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Powerful drama, 'J.B.,' opens tonight This year's theater season at Maine South will open tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Clyde K. Watson auditorium. This year's production entitled J.B.WiW also be performed on Oct. 18, 23, 24, and 25. The play, written by Archibald MacLeish, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1959. It revolves around the story of two circus vendors, Nickles and Zuss (played by Kate Ranft

"J.B. portrays a message that everyone should hear." •Dave Downing director

Kim Grichnik, Kate Ranft, and George Brant perform a scene the modern verse tragedy, J.B.

and Kim Grichnik) who decide one day to see if they can play out the roles of God and Satan. Their proposed target is J.B. (played by George Brant), an American businessman, his wife Sarah (played by Alisa Regas), and their five children.


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Throughout the play Nickles and Zuss use their new found power to radically change J.B.'s life. He suffers through great losses which cause him to question the will of God. The play is written in verse which makes it different from all the other productions Maine South has presented in the past. "The play being written in verse makes it especially challenging for the actor who must cut through the verse with his interpretation," commented director and South graduate, David Downing. The play is the moderization of the biblical Book of Job, and because of this Downing hopes that many area church groups will attend. Maine South English teachers are also sending classes to view the play because it is considered one of the best of the modern theater. Since this production is an arena play, the play will be performed with the audience sitting directly on the stage. This offers the audience the unique opportunity to be less than ten feet away from the actors. The play is student directed by senior Julie Ewry and stage managed by Erik Peterson. The lighting will be designed by Dennis Funk and the play will be sound directed by Kevin McAlhaney. Other cast members include Nelson Paradez, Curt Raddatz, Jim Notzen, Rebecca Phillips, Michael Smith, Charis Runnels, Greg Barrington, Theresa Fucilla, Katy McGarry, Kris Lewis, Jolene Schuetter, Vicki Slaughter, Nancy Mulcrone, Jan Waldron, Martha Muhlena, Max Ranft, Chris Chandler, Roger Smith, Laura Hansen, Heather McCabe, Rob Heider, and Tricia Callahan.

N.C.T.E. awards students Two Maine South students, Jenny Richter and Steve Shewfelt, were recently selected to receive the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards based on their outstanding writing skills. The National Council of Teachers of English (N.C.T.E.) offer these awards to encourage high school students in their writing and to recognize publicly some of the best student writers in the nation. To be eligible for this special honor, students must be in their junior year and have been nominated by their school's English department. Although there is no monetary value to the award, this achievement is the highest recognition given by the N.C.T.E.

Also, letters of recommendation for college admission were sent to over 2000 colleges and universities around the country regarding these winners. Steve Shewfelt and Jenny Richter were among the four students nominated by their English teacher to represent Maine South in this prestigious competition. The nominees were required to submit an impromptu theme along with a competition they considered to be their best creative work. Teams of judges consisting of both high school and college English teachers from around the country evaluated these and 6000 other entries in order to determine the recipients. continued to page 2

Army chopper visits M.S. On Sept. 23 a helicopter from Glenview Army Reserve Base landed in our North Soccer Field. Great efforts were made by Dr. Cachur is getting clearance from the city of Park Ridge allowing the helicopter to land. The purpose of their mission was to teach the guys in auto

maintainance about the innerworkings of a helicopter. The many job openings in the field of maintainance forhelicopters and other airCTafts was discussed. continued on page 2

Newly crowned Homecoming queen, Lisa Hamel, is pictured with escort and 1986 graduate Mark Kubow. She was also presented at the Homecoming dance where she presided over the 420 couples who attended.

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Merit letter winners awarded

A^eivs Briefs Graffiti, Maine South's Creative Writing Magazine, is accepting submissions for its fall issue in the bookstore and room V-130. Essays, short stories, and poetry will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, and literary merit. Anyone interested in becoming a judge or an artist for Graffiti should pick up an application in V-130.

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On Oct. 18 at 7:45 A.M. the P.S.A.T. will be administered in the Maine South centers area. Oct. 22 will be a half day institute. Qasses will be let out at 11:27 A.M. The A.C.T. is scheduled to be given to juniors and seniors in the Maine South Centers area on Oct. 25. These students are among the top 5 percent of the one million students who took the PSAT last October. They are commended for their high performance and exceptional academic promise. Awarded National Merit Letters of Commendation are from left to right (top): Jeff Bostic, Franco Dooley, Neil Pankau, Larry Falbe, Jim Kollross, and

Arena show opens at 8 P.M. Oct. 18 on the Auditorium stage. Doors open at 7:30. Southwards needs reporters, typists, copyreaders, and artists. Any student interested in applying can pick up an application in room V-130.


