Spandiary, Saxons hit Titans hard early

(Glenview Announcements)  Schaumburg used a lock-down defense and a well-disciplined offense to grab their 16th win of the season.

The MSL West-leading Saxons (16-5) took advantage of a big first-half effort against Glenbrook South (5-15) to collect the 55-34 victory in Tuesday night’s nonconference game in Glenview.

“We came out with a lot of intensity and we executed our offense,” said senior forward Christian Spandiary. “We got our stops on defense too; we came out with eight stops in the first and that was a key to the whole game.”

Schaumburg did not allow the Titans easy access to the lane and on very few occasions allowed them to penetrate on the dribble.

“We pride ourselves on defense,” Spandiary said. “We always play step-up drills and we always have defensive drills in practice so we just have to execute that.”

The Saxons sprinted out to a quick 11-0 lead in the first quarter on the shoulders of Spandiary, who led the team with 11 points before the half.

The Titans made a small push at the beginning of the second frame with two quick baskets, but would not be within seven points before the halftime score read 29-14.

The second half brought more of the same as both coaches went to their benches.

Schaumburg junior forward Kevin Curnow proved to be an asset as he scored his team’s final 12 points.

“He’s a great player,” said Spandiary. “In practice, he always gives us a good look and he’s just a great overall player.”

Junior guard Kyle Bolger finished with 11 points and two steals and junior center Jimmy Lundquist ended with eight points and two blocks.

For Glenbrook South, junior guard Justin Busiel led the Titans with eight points, while senior forward Victor Levi added four points and two boards.

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Glenbrook South’s Landri wins title in league meet

(Glenview Announcements) In her fourth and final try, Glenbrook South senior gymnast Nora Landri earned her first CSL South championship by scoring 9.125 on the uneven parallel bars during the conference meet at Evanston on Friday.

Besides winning on bars, Landri also placed third in all-around at 36.05. She finished third on floor exercise (8.85), fourth on vault (9.35) and sixth on balance beam (8.725).

Pauline Zielinski, Glenbrook South’s other senior, was 10th on vault (8.75). She tied for 11th on beam at 8.35.

Glenbrook South finished fourth in the five-team meet with a composite of 128.525. New Trier (142.925) earned its second straight conference championship.

The Titans were scheduled to compete at the Lake Forest Regional on Tuesday. The Niles North Sectional is Feb. 9.

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Girls Basketball Defeats Morgan park

(Glenview Lantern) Glenbrook South 65, Morgan Park 61

The Titans won their third consecutive contest with the home victory over Morgan Park on Jan. 21.

Glenbrook South 42, Libertyville 30

GBS junior Molly McDonagh had 13 points and eight rebounds in the Titans Jan. 24, non-conference victory.

Colleen McDonagh had a game-high 15 points, four rebounds and four assists in her team’s fourth straight win, and Lindsey Oldshue dropped 10 points in the contest.

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Titan Sports Memories 1/29/2012

On May 16, 1998, Titan senior Luke Massery was the second gymnast to compete in the Floor Exercise event final at the Illinois Gymnastics State Meet at Schaumburg and he delivered the performance of his high school career, posting a 9.5 score to take the early lead. The next nine gymnasts took their best shot at him, but the closest they came was Conant’s Jason Suchy’s 9.45. That left All Around champion Derek Hartmann of Homewood-Flossmoor to make a last ditch effort. When Hartmann could only manage a 9.25, Massery had earned yet another state championship for the Titans.

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Sports News from 2000-2001

Sports History

2001 US women sweep all four tennis majors when Jennifer Capriati wins the Australian and French Opens and Venus Williams wins Wimbledon and the US Open.

Chicago Sports History

2001 Tim Floyd resigns as Bulls coach after enduring the worst three-plus year record for a coach/team in NBA history.

Titan Honor Roll from 2000-2001

Alyson Cacciatore ’01 All State Girl’s Gymnastics

(Placed in Top 8 in at least one event at State Meet all four years at GBS)

Emily Anderson ’01 All State Girl’s Golf

(Placed 9th for GBS in the State Meet)

Jake Boehm ’02 All State Boy’s Swimming/Diving

(4 year letterman at University of Michigan)

Fremd Invitational

Glenbrook South’s Nora Landri paced the Titans to a seventh-place finish with a sixth place all-around performance (35.375) at the Jan. 14 invite.

Landri finished fourth on bars with a 9.35 and eighth on floor after receiving a 9.15.

The Titans’ Amanda Browder took 18th in all-around with a score of 32.3, followed by teammates Samantha Kopley’s – who took 21st with a score of 31.15 – and Kaci Castino, who finished 23rd with a 30.6 all-around performance.

