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As opening night stealthily approaches, the PA wing is bustling with excited anticipation. It is that time of year again, time for the Spring Musical. The 1992 musical, "The Wiz," offers the audience an exciting interpretation of Frank Baum's classic tale. The Wizard of Oz. No longer does the Tinman dance around in a bright, shiny, metal suit. The Tinman in this musical is quite different. He is a walking can of Spam. No longer does Dorothy wear the Ruby Slippers. In this version she will wear the charming and stylish Silver Pumps. The eccentric nature of the characters, comibined with hilarious comedy and a real down-home '60's feel will make "The Wiz" a musical experience unlike any Maine South has ever seen. This year's musical will be directed by Mr. John Muszynski. The stage manager and asksistant stage manager are Sheila Roche and Yasmine Kiss, respectively. Ann Gortner will star in the role of Dorothy, with Nate Hultman as The Wiz. The hard work of the 80-plus cast members, 15 chorus singers, and countless mem-
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bers of the Orchestra and Stage Crew will culminate on Opening Night: Friday, April 24th at 8:00 P.M. Tickets are now on sale for S5.00 in front of the Bookstore and in the Music Office. Tickets will also be sold at the
door on the night of each performance. The musical will have four 8:00 P.M. performances on April 24th & 25th and May 1st & 2nd. There will also be two 3:00 P.M. matinees on April 26ih and May 3rd.
New Prospects for Maine South by Allen Sears About a month ago, Maine South Student Council members Sue Swanson, Cheryl Alexander, Allen Sears, Kristen Neisler, Kate Hanley, Erica Swanson, and Maureen Regan participated in a student exchange program with student council members from Prospect High School. The full-day field trip was designed to compare the operation of the different learning environments, and to get ideas forpossible improvements that could be implemented at Maine South. This is what we found: For the most part, the size of the school, as well as the individual classes were equivalent to Maine South. Their reading program for students very much resembled our own at I Maine South. The writing lab and computer program at Prospect was similar in scope to ours, except that they use Macintosh computers, and we use IBM's. Also their sports programs and facilities were much the same as those we enjoy here.
But that is where the similarities end. The major difference between Prospect High School and our own is that they have an open campus policy for students, while we do not. The students at Prospect, for the most part, are allowed to leave the school grounds during free periods and lunch, provided that they return on time for their next class. An additional perk for students comes in the form a lounge area at Prospect, with televisions and open vending machines. Prospect also operates on a different class schedule than we do. They have eight, onehour periods each day, with a short additional period at the end of the day for meetings of school organizations. They have no homeroom . All announcements are read during second period. Student Council is right now considering implementation of certain aspects of the Prospcctprogram here at Maine South. If you have any opinions on these or any other topic concerning Maine South, the Student Council would love to hear about it. Put you comments
and suggestions in the Student Council Suggestion Box, located right outside the Student Council offices. Your opinions will be taken seriously, and we will eive you a rcplv.
I Ills " c t k ni.li ks the otlickil dehiit piil)tic.ition of Maine South's new foreign-langu.iye creative writing magazine, Reaching. Be Mire to pick up a copy todav.
