By Pam Flores
What an exciting season this has proved to be! In the Scholastic Cup Division, it came down to the very last game – played the night before the Metro League playoffs – to decide the final team to enter the playoffs! In the end it was Glenbrook versus Latin and Loyola versus New Trier Varsity. Glenbrook emerged victorious with a 5-2 win over Latin, while Loyola beat New Trier Varsity 6-2. Loyola faces off tomorrow night (February 28) against Glenbrook at 7:00 p.m. at Lake Forest Academy for the Scholastic Championship.
The Founders Cup teams were split into two groups: the top trio competed for the Founders Cup Gold Championship, and the others worked to earn the Founders Cup Silver Championship. During the Round Robin play, Lake Forest Academy beat Maine 7-4, Lake Forest High School topped Barrington 5-4, Maine fell to New Trier Silver 3-1 and Lake Forest High School beat Warren 6-1.
New Trier Silver then won the Scholastic Silver Championships, beating Lake Forest Academy, 7-3. The Scholastic Gold Championship game will be played tonight (February 27) at 8:30 p.m. at Lake Forest Academy when Lake Forest High School will face off against Barrington.
Wrapping up the Metro League regular season, Glenbrook High School was presented an award for having the best record in the regular season (see photo), and Latin got a trophy for having the second best regular season record.
ILLINOIS STATE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Illinois State Hockey Championship games are also underway. In the Play-In rounds, Glenbrook High School beat New Trier Silver 10-1, Evanston lost to Fenwick 6-1, Loyola beat Lake Forest High School 5-0 and Latin topped New Trier Varsity 5-2.
The Semi-Final will be held next week at the Edge Jefferson East in Bensenville. Glenbrook and Fenwick face off on Tuesday, March 6 at 6:40 p.m., followed by Loyola playing Latin at 8:45 p.m.
Good luck to all the teams still competing!
Congratulations to the girls from across the league that participated in the 2017 Girls High School All-State game! It was a highly competitive and fun game as the girls battled it out on the ice. The red team emerged victorious 7-2 and Glenbrook Senior Caitlin Schneider was awarded the 2nd Annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award. Check out the action and candid shots from the evening!
HONORING OUR SENIORS
The Loyola Academy girls honored their five seniors on February 12 when they faced off against Fenwick at Heartland Ice Arena. Congratulations to Greta Skarzynski, Valerie Caldwell (Captain), Charlotte Langill (Assistant Captain), Tess Dettling and Abigail M. O’Brien (Assistant Captain)! The Ramblers had a nice send off for seniors with a pizza party after the game at Heartland ice Arena. Loyola beat Fenwick 4-1.
Next year three of their seniors will be playing NCAA Division 1 college hockey: Valerie Caldwell is committed to University of Vermont, and Greta Skarzynski and Tess Dettling are both committed to Yale. Valerie, Greta, Tess and Charlotte were chosen for the All-State Team High School team that was played on February 13 at the Edge.
Latin High School
On Tuesday night, February 21, the Latin Girls Hockey Team celebrated their seniors with a win over visiting Loyola. Alex Rodman, Emma Unterseher, Sydney Sorkin and Kendra Nealey were recognized before the game for their commitment, their skill and their many contributions to the team for the last four years. They reinforced this with their strong play in the game that followed as Alex Rodman made 23 saves in the 3-2 win. Senior captain Kendra Nealey opened the scoring in the first period and assisted sophomore Kate Pohl’s first of two goals. Sydney Sorkin also assisted on a goal and senior captain Emma Unterseher provided leadership and strong two-way play throughout the game.
Sophomore Caleigh Ridge had two assists as well as freshman Gwen Byrne and Charlotte Lawrence each contributing one. The win clinched a spot in the high school league tournament and maintains the momentum built going into the playoffs with a five game winning streak.
These seniors have accomplished much during their high school hockey careers including a State Championship in 2015 and playoff berths each of the four years they’ve played on the team. They have the legacy of representing the highest achievement as student athletes.
Next fall, Sydney Sorkin will embark on a new chapter playing for Harvard University while Kendra Nealey will continue her hockey career at Cornell.
IN THE NEWS…
NBC Sports recently featured one of the most prominent female hockey players from Illinois: Hilary Knight. Hilary played for both the Falcons and Mission before moving on to play for the Wisconsin Badgers women’s ice hockey program, as well as for Choate Rosemary Hall. Her first year at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Knight helped the team place second in the NCAA championships. The following year she led her team in points as the Badgers went on to win the National Championship. After college she has had a wonderful international and Olympic career.
It is so exciting that one of our own is still playing at highest level of women’s hockey. Check out the NBC feature here.