Wayne Goble. (middle): Dr. Thomas Cachur, Principal, Julie Filip, Geraidine Kinsella, Ashley Runnels, Beth Maloney, and Rod Berthold. (bottom): Steve Shewfelt, Jill Sindt, Patricia Brandl, Maureen Mulcrone, Kim Grichnik, Jennifer Bers, and Alisa Regas. Congratulations to all.


NOTE recognizes writers city commends ciean-up crews from South continued from page 1 Maine South has traditionally been successful in this competition. Mrs. Diane Johnson, the English III Accelerated teacher stressed, "to be cited by the judges as a recipient of the award out of more than 60(X) nominess across the country is a distinction that few attain." Jenny Richter added, "I'm really suprised and honored at the same time."

r Chopper Draws Crowd

Dear Editor: Please give my thanks to all of the students and staff of Maine South High School, who assisted our department and so many citizens who needed help during this disaster which affected our community. Students helped us in so many ways, by filling sandbags, distributing, and setting up dikes and now cleaning out basements and entire

continued from page 1 Two officers from Colorado Springs, Sergeant Hall and Specialist Phillips, accompanied the helicopter crew to talk about the possibility of students broadening their horizons by joining the armed forces. The Army is short of pilots, crew chiefs and other trained professionals. The officers were on a ten day tour through many area high schools and colleges hoping to encourage young men and women to make money for college by dedicating some time to the service.

homes. Some of the residents told me that the students were God sent and really showed how much the community cared. The school, students and staff can be proud of the fine job they have performed.

Maine South students inspect the visiting helicopter from Glenview Army Reserve Base last September 23. The students learned about the innerworkings of the

Very truly yours, John O. Baudek Director of Public Safety

helicopter from trained pilots and were lectured about the training available to high school graduates in the area of aviation.

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Affection ruling cleans up halls Recently, the Maine Township School District 207 introduced a policy to help reduce the excessive displays of affection in the school hallways. The rule can be traced back to a state mandate which explained that every school district must organize a written form of specific rules and punishments in order to make the district, as a whole, more uniform.


According to this rule, students should not show an improper amount of affection in the halls. If a teacher or supervisor believes two students are being overly affectionate, they will be asked to stop. If, after this warning, the couple refuses to stop, they will be sent to the Dean at which time their parents will be called. Hand-holding and small displays of affection will not be affected as the rule was instituted to curb the open, overt displays of affection which can be quite embarrassing and also in poor taste. Action was taken last spring when representatives of the three schools met to discuss imiformity in the school policies. These representatives, including students, faculty and parents, concluded that affection in school hallways had gone too far. The policy is meant to instruct student body in proper manners and to have respect and common courtesy for one another. Overall the reaction among faculty has been positive and supportive of this new rule. Students, however, have a slightly different view of the new policy. Tony Sinda '87 I think that the new policy designated up by the school board is extremely stupid but as usual, I'm sure there is some dumb reason behind it. I guess it is just so "disgusting" for these teachers to have to be confronted by it. Of course you know I'm being very sarcastic. Jay Pinto '88 They're putting adolescent sex wliere it belongs- in the backseat of the Chevy. Kathy Dewar '87 Sometimes I think of this rule so much it wakes me up in the middle of the night in an extremely cold sweat. I don't know wiiat to think.

Pat Cassata '89 I am strongly for affection in the halls. Ashley Runnels '87 I just don't know how I'm going to go home and tell my parents that I've been "busted" for holding hands. They'll be so disappointed. They did their best to bring me up decently, and now this! What a scandal. Curt Raddatz '88 and Jan Waldron '89 The people will revolt and then you'll see what happens. Scott Song '88 They (faculty) must be jealous. Sharon Rauser '87 I think it is an outstanding rule for certain reasons: 1. the prevention of AIDS. 2. the teenage pregnancy rate will no doubt go down. I hope that some day this will become a national law of the land. Jeff Burgis '88 How can you enforce such a rule? Doug Boer '90 and Bob Miika '90 I am for affection in the halls. A junior guy I view it as a spectator sport, although it is somewhat embarrassing when two lovebirds are engaged in ...ohh... how shall we say reproductional activities. Franl( Bondarowicz '88 I think people who violate the school code should have sparrows stuffed down their throats until the beaks point out of the lining of their stomachs. Randy Toczyl '88 I'm all for affection as long as they are members of the opposite sex. Jenny Bers '87 I think it's stupid. I can see it if people were making out in the middle of the hallway, but most people don't. Scott Sutcheic, sub and coach extraordinaire I feel that the regulation is a moot point because it shouldn't be a problem. I would think that those people engaging in that type of affection would want a little more privacy.