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Salmon earns first-place finish

(Glenview Lantern)  Glenbrook South freshman Jon Salmon earned first-place finishes in the 200 free (1:47.08) and 100 free (48.01) in the Titans’ 112-74 victory over Niles West on Jan. 13.

Salmon was also part of a pair of victorious GBS relay teams; joining Kevin Benson, Mike Bonetti and Thomas Pollick for a win in the 200 free relay (1:31.04) and teaming with Wyatt Jason, Ryan Hianik and Tommy Cahill to take the 400 free relay (3:23.27).

Ryan Brander took both the 50 free (22.33) and 100 fly (55.13) titles, while Thomas Pollick placed first in the 500 free (5:11.52) and second in the 200 free (1:53.21).

The 100 back title went to the Titans’ Ethan Spalding (1:00.01).

Glenbrook South took the top three spots in the diving competition, with Aaron Ach (206.65), Alex Jackman (42.55) and Craig Heilwagen (137.20) finishing atop the competition.

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GBS Grapplers Finish 5th In CSL

(Journal Online)  Glenbrook South senior J.J. Bamaung had no problem wrestling his opponents at Saturday’s Central Suburban League finals, until he went up against Maine South’s Mike White.

The two went head-to-head for the conference champion title at 195 pounds. Bamaung collected two falls through his bracket to get into the bout with White. Last time the two met, White won by a late third period takedown.

The two grapplers were equal in size and strength. Both were patient with their shots, which were few, leading to a defensive battle.

“It was hard finding an opening on the kid, and I usually don’t like to force shots. So there wasn’t much action going on at all,” Bamaung said.

The first period was scoreless. White scored an escape in the second, but Bamaung tied it 1-1 in the third with his escape. The clock was ticking down, and it looked like White was going to score another late takedown for a victory, but Bamaung reversed and threw White down, holding him in the final six seconds for a 4-1 win.

“My plan was to take shots on him, but I didn’t really do that. I guess I out worked him,” Bamaung said.

Bamaung (24-2) was also named the 2012 Elias George Outstanding Wrestler for the CSL-South.

Glenbrook South as a team finished 5th with 120 points at the 12-team CSL meet hosted by Maine East. New Trier won conference with 259.5 points followed by Deerfield (247.5).

Maine West finished 3rd (213.5), then Maine South (154.5), Niles West in 6th (104), Glenbrook North (97.5), Highland Park (83), Maine East (54), Evanston (50), Niles North (27) and Waukegan (15).

Bamaung was the lone conference champ for the Titans. The team collected two second, one third and two fourth place finishes.

Jacob Suter (24-3) placed 2nd at 220. He scored an 11-1 major-decision to get into the final round with Deerfield’s Artie Bess. The Warrior then majored Suter 11-2 for the conference title. Bess was named outstanding wrestler for the CSL-North.

Michael Kindelin (12-11) placed 2nd at 126. He had a fall going into the final round with New Trier’s Arah Ghafouri, but was pinned at 5:46.

Jries Sweilem (23-6) finished 3rd at 285. He was knocked out in the first round by Glenbrook North’s Alex Kanellopoulos in a 9-8 overtime decision.

The Spartan eventually lost and met Sweilem again for the 3rd place title. Sweilem was hot for retribution and pinned him in 4:55.

Finishing in 4th place for the Titans were Amra Otgonbaatar (16-9) at 120 and Isaac Jarava (13-13) at 160.

Glenbrook South will compete next at Glenbrook North Friday at 6 p.m. in their CSL crossover. The post-season begins Feb. 4 with the individual regional tournament hosted by the Titans.

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GBS Cheerleaders Score Program’s Best Finish

(Journal Online)  A rapidly improving Glenbrook South girls cheerleading squad achieved its best finish in the Central Suburban League competition in its brief (four-year) history on Jan. 11.

The Titan squad scored 76 points and placed 4th out of eight teams at the CSL finals at Glenbrook North. The Titans placed last in the competition in 2009, second to last in 2010, and fifth last year.

Maine South won this year for the fourth straight time with a score of 89.6. Niles North was 2nd, and host Glenbrook North 3rd.

The Titan squad now will turn its attention to the IHSA sectionals this weekend, Jan. 28, at Rolling Meadows High School. The state finals are Feb. 3-4 in downstate Bloomington.

Members of the Titan squad are seniors Jordan Synnestvedt, Dorothy Grabowski, and Ale Garcia; juniors Molly Cunningham, Rosie Nash, Rosie Lord, Min Yang, Lauren Clare, Kaylee Sherman, Jordyn Altit, Han-nah Gruenberg, Sun A Choi, and Courtney Zsitek; sophomores Tara Graff and Jaime Bendewald; and freshmen Michelle Eriksson, Kara Sherman, and Stella Tantillo.

