the previous two rounds. Crisp finish. He was named the CSL North Most Outstanding Wrestler Behold Matt Meyer’s weekend at the league wrestling afterward. meet. Deerfield’s other champions were freshman Kyle Clough The Titans’ grappler at 145 pounds lost 9-0 to Maine West (106 pounds, 18-4 record); senior Joey Bloom (113, 25-1); senior Kevin Mendoza after a first-round bye on Jan. 24. and sophomore Andrew Mehrholz (120, 37-2). On Jan. 25, in the bout for fifth place in the weight class, Pechter was proud of all of the title holders. But he made Meyer’s earned a 9-8 victory over … Mendoza. sure to laud junior TJ Thompson, normally a 182-pounder. Same guy, different result. Thompson had to beef up in order to battle as a Glenbrook South placed eighth (103.5 points). 220-pounder. “We did all right,” said Meyer, whose brother, Ross, wresHe took fifth in the division, improving to 13-6 with a tled at GBS and now majors in physics at the University 6-4 defeat of Maine West’s Brian Cutro in his final match. of Texas. “TJ did it for the team, wrestling up like he did,” Pechter “We got a couple of guys in the finals,” he added. “I comsaid. “That’s something I’ll remember about this weekend peted, after a slow start.” [years from now].” South seniors Ruben Padilla (132 pounds) and Denatra Thompson was a .500 wrestler at 182 pounds for last Moshi (285) took second in their respective weight diviyear’s JV squad. There’s nothing average about this year’s sions. Padilla (24-9) lost 2-0 to New Trier’s Luke Iida in a varsity. final, after edging Evanston’s Ben Morton 6-5 in a semiAnd Thompson is grateful for executing moves for the final; Moshi (25-5) fell 6-4 in overtime to Niles North’s parent club. James Edmond. “We have one of the hardest working teams in the state,” Titans junior Shouki Shunnarah (24-10) wound up Sage Heller of the Warriors (top) battles Niles West's Isaac he said. “We’ll use that … our superior conditioning [dur- third via default at 182 pounds. Senior teammate Hagan Reinemann in the 138-pound final. Reinemann won the match ing the state series].” Synnesvedt (12-11) took fifth at 160 pounds, recording a 4-2. Added Glantz: “We have a great coaching staff. They’re fall at 1:15 in his final bout on Jan. 25. great guys, great role models.” GBS hosts a 3A sectional on Feb. 8. photography by joel lerner Three Warriors — sophomores Sage Heller (138 pounds, 7-3 in the match for the bronze. 34-6) and Jake Williams (152, 15-7) and junior Christo Glenbrook North North junior Vince Agins (14-11) took sixth at 160 pounds. Moran (195, 24-16) — each finished as a runner-up; Senior Anton Vashinskiy placed third at 220 pounds at The Spartans also vie for sectional berths at the Class Deerfield seniors Brian Spinello (126, 34-8) and Jack Powen the league meet, as the Spartans finished 12th (29 points). (160, 27-12) contributed third-place efforts; senior David Vashinskiy (17-9) beat Maine South junior Ken Martens 3A Glenbrook South Regional Feb. 8. ■

