By Pam Flores
Metro League Champs Awarded
Another Metro League season is complete! In the Scholastic Cup semi-finals, Glenbrook High School beat New Trier Varsity 5-3, after a four goal surge in the third period, and Fenwick topped Loyola with a score of 4-0. The finals were held on Sunday, March 11 and it was a closely contested game between Fenwick and Glenbrook. The game ended in overtime with Glenbrook beating the Friars 2-1.
In the Founders Cup semi-finals, Barrington defeated Warren 7-2 and Latin topped Evanston with a score of 3-2. The Championship Game was held on Friday, March 9 and Barrington beat Latin 5-3.
Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful season!
The State teams are final! Glenbrook High School will face off against New Trier Varsity on Saturday, March 24 at the United Center at 11:30 a.m. Click HERE to purchase tickets! The semi-final games were very close and highly entertaining! The first game between New Trier and Loyola was tied up by Loyola with less than a minute remaining in regulation to send the game into over-time. The action went back and forth action for more than 16 minutes in double over-time when a New Trier goal ended the game. The second game between Glenbrook and Fenwick was a nail-biter all the way. Glenbrook defeated Fenwick 1-0 in a well-played semi-final state game. Good luck to both teams!
A shout out to two special players that backed their teams in a big way by agreeing to play back-up goalie when their regular goalie went down with an injury. Loyola forward Gabby Ciesla was called upon to step into Loyola’s regular goalie skates when Kayla Johnson was injured late in the season in a game against Glenbrook. A junior Rambler, Gabby had to take off her player equipment in the middle of the third period and put on the Loyola’s regular goalie equipment to finish out the game. Gabby then took the net for a several regular season games and Illinois High School State Championship play-off games while Loyola’s injured goalie was in recovery. Gabby made 32 saves in this year’s State Tournament semifinals against New Trier, with almost half of those saves occurring in double overtime. Last year she made 26 saves against Latin in the State Tournament semifinals to advance to the state final.
The Lake Forest Scouts tapped senior defenseman Hannah Matthews to take over for their injured goalie, Amanda Peter. Hannah played in net from January 20-February 4, a large part of the second half of the season. The first time EVER in net, she had 24 saves against Glenbrook. Her total six game season (in net) resulted in a total of 153 saves! A senior at Highland Park High School, Hannah is a co-captain on the Scouts team this year. She donned her younger sister, Sarah’s equipment for her tenure in net (Sarah is an 8th grader that plays goalie for the Falcons and will join the Scouts in the fall). Hannah prepared by watching her sister in net when she knew she was going to take the position.
Gabby and Hannah, this seasoned goalie Mom could not imagine what this was like for the two of you and your families. Your team appreciates you more than you could ever know. Great job – you both deserve a special medal!
2017 Blackhawk Alumni High School All-Star Team
Congratulations are in order for the six ladies named to the 2018 Blackhawk Alumni High School All-Star Team. This is truly an honor! The girls include: Jordan Moore (Warren, forward), Kate Pohl (Latin, forward), Hannah Jensen (Glenbrook, forward), Lyndie Lobdell (Naper Valley, defense), Madison Itagaki (Glenbrook, defense) and Lena Flores (Fenwick, goalie). The girls attended a media day at the United Center on March 8 where they got to watch a Blackhawk skate and tour the locker room. They will also attend the annual Keith Magnuson Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 where they will get to mingle with a number of Blackhawks.
Honoring our Seniors
Naper Valley: Naper Valley celebrated its four graduating seniors in a fun game with the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey team that was played on Sunday, March 12. Seniors Kennedy Kiecker, Venice Rasoulis, Isabel Marciniak and Elizabeth Conklin were honored with a pizza party and on-ice celebration before the team took the ice.
The game was a wonderful experience for everyone involved – players, support members, coaches and spectators alike! For the game, the Naper Valley girls broke into two and the visually impaired players were blended onto the two teams. The Blind Hockey Team players ranged from being visually impaired to being totally blind, including a blind goalie that took the net for the game.
There were two referees and two monitors that helped the most visually impaired players. This included one skater that supported a blind skater directing him to the puck and a monitor that stood behind the blind goalie offering information and direction on the location of the puck.
The game is played with a puck that is approximately three times the size of a regular puck that makes a lot of noise to help the visually impaired members of the team. The Blind Team players ranged in age from 15 to 41.
The Naper Valley girls had a wonderful time and truly enjoyed supporting their visually impaired team members. This was the first game the Blind Team has ever played in together and one of the young visually impaired players commented that “This was the best hockey game I have ever played in.” The Blind Team will take to the ice next at the Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival that will be held April 5-8, 2018 right here in Illinois!
Kennedy Kiecker has committed to play NCAA Division 3 hockey at St. Norbert in DePere, Wisconsin in the fall and Venice Rasoulis has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at the Rochester Institute of Technology next year. Marciniak is undecided on where she will go to school next year and Conklin will likely attend St Mary’s Notre Dame where she hopes to play ACHA D2 club hockey.
Latin: The Latin Girls Hockey team honored four seniors on Monday, February 26 when they faced off against Lake Forest Academy. Seniors Audrey McMahon, Molly Aguina, Ellie Lawrence and Sophia Johnston were honored at the game. McMahon will continue her hockey career next year at Wesleyan University. Lawrence will attend Colgate University, Johnston will go to Cornell University and Aguina is still weighing her options for next year.
*Photo credits for the Scouts goalie photos go to Gary Larsen and Kim Matthews