By Pam Flores
Action in The Metro Girls league is well underway with all the teams having a few games under their belts! To date three teams – Naper Valley (8-0-1), New Trier Varsity (6-0-0) and Fenwick (6-0-1) – remain undefeated in the young season. Loyola, Latin Varsity, District 211-214 Rebels and Barrington round out the current top seven spots so far. Fun competition is shaping up for sure!
Scoring leaders to date include Kathryn Pohl (Latin Varsity), Lyndie Lobdell (Naper Valley), Ella Huber (New Trier), Serena Seiple (New Trier), Caroline Smith (Loyola), Elle Joubert (Loyola), Margaret Culp (Naper Valley), Sabrina Shvartsman (New Trier), Megan McCormick (Naper Valley) and Erin Proctor (Fenwick). Top goaltenders (playing at least 90 minutes) include Mairead Harris (Latin), Ashley Ommen (Naper Valley), Samantha Steciak (Naper Valley), Lena Flores (Fenwick), Katherine Burnham (New Trier), Elizabeth McIane (New Trier), Kayla Johnson (Loyola), Amanda Peter (Lake Forest High School), Karina Burck (District 211-214 Rebels) and Grace Olsen (Maine).
Lake Forest Scouts Join Forces with the Falcons and Gurnee Police and Fire Departments to Honor Gina Bronge
By Katey Polovin, sophomore who attends Deerfield High School and plays wing for the Scouts
Playing in the Gina Bronge Memorial game was a very rewarding experience. Not only was it for a very good cause, but it was a fun way to make a difference. The Gina Bronge Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in the memory of a young female hockey player, who sadly passed away at the age of 15.
Her parents started this scholarship because they, as parents of a hockey player, realized how expensive this sport could be. Today, this fund helps girls in the local community be able to play. This year, before the Gina Bronge game, we were able to have a learn to skate clinic with little girls from all over wanting to become more familiar with the game.
Not only was it really fun to be on the ice teaching girls how to play the game we love so much, but it was super cute too. After the clinic we began the actual game, starting with a tribute to Gina. The game was very fun, and a nice break from the usual stress we experience during a game. It was also really cool getting to play against the police, and fire department. In between the first and second period, there was a chuck-a-duck contest, and in between the second and third period they announced the winners of the raffles. In the end, $7,500 was raised. Overall, the whole experience was very enjoyable, and I’m glad that we got to go out there and have fun for a good cause.
Learn to Skate in Glenbrook
By Shannon Schmitt, captain of the Glenbrook Girls Hockey Team
On Saturday, November 10 six of the Glenbrook team members helped at a learn to skate program at the Northbrook Sports Complex. The girls each helped teach girls from ages 3 to 8 how to skate. There were about forty kids there to learn.
Some of them had never skated before and others had been on the ice only a few times. All of the kids had a great time and hope to continue with the sport of hockey. This event has sparked the interest of hockey in many more girls hopefully resulting in the growth of girl’s hockey.
Warren Hockey Stick it to Breast Cancer
The Warren Girls and Boys’ teams together raised close to $1200 to fight breast cancer at the “Stick It To Breast Cancer” event that was held on October 20.
Above are some fun photos from the event. Great job kids!
The Fenwick Girls Team is proud to announce that forward Kelly Millins has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Coach Tim Crowley at Elmira College in Elmira, New York next fall! Kelly attends York High School with played with Fenwick her Freshman, Sophomore and Senior years. She also plays for Team Illinois U19.
Blackhawk’s Captains Spotlight
By Lena Ansari, Lake Forest Academy
I really enjoyed my Captains Spotlight experience. Dinner with Spencer Montgomery, the Blackhawks manager for fan development, former Blackhawks player Jamal Myers, and three other captains made me realize and value how much initiative the Blackhawks are taking to acknowledge high school ice hockey. I appreciate that this opportunity was available not just for boys but also for girls. After dinner, we stayed to watch the Blackhawks great 3-1 victory over the Wild. This game was also the Blackhawks cancer awareness game which meant a lot to me because my grandma was just diagnosed with cancer and had surgery two days after.
Other League Happenings
Alumni Rejoin Fenwick as Assistant Coaches
The Fenwick Girls Team was thrilled when three former members re-joined the team as assistant coaches for the 2018-2019 season! Jesse Cwik attended Fenwick and played on the team all four years of high school. She was a force on the team that went to the State Championships in 2013. Jesse went on to play NCAA DIII hockey at St. Mary’s in Minnesota for 5 years and graduated earlier this year with degrees in Biology and Psychology. Rebecca Shinsako was another major player on the Fenwick team that played at the United Center in 2013 and played all four years in high school. Becca went to Oak Park River Forest High School and graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Business and Accounting. Natalie Blamires also attended Oak Park River Forest High School and played on the Fenwick girls’ team her senior year of high school, during the 2013-2014 season. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2018 with a degree in Advertising. The current Fenwick team loves having these three ladies on the bench as new coaches!