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sunday breakfast

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North Shore native revamps Chicago magazine. P. 22

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featuring the news and personalities of glenview, northbrook and deerfield

Life after

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North Shore Weekend News 10

Real Estate

Life After Oprah

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A number of women on the North Shore served as producers for the nowdefunct “Oprah Winfrey Show.” How has life been for them since?

North Shore Offerings Two intriguing houses in our towns are profiled.

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Open Houses Find out — complete with map — what houses you can walk through for possible purchase on the North Shore on Sunday.

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Sporting goods Play It Again Sports is a haven for parents who need second-hand equipment for their growing children.

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Better life Glenview resident Sandy Haggart’s Feed the Dream charity is putting together a better future for the children of Guatemala.

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is book has been excerpted in Sports Illustrated and The Wall Street Journal, perhaps the first time that combination has occurred for any writer. His reviews are off the charts, with one writer calling it “the best book on professional football I know — the best because it’s the most truthful.” For author Rich Cohen, it has been a heartening experience. “It makes me feel great,” said the Glencoe native. “You never know what will happen with a book.” The title of the work in question, “Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football,” belies what’s inside. Rabid Bears’ fans who expect a rehashing of that glorious year may be disappointed at first, but they’ll soon realize they’ve encountered something far richer. “There’s been a lot of books about Week 1, Week 2 — I don’t like to read books like that,” Cohen explains. “I knew I didn’t want it to be just a sports book. I wanted it to be more like ‘The Boys of Summer,’ what happened to the Brooklyn Dodgers 20 years after they won the World Series — how do they adjust to normal life?” The Vanity Fair writer offers an engaging, winding story that is a bit about Cohen’s obsession with the Bears, the history of America’s most popular sport, the ramifications of violence and more. Of course, there’s plenty of previously untold Bears’ stories, from Coach Mike Ditka’s fury when his cologne was purloined at the team’s Lake Forest headquarters to wild

hitter Doug Plank laying out padless receiver Brian Baschnagel twice during a practice on a gym floor. “Plank knocks him out like it’s the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl,” notes Cohen, who spent two days with the man whom the famous 46 defense was named after (46 was Plank’s jersey number). Cohen — who was profiled in our Sunday Breakfast department earlier this year — appeared at Soldier Field on Thursday to discuss the book. He has two more area appearances: Nov. 14 at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville (in an event put on by the Lake Forest Book Store) and Nov. 25 at the Northlight Theatre in Skokie. “Usually you have a vision of how you want a book to be — then it doesn’t work out that way,” Cohen says. “This time it did.” Check his website, authorrichcohen.com, for more information. Well before Cohen enjoyed a book excerpt in The Wall Street Journal, Amy Merrick worked at the venerable paper, writing about retail and the Midwest economy from its Chicago bureau. We’re pleased to have her as a contributor to The North Shore Weekend; make sure to check out her first article inside, which focuses on North Shore women who talk about what life is like after spending years producing “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Enjoy the weekend.

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North Shore women talk about their memories of producing the epic show — and how life has treated them since ■ by amy merrick On her first day of work at “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Jen Stamper was handed a box of videotapes and told to dub them. She asked where to go. The reply: “Figure it out.” So she did, wandering through the maze of hallways at Harpo Studios — a former roller rink on Chicago’s West Side — until she found the right place. “You learn how to be a problem-solver who can get things done,” said Stamper, who spent 16 years with the program, working her way up to co-producer. The long hours, tight deadlines and intense demands of the show wore on Harpo’s employees — but they also created close bonds. The work felt meaningful. Lives were changed. After working there, returning to a normal schedule was a relief, but it was also a challenge. Nothing else created such a thrill. “Sometimes I go on YouTube and look up certain moments,” said Karen Firsel, a former associate producer. “It’s like reliving that energy.”

“Sometimes I go on YouTube and look up certain moments. It’s like reliving that energy.” | Karen Firsel A handful of former Oprah producers — all North Shore residents — reminisced about the show recently and described how they had to rediscover themselves once they left. Some departed on their own schedule, while others were forced to shift gears when “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended in 2011, after a 25-year run in Chicago. A few worked briefly on other Harpo programs, such as the short-lived “The Rosie Show” or “The Dr. Oz Show.” Winfrey, meanwhile, moved to Los Angeles to launch the OWN cable network. Producers are the workhorses of any television program. At Harpo, they pitched show ideas, conducted background research, and found and interviewed guests. They assembled prerecorded segments, wrote scripts and supervised edits. Then they prepped the guests — and Oprah herself — for the actual taping. Sixteen-hour workdays and sacrificed personal lives were common. As a new mom, Stamper spent her first Mother’s Day at the office. When Firsel, a Northbrook resident, was dating her now-husband, she was constantly canceling plans to stay late. Of course, there were also perks, including frequent celebrity encounters. Performances by Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Madonna. Gwyneth Paltrow walking around backstage in a shirt and stockings while her skirt was being steamed. And that notorious episode when Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch, expressing his love for Katie Holmes? “I love that moment!” said April Terrien, a former associate producer. “I don’t care what anybody says.” Yet the real highlights had nothing to do with Hollywood. For Firsel, it was the 2004 episode when Oprah gave a Pontiac G-Six to every member of her audience. The footage of people leaping out of their chairs and Oprah shouting, “Everybody gets a car!” became one of the show’s bestknown moments. For Stamper of Northbrook, it was working on a program with Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize-winner and author of “Night.” The producers chose 50 students who had written essays inspired by the book. One girl, Clemantine, was a Rwandan refugee living in America, who hadn’t seen her parents in 12 years. On the show, Clemantine and her sister were reunited with their family, whom Oprah had flown to Chicago as a surprise. “That moment of them seeing each other…” said Stamper

Former producers for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” — Jen Stamper, Karen Firsel, and April Terrien — get together.

photography by joel lerner — and her eyes filled with tears. Oprah was always the driving force. While famously perfectionistic, she also showed her gratitude, sending handwritten notes of praise and taking employees to Hawaii or on a cruise. “She has a way of making you feel like every person is there for a reason,” said Terrien, who opted to stay home with her two children when the show ended, a choice she described as “the hardest I ever made.” A number of the producers left Harpo when they felt they couldn’t give enough attention to their families. But for women who thrived on adrenaline, the decision felt like speeding along the expressway for years, then coming to an abrupt stop. Some were adrift for months as they recovered from chronic exhaustion. “I needed to figure out who I was without Harpo,” said Rosenthal, who worked for the studio for 12 years, ending as a senior supervising producer, creating promotions for upcoming episodes. Part of that learning process has been spending time with

her daughter, writing a book about finding her own birth mother and studying Bikram Yoga, which is practiced in a 105-degree space. “You have no choice but to stand in this room and stare at yourself in a mirror and really connect with yourself,” she said. The tenacious attitude required to keep pace at Harpo has given the women confidence to start new ventures. Firsel, a mother of two, has realized her longtime dream of being on camera, appearing in fashion and lifestyle segments for WGN. Stamper, who has four children, recently opened Juniper, a women’s clothing boutique in Northbrook. The producers remain close — they describe themselves as a “sorority” — and support each other’s dreams. Stamper’s new boutique sells beaded jewelry made by Highland Park resident Dana Hughes, a former Harpo promotions producer and mother of two who co-founded Danelle Designs about a year ago. “Whether working at Harpo, being a mom or having a jewelry business, the skills are all transferable,” said Hughes. ■


