IHSHL North Central Conference January Update

By Christopher Waters

The North Central Conference has been around since 2012 and in these eight seasons, none have been as competitive as this season. Many of the regular season races went down to the last weekend and tiebreakers had to be used to determine the champion. In the top varsity division (Champions Varsity), five teams were within 1 point of first place and four teams ended the season with the same amount of points. Warren came out on top over Lake Forest, New Trier Blue, PREP, and New Trier White. Evan Detina (Senior at Warren) was the top goal scorer, James Raffone (Senior at PREP) was the top assist man, and Jack Gerber (Junior at Deerfield) lead the division in points.

In the other varsity division, Leyden won the regular season title by one point over Fox Valley Black and New Trier Gray. Midas Bacidore (Senior at Crystal Lake South) led the division in all three scoring categories. In JV, PREP won the top division over Lake Forest in a tiebreaker, Evanston won the second division, and Crystal Lake South won the third division in a tiebreaker over D211 White. It was a great regular season and we expect very competitive playoffs in all divisions. You can follow the playoffs at https://www.ihshlnorthcentral.com/

In other North Central news:

The Spartans Hockey Club’s three teams are continuing the Club’s tradition of giving back. They have held monthly fundraisers that have gone on to benefit the family of a fellow high school athlete battling cancer and the family of Tom Zimmerman, a respected member of the hockey community, who passed away unexpectedly. Next on the Spartans’ list of community service is a trip to the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn. The House is a temporary place to stay for families of children receiving treatment at Advocate Children’s Hospital. The JV Green team sponsored this event for the second time in December and they will be preparing and serving a meal to the families staying at the house as well. The latest fundraiser went towards their 3rd Annual Toy Drive for the children at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. The three teams were able to raise $1,200 which they used to buy toys, books and games. The presents were then delivered to a surprised, but grateful hospital staff.

The Spartans also want to thank Spartans own Super Fan, Kavin Chandarana. Kavin can be seen in his Spartans jersey at most of the Spartans home games (and a surprising number of their away games considering he is too young to drive.) Kavin enthusiastically cheers on the teams for the entire game. Although he has no problem pointing out a mistake, especially a referee’s mistake, he’s right back to cheering the next play. Kavin’s unwavering support and devotion to the Spartans teams is inspirational.

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