Responsibility needed for learning by Imran Siddiqui Just recently, at a science contest in Normal, Illinois, the judge in one of the rooms asked me to which school I belonged. After telling him, he looked at me with a knowing glance and made a snide comment about gang symbols. Even after telling him that I was from Maine South, not East, he made even more comments about the studying of "ballistics". The first thought that entered my head was, "What a butthead - he can't even keep his Maine schools straight, and here he was, making snide comments about the unfortunate gang incident outside of Maine East." However, as I pondered this longer, I began to look at the problem in another light. Most of the students at the Maine schools have a pretty decent amount of school pride. After all, it's pretty rare to go to one of our basketball or volleyball games without bumping into a lot of students from Maine South. Regardless of whether it's a school night or not, the
students from Maine South take time out to cheer on our teams. This strong amount of school pride is obviously present in the teachers, students, and coaches in all aspects of the school day. If so, why is there a gang problem at all? The most frequently heard excuse at Maine South is that there is no gang problem; rather, all the problems are at Maine East. But even then, I'm pretty sure that the Maine East students have the same amount of school pride as us; thus, why do they have a gang problem? With the obvious amount of pride we take in our schools, it would seem that we, the students, would take the time out to deter any gang-banging or other problems which crop up. However, we don't do so. I'm not immune to this problem myself. I'm sure that in my four years here I've heard a bit about gang members, knife-wielders or drug dealers at South. However, I didn't report them because
I felt that they were just isolated incidents which didn't pose any threat to my safety or my learning. I'm sure the Maine East kids may have felt that way just a couple of years ago. However, look at what's escalated. The school is forced to enact a cap and jacket ban partially for gang awareness, and a shooting takes place just a few blocks from the school. Sadly enough, in most schools such as Maine East, the kids know who the gang members are, but they just never tell anyone in authority. Sure, some of that may be apathy, but a lot of it is the perceived unrcceptivencss of the deans. Because of their position as enforcers of delinquent kids, an aura of doom seems to hang about them. Due to this aura, the students are less inclined to talk to the deans about prospective problems, leaving the problems to fester within the halls of their school. continued on page 5
Crazy Moshers: a dangerous trend by John Byrne Maine South is a fairly unimaginative school. As a whole, the students who walk these halls are content to remain safe in their average, middle-of-the-road existence, filled with Girbaud jeans and top-forty dance music. Those people who don't are considered strange, even outsiders. It should have been obvious, then, that if a fringe activity such as moshing was introduced to this cradle of suburbia it would be abused. "Smells like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana was
a monumental crossover hit. The video that accompanied its release showed slam dancing to a large audience for the first time. Consequently, when the song was played at the Maine South Beach Party, a mosh pit formed. Bodies bounced around to the beat of the music, bumping into each other in a dance of joy. There was a group of weighdifter types who thought the idea was to see how many people they could throw out of the circle, but overall it was a splendid show of spontaneity. Nobody was hurt, despite the best attempts of
the football team, and when it was over, there was a general feeling of having done something pretty cool. Girls' Choice was a different matter altogether. The athletes were in rare form that night. Everybody expected them to act like dorks, flexing their muscles and yelling a lot, but they went above and beyond the usual foolishness we have come to know and love. As "Teen Spirit" started up, a large group, consisting mosUy of the same people from Beach Party, congregated near the stage and took up where they left off, banging their heads and moshing. Unfortunately, the Weight Room Boys found it necessary to pummel anybody that got in their way, maybe to prove to their dates how tough they were. Several people were hurt on this occasion, and a potentially great time instead left a bad taste in the mouths of most people there. A similar incident at Southfest hurt more people and had security fuming. The blame is being placed on the m usic and the disc jockey. This is ridiculous. Moshing is a completely safe activity. There are hardly ever any injuries at concerts, where the potential is surely greater. If slam dancing is banned at future dances, point the finger at the muscle bound idiots who must constantly prove their muscularity by beating on people smaller than them. Nobody's impressed, guys. Nobody's impressed at all.
