Metro Girls News

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By Pam Flores


February 25, 2019

Action Update

It is hard to believe, but the 2018-1029 season is close to winding down. All teams are finalizing their regular season and Girls Illinois State Hockey Championships play-in games and preparing for Metro League Playoffs.

There are still a few games to be played in the second half of the season, but currently Fenwick, New Trier and Loyola are on top of the Scholastic Division, while Lake Forest, Warren and Glenbrook lead the Founders Division. Stay tuned for updates!

2019 AHAI High School All-State Game

Congratulations to all the girls that participated in the 2019 Girls High School All-State game – what a fun and exciting game that ended with the red team beating the white team 5-3!  Congrats to Lyndie Lobdell (Naper Valley) on being awarded the annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award.

The game was played on February 11. Enjoy the photos from the fun evening, and click HERE to watch the game on Game Time Broadcasting.

2019 Blackhawk Alumni High School All-Star Team

Congratulations are in order for the six ladies named to the 2019 Blackhawk Alumni High School All-Star Team. This is truly an honor!  The girls include Maddie Babnik (New Trier, Defense), Kate Pohl (Latin, forward), Ella Huber (New Trier, forward), Lyndie Lobdell (Naper Valley, defense), Erin Proctor (Fenwick, forward) and Lena Flores (Fenwick, goalie). The girls attended a media day at the United Center on February 22 where they got to watch a Blackhawk skate and tour the locker room. Check out the fun photos they snapped!

They will also attend the annual Keith Magnuson Scholarship Luncheon on March 5 where they will get to mingle with a number of Blackhawks.  Photos to come!

Rebels Make the Upper Bracket in Their Inaugural Year!

Congratulations are in order for the Rebels on making the Scholastic Cup in their inaugural season. This is quite a feat for their first year in the league. The team is made up of girls that attend several schools in the Northwest Suburbs, including Prospect, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Hersey, St. Viator and Fremd.

Many of the girls on the team are double rostered, playing with Chicago Young Americans, Team Illinois, the Milwaukee Junior Admirals, the Warhawks and the Glenview Stars.

“This is a great group of girls that work hard and are committed to putting forth the best team possible,” commented Nicole Witt, Rebels Assistant Coach. “They really want to make a statement and signal that they truly belong in the league.”

No one would argue that they have already accomplished that. The Rebels ended the first half of the season in 6th place and earned a spot to compete in the upper bracket.

Captain Sara Martino is very proud about how the team came together and how well they support each other. “We have girls from a wide variety of programs, and it has been fun to watch them all come together and do their best to trust one another on the ice,” she explained.

She credits the team’s coaches with having the right leadership that has enabled them to succeed. Sara continued, “Jimmy and Nicole really know when to let us have fun and when to pull back and let me and Emmy (Garcia, alternate captain) take leadership of the team.”

The team sent four players to the All-State game in their first season in the Metro League, including Emmy Garcia, Sara Martino, Kaylee Liberty and Kylie Makuh. The girls played on the winning red team.

“It has been a fun experience pulling together girls that play AAA, AA and high school hockey together to form a team,” noted Jimmy Warrick, Rebels Head Coach. “The girls have been terrific to work with, despite their crazy schedules. The freshmen have been outstanding, and our goalie has stood tall in net.”

“Our managers Carolyn and Gina are the unsung heroes in pulling the team together and have done an amazing job helping us make it into the top bracket,” Jimmy added. “Their devotion will go a long way to helping ensure the future success of the team. We have a young team with a number of freshmen and sophomores, and I am looking forward to seeing this team successfully grow in numbers and skill to become a top team in the years to come.”

Warrick runs a variety of off season programs with his company SRM and is currently working on hosting the first annual Hockey Girls Junior Showcase that will be held May 31- June 2, 2019 in Barrington that will help offer local girls’ exposure to colleges ranging from the NCAA D1, NCAA D3, as well as ACHA D1.

“We are thrilled with the progress our team is making and truly it’s due to our depth of the girls on the team across the board,” said Malz. “Our girls play at various levels, but they are well coached and are looking to grow and develop. Our AA girls form our core and our AAA girls take an active role in helping to coach and develop our other players. They encourage all of their teammates and really help make everyone’s experience better.”

“We have become very close in a very short timeframe and I simply love playing with this group of girls,” concluded Martino. Nice job Rebels!

Blackhawks Captains Spotlight

By Sarah Herd, New Trier

The Captain Spotlight dinner was a memorable experience, it offered a unique opportunity to connect with captains from other leagues and schools. It emphasized the Blackhawks organization’s involvement in the community and with high school hockey. Combined with a high scoring 8-7 win against Ottawa, it was an exciting night and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent New Trier and the Metro Girls league!

College Commit

Lena Flores Commits to Manhattanville College

The Fenwick Girls team is proud to announce that goaltender Lena Flores has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Coach David Turco at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York next fall! Lena is planning to study physical therapy. She also plays for Team Illinois.

Warren Township

The Warren Township High School team is pleased to announce that Alexis Schultz has committed to play ACHA Division I hockey at Robert Morris University in the fall of 2019.

Maggie Culp to Attend Long Island University-Brooklyn

Naper Valley is proud to announce that Maggie Culp has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Long Island University-Brooklyn in the Fall. Maggie will study psychology. In addition to Naper Valley, Maggie has played with the Mission for the past five years. Congrats ladies!

Celebrating our Seniors

New Trier

New Trier Girls Hockey celebrated its 2019 Senior Night on Sunday, February 10th at North Shore Ice Arena before a large crowd that gathered to watch an exciting league game between New Trier and Fenwick. Six graduating seniors were honored at a ceremony prior to the game where the girls presented their parents with a rose bouquet and a framed copy of their senior hockey photo.

This year’s Senior Night was particularly special because New Trier Girls Hockey is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the girls program this season. Each of the six seniors has played for New Trier Girls Hockey for all four of their high school years.  They have all loved playing the great game of hockey for their high school with lifelong friends.

Three of the girls will continue playing hockey in college. Maddie Babnik will be playing Division I hockey at The Ohio State University in the fall, while Addie Budington will be playing at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and Abby Wieczorek will be playing at Connecticut College. Congratulations girls!

