By Pam Flores
October 9, 2017
Metro Girls Hockey Action Underway
The Metro Girls High School season kicked off on September 29 and we are off and running with lots of hockey action! All of the games so far have been very competitive as the teams come together for the new season. Check out some action shots from the recent Fenwick versus Glenbrook game!
Our girls’ teams are very active in the community spreading love of the sport and supporting local charities. On October 7, the New Trier Girls teams joined forces with the boys’ program to support New Trier Hockey’s annual fundraiser, Bear Necessities. The joint charity collection supports the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. As in prior years, the girls and boys collected donations at various locations throughout the local township.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation was founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, in memory of her eight-year-old son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died after a courageous five and a half year battle with Wilms Tumor, a pediatric cancer. Donations are used to support the many hidden needs of both patient, family members, and the needs of the hospital facilities as well. New Trier proudly supports this organization by collecting donations each year.
The Lake Forest High School Scouts have started out the season with a variety of team building activities, in addition to their on ice practices. They competed in the Superhero Obstacle Course 5K in Winnetka, the Make a Wish Foundation pumpkin carving at the Highwood Pumpkin Fest and they participated with the Falcons 14U team to honor Gina Bronge at the 10th annual Gina Bronge Memorial Hockey Game on October 8th. The Gina Bronge Foundation grants hockey scholarships to female athletes who exemplify a love of hockey, leadership and dedication.
National Honor Society Honors
Congratulations are in order to Ava Gawley, Fenwick High School senior on her induction in the National Honor Society! This is Ava’s fourth year playing in the Metro League. Way to go Ava!
Help Support Megan Bozek!
Megan Bozek is thrilled to be representing the United States this February in Korea! A t-shirt fundraiser is underway to help support the family’s effort to join her in Korea. The shirts are $20 and come in a variety of sizes. The top seller will have a practice skate with Megan Bozek, and the top three sellers will receive other prizes. What a great way to support our local Illinois Olympian! In her youth hockey career Megan played for Glenview, Team Illinois, Mission and Glenbrook High School. Click HERE to download and/or print the T-shirt fundraiser order form.
September 25, 2017
The Metro Girls High School League Kicks Off the 2017-18 Season
Happy hockey new year! The Metro Girls High School league season is set to kick off this week with the first game being played on September 29, 2017. This year we have 13 teams in the Metro Girls league (one more than last year!). The teams include: Barrington, Evanston, Fenwick, Glenbrook, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest High School, Latin School of Chicago, Loyola Academy, Maine Township, Naper Valley, New Trier Varsity, New Trier Silver and Warren.
During the first half of the season each high school team meets for one contest and the league is then divided into two divisions, Scholastic and Founders. It is sure to be a very tight contest again this year to determine where the teams will end up.
The tiers will be decided just before the holidays, and then each team has a home and away contest with every other team in their division in the New Year. The teams then enter the Metro playoffs and championship series. In addition, all eligible teams will compete in the Illinois State Girls Hockey Championships in March.
Last year proved to be a very tight contest with it coming down to the very last game – played the night before the Metro League playoffs – to decide the final team to enter the playoffs! In the end it was Glenbrook versus Loyola for the Scholastic Championship, with Glenbrook taking the top prize, beating Loyola 6-1.
The Founders Cup teams were split into two groups: Founders Cup Gold Championship and Founders Cup Silver. New Trier Silver won the Scholastic Silver Championships, beating Lake Forest Academy 7-3. The Lake Forest Scouts took the Gold Championship prize beating the Barrington Fillies 2-0.
In the Illinois State Girls Hockey Championships last year at the United Center, Glenbrook faced off against Loyola Academy. Glenbrook was named State Champs for the 2016-2017 season, beating the Ramblers 7-3. The game was exciting and hard fought. Enjoy the photos below from last year’s playoffs and state championships!
Good luck to all the girls – play hard and HAVE FUN! Stay tuned for more news from the exciting Metro Girls High School League.
March 25, 2017
Congratulations to all players and teams for a wonderful season – there were lots of truly competitive games and hard fought victories.
A big shout out to Glenbrook High School – State Champions 2016-2017! Congrats are also in order for Loyola for taking second place.
The game at the United Center on St. Patrick’s Day was a lot of fun. Glenbrook kicked off the scoring mid-way through the first period when Hannah Jensen netted the first goal on a pass from Madison Itagaki. Caitlin Schneider added to Glenbrook’s tally on a pass from Katerina Poulos. In the second period Glenbrook added two more goals, the first was scored by Schneider on a pass from Lily Cataldo and Koby Wilcox, and Jensen scored her second, an unassisted goal.
Loyola got their first goal late in the second when Tess Dettling scored on a pass from Greta Skarzynski. The scoring went back and forth in the third when Glenbrook’s Chloe Carroll scored on a pass from Schneider. Loyola battled back with an unassisted goal by Valerie Caldwell, only for Glenbrook’s Schneider to score her third goal of the game on a pass from Cataldo. Loyola’s Caldwell scored the team’s final goal with Charlotte Langill being awarded the assist. Glenbrook beat the Ramblers 7-3 with a final empty net goal scored by Jensen – her third of the game on a pass from Schneider. Both goaltenders were great in net. Loyola’s Tianna Lavalle had 26 saves, while Glenbrook’s goalie Jojo Chobak stopped 29 pucks.
AHAI Awards & Honors
Congrats to Isabelle Sennett, a senior at New Trier for being named for the Cammie Granato Girls’ High School Player of the Year and to Liz Zorn of Lake Forest High School for being named Girls’ High School Coach of the Year!
The New Trier Spring 3 on 3 league will kick-off on April 9 – have fun ladies – it’s SPRING!