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Hawk Military spared from cutbacks by Nate Hultman Maine South has recently, like many other institutions of higher education, suffered a shortage of funds. Not used to such shortages, the Budgeters have been thrown into a desperate cost-cutting frenzy. Some vocational training programs have been axed. Some teachers have been relieved. Red tape has flown where few could escape. In a last-ditch effort to save the school, a group of left-wing radicals proposed cutting the school's seemingly unnecessary military strength in order to preserve the purpose of eductalion. It didn't flyIn a painful rebuttal to the Principal, the Maine South Council of Students' Deputies voted yesterday to reject a plan calling for sweeping unilateral reductions in the school's armed forces. When questioned why, one councilman replied that the planned reductions were "bad." M.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Kool R. Ott remarked, "Hell, that's great. Now we can continue with our plans to invade Mexico and give them the God-given right to the Second Amendment." In the wake of the collapse of cold-war empires Maine East and Maine West (now, along with South, known as the States of Common Apathetic Wealth), the Principal and several androgynous councilpersons drew up a proposal that would have cut roughly 5% of the defense budget in one-half of two-thirds, freeing approximately 20% of the Maine South
budget for social and environmental problems, such as installing smoke filters in the bathrooms. The plan called for foreign force reductions in nearby Niles and Des Plaines, as well as the closing of the Clyde K. Frost Army Base in Northern Iceland. Special forces such as the Constitution Team were exempted from cuts in the interest of academic security. In addition, many pending contracts were to be cancelled or severely cut. Particularly hard hit would have been the swim team, which was in the process of constructing a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for the Maine South Navy to guard the pond. The carrier would have replaced the existing Pond Defense System of a Pershing-class nuclear attack submarine and fish that eat spit. Also slated for cutbacks were the Army's track and volleyball divisions, and the Navy Marlins. The Marines' highly trained soccer force would have been eliminated entirely. The plan also called for slight funding increases for football and basketball. Many councilmen feared that the principal's proposal would hurt the already ailing economies of their disrespective constituencies. South now has to face the prospect of maintaining a supreme force of over two million active students with about 423 million inert, reserved students. Critics claimed that those voting against
for the proposal were motivated by lust, gluttony, Satanic tendencies, and that they ate too many fatly foods and their mother wore combat boots. Critics of the critics responded that the critics were jerks and where were they when God gave out brains. The original critics then became angry and said bad things and stormed out of their smoke-filled rooms, followed closely by irate critics. A fight ensued between the two factions and a smaller, reactionary "Maine South for the Students" fascist group. Her hair blowing in the wind, former French Prime Minister Cresson beat up on former British Prime Minister Thatcher after Thatcher sided with the critics. Protests broke out in the adolescent republics of Akadcmia, Pathetika, and Kafetaria. Reaction at home has been just as heated. When asked about the situation, one student (who asked not to be named) said, "I think that we should have a huge army so we can kick the butts of all those [foreigners]. But I also think that we should install smoke filters in the bathrooms. Cause it gets real smoky in there sometimes. And when I come home I smell. Usually it's not too bad though... Waitâ€”what was the question? Oh yeah. Yes, I think that he's still alive, and just hiding in Paraguay or Uruguay or something and one day he'll come back and sing "Jailhouse Rock" and the world will be at peace."
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South still rocking to same beat by Dan Mikos and Karl Flener The old theory that males and females Nearly half of the males questioned stated don't always agree on most things definitely that harder rock was their preference, with holds true when it comes to the issue of their bands like "Guns 'N Roses," "Mctallica," and favorite music, according to a recent survey "Motley Crue," which corresponds with the conducted at Maine South. The survey asked what classification of music students were interested in, 49% what stations they listened to, and other related questions. According to the 31Â°/c survey, students chose 30% the following music stations as their favorites: 1. WCKG 105.9 19% FM (Classic Rock) 20% 2% 2. WWBZ 103.5 0) FM (The Blaze: Hard Rock, Metal) 17% 8 iL^*li 3. WLUP 97.9 FM c D (The Loop: Rock and Roll) 15% popularity of the radio station WWBZ. ClasWCKG was the most popular station over- sic Rock came in second with 30% of the male all, although 1 in every 4 males prefer vote. The third place category was the Hip N\WBZ, The Blaze. The rest of the field hop/Rap/House Music category, which inconsists of WBBM 96.3 FM, WVVX 103.1 cludes mosUy dance music found in area FM, WPNT 100.3 FM, WKQX 101.1 FM, clubs. and WXRT 93.1 FM. The females had a much closer percentage When students were asked about their of preferences, but the varieties were still very preference in music style, they classified broad. The Classic Rock ("Rolling Stones," themselves into several different categories, "Doors," et. al.) was still on top with about one as seen in the accompanying graphs. in five listeners. Alternative rock made an en-
trance, including such bands as "Jane's Addiction," "Jesus Jones," "Nine Inch Nails," and "Ministry." Top 40 was not very tops here at Maine South, but crept in at number 4. Maine South students showed that many give support to their bands by attending concerts. The comparison is listed below.