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■ by jenna schubert With one step into Play It Again Sports, a used and new sporting goods store located in Northbrook, it’s apparent that the store has no shortage of fitness and sports equipment. The neatly arranged ice and hockey skates alone take up a seemingly unending set of shelves that stretch almost to the ceiling. This February, Play It Again Sports — which is open seven days a week — relocated a few spaces over from its original location in the Brookside shopping center,

“We were recycling sports equipment before that became popular.” | Rob Blunk located on Waukegan Road at the border of Deerfield and Northbrook. The new space is much larger than the original store, allowing for a better selection of sporting and fitness equipment. While hockey and baseball equipment tend to be the most popular bought and sold items, the store also carries lacrosse, snow skiing and boarding, golf, softball, and football gear, as well as fitness machines and weights. During its 13 years of operation, Play It Again Sports has become a popular resource for local athletes and parents of young athletes. Instead of buying expensive new equipment, customers embrace the opportunity to buy discounted, high-quality used and new sporting items. “It’s a culture that we’ve helped create in the area,” store manager Rob Blunk says. “We were recycling sports equipment before that became popular.” Because child and young adult athletes often outgrow

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Group is a dream come true for Guatemalan villages ■ by jenna schubert When Glenview resident Sandy Haggart embarked on her first trip to Guatemala in 1997, she had no idea the experience would change her life. As a translator for a medical mission, she quickly became familiar with the nation and its natives. “I fell in love with the people and the country,” Haggart says. Several trips and years later, her daughter — who had accompanied Haggart on her first trip to Guatemala — adopted a baby Guatemalan girl named Sarita. Inspired

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anniversary — works in partnership with the indigenous people of Guatemala to help them achieve a healthier diet. “We’re not trying to change who they are,” Haggart says. “We work with them, hand in hand, to make the nutrition program successful.” The organization operates through indigenous educators, who teach villagers how to plant and cultivate fruit and vegetable gardens. Because the villages are isolated and impoverished, and work is difficult to find, most of the people are accustomed to a survival diet of corn, coffee, and sometimes beans. “They work very hard, and having their own garden is one way they can feel empowered to improve their family’s health,” Haggart says. Feed the Dream educators provide the Guatemalan people with incatarina — a fortified drink — and water filters, as 98 percent of the nation’s water is non-potable. They also replace open indoor fires with vented and enclosed stoves, reducing the risk of injury and smoke-related health issues. Recently, the organization began donating goats to the villagers, who eat and sell the goat milk and cheese. The organization serves numerous villages in the western highlands of Guatemala. Already, nine of the villages have reached self-sustainability, meaning they are educated on nutrition, have the tools and resources to grow healthy foods, and have methods to procure clean water. The residents of these villages have already experienced the benefits of a healthy diet. “They’re very, very appreciative of us being there,” Haggart says. Haggart has also been impressed by the generosity and encouragement she has received from residents of the North

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important elements of evidence, including access to the downloading of any electronic control modules on the garbage

deerfield

truck or SUV, which will tell us about the

Kids now have the opportunity to go out

speed of the vehicles at impact and any

and play at the Sachs Recreation Center

braking efforts at impact.”

(SRC). An outdoor play area has been estab-

Northbrook

lished to complement indoor recreation.

Howard Schultz, executive director/chief

The outdoor fun zone is geared for SRC

executive officer of the North Suburban

participants and visitors.

YMCA (NSYMCA), has been named to

“This new outdoor playground — with

the National Committee on Membership

a soft surfacing — is a terrific enhance-

Standards on the national Y-USA

ment to our available services.” said Tony

organization.

Korzyniewski, general manager of Sachs.

The national committee is comprised

Sachs plans to add adult fitness areas as

of YMCA volunteers and CEOs and pro-

well.

vides peer review of member associations

The Sachs Recreation Center is located at the southeast corner of the Deerfield Park Plaza, 455 Lake Cook Road.For information, call (847) 572-2600, email infor@sachsreccenter.org or go to www. sachsreccenter.org.

Northbrook Phil Kiraly, who has been Northbrook’s assistant village manager for five years, has been named village manager of Glencoe.

robert mankoff/the new yorker collection/www.cartoonbank.com

village manager when he starts the post

for conditions and did not keep a proper

Dec. 1.

lookout for vehicles.

He was chosen from a pool of more than 100 candidates.

Glenview

Occurring shortly after noon on Oct. 15

to promote and protect the YMCA name around the country. Schultz said he finds satisfaction with the national role, seeing that the NSYMCA was at risk of closing six years ago. At that

at Harlem Avenue and Harrison Street in

point, the Northbrook-based agency had

Glenview, the accident caused the Kia to

been on probation for five years, was bur-

burst into flames.

dened with $2.3 million in debt, had declin-

A lawsuit has been filed in connection

“The police are still investigating the

with the Oct. 15 Glenview accident that

crash and have in their possession the

In two years, Schultz and other leaders

left three people dead.

Skokie garbage truck and the smashed

moved the YMCA back in good standing.

ing enrollment and faced an aging facility.

Kiraly’s background also includes time

The suit filed by Jaeyoul Jung — a son of

with Deerfield, serving as the village’s

Gwi Rye Kim who died in the crash — con-

senior partner at Clifford Law Offices,

will be serving the national community

interim manager and assistant village

tends that the driver ofthe garbage truck

which is representing Jung in the lawsuit.

through NCMS,” commented Philip Ruben,

manager. He will become Glencoe’s eighth

that hit the 2006 Kia was driving too fast

“We have been denied access to these

NSYMCA board president. “It is a rewarding

and burned SUV,” said Robert A. Clifford,

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tickets, visits, www.northbrooksym-

hiding at the age of 4 She remembers

Information is also available at www.

practically having our doors closed. I’m

phony.org or call (847) 272-0755.

being the one of her family members able

nbparks.org.

glad that Y-USA recognizes that our experi-

• Northbrook resident Bill Wagner dis-

to stand up in the silo.

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Dogs must be at least 6 months old to

ence can be a model to save other Ys; and

cussing his experiences in the Eighth Air

Howard is the perfect person to offer that

Force during World War II at 2 p.m. and

not to make noise even though I was hun-

perspective from the trenches.”

7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of the

gry and thirsty,” Katz said. “It was a power-

two acres for all dogs and a half-acre for

Northbrook Library.

ful message, and I knew I had to follow it.

small dogs, a dog wash, a shelter, a drinking

He told me it was dangerous and that we

fountain, a walking path, tables, benches

could be killed.

and parking for 37 cars.

PREVIEW Deerfield-GlenviewNorthbrook Local Veterans Day observances include: Deerfield: Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the Deerfield Veterans Memorial, located at Jewett Park Drive and Park Avenue (behind the Deerfield Community Center, 836 Jewett). Veterans will meet at the American Legion Post at 10:15 a.m. and walk over to the memorial. Call (847) 945-9821 for information. Glenview: Veterans Day Observance at 11 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Memorial,

• A breakfast and musical entertainment from 8:30-11 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 14) at the Northbrook Park District Leisure

ber being hungry and in pain. There are

the free event

painful memories that remain deep in my

Glenview Holocaust, will share her recollections of

encourages residents to visit the Holocaust

medical equipment will be able to borrow it

that time along with her message of peace

Museum in Skokie, where a blanket Katz’s

from the Park District. The only charge will

during a program.

mother gave her is on permanent display.

be a refundable deposit of $25.