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Battle-tested Spartans earn important wins in CSL North ■ by bill mclean Well before the start of the 2013-14 boys swimming and diving season, in September, Glenbrook North’s squad headed to Joliet. It formed two teams, upperclassmen vs. lowerclassmen. But they did not battle in a body of water. They sustained shots to the body. Paintball shots. “They had a blast,” recalled Spartans coach Josh Runkle, who did not participate. “We bonded,” Glenbrook North senior Victor Qiao said. They took down three-time reigning Central Suburban League North champion Niles North on Jan. 17. The Spartans’ primary weapons of destruction in the 113-70 triumph: speed and strength. Paint the town green and gold. “We pushed back,” said Qiao, the victor in the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.65) and 500 free (5:01.03) events. “No more kicking us around.” Niles North’s Vikings hadn’t lost a CSL North dual since 2010. But the loss wasn’t a shocker. “Graduation decimated Niles North, and we returned a lot of kids,” Runkle said. “We also swam well. The kids … they got fired up for the meet. “For us,” he added, “it was time to go, time to win.” Spartans senior Jack Brierton and sophomore Brendon Johnson were also two-time winners against the Vikes. Brierton touched first in the 50 free (22.76) and 100 free (50.69); Johnson topped the 200 IM (2:08.73) and 100 backstroke (58.6) fields. GBN sophomore Arshad Baxamusa easily won the 100 butterfly (56.11). Runkle’s crew is sophomore-laden — eight of the varsity’s 14 regulars are members of the Class of 2016. Who knows? Glenbrook North might be able to match what Niles North achieved in CSL North waters from 2011-13. “We’re young, and they’re great kids,” Runkle said. “But we need to mature a little bit.” The Spartans did not suffer a letdown on Jan. 24, edging host Highland Park 94-89. Both teams had entered the dual with 2-0 marks in the division.

Glenbrook North’s Brendon Johnson (left) and Allen Tran of Highland Park react at the end of the 200 IM. Johnson was the winner.

photography by george pfoertner The dual wasn’t decided until the completion of the final event, the 400 free relay. The Spartans’ quartets went 1-3, while the Giants’ foursomes finished 2-4. Game, set, splash … Glenbrook North. Qiao, Brierton, senior Patrick Gosciminski and sophomore Mark Schneider combined legs for a first-place 3:21.72. Qiao sparkled in the 200 free (1st, 1:48.89) and 500 free (1st, 4:59) again; Brierton edged HP senior Ben Laedlein 23.11-23.16 to win the 50 and motored to first in the 100 free (50.66); Baxamusa recorded a convincing win in the fly (56.59); and the 200 free relay of Brierton, Gosciminski, Schneider and Qiao triumphed in 1:32.98. “Our next few meets will be about getting used to racing,” Johnson said near the middle of the dual meet at HP. “Our coach … he knows what he’s doing.” Runkle also knows his way around Highland Park High School. He coached Giants teams from 1998-2003. Notable: Niles North hosts the CSL North Invite on Feb.

15. “We’ll consider that meet a dress rehearsal [for sectional and state meets],” Qiao said. “The only thing missing there will be the taper.” … Johnson’s older brother, University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) freshman Stefan Johnson, holds the Glenbrook North school record in the 500 free. He clocked a runner-up time of 4:44.3 at a sectional in the home water last winter and placed 32nd in the event at the state meet. … GBN finished third at its inaugural Art Van Aman Invite on Jan. 25, tallying 220 points. Loyola Academy (263) and Normal Community West HS (261) went 1-2 at the six-team gathering. Qiao (48.6) and Brierton (49.4) went 2-3 in the 100 free; sophomore Andy Cooke took third in diving (350.8 points); Schneider bronzed in the 500 free (5:08.44); Brierton clocked a third-place 22.4 in the 50 free; Qiao finished fourth in the 200 free (1:47.94); Johnson placed fourth in the 200 IM (2:07.62); and two Spartans relays — 200 free (1:30.12) and 400 free (3:22.63) — generated third-place points. Brierton, Gosciminski, Schneider and Qiao swam on both units. ■

Glenbrook South’s Maki alters shots — and his game ■ by t.j. brown

Devin Maki, seen here in earlier action this winter, came up with a double-double for the Titans in their loss to Niles West.

