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Volume 33, Issue 4 October 11, 1996


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Maine South H.S. Park Ridge, IL

The Last of Mrs. Lincoln set to go by Graham Schmidt Fiction can be fun, but the reference section is a little more enlightening. For instance, if you were to research the name Mary Todd Lincoln, you might learn that she was the wife ofthe sixteenth President. What you wouldn't learn initially is that this lady had a history of pain-killer abuse, lost two children in their adolescence, was committed to an asylum by her son Robert, and held hands with President Lincoln as he was assassinated. Indeed, the fall play " The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" chronicles the life of Mary Todd Lincoln directly after the death of her famous husband. The play, written by James Prideaux, will be performed at 7:30 the nights of Thursday, October 17th, Friday, October 18th, and Saturday, October 19th in Maine South's Clyde K. Watson auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door. The student director, Kathryn Donehoo, the stage manager, Tami Gudukas, have ked hard to shape the play into a great w. Described as historical fiction, the performances would give any students studying the Civil War era a really good representation of the time period. Authentic costumes and scenery are being created to add to the illusion. But, most importantly, the story is entertaining enough to make the three dollars it costs well worth it. Mary Todd Lincoln' s life was quite a roller coaster: from inmiense popularity in Springfield to public disgrace in the White House. A known sympathizer to certain confederates during the Civil War, she over spent all her allowances and went deeply into debt. Practicing a policy of non discipline with her last


child. Tad, he remained practically illiterate until his father's death and failed to dress himself before the age of eight; generally, a tremendous brat. If you think Hillary Clinton's press is bad, you have no idea ofthe intense hatred some Northerners felt toward this first lady. Representing this figure is junior Jennifer Beacraft. Her credits include "Charlotte's Web" and "Mother Hicks." Not only does she love the role because of its complexity, but also because she gets to wear big hoop skirts with wide hips. Having to circumvent the hips on almost every cross, one can attest to their extreme size. Beacraft says ofthe play, "The struggle that the Lincoln family has to go through is similar to the experiences that many high-schoolers may go through with a

Photo by Kate Boychuck grandparent." She also adds that, "It was shocking to discover how 'crazy' Mrs. Lincoln really went. It's a lot more interesting than a lot ofthe history you learn about the family." Other key members ofthe cast include Steve Tallungen, Ryan O'Boza, and Aileen DeCourcey. DeCourcey, who is also make-up head, thinks that "The play will be interesting for student audiences because the information presented applies to what some are learning in their history classes. It will give the audience a closer look at something they may have already known about." The cast is working hard to create the best possible performances. If you don't come for the dramatic caliber ofthe play or the bang up theater that's sure to occur, come for the funky Mrs. Lincoln. She was one unusual babe.

Mr. Verber inducted into Hali of Fame by Sushila Dalai Mr. George Verber was inducted into Bowling Green State University's Hall of Fame on September 28. Verber was awarded this honor as a result of playing baseball at the school for four years. He attended Bowhng Green State ^^pversity, a school just outside of Toledo, ^ K i o , on a baseball scholarship. Verber lettered in the sport for three years, the maximum

time possible, since freshmen couldn't play on the Varsity level. Verber played center field and first base during his time on the team. As a junior, he batted .398 in a span of twenty-nine games. He led the team in runs scored and stolen bases, and was second in RBI's. These accomplishments led to his election as Most Valuable Player and the honor of being an AllConference Mid-American player.