Katz, who spent 22 months hiding with other family members in a potato silo, will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at Glenview

Katz said she wants people to know that they can make the world a better place. “I believe very deep in my heart that one

The Northbrook Nurses Club had operated the program for more than 50 years, but an aging club membership and a lack

New Church, 74 Park Drive. There is a sug-

individual can make a difference,” Katz

of new members caused the club to cease

gested donation of $5.

said. “Jewish law indicates that when one

operations earlier this fall.

said it is important that young people hear

Speakers will include Village President Jim

from Holocaust survivors so that they can

Patterson.

tell their stories to future generations. “The Holocaust did not start with gas

a.m. Monday at Northbrook Junior High,

chambers; it started with bigotry, intoler-

1475 Maple Ave.

ance and physical and verbal bullying. “To me, it is important to not only tell the younger generation about bullying, but the

at Glenbrook North High School. For

The Northbrook Park District will begin lending medical equipment to residents. As of Monday, residents needing wheel-

Sesterhenn American Legion Post 166.

Sheely Center for the Performing Arts

Northbrook

chairs, walkers, canes, crutches and other

the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Katz, 75,

 concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the •A

The park will feature: fenced-in grounds,

Katz, who lost most of her family includ-

The event is sponsored by the Joseph M.

include:

brain.”

visit the park.

ing her father and mother in the Holocaust,

Cipora Katz, a child survivor of the

A member of the Speakers’ Bureau for

Other observances in Northbrook

“I was so young at the time, but I remem-

Center. Call (847) 291-2988 to RSVP to

located at Glenview Road and River Drive.

Northbrook: A memorial service at 10:30

“My father kept telling me not to cry and

saves another’s life, it is as if that person has saved the whole world.”

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Park District’s director of leisure services. Center provides health, recreational and

Access to the park will require an annual through the Northbrook Park District’s

Knowledge Is The dIfference

and run the program,” said Elsa Fischer, the “In keeping with our mission, our Senior

well.”

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“This is a valuable service needed by the community and we are happy to step up

is slated to open later this month. membership, which can be purchased

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Walters Ave.

Park, which is just west of the post office,

middle-aged and seniors about bullying as The Skokie resident said she went into

Coordination of the program will be handled from the Leisure Center, 3323

Leisure, Sports and Village Green centers.

social programs and services to meet the needs of the community’s older residents.” For information about equipment availability, call (847)-291-2988.

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22 | lifestyle & arts sunday breakfast ■ by david sweet More than a dozen pages of the redesigned Chicago magazine hang side by side in Elizabeth Fenner’s office a week before its newsstand introduction. Print publications have been pummeled by the Internet and other forces in the last decade. But Fenner— editor in chief of the 43-year-old publication — is undeterred. “The great thing about a print magazine is you feel like you’re going on a journey,” says Fenner, who grew up in Winnetka and is a Regina Dominican alumnus. “Appetizers in front, meatier items later. You are getting something that surprises, delights and informs. When you’re finished, you’ve had a complete experience.” The redesigned Chicago — featuring a bolder logo, new tagline (“Big City, Big Stories”) and a larger culture section, among other changes launched in its November issue — is a major transformation for the Tribune-owned publication, which is likely to be part of a sale of the firm’s print properties in the near future. The restyling took many months. As Fenner pointed out in her editor’s note, “We looked at how people consumed media today and how the best magazines in the country deliver great journalism. We analyzed research showing what you value most about Chicago (magazine).” Chicagomag.com also enjoyed a revamp, looking a bit more like the Vanity Fair and New York magazine sites and housing the lengthy listings of recommended restaurants and cultural events that had formerly appeared in the publication. Photo galleries receive more space, and more video stories are promised. Tapped to lead Chicago two years ago, Fenner moved from New York City to take the reins from Richard Babcock, who had run the country’s largest-circulation city monthly for exactly 20 years to the day. After working at Money, People and Fortune — venerable Time Inc. magazines — it was her first chance to reach her main goal: to be an editor in chief. “Long-form narratives about crime and business, stories about people and food — it’s all the stuff I had covered at different magazines, but I never had done it in one place,” says Fenner, whose 11th-floor corner office in the Tribune Tower offers a superb view of Michigan Avenue and of the Wrigley Building across the street. “Our mission is twofold; to help readers find the best of Chicago and to tell stories that matter.” Fenner would like the magazine to be comprised equally of long-form narrative pieces and service stories, such as Best Restaurants and Best Doctors — “something helpful to readers,” Fenner explains. In its first redesigned issue, Best Steakhouses were featured, along with a lengthy

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profile of Michael Ferro — head of SunTimes Media, not only a journalism competitor but someone who had not given an interview in more than a decade. With newsstand sales accounting for 10 percent or more of circulation, Fenner was asked what constitutes a compelling cover. “I learned at Time Inc. that what’s key is an image plus a main cover line that are simple and promise a clear benefit. People walk by newsstands quickly, and you need to convey your message fast. “Our November cover, Best Steakhouses, is a good example. We zero in on a juicy rib-eye and run the phrase Best Steakhouses above the logo. Hard to miss the benefit of that.” Fenner’s interests in writing and editing were obvious in childhood, when the selfdescribed bookworm wrote stories and illustrated them in a notebook. At Regina, where she served as co-editor of The Crown, she was influenced by journalism teacher Sandra Elizabeth Fenner Sternberg. “When we had a wacky idea, she was all behind us,” Fenner recalls. “We decided to do a joke issue on April Fool’s Day calling the newspaper The Clown. We had tons of fun with it. She felt weskin could do anything.” tightening After graduating from the University wrinkle reduction of Notre Dame in 1986, Fenner worked as a management consultant in sun damage Boston. But after three years, shereversal realized it wasn’t what skintaking texturearejuvenation she wanted to do. After writing class at Radcliffe Publishing Course, she moved to New York and procured a freelance fact-checker job at Money magazine when Time Inc. was still riding high. “I was mentored by journalists. They were training from within — they spared no expense,” Fenner says. By the time she switched to Fortune in 2000, the business magazine was thick with advertising from the dotcom boom. That quickly turned, and layoffs began. “People above me on the masthead were clinging to their jobs, and I thought if I waited to move up, I’d be in for a

Time for a renovation? No, not the house.