photography by joel lerner

Devin Maki deserves his due. The Glenbrook South senior forward came up big on both ends of the court in the team’s 69-66 loss to visiting Niles West on Jan. 24. Maki not only finished with a nice double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds), but he also came up with one of the defensive plays of the night by blocking a dunk attempt by Niles West standout Romeo Magloire in the first half. Five of Maki’s 10 rebounds came on the offensive end. “Devin was very aggressive tonight,” GBS coach Ben Widner said. “He had a real nice game defensively.” Maki has modified his game. He has focused on his lunch-bucket skills, after he got off to a slow start this year. And it’s made a difference. “At the beginning of the year, I was looking to shoot too much,” said Maki. “A lot of what I’ve tried to focus on recently is crashing the boards and getting inside.” Maki’s problem against Niles West (5-10, 1-5) simply was staying on the floor. He picked up his second foul early in the first half, and then was whistled for his fourth foul with 6:31 left in the game, forcing Widner to sub him in and out for the remainder. “I’ve been getting in foul trouble way too much recently,” Maki said. “In the first half, I couldn’t get into any rhythm early because I had to come out with two fouls. It was pretty frustrating.” Led by Magloire (21 points), the Wolves built a 10-point

advantage with 2:39 left to play. But things got interesting down the stretch, and Maki was a factor. He cut the lead to two points with 35 seconds left, when he converted a layup after picking up a loose ball. Notable: GBS senior guard Danny Nikitas has made a verbal commitment to play basketball at Lake Forest College. The interesting part? His brother, Jamie Nikitas, plays for Lawrence University, which also competes in the Midwest Conference. Jamie Nikitas, a sophomore guard, currently is averaging 14.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.0 assists per game for the Vikings. Danny Nikitas continues to be a standout for the Titans (9-9, 2-4). He finished with 19 points, five assists and three steals against Niles West. And he especially was effective during the team’s fourth-quarter comeback attempt. In a span of 25 seconds, he scored seven straight points to trim Niles West’s lead to three points. Meanwhile, senior Connor McCarthy came off the bench to score 16 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field and 8-for-10 from the foul line. Despite having a taped-up right hand, McCarthy added eight rebounds and two blocks. “I think we turned it over a few times trying to get it to him,” said Widner. “But when he gets the ball, he does a great job looking to pass if he’s doubled, or attacking the basket.” Glenbrook South also received solid contributions from Paul Jones (7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) and Peter Heles (2 steals and 3 assists). ■


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Eric the Red (hot)

Porter’s torrid shooting carries Warriors to win over Giants ■ by bill mclean It had to be a first. Deerfield High School guard Eric Porter suffered a painful cramp in his right leg — between free throws. And while he was standing at the stripe. The spasm grabbed the 5-foot-11 senior in the fourth quarter of a Central Suburban League North showdown at Highland Park’s SRO gymnasium on Jan. 25. “My whole right leg … I couldn’t move it for a while,” a smiling Porter recalled after Deerfield’s 57-47 victory. The result moved the Warriors (13-4, 5-1) into a firstplace tie with HP’s Giants (12-4, 5-1) atop the league standings. HP downed Deerfield for a 48-39 road win on Dec. 6. The second meeting will not be memorable because of Porter’s right leg. People will remember it because of Porter’s third quarter. He poured in 14 of his game-high 20 points in the frame, with 12 of them coming in a 17-0 run that lasted 5:24. Deerfield trailed 27-26 before Porter’s campaign to singe a net off a rim came awfully close to causing a game delay. “We didn’t want it to be close at the end,” Porter said. Forty seconds after Warriors senior guard Stefanos Fasianos (8 points, 2 steals) nailed a trey, Porter began his torrid ways with a three-pointer of his own. Then he got fouled, while launching another three. Porter made all three free throws. He later popped for consecutive three-pointers in a 56-second span. The latter bomb originated somewhere near Port Clinton Square. A close game had turned into a breathless 43-27 lead for Deerfield. Flurries occur inside, too. The visitors shot 7-for-8 (88 percent) from the field in their 21-point third quarter. “When Eric gets going …,” Deerfield coach Dan McKendrick marveled. He did not have to finish the thought. “We got good ball movement, good player movement,” McKendrick added. They also got defensive — on junior guard David Sachs, the Giants’ top scorer. Sachs netted only five points, two after the first quarter. The Warriors’ box-and-1 practically straight-jacketed