As a senior, Verber was elected team captain. He batted a .393 and led the team in stolen bases and runs scored. He also achieved allconference status and was elected as Most Valuable Player once again. He became an All-Midwest district player and third team All-American. Verber achieved a career batting average of .379, which is the third best overall batting continued on page 6

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O'Hare, Midway, and a park by Courtney Ischinger This is a continuation of my report on the closure of popular things and its effect on children. I tiiink. Recendy, I heard of the closing of another piece of popular culture. Meigs Field is no longer. Richard J. Daley closed it down. There will be a park (Meigs Park? The Richard J. Daley Park? The Ischinger Park?) in it's place. This is a happy fact. Mr. Daley is trying to get rid of Big Business. (Well, ok. He's probably not trying to get rid of Big business. But he is upsetting it by this closvu-e.) Meigs Field is an airport downtown used mainly for private pilots and corporate jets. Closing the airfield would supposedly hurt Chicago's businesses. I say, Chicago business people can fly intoO'Hare or Midway. It'snot that big of an inconvenience. And north of Chicago there are many private airports, if the above mentioned two are too large. (Although Midway is pretty dinky.) On the other hand, a park would be a beautiful addition to the city. It will keep small people off the streets, enabling them to grow up and become Big Business people (get rid of the park!). It will give the Big Business people a place to go to relax,refreshingthem so that they would be able to do more Big Business (get rid of the park, I say!). In short, this park will do more good for the city and the small people than an airport! Richard J. Daley is trying to save our children on behalf of the entire Democratic

by Natalie Mazzuca I dunno if what follows is all that interesting. But you might learn something. -When introduced in 1952, Kellogg's Frosted Hakes were 29% sugar. -Rocky trained in black and white Converse All-Star high tops. -V-8 contains carrot, tomato, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach juices. -It is impossible to place an egg in a closed Ziplock bag and break the egg in your hand. -The element tungsten (W) has the highest melting point of any metal, making it perfect for use in lightbulb filaments. -The flag on the Chicago Tribune masthead has 50 stars and 13 stripes, an accurate representation of Old Glory. -Babies under seven months can breathe and swallow simultaneously. -McDonalds' coats their french fries in sugar before they are shipped. -Clamore swords, seven feet long as shown "Braveheart", were never really used in hand to hand combat. They were too hard to wield, and were generally used to cut the legs off of horses. -It is a quarter of a mile from the Fimess Center to the A-Wing. -When you sneeze, your eyes must close and your heart stops. -Bob Dole ran for President in 1980 and 1988, in addition to 1996. -A stream trout can swim up to 102 inches per second. -In Illinois, the minimum age for marriage by Pat Hauser with parental consent is 16. With parental and/ In the days prior to Homecoming I found or judicial consent in Massachusetts, the age myself thinking about why we all go to high for males drops to 14, and for females, 12. -To obtain a gold record single in the U.S. school and why it is so important to us. As a and Italy, 1 million copies must be sold. In sophomore at Maine South High School, I France and the U.K., 500,000 copies must be have been searching for whether there is a sold; in Poland-250,000; Spain-100,000: deeper meaning to school. I cannot accept the fact that we only go to high school to learn Canada-75,000 and Australia-50,000. history or to punctuate sentences. -Elvis Costello's real name is E>eclan Pat I thought Homecoming would be a perfect rick MacManus. time tofindout if there is anything else to the -Most ancient Greek battles were lost from high school experience. I allowed myself to fatigue, not injury. getthatHomecoming "spirit" that all the signs -87% of Americans buy toothpaste. around school have been asking you to do. I -Greenland has cities named Qaanaaq, went to the game in the name of tradition and Qeqertarsuaq and Qaqortoq. experienced cool weather, leaves on the -TheBeatles"'I Want to Hold Your Hand" ground, and the sound of helmets hitting hit #1 on February 1,1964. shoulder pads. Over the course of the game I -Racecar spelled backwards is racecar. found myself slowly joining into the cheers -The 1000th Mc Donalds' is on Oakton and and the excitement of the game. Northwest Highway. Then, all of a sudden, I realized, "Here it is. -A Japanese Katana blade can easily cut Here is the TRUE purpose of why we go to through an English suit of armor. school: what teachers call socializing." I -One human produces 1.5 liters of saliva in realized that this was the most important thing one day. in high school. It is dealing with other people