long wait,” Fenner says. Instead, she joined Rodale’s Women’s Health when it launched as the No. 2 editor. Before long, Money magazine beckoned again, and she became the assistant managing editor. Then one of her Notre Dame roommates informed her about the opening at Chicago. “She said, ‘This is the perfect job for you,’ ” recalls Fenner, whose office features her mug shot on a variety of mock Time Inc. covers given to her when she left the company. So far it’s been a nice fit. Fenner knocked down the silos between print and online so that the entire Chicago magazine team works together. She has steered the monthly away from historical pieces, dropped its sports column and championed more deeply reported stories on lawbreakers, sexual misconduct and more. “I want to know what’s going on in Chicago right now,” she says. “ The Mexican drug cartel is happening right now. “We don’t do stories advertisers want illustration by barry blitt because us to — we do them because we think they’re best for the reader and the city. People know we’re trustworthy.” When Fenner heads to the North Shore from the city for Sunday breakfast (her parents Joe and Alice Ann Fenner live in Wilmette while her sister, Ann Braham, resides in Winnetka), she’ll stop in at Walker Bros. Original Pancake House. In her spare time, she’s a big fan of reading other magazines, such as The New Yorker (“I devour it when it comes in”), Entertainment Weekly and any and all design magazines she can find (Fenner, who took classes at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, often helps friends decorate their apartments). But it’s the new design at her hometown magazine that has her most excited these days. Says Fenner, “Some of our new fonts are literally hot off the presses. Looking at beautiful design makes me happy — and I think most people feel the same way.” ■

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North Shore’s Krewella blasts off with major-label album ■ by gregg shapiro

It’s been a while since a new band with Chicagoland roots got some major-label love, but that has changed with Get Wet (Columbia), the debut album by Krewella, featuring Northbrook native Jahan Yousaf. The EDM (electronic dance music) trio, who recently played the Electric Zoo fest in New York, are enjoying the attention they’re getting for their “Live For The Night” single and accompanying video, not to mention the wellreceived predecessors “Alive” and “Killin’ It.” Continuing to perform their volcanic live show across the United States, Krewella has embarked on a multi-city tour that will keep them on the road through November. I recently spoke with Yousaf, who along with her sister Yasmine and Kris “Rain Man” Trindl, comprise the sum total of Krewella. Gregg Shapiro: Jahan, what can you tell me about how the trio Krewella was formed? Jahan Yousaf: Yasmine and I are sisters. I met Kris (Trindl) back in 2007 in high school. He was the lead guitarist in a metal band, and I was just part of the metal scene. I was going to metal shows. When I met him he was programming metal beats for the band he was in. Before going into the studio to record the live instruments, he would program everything on the computer. He would use sampled drums and guitar sounds. That was his background in computer programming music before he went into dance music. About five months after I met him he was throwing a house party — we would party a lot — and he disappeared. I was looking for him at his apartment in Chicago, and I found him in his room listening to an indie pop dance beat. He was the first person at the time that I knew who could produce music. This was before the whole DJ phenomenon, back in 2007 when it was rare to come across that 18-yearolds kid that was a DJ or making music. (For me) it started off as a hobby. I was just writing for fun. We’d meet up on the weekends. Eventually our friends and our parents pointed out that we had something special and unique so we decided to continue pursuing it and taking it a little more seriously. We brought Yasmine on the team a few months after Kris and I started working together. GS: How did the name of band come about? JY: I came up with the name when I was coming up with song lyrics in 2007 or early 2008. The name popped in my head, with the spelling, and I didn’t second-guess it. I always believed that you should go with your gut whether that means going with lyrics or thought or thesis or theory. I really believe in going with your first instinct. That was the name that popped in my head. GS: What can you tell me about your role in the songwriting process? JY: It depends on the song. Sometimes Kris (aka Rain Man) will propose an idea to Yasmine and I. It will be a very rough beat that he spent a few hours working on, a blueprint for a beat. Yasmine and I will take a stab at it and write something to it. If he thinks the writing is strong enough — and he has a very high standard for writing – we’ll pursue working on it and spend the next couple of months producing and going through different revisions of the production. Sometimes Yasmine and I will write a song, just a basic structure with a verse, pre-chorus and hook over guitar or piano chords, and we’ll send that to Rain Man. If he loves it he’ll invest the time working on the beats. GS: You mentioned your background in the metal scene. Did you and your sister Yasmine listen to much EDM prior to forming Krewella? JY: Just because there’s been this electronic dance music phenomenon in the last five years or so people think that it’s new. But we were raised on electronic music. The Postal Service, for example, is an electronic music group. Look at Enigma (from the early 1990s); they’re DJs and no one gives people like that credit. My dad would play that in the car when I was probably six years old. It’s always been in our surroundings. We were raised on everything. I think that’s the era we’re in. With access to the Internet and iTunes from such an early age, I was exposed to everything from pop to indie to dance to pop punk to metal to rock to new wave. I think

The band Krewella features three graduates of Glenbrook North High School: Jahan Yousaf, Kris “Rain Man” Trindl and Yasmine Yousaf.

photography by rukes Krewella is just a juxtaposition of all the things that we love. GS: Chicago is the birthplace of House Music – do you see Krewella as a continuation of that tradition? JY: We weren’t actually very involved in the House Music scene in Chicago. Instead of going out to clubs and networking with DJs in Chicago, we stayed inside and worked our butts off while the three of us were living together in the meatpacking district of Chicago, the West Loop. We didn’t really go out. A lot of people ask if we pull from influences or the big DJs in Chicago. I think one of the most important things as an artist is to create your own sound and create your own lane. That has worked out for us. I don’t think you can see anyone that we are directly competing with or someone we sound like. If anything, I would say we’re more influenced by the metal or rock scenes in Chicago. I would go to Kris’s (metal) shows every weekend out in the middle of nowhere, maybe around Peoria, in a farm town and he’d be playing in a tiny little club like a Moose Lodge. The first shows we played were at metal clubs in Chicago or grungy metal bars. GS: I’m glad you mentioned the tour. The Krewella album is called Get Wet and I read about a “brand new super structure called The Volcano” being a part of your live show. I’m guessing that it spews some sort of lava and that people get wet. Am I right? JY: [Laughs] No, that’s a little too over our budget right now. It’s an amazing structure inspired by our “Play Hard” artwork which was the first project we put out, the first body of work. When we put out the EP a couple of years ago, we had this dream of having this custom stage production, but we didn’t have the means or budget or fans to have something this elaborate. It’s an idea we’ve been marinating for the past few years. A few months ago we started planning out the volcano. I have to give full credit to Th3rd Brain Management, Jake

Udell and Nathan Lim our managers, who took care of working with V Squared Labs in the production and creative process while Kris, Yasmine and I were working on the album. They helped make our dream of having this beautiful stage production come to fruition. GS: Jahan, the Chicago suburbs have been the birthplace for some major artists in contemporary music including Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, fellow EDM artist Kaskade and Fall Out Boy. In fact, Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy can be heard on the song “Dancing With The Devil.” How did that come to be? JY: That was through our A&R at Columbia and our management. They know we are huge fans of Fall Out Boy, especially Yasmine. That was a huge teenage dream to work with, write with, get in the studio and have a track with someone you’ve looked up to your whole life. We happened to be in LA at the same time, which is rare because we are always touring, and we always take advantage of studio sessions we are in L.A. We were just jotting down ideas and thoughts. It was very cathartic to spill out our emotions. It ended up turning into an angsty, rage song. GS: The three members of Krewella all attended Glenbrook North High School. Do you have any favorite Northbrook or Glenview hangouts or restaurants that you’d like to mention? JY: I have such fond memories of the Village Green in Northbrook. It’s a cute little park. It’s somewhere, if I ever go back, I would walk through and have amazing fond memories from the time I was five years old to when I was 16. That’s a place where Yasmine and I would play on the playground we were little kids. As started getting older, that was the place where you would go meet up with boys. You’re underage and you drink in the gazebo. That’s the place where you go when you’re not allowed to go to parties and meet up with people. It’s a very special place and I think a lot of people raised in Northbrook think that, too. ■


