Glenbrook South’s Olivia Smoliga named Tribune/WGN-Ch. 9 Preps Plus Athlete of the Year

The two national high school records Olivia Smoliga set at the girls state swimming meet in November were only three weeks old, but Smoliga wasn’t an Illinois high school swimmer anymore.

She was at the Short Course World Swimming Championships in Istanbul. The competition was among the best in the world, and the Glenbrook South senior found herself in an unfamiliar place — an outside lane — for the finals after finishing seventh out of eight in the semifinal heat of the 100-meter backstroke.
First she had to find a way to get comfortable, no easy task in a room full of older, international strangers.

“Everyone was so intense and so quiet, it was different from what I was used to,” Smoliga said. “I sat down with this girl in the ready room and struck up a conversation with her. Just small talk. It definitely calmed me down.”

A little while later, Smoliga surprised herself by becoming the world champion in the event with a time of 56.64 seconds.

She also finished second in the 50-meter backstroke, hardly a disappointment considering she broke 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin’s American record in the process.

Throw in the national high school records in the 50-yard freestyle (21.99) and 100 backstroke (51.43) and the two additional state records she helped Glenbrook South set in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, and the Georgia-bound Smoliga is the Tribune/WGN-Ch. 9 Preps Plus Athlete of the Year.

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Congratulations to Annie Lesch

Girls lacrosse coach Annie Lesch was named the Coach of the Year by the Illinois High School Womens Lacrosse Association. Well done Coach Lesch!

Spring Sports Summaries continued

Varsity Overall: 26-7 (13-3 in CSL – 1st Place)
JV Overall: 7-0
Sophomore Overall: 20-6 (13-3 in CSL – 1st Place)
Freshman A Overall: 20-8 (13-3 in CSL – 1st Place)
Freshman B Overall Record: 14-7 (9-6 in CSL – 3rd Place)
All Conference: Cody Carroll, Max Cohen, Sam Koloms, Tommy O’Hara, Kyle Pauly, Mario Tursi
IHSA State Tournament – Regional champions
Team MVP: Kyle Pauly
Other notable information: Kyle Pauly was selected CSL Player of the Year, making it four years in a row that a GBS player has won the award (Sully Stadler – 2012, Luke Harrison – 2011, Shawn Michols – 2010)

Boys Track and Field
CSL South Varsity Conference Meet: 2nd
CSL South Sophomore Conference Meet: 3rd
CSL South Freshman Conference Meet: 2nd
All Conference: Austin Dickholtz, Malcolm Engel, Ose Ilenikhena, David O’Gara, Luke Pilliod, Marques Thompson
IHSA State Meet: Tied for 21st
All State: Austin Dickholtz, Malcolm Engel, Ose Ilenikhena
Team MVP: Malcolm Engel

Boys Volleyball
Varsity Overall: 26-12-2 (7-3 in CSL South)
JV Overall: 9-15 (4-5 in CSL South)
Freshman A Overall: 20-9 (7-3 in CSL South)
Freshman B Overall: 13-6 (8-2 in CSL South)
Defeated Deerfield in CSL Crossover
All-Conference: Wesley Blodig, Jake Carr, Matt Kaiser, Will Kozloski
IHSA Tournament: Regional Champions, Sectional Champions, 4th Place finish in State Finals
MVP- Matt Kaiser

Boys Lacrosse
Varsity Overall: 9-5 (4-2 in CSL)
JV Overall: 3-6 (3-4 in CSL)
Freshman Overall: 4-6 (3-2 in CSL)
All Conference (First Team): Tom Hampton, Cam Irwin
All Conference (Honorable Mention): Ryan Hauldren, Will Reynolds, Jack Washburn
State Tournament: Defeated in Round of 16 as #10 seed
All State: Cam Irwin (2nd Team)
Team MVP: Ryan Hauldren
Brian Kennedy Award: Cam Irwin

Girls Lacrosse
Varsity Overall: 13-9 (5-1 in CSL – 2nd Place)
JV Overall: 11-1-4 (5-1 in CSL)
Freshman Record: 2-6
All Conference: Noreen Andersen, Olivia Eigel, Morgan Nolan, Caroline Nowak, Kelly Ward
IHSWLA State tournament: Sectional Champions; Lost to New Trier in Elite 8 Super Sectionals 20-9.
All State: Noreen Andersen (2nd Team); Olivia Eigel, Caroline Nowak, Kelly Ward (Honorable Mention)
Team MVP: Noreen Andersen

Boys Water Polo
Varsity Overall: 18-13 (7-2 in CSL)
JV Overall: 14-11 (8-1 in CSL)
CSL Tournamant: 2nd
All Conference: Daniel Correa, Robert Meyer
IHSA State Tournament: Loss in Sectional Quarterfinal to Evanston 13-11
Team MVP: Daniel Correa

Girls Water Polo
Varsity Overall: 15-12 (6-5 in CSL)
All Conference: Anne Edwards, Jessie Kerndt
All Sectional: Maggie Dietrch, Anne Edwards, Jessie Kerndt