Lake Forest High School

Lake Forest High School Girls hockey team honored four graduating seniors on February 10th in a great game against Warren. Seniors Amanda Peter (Libertyville), Gracie Walker (Highland Park), Sarah Newtown (Lake Forest), and Ryan Foreman (Highland Park), were all celebrated during senior night, and they also took time to honor their parents for supporting them in their hockey careers! The evening was a “win” for the entire team as the Scouts beat Warren 7 to 4.

Evanston Township High School

On Jan. 26, Evanston celebrated its “Hockey Days” and senior night in a game vs. LFA. For the past four years, Kelly Kleschen and Ella McGinley have been anchors on the high school team. They have been leaders among the girls, and consistent goal scorers. Both have long been a part of the fabric of the Evanston Youth Hockey Association.

Kelly began playing hockey at age 5, but didn’t join EYHA until her peewee year, when she was inspired by her brother Ryan to join the team. A natural athlete, Kelly plays hockey, club soccer and varsity soccer at ETHS. She is the youngest of four, and as the only girl in her family, with older brothers Justin, Kevin and Ryan, she has earned the distinction of being one of the toughest girls on the ice.

Fellow senior Ella McGinley took a figure skating class at age 6. Quickly bored, she was inspired by classmates Andrew Cousineau and Gabi Rodriguez (seniors on the ETHS varsity team today) who offered her their hand-me-down gear and got her playing hockey.

Ella is committed on and off the ice, leading the ETHS anti-hunger committee and volunteering for Best Buddies, pairing students with developmentally disabled students. She is also an avid soccer and guitar player.

Both girls have been leaders on the team, and they will be missed. Good luck ladies!

Other League Happenings

Alumni News

Ladies that played with the Rattlers over the years met in Oak Lawn for a fun alumni game that was held on December 29, 2018. Even though the team is no longer playing in the Metro League, the alumni game has been an annual tradition for many years. It is so much fun seeing old teammates reunite!

Fenwick alums Aval Gawley (class of 2018) met up with Julia Vara (class of 2016) and current Fenwick and Robert Morris Head Coach Mason Strom when Michigan State faced off against Robert Morris in a two-game ACHA D1 series. The games were held at the Edge in Bensenville on February 8 and 9.

Teammates Face Off

A mini reunion took place during the Lake Forest senior night when they faced off against Warren and a number of former Falcons players came together at the end of the game to snap a quick photo.

Several girls that play together at Team Illinois met after the Fenwick-Rebels game on February 20 to snap a quick photo. Competitors during the game, but friends forever!


January 29, 2019

Action Update

There are still many games to be played in the second half of the season, but currently Fenwick, New Trier and Barrington are on the top of the Scholastic Division, while Warren, Lake Forest and Glenbrook lead the Founders Division.  Stay tuned for updates!


Community Involvement

Glenbrook Hosts St. Jude’s Fundraiser
By Nora Curtis, Alternate Captain, Glenbrook Girls Hockey

On Sunday January 27th, Glenbrook Girls Hockey held a charity game benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The girls had never organized a fundraiser in the past but hope to make this an annual affair. The event created a great off-ice bonding experience for the team; they worked together to create and sell hair ties as well as prepare for the event which provided them quality time together. It was empowering for the teammates to see what they could achieve together while accomplishing something to benefit others.

Although the players did most of the event organization, lots of other people contributed to its success. Smiling Patient Dental Care very generously matched donations. Additionally, future Glenbrook player, Jackie Botvinik (Class of 2028), cleared out the bake sale by using her sales skills to sell treats in the stands. Finally, countless Glenbrook and Warren fans made donations to the charity. The event could not have happened without their great support!

College Commit

Jordan Moore Commits to St. Norbert College

The Warren Township High School team is pleased to announce that forward Jordan Moore has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at St. Norbert College in the fall of 2019.

During her junior year, Jordan was one of six high school players named to the 2018 Blackhawk Alumni High School All-Star Team. She was also named MVP of the Warren Township High School team that same year. Jordan played with Maine her sophomore, junior and senior years and also plays for Team Illinois U19.

Five New Trier Players Commit to Play College Sports

The New Trier Girls Hockey Team is thrilled to offer congratulations to five current players that have committed to continuing their sports career in college. They include:

  • Maddie Babnik – NCAA Division I WCHA Women’s Ice Hockey for Ohio State University (2019)
  • Abby Wieczorek – NCAA Division III NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey at Connecticut College (2019)
  • Ella Huber – NCAA Division I WCHA Women’s Ice Hockey at the University of Minnesota (2021)
  • Addie Budington – NCAA Division III NEHC Women’s Ice Hockey at UMASS Boston (2019)
  • Kate McLaughlin – BIG 10 NCAA Division I Women’s Field Hockey at the University of Michigan (2020)

Celebrating our Seniors

Coach Manny, Coach Millie and Coach Steve with the Warren Girls hockey team happily celebrated seven graduating seniors at a special ceremony that was held on January 27.  The seniors celebrated include: Abbey Triebe (Captain), Jordan Moore (Assistant Captain), Olivia Rodriguez (Assistant Captain), Bethany Ewert, Adria Mestre, Alexis Schultz, and Ellen Spiller.

Other League Happenings

Alumni News

Fenwick alums Julia Vara (class of 2016) and Kirsten LaBelle (class of 2015) and current Fenwick and Robert Morris Head Coach Mason Strom re-connected recently over a Robert Morris versus Adrian University ACHA D1 game. The games were held at the Edge in Bensenville on January.


December 26, 2018

Hope everyone had a terrific Christmas and is enjoying a nice break for the holidays!

Action Update

Action in the first half of the season has wrapped up and the Scholastic and Founders Cup Divisions have been set. Naper Valley, New Trier, Fenwick, Loyola, District 211-214 Rebels, Latin Blue (Varsity) and Barrington will make up the Scholastic Cup. The teams that will compete in the Founders Cup include Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest Academy, Warren, Maine, Latin Orange (JV), Glenbrook and Evanston. Games in the second half of the season will kick off right after the New Year.


Community Involvement

Barrington Girls Helped Host Event to Remember One of their Own.