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Time to consider holiday decor ■ by jenna schubert As much as most people look forward to the holidays— the gifts, the delicious food, and the time spent with family—there is one aspect of the season that tends to cause dread rather than inspire joy: the decorations. If the thought of readying your home for holiday guests is enough to bring on a cold sweat, know that all it takes is some basic advice— in this case, from interior designer Mark Roberts of Mark David Designs in Lake Forest—and simple planning to pull together the holiday look in your home. For those who celebrate Christmas, the tree is one of the most important centerpieces for the home, and often the most time-consuming holiday element to assemble. In order to ease the workload, Roberts suggests never attempting to decorate the tree alone. “It’s always fun to do it with your family or friends; make it a party,” he says. “There’s no ‘right’ way to decorate the tree, because it’s a personal part of your home.” Though it’s tempting to put the bare minimum on the tree, Roberts explains that more ornaments will give your home a much more “complete” look. The tabletop is another key component of holiday decorating, according to Roberts. But, unlike the tree, the tabletop can be simple and still pack a big punch. For a traditional home, a centerpiece of either artificial or fresh flowers is ideal. “Amaryllis bulbs or hydrangeas are good options,” Roberts says. Or, for a basic centerpiece, Roberts recommends buying colored balls and placing them in a big, clear glass bowl. “It looks very tasteful, and it’s a transitional look that appeals to younger people,” he says. For the mantle, Roberts recommends using garlands that extend to the floor and are wrapped with lights. “Even if you don’t have room for a Christmas tree, this is an easy way to decorate,” he says. “You get a lot of the holiday look, without taking up a lot of space.” Though colored lights are Roberts’ favorite, he cautions that colored lights may need to be replaced more frequently, as color trends and tastes change. And for one last finishing touch to your home, Roberts puts small swags on the light fixtures above the bathroom sink, to add a warm look to bathrooms without interfering with the counter space. Overall, sticking with a common color theme throughout the home is advisable, according to Roberts. However, giving each room its own unique look, while making sure all the rooms’ colors and styles complement each other, is another good option. “You wouldn’t design your home with each room having a completely different look, you would design the rooms to coordinate,” he says. “So that’s what

Mark David Designs offers holiday tips.

photography by jim prisching you should do with your holiday decorations, too.” Though sticking with traditional colors is often a good idea, Roberts says the new trends for this year’s holiday decorations might also be an appealing option. This year, he’s noticed the peacock theme has become a hit. “It’s all about the turquoises, the purples, and even the fuchsias,” he says. “It’s very popular, and it’s a look that’s translated into fabric designs and dinnerware.” On the other end of the spectrum, burlap is also a new trend. “It’s more textural ribbons, ornaments made out of ropes, and earthylooking items,” Roberts adds. Whether you’re a traditional red and green decorator,

or someone who’s looking for a more modern and unique look, the possibilities for home holiday decorations are endless. As for Roberts, he’s partial to following the theme you like best and making sure you have the budget to buy everything at once. “Try not to piecemeal it. If you buy multiples of items, not just one or two, you’ll get the complete look,” he says. “And it doesn’t have to be expensive; if you find an ornament that’s a dollar or two, even multiples of that will make a bigger impact.” To learn more about seasonal décor, contact Mark David Designs at 847-714-9970, or visit markdaviddesigns.com. ■

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For better or worse — depending on our genes? It’s been 10 years now since I walked down the aisle to meet my groom, and I still read about all the marriage research studies popular media has to report. Dr. Phil says that 36 percent of women married at age 20 or older will get divorced — except when the wife is the child of divorce. Then the odds of her marriage ending in divorce rise to 59 percent. That makes sense. My latest finds, however, have me completely confused. The success of my marriage appears to be another case of nature vs. nurture? Northwestern University and the University of California-Berkeley released a report in October that said DNA determines, in part, how happy we are in our marriages. Researchers looked at the genotypes of more than 100 married people, then watched their interactions with their spouses. They concluded that the 5-HTTLPR gene determines how much our emotions affect our relationships. This inherited gene helps to regulate serotonin. Married people with two short 5-HTTLPR genes were most unhappy in their relationships when negative emotions like anger and contempt were present, and happiest when surrounded by positive emo-

tions like humor and affection. Spouses with long 5-HTTLPR genes weren’t overly bothered by what the researches called the “emotional tenor of marriage.” Researchers assured readers that neither of the genetic variants is inherently good or bad, and couples with opposing variations of the gene are not necessarily incompatible. They simply found that some people are more likely to thrive in good relationships and suffer in bad ones; it’s in their nature. The same day I found a study out of Brown University which used 30 years of data from Framingham, Mass., to determine that divorce is contagious. Study participants were 75 percent more likely to divorce if a friend is divorced, and 33 percent more likely if a friend of a friend is divorced. The researchers studied divorce like an epidemic, contagious and spreading “through a social network like a rumor.” Sociologists call it Social Contagion: when information, attitudes and behaviors spread through friends, families and other social networks. The same study found that people with more friends in their social network were less likely to divorce than people with fewer friendships. Researchers suggest that this may be because a strong social network makes it easier for individuals to weather

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flowing through my veins? Or do I surround myself with happily married people and try to catch whatever they’ve got? I think I’ll have Google bring me a tie-breaker. What do you think? Send your ideas to Joanna@northshoreweekend.com ■


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Boxing gym poised for knockout opening ■ by jake jarvi Falcon Boxing Gym is poised to host a grand-opening celebration for its 42,000-square-foot training and fitness facility in Glenview. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, the gym will show off two full-sized boxing rings, strength training center, cardio center, and full-sized, indoor, turf soccer field and track. Glenview resident Dan Falcon — who played football for Western Michigan University and for various pro leagues — designed Falcon Boxing Gym as a means of passing along his lifelong experience with boxing training as a means of working every facet of the body and mind. “To me, it’s the hardest sport to train for,“ says Falcon. “Boxing engages all of | Dan Falcon your muscles and your mind. You have to incorporate every aspect of fitness; speed and agility, strength training, core training, functional training, every level of fitness training is incorporated into a boxer’s program.” Newcomers can examine that regimen during Saturday’s open house, where trainers will be on hand to explain how to each aspect of the program works. It’s been a long road to this facility for Falcon. He’s worked in his father’s gym, Warehouse Gym & Boxing Club, in Highland Park since he was 10 years old. He went from making protein shakes and selling member-

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ships to using boxing training to stay fit through his football career at Highland Park High School. After sustaining a career-ending wrist injury on the football field, he turned to boxing in the Midwest and quickly rose through the ranks winning the Ringside National heavyweight title and the Illinois State heavyweight title. Now he and his team of athlete trainers put their years of experience to work for the next generation of North Shore champions, as well as people who want to experience the physical benefits of boxing training. As part of the celebration, the team at Falcon Boxing Gym will offer free group lessons in boxing, hot boxing, and Zumba, give the community access to their stateof-the-art equipment, host various giveaways throughout the day sponsored by Gatorade and Matrix Fitness, and offer special promotions on memberships and lessons. “It’s going to be a really fun atmosphere,” says Falcon. “People can come in and talk to the trainers and fighters. I’ve got my Jordan’s Corner kids, fitness for special needs children, coming in at the end so people can see how we work with them. I just wanted to create a nice positive atmosphere where I can provide everything athletes need to be successful.” Falcon Boxing Gym is located at 3090 North Lake Terrace Road in Glenview. For more information call 224-627-2941 or visit falconboxinggym.com. ■

“I just wanted to create a nice positive atmosphere where I can provide everything athletes need to be successful.”