the floor leader. “Our focus was to try to limit [Sachs’] ability to beat us,” McKendrick said. “We were more aware of where he was than we were [on Dec. 6). “He’s tough to guard. He’s such a good player.” Deerfield senior forward Michael Alfieri (15 points, 5 rebounds) was all good in the final 2:35 of the second quarter, producing an 8-0 personal run. His second threepointer in the surge came with 1.2 seconds left. Deerfield led 24-23 at the break. “Deerfield hit big shots, performed really well,” said Giants coach Paul Harris, who received a buzzer-beating trey from junior guard Jacob Iden (9 points) in the first quarter. “And Deerfield did a very good job on [Sachs].” Harris noted Deerfield’s box-and-1 wasn’t the only effective scheme against Sachs and his mates. The Warriors showed 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones and a man-to-man defense. The hosts did not wilt after Porter’s inferno-esque show in the third. HP closed the gap to 51-44, at 2:26 of the fourth quarter, on Sachs’ only two-point field goal of the game. But Deerfield sealed matters by netting six freebies in the final 2:03. “Just a little bit,” McKendrick said of how satisfying the win was. He was kidding. “I have such profound respect for [Harris] and the teams he coaches,” the coach said. “To steal a win, on Highland Park’s court …” Again, McKendrick did not have to finish the thought. Deerfield hosts Niles North Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. and visits Northridge Prep Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Notable: Deerfield lost 53-49 to visiting Warren on Jan. 25. Porter hit for a team-high 14 points, with nine coming from three-point land. Fasianos tallied 10, and junior forward Jack Lieb grabbed nine rebounds for the Warriors (13-5). Sophomore guard Jordan Baum contributed four assists. … HP did not commit its first turnover against Deerfield until the 4:13 mark of the second quarter. The Giants finished with seven turnovers; the Warriors committed eight. … Junior guard Luke Norcia (14 points, 2 treys) paced HP’s offense. … Harris, after the loss: “If you had told me, at the beginning of the season, that we’d be 12-4 and tied for first place [in the Central Suburban League North] on Jan. 24, I would have taken that. This won’t define us or destroy us.” HP beat Prosser 55-40 two days later in Chicago. … Porter, on HP’s Giants: “Highland Park is a good team, with good chemistry.” ■

Deerfield High School’s Eric Porter, seen here during earlier action this winter, poured in a game-high 20 points in the team’s win over Highland Park.

photography by joel lerner

Loyola Academy's Morrissey: Jack of all treys ■ by kevin reiterman Three-point shooters are drawing cards. They’re home run hitters. They’re touchdown makers. Jack “Quick Draw” Morrissey has been a long-distance darling at Loyola Academy for three seasons. You watch him — with heightened anticipation. The 6-foot-2 senior guard isn’t one to shoot from the hip. He’s too humble, too quiet for that. But, when it comes to dialing it up from downtown — city blocks — Morrissey is not shy. He’s got the quick trigger. Lining up from 19 feet, nine inches — and beyond — is in his comfort zone. Wanting to take the tough shot in the tough moment is part of his DNA. “For Jack, the three-pointer is a highpercentage shot,” said teammate and fellow long-distance sharpshooter James Clarke. The other day, LA head coach Tom Livatino, who is as emphatic in a huddle

as he is in a phone interview, touted Morrissey’s prowess from the perimeter. “Jack Morrissey is the best threepoint shooter in Illinois. Period!” said the Ramblers’ coach. Period. Exclamation point! Just before Christmas, Morrissey reached a milestone: 1,000 career points. And, on Jan. 17 in a 70-51 victory at Leo High School, Morrissey had another watershed experience. He sank six threes against the Lions, giving him 273 for his varsity career and placing him 20th on the IHSA’s all-time list. If he remains true to form, Morrissey figures to pass up a local legend: former Glenbrook North and Duke University star Jon Scheyer, who is ranked 15th (284). The No. 1 spot? That appears to be out of reach. Washington’s Matt Roth (200508) has the record: 464. “I didn’t realize it, until coach told me,” said Morrissey, who wants to teach high school math some day. “It’s cool. But it’s really a team thing. “I’ve been blessed to have great coaches and teammates (at Loyola),” he added. “A