Party! I have consulted my fellow students on this matter. The views I have heard have b e | ^ ^ typical of Republican Park Ridge, and c o u ^ ^ be summed up by one anonymous "independent (politically)" junior: "It would be nice if they made it into a park, but it [Meigs Field] does benefit the independent pilots and business people of Chicago." Now, I thought I had just clearly explained why this is not true! A park would be more beneficial to the city than an airport, espcially since the Chicagoland area has more airports than it knows what to do with! Done. Finished. I have also been told that Meigs Field is a landmark, a part of the city of Chicago, and on the basis and this basis alone the airport should not be torn down. I'm sorry. Who has ever heard of a landmark airport?!? Landmarks are supposed to be old and elegant An old airport is either old and falling apart (and thus not elegant) or has had so many renovations that it is completely modem-looking. I have never seen an elegant airport (and I've been in more airports that I can count on my fingers and my toes combinedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;^now how many of you can say that??). Meigs Field can't be a landmark. I refuse to believe it Thus, Meigs Field's sole purpose is Big Business convenience. rvealreadygoneov|^^ that. Big Business can get along without t H ^ ^ airfield. A park would be much better, so what's the controversy??

The true lessons of school

and with each others' different personalities. We will still have to make new friends and deal with new situations. Out of everything that we have learned, socializing with people will stay with us until the day we die. There is no test on it in school. Instead, life itself is the test It can easily be summed up by one of Mr. Smith's weekly quotes: "School gives us tests, but life itself gives us thefinals."The longer you think about it, the more it makes sense and the more it is true. With that realization in mind, I went to the dance, which is a tradition as old as high school itself. I went there with a new perspective on everything to have fun and hopefully make new friends. I could stop worrying about the details and start thinking about what really counts. It took a couple of years to realize it but now I understand that high school teaches me more than how to find Uiefindthe tangent of pi. It provides me with invaluable, practical experience. Nowhere will we be more effectively exposed to real life problems such as stress and anxiety.



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Don't blame me, it's not my fault by Elizabeth Gibbons America has turned into a society of victims. Everywhere you look you see them, the poor, hurt victims of one thing or another. No one is willing to accept blame anymore, they tum around and place it on someone else's shoulder. We should be known as the nation of "innocent, unknowing victims." Three examples of this come to mind A young boy was accused of sexual harassment and suspended from his elementary school in North Carolina; OJ. Simpson became the innocent man who faced the racism of the LAPD; and a student at Columbia College may be dropping out of school merely because he did not know when school started. The Associated Press released the following statement two weeks ago: "Lexington, NC-A 6-year-old boy who kissed a girl on the cheek has been suspended on the grounds of sexual harassment. A school district spokeswoman said, 'The policy is clear: a 6-year-old kissing another 6-year-old is inappropriate

behavior. Unwelcome is unwelcome at any age. It is alleged that the little girl asked for the kiss. Yet, do we see anyone chiding her for provoking the entire incident? No. She's the sweet, fairhaired victim of sexual harassment by a 6-year-old. No school officials ever considered this an innocent incident either. It certainly could not be the effect of the warm affection children show each other. No! Someone must be blamed. So they blamed a 6-year-old boy for something he probably didn't give a second thought. Now his life will probably never be the same. AnoUier example, although less recent, is the widely known OJ. Simpson trial. This man murderd two people, and that is what he stood trial for. However, once in the courtroom, cold blooded killer, OJ. Simpson, became poor Orenthal, the victim of bigotry of the LAPD. His attorneys "played the race card," turning their client into the victim and miraculously removed the blame for the

double murders from his shoulders. Finally, a student at Columbia, who shall remain nameless, stated last week that he may be forced to drop out of school. AtfirstI felt bad for him, thinking that he couldn't pay for it, or something along that line. No, he just didn't know when school started, nor did he bother to check. Subsequently, he missed a week of school, consuming his quota of absences for the semester. He told me it would simply be too hard for him not to miss a day of school fo the rest of this semester, and load up with extra courses next semester. (Translation: he's just lazy.) It's nothis faultheclaims, he's a victim of the schools disorganization. Ha!! If he's a victim of anything, its his own stupidity. We can't walk down the street today without seeing thousands of victims. America needs to stop this growing trend. So do us all a favor, next time something happens and its your fault, take the blame. It could be the first step in redeeming our society.