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$599,000

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$1,079,000 Goldblatt/Casorio, @Properties 8 47.432.0700

$815,000 Chris Downey, Koenig & Strey 847.441.6300

Cumnor Avenue 10 | 515 Kenilworth

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1111 Evergreen Lake Forest Sunday 1-3

$1,899,000 Marcia Rowley, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

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845 Forest Hill Road Lake Forest Sunday 2-4

$559,000 Pat Carter, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

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3004 Grove Street Glenview Sunday 12-3

$394,500 Kiki Clark, Prudential Rubloff 847.804.0969

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236 Washington Glenview Sunday 12-2

$399,000 Dawn Miller, Koenig & Strey 847.510.5000

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1444 Collins Ave Glenview Sunday 1-3

$379,000 Lena Bondar, Koenig & Strey 847.510.5000

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$1,225,000 Beth Ford-Ogrady, Koenig & Strey 847.510.5000

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$619,000 Missy Jerfita, Koenig & Strey 847.510.5000

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$899,000 Jane Carter, Koenig Strey 847.721.0775

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$2,295,000 Louise Eichelberger, Prudential Rubloff 847.612.3347

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$1,175,000 Lyn Flannery, Prudential Rubloff 847.338.2753

$600,000 Carrie Healy, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.507.7666

$1,595,000 Marina Burman, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.401.1048

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$825,000 Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000

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$649,000 Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000

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$815,000 Nancy Touhy Statza, Griffith, Grant & Lackie 847.234.0816 Lakewood Drive 52 | 59Glencoe Sunday 2-4

$3,995,000 Coldwell Banker 847.835.0236

Sunset Lane 53 | 620 Glencoe Sunday 12-2

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$450,000 Coldwell Banker 847.217.0494

Sheridan 45 | 1500 Road 6D Wilmette

$1,085,000 Coldwell Banker 847.835.0236 Clavey Lane 55 | 578 Highland Park Sunday 2-4

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$449,500 Coldwell Banker 847.835.0236

$599,000 Coldwell Banker 847.217.0494

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$1,249,000 Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000

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$154,900 Vicky Maurici, Coldwell Banker 847.370.6806

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$799,000 Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000

23314 N. Birchwood Lane Deerfield Sunday 1-3

3011 Washington 800 Greenacres Lane Avenue Glenview Wilmette Sunday 1-3 Sunday 1-3

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$700,000 Lyn Flannery, Prudential Rubloff 847.338.2753

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$975,000 Midge Powell, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.287.2945

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Highcrest 21 | 446 Wilmette

$675,000 Dow Molsbee 847.373.7133

Sunday 2-4

$1,999,000 Sherry Molitor, Koenig & Strey 847.441.6300

Elegant design and detail Lannon Stone and Stucco home by Doug Reynolds. Great floor plan has gour-

$784,000 Susie Banas, Baird & Warner 847.707.9755

$920,000 Mary Plante, Koenig & Strey 847.441.6300

$499,545 Susan Maman, @Properties 847.881.0200

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Winchester Pinecrest 13 | 305 Lake Bluff 22 | 509 Wilmette Sunday 1-3

Sunday 12-2

$350,000 Baylor/Shields, @Properties 847.881.0200

5 Bedrooms, 4 ½ Baths

$320,000 A.G. Krone, 847.441.6300

1231 Ashland Avenue Wilmette Sunday 1-3

Illinois Road 01 | 2026 Northbrook

96 Church Road Winnetka

Sunday 1-3

$2,490,000 Juell/Team Mangel, @ Properties 847.881.0200

met kitchen with adjacent family room overlooking private grounds by Scott Byron. High end finishes, hardwood floors, beautiful moldings, 9' ft. ceilings and 4 fireplaces. Fantastic lower level includes great room, stone fireplace, exercise room or 5th bedroom and bath. Convenient location to train, lake and shops. Beautiful neutral decorating.

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280 Cedar Lane Glencoe Sunday 2:30-4

$750,000 Coldwell Banker 847.217.0494

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4225 Linden Tree Lane Glenview Sunday 1-3

$549,500 Coldwell Banker 847.835.0236

Park Avenue 51 Wimbledon Road 48 | 525 Glencoe 58 | Lake Bluff Sunday 12-2

$950,000 Coldwell Banker 847.217.0494

South 49 | 550 Woodland Lane Northfield Sunday 1-3

$899,000 Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000 North Avenue 50 | 350 Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3

$995,000 Scott Lackie, Griffith, Grant & Lackie 847.234.0485

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Keane decision

Spartans ‘turn’ to third-string quarterback in playoff opener ■ by bill mclean

sports@northshoreweekend.com In the second quarter of a Class 7A firstround playoff game, Glenbrook North High School football coach Bob Pieper approached starting outside linebacker Michael Keane on a sideline at Wheaton North. Keane had started the season as a defensive back. The 6-foot-1, 165-pounder would end it as a … quarterback. “[Pieper] told me, ‘Michael, it’s your turn,’ ” Keane recounted after Glenbrook North’s 53-7 loss on Nov. 1. Keane hadn’t taken a snap all season. “I wasn’t nervous. I was excited and confident,” he said. “It was a dream of mine, getting to play quarterback on varsity.” Glenbrook North had to head south on its depth chart at QB. Twice. Top signal caller AJ Spitz couldn’t play a down. The senior, who has been named the CSL North offensive player of the year, had suffered a high ankle sprain in the regular season finale against Highland Park on Oct. 25. Junior backup QB Danny Ahern played the first quarter and part of the second against the fifth-seeded Falcons (8-2). Keane’s team trailed 14-0 when he took his first snap. “Good leader, good character kid,” Pieper said afterward. Great first pass. On a second-and-13, from Glenbrook North’s 32-yard line, Keane completed a 37-yarder to sen aior wideout Alex Zera (three receptions, 54 yards). He connected with Zera for a six-yarder two plays later. The 12th-seeded and Central Suburban League North champion Spartans (6-4) were marching resolutely, poised to cut WN’s lead in half. But the hosts sacked Keane to take over on downs at their 37-yard line. Wheaton North then tallied 14 unanswered points in a 1:19 span to up its advantage to 28-0. “We didn’t change the game plan [with Spitz out],” said Pieper, whose other major offensive threat, junior wideout David Burnside, suffered a season-ending knee injury last month. “AJ … he does things well on his own.” Keane didn’t look like a green QB on Glenbrook North’s final drive of the first half. With about a minute left, 65 yards separated the visitors from the end zone. WN committed a pair of penalties totally 20 yards. Sophomore running back John Clark gained 21 yards on a carry, before Keane (5-of-12, 72 yards) hit senior wideout Nick Cox for a five-yard completion. Following a couple of incompletions and a GBN penalty, Zera caught an 11-yard pass, putting the ball on the Falcons’ 13-yard line. Time left in the half: 0.7 seconds. Keane then threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Cox for the Spartans’ lone score of the night. “I was just trying to move the ball and throw some points on the board for the team,” Keane said. “That was a big score. We needed something.” But Wheaton North recovered Glenbrook