On Saturday, December 22, 2018, the Barrington Girls Ice hockey team joined forces with the Give Bonnie Strong 77 Foundation and Yellow Jacket’s Girls Hockey to welcome all girl skaters for “Bonnie’s Skate for a Cure,” the 4th Annual 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.

Participants brought a new, unwrapped toy that was 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. Proceeds from the event were donated to local families that have a child fighting pediatric cancer as well as to help fund medical research to combat this terrible disease. Keep up all the good work ladies!


College Commitments

Gina Magro Commits to University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

The Barrington Fillies are thrilled to announce that Gina Magro has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Coach Ann Ninnemann at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point next season. Gina attends Barrington High School with played with Barrington all four years.  She also plays AAA hockey for Team Illinois U19.

Caroline Jenkins Commits to Wesleyan University

The Fenwick Girls Hockey Team is thrilled to offer congratulations to senior Caroline Jenkins on her commitment to study and play hockey at Wesleyan University in the Fall of 2019. Wesleyan is part of the competitive, rigorous and selective NESCAC Conference and Caroline has earned this opportunity through her dedication in the classroom and her hard work and skills on the ice. Caroline attends Fenwick High School and also plays AAA hockey for the Milwaukee Junior Admirals.

Congrats ladies!


Blackhawks Captains Spotlight

By Lena Flores, Fenwick – I was really honored to be invited to the Blackhawks Captain Spotlight Dinner with Jamal Myers and Spencer Montgomery! Being there with the other captains gave me a better understanding of how much the Blackhawks do for the hockey community. We got to stay to watch the Hawks beat the Penguins 6-3!

I was very happy to share this experience with friends and family and I appreciate all the Blackhawks organization does for young players.


Other League Happenings

Sisters Meet to Face Off, On the Ice and On the Bench

Two pairs of sisters active in the Metro League faced off against each other recently in some friendly (sort of) competition!

In the first-ever Latin Orange vs Latin Blue game, sisters Margot Williams, Captain of Latin Orange (class of 2019) and her little sister Charlie Williams (Class of 2022) met on the ice.  The game was held on November 7th and the Orange team beat the Blue team 7-0.

In addition, the Zorn sisters faced each other – on the bench – as Latin Orange played Lake Forest High School.  Anna Zorn coaches for Latin and Liz Zorn for Lake Forest.  The game that was held on November 26 and the Romans beat the Scouts 4-1.

Teammates from Youth Hockey Meet on the Ice in the Metro League

One of the most fun aspects of playing high school hockey is facing off against girls that play with you on another team.  Recently, Gina Magro (Barrington) played against Sara Martino (Rebels) – they both play on the Team Illinois U19 team.

Another evening Gina met on the ice against two other girls playing for New Trier, Serena Sieple (also plays for Team Illinois) and Julia Laden (also plays for CYA).

Alumni News

Malone Buinaskas (Fenwick Class of 2016) recently attended the Army-Navy game and met up with two Fenwick grads and members of the men’s ice hockey team, Casey McCormick and Trent Leslie while at the game! All three former high school players attend the Naval Academy.

The game was held on December 8 and the Army Black Nights defeated the Navy Midshipmen 17-10.


Stay tuned for more news on the Metro Girls league in January!


November 26, 2018

Action Update

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).

Community Involvement

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!

College Commit

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!


October 23, 2018

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. All of the teams in the league have grown and added depth, and it is great to have added two new teams – Latin now has two teams (Orange and Blue) and the District 211-214 Rebels have joined the league.

A Little About the Rebels

The players on the newly formed Rebels are from several schools in the Northwest Suburbs, including Prospect, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Hersey, St. Viator and Fremd. All but one of the girls on the team are new to high school hockey. The schools that comprise this team were not previously grouped with a team, but the area has a lot of female hockey players and four boys’ teams. Carolyn Malz and Gina Kubacik started the team so that the local girls had the opportunity to experience high school hockey.

Gina and Carolyn note, “We pursued this team so the girls in the North West suburbs had the chance to play at the high school level. They deserve the same opportunities as the boys — to wear their school logo and proudly represent their high school. We are only two games into our season, but we are having a great time learning to skate as a team and play at this pace.” Each player wears her school’s mascot on the right shoulder of her jersey.

Gina and Carolyn credit the helpfulness of those involved in the Metro League, and the great leadership and guidance from the area boys’ teams in getting the team together. “Most specifically we thank Bob Wagner – long time hockey director and coach for BG/H/W. He retired at the conclusion of the spring season and has been donating a lot of his time and wisdom helping us launch this team,” they added.

Welcome to the Metro League Rebels – we are thrilled to have you!

Community Involvement

Lake Forest Scouts and Shutouts for Seizures
By Sarah Matthews, freshman goalie

The Lake Forest Scouts Girls Ice Hockey team is participating in Shutouts for Seizures (SoS) in support of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). Five years ago, Chicago area goalie Amelia Murray, now a Division I goalie at Union College, started SoS which has raised over $30,000 for epilepsy research. The way that it works is when the Scouts girls hockey team has a shutout (no goals scored against them in a game), each family is encouraged to donate a minimum of $5. The team SoS sponsor is goalie Sarah Matthews, a Highland Park High School freshman. This is her third year supporting SoS. In the previous two seasons, the three teams she played for had a combined 29 shutouts to raise $2, 755 to support CURE’s research efforts!

Warren Hockey Stick it to Breast Cancer

The Warren Girls Hockey Team joined efforts with the Warren boys’ teams for a fun event to raise money to fight breast cancer.  The Pink Out games were held at Rinkside sports on October 20 and featured a lady’s game, Men’s JV game and Men’s varsity game that were held back-to-back. The “Stick It To Breast Cancer” event included raffles, a bake sale, chuck-a-puck and a coin wars between the Warren Teams. A fun and worthwhile event to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Glenbrook Girls Supports Local Food Pantry

The Glenbrook Girls team held a service project on October 18th at the Northfield Township Food Pantry in Glenview. The girls sorted the food that came in by type and stocked shelves, helped customers to their cars to load food, swept the floors and restocked shelves again after closing. They also sorted mailing lists for new donors.