View from the Stairs

Anyone selling candy bars? School has started. Time to start saving your money. For college, sure. That's in the long run. There is a more immediate matter that will need your attention. I'm talking about those tasty little fund raisers—Bike candy bars. Yes, those dehcious chocolate bars in almond, crunch or caramel help more starving people through the day then cafeteria donuts. It's hard to believe they only cost fifty cents. A price most will gladly pay to stop those rumbling stomachs. And besides, it's for a good cause. They serve as fund raisers for the many acedemic clubs at Maine South. Did you know there are more than fifty?' What are they? What do they do? Unfortunately, only the members know. And that is pretty sad. Every year, these clubs work hard; holding meetings, planning activities, raising money. Working toward goals that most people will never even hear about. The average

M.S. student doesn't know what Art Club did last year. Or Fishing Club or Dungeons and Dragons. When people go to the Homecoming Carnival and say "I didn't know we had a Health Unlimited Club!" That's sad. But if you think about all the lolly pops and gummy bears and taffy apples and candy bars and mugs and posters you've bought over the years you might find that you gave a lot of money to M.S. clubs. As a supporter of such worthy causes, you might be interested in finding out what they do with all that money. Our money. I know I am. However, everybody knows what the football team is doing. Nobody has to ask about the soccer team. Almost every major assembly we hold is for sports. Lets face it, with all the pe;j rallies and Monday Morning Sports reports, and posters and hoopla about sports at Maine South, it's no wonder that nobody

/^KXT^^C^^ hears about our acedemic and extra curricular activities. Now, before anyone starts accusing me of being anti-sports, let me clarify that Maine South sports propaganda is fine. Have all you want. But how about a little for the clubs. Why not let the student body know what happened to the money they gave. Distribute fliers. Make an announcement in the daily bulletin. Put a little something in Southwords. And who knows, if it really caught on, maybe M.S. would hold an assembly. The Spring Academic Assembly. I can see it now. Publicizing a club's major accomphshments over a yeai'j time would also serve as a wonderful form of advertisement. An informed public is to their advantage. It could boost memberships. It could help more people become a part of Maine South. continued on page 4


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The Other Side"

Flood strikes: South tested Mr. Mike Deines is currently teaching riedly loaded rental trucks, waded into hipEnglish 2 Accelerated and other elective deep water to stack sandbags, watched a rising English classes. He also serves as head basket- river creep into our houses, and worried ball coach and also a Softball coach. through the night with our families. Some of us came to those neighborhoods This time the tornado did not slash across and shoveled sand on street corners, emptied Kansas, the hurricane did not batter the coast boats and canoes filled with plastic bags of of Florida, the earthquake did not rattle belongings, helped out a p>erson~a friend, a California. This time the tragedy washed classmate, a total stranger—needing aid. We through the streets of our town; it no longer re- worked late into the evenings, found comamained inside a television set; it was real. raderie with city workers and national guardDuring the past few weeks, we became "the smen, and volunteered for clean-up crews. We other guy "--the person to whom bad things worked hard, and in our efforts, we discovered had happened. This time we were the victims, an unexpected feeling—a quiet satisfaction and the disaster was ours. Instead of wonder- growing. ing how it might feel to have the calmness of Some of us stayed away. No one had told us our community shattered, we had become the to go. No one had given us permission to dig focal point of the national eye; we were the in. We, too, had reasons, certainly valid onesones being watched. We were being tested by a job, a test the next day, an activity after adversity while others stared at us. school, a room that needed painting. How did we do on the test? I wonder? What We each knew what was happening. The was our score? mayor, school administrators, parents, Each of us knows the stories of the Great teachers, students-all knew, and all responded Flood of '86-basements filled with sewage, one way or another. Either we stretched furniture floating in living rooms, sump pumps ourselves and rose to the occasion, or we whining through the night, photo albums and hesitated uncertainly and buried our heads. memorabilia destroyed-lost forever, families We became either hawks or ostriches. We saw abandoning their homes in despair, houses with sharp, quick eyes how to attack the motumbling in upon themselves, and foundations ment, or we hid our eyes from the actual need, CTumbling. hoping that it might just recede. Some of us lived where the rising waters Few of us ever have a real opportunity to came. We struggled against a once-in-a- test our mettle, to discover whether all the century disaster we could not fathom. We hur- values and virtues we so easily profess have, in-