March 13, 2017
METRO LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP BANNERS AWARDED
Another Metro League season is complete! In the Scholastic Cup championship Glenbrook High School beat Loyola by a score of 6-1. Glenbrook opened up the scoring in the first period with goals by Allie Karakosta from Caitlin Schneider, Katerina Poulos from Madison Itagaki, and Schneider from Kolby Wilcox and Eleni Tasiopoulos. In the second period Kaela Finegan of Loyola scored first on a pass from Charlotte Langill and Tess Dettling. But, Glenbrook responded scoring two more goals in the second period. The first was netted by Itagaki on a pass from Schneider and Hannah Jensen, and the second was scored by Schneider from Itagaki. Glenbrook added a final power play goal in the third that was scored by Karakosta. Assists on the final goal were given to Poulos and Jensen. Loyola goaltender Tianna Lavalle had 22 saves, while Jojo Chobak, the Glenbrook net minder had 24 saves.
In the Founders Cup championship game, Lake Forest High School faced off against Barrington. The Scouts emerged victorious beating the Fillies by a score of 2 to 0! The first goal for the Scouts was netted by Kennedy Stein on an assist from Hannah Nelson and the second was an unassisted goal by Hannah Matthews. Senior Scouts goaltender Corynn Salazar finished her high school hockey career with a shut-out, while Barrington goalie Amanda Sincere had an impressive 38 saves in the game!
ILLINOIS STATE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The State teams are final! Glenbrook High School will face off against Loyola Academy on Friday, March 17 at the United Center at 3:30 p.m. Glenbrook beat Fenwick 7-0 for their first state berth ever, while Loyola beat Latin in overtime 4-3 to make it to the state championship game for the 4th year in a row! Good luck to both teams!
New Trier Seniors on Sleds. On Sunday, March 19th, the New Trier Girls and Boys hockey organizations are hosting an exhibition sled hockey game where seniors will join top sled hockey players from Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) on the ice. The event is called “Seniors on Sleds” and will raise money for, and awareness of, sled hockey and GLASA. The event will be held at North Shore Ice Arena, 2111 Founders Drive Northbrook, IL at 5:30 PM.
In addition to the game, the event will feature an amazing silent auction (Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls and Sox merchandise), a raffle, chuck-a-puck, food and drink. Former Blackhawks Reg Kerr, Grant Mulvey and Dave Mackey will be on hand to sign autographs, and Ted Albrecht, former Chicago Bear and color commentator for the Northwestern Football broadcast on WGN, will emcee the event. All proceeds will benefit GLASA, a nonprofit organization providing integrative Paralympic, recreational and competitive activities for youth, teens and adults who have primary physical or visual disabilities.
Come check out and support this fun and worthwhile event! VIEW FLYER>>
2017 Blackhawk Alumni High School All-Star Team. Congratulations are in order for the six ladies named to the 2017 Blackhawk Alumni High School All-Star Team. This is truly an honor! The girls include: Valerie Caldwell (Loyola; forward), Caitlin Schneider (Glenbrook; forward), Tess Dettling (Loyola; forward), Kendra Nealey (Latin; defense), Taylor Munson (New Trier; defense) and Alex Rodman (Latin; goalie). The girls attended a media day at the United Center and got to watch a Blackhawks skate, and attended the annual Keith Magnuson Scholarship Luncheon where they got to meet a number of Blackhawks. Check out the fun photos they snapped!
2017 Jamboree. On March 4, girls from around the league participated in the annual Jamboree at Heartland Ice Arena. The game pulls together non-double rostered girls to form new teams and play a fun-filled game with new teammates. Girls from Evanston, Glenbrook, Lake Forest High School, Loyola, New Trier, Fenwick, Lake Forest Academy, Latin, Maine and Warren participated in the fun-filled annual event!
Latin and the Blackhawks Team Up for an Exhibition Game! On March 12, the Latin Girls teamed up with the Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey team for a friendly exhibition game. The event was held at McFetridge Ice Arena and a great time was had by all. Enjoy the photos of this fun game!
HONORING OUR SENIORS
Fenwick: The Fenwick Girls Hockey team honored four seniors on February 24 when they faced off in their Blackhawk Cup play-in game. Seniors Gillian Flatley, Kylie Gushurst, Bea Lowson and Maddie Shea were recognized before the game with their parents. Flatley and Lowson are undecided where they will attend school next year, while Gushurst will attend Loyola University Chicago and Shea will join the incoming freshman class at the University of Minnesota. The Friars beat the Wildkits 6-1 and the celebration party continued after the game with a pizza party.
Glenbrook High School: Glenbrook High School celebrated its two graduating seniors at a game against Evanston on February 12. Seniors Caitlin Schneider and Allie Karakosta were honored before the team took the ice. Glenbrook beat Evanston 6-0.
February 27, 2017
What an exciting season this has proved to be! In the Scholastic Cup Division, it came down to the very last game – played the night before the Metro League playoffs – to decide the final team to enter the playoffs! In the end it was Glenbrook versus Latin and Loyola versus New Trier Varsity. Glenbrook emerged victorious with a 5-2 win over Latin, while Loyola beat New Trier Varsity 6-2. Loyola faces off tomorrow night (February 28) against Glenbrook at 7:00 p.m. at Lake Forest Academy for the Scholastic Championship.
The Founders Cup teams were split into two groups: the top trio competed for the Founders Cup Gold Championship, and the others worked to earn the Founders Cup Silver Championship. During the Round Robin play, Lake Forest Academy beat Maine 7-4, Lake Forest High School topped Barrington 5-4, Maine fell to New Trier Silver 3-1 and Lake Forest High School beat Warren 6-1.
New Trier Silver then won the Scholastic Silver Championships, beating Lake Forest Academy, 7-3. The Scholastic Gold Championship game will be played tonight (February 27) at 8:30 p.m. at Lake Forest Academy when Lake Forest High School will face off against Barrington.
Wrapping up the Metro League regular season, Glenbrook High School was presented an award for having the best record in the regular season (see photo), and Latin got a trophy for having the second best regular season record.