A Letter to the Editors Dear Editors, One should not air one's personal grievances in public. One should particularly not air one's grievances in a school newspaper solely for the reason of complaining about another's manners and views. However, the entire student body has, most unfortunately, witnessed such a piece of extreme rudeness in the last issue of Souihwords when S. Andrew Schneider attempted to combat Tim Barounis' observations. To begin with, Mr. Schneider refers to Mr. Barounis as his "nemesis." This rather strongly suggests that Mr. Schneider has no intentions of ever agree-ing with any of Mr. Barounis' %'iew$, regardless of whether they have merit. All Mr. Barounis claims is that there are limits to what can be achieved inside the realms of normalcy. Neither normalcy nor conformity is, Mr. Schneider, the same as society. One may live in society- and, in fact, everyone lives in society to some extent, and still strive to accomplish something that has never beforebeen achieved. Does


-Vlr. Schneider detest AJbcrt Einstein, Dorothy Parker, Rene Magriite, Howard Carter, and Mickey Mantle as much as he detests Tim Barounis? These are aU people who went beyond the realms of normalcy and returned with gold. Fee! free, Mr. Schneider, to live contented within the tiny cell that is mediocrity, but do not make the mistake of assuming everyone can be content within those walls. Now we come to the point where Mr. Schneider claims Mr. Barounis' entire Souihwordscsa&exexisis only to aJlow Mr. Barounis' rebelhcms attitude towards his parents as an outlet. It's terrifying to believe that the only possible reason for expressing one's feelings Ln a creative manner is because of the need to rebel against one's parents. Is it also true, Mr. Schneider, that even.' poem we write, ever\' game plan we think up, ever}' sculpture we create, and indeed, every scene we perform on stage is merely to display our resentment of our folks? Now to this "deceptive wisdom." I do have AP courses and I do have a lot of

homework and being involved in theseiS classes is a difficult and time consuming;' process. Understand we don't have AP jack-:; ets, or an AP Fall Assembly, or The Monday;;:;; Morning AP Report. Yes, maybe we do;| boast a iittlebitbecause we're willj ng to take;;; tougher clases and succeed m them. Are we wrong to be proud of our abilities? i assume, and please forgivemeif I am wrong, that this "deceptive wisdom" is the "phenomenon." Knowledge comes from all experiences, Mr. Schneider, even the experience of reading a book. You'll be pleased lo know, Mr. Schneider, that Mao Tse Tung shares your opi nion on too much knowledge. But we all know what happened to him. I suppose thai In writing this I am ranked amongst'Tim Barounis and his associates." I even suppose that in writing this I am simply exposing my rage towards my parents, even though Ibelieve myself to respect and love them. Bull speak for myself when I say this: spare us your arrogance, spare us your jealousies, and spare us your grudges. K.C. Spindier,'98



AFS students visit for a year Petter Lerenius by Petter Lerenius Hi Hawk friends! My name is Petter (pronounce it like Peter). I'm from Sweden in northern Europe and I will be in Park Ridge for one year. I live just outside of Stockholm, the capital city. Although the winters can get extremely cold (down to five degrees Fahrenheit), normally the temperatures are very mild. The summers here are hotter and more humid. It was more than a year ago that I decided to come to the U.S. I then had to be interviewed and, about a month later, I found out that I had been accepted. I learned in May that my host family was to be the Tones. The adventure started for me on August 9, when I left Stockholm on an airplane and arrived in the U.S. nine hours later. I was very nervous and also a little scared about meeting my host family because of all the bad stories I had heard about students having a hard time with their families. I was lucky, though. I got a great family in which I feel comfortable. I've had a really good time so far, and all the people here have been very helpful. I'm on the Varsity golf team right now. The school here is very different from the one I went to in Sweden. First, in Sweden the school is just a place you go to learn, and after school you go home or out. You try to spend