The Northfield Township Food Pantry was started close to 50 years ago to assist Township residents who are unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families. It is an agency of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The Pantry is sustained entirely by residents, civic organizations, schools, businesses and the faith community who generously donate food items, grocery store cards and cash. The girls had a great time supporting this wonderful cause!

Alumni News

Fenwick alums Julia Vara (class of 2016), Rachel Azuma (class of 2015), Sammy Azuma (class of 2012) and current Fenwick and Robert Morris Head Coach Mason Strom reconnected recently over a Robert Morris versus University of Wisconsin Madison ACHA D1 game. The games were held at the Edge in Bensenville October 19 and 20, 2018. Fun mini-reunion!


September 9, 2018

The most exciting time of the year is upon us – happy hockey new year!

The Metro Girls High School league regular season is set to kick off on September 20 and teams are currently preparing to book their tiering round games! This year we have 14 teams in the Metro Girls League (one more than last year!). The new team is the District 211-214 girls’ team. The other teams competing will include: Barrington, Evanston, Fenwick, Glenbrook, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest High School, Latin School of Chicago Blue, Latin School of Chicago Orange, Loyola Academy, Maine Township, Naper Valley, New Trier Varsity 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 High School Championship in March.

Last Year Finals Recap

In the Scholastic Cup semi-finals, Glenbrook High School beat New Trier Varsity 5-3, after a four goal surge in the third period, and Fenwick topped Loyola with a score of 4-0. The finals were held on Sunday, March 11, 2018 and it was a closely contested game between Fenwick and Glenbrook. The game ended in overtime with Glenbrook beating the Friars 2-1.

In the Founders Cup semi-finals, Barrington defeated Warren 7-2 and Latin topped Evanston with a score of 3-2. The Championship Game was held on Friday, March 9 and Barrington beat Latin 5-3.

In the Illinois State Girls High School CHampionship finals New Trier Varsity took the State crown on Saturday, March 24! They faced off against the reigning 2017 Champs, Glenbrook High School, beating them by a score of 5-1. The first and last goals for New Trier were scored by sophomore Kate McLaughlin, the second by sophomore Julia Laden, the third by junior Maddie Babnik, and the fourth by sophomore Mae Olshansky. The sole Glenbrook goal was notched by senior Hannah Jensen.

Here are some fun photos from the championship rounds from last year.

Good luck to all the girls as they prepare for the new season– play hard and HAVE FUN!

Stay tuned for more news from the exciting Girls High School league.


3/26/18

Illinois Girls High School Varsity State Championship

Congratulations to New Trier Varsity on taking the State crown on Saturday, March 24!  They faced off against the reigning 2017 Champs, Glenbrook South High School, beating them by a score of 5-1. The first and last goals for New Trier were scored by sophomore Kate McLaughlin, the second by sophomore Julia Laden, the third by junior Maddie Babnik, and the fourth by sophomore Mae Olshansky.  The sole Glenbrook South goal was notched by senior Hannah Jensen.

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Congratulations to all the teams that played in the Metro League – it was a fun and highly competitive season all the way!


2017 Blackhawk Alumni High School Luncheon

The 2018 Blackhawk Alumni High School All-Star Team attended the annual scholarship luncheon on Monday, March 19 where they were honored and given the chance to mingle with current and former Blackhawks and a wide variety of local dignitaries. This year’s team included: Jordan Moore (Warren, forward), Kate Pohl (Latin, forward), Hannah Jensen (Glenbrook, forward), Lyndie Lobdell (Naper Valley, defense), Madison Itagaki (Glenbrook, defense) and Lena Flores (Fenwick, goalie).  Check out the fun photos they snapped!


2017 Jamboree

On March 8, girls from around the league participated in the annual Jamboree that was held at Lake Forest Academy.  The game pulls together non-double rostered girls to form new teams and play a fun-filled game with new teammates.

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Girls from Evanston, Glenbrook, Lake Forest High School, Loyola, New Trier, Barrington, Fenwick, Maine and Warren participated in the fun-filled annual event!


Honoring our Senior’s 

Barrington celebrated its three graduating seniors at a game against Warren on Sunday, February 25, 2018.  Seniors Delaney Calabrese, Abigail (Abbey) Holmes and Angelica Mateo-ella were honored before the team took the ice.  Calabrese, will continue her hockey career playing NCAA Division III hockey for Coach Greg Moore at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota next fall.  Holmes will attend High Point University in North Carolina studying Communications, and Mateo-ella plans to attend Loyola University – Chicago and study Biology in their Pre-Med program. The Fillies beat Warren by a score of 5 to 1.


 

3/12/18

Metro League Champs Awarded

Another Metro League season is complete!  In the Scholastic Cup semi-finals, Glenbrook High School beat New Trier Varsity 5-3, after a four goal surge in the third period, and Fenwick topped Loyola with a score of 4-0.  The finals were held on Sunday, March 11 and it was a closely contested game between Fenwick and Glenbrook. The game ended in overtime with Glenbrook beating the Friars 2-1.

In the Founders Cup semi-finals, Barrington defeated Warren 7-2 and Latin topped Evanston with a score of 3-2. The Championship Game was held on Friday, March 9 and Barrington beat Latin 5-3.

Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful season!

Illinois State High School Hockey Championships

The State teams are final! Glenbrook High School will face off against New Trier Varsity on Saturday, March 24 at the United Center at 11:30 a.m. Click HERE to purchase tickets! The semi-final games were very close and highly entertaining! The first game between New Trier and Loyola was tied up by Loyola with less than a minute remaining in regulation to send the game into over-time. The action went back and forth action for more than 16 minutes in double over-time when a New Trier goal ended the game. The second game between Glenbrook and Fenwick was a nail-biter all the way. Glenbrook defeated Fenwick 1-0 in a well-played semi-final state game. Good luck to both teams!