Girls Track and Field
John Davis Relays – 4th place
Highland Park Freshman Meet – 3rd place
CSL Indoor Meet – Varsity 5th Place / JV 5th Place
Wheaton Warrenville South Invite – Varsity 6th Place / JV 6th Place
CSL Freshman Meet – 8th Place
Niles North Invite – Varsity 3rd Place / JV 4th Place
CSL Outdoor Meet – Varsity 5th Place / JV 4th Place
All Conference: Anastasia Athas, Shannon Carroll, Brooke Thomas, Danielle Yapor
Team MVP: Brooke Thomas

New School Records:
JV – Triple Jump – Maddie Eenigenburg 31-9.5 (old record Paulina Karczewska 29′-3′ in 2008)
Freshman – Triple Jump – Maddie Eenigenburg 31-9.5 (old Record Andrea Crump 30-9.5 in 2005)
Freshman – 200 m Dash – Sarah Swierczek 30.2
Varsity – Long Jump – Brooke Thomas 17-4 (old record 16-5 2012)
Varsity – 100 High Hurdles – Shannon Carroll 15.95 (old record Gina Lobello 16.3 in 1995)
Freshman – Triple Jump – Maddie Eenigenburg 33-8 (old record Anastasia Athas 33-1.5 in 2011)

Congratulations April Cronin

In addition to her All State honors, Cronin was recently named to the All Midwest Section First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the first TItan to ever be so honored.

Spring Sports Summaries

Varsity Overall: 4-3-1 (3rd in CSL)
JV Overall: 4-4 (4th in CSL)
Freshman Overall: 5-1-2
All Conference: Brittany Balzano, Colleen Lynch, Mackenzie O’Brien
State Qualifiers: Brittany Balzano, Colleen Lynch, Mackenzie O’Brien
MVP: Mackenzie O’Brien

Boys Gymnastics
Varsity Overall: 7-2 (7-1 in CSL)
JV Overall: 5-3
Freshmen Overall: 4-4
CSL Conference Meet: 2nd
All Conference: Jeremy Fine, Av Kahane, Trace Powers, Junior Riley Theriault, Austin Zimmer
IHSA Competition: Sectionals 3rd, State Finals 10th
State Qualifiers: Jeremy Fine, Emilio Isasi, Av Kahane, Junior Riley Theriault, Austin Zimmer (most since 2008)
All State: Austin Zimmer (8th two-time All State gymnast for GBS)

Varsity Overall: 8-22 (2-8 in CSL South)
JV Overall: 13-9 (7-3 in CSL South)
Freshmen Overall: 1-14
Team Performance in State Playoffs: After posting two upsets, lost in Regional Final to Lake Zurich 6-0
All-Conference: Jordan Davis, Katie Rossman
MVP: Alyssa Strapko

Girls Soccer
Varsity Overall: 20-5-1 (4-1-0 in CSL South)
JV Overall : 22-1-1 (4-0-1 in CSL South)
Freshman A Overall : 12-5-2 (4-1-0 in CSL South)
JV2 Overall : 7-5-0
Conference Results – Program swept conference titles at all three levels. Varsity won first outright CSL South title in program’s 30 year history.
All Conference: Kaily Bruch, April Cronin, Taylor Fuderer, Carolyn Nash, Emma Sailer, Ally Wojick.
IHSA State Tournament Results: Won Regional title (8th in last 9 years). Lost to eventual state 3rd place team, Buffalo Grove, in Sectionals 3-1
All-State: April Cronin
All-Sectional: Carolyn Nash
All-Sectional Honorable Mention: Olivia Peters, Emma Sailer
Chicago Fire All-State All-Academic First Team: Emma Sailer
Chicago Fire All-State All-Academic Third Team: April Cronin, Katie Jennings, Lindsey Oldshue
Team MVP: April Cronin

Boys Tennis
Varsity Overall : 9-9 (2-2 in CSL South)
JV Overall : 8-2
Sophomore Overall: 7-10 (2-2 in CSL South)
CSL South Conference Tournament: Team – 3rd place, Ross Gan – Singles Champion
All Conference: Michael Baddeloo, Ross Gan, Will Lyon
IHSA State Tournament : 2nd in Sectionals, 33rd in State Finals
All State: Will Lyon and Michael Baddeloo (3rd Team Doubles)
Team MVP: Ross Gan

Additional spring sports summaries coming soon!

Boys Volleyball Finishes Fourth in State

The boys volleyball team ended the state playoffs with a fourth place finish yesterday in the IHSA State Finals at Hoffman Estates High School, adding another large trophy to the GBS trophy case.

If you are a fan of the game, Saturday’s semi-final against Lincoln Way North on Saturday morning was a delight to watch. The Titans jumped out to quick leads of 4-0, 8-4 and 15-7 before the Phoenix came storming back to tie it at 15. The Titans never trailed in the game until Lincoln Way edged ahead 23-22 and took the first game 25-23.