lot of it is due to them.” What impresses Livatino is that Morrissey has scored all those points with a target on his back. “It’s not like he sneaks up on opponents,” said the coach. “It’s not like the people we play don’t know who he is. They’re trying to take his shot away.” And the current Loyola system doesn’t lend itself to a lot of high scoring. “When you consider our style of play,” said Livatino, “it’s difficult to have someone score 1,000 career points.” But Morrissey’s game is bent that way. He truly is a modern-day gunslinger. His release — from just about anywhere on the court — is lightning-quick. So fast, in fact, that it would make Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok envious. “He’s a catch-and-shoot shooter,” said Livatino, “who’s got the ability to get a shot off in a small window.” Morrissey takes advantage of those windows of opportunity with good shooting technique. “He’s got good feet. He sets up well,” Livatino said. “And he’s got the quick release.”

Morrissey, who has canned 44 percent from three-point territory during his three-year career, is at his best when he sets up in the outer regions of a basketball court. He’s a range rover in maroon sneakers. He likes to push the limit. He hit backto-back NBA threes in a recent win over Mount Carmel. “It’s pretty hard to guard somebody who is shooting from NBA range,” said Clarke. “He’s confident shooting it from anywhere.” His range didn’t just appear out of thin air. “A lot of it is conditioning. To be able to shoot deep shots, you have to have strong legs,” said Morrissey, a big fan of J.J. Reddick, a Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard. “I did a lot of leg work in the summer. If you’re not in good shape, you’re not going to shoot well.” The LA coach is a little miffed that no Division I recruiter has locked in on Morrissey, who is averaging 17.1 points per game. “He deserves to play college basketball at a high level,” said the coach. “He hasn’t gotten what he wants yet … but he will.” ■



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For Melissa and Brian, Iceland is a heartwarming experience

Traveling is a passion Melissa and I share, and about three months after we first met in 2009, we decided to go on our first international adventure together. Since each of us had already hit many of the obvious global destinations, we were looking to do something a little different. We went to Iceland. We were particularly attracted to the country’s natural landscape, as well as its Norse history and culture as an island bordering the Arctic Circle. We flew in to Reykjavik, which is the northernmost capital in the world, checked into the Reykjavik Downtown hotel and almost immediately began boarding tour buses taking us to the far reaches of the country. Iceland is renowned for its topography, so it was quite an active trip. We climbed mountains and glaciers, observed volcanoes and lava fields, witnessed natural geysers and waterfalls, and even went whale watching. One morning we took an Icelandic horse ride through the valley, visited the continental divide

“We climbed mountains and glaciers, observed volcanoes and lava fields, witnessed natural geysers and waterfalls, and even went whale watching.”

Melissa and Brian Orefice live in Lincolnshire. Melissa works at Abeille Bridal & Beauty in Lincoln Park, while Brian is director of news and editorial operations at STATS — which will have a big role at the Winter Olympics — in Northbrook.

between the North American and Eurasian plates, and then had a late-night viewing of the Northern Lights. We can confirm Iceland’s reputation as home of the world’s best hot dogs is well-deserved, but our signature meal occurred at Reykjavik’s Fish Market. We dined on fresh-out-of-the-ocean lobster and shrimp, and then enjoyed a white chocolate cheesecake and sorbet dessert combo. There was some time for relaxation toward the end of visit, when we stopped by one of the country’s geothermal pools en route to the airport. Walking outside in just your bathing suit at that latitude and then jumping into naturally heated waters was surreal — and proved to be the perfect ending to our once-in-a-lifetime trip. Melissa and Brian Orefice, as told to David Sweet. ■

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North Shore Weekend WEST, Issue 11  

The West Zone of the North Shore Weekend is published every two weeks and features the news and personalities of Glenview, Northbrook, and D...

North Shore Weekend WEST, Issue 11  

The West Zone of the North Shore Weekend is published every two weeks and features the news and personalities of Glenview, Northbrook, and D...