Music trends at Maine South Males
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CONCERT GOING IN THE LAST YEAR None 25% 1-5 concerts 65% 6-10 concerts 7% 10-15 concerts 2% 15 or more 1% Other categories of interest in the survey were the most com-
monly purchased CD's, albums, or tapes. Among the leaders were "Guns 'N Roses," "R.E.M.," "Metallica," and "Public Enemy." Among the albums purchased, only 7% contained the "parental advisory" stickers on it stating the use of profanities is the music. This shows that, despite what the critics say, the circulation of profane records is not high. These statistics show that Maine South is still a Rock and Roll high school, with a wide variety of other musical interests as well.
Why does Easter hop around? by Carolyn Chandler Ah, Easter. The candy-filled, colorsplashed holiday which signals the real beginning of spring, epecially since the official beginning of spring found Park Ridge covered with over eight inches of snow. Usually, there is enough time between the spring equinox and Easter for the weather to warm up for the Great Easter Egg Hunt. However, sometimes Easier follows quickly after the equinox. How did this come about? To answer this question, we must look beyond the chocolate bunnies and colored eggs, beyond even the traditional Christian background of Easter, to the nature of the season itself. Most nations have some kind of springtime festival. Since the equinox marks the end of winter's oppressive cold and the beginning of a bountiful season. The celebration of this change was often called Easter, named after
the Norse divinity of spring. At this time, Easter was not related to a specific religion. As Christianity spread, it took over the springiimeseason of Passover, using the religious overtones of the Passover season to sU"enghten its own Reconstruction message. Because the springtime festival was a celebration of the resurrection of nature, it was also incorporated into the Christian celebration. In 325 A.D., a Church Council met in Nicaea to set the day on which Easter would fall. They decided on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, making Easter the only holiday which depends completely on natural occurrences-that of the equinox and of the moon's phases. Another result of this is that the date is never the same two years in a row. In 1582 A.D., 1,257 years later, another Church Council in Trent, Italy, was held to discuss the equinox. Over these years, the in-
competent calendar which was in use at the time had resulted in a ten day error - the spring equinox, which had been on March 21 when the day of Easter was set, now fell on March 11. Pope Gregory 111 proposed a new calendar system, called the Gregorian Adjustment, which was more accurate. However, the ten lost days were still a problem. Rather than change the date of the spring equinox and Easter, the Pope announced that everyone would skip ten days. After October 4, 1582, would come October 15, 1582. This solved the problem, although many workers grumbled that they should have been paid for the ten lost workdays. Through many changes in the calendar, Easter remained on its odd, astronomically designated date. And perhaps the unpredictability of this season, especially for children, adds to the mystery and delight of the Easier celebration.