ILLINOIS STATE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Illinois State Hockey Championship games are also underway. In the Play-In rounds, Glenbrook High School beat New Trier Silver 10-1, Evanston lost to Fenwick 6-1, Loyola beat Lake Forest High School 5-0 and Latin topped New Trier Varsity 5-2.
The Semi-Final will be held next week at the Edge Jefferson East in Bensenville. Glenbrook and Fenwick face off on Tuesday, March 6 at 6:40 p.m., followed by Loyola playing Latin at 8:45 p.m.
Good luck to all the teams still competing!
Congratulations to the girls from across the league that participated in the 2017 Girls High School All-State game! It was a highly competitive and fun game as the girls battled it out on the ice. The red team emerged victorious 7-2 and Glenbrook Senior Caitlin Schneider was awarded the 2nd Annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award. Check out the action and candid shots from the evening!
HONORING OUR SENIORS
The Loyola Academy girls honored their five seniors on February 12 when they faced off against Fenwick at Heartland Ice Arena. Congratulations to Greta Skarzynski, Valerie Caldwell (Captain), Charlotte Langill (Assistant Captain), Tess Dettling and Abigail M. O’Brien (Assistant Captain)! The Ramblers had a nice send off for seniors with a pizza party after the game at Heartland ice Arena. Loyola beat Fenwick 4-1.
Next year three of their seniors will be playing NCAA Division 1 college hockey: Valerie Caldwell is committed to University of Vermont, and Greta Skarzynski and Tess Dettling are both committed to Yale. Valerie, Greta, Tess and Charlotte were chosen for the All-State Team High School team that was played on February 13 at the Edge.
Latin High School
On Tuesday night, February 21, the Latin Girls Hockey Team celebrated their seniors with a win over visiting Loyola. Alex Rodman, Emma Unterseher, Sydney Sorkin and Kendra Nealey were recognized before the game for their commitment, their skill and their many contributions to the team for the last four years. They reinforced this with their strong play in the game that followed as Alex Rodman made 23 saves in the 3-2 win. Senior captain Kendra Nealey opened the scoring in the first period and assisted sophomore Kate Pohl’s first of two goals. Sydney Sorkin also assisted on a goal and senior captain Emma Unterseher provided leadership and strong two-way play throughout the game.
Sophomore Caleigh Ridge had two assists as well as freshman Gwen Byrne and Charlotte Lawrence each contributing one. The win clinched a spot in the high school league tournament and maintains the momentum built going into the playoffs with a five game winning streak.
These seniors have accomplished much during their high school hockey careers including a State Championship in 2015 and playoff berths each of the four years they’ve played on the team. They have the legacy of representing the highest achievement as student athletes.
Next fall, Sydney Sorkin will embark on a new chapter playing for Harvard University while Kendra Nealey will continue her hockey career at Cornell.
IN THE NEWS…
NBC Sports recently featured one of the most prominent female hockey players from Illinois: Hilary Knight. Hilary played for both the Falcons and Mission before moving on to play for the Wisconsin Badgers women’s ice hockey program, as well as for Choate Rosemary Hall. Her first year at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Knight helped the team place second in the NCAA championships. The following year she led her team in points as the Badgers went on to win the National Championship. After college she has had a wonderful international and Olympic career.
It is so exciting that one of our own is still playing at highest level of women’s hockey. Check out the NBC feature here.
February 13, 2017
With only a few games left in the regular season, all the girls teams are competing hard for a Metro League playoff spot. Loyola has jumped to the top of the leader board in the Scholastic Cup Division, as the only undefeated team. The Ramblers are currently 7-0-1. Glenbrook High School is in second, followed by New Trier Gold. In the Founders Cup Division, Lake Forest High School is on top. The Scouts of have won all seven of their first games. Barrington is in second place, followed by Warren.
Later this month, the Scholastic Cup will host semi-final games for the top four seeds with the winners competing in a championship. The six Founders Cup teams will be split into two groups: the top trio will compete for the Founders Cup Gold Championship, and the others will competing for the Founders Cup Silver Championship. The Metro League Playoffs and Championships games will be held February 25-28 – schedule to come!
Congratulations to the girls from across the league invited to participate in the 2017 Girls High School All-State game – what a wonderful honor! The game will be played on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville at 6:30 p.m. The 2nd Annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award will also be given to one player from the Girls’ game! Good luck to all! Can’t make the game? Click HERE to watch live on The Cube! GIRLS ALL-STATE ROSTERS>>
Honoring our Seniors
The Lake Forest High School Scouts honored their seniors on February 2nd. Congratulations to Kyra Mangasarian, Hannah Nelson, Olivia Remissong, Corynn Salazar and Betsy Sensenbrenner! The Scouts faced off that evening against Warren, winning the game 3-2.
January 16, 2017
The second half of the Metro Girls High School season is off to a nice start with both tiers facing off against stiff competition across the board. The games have just begun…updates to come in future columns. All-State voting is underway; the players for that exciting night will be announced in the next couple of weeks!
In the News
The Daily North Shore newspaper has been having fun developing profile pieces on players in the north shore. Check out these articles on The Scouts Kyra Mangasarian, Loyola’s Greta Skarzynski, and New Trier Gold’s Isabelle Sennett.
New Trier Alumni Game: On Thursday, December 22nd the New Trier Girls Hockey team held its annual alumni game. The girls had a great time facing off against their former team mates and checking in with players they had not seen in a while. For many it is the only time during the year that they get to see one another.
Many former players came out to play, including one girl from the school’s inaugural team that players during the 1999-2000 season. Several sets of siblings reunited on the ice, and the newly minted alumni loved played their former team.