Special Recognition 

A shout out to two special players that backed their teams in a big way by agreeing to play back-up goalie when their regular goalie went down with an injury. Loyola forward Gabby Ciesla was called upon to step into Loyola’s regular goalie skates when Kayla Johnson was injured late in the season in a game against Glenbrook. A junior Rambler, Gabby had to take off her player equipment in the middle of the third period and put on the Loyola’s regular goalie equipment to finish out the game. Gabby then took the net for a several regular season games and Illinois High School State Championship play-off games while Loyola’s injured goalie was in recovery. Gabby made 32 saves in this year’s State Tournament semifinals against New Trier, with almost half of those saves occurring in double overtime. Last year she made 26 saves against Latin in the State Tournament semifinals to advance to the state final.

The Lake Forest Scouts tapped senior defenseman Hannah Matthews to take over for their injured goalie, Amanda Peter.  Hannah played in net from January 20-February 4, a large part of the second half of the season. The first time EVER in net, she had 24 saves against Glenbrook. Her total six game season (in net) resulted in a total of 153 saves! A senior at Highland Park High School, Hannah is a co-captain on the Scouts team this year. She donned her younger sister, Sarah’s equipment for her tenure in net (Sarah is an 8th grader that plays goalie for the Falcons and will join the Scouts in the fall). Hannah prepared by watching her sister in net when she knew she was going to take the position.

Gabby and Hannah, this seasoned goalie Mom could not imagine what this was like for the two of you and your families.  Your team appreciates you more than you could ever know. Great job – you both deserve a special medal!


2017 Blackhawk Alumni High School All-Star Team

Congratulations are in order for the six ladies named to the 2018 Blackhawk Alumni High School All-Star Team. This is truly an honor! The girls include: Jordan Moore (Warren, forward), Kate Pohl (Latin, forward), Hannah Jensen (Glenbrook, forward), Lyndie Lobdell (Naper Valley, defense), Madison Itagaki (Glenbrook, defense) and Lena Flores (Fenwick, goalie). The girls attended a media day at the United Center on March 8 where they got to watch a Blackhawk skate and tour the locker room. They will also attend the annual Keith Magnuson Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 where they will get to mingle with a number of Blackhawks.


Honoring our Seniors 

Naper Valley: Naper Valley celebrated its four graduating seniors in a fun game with the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey team that was played on Sunday, March 12.  Seniors Kennedy Kiecker, Venice Rasoulis, Isabel Marciniak and Elizabeth Conklin were honored with a pizza party and on-ice celebration before the team took the ice.

The game was a wonderful experience for everyone involved – players, support members, coaches and spectators alike!  For the game, the Naper Valley girls broke into two and the visually impaired players were blended onto the two teams.  The Blind Hockey Team players ranged from being visually impaired to being totally blind, including a blind goalie that took the net for the game.

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There were two referees and two monitors that helped the most visually impaired players. This included one skater that supported a blind skater directing him to the puck and a monitor that stood behind the blind goalie offering information and direction on the location of the puck.

The game is played with a puck that is approximately three times the size of a regular puck that makes a lot of noise to help the visually impaired members of the team.  The Blind Team players ranged in age from 15 to 41.

The Naper Valley girls had a wonderful time and truly enjoyed supporting their visually impaired team members.  This was the first game the Blind Team has ever played in together and one of the young visually impaired players commented that “This was the best hockey game I have ever played in.”  The Blind Team will take to the ice next at the Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival that will be held April 5-8, 2018 right here in Illinois!

Kennedy Kiecker has committed to play NCAA Division 3 hockey at St. Norbert in DePere, Wisconsin in the fall and Venice Rasoulis has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at the Rochester Institute of Technology next year. Marciniak is undecided on where she will go to school next year and Conklin will likely attend St Mary’s Notre Dame where she hopes to play ACHA D2 club hockey.


Latin: The Latin Girls Hockey team honored four seniors on Monday, February 26 when they faced off against Lake Forest Academy. Seniors Audrey McMahon, Molly Aguina, Ellie Lawrence and Sophia Johnston were honored at the game. McMahon will continue her hockey career next year at Wesleyan University. Lawrence will attend Colgate University, Johnston will go to Cornell University and Aguina is still weighing her options for next year. 

 

*Photo credits for the Scouts goalie photos go to Gary Larsen and Kim Matthews


2/24/18

Action Update

With only a few games left in the regular season, there is very close competition in both the Founders Cup and the Scholastic Cup brackets. What a great time of year!

At the conclusion of this part of the season, the top four teams from each bracket will move on to single elimination semi-final games. The Metro playoffs will begin the first weekend of March. The semi-final games in the Founders Cup will be played on Sunday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Championship game will be held on either be Wednesday, March 7, Thursday, March 8 or Sunday, March 11. In the Scholastic Cup the semi-final games will be held either Wednesday, March 7 or Thursday, March 8 and the Championship games will be held on Sunday, March 11 (times TBD).

All games will be played at Lake Forest Academy.

Stay tuned for final details! And, good luck to all the teams as they play their Illinois State High School Hockey Championship Play-in games!


Girls All-State Game

Congratulations to all the girls that participated in the 2018 Girls High School All-State game – what a fun and exciting game that ended in a 5-5 tie! Congrats to Madeline Babnik (New Trier) on being awarded the annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award. Enjoy the candid photos from the fun evening.

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Honoring our Seniors

Glenbrook High School

The Glenbrook Girls Hockey Team celebrated Senior Night at the Northbrook Ice Rink on February 11 when they faced off against Fenwick.

The team honored seven seniors: Captain Chloe Carroll, Madison Itagaki, Alternate Captain Hannah Jensen, Nicole Knudson, Eleni Tasiopoulos, Alternate Captain Katie Thomas, and Koby Wilcox. Chloe, Hannah, Nicole, Eleni, Katie and Koby played on the Glenbrook team all four years of high school.  The Glenbrook team will miss them all, but know they will excel next year in college!

Lake Forest Scouts

The Lake Forest Scouts celebrated their seniors on February 19th when they faced off against Glenbrook.

Congratulations to graduating seniors and Captains Katie Wynn and Hannah Matthews! Hannah played with the Scouts all four years of high school and Katie was a member of the team for three.  Both girls are still deciding on what school they will attend next year; Hannah is set to study film production.  Katie will graduate from Stevenson High School and also plays for the Team Illinois U19 team, where she is also a Captain.  Hannah will graduate from Highland Park High School this spring. Good luck ladies!