The TItans jumped out quickly in the second game as well, spurting to a 4-1 lead, and took their largest lead at 12-8 on a gorgeous Matt Kaiser lob to the back corner. The GBS student section had to take some credit for the Titans’ surge as they ‘cheered’ the Phoenix squad into five net serves and two illegal alignment penalties during the game. Never trailing in the contest, this time the Titans put the Phoenix away 25-22 on a Will Kozloski ace serve.

Now tied at one game piece, and carrying momentum, GBS again took an early 4-0 lead. But after the Phoenix tied it at 5, the two teams proceeded to put their fans through the wringer, as the squads were never separated by more than two points for the rest of the game, with deadlocks at 7,8,9,11,12,3,14,15,18,22,and 23. The Phoenix and Titans played at a tremendously high level throughout, but Lincoln Way North garnered the match’s final two points for the win, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23.

The Titans could not sustain their high level play in the third place match yesterday afternoon, falling to St. Charles North 25-20, 25-20.

Boys Volleyball Going to State Finals!

(May 29, 2013)  The 4th-seed boys volleyball team experienced extreme highs, desperate lows and ultimately exhilaration, all within less than 90 minutes, as they fulfilled the next step in a season-long quest to win a state championship by taking down #3 seed Loyola 25-19, 19-25, 25-18 in the IHSA Niles West Sectional Final last night. The win moves them into the eight-team State Finals which commence on Friday afternoon at 2pm at Hoffman Estates High School.

In a steamy Niles West gym, GBS got off to fast start, leading 20-10 at one point, and the team cruised to an eventual victory in the first set 25-19. Having been hit by the Titan freight train in the first, the Ramblers woke up a bit in the second and jumped ahead by margins of 11-4 and 20-12 before putting the Titans away at the mirrored score of 25-19.

The final set was a back and forth slugfest, with no team gaining a sustainable advantage, and eventually the Titans led 17-15. At that point sophomore Pawel Rafalo sparked a 4-0 run with two kills and a block, and GBS used that spurt to trigger a closing 8-3 streak that sacked the Ramblers 25-18. The victory avenged a loss to Loyola earlier in the year.

With the win, GBS moves on to the State Finals for the first time in 10 years, a trip which culminated in the Titans bringing home the state title. GBS also finished 2nd in 1999 and 3rd in 1996.

On Friday, the Titans will face Walter Payton Prep, the #1 seed in the Whitney Young Sectional. The Grizzlies (27-7) defeated St. Patrick last night 25-23, 25-23 to advance to the State Finals.

Tennis Tandem Finishes Strong at State Meet

(May 27, 2013) After falling in the third round of the Championship bracket, senior Will Lyon and junior Michael Baddeloo attacked the backdraw with a vengeance and with gutty stamina on Friday. The GBS duo first faced a pair from downstate Alton. Lyon and Baddeloo won the first set, lost a tie-breaker in the second, and then steamrolled their opponents in the third for the victory. In the fifth round of the Consolation bracket, the Titans dropped the first set to a Naperville Central twosome, and then came storming back to win the final two sets 7-5 and 6-2 to move on.

Lyon and Baddeloo carried their momentum to their next match against a higher seeded pair from Edwardsville, battling them to a two set stalemate, 7-5, 5-7. The string of three set matches (it was the Titans’ fourth in a row) finally took its toll, however, and Lyon and Baddeloo succumbed 6-3 in the third. The two finished with a record of 4-2 at State and scored 6 of GBS’ 7 points in the team competition, in which the Tians finished in 33rd place.

Boys Track Impressive at State Meet

(May 27, 2013) The boys track team produced the best effort in school history at this weekend’s IHSA State Track Meet held at Eastern Illinois University. Seniors Austin Dickholtz, Malcolm Engel, and Ose Ilenikhena each advanced out of Friday’s preliminaries to compete in Saturday’s event finals and lead GBS to an overall 19th place showing as a team. Their individual performances also earned each of them All State honors, the most at one State Meet in GBS history.

Ilenikhena won his long jump flight on Friday with a school record leap of 23′ 1″, and while he couldn’t improve on it Saturday, the effort earned him a 6th place finish. Long-time teammates Dickholtz and Engel competed in the same 400M heat on Friday and ran 3-4 with times just good enough to advance to Saturday’s final. The field in the final ran significantly slower than the prior day, but the Titans’ efforts measured up quite well, as Dickholtz finished 5th and his teammate took 6th a split second later.

GBS also had other entries in the meet. Junior Luke Pilliod narrowly missed earning finals’ berths in the 110M and 300M hurdles, while the 4x100M relay team of Engel, Ilhenikhena, junior David Harris and junior Sean Alexander also failed to advance. Ilenikhena qualified for but was scratched from the High Jump event so that he could focus on the Long Jump.

Baseball Cops Regional Championship

(May 25, 2013) On the strength of a 12 hit, offensive outburst (all singles) and a complete game from senior pitcher Sam Koloms, the 2nd-seeded boys baseball team took down the 9th-seeded Palatine Pirates 9-6 Saturday to earn themselves the IHSA Deerfield Regional title. The Titans advance to the Glenbrook North Sectional Semi-Final on Thursday against 6th-seeded Stevenson.