Petter, Niina, and Michie as little time as possible in school. Here it is more like a meeting place. Sure you go to all of these boring classes and wish the day was over, but before and after school you go and meet friends in different clubs and sports. If you want to try a sport in Sweden, you have to contact a club outside of the school because the school doesn't have any sport teams. That means it is pretty hard to get involved in sports. Second, here you have more pride in your school. I think it's because of the sports. Third, in my last school they didn't have a signal after the period, so some teachers let

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you go early and some made you stay a couple of minutes late. We had thirty minute periods, and gym only once a week. The biggest difference is that you choose your classes here and you have the same schedule every day. In Sweden you have the same program for three years and a different schedule every day. I have had a great time so far and this will probably be the best year of my life. If you're thinking of going on an AFS program, don't hesitate. You will have a great experience guarantee. AFS continued on page *

Focus on student excellence.. Name: Brian Albin

Grade Level: Senior

Activities: Varsity Football, Wrestling and Track, MClub (President), National Honor Society, Constitution Team, Peers Reaching Out, Spanish Club, P.E. Senior Leader and High Honor Roll. Teacher's Comment: "At the present time Brian Albin is a senior leader in my fourth period class. He is a responsible, reliable and well-rounded individual. Brian is not only a three-sport athlete, but he is also President of the M-Club, a member of Brotherhood and the National Honor Society. He will be an asset to any college or university he elects to attend." -George Verber


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Student leadership at its best Bill Heerman by Susan Wilson A leader in the school, Bill Heerman is the "Freshman Class President. He had experience in student government at Lincoln Junior High, where he served on the Executive Council. Now in high school he has become active in student government. Heerman took his leadership role because he desires to make changes for the better. "I would like to change the amount of activities the Freshmen get to do," says Heerman. "I plan to ask around and see what people would like to do, run it by the Class Council and other administration, and then get to work on it." As well as participating in student government, Heerman is also involved in band, Spanish Club, Student Council, and soccer.

John Bang by Margaret Byrne John Bang represents the Sophomores as Sophomore Class President. Besides his involvement in student government. Bang also participates in a variety of other activities: Concert Orchestra, soccer. Math Team, Spanish Club, Scholastic Bowl and tennis, as well as the musical last year. Bang was very interested in becoming ijnvolved in student government: "I wanted to see what we as students have the power to do. I also wanted to take charge in getting things done and making things happen. I thought it would be fun!" When Bang was Vice President last year, he realized that the participation was "halfhearted," so he took charge. So far there are over 60 representatives in the Council this year. He is very proud to say that the Sophomore Class won first place in the Homecoming Float Contest due to their effort.

Maya, Melissa, John and Bill.

Melissa Poulos by Sushila Dalai Junior Class President Melissa Poulos hopes to boost the Juniors' spirit this year. Poulos's main goals are to help the Juniors plan a fun, successful and smoothly-run Girls' Choice Dance and Junior Prom. She hopes that many members of the class will help in the planning, so as to create the best possible outcome. Poulos believes that the Junior Class involvement and spirit are on the rise with the recent win of the Homecoming Window Decorating Contest. Poulos, herself, is quite involved in Maine South's activities. She participates in tennis, Student Council, Brotherhood, the musical. Model UN, makeup crew. Varsity Club, Project Plus and Spanish Club.