January 2, 2017
The second half of the season is set to kick off with teams in the Scholastic Cup and Founders Cup battling for a top position to advance to the league playoffs that wrap-up the Metro season. Some stats from the conclusion of the tiering round include:
- Top five schools: Glenbrook (the only undefeated team with 11 wins), Loyola and Latin (8 wins), and Fenwick and New Trier Gold (7 wins)
- Top scorers include Maddie Shea (Fenwick; 19 points), Val Ruley (Evanston; 18 points), Kennedy Stein (Lake Forest High School; 18 points), Kendra Nealy (Latin; 18 points); Isabelle Sennett (New Trier Gold; 18 points); Daniela Gendron (Lake Forest Academy; 17 points); Lily Cataldo (Glenbrook; 17 points); Katerina Poulos (Glenbrook; 17 points); Hannah Jensen (Glenbrook South; 16 points), Nicole Knudsen (Glenbrook; 15 points) and Valerie Caldwell (Loyola; 15 points)
- Top goaltenders (100 minutes+ played) include Jojo Chobak (Glenbrook; save percentage 98), Gabriella Ciesla (Loyola; save percentage 94); Corynn Salazar (Lake Forest; save percentage 94); Rachel Lugo (Glenbrook; save percentage 92); Alex Rodman (Latin; save percentage 92); Tianna Lavalle (Loyola; save percentage 91), Amanda Peter (Lake Forest High School; save percentage 90), Murphy McFarlane (Fenwick; save percentage 89), Grace Giangreco (Evanston; save percentage 88), and Lena Flores (Fenwick; save percentage 88)
Sisters Go Head to Head!
One of the most exciting games to wrap up the first half of season took place on December 20, with Latin facing off against Evanston at Johnny’s Ice House. The game was highly competitive and found Latin senior and team Captain, Emma Unterseher battling against her sister Kate, Evanston’s freshman goalie.
The game went back and forth with Evanston edging Latin out by one goal. It was great fun on and off the ice as the girls reunited after the game for a cute photo. These two teams – and these two sisters – will face each other twice in the second half of the seasons. So…the fun will continue!
The fun events and those designed to support the community continue!
Latin High School Toy Drive
The Latin girls’ team ran a toy drive prior to their game against Evanston on December 20. The entire team participated and a good number of toys were collected. The toys were donated to a local charity for distribution to needy kids in time for Christmas.
Fenwick’s Alumni Game and Christmas Party
Over the holidays the Fenwick Girls team held its annual alumni game and Christmas party, bringing back several years of former skaters and goaltenders that played both under the Fenwick banner and the Oak Park River Forest flag. The girls had a blast battling former team mates, and the newly minted alumni loved playing their former teammates. The alumni beat the current team in a tightly contested match, 4-3.
Happy New Year to all and good luck to all the teams in the second half of the season!
December 19, 2016
With the tiering round complete, the first half of the Metro Girls High School league season is over. Competing in the Scholastic Cup will be Evanston, Fenwick, Glenbrook, Latin, Loyola and New Trier Varsity. The Founders Cup will include Barrington High School, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest High School, Maine, New Trier Silver and Warren.
Games in the regular season will commence just after the New Year. The tiering round was very competitive and fun. The teams are coming together nicely and the girls enjoyed facing off against friends that they team up with in NIHL or the HPHL on other teams. Girls from Barrington and Fenwick that play together on Team Illinois took a few minutes to snap this photo (left) after they faced off against each other on December 18.
The Metro Girls teams continue to support the community and those who support them.
Loyola Teacher Appreciation Night: The Loyola girls’ team honored their teachers on December 11, making their game against Fenwick “Teacher Appreciation Night.” A total of 25 favorite teachers were invited and honored during the game with special treats. Parents brought in appetizers and drinks for teachers and the players made goodie bags that included a Loyola Academy cinch bag, t-shirt and pompom for cheering on their favorite LA hockey team – the Girls!
Loyola treated them to a fun game, beating the Friars 4-0. Goals were scored by Jayna Park, Kaela Finegan, Tess Dettling and Valerie Caldwell. All the Loyola Varsity Hockey teams including the Gold, Maroon and Girls participated in Teacher Appreciation Night. The Girls hockey team was the last to host their teachers. Being a club sport, this event is a great way to build a relationship with the school faculty and staff. The teachers also received a player picture on a lollypop stick that the teachers can keep in the classroom.
Fenwick’s Goal: Shoot Down Alzheimer’s: The Fenwick girls’ ice hockey team held a fundraiser on November 20 to support research to combat Alzheimer’s disease. The idea for the event came from one of the Fenwick players who’s Mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. During the event, that was held in conjunction with a game against Lake Forest High School, the girls collected donations, sold t-shirts and conducted a raffle. Both teams sported purple tape on their sticks to get into the spirit and the very exciting game against the Scouts ended in a 0-0 tie. The event was a huge success, with the girls raising $6,000 that was given to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Keep up all the good work ladies! Best wishes to all for a wonderful holiday season!
December 4, 2016
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
The first half of the Metro Girls High School league season is coming to a close, with the final few games deciding where the teams will fall within the Scholastic or Founders divisions and where they will compete during the second half. Play will wrap up just before the holiday break…final results to be announced soon!
While the action from the first half of the season is wrapping up, there is lots of fun stuff happening around the league.
Barrington Girls Help Host Event to Remember One of their Own: On December 22, 2016, the Barrington Girls Ice hockey team will join forces with the Give Bonnie Strong 77 Foundation and Yellow Jackets Girl’s Hockey to welcome all girl skaters for the 3rd Annual Bonnie V. Memorial All Girls Skate to help fight pediatric cancer.
The Foundation was established in honor of Bonnie Vonder Haar, a courageous 12 year old hockey player who taught us how to live, how to fight, and how to stay strong during her battle with leukemia in 2014. This year, 2014 U.S. Women’s Hockey Olympians Kendall Coyne and Megan Bozek will participate in the event and provide photo opportunities with the skaters and their families.
The event will be held from 7-10 p.m. at the Crystal Ice House in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Admission to the event is $20 per skater and $5 for spectators. To learn more about Bonnie and to register for the skate, please visit www.givebonniestrong77.org. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House, a special place that provided Bonnie and her family a home away from home during her battle with leukemia.