Comic of the by Daniel Schacke One hundred and three years ago today marks the birthday of Charlie Chaplin. He was one of the world's most beloved public figures, but he also attracted suspicion, dislike, and even hatred. He was bom in London on April 16,1889, to Hannah and Charles Spencer Chaplin. Charlie's name was also Charles Spencer Chaplin. He had two half-brothers. His parents were both vaudeville entertainers; they separated when Charlie was a year old, and when Charlie was five, hard times came when his father died and his mother began to lose her voice. Since no one could support him and his two brothers, they were put into an orphanage. At age seven, Charlie got put out of the orphanage and he began his life as an entertainer soon after, at age eight. He performed in the opening show at the Hippodrome in
1900 and was in the premiere performance of Peter Pan in 1904. At the age of seventeen, Charlie joined his brother, Sydney, in the Fred Karno Company - a group of vaudeville U'oupes which toured around Great Britain. The company made two appearances in the United States, and on their second U.S. tour, a talent scout named Mack Sennctt saw Chaplin in a show. He offered him a movie contract with Keystone Films. In December of 1913, Chaplin came out to California and made his first film, playing a villain in the show called Making a Living. In his second film. Kid Auto Races at Venice, Chaplin created his famous persona, the Tramp. The Tramp appeared complete with a mashed bowler hat, oversized trousers, a brush moustache cut down to size, a tight jacket, and a cane. In each of his films after that, he refined his creation of Charlie the
Tramp. In 1915, Chaplin moved to Essanay Pictures, making SI,250 a week plus a SI0,000 bonus. Then, in 1921,hewasatFirstNational, where he made his first full-length feature film, The Kid. In 1919, Chaplin went into a partnership with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith. In 1922, he returned to Europe in a highly successful tour, where he wrote his first book, entitled My Wonderful Visit. His other books are My Autobiography and My Life in Pictures. In January 1989, The Washington Post declared that most of Charlie Chaplin's movies will no longer be available for theatrical release in the United Slates. The films can still be seen on video cassette, but the experience of watching them is dimished when it cannot be shared with people in a theater.
Crystals: not just another pretty facet by Jean Rowan They are seen worn in rings and earrings, and are fast becoming a common sight hanging from ribbons or strings as necklaces. Crystals, the beautiful rocks so many have learned about in Geology classes across the nation because of their physical properties, are now returning as a new trend because of spiritual or cosmic properties. Believers in crystal lore claim that crystals represent creation itself. This belief takes some root in the fact that crystals, quartz in particular, express the unity of the four elements of the earth: They are of the earth; that is where they grow. They are considered an expression of fire as they transmit a piezoelectric charge. They are related to water in their molecular su-ucture and, just as air lets light pass through it, so do crystals. Crystals are not a new fad just discovered by the New Age Movement. They have been used by people all over the world for at least 80,000 years for a variety of different reasons and purposes. Some use the mysterious crystals to strengthen their psychic abilities by heightening telepathy or increasing clairvoyance. Others use the crystals' powers to overcome certain illnesses or even to increase sexual potency. Masters of crystal wizardry (some are called shamen) have passed their knowledge on and have left a specific use or application for every crystal. A crystal can be "used" in a variety of different things. For healing, the rock is often held over a specific afflicted area of the body
during meditation. Generally, though, crystals are said to help psychically just by holding or wearing them. An example is the "queen mother" of all crystals, the quartz, which is primarily used for holistic purposes. It is generally six-sided and comes in all shades and colors. The rose quartz, for example, is said to increase confidence, and promote creativity and expression, while the white quartz is a natural purifier and helps to build sensitivity to detecting psychic auras. Other crystals, such as abalone, aid the working of the body. Many athletes use this organic seashell to help build and protect muscle tissue. It is also said to aid digestion. There are also crystals that are recom-
mended for people in specific occupations. Botswana Agate, for example, is suggested for fire fighters, or anyone who comes in contact with excessive amounts of smoke. It is said to increase the amount of oxygen in the body. There are crystals for almost every age, profession, ailment, and zodiac sign. True believers don't leave their crystal-altered houses without concentrating, in one way or another, on how the crystals' powers can help them. Whether the belief in crystal lore is fact or fiction, they are fast becoming another remedy-to-bc-had in the 90's population for the various problems facing individuals in society today.
