Metro Girls League Update: Newly Formed Rebels, Community Involvement, & Alumni News

By Pam Flores

Action Update

The tiering round in the Metro Girls High School season is well underway. Many games are yet to be played, but this season is shaping up to be highly competitive. All of the teams in the league have grown and added depth, and it is great to have added two new teams – Latin now has two teams (Orange and Blue) and the District 211-214 Rebels have joined the league.

A Little About the Rebels

The players on the newly formed Rebels are from several schools in the Northwest Suburbs, including Prospect, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Hersey, St. Viator and Fremd. All but one of the girls on the team are new to high school hockey. The schools that comprise this team were not previously grouped with a team, but the area has a lot of female hockey players and four boys’ teams. Carolyn Malz and Gina Kubacik started the team so that the local girls had the opportunity to experience high school hockey.

Gina and Carolyn note, “We pursued this team so the girls in the North West suburbs had the chance to play at the high school level. They deserve the same opportunities as the boys — to wear their school logo and proudly represent their high school. We are only two games into our season, but we are having a great time learning to skate as a team and play at this pace.” Each player wears her school’s mascot on the right shoulder of her jersey.

Gina and Carolyn credit the helpfulness of those involved in the Metro League, and the great leadership and guidance from the area boys’ teams in getting the team together. “Most specifically we thank Bob Wagner – long time hockey director and coach for BG/H/W. He retired at the conclusion of the spring season and has been donating a lot of his time and wisdom helping us launch this team,” they added.

Welcome to the Metro League Rebels – we are thrilled to have you!

Community Involvement

Lake Forest Scouts and Shutouts for Seizures
By Sarah Matthews, freshman goalie

The Lake Forest Scouts Girls Ice Hockey team is participating in Shutouts for Seizures (SoS) in support of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). Five years ago, Chicago area goalie Amelia Murray, now a Division I goalie at Union College, started SoS which has raised over $30,000 for epilepsy research. The way that it works is when the Scouts girls hockey team has a shutout (no goals scored against them in a game), each family is encouraged to donate a minimum of $5. The team SoS sponsor is goalie Sarah Matthews, a Highland Park High School freshman. This is her third year supporting SoS. In the previous two seasons, the three teams she played for had a combined 29 shutouts to raise $2, 755 to support CURE’s research efforts!

Warren Hockey Stick it to Breast Cancer

The Warren Girls Hockey Team joined efforts with the Warren boys’ teams for a fun event to raise money to fight breast cancer.  The Pink Out games were held at Rinkside sports on October 20 and featured a lady’s game, Men’s JV game and Men’s varsity game that were held back-to-back. The “Stick It To Breast Cancer” event included raffles, a bake sale, chuck-a-puck and a coin wars between the Warren Teams. A fun and worthwhile event to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Glenbrook Girls Supports Local Food Pantry

The Glenbrook Girls team held a service project on October 18th at the Northfield Township Food Pantry in Glenview. The girls sorted the food that came in by type and stocked shelves, helped customers to their cars to load food, swept the floors and restocked shelves again after closing. They also sorted mailing lists for new donors.

The Northfield Township Food Pantry was started close to 50 years ago to assist Township residents who are unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families. It is an agency of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The Pantry is sustained entirely by residents, civic organizations, schools, businesses and the faith community who generously donate food items, grocery store cards and cash. The girls had a great time supporting this wonderful cause!

Alumni News

Fenwick alums Julia Vara (class of 2016), Rachel Azuma (class of 2015), Sammy Azuma (class of 2012) and current Fenwick and Robert Morris Head Coach Mason Strom reconnected recently over a Robert Morris versus University of Wisconsin Madison ACHA D1 game. The games were held at the Edge in Bensenville October 19 and 20, 2018. Fun mini-reunion!

Stay tuned for more news on the Metro Girls league!

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