Keep up all the good work ladies!
November 21, 2016
We are about mid-way through the tiering round of the Metro Girls High School season and all the girls’ teams are playing hard to secure a spot in the Scholastic or Founders division. Glenbrook South High School is currently in first place with an 8-0 record. Evanston is currently in the second spot at 5-2, followed by Loyola Academy at 5-2 and New Trier Varsity at 5-2. The competition among the teams has been fierce but friendly! Check out the variety of action shots from games around the league!
There is more good work to report on from our girls’ teams helping support the community.
Glenbrook Girls Helps Spread love of the Game
The Glenbrook girls teamed up with the Glenbrook North High School boys team and the Northbrook Bluehawks Bantam team and helped out on the ice at Northbrook’s Try Hockey for Free Day. The event was held on Saturday, November 12. The girls helped approximately 40 boys and girls practice skating and get a taste of hockey.
New Trier Quad Header Winter Coat Drive
In connection with the One Warm Coat organization, New Trier Hockey held a winter coat drive at the November 19th Quad-Header. They accepted donations of gently used winter coats/jackets at the Centennial Ice Rinks in Wilmette that were given to families someone in need. The coats were donated to Connections for the Homeless, a non-profit organization based in Evanston that helps individuals and families that are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
Fenwick’s Goal: Shoot Down Alzheimer’s
The Fenwick girls’ ice hockey held their fundraiser to support research to combat Alzheimer’s disease on November 20 when they faced off against Lake Forest High School. Big thanks to the Vikings Hockey Organization, Glenbrook High School and AHAI for their support of donations, and to Lake Forest High School who came out to play decked in purple in support of the effort. The Oak Leaves published a touching story on the event. The event was a huge success – a final tally and photos to come.
Keep up all the good work ladies!
November 6, 2016
Play continues in the tiering round of the Metro Girls High School season. Many games are yet to be played, but this season is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in recent years. All of the teams in the league have grown and added depth.
Scoring leaders to date include Valerie Caldwell (Loyola) and Kelsey Campbell (Warren) with a total of 8 points; Val Ruley (Evanston), Madeline Dunham (Glenbrook South), Charlotte Langill (Loyola) and Kaela Finnegan (Loyola) with 7 points; Elle Joubert (Loyola), Caitlin Schneider (Glenbrook South), Zoe Durston (Evanston) and Jordan Moore (Warren) with 6 points; Hannah Jensen (Glenbrook South), Jayna Park (Loyola), Tess Dettling (Loyola), Lily Cataldo (Glenbrook South), Katerina Poulos (Glenbrook South), Erin Proctor (Fenwick) and Isabella Talano (Loyola) with 5 points.
There is more good work to report regarding our girls’ teams helping support the community.
Fenwick’s Goal: Shoot Down Alzheimer’s: The Fenwick girls’ ice hockey team is planning a fundraiser to support research to combat Alzheimer’s disease. The idea for the event came from one of the Fenwick players who’s Mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. This disease has impacted several girls on the team and the girls’ – and the Fenwick boys’ teams – quickly embraced the idea. The event will be held on November 20, 2016, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. The girls face off against Lake Forest High School that night at 7 p.m. Can’t make the event, but still want to help? Click button below to donate!
During the event, the girls will be collecting donations, selling t-shirts and will have a raffle at the event. Raffle items will include a night-out basket to a Hawks game (2 tickets, a limo to the game, hotel and dinner), a high-grade hockey stick, a signed USA Hockey jacket, golf outing, and much more. Click HERE to view the flyer with all of the details of the event. Proceeds will go to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Everyone is welcome!
Loyola Academy Supports Misericordia: Serving more than 600 adults with developmental disabilities, Misericordia has touched the lives not only of its residents, but of Loyola Academy. Each year the Loyola Academy athletic teams welcome the residents out for a night with the team and a night at the game. This is the second year the Loyola hockey program has participated. The event was held at Heartland Ice Arena on Saturday, October 29th. Misericordia residents were invited to see Loyola Gold face off against Glenbrook that evening.
All Loyola hockey teams participated in this fun and worthwhile event. The girls handed out goodie bags and t-shirts to the residents, took donations and sold t-shirts for the game, and the Maroon and JV boys’ hockey players helped the Misericordia residents up to Wally World at Heartland Ice Arena for dinner before the game. The hockey players sat with the residents cheering on the Gold team during the game. Loyola raised almost $600 dollars, and the Glenbrook hockey club generously donated $200 to the effort. All proceeds went to Misericordia.
October 24, 2016
Metro Girls Hockey Season Shaping Up Nicely; Girls’ Teams Dedication to the Community Continues
The tiering round in the Metro Girls High School season is well underway. So far two teams – Loyola Academy and Glenbrook – remain undefeated in the season with 4 games under their belt. Evanston, Fenwick and New Trier Varsity round out the current top five in the young season.
Our girls’ teams are very active in the community spreading love of the sport and supporting local charities.
On October 15, during Homecoming Weekend, the New Trier Girls teams joined forces with the boys’ program to support New Trier Hockey’s annual fundraiser, Bear Necessities. The joint charity collection supports the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. As in prior years, the girls and boys collected donations at various locations throughout the local township.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation was founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, in memory of her eight-year-old son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died after a courageous five and a half year battle with Wilms Tumor, a pediatric cancer. Donations are used to support the many hidden needs of both patient, family members, and the needs of the hospital facilities as well. New Trier proudly supports this organization by collecting donations each year. The effort by the New Trier hockey team raised more than $16,000 this year alone!
Several other teams came together to support the growth of girls hockey in Illinois. The Loyola Academy team helped out at the “Girls Rule” introductory clinic that was organized by the Winnekta Hockey Club at the Winnetka ice rink on September 10. And, the Glenbrook girls team is helping spread the word about a free hockey lesson being offered for boys and girls ages 3-9 by the Northbrook Bluehawks. The event will be held Saturday, November 12, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Northbrook Sports Center (1730 Pfingsten Road). Click HERE to view the “Free Hockey Lesson” flyer.