Student responsibilities cont'd. continued from page 2 However, the deans can't be blamed lor largcl. Responsibility should not be cvcrylbing; wc the siudents inust rcaii/.c viewed with the negative connotation asthat a change in our altitudes is necessary sociated with 'Big Brother'; rather, it for an improved learning cnvironmcnl. In should be seen as an atleinpt by a student order Lo lake full conlrol of our education, to create a better learning environment. we must become more responsible for ihe However, ihe final decision rests wiUi school in which we Icam. If that responsi- the student. If a student knows about a pobility may seem like ratling lo you, think tentially disruptive situation but dcKsn't about where apalhy can lead. Whereas ihc believe it importiint enough to personally kid carrying a knife around school may prevent it or to tell someone in authority seem hjtrmicssenough to you today,imag- about it, so be it. But the student must then ine yourself or a friend getting caught in learn to live with the consequences. between the kid's knife and its intended
First Aid team secures a victory The Maine South First Aid Team, under the direction of coach Candy Purdy, recently swept the Mid-America Competition by taking first, second, thrid, and fifth place out of fourteen teams. The competition was hosted this year by Maine South in the back gym on Saturday, March 14th. Each team of four contestants were given three emergency situations requiring First Aid assistance. The participants were then graded point-by-point as to how appropriately and how skillfully they responded with First Aid treatment. The first place team, captained by Joan Hoffman, consisted of Bridget Ford, Debbie Anselmini, and Laura Makula. Brian Mercado was the team alternate. The second place team was composed of Eric Abreu, Kim Biala, Angela Giankoppolous, and Irene Walsh. The third place squad was headed by Maria Chiappetta with Karl Morgan, Leticia Cardenas, Meg Sheehan, along with alternate Maria Demakis.
Recently, in National competition, the Maine South First Aid team dominated the top
five, taking both second and third place honors.
South students win big at history fair On March 14, students from Mr. Nelson's as well as Mr. Hueman's social science classes competed at the City-North regional of the Chicago Metio History Fair, held at Resurrection High School in Chicago. Nearly fifty students competed in the daylong event, and out of those, ten Maine South students advanced to the final competition. Awards at the regional competition were given in three different areas: essays, exhibits, and live performances. Joseph Arcuri was the single winner from Maine South in the essay portion of the contest with his piece entitled "Riverview Park." For exhibits, winners included Joe Steinfcls with "Lincoln Park Zoo;" Larissa Dudycz, "The Haymarket Riot of 1886;" and
Adam Nardi with David James for their exhibit entitled "The Chicago Stadium." In the performance segment of the competition, five students were awarded prizes. Stephanie Poulos won with her performance, "Chicago Blues," Meade Crampton advanced with "The Monadnock Building," and Bradley Haak was awarded a prize for his performance entitled, "The Chicago Symphony Orchestra." Other winners in the performance category included Todd Ofenloch and Dave Sinclair, with their performance: "The Iroquois Theater Fire of 1903." Mr. Nelson was elated with the results. "It's a wonderful event, what else is there to say."
Da Bears migrate to Park Ridge On April 22nd, at 7:30 P.M. in the Specta tor Gym, our school will be holding a basketball game. But not just any basketball game. This game will pit the Maine South faculty against members of the Chicago Bears. The "Good News Bears," as they are collectively known, will come to Maine South as a followup to our long-standing, traditionial, but most certainly amusing exhibition sporting event, the M-Club faculty challenge. The proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards the rebuilding of the Wilson
Stadium Pressbox. The recent cutbacks in the District 207 budget have hit the Athletic Department at South very hard. In light of this fact, the fundraisers for Maine South sports become all the more important. After the game, the members of the Bears will hold an autograph session with the fans in attendance. Tickets for this event can be purchased from M-Club, Varsity Club, or Student Council Members or in the Bookstore for only $7.00. The game promises to be the classic matchup of the best, and the brightest.
The Maine South students who advanced to the finals will compete against finalists from the other three regional competitions. These regionals include the Southwest Surburban. North and West Surburban, and the City-South. The finals will take place on April 13 for the perfonnances, and May 7 for the exhibits at the Newberry Library downtown.
