Fall Sports Wrap Ups


Ava Polzin

Sophomore Kevin Reilly maintains space from a Warren defensive player.

Mike Gasick, Sports Editor

Boys Cross Country

Record: 5-3- 4th Overall in NSC Lake Conference

Most exciting meet: The Conference meet, where three runners finished in the top 25 and the Cats took 4th place.

Favorite moment: “Watching Pat Humen emerge from the woods (in the Conference race) in first place with a quarter mile to go was awfully exciting…he was able to push ahead and shock the rest of the runners with a surprising and decisive victory,” coach Ben Zollo shared.

Featured senior: Atticus Rush. In his third year on Varsity, he has been a steady leader for the Cats all season. At the Palatine meet he clocked a personal record 16:21 race and finished second overall.


Girls Cross Country

Record: 6-1 overall (5-1 in division) – NSC Lake Division co-Champions

Most exciting meet: “When we beat Lake Forest on our last home meet of the year.  It was senior night and we won a share of the division championship,” said head coach Bill Etnyre.

Favorite moment: “Getting my personal record in Peoria…I’ll never forget how amazing I felt and how I made my mom happy cry!” senior Ali Urbanski said.

Featured senior: Ali Urbanski. She was a senior leader for the young Wildcats and made significant personal improvements throughout the season.

“Ali would PR (set a personal record) almost every race…she led the team with poise and grace, but her grit is what stood out to me this year,” said assistant coach Mrs. Mary Kate Schoenbeck.

“She had integrity as a person and drive as an athlete- you can’t ask for much more as a coach,” added assistant coach Ms. Kristen Kuceyeski.


Girls Swimming

Season Record: 7-3

Favorite meet: According to senior and co-captain Sophia Lex, the Fremd meet was also one of the best parts of the season. “The energy in the room was just so crazy,” she said.  To senior diver Morgan Dunleavy, the Lake Country invite was the most exciting; she said the attitude of the swimmers was amazing. “It was just so fun to go into this meet with a great attitude if I won or lost,” Dunleavy said.

Breaking the records: This season, the varsity girls swim team’s 200 IM medley broke the pool record at the Warren meet; it also broke the school record, according to freshman Grace Hurley. Sophia Lex, Macey Neubauer, Meredith Robbins and Staci Herchenbach broke the pool record by 1.5 seconds. They also broke the record for the 200 IM relay.

Team Wrap-Up: “Each event we have someone who’s really good at it,” said Lex; she said the team hasn’t had a bad meet yet. This season, the team was mostly made up of freshmen and sophomores; there were only six upperclassmen on the team.


Girls Volleyball

Record: 26-11

Favorite meet: Senior Vicky Liu said the team’s first regional game was her favorite. “The team was finally united with the goal of trying to make it to state,” Liu stated. Freshman varsity volleyball player Morgan O’Brien said the home tournament game against Mundelein was her favorite meet. “We were down by a lot and came back and won that game. It was a huge accomplishment,” stated O’Brien.

Post-seasonal Results: During regionals, the varsity team beat Mundelein with a score of 25-13, 25-17. During the final match, Libertyville lost to Northbrook (Glenbrook North) in the championship with a score of 25-20, 25-21, giving the team second place in regionals.

Best Parts of the Season: To O’Brien, senior night was a highlight of the season. “It was awesome seeing the seniors faces when we had given them their stuff. It definitely made up for the hours and hours we spent working on it,” O’brien said.

Thoughts on the season: “The season for our team had started off slow, but a little into the season we picked up our game and started getting the wins that we worked to have,” O’Brien said.


Boys Soccer

Record: 13-8-2 in all competitions

Most exciting game and why:  Second round of the playoffs vs. Stevenson. It was their final win of the season and they scored three goals in 10 minutes to come from behind and win, 4-2.

Favorite moment and why: 4-3 win over Washington High School. The tying goal came from the kickoff and the winning goal came with 4 minutes left off a free kick.  “It had to be the win vs. Washington with those crazy goals from Tanner Sanks, Nick Vogel, myself, and then Carlos Schultz scoring with 4 minutes left,” remarked senior forward Lloyd Chatfield. “Plus it was in front of such a big crowd. You play soccer for moments like that.”

Postseason Results: Got a bye to the second round of the playoffs where they defeated Stevenson 4-2, then lost in the third round at Barrington, 2-0.

Featured Senior: Lloyd Chatfield. One of the top goal scorers each year as well as a member of the team since freshman year.

Girls Tennis

Team Record in dual meets: (7-5)

Most exciting/biggest game and why: Sectionals, where only doubles team Maddie Wagner and Ola Grabowski progressed from sectionals to state this year, placing fourth.

Favorite Moment and why: Bloomington Invite. Wagner placed 2nd in her division and junior Halle Roach won hers. “Winning the Bloomington invite was my favorite memory from this season,” said Wagner. Number one singles player and junior Halle Roach agreed on this: “I have been fortunate to go to Bloomington all three years of my high school career, and every one of them has been my favorite memory of each respective season.”

Favorite meet wins and why: Wins over Deerfield and Carmel, both upset victories. “I thought the Deerfield and Carmel invite wins were impressive”, said Coach Dan Kiernan.

Postseason results: Despite losing in a competitive first-round match, Grabowski and Wagner won in the first round of the back draw to earn a state-level win before suffering another defeat.

Featured Senior: Maddie Wagner. “I’ve seen a lot of improvement out of her this year,” said Coach Dan.


Girls Golf

Record: 10-3 (5-2 in conference)

Most exciting/biggest match, and why: “The highlight of the season was sweeping the North Suburban Conference Tournament.  We felt vindicated at the end of the season,” Coach Greg Pederson said.

Favorite Moment, and why: “At this year’s LHS Invite at Pine Meadow, we won the tournament for the first time,” Coach Pederson said.

Postseason Results: Varsity qualified for Sectionals as a team for the third time in four years. Freshman Simone Mikaelian was the overall champion; she shot 78, to beat the best golfers from Lake Forest and Glenbrook North. Mikaelian shot 84 at Conference, which was good for fifth place.

Featured Senior: Emma Hoskins placed third in the North Suburban Conference Tournament by shooting an 80.



Record: 3-5

Most exciting/biggest game, and why: “I felt the Mundelein game was a big game because we needed to get some confidence back after Stevenson and Warren.  We were able to be physical and run the football which always is a boost to your confidence,” head coach Mike Jones said.

Favorite Moment: “Our team as a whole never stopped fighting. We never stopped fighting. We played until the final whistle of every game and I am very proud of our guys for doing so,” stated quarterback Anthony Monken.


Boys Golf

Record: 6-3 in dual meets

Most exciting/biggest match, and why: Defeating Carmel at Carmel’s home course. “We played them on their home course (Pine Meadow) and we had 2 of our players (Jack Lipp and Tad Carlson) shoot even par 36,” head coach Sean Matthews said.

Favorite Moment, and why: “One of my favorite moments was qualifying 5 golfers (Billy Knutson, Tad Carlson, Matt Reed, Jack Lipp and Jacob Mueller) to Sectionals at the end of the year,” coach Matthews said.

Postseason Results: The team finished in fourth place at Regionals. The five golfers who qualified for Sectionals did not advance on to State.

Featured Senior: Billy Knutson, senior captain, golfed at Sectionals after shooting an 82 at Regionals.