deed, taken root in our lives. Few of us ever have the chance to let the simplest actions speak for our deepest beliefs. Few of us truly recognize and accept the moment in time when taking unconditional action to do what is right supercedes holding the line, accepting the rule, and hoping that trouble will float on down the street. Too many of us merely watch or wonder or talk about how we would like to respond in crisis. Just now, unfortunately, that unique test, that unwanted opportunity, has been before us How well did we do? Each of us, finally, must score his own test. I believe, however, that this time Maine South will gain notoriety not as a school where we hand out detentions for embracing one another in the halls, but rather, as a school whose young people and staff and administrators reach a hand out to embrace people in our town who need us. This time when the evening news glows into American homes, folks in Kansas and Florida and California will see our response to the Great Flood of '86 and find in our example the seeds of courage and compassion and kindness. I hope we can have each one of them say-"Those people in Park Ridge, Illinois rose above their tragedy. They seized their moment. So can I. So can we. Mr. Mike Deines

Performing artists desire recognition Dear Editor, It is with great disappointment that I must write this letter. The reason I'm writing is that I am very frustrated with the small recognition that the majority of school departments receive. Let me explain. It appears that the only thing we(the student body) ever assemble for is a sports assembly. Has it never occurred to you that, just maybe, there are other departments besides athletics? My complaint is this: if I, a student who is very involved in the music department, am told to please "go support your school sports teams," why isn't everyone else ever told to please "go support your school's plays and musicals?" Please realize that I do not have anything against the sports department; I do go to games, and I am a strong believer that a fan's support is very important to the success of the team. However, I also believe that an audience is important to the success of an actor, a singer or any other performer. Talent is very evident in every department; some excel in sports.

while others are successful in music, art or mechanics. To be good at something takes an extreme amount of practice and dedication. I witness this dedication every day after school when I see the football, track and other teams practicing. Why don't you take a walk into the performing arts wing some day; you are welcome there as early as 7 A.M. and sometimes as late as 9 or 10 P.M.. Yes, that is how early/late some dedicated performing arts students are there. You should see the amount of time these kids put into practicing, whether it is perfecting the steps in the marching band or putting together music for a concert ensemble. Look at those TEAMS] Come around in late February and early March and see the rehearsals that the Musical cast undergoes putting together a spectacular show-what a team they are! Or how about the multi-talented kids in V-Show? It is a shame that the school must be so divided, whether the music department or athletic department, that no one can get together and support each other. Recently, I signed a petition to obtain varsity numbers and

letters for the performing arts students. That is the best idea I have heard in years. Why not receive numbers and letters the way sports members do. We endure just as much pressure in practices as do the athletes, and sometimes even more! I feel that if we somehow could come to a "happy medium," we can give a little more recognition to the music department and some support to our performing arts department. Michelle Rante '88

Ranft continues on continued from page 3 So let's get this thing off the ground. If you are proud of your club, talk to your sponsors. If you're interested in hearing what happens to your money after they put it into that little yellow envelope, write a letter to Southwords. Or do both. But don't leave it up to someone else. The school, the clubs, and the student body would all benefit from our combined efforts. After all, we have a lot of money invested!

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Commentary / Sports


Looking Around

We're talking big..,really big


There is a problem at South. And I'm not talking about anything as trivial as lockers that won't open, elevator music in the halls, the Monday Morning Sports Report, or the fact that the food served in the cafeteria is still leftovers from last year. No, I'm talking about something really big. Now don't get me wrong. All these administration changes have brought about some great changes. For example, take a look out the cafeteria window. There's a new road there. I'll bet the people living right next to that new road are just aching to thank everyone responsible for that brilliant move. And just think of all the grass they must have torn up! A real step in the right direction, although why they stopped there is beyond me. They should have torn up all the grass and made another parking lot. God knows we need more parking lots. The less nature around a school the better, I always say. But enough of the good things. What happened to the benches in the front circle? Are we supposed to bring lawn chairs to school so we can sit while waiting for the bus? Maybe the