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Volleyball team stands at .500 Boys' volleyball begins this year with a special goal in mind, capturing the first ever IHS A stale title for their young sport. Following in the very large footsteps left by allconference graduates Tom Hoff and John Kujak, their work is cut out for them. The long road began on March 31. The Hawks began their season with a tough match against Highland Park. The first game was marred by inconsistent play, common to a team's first game. Coach George Sherman used nine different players trying to find the right combination, but eventually the Hawks squeaked by 17-15. After they overcame their
opening game jitters the Hawks toyedwith the giants, using all of their players, and won convincingly 15-2. Damon Harkey played an outstanding game, conu-ibuting six aces, three blocks, and nine kills. Paul Harris ran the show for the Hawks and contributed SOassists on 30/32 setting. When asked to comment on the victory coach Sherman responded, "Highland Park, ha ha ha!". Monday's game against Niles West proved to be an ill-fated evening for the Hawks. The varsity fell 15-4, 17-15, falling victim to a poor serve-receive and an atrocious serving percentage. The match how-
ever was not without its bright spots. The Hawks staged a fierce comeback in the second game, erasing a 9-1 defecit to take the lead 109, and later 14-13. Tom Hope was 20/23 on attack attempts with 11 kills. Scan "Ox" Watkins, playing on his birthday, added four kills. After the game, a disappointed coach Sherman said, "We are still looking for a viable team to be competitive enough to make a legitimate run at the state championship." The hawks began conference play last week and will need a su^ong bench, led by Tom Udvance, to capture another conference title.
Tennis team's prospects look good This year the Maine South Varsity Tennis Team has six returning varsity members to lead the team. These players include Karl Meland, Jim Lin, Brad Thomson, Ryan Sipkovsky, Eric Manzi, and Vince Fisher. Although the team did lose many key players from last year's squad, this year's team intends to follow in their winning path. To do so. Coach Schmidt has increased the number of tournaments that the Hawks will compete in throughout the season. The team is looking to these tournaments to improve their play for
their high caliber opponents, along with acting as a source of improving the squad's experience. The starling team for the Hawks is composed of an all-junior singles lineup: Brad Thompson, Eric Manzi, and Vince Fisher. The doubles team will consist of the senior-junior combinations in Karl Meland and Ryan Sipkovsky, as well as Jim Lin andTariik Chokshi. Because many of these players have been together for the past three or four years, teamwork and experience will definalcly be
an asset. In addition to these players, other important contributers to the varsity team include Ray Cerd, Dave Brady, Bob Griffith, Paul Cheong, Harry Petruleas, and freshman Tim Thien. The frosh-soph team is trying to keep a winning attitude with a few new prospects and a number of returning players. Coach Thomas will try to develop her team into a varsity threat for the future.
Baseball team prepared for its season The Maine South Baseball Team opened their season at the Niles North tournament with two losses in three games, not the beginning of the season that the Hawks hoped to have. The Hawks began the tournament against the squad from St. Rita. The team lost 2-0 before coming back later to defeat the host Vikings by the score of 6-3. In their third and final game, the Hawks went were embarrased by Evanston, 17-7.
In the victory over Niles North, top pitcher Mike Mazukelli had a one-hitter after ihe first six innings of play. The Hawks led 1-0, then built the lead to 5-0 with four more runs in the third when Chris Holbrook drove in a run with a basehit with runners on first and third, and Dan Mikos connected for a three-run homer to left field. The Hawks hope to recover from the huge loss to Evanston, but at this point coach Jerry Romes isn't too concerned about the losses.
The coach made it clear that the tournament was just the team's "preseason," a prelude to the season that provided if nothing else, experience.
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Indoor track season ends The Maine South Boys Track Team ended the indoor season with a final grade of "Incomplete." This was due to the lack of members at the conference meet because of spring break plans. In the indoor conference meet, the varsity squad placed fifth. Although there were no champions, Steve Silarski placed second in the pole vault while Pat Matchen took fourth. Other strong performances were turned in by Mike Raida, taking fifth in the half mile, and Jeff Morris, who took third in the high
hurdles. The sophomore team took 4th in the meet with Jamie Brammeier winning the mile and teaming up with David Palac, Ben Rca, and Paul Zorowski in the two mile relay. These two events were the only Hawk victories. Both the varsity and sophomore teams are expecting successful outdoor seasons due to, an increase of members, primarily basketball players. They are hoping for a complete season and success in the outdoor conference meet.