Special Events

On Saturday, February 17, Loyola Academy players volunteered their day with a special equipment fitting event for the Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program. For many of these participants and their families, this was their first experience with hockey and the Blackhawks. Loyola Girls Varsity players Bryn Jones, Stephanie Smith, Kathleen Gorman, Isabella Talano and Loyola Gold player Christian Dunne helped make it a special day for these future players.


2/12/18

Action Update

With only a few games left in the regular season, all the girls teams are competing hard for a Metro League playoff spot. Fenwick has jumped to the top of the leader board in the Scholastic Cup Division, followed by New Trier Varsity and Glenbrook. In the Founders Cup Division, Warren is on top, followed by Maine and Latin. The Metro playoffs will be held in early March – stay tuned for details!


All-State

Congratulations to the girls from across the league invited to participate in the 2018 Girls High School All-State game (watch live here) – what a wonderful honor! The game will be played this evening, Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville at 6:30 p.m. Photos and details on the Annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award to come!


Honoring our Senior’s

Loyola Academy

The Loyola Girls Varsity Hockey Team celebrated Senior Night at Heartland Ice Arena on February 11 when they faced off against Naper Valley. Seniors and Captains Caty Cusick and Kaela Finegan played four years with Loyola Varsity hockey. On a roster with more freshmen and sophomores than juniors and seniors, Cusick and Finegan have been instrumental in the development of the younger players and the glue holding the Ramblers together, according to Head Coach Ralph Dynek. He said last night, “They’ve taken these girls under their wing and helped bring them to another level. A lot of freshmen don’t know the Loyola way.”

The Ramblers hard work and team effort brought home a win 3-2 against Naper Valley. Caty Cusick will be pursuing a nursing degree and still deciding on colleges. Kaela Finegan will be attending Middlebury College.

Another special moment of the night came when Gabby Ciesla stepped up and reprised her role as back-up goalie. Last year she had to play several games including a state a semifinal game against Latin when Loyola’s goalie was injured. Ciesla is a junior and is the Rambler’s star utility player as she plays forward, defense and goalie when needed.


Fenwick

The Fenwick Girls Hockey team honored three seniors on February 4 when they faced off against Lake Forest High School. Seniors Ava Gawley, Megan Krikau and Jenn Davis were recognized during the evening. Ava is the Captain, and Megan and Jenn are Alternate Captains. These three girls have played together on the Fenwick team all four years during high school.

Ava attends Fenwick High School and is a member of the 2018 AHAI Girls High School All-State Team and was named Fenwick’s Best Defensive Player last season. She is unsure what school she will attend next year, but plans to become a dentist. Ava is also a member of the National Honor Society and played varsity lacrosse for Fenwick.

Jenn attends York high school. In addition to hockey, she plays lacrosse. She plans to study “something in business” at Western Michigan University next year. Megan attends Oak Park River Forest High School and has played three sports throughout her high school years: volleyball, softball and hockey. She is unsure what she will study, but plans to attend either the University of Iowa or the University of Kansas in the fall.

The Friars beat the Scouts 6-0 and the celebration party continued after the game with a pizza party.


1/29/18

Action Update

There are still many games to be played in the second half of the season, but currently Glenbrook is on top of the Scholastic Division with 8 points. Close behind is New Trier Varsity and Fenwick with 4 points each. On top of the leader board in the Founders Division is Latin with 6 points, followed by Warren with 5 points and Maine with 3 points.  Stay tuned for updates!

All State

Congratulations to the girls from across the league invited to participate in the 2018 Girls High School All-State game – what a wonderful honor! The game will be played on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville at 6:30 p.m. The 3rd Annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award will also be given to one player from the Girls’ game!  Good luck to all! VIEW GIRLS’ ROSTERS>>

College Commit

The Glenbrook Girls are proud to announce that Nicole Knudson will be playing for the University of St. Thomas Tommies next year. Nicole, a senior at Glenbrook North and a 4 year player for Glenbrook, will be majoring in Criminal Justice. Congratulations Nicole!


1/14/18

News from Metro Girls Hockey

The Metro Girls teams would like to wish Team USA the best of luck at the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games next month! A special shout out to Hilary Knight who played with Falcons and Kendall Coyne who played with the Mission in earlier years!  Check out the full roster HERE. Go Team USA!

Congratulations are also in order to the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team for capturing the gold medal at the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships in Dmitrov, Russia. Two local players – Anne Bloomer (CYA U19 and former Loyola Academy High School player) and Abbey Murphy (Mission U19) – played a big role in sealing the victory. Congrats Anne and Abbey!


Action Update

The second half of the Metro season is underway with teams vying for the Scholastic and Founders Cup. All-State voting is underway; the players for that exciting night will be announced in the next couple of weeks! Stay tuned…


College Commit

The Glenbrook Girls High School team is proud to announce that Lily Cataldo, a junior at Glenbrook South and forward on the Glenbrook team, has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in fall of 2019. Congrats Lily!


Special Events

New Trier Alumni Game: The 2017 New Trier Girls Alumni Game was held on December 23rd at the Wilmette Centennial Ice Rinks. More than 30 alumni participated and the event was fabulous!  The group of alumni that came included girls whose high school playing careers spanned from the mid-2000’s to last year. Many of these young women went on to play NCAA Division 1, NCAA Division 3 and ACHA club hockey after high school.

They were joined on the ice by current New Trier Girls Hockey players and many family members and friends watched the game from the stands. It was a fun event that provided the players and their families the opportunity to reconnect with former teammates and meet other players of the great sport they all love.

Lake Forest Scouts Get into the Holiday Spirit by Giving Back: The Lake Forest Scouts and their families collected donations and bought gifts for families in need over the holiday season. Approximately 15 gifts were delivered – what a nice way to give back to the local community!


1/1/2018

Action Update

The first half of the Metro Girls High School league season is finally complete with the tiering round decided. Competing in the Scholastic Cup will be New Trier Varsity, Fenwick, Loyola, Glenbrook, Naper Valley, Lake Forest High School and Barrington. The Founders Cup will include Latin, Warren, Evanston, New Trier Silver, Lake Forest and Maine.