North’s onside kick at the start of the second half and rolled from there. The hosts capitalized on a Spartans fumble with a TD and returned a punt for a 63-yard TD. The special-team tally triggered a running clock at 7:54 of the third quarter. “That’s a very good football program,” Pieper said of WN, a three-time state champion and a Class 7A quarterfinalist a year ago. “I’m proud of what our team did this season. After the start we had [1-3], our backs were against the wall each week.” Glenbrook North won all five of its CSL North games to capture its second straight division title. Notable: It took the Spartans two hours to travel to Wheaton North for their playoff

Senior Michael Keane tries to break a tackle in his varsity debut at quarterback.

photography by joel lerner game. “We got rerouted [on I-355],” Pieper said. “People were protesting something.” … Cox and Spartans senior offensive lineman/linebacker Brady Nagel were threeyear varsity members. Nagel has been named the CSL North defensive player of the year. Meanwhile, Cox caught three passes for 24 yards, came down with an interception in the second quarter and recorded a sack against Wheaton North. … Glenbrook North senior DB Josh Simone broke up a pass and executed a perfectly timed tackle as a Falcon fielded a punt early in the second quarter. The returner held on, but he went nowhere. … WN quarterback Clayton Thorson passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more in the first half. He added a TD toss in the third quarter. The 6-4, 215-pounder threw for 134 yards (8-of-15) and ran for 91 on 10 carries. … Wheaton North improved to 34-17 (.667) in playoff games. ■

Nick at Night: Glenbrook North senior Nick Cox hauls in a touchdown pass during the state playoffs on Nov. 1.

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Rising Reinfranck Senior is in the ‘middle’ of Glenbrook North’s success ■ by bob gosman

sports@northshoreweekend.com Glenbrook North volleyball player Leah Reinfranck is honest about her height. “I’m 5-foot-8 ½, but you can round up if you want,” she said with a smile. Whether you call it 5-foot-9 or not, that puts her squarely on the tall side at her high school. But on the volleyball court — particularly as a middle hitter — it’s a different story. “I’m considered very short,” she said. “Other girls have passed me in height, but I’m glad I continue to play middle hitter. In the middle, you kind of rule the net and you’re involved in a transition on every play. It’s fast paced and it’s fun to (learn) the ins and outs of it.” What she lacks in height, she makes up for with an above-average vertical leap and the ability to cover ground quickly and square up blocks. Reinfranck and senior teammate Lauren Emmert have combined to control play in the middle and that helped the Spartans win the CSL North with a 10-0 record. Glenbrook North (30-6), which was scheduled to play Lake Zurich in the semifinal round of the Class 4A Conant Sectional on Nov. 5, defeated Libertyville 25-20, 25-21 in the Waukegan Regional championship on Oct. 31. “Leah can pretty much adjust to any (set) and hit the ball well,” GBN setter

Caitrin Holohan said. “When I set her, I know she’ll be there and that we can rely on her.” Karen Sonders, the founder and head coach of the Wildcat Juniors Volleyball Club where Reinfranck plays in the offseason, said her quick hitting motion prevents opposing blockers from setting up properly. “By the time they’re on their way up, she’s hit the ball,” Sonders said. “She has a quick swing and stays behind the ball and can see which direction the block is going. She finds a good place to hit it. “Leah comes to practice every day focused 100 percent on getting better; that’s exceptional,” Sonders added. Reinfranck’s daily battle with Emmert in practice has challenged both players. “She pushes me every day, and I push her,” Reinfranck said. “It’s a great friendship and bond.” Reinfranck hopes to play in college and knows that if she does, she will likely be moved to outside hitter. She gained valuable experience this year by playing all around for the Spartans. “It helped me see the game in a whole different way,” she said. “It gave me a better sense for what happens in the back row.” Reinfranck said that she always makes it a point to have fun on the volleyball court. “You’re in such close proximity to your teammates on the court that you become very close,” she said. “Volleyball is so much fun, and we have great personalities on this year’s team.” Regardless of the situation, the Spartans can count on Reinfranck to be positive and encouraging. “That helps us out a lot,” Holohan said. “Her attitude really helps her own game and the team. She’s so determined. She’s a positive leader on the court.” ■

Hang ten: Leah Reinfranck of the Spartans pops for a block attempt in earlier action this fall.

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No small matter

Revved up Gentile puts injuries behind him, comes up with big senior season ■ by bob gosman

sports@northshoreweekend.com When Michael Gentile entered Glenbrook South as a 5-foot-1, 160-pound freshman, no one would have predicted that he would emerge as a featured running back and one of the fastest players on the varsity. “He always worked hard, but he came in as a chubbier kid,” senior running back Brett Laurie said. Gentile began his prep career on the freshman B team before earning a promotion to the A squad near the end of the season. And, in time, Gentile became a sprinter on the track team and a big-play threat on the football field. Glenbrook South’s season came to an end in the first round of the Class 8A IHSA state playoffs on Nov. 1. The Titans (7-3) jumped out to a 17-7 lead but yielded 23 points in the fourth quarter and fell 33-17 to visiting Warren (7-3). Gentile, now 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, scored Glenbrook South’s first touchdown on a 43-yard scamper. He parlayed 15 carries into 100 yards, and his play was instrumental in the Titans’ fast start. Gentile said a lot of hard work helped him transform from a B team freshman to key varsity contributor. “I came into high school a little heavy and not too fast,” he said. “I decided to really work at it and that made the difference.” Gentile began a rigorous weight-training regiment following his freshman year. That fall, he was a starter at fullback on the sophomore team. “That’s when I realized I could do some things, if I stuck with it,” he said. “It was an amazing

feeling to see myself getting faster and to see how hard work every day can affect you in the long run.” Unfortunately, his progress was stalled for a year when he sustained a hamstring injury and pelvic stress fracture during training camp of his junior year. He ended up missing the entire season. “I remember going to the games and how hard it was to see all my friends out there playing,” he said. “It motivated me even more to do everything I could to get healthy and get stronger for my senior season.” Gentile attacked his rehabilitation and was an important back for the Titans. In fact, the trio of Gentile, Laurie and Steve Schroeder was a major strength of the team. “That gave us a huge advantage,” Gentile said. “It’s a lot harder for teams to (prepare) for three running backs.” Senior James Roberts said Gentile’s relentlessness might be his greatest quality. “He’s all business on the field,” Roberts said. “If he makes a big play, he wants to make another big play. If he gets one yard, he wants to gain another. He worked to get through his injury and is just determined to be the best player he can be.” Laurie said Gentile made the most of his senior season. “He devoted a lot of time to football in the offseason and didn’t let the injury get him down,” Laurie said. “We were all happy to see him enjoy this type of success.” Notable: Quarterback Fitz Stadler, who finished with a 144 passing yards, threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Paul Jones (6 catches, 70 yards) in the third quarter to give GBS a 17-7 lead. Omar Duran also helped GBS’s cause with a 30-yard field goal in the opening quarter. ■

Run-22: Glenbrook South running back Michael Gentile motors upfield during last Saturday’s state playoff game. He finished with 100 yards rushing.