school should rent out chairs or sell chair passes along with the bus pass. But even this is trivial compared to the main threat facing South. We're talking big here. We're talking sickle, the big funeral parades, Pravda, down with capitalism, big birthmarks on your head, and all that sort of thing. Pretty scary, huh? And I'll bet you thought that the fact that the benches around the auditorium were painted red over the summer was all one big coincidence, didn't you? Yeah. Admit it, as you passed them for the first time you said to yourself, "Gee, they decided to pai nt the benches the school colors. Swell," and then went back to humming the latest Wham song. If only that were true. The enemy made their slip the first week of school when Dean Bitta, while making a speech to the kids in the cafeteria, said something to the effect of, "You may think of the cafeteria only in terms of your own table. But all of these tables are actually one big table. If I were to ask this young man to pickup something that had fallen from another table, he would have to do it. Because this is all

one big table." Great. Next thing you know, this attitude will have permeated every aspect of the school. It'll start small, with teachers scolding students for writing on their desk. After all, it's not just their desk, it's everyone's desk, escalating into this conversation: Student: Can I go to the bathroom? Teacher: Now Billy, you know as well as I do that at our school we all have one big bladder, and since I don't have to go to the bathroom, you must not have to either. And it won't stop there. Soon everyone will be getting the same grades ("We all have one big brain."), the elevator music in the halls will be replaced by the constant blaring of "Back in the U.S.S.R.," and everybody will be forced to salute the Maine Way Plaque. So you see the problem we face. The only question is what to do about it. For a start, let's get those benches painted another color, then get this lunch table issue cleared up. If God had intended us to eat at one big table, he wouldn't have made fifty-three of them.

Hawks to go against Trevians tonight

Starting off the rigorous, challenging competition for the Maine South girls swim team were the Fremd relays held of Sept. 6. In this season opener, the Hawks placed fourth out of six teams. Since then, they have come on strong_maintaining their current record at one win and two losses. The goals are aimed extremely high as the Hawks face their toughest season competition tonight against New Trier, at 6 P.M. Although the Trevians have the home advantage, the Hawks feel that their constant improvement and enthusiasm will be a tough

Southwards Southwordt Is the student produced newspaper of Maine South High School, Park Ridge, IL. Letters to the editor should be delivered to Room V-130 or given to a member ol the editorial staff listed below.Sout/itvords reserves the right to edit all letters containing obscene or libelous material. Editors-ln-chltl News Editor Commentary Editor Features Editor Sports Editor Photo Editor

Allsa Regas

Wayne Qoble Maura Scott Meredith Brammeler Katy McQarry Jen RIchter Heidi Neumann

Saff: Sami Mtlien. Katie O'Connor, Mike McGarry, Scoit Duerkhop, John Humm, Cindy Avino, George Brani, Rod Bcnhhold, Lynnc Neuben. Kale Ranft, Kim Grichnik. Olrissy CoKioni, Chris Riedel, Ashley Runnels Danna Knala, Tami Dayton, Eden Morris, Luke Kelleher, Kathyrn Metzinger, Rebecca Phillips, Rob Brandenberg, Greg BarrinBton

combination to beat. Many individuals excel during the season, bringing the Hawks out on top. Among the key swimmers threatening New Trier as well as the upcoming Glenbrook North Titans are Kathy Lake, swimming the 100 breaststroke; Margit Johanson, backstroke; Beth Dubrock, 100 butterfly; and Carolyn Riedel, swimming 50 and 100 freestyle. Adding to the force this year on Varsity are three freshman: Leslie Shewfelt and Tahira Alag, both of whom are key relay swimmers, and Tanya Dayton.

Victory does not come easy to the Hawks, however. Every Monday and Wednesday mornings the team uses the weight room for training. The other mornings of the week are left for an optional, free-swim practice. Also, the team practices every day after school as well as every Saturday, excluding meet days. When asked if this tough schedule seemed to be paying off, one team member replied, "Yes, we're doing much better than we had thought-not necessarily in the win-loss record of meets, but in achieving our individual goals."

Soccer to face final opponent New Trier by Pete Murges The varsity soccer team is having another fine season. As of deadline they have a record of 7-3-1 and a mission to go all the way and win state. The team is looking very strong and is peaking first as the state tournament is about to approach. The last four games of the season are all against tough opponents and the Hawks must be very successful if they wish to attain their goal of winning the conference crown. Recently, the Hawks demolished the Maine West Indians 9-0 in their Homecoming game. The Hawks had no problems against Niles North winning 5-0 in a game which was stopped after halftime due to lightening. Waukegan East also fell to the Hawks 2-0. In that game, Chuck Huettinger scored both

goals. Against cross-town rival Maine East, however, the Hawks lost 1-0. It was a very exciting game, yet the Hawks did not play up to their standards. As the state tournament draws near, the Hawks will be ready to face any and all opponents that are in their path. The seniors will really have to come out and show their leadership with help from the younger players. If all these factors lean in the Hawks favor, they could very possibly bring home the state championship trophy. Letters to the editor or submissions to "The Other Side" for the next issue of Southwards should be turned in to room V-130 by Oct. 21.