The second half of the season is set to kick off with teams in both divisions battling for a top position to advance to the league playoffs that wrap the Metro season. Some stats from the conclusion of the tiering round include:

  • Top schools: New Trier Varsity (the only undefeated team with 12 wins), Fenwick (9 wins), Naper Valley and Loyola (8 wins), and Glenbrook, Lake Forest High School and Barrington (7 wins)
  • Top scorers include Jordan Moore (Warren; 28 points), Mae Olshansky (New Trier Varsity; 23 points), Madison Itagaki (Glenbrook; 20 points, Kennedy Stein (Lake Forest High School; 20 points), Lyndie Lobdell (Naper Valley; 19 points), Veronica Bac (Barrington; 17 points); Daniela Gendron (Lake Forest Academy; 16 points), and Kelly Gorbatenko (Barrington), Erin Proctor (Fenwick), Lily Cataldo (Glenbrook), Madeline Dunham (Glenbrook) and Sabrina Shvartsman (New Trier Varsity) all with 15 points
  • Top goaltenders (100 minutes+ played) include Lena Flores (Fenwick; save percentage 92), Ashley Suske (Barrington, save percentage 92), Samantha Steciak (Naper Valley; save percentage 92), Kayla Johnson (Loyola; save percentage 91), Amanda Peter (Lake Forest High School; save percentage 91), Hayden Snow (New Trier Varsity; save percentage 90), Amanda Sincere (Barrington; save percentage 90), Giuliana Geati (Maine; save percentage 89), Lauren Abraham (Glenbrook; save percentage 88), and Katherine Burnham (New Trier Silver; save percentage 88)

Games in the regular season will commence shortly. The teams are coming together nicely and the girls enjoyed facing off against friends that they team up with on other teams!


College Commit

Barrington is proud to announce that Delaney Calabrese has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota next fall! The Cardinals compete in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Delaney plans to study marketing and will likely minor in business analytics and management. She also plays for the Team Illinois U19 team. Congrats Delaney!

 


Special Events

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 played their former team.  The current team beat the alumni 6-3. Three sets of sisters faced off in the game: Rachel and Sammy Azuma and Nikki and Kylie Gushurst both played for the alumni, while Frankie and Lena Flores faced off as goaltender sisters, Frankie for the alumni and Lena for the current team.

Happy New Year to all and good luck to all the teams in the second half of the season!


December 17, 2017

Action Update

Despite the fact that we are so close to the end of the tiering round, the Scholastic and Founders Cup divisions are not yet decided. This is a testament to how competitive the season has been so far. We will recap the tiering round after the holiday break. Stay tuned!


College Commit

Naper Valley Warriors recently had two players sign their letter of commitment to play college hockey.

Senior defensemen Kennedy Kiecker committed to play NCAA Division 3 hockey at St. Norbert in DePere, Wisconsin in the fall. Kennedy attends Neuqua Valley High School. She has played for the Naper Valley Warriors since she was a freshman and was an assistant captain two years ago. She previously played at the Orland Park Vikings where she was also an assistant captain. This year she is rostered on the Sabre 19U team. She is undecided on her major but thrives in science and would like to pursue a degree in education.

Naper Valley forward Venice Rasoulis has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at the Rochester Institute of Technology! She attends Naperville Central High School and also plays for the Chicago Mission 19U team. Venice plans to study Biomedical Sciences.

Congrats ladies!


Blackhawk’s Spotlight

Lake Forest High School Captain Hannah Matthews was honored on December 8th at the United Center through the Chicago Blackhawk’s Captain’s Spotlight program. Hannah is a senior at Highland Park High school and has played for the Scouts for 4 years. Hannah was able to compare Captain Jerseys during her tour of the locker room and cheered the Blackhawks to an exciting overtime win against the Sabres!

Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful holiday!


December 4, 2017

Action Update

The first half of the Metro Girls High School League season is coming along, but there are still quite a few games to be played in December. Play will wrap up for the first half of the season just before the holiday break, 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 of the season. As of this week, the teams in the top six are New Trier Varsity, Glenbrook, Fenwick, Loyola, Barrington and Lake Forest High School. Final results to be announced soon! In the meantime, here are some action shots from a recent game where Loyola faced off against Fenwick over Thanksgiving weekend.


College Commit

Loyola Academy Senior Anne Bloomer, who played with Loyola Academy Girls Hockey team her freshman and sophomore years (2014-2016), was part of Loyola Academy’s signing ceremony that was held on November 8. Anne is committed to play for Harvard beginning next fall.


National Team News

Anne Bloomer and Abbey Murphy were the two Illinois girls named to the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National team. They will represent USA Hockey as a member of the 23-player roster that will compete at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship, set for January 6-13 in Dmitrov, Russia. Anne also plays for the Chicago Young Americans 19U team while Abbey plays on the Chicago Mission 16U team.

Both girls were members of the 2017 U.S. Under-18 Women’s Select Team that played in the Under-18 Series vs. Canada in Lake Placid, New York and participated in USA Hockey’s 2017 Women’s National Festival. In addition, Anne attended the 2017 Girls Select U18 Player Development Camp. Abbey is committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at the University of Minnesota.

Congrats and good luck in Russia Anne and Abbey!


Loyola-New Trier Quad Header Update

On December 3rd the Loyola Girls team beat previously undefeated New Trier Girls Varsity 1-0 in the Quad Header (non-league game for the girls). The only goal was scored by Loyola freshman Bryn Jones unassisted. Loyola’s goalie Kayla Johnson was the star of the game with 31 saves. This was the second Quad header of the year. The first one took place November 19th with New Trier winning 3-0.

The Quad Header is four games played on one day twice a year with Loyola hosting once and New Trier hosting the other time. New Trier’s three boys’ hockey teams play Loyola’s three boys’ hockey teams: New Trier Green faces Loyola Academy Gold, New Trier Blue plays Loyola Academy Maroon, and New Trier Junior Varsity goes up against Loyola Academy Junior Varsity. The fourth game is New Trier Girls Varsity vs. Loyola Academy Girls. It’s a fierce rivalry with many of the players growing up playing with each on the same team and from the same neighborhoods now facing each other as opponents. The second quad header last night was hosted by New Trier at Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette.