Congratulations are in order for Fenwick and Sabre alum, Amanda Seltzer. Amanda was the recipient of a Manon Rheaume Foundation Scholarship which awards scholarship grants to girls under the age of nineteen (19) who have expressed a desire to pursue their dreams in athletics to further or enable their respective athletic careers. Amanda currently plays for the ACHA Division I Colorado State University Women’s Hockey team in Fort Collins, Colorado. Way to go Amanda!
October 10, 2016
The Metro Girls High School season kicked off the weekend of September 24 and we are off and running with lots of hockey action! All of the games so far have been very competitive as the teams come together for the new season. Check out the photos from two recent games: Lake Forest High School versus New Trier and Fenwick versus Glenbrook!
Our girls’ teams are already highly active in the community supporting local charities and helping bolster the growth of our of girls programs in the Chicagoland area. On Sunday, October 9th, the Glenbrook Girls High School team helped the Northbrook Bluehawks and Wilmette Braves celebrate World Girls’ Ice Hockey weekend. The High School girls helped while the Northbrook and Wilmette 8U and 10U girls had a skills competition and scrimmaged. The younger girls followed up with a pizza party while the High School girls held their weekly practice.
The Fenwick girls’ team is in the midst of planning a fundraiser in November to benefit Alzheimer’s research during Alzheimer Awareness Month. More information coming soon!
And, stay tuned for more news from the exciting Metro Girls High School league.
September 26, 2016
Happy hockey new year! The Metro Girls High School League season kicked off last weekend with the first games being played on September 25, 2016. The teams in the Metro Girls League include: Barrington, Evanston, Fenwick, Glenbrook, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest High School, Latin School of Chicago, Loyola Academy, Maine Township, New Trier Gold, New Trier Silver and Warren.
During the first half of the season each high school team meets for one contest and the league is then divided into two divisions, Scholastic and Founders. It is sure to be a very tight contest again this year to determine where the teams will end up.
The tiers will be decided just before the holidays, and then each team has a home and away contest with every other team in their division in the New Year. The teams then enter the Metro playoffs and championship series. In addition, all eligible teams will compete in the Illinois State High School Hockey Championships in March.
Last year Upper Fox Valley won the Scholastic Cup Division with Loyola Academy placing second. Glenbrook took the Founders Cup Gold Division, with Lake Forest Academy taking second, and Warren won the Founders Cup Bronze Division, with Maine coming in second.
In the Illinois State High School Hockey Championships last year, Loyola Academy faced off against Barrington and came out victorious, after their third straight trip to the United Center. The game was exciting and hard fought. Enjoy the photos from last year’s championships!
Good luck to all the girls – play hard and HAVE FUN!
Stay tuned for more news from the exciting Metro Girls High School league.
April 7, 2016
Congrats All Around…
Congratulations to all players in the league for a wonderful season – there were lots of truly competitive games and hard fought victories.
A special shout out to Loyola Academy – Illinois State Girls High School State Champions for 2015-2016 and Anne Bloomer, State Championship game MVP. The third time was the charm for this team that seemed to love every minute playing together this year.
Congrats are also in order for Barrington for taking second place in state, Loyola coach Conor Sedam for being named Girls’ High School Coach of the Year, Loyola Manager Grace Wright for being named volunteer of the month for all her dedication to the team, and Katelynn Russ, Upper Fox Valley High School for being named the Cammie Granato Girls’ High School Player of the Year.
All Star Luncheon
The 2016 Blackhawk Alumni All Star team – Katelyn Russ (Upper Fox Valley, forward), Natalie Ryan (Upper Fox Valley, defense), Andrea Renner (Barrington, forward), Maggie Cusick (Loyola, defense), Anne Bloomer (Loyola, forward) and Frankie Flores (Fenwick goaltender) – had a blast meeting a number of Blackhawks at the Keith Magnuson Scholarship Luncheon. Check out the fun photos they snapped!
The New Trier Spring 3 on 3 is underway – have fun ladies – it’s SPRING!
March 15, 2016
And the Winners are….
Congratulations to the winners of the Metro League playoffs! The final results are as follows:
Champions: Upper Fox Valley
Runners up: Loyola Academy
Founders Cup Gold Division:
Runners up: Lake Forest Academy
Founders Cup Bronze Division:
Runners up: Maine
Good luck to Barrington and Loyola as they compete for the Girls Varsity Illinois State Hockey Championship title on Friday, March 18 at the United Center. Puck drop is at 4:00pm. Click HERE to purchase tickets!
February 29, 2016
All Star Honors
Big congratulations are in order for Katelyn Russ (Upper Fox Valley, forward), Natalie Ryan (Upper Fox Valley, defense), Andrea Renner (Barrington, forward), Maggie Cusick (Loyola, defense), Anne Bloomer (Loyola, forward) and Frankie Flores (Fenwick goaltender) on being named to the 2016 Blackhawk Alumni All Star team by the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association!
The team is selected by the league’s varsity coaches and members of the Blackhawk alumni, and is based on outstanding performance throughout the 2015-16 season. As a part of this recognition, the girls will attend the annual Keith Magnuson Scholarship Luncheon where they will be presented an award from the alumni to celebrate their accomplishments as high school hockey players in Illinois. At the luncheon, they will meet current Blackhawk players and management, former players, past scholarship recipients, and many Chicago business leaders. They are also invited to media day at the United Center to attend a Blackhawk pre-game skate, lunch and tour.
Congratulations ladies on this well-deserved honor!
The final Metro League games are in the midst of being played. The six semi-final games are scheduled for Saturday, March 12, from 11am-8pm, and the three Championship games are scheduled for the following day, March 13, from 1-7pm. All games will be held at Lake Forest Academy. Details to come!