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Hawks to play Glenbrook North Maine South will square off at home Saturday against the Glenbrook Spartans in an important conference matchup. Because this tough game occurs in the last home game of the season, the parents of the varsity players are featured as Maine South holds its annual "Parents Day". The purpose of this event is to recognize the parents and their continual support to the football program here at Maine South, added Coach Phil Hopkins. From the little he has seen of the Spartans, Coach Hopkins expects a "hard fought game." Consistency on the part of the defense in containing the Spartan offense will be a key. He further mentions that "they have an excellent halfback that we'll have to watch for. The Spartans always have a quick team."

In the huddle, strategies change from play to play, but the intensity remains a constant factor of victory. Here the Hawks starting

offensive unit listens to the play being called by starting senior quarterback Gary Frands.

Hawks play in Pumpkin tourney Last home game versus Indians The Pumpkin Tourney kicks off this weekend's competition for the girl's volleyball team. Starting this evening at 4:30 P.M., coach George Sherman and the rest of the Hawks will travel away from their home court to face any one of about sixteen teams involved in the tournament. Play resumes Saturday, with one of the three rounds of games being played here at Maine South. The Hawks will then face the Niles West Indians at their last home game on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 5 P.M. Setting up a strategy will be a challenge, since Maine South has never encountered Niles West during the season. Building on their record of 10-8, the Hawks continue improvement with the help of key players such as Chris Pintz, an outstanding

passer. The level of play obtained fluctuates from team to team, one team member commented. For the difficult teams, the Hawks rally together to strive for victory. Yet for the less challenging teams, the concentration seems to lessen. The intensity will definitely become a factor on Thurs., Oct. 23, however, as the Hawks travel to Evanston to face the Wildkits at 5 P.M. In one of the toughest games of the season, Maine South is faced with competing not only against the team itself, but also against the Evanston fans. Skills and concentration will combine to form the strategy our Hawks need to return with a victory.

In the past few weeks, the mighty Hawks annihilated the Niles West Indians, defeating them 48-7, in an impressive Homecoming victory. Coach Hopkins said,"I was pleased with the way we played. I felt the attitude was right and all the phases of our game were played correctly." The Hawks continued their winning ways the following Thursday by defeating crosstown rival Maine East on a rain-soaked field as a result of the week of heavy rains. Despite the weather, plenty of fans turned out to see the game, but the level of play achieved by the Hawks did not please Coach Hopkins. Even though the Hawks brought home a victory, the Hawks played sloppily as they committed 13 penalties. "Our defense did not play up to its full potential, while the offense was disappointing," he summed up. Although the offense on the whole lacked strength, Jim Sellergren turned an outstanding rushing performance with 121 yards on 15 carries. Adding also to the offense was senior Joe Passanante who rushed for 108 yards against the Demons. Seniors Jim Keefe and Jim Swanson have also played well defensively. If the Hawks continue to play their brand of football, though the next three games are probably the toughest of season, they should head into the playoffs in a good position to advance on.

Cross country continues to improve in drive to state series As the two most important meets of the year approach, the Conference and State Regional meets, the boys varsity cross country team is looking to further improve both personal and team goals.Even though their record does not show it, many members of the team feel they have made vast improvements over the past few weeks. "The distance between our top four runners has decreased as of late," states Franco Dooley, "our twint totals have also

gone down at the invitational leve 1 which is a good sign." The importance of having a solid front pack is always stressed by Coach Drennan, "We are always looking for our top runners to be within a few seconds of each other, and push themselves throughout the race." To add to his Dack of four varsity frontruimers; Franco Dooley, Owen Hayes, Luke Kelleher, and Keith Piscitello, Coach Drennan is expected to move select non-varsity runners to the varsity

level to strengthen the team as they enter the State Regional meet. Even though he refuses to name any specific names this early, freshman standout, Todd Lileberg and the top sophomore runner, Scott Dummler are likely candidates to round out the varsity pack. The Conference meet is this Saturday, Oct. 18, at Highland Park, and as always the team is looking for fan support. Next Saturday the Hawks will enter the state tournament at the Regional meet.

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