Maya Parekh by Katie Rybak As president of the Senior Class, Maya Parekh has taken part in many activities during her high school career. She has served on

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Student Council for four years with one year as the Student Issues Chairperson. Parekh has also served as Sophomore Class president and Junior Class Secretary. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Constitution Team and has participated in Model UN and Speech Team. "I am interested in planning events and trying new ideas. I enjoy getting other people involved in school actvities. Government may be something I want to do in the future and student government serves as the perfect springboard." Parekh also stated, "As Senior Class President, I don't really have freedom to do a lot as I organize Homecoming, Beach Party and Senior Prom. My main objective is simply to make sure that everyone's ideas are heard and that every event the Senior Class sponsors leaves a lasting memory at Maine South. I don't really aim to change anything; my idea is to take whatever Maine South has to offer and make it the best it can be."

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average in the history of Bowling Green State University. These accomplishments led to Mr. Verber's recent honors. On Saturday, September 28, he was honored at the Bowhng Green-Central Michigan football game. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in a reception following the game. Attendees included Verber's former teammates, coaches and professors. Also attending were his wife, Barbara, and his son, Brian, who attends Carthage University in Wisconsin. Brad, Verber's other son, could not come because he is at school at Dartmouth University. Verber followed his college baseball career by playing semi-professional baseball for a few years. He also tried out for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but elected to return to Bowling Green to be a graduate assistant and the assistant Varsity baseball coach. After earning his Master's degree in 1966, Mr. Verber returned to Maine South, where he had taught in the 1964-65 school year, and has been teaching in

Upcoming Events SAT Testing October 12 Columbus Day No School October 14 Fall Play 7:30 Auditorium October 17-19 the district for thirty -two years. Congratulations to Mr. Verber for his achievements and deserved recognition.

AFS studGnts^^^^^=^^^=^ Niina Kiviniemi

I am looking at the world from a different point of view. I can learn so much, although I miss my family and friends. In fact, America is very different from the movies: Americans by Niina Kiviniemi Everything is so big in America! Here I am, don't live Oliver Stone's "Natural Bom Killin the middle of dnig dealers and lunatic ers" and don't all carry cell phones like Alicia people. I can't even walk to Walgreen's be- Silverstone in "Clueless." cause someone is going to kill me. People eat only McDonald's or are vegetarians. Oh well, I guess that you have to experience things before you can say anything. Yes, I can walk by Michiel Van Kelecom in Park Ridge and mummy, I am eating "real" Hi, my name is Michiel Van Kelecom. I am food. from Belgium and I will stay in Park Ridge for I am still embarassed about the first day I almost a year. My favorite sports are tennis came here. All I could say was "okay" and and soccer, and music is also very important in "thank you" and "yes, please" after eight my life. years of studying. Nowadays my host-family Let me tell you a Uttie about my country. hopes for me to be quiet sometimes. This year Belgium is in Europe, and no, we don't eat a will be really COOL! Even if it is sometimes lot of waffles there. The capital is Brussels and hard to be without a sauna or Finnish choco- our king is Albert. The most popular sports in late. No one has asked about ice bears or Belgium are soccer, tennis and cycling. Does igloos, but people don't understand how we in Belgium have any famous people? As a matFinland watch American movies. In case you ter of fact we do! I assume you have all heard didn' t know, we have subtitles and if you want about Jean Claude van Damme, and maybe to see an ice bear you have to go to the zoo. I Edy Methx, the cyclist, or Michel find it very interesting to get to know different Prud'Homme, voted best goalie at the World people and cultures. AFS weekends offer the Cup '94. A typical Belgian meal is steak and chance to learn more about the world. A boy french fries. One of the biggest differences from Italy, a girl from Russia, Australia, Ja- with the U.S. is the school system. In Belgium pan... People at Maine South also have really you don't pick your subjects, but choose a interesting and various backgrounds. All direction in which all subjects are fixed. For these things make the world a little smaller for instance, I graduated from the Latin-lanme. guages direction. We also have no after-

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PSAT/NMSQT October 19 school sports. The drinking and smoking age is sixteen (!?!), and we don't have curfew. On the other hand, you can't hold hands until ^ | ^ ^ age of eighteen. ^ ^ I've had a great time here so far. See you around!