Special Events: Fenwick Celebrates Seniors
Fenwick celebrated its six graduating seniors in a ceremony prior to taking the ice against New Trier Varsity on February 7. New Trier scored early in the game and the Friars finally answered that with a goal with 17 seconds left in the game. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.
The senior members of Fenwick Girls Hockey are: #0 goalie Frankie Flores, #9 defense Catherine Heyboer, #12 forward Julia Vara, #17 forward Amanda Seltzer, #24 forward Malone Buinauskas, and #88 Ally Jones.
After the game the girls and their families headed to a local favorite restaurant for dinner and to share stories celebrating their seniors.
February 14, 2016
AHAI’s All-State game was a fun evening for girls from across the program to come together with new teammates and play each other. The Red team included girls from Upper Fox Valley, Fenwick, New Trier, Latin, Rattlers and Warren, while the White team included members from Maine Township, Lake Forest High School, Barrington, Loyola, Naper Valley, Glenbrook and Evanston. The white team won 4-1 and Lake Forest goaltender Corynn Salazar (white team) was awarded the inaugural Terry J. Stasica MVP award. Evanston’s Shea Nelson (white team) was the point leader with two unassisted goals.
Special Events: Upper Fox Valley and Barrington Join Forces to Remember One of their Own
By Shannon O’Brien, Upper Fox Valley
Over the summer of 2014, a young Yellowjackets hockey player, named Bonnie Vonder Haar, passed away from cancer. Since then a foundation has been organized in her name. This foundation is called “Give Bonnie Strong 77”. The Yellowjackets Girls Program, Upper Fox Valley High School Team, and Barrington High School Team all participated in an event called the Yellowjackets Alumni Game – Bonnie Skate that raises money for the foundation. Bonnie’s foundation holds four events each year, the skate is the last event of the year. This past December was the second time this event was held. Last year, Bonnie’s foundation raised $20,000 and donated it to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Last year there were 49 participants, this year more than 60 people (ages 4 to 51) participated in the event. Click HERE to visit the Give Bonnie Strong 77 website.
Special Events: New Trier Hockey Celebrates Seniors
On a Friday night in January at the Winnetka ice rink, you’d expect to find a crowd of fans cheering on their favorite team and players. On January 29th, that’s exactly what was happening. The only clue that it wasn’t an ordinary night was the lack of an opponent. The rink was festively decorated with the jerseys of New Trier players hanging from the glass and posters lining the rink which highlighted their hockey careers. This was New Trier Hockey’s senior night. More than one hundred people turned out to cheer, celebrate and congratulate the Club’s senior players on their New Trier hockey careers and their upcoming graduation.
A total of twenty-six seniors from the boys and girls hockey teams were honored. The ceremony began with individual players being introduced with a few words about their hockey careers, favorite hockey memories and, if known, their future plans. Proud parents met their son or daughter on the ice to receive a New Trier pennant and flowers as a token of their player’s affection and appreciation of their parents support. Individual family photos were taken to commemorate the special night as well as a New Trier Hockey Class of 2016 photo.
Players celebrated on the ice with 3 on 3 scrimmages, and off the ice with their families, enjoying pizza and homemade desserts.
The senior members of New Trier Girls Hockey are: Morgan Baird, McCall Donaghue, Rani Duff, Johanna Glaaser, Grace Hayes, Megan Hearn, Shannon McNerney, Liz Parsons, Amanda Pugliese, Mia Solberg and Mayah Wiser.
Special Events: Warren Honors its Graduating Seniors
On January 30, 2016, the Warren girl’s high school team faced off against Naper Valley. It was Warren’s senior night and they won 2-1!
Warren’s graduating seniors include Brittany Thompson, Rachel Settle, Jenna Anderson, Brittany Kaiser, and Alex Christensen.
January 31, 2016
We are halfway through the regular season and the girls’ teams are battling for a top spot and the chance to enter the Metro League playoffs. At the same time, play-in games are about the start for the annual Illinois State Girls High School State Championships! The top three teams in the Scholastic Cup are Loyola, Upper Fox Valley and Barrington and the top three in the Founders Cup are Lake Forest Academy, Glenbrook and the Rattlers.
Special Events: Loyola Celebrates its Seniors
Loyola recently held its “Senior Night,” facing off against Lake Forest High School on January 24. The team graduates 6 seniors this year, including Erin MacIntosh, Leah Cruger, Maggie Cusick, Clara Darcy, Emma Wright and Meredith Touhy. The Ramblers tied the Scouts 2-2. The team felt compelled to pass on one senior’s advice for future players, and it moved them to tears. All the seniors were asked to fill out a player profile which included ‘advice for future players’. Erin MacIntosh, who just started playing hockey last year as a junior, is a true team leader whose words of wisdom go beyond the ice rink. Erin wrote, “Enjoy every moment you have with your team, make the most out of everything. Go out of your way to form relationships with your teammates; be yourself; understand your role on the team and get that sometimes your biggest job isn’t to score every goal, but to make every teammate feel their importance as part of your team.” Good luck to all Loyola seniors!
Special Events: Glenbrook faces Naper Valley in an Outdoor Game
On January 21, the Glenbrook Girls and Naper Valley Girls high school teams went old school, and played a game outside at the MB Financial Park in Rosemont. The temperature hovered around 30 degrees (perfect hockey weather!), as the teams battled the elements and each other. Glenbrook came away with a hard fought 3-0 victory, including an empty net goal. Lily Cataldo (a freshman at GBS), Nicole Knudson (sophomore, GBN), and Chloe Carroll (sophomore, GBN) scored for Glenbrook. Goalie Rachel Lugo (freshman, GBS) got the shut-out in the contest. Kara Sedivy, the goalie for Naper Valley, was on fire, stopping 28 of the 30 shots she faced.
