The Metro Girls High School League Kicks Off the 2019-2020 Season

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. Standings update to come next month!

Upper Fox Valley Rejoins the Metro League

After a three-year hiatus, the Metro Girls League is thrilled to welcome back our northern-most team, Upper Fox Valley! The team has re-formed and is busy preparing for the season. The players come from several schools in the Upper Fox Valley region, including Hampshire, Huntley, Dundee-Crown, Prairie Ridge, Crystal Lake Central, Jacobs and JB Conant.

Instrumental in building the team was Pat O’Brien, whose daughter competed on the team before the hiatus, Manager Pam Barrett, and Head Coach Brad Bialas. Their goal was to give the Upper Fox Valley representation in the league and to give local girls the opportunity to experience high school hockey.

For Bialas, the quest to re-form the team was personal. “I knew several girls who no longer played hockey due to injury and lack of options. I felt it was a real shame to see this talent on the sidelines and knew high school hockey was competitive without being overwhelming and could fix that. In addition, I have triplets that play at different levels, so they have not played together in years. This team gives them the opportunity to enjoy hockey — side-by-side-by-side – once again. My wife and I are thrilled for the opportunity to see them play together again.”

Team Captains are Hailey White and Sarah Bialas. The team has just started practices and games. We will catch up with them to hear how things are going a little later in the season.

Welcome back to the Metro League UFV! We are thrilled to have you back!

Community Involvement

Lake Forest Scouts and Shutouts for Seizures

The Lake Forest High School Scouts team has started out the season by getting involved in some wonderful community events and charitable causes! The Scouts are participating again in Shutouts for Seizures (SoS). Lead by sophomore goalie Sarah Matthews, the team has committed to donating after every shutout to Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE).

In addition, Scouts teammates participated in a fundraiser to raise awareness for Scott’s Law that was spearheaded by the Highland Park Giants boys’ hockey team. The fundraiser raised awareness for a life-saving law as well as donated funds for a Highland Park police officer’s family.

Finally, on October 20th, the Scouts took on members of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments for the 12th Annual Gina Bronge Memorial Hockey game. The open skate and hockey game raised money for the Gina Bronge Memorial Scholarship Fund which funds hockey expenses for female players in order to memorialize Gina’s love of the game and her commitment to great sportsmanship.

College Commit

Amy Griffin Commits to Middlebury College

The New Trier Girls Hockey team is proud to announce that defenseman Amy Griffin (#17) has committed to play NCAA Division III field hockey at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

“I started playing travel field hockey for Windy City Field Hockey when I was 12. Since then, I have participated with them for the indoor and outdoor seasons. I took part in USA Field Hockey’s futures program as a U14 and U16. Mark Morgan and Katie Beach have both been incredible coaches and have supported me throughout my process. I had thought that I wanted a big school in a city, and I actually only visited Middlebury as an option without ever thinking I’d end up there. However, from the first time I played on their field, I fell in with the team and the campus. I can’t wait for to head to Vermont in the fall!” Congrats Amy!

Alumni News

Fenwick alums Julia Vara (class of 2016), Amanda Seltzer (class of 2016), and Robert Morris Head Coach Mason Strom reconnected recently over a Robert Morris versus Colorado ACHA D1 game. The games were held at the Edge in Bensenville October 4 and 5, 2019. Fun mini-reunion!

Stay tuned for more news on the Metro Girls League!

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