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Improving Glenbrook South ‘knocking on the door’

(Glenview Announcements)  Ever since Glenbrook South posted a win against Niles West on Jan. 6, Titans coach Scott Nemecek has been pleased with his team’s play.

Nemecek believes the Titans can get better, and the players are doing their best to make that a reality.

“As of late, we are seeing improvement, and we seem to be putting the pieces together,” said Nemecek, whose boys basketball squad entered the week at 5-13 overall and 1-5 in the CSL South. “We are working really hard, and we are knocking on the door. I feel like we are close to turning the corner. The players have a goal of getting a few upsets and winning a regional. We are practicing like it, and we have those expectations.”

After losing to Waukegan 62-44 on Friday, the Titans don’t get a break in the schedule, as they’ll face New Trier one week later. The No. 6 Trevians are 17-2 overall and 6-0 in conference play.

“They are playing confident, but the pressure is on them,” Nemecek said of New Trier. “There’s no pressure on people like us. Hopefully, we can scare them and be close in the fourth quarter.”

Glenbrook South will be a different team than the one that lost 71-47 on Dec. 8, when the Titans were missing two starters and another regular contributor. Jamie Nikitas, Matt Siegel and Branden McGarrity all return to the lineup after missing the first game against the Trevians.

“That will make a huge difference,” said Nemecek, whose team is 2-2 since beating the Wolves earlier this month. “New Trier has shown if they don’t shoot the ball well, they can keep teams in the game. We hope to hold them to a low percentage from the perimeter and not let (Connor) Boehm get 25-plus points. It’s not a slam dunk, but that’s where we will have a chance.”

Justin Busiel also will be a big part of the equation on Friday. The 6-foot-4 junior continues to establish himself as one of the most complete players in the conference. He scored a team-best 16 points in the loss to Waukegan last week.

Nemecek likes the way Busiel plays on both ends of the floor.

“He’s a good defender, and he’s typically assigned to the other team’s best player,” the coach said. “He really feeds off of that. He collects that energy, and mentally his spirit is high.”

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GBS Scores Season-High Before Crunch Time

(Journal Online)  One of the things a girls gymnastics coach likes to see is his team improving its scores as the state finals approach.

Steve Gale, coach at Glenbrook South, had the pleasure of seeing this happen at a dual meet against New Trier last weekend.

The Titans soared to a season-high 134 points and finished only about six points behind New Trier in a final dual last weekend before the Central Suburban-South conference meet this Friday at Evanston.

The Titans scored best on vault and floor exercise events, led by Nora Landri’s team high score of 9.500 on floor. Landri scored 36 points to finish 2nd by .10 of a point to New Trier’s Kerry Scafidi in the all-around scoring. Landri, a senior and a certain state finals qualifier next month for the second straight year, also had scores of 8.800 on vault, 8.900 on bars, and 8.800 on balance beam.

Also competing in the all-around competition for the Titans were Amanda Browder and Samantha Kopley. Browder scored 31.600 points with a best score of 8.500 on floor. Kopley totaled 29.900 points with a best score of 8.500 on floor.

Also competing for the Titan varsity were Kaci Castino (top score of 8.800 on floor), Alison Tye (8.300 on floor), and Pauline Zielinski (8.400 on beam).

At the JV level, Mahak Lalani led the Titans to 44.500 points against New Trier. Her best event was a 7.900 on vault, good for 3rd place in the JV competition. Ellie Foley had the next highest Titan JV score with a 5.100 on floor. Also competing for the Titan JV group were Chloe Farber, Jenny Hinkamp, Mackenzie Koch, Carley Mahoney, Megan Pelos, and Melissa Wos.

At the frosh-soph level, Jamie Vear topped Titan gymnasts with a 25.500 all-around score. Her scores were 7.900 on vault, 5.500 on bars, 7.000 on floor, and 5.100 on beam. The Titan frosh-soph team, which also included Shannon Carroll, Hannah Hampton, Cooper Theriault, and Christine Vierra, scored 72.500 points.

The Titans can’t rest after the CSL-South meet on Friday. They will be in the IHSA Lake Forest regional at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Jan. 31.

At a regional, the winning team advances to the sectional at Niles North on Feb. 9. The two next highest scoring teams in the entire Niles North sectional complex (20 teams) also advance.

The top five scorers in each event at a regional, plus the top five all-around scorers, advance to the sectional as ranked qualifiers. The 12 next highest scorers at a regional also advance as individual at large qualifiers.

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