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Hawk football on a victorious roll with Matt Hagenbart for afirstquarter TD to by Tom Repetto ^Maine South football has started once put the Hawks up 7-0. Later, Tim Gavin again to open some eyes and put itself in the rushed in for a score to give the Hawks 14 first map of the programs in the state. They im- -half points. The defense, anchored in the proved their record to 4-1 on the season with middle by linebackers Mark Cameron and a 17-9 win over the Warriors from Maine Phil LaMonica, held the Warriors to just a fields goal in the first half. West. The Hawks wasted no time in celebrating The Hawks utilized the ability of their Homecoming as Remi Benkowski connected own star running back, Tim Gavin. Grinding

it out the Hawks added another three by the foot of Phil Luchese. In Week 4, the game against Waukegan could have been called "The Tim Gavin Show." Gavin had four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving, as the Hawks destroyed the Bulldogs 31-0. With Gavins' outstanding performance the team looks will repeat as champs.

Hawks set to run for conference title by George Hartman As the season begins to come to a close, the hard work put forth by the Maine South boys' Cross Country is starting to pay off. In the last two weeks, the Hawks defeated Niles North, Glenbrook North and Highland Park to improve their perfect conference record to 4-0. First off, the Hawks ran against Niles North and Glenbrook North in a triangular meet held at Harms Woods, home to the Vikings. Recuperating from a long week of

practice and recovering from some slight up the slack for the injured Gayford were injuries, the team struggled with Niles North sophomores Matt Madura, Brian Dickey, and pulling out a marginal victory 27-18. Maine Mac Campagna. With one more meet left to go, the Hawks South overcame Glenbrook North much easier, denying any Spartans hope of victory are preparing for the conference showdown against the also undefeated Maine West Warfrom early on. The following week, the team traveled out riors. As head coach William Drenann anato Highland Park for yet another conference lyzes the upcoming opponent he states, meet. Despite the absence of senior co-cap- "We're deadeven." The Hawks look forward tain Ted Gayford, the Hawks ripped the to a great race and possibly will be crowned Giants apart with a 21-38 blowout Picking champions for the fourth consectutive year.

Hawks look to smash competition by Matt Glavin The Maine South golf team has been a tough competitor, despite two close losses to Maine West and Highland Park. Mike Kraft

Soccer The Maine South soccer Hawks have been taking their lumps lately. They faced the nationally acclaimed St. Charles team and were defeated 2-1. The outstanding play by Mike Krull and Filip Cejovic just wasn' t enough to get the Hawks over the edge as they lost the next day at the same tournament. Krull was choosen as the "Hometown Hero" on ESPN and was recently interviewed for the national broadcast for this honor. Krull was not the only Hawk who has been playing well. Outstanding play by Kurt Kuempel, and Thomas Buszyldo have helped the Hawks keep their record at .500. Despite the losses, the Hawks are still 2-0 in conference, which is the stat thatreally counts. While Krull is receiving national attention, he and his teammates are trying to regroup after this tough string of sses, and are preparing for the playoffs ere they are still a threat to upset some great teams and end up downstate.

continues his season of excellence with two performers were Kraft, and senior Brad outstanding scores of a 40 and a 43. At the Galvin. With the individual success of many Conant Invitational, freshman super-star Eric members of the team the Hawks hope to send Pick led the Hawks with an 81. Other strong competitors to the state meet



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Tennis wins big at Hawlc Invite By Penny Bilissis Both Girls' Varsity and Junior Varsity Tennis Teams faced very challenging matches against Glenbrook North. The Varstiy fought hard, but ended up losing 3-4. A'^ was also unable to defeat the Spartans. Varsity was able to win over Deerfield, a long time rival, 4-3. On Saturday, September 21, the girls hosted the anuual Hawk Invite. It has been a long time since the team has won their own invite, but this year's Varsity players were able to break this losing tradition. Out of a

possible 46 points, the girls obtained 43 to win the meet. All of Maine South's double teams took first place with juniors Melissa Poulos and Liz Hughes at second doubles, juniors Mary Friesl and Sarah Cohen at third, and sophomores Emily Hughes and Lauren Stanton at fourth. First double team Abby Smith and Chris Goodman were also victorious and have been ever since the beginning of the season. This non-stopping duo was recendy recognized by the Park Ridge Herald Advocate as nominee Athletes of the Week.