January 18, 2016
The second half of the season has kicked off with teams in the Scholastic Cup and Founders Cup battling for a top position to advance to the league playoffs that wrap up the Metro season. Some stats from the conclusion of the tiering round include:
- Top five schools: Barrington (13 wins), Upper Fox Valley (12 wins), Loyola (11 wins), Fenwick (9 wins) and New Trier Gold (8 wins)
- Top scorers include Katelynn Russ (Upper Fox Valley; 57 points), Andrea Renner (Barrington; 36 points), Delaney Calabrese (Upper Fox Valley; 28 points), Valerie Caldwell (Loyola; 25 points); Jenessa Hernandez (Upper Fox Valley; 25 points), Hannah Jensen (Glenbrook South; 24 points), Nicole Guagliardo (Barrington; 22 points), Victoria Soukup (Lake Forest; 21 points), Natalie Ryan (Upper Fox Valley; 21 points) and Kendra Nealy (Latin; 20 points)
- Top goaltenders (100 minutes+ played) include Frankie Flores (Fenwick; save percentage 95), Corynn Salazar (Lake Forest; save percentage 93), Tianna Lavalle (Loyola; save percentage 93), Hayden Snow (New Trier Gold; save percentage 92), Eryn Cooley (Barrington; save percentage 92), Cassidi Revere (Upper Fox Valley; save percentage 91), Amelia Murray (Upper Fox Valley; save percentage 91), Kara Sedivy (Naper Valley; save percentage 91), Lena Flores (Fenwick; save percentage 90) and Mairead Harris (Latin; save percentage 89)
Special Events: Fenwick Hosts Alumni
Over the holidays the Fenwick Girls team held its annual alumni game and Christmas party, bringing back several years of former skaters and goaltenders that played both under the Fenwick banner and the Oak Park River Forest flag.
The girls had a blast battling former teammates, and the newly minted alumni loved played their former team and taking shots on their previous goaltender. The alumni beat the current team, 4-1.
January 3, 2016
Metro Girls League Update
By Pam Flores
Happy New Year! The first half of the Metro Girls High School league season has come to a close and the divisions are set. The Scholastic Cup will consist of Barrington, Fenwick, Lake Forest High School, Latin School of Chicago, Loyola Academy, New Trier Gold, and Upper Fox Valley, while the Founders Cup will include Evanston, Glenbrook, Lake Forest Academy, Maine Township, Naper Valley, New Trier Silver, Rattlers and Warren. Both divisions are highly competitive and games are already underway.
Over the holidays, the Glenbrook Girls volunteered with Commit to the Cure, a charitable event that was held on December 27 by the Glenview Stars Girls and the MsConduct Women’s hockey organization to benefit Puck Cancer. The Glenbrook girls had a great time helping out at the bake sale table, and manning the raffle table. This is the third year the Stars and MsConduct have put on this fun event, which raised $4,428 this year to fight cancer!
Captains’ Corner: LFHS Scouts Give Back
By Nina Wilson, Lilly Bianchi, Marissa Garapolo
It seems that every year the holiday season gets busier and busier. Schedules get packed with hours of busy holiday activities and, of course, hockey games. That’s why we at the Lake Forest Scouts girls’ hockey team thought it important to find time to give back.
Our head coach, Liz Zorn, brought the idea of sponsoring a family for the holidays to us a couple of seasons ago. Since then it has become a Scouts’ tradition to raise money and buy gifts for a local family in need. This year we were able to sponsor a family with three children, buying necessities such as coats and boots as well as toys.
Our efforts culminated in team members shopping for and selecting the gifts together. This yearly traditions serves not only to bring our team closer together, but to spread goodness from one family to another.
December 21, 2015
The first half of the Metro Girls High School league season is coming to a close and it is coming down to the final few games to decide which division – Scholastic or Founders – each team competes in during the second half. Final results to be announced soon!
In the meantime, there is lots of fun stuff happening around the league. The Glenbrook Girls will be helping with Commit to the Cure, a charitable event to help raise money for Puck Cancer. The event will be held on December 27 from 4-8 pm during Glenview Ice Center’s Winter Carnival (located at 1851 Landwehr Road in Glenview). Click HERE for complete details! Hosted by the Glenview Stars Girls and the MsConduct Women’s team, the event will feature raffles, Chuck-a-Puck, Puck Cancer merchandise and more. Please join the Glenbrook Girls in their support of this wonderful event for a good cause!
Evanston alum, Christy von Aulock was featured on December 13 during the WGN second intermission at the Chicago Blackhawk’s game. Christy starred on the 2013-14 Evanston Girls High School Hockey team and was the team’s top defenseman, when Maine West originally combined with Evanston during the team’s inaugural season. Christy is an Eddie Olyczyk Award winner, seen above with Blackhawks Director of Youth Hockey Annie Camins. She recently committed to play D1 hockey at Lindenwood University.
Happy holiday on behalf of the Metro Girls High School league – more updates to come in 2016!
December 7, 2015
Greetings from the Metro Girls High School League!
The Metro Girls High School League’s season is well underway with lots of exciting games yet to be played to wrap up the first half of the season! The teams in the Metro Girls league include: Barrington, Evanston, Fenwick, Glenbrook, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest High School, Latin School of Chicago, Loyola Academy, Maine Township, Naper Valley, New Trier Gold, New Trier Silver, Rattlers, Upper Fox Valley and Warren.
During the first half of the season each high school team meets for one contest and the league is then divided into two divisions, Scholastic and Founders. It is proving to be a very tight contest again this year to determine where the teams will end up.
The tiers will be decided just before the holidays, and then each team has a home and away contest with every other team in their division in the New Year. The top four teams in each division then enter the Metro Girls playoffs and championship series. In addition, all eligible teams will compete in the Illinois State Girls High School Hockey Championship in March.
More news to come as we wrap up the first half of the season, plan senior nights around the league, and participate in the All-State Game and Jamboree. Stay tuned for more news from the exciting Metro Girls High School league.