By Ross Forman
Katy Shadek takes over the head coaching role at co-op Lake Forest, an average team last season in Metro Girls, now anchored around Kennedy Stein – a senior forward who has the hardest shot on the team, the most accurate shot on the team, is the best on penalty shots and, naturally, is their best stick-handler.
Despite playing only 8 league games last season, Stein (Lake Forest High School) still led the Scouts with 10 goals and 2 assists, including a game-winning goal. Then in 9 Founders Cup games, she struck for 22 goals and 3 assists, including 4 game-winning goals.
“While we have a roster of players with varying levels of experience, they work hard as a team both on and off the ice which helps with their success as a team,” Shadek said.
The Scouts have 19 returning players, and represent Lake Forest, Libertyville, Stevenson, Highland Park, Deerfield and Woodlands Academy.
Shadek replaces Liz Zorn and Laura Danforth.
“From what I’ve seen so far, it should be a competitive season and I am excited to see how far this team can go,” said Shadek, 22, who lives in Kenilworth and is a job coach working with teens and adults with special needs in the Wranglers program at Equestrian Connection in Lake Forest.
She is in her third season coaching, her third in the high school ranks. Shadek was on the bench at New Trier for two seasons, including the 2018 state championship and last season’s state runner-up finish.
Shadek also has coached multiple teams for the Wilmette Hockey Association, including currently for the Wilmette Girls U10s.
“(The former Lake Forest coaching staff) has set the bar high for Lake Forest and I am excited about the opportunity to work with this team and help them further develop their hockey skills and love of the game,” she said. “Having grown up in the area, I know that the Lake Forest team has always been competitive and a close-knit hockey family. I have always heard positive comments about this organization and am looking forward to being a part of this team.”
Shadek officially took over the LF coaching reigns on June 9. The team’s season-opener was on the road Sept. 22 against Glenbrook.
Lake Forest has twice captured the Illinois Girls High School State Championships, in 2011 and 2013.
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Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 15 years and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross by email at Rossco814@aol.com.