Alumni Fun

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Lake Forest High School Scouts team hosted an alumni scrimmage welcoming back players from previous year’s teams to hit the ice with current players. The girls had a great time re-connecting over the sport they all love!

Stay tuned for more news on the Metro Girls league!

 


November 20, 2017

Action Update

We are about midway 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. New Trier Varsity is currently in first place with an undefeated 6-0 record. Glenbrook South High School is currently in the second spot at 5-2-1, followed by Loyola Academy at 4-2 and Lake Forest at 4-1. The competition among the teams has been fierce but friendly!


Community Involvement

Barrington Girls Help Host Event to Remember One of their Own. On Saturday, December 23, 2017, the Barrington Girls Ice hockey team will join forces with the Give Bonnie Strong 77 Foundation and Yellow Jacket’s Girls’ Hockey to welcome all girl skaters for “Bonnie’s Skate for a Cure,” the 4th Annual 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.

The event will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the Crystal Ice House in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Admission to the event is $30 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. Proceeds from the event will be donated to local families that have a child fighting pediatric cancer as well as to help fund medical research to combat this terrible disease.

 Keep up the good work ladies!


Captain Spotlight

Chloe Carroll from the Glenbrook team represented the Girls’ High School Metro League at the Chicago Blackhawks first Captain’s Spotlight of the season on October 12, 2017.  Chloe and three captains from boys’ high school teams received tickets, a tour before the game, and were able to meet Coach Joel Quenneville.

Chloe is a senior at Glenbrook North, and has been playing for Glenbrook since she was a freshman. The Blackhawks will be hosting four more of the Metro Girls’ captains on future dates.


 College Commit

Congratulations are in order for Madison Itagaki for signing her letter of intent to play college hockey with RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology)! Madison is a senior at Glenbrook South and plays high school hockey with the Glenbrook Girls team. Way to go Madison!

Stay tuned for more news on the Metro Girls league!

 


November 6, 2017

Action Update

Play in the tiering round continues and one thing is clear – all of the teams in the league are highly talented and come ready to play!  New Trier Varsity continues to top the leader board with 5 wins and remains undefeated. Glenbrook, Lake Forest, Naper Valley, Fenwick and Barrington round out the current top six spots so far. Stay tuned – there is a lot of action left to wrap up the first half!

Community Involvement

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 third year the Loyola hockey program has participated. The event was held at Heartland Ice Arena on Sunday, November 5.  Misericordia residents were invited to see Loyola Gold face off against GBS 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 a snack table was provided for residents. Players’ “heads” (photos) were mounted on lollipop sticks and the residents waved them to cheer on the Gold team during the game.

Alumni News

Glenbrook High School alum, Caitlin Schneider, has made quite a splash on the college scene! She plays for the University of Wisconsin Badgers, has two goals and two assists, and is plus nine for her freshman season so far!  The Badgers are 14-0-0 on the season.  The Glenbrook girls truly miss Caitlin, but are happy she’s doing so well on the big stage!

 

Stay tuned for more news on the Metro Girls league!


October 23, 2017

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. All of the teams in the league have grown and added depth. And it is great to have Naper Valley back in the mix!

So far two teams – New Trier Varsity (4-0-0) and Fenwick (2-0-1) – remain undefeated in the young season. Naper Valley, Glenbrook, Barrington and Lake Forest round out the current top six spots so far. It is clear this will be interesting to watch!

Scoring leaders to date include Val Ruley (Evanston), Madison Itagaki (Glenbrook), Madeline Babnik (New Trier Varsity), Kennedy Stein (Lake Forest), Mae Olshansky (New Trier Varsity), Elizabeth Ahne (Maine), Veronica Bac (Barrington), Erin Proctor (Fenwick), Jordan Moore (Warren), and Lily Cataldo (Glenbrook).

Community Involvement

The Warren Girls Hockey Team got involved in their local community by participating in the Gurnee Days Parade that was held in August. The parade is one of the most popular events of Gurnee Days and featured more than 50 entries including local school bands, floats from local businesses and organizations, and youth programs.

The themes this year was “Gurnee Days – Let’s Play Ball!” and the girl’s team entered a creative float and marched in the parade. The team also kicked off the season with a “boot camp” to get the chemistry going.

*Reminder* 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 for order form. The t-shirts are an awesome stocking stuffer idea! The sale ends December 1.

Stay tuned for more news on the Metro Girls league!


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!

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Community Involvement

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!

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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

State Champs! 

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.

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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! 

Spring Hockey

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! 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

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!

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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

gbhs-best-regular-season-recordWhat 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! 

ALL STATE

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!

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HONORING OUR SENIORS 

Loyola Academy

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…

hilary-knightNBC 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

Action Update

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! 

All State

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

Action Update 

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.

Special Events 

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.

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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

ACTION UPDATE
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.

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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!

SPECIAL EVENTS
The fun events and those designed to support the community continue!

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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.

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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

Action Update 

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.

girls-post-after-gameGames 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.

Special Events 

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.

group-pictueFenwick’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

Action Update 

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!

Community Involvement 

While the action from the first half of the season is wrapping up, there is lots of fun stuff happening around the league.

bonnie-strongBarrington 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

Action Update 

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!

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Community Involvement

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

one-warm-coat-logoIn 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

Action Update 

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. 

Community Involvement 

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!

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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.

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October 24, 2016

Metro Girls Hockey Season Shaping Up Nicely; Girls’ Teams Dedication to the Community Continues

Action Update

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.

Community Involvement

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.

Alumni News

amandaCongratulations 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!

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Spring

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:

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Scholastic Cup:
Champions: Upper Fox Valley
Runners up: Loyola Academy

Founders Cup Gold Division:
Champions: Glenbrook
Runners up: Lake Forest Academy

Founders Cup Bronze Division:
Champions: Warren
Runners up: Maine

2016 state tournament enews

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!

Metro Update

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 

GiveBonnieStrong77Over 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.

Bonnie

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

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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.

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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 

LFHS Captain's Corner PhotoIt 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!

Blackhawk Award-Christy VA

CHRISTY VAEvanston 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.

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