At second singles, Isa Werner took f i r s ^ ^ place as well as Kate Rogers at fourth s i n g l e s ^ ^ Third place award winners included freshman Elizabeth Bingier at first singles and junior Denise Lesniewski at third singles. Homecoming weekend brought victories for both JV and Varsity. The varsity never lost a set at the Lake Park Quad. Tonight Maine South hosts conference competition for JV which will continue into tomorrow. Varsity also begins conference today at 3 p.m. at Deerfield. Varsity is also looking forward to sectionals next week.

Cross country continues efforts By Lynn Janik The girls' Cross Country Team has been practicing very hard every day. Wins do not come easy for them however. They had a disappointing loss at Harms Woods on Tuesday, September 24, to Niles North, with a score of 26-29. The girls were able to pull off a victory against Glenbrook North, winning 37-22.

In this meet, Elizabeth Gibbons received a second place finish, with a time of 13:03. Behind her finished Johanna Zumer in sixth, Gina Kremer in eighth, Julie Folz in ninth and Kathryn Drozd with an eleventh place finish. Although the team did not perform to their expectations overall, there were many pleasing finishes. The team looks to gain strength and continue to build their endurance.

The JV squad is looking good with victories over both Glenbrook North and Niles North. They were led by runners Meghan Sexton, Amanda Wolf, Meghan McCue, Lisa Thoss and Denise Pavichivech. The team still remains focused on their 100th win, and will continue to do so as they face teams tomorrow at the Addison Trail Invite at Centennial Park, beginning at 9 a.m.

Volleyball Swimming By Jamie Martello The Maine South Hawks came out strong against Niles North on September 30. A string of powerful serves came from Kathy Korytkowski, Ursula Szczelina and Danielle Kain early in the first game. Up six points at a score of 9-3, the Hawks were still unrelenting against the Vikings. Then, slowly but surely, the team gradually lost its momentum. Niles North defeated Maine South in the first game, 10-15. The second game had barely gotten started when the Lady Hawks were already down 16. The energy had leaked out during the fu-st game and failed to return, even in the slightest incriment, during the second game. Opposite to the assortment of aced serves in the first game, a slew of missed serves cost the girls valuable points. FaiUng to come back, the team fell to the Vikings again in the second game. Conference is up for grabs this year and with the season only half over, anything can happen. The girls meet up with Glenbrook North at 9 a.m. tomorrow and are hoping to add another win to their record.

The Girls' Swim Team has had many ups and downs thus far in their season. The team was victorious against Maine East, but was unable to repeat against Glenbrook South. Varsity put forth good efforts in this meet, but could not pull ahead of the Titans. JV was unfortunately also unable to win in this same meet. Although Homecoming weekend did not bring a team victory for Varsity, it did bring valiant efforts by some individuals such as junior Jill Bender and senior Laura Beckerdite. In that Downers Grove Invitational, the 200 Freestyle relay team of Christina Atanowsky, Beckerdite, Bender, and Emily Smythe, were able to place well. Varsity was able to crush Hoffman Estates. JV followed the example of Varsity and was able to demolish Hoffman Estates just as well. The divers' contributions helped to push the team ahead. The season so far leaves JV with a record of 5-1 and Varsity 2-2. The season is far from over and the Varsity has yet to compete in a conference meet. The girls wil be swimming Cora Cordaro runs cross country against Deerfield tonight at home at 5 p.m. Photo by Ines Tiu

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