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Track hopes for luck outdoors The girls' track and field team finished up the indoor season on Friday, March 20 with the Central Sububan League conference meet. The night started off well on the varsity level with fine performances turned in by shot putters Chris Sli wa and Lida Aris, who placed fourth and sixth respectively. Senior Sarah Wanat added to the field events score when she leaped four feet ten inches, earning second place in the highjump. She moved to the track where she placed third in the 55-meter low
hurdles and fifth in the 55-meter high hurdles. Other top placers were sophomore Donna DeMartino, fourth in the 50-meter dash and the two-mile relay team of Candy Abreu, Katy Michal, Carrie Schwemin, and Susan Crawford, which took second with a time of 10:43. Candy Abreu came back in the half mile to take sixth place along with varsity athlete of the meet Katy Michal, who came in fifth. With these performances, the Hawks still finished sixth out of six teams.
However, the JV squad made up for this. Led by Kathy Lyons, who threw her personal best in the shot put and earned third place, the junior varsity finished in a respectable tie for third. At its first outdoor meet on March 31, the JV team lost to Resurrection. But Varsity was ready to dispel their finish at conference with an overwhelming defeat of Resurrection. Hopefully, this success will carry throughtout the rest of the outdoor season.
Soccer beats defending state champs The Hawks' giris' soccer team opened the season with a big kick last week by beating the defending state champs, Libertyville, 1-0. Junior midfielder Maureen Nugent scored early in the first quarter on a perfectly placed indirect kick by junior stopper Kate Reynolds, and the goal held up until the end despite considerable pressure by Libertyville, which was ranked second in the state prior to the game by the Tribune. Although Libertyville outshot Maine South 18-6, the Hawk defense of senior S uzy Auge, sophomores Tracey Ostrand and Darcy Smith, and Reynolds kept most of the shots outside of dangerous range, and goalie Holly Francis (8 saves) had little trouble taking charge in front of the goal. The most dangerous scoring chances of the game, however, belonged to the Hawks, including two breakaways by senior forwiu-d Angie Meyer stopped by the Libertyville
The Maine South girls' Varsity softball team opened its season against Warren. Two big inning rallies combined with a consistent defensive concentration, brought the Hawks their first victory, 12-4. Mario Cardomonc, Karen Rioch, Jenny Kocrber, and Kris Lorenz all conu-ibuted solid hits in this team effort. The team then u-avcled to Barrington for a doubleheader. The first game again showed the defensive ability of this young team as they held their opponent scoreless through six
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Vital reserve play came from senior Nancy Green; juniors Monica Huettingcr and Melinda Polan; sophomores Trisha Melendy, Brigid Brown, Denise Oswald, and Ginger Tosch; and freshmen Jenny Schubcrth and Sarah Mitchell.
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innings. Unfortunately, in the seventh inning with a runner on base, Barrington hit a home run to win the game 2-1. In the second game, the Hawks proved successful. One highlight of this win was Jenny Koerbcr's home run over the center field fence. In their fourth game, the Hawks faced Hersey. With a tie after seven innings of play the game went into extra innings. Kelly Reaney led off with a double and later scored the winning run in this 5-4 victory.
Badminton team features new faces This year the girls' badminton team is doing quite well despite the lack of seniors. With only one leading senior, Katie Gleason, this young team has worked hard to achieve a 2-2 record. Miss McGuigan, the new Varsity coach, is optimistic about the team's future. "Our team is very promising because we have a young squad with high potential and enthusiasm," said McGuigan. With the help of the other new coach, Mrs. Ncilson, the JV and the Varsity team are improving well. Despite the 0-15 loss to the toughest team in state, Evanston, and the 2-13 loss against Oak Park, the team has competed well, defeating Maine East 9-6 and Regina 141. Returning players include juniors; Deb Anselmini, Debbie Chan, Amy Hanson, Anna Nommenson, Patti Richards, and Sae Tsukahara.