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Loyola’s Pontarelli develops into a top-flight defender ■ by bob gosman

sports@northshoreweekend.com By all accounts, Loyola Academy senior defensive tackle Charlie Pontarelli is a nice guy … off the field. When he puts on the Loyola Academy football jersey and steps on the field, that’s another matter. “He’s kind of a gentle giant type,” Loyola Academy coach John Holecek said. “But when he gets on the field, he plays with an aggressive, nasty edge.” The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder has helped anchor Loyola Academy’s stingy defense. By commanding a steady stream of double teams, he is able to funnel ball carriers to the Ramblers’ deep and talented linebacking corps. After dispatching Lane Tech 48-7 on Nov. 2l to open the IHSA Class 8A playoffs, the Ramblers visit Niles Notre Dame at 6 p.m. on Nov. 9. Pontarelli’s play has caught the attention of a number of Ivy League schools. He recently made a verbal commitment to the University of Dartmouth. Not bad for a guy who thought he would be an offensive lineman at the varsity level. Following his sophomore season, assistant coach Beau Desherow and some of his other coaches speculated he would have more potential as a defensive lineman. Initially, Pontarelli was concerned about switching positions. “It was a little bit of a shock because I thought I was doing pretty good on the offensive line,” he said.

Going Green: Loyola Academy’s Charlie Pontarelli, seen here against Providence Catholic on Sept. 21, has made a verbal commitment to Dartmouth.

photography by joel lerner Quickly, though, he grew to love the defensive line and embraced the move. “The defensive line is a bit more fun and you get recognized more,” he said. “I love it.” Pontarelli improved steadily as a junior and was a starter by the end of the season. However, he made his real progress in the offseason. “He really developed over the summer and showed his explosiveness and toughness,”

Holecek said. Pontarelli gained about 20 pounds which has transformed his game. He now draws a steady stream of double teams. “I was at a disadvantage on the line last year and every pound helps,” he said. “There’s just something about beating a double team. It’s a great feeling.” Holecek has enjoyed watching Pontarelli’s

transition, both to a new side of the ball and into an impact player. “I don’t think he’s had a bad game,” Holecek said. “He’s shown he can play with the best players in the state. He’s quick, smart and strong. He has good feet and hands and instincts for the game.” Pontarelli finished the regular season with 51 tackles, including 23 unassisted. He also had seven tackles for loss, one quarterback sack and one fumble recovery Senior quarterback Jack Penn and Pontarelli have been playing football together since grade school. In those days, Pontarelli played center.  Penn knew right away that the move to defense would suit Pontarelli perfectly. “There are some guys that are good at rushing the passer and some guys who can stop the run,” Penn said. “He can do it all. When we practice against the (first-string defense), we need to put two guys on him. “Charlie has always been a big guy who was good at football and who understood the game,” the LA quarterback added. “I think his (intelligence) is the best part of his game.” Notable: Senior Johnny Burns came up with a memorable performance for LA. He rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries. With 10:24 left in the third quarter, he raced into the end zone on a 38-yard run. Julius Holley (6-71) scored from five yards out in first quarter. Penn not only had a TD run (21 yards) but he also threw touchdown passes to Owen Buscaglia (12 yards) and Joe Joyce (5 yards). Mike Kurzydlowski kicked two field goals (30 and 18 yards). ■


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Looking ahead Wojslaw figures to be a major impact for Titans in 2014 ■ by kevin reiterman

sports@northshoreweekend.com Izzy Rapacz was the most identifiable player on the Glenbrook South volleyball team this fall. The 6-foot-2 senior, who will take her game to Temple University, plays the game with energy, fire and force. She was the trump card, home-run hitter for the 20-win Titans. Rapacz, who completed the 2013 campaign with a team-best 280 kills, will be difficult to replace. But, following her team’s 25-13, 25-12 loss to host Carmel Catholic in a Class 4A regional final on Oct. 31, GBS head coach Katie Hoover couldn’t help but to be optimistic about next season. “We had a lot of juniors on the floor,” said Hoover, who watched her team win six of its last eight matches, including a 25-21, 26-24 victory over Fremd in regional semifinal on Oct. 29 . “I’m looking forward to next year.” No doubt, next year’s Titans will be built around Sylvia Wojslaw. The 6-foot junior middle figures to be an impact player after finishing the season with a 42.9 hitting percentage. She led the team with 63 blocks. “I think what we did this year will transfer to next season,” said Wojslaw, who plays her club ball with Sky High. “I’m pretty happy with our season. There were many positives.” Topping that list were the upset wins over a pair of powerhouses: New Trier on Sept. 21 and Loyola Academy on Oct. 4. “A big part of our success was team chemistry,” Wojslaw said. “And it got stronger as the season went along.” In the regional championship, the Titans (20-17) weren’t able to get any traction against the Corsairs (31-7). “Carmel came out fired up,” said Wojslaw. “We put up a fight. But they were tough.” The host team, which had a loud contingent of fans, took control early. The Corsairs jumped ahead 11-4 in the first set. “Our girls kept their game faces on. They had to play through the noise,” said Hoover. The Corsairs wrapped up the first set with a 5-0 run. Seven of their points came on service aces. To their credit, GBS made the proper adjustment in the second set: allowing no service aces. “Winning 20 matches against our tough schedule is something to be proud of,” said Hoover. “We proved that we were capable of beating good teams this year.” ■

Hammer time: Sylvia Wojslaw prepares to pound the ball during the regional championship at Carmel Catholic.

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For Tom and Qing

Tanzania is a great getaway before baby arrives What made us decide to go to Tanzania is we were going to have a baby. We thought we wouldn’t have any more big adventures, so where could we go that would be a dream trip? In Tanzania, we got both the safari and the ocean/beach scene. We flew to Amsterdam and then to Killimanjaro. It was just the two of us, a driver, cook and guide. We decided to do the safari with tents and to not make it extravagant. We went right into northern Tanzania, and there were all of these zebras.

“When the lions are miles away and roar, it sounds like they’re next door. Really there’s nothing beyond the grace of God that keeps them away.”

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At a zoo, you see a couple of lonely zebras standing there — there you see thousands. When the lions are miles away and roar, it sounds like they’re next door. Really there’s nothing beyond the grace of God that keeps them away. The coolest thing is we got a balloon trip. When you’re up there, it’s like heaven — it’s completely silent. When we landed, we came across a lion and its mate. Going to Zanzibar, we went into the ocean and saw kite surfers. The big highlight is Stone Town, an old city. It’s like from the movies — everyone is garbed in traditional Muslim clothing, and there are a lot of fish markets. We went to a spice farm in the country to see all of this stuff you love but don’t know where it came from, like nutmeg. Last December, Victor was born. His nursery was decorated with all the pictures of the African animals. It’s our dream to take him to Tanzania some day. Tom Adolphson and Qing Li, as told to David Sweet. ■

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