Alumni Spotlight – Luke Harrison

(May 19, 2013)  The 2011 Titan grad currently sports a 4-2 record on the mound for the Indiana Hoosiers baseball team.  In 18 appearances and 35 innings of work, Harrison has fanned 28 batters while only walking four, and boasts a 2.83 ERA.

The Hoosiers are 40-13 on the season, and Harrison, along with two other Titan grads on the roster – Walker and Sullivan Stadler – celebrated Indiana’s clinching of the outright Big Ten regular season title for the first time since 1932 with yesterday’s 8-1 victory over Ohio State.

Jen Zucker ties Beloit College Strikeout Record

The Beloit College softball team is struggling this year with 9 freshmen on their 14 player roster, but one true bright spot has been 2012 Titan graduate Jen Zucker.   In just the ninth game of her college career, Zucker tied the school’s strikeout record in a single game when she fanned 14 batters in a 2-1 loss to Roger Williams University on March 8.   Zucker is already the ace of the staff, starting 12 of the team’s 22 games, and earning all three of the team’s victories.  Zucker has struck out 107 opponents in her 18 appearances and has a 3.93 ERA.  The school’s full season record of 133 strikeouts is within reach.

In addition to her success at Beloit, Zucker was named in January to the USA Open Women’s Softball team which will complete in the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel this July.

Alumni Spotlight – Michael Moore

2009 Titan graduate Michael Moore picked up his 47th career singles victory, and 67th victory overall, as Notre Dame defeated South Florida,  April 6 on Senior Day in South Bend.  On a day he and two of his teammates were honored for their contributions to the tennis program, Moore’s 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory over Juan Carlos Acuna clinched the win for the Irish. Notre Dame is ranked #31 nationally in the latest collegiate tennis rankings.

Alumni Spotlight – Maddy Stark

2011 Titan graduate Maddy Stark is lighting it up for the Kenyon Ladies softball team.  On the mound, Stark began the year 10-0, including pitching both games of doubleheader against Oberlin, earning a pair of complete game victories (let’s see you do that Justin Verlander!)   Her hot start has twice earned her the North Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week award.  She is currently 11-2 with a 1.69 ERA as the Ladies have started 16-9 and are third in the conference standings.


When not pitching, Stark is Kenyon’s starting shortstop and has been on a tear at the plate as well.  Batting leadoff, she’s knocked out 30 hits, carries a current batting average of .330, and has scored 24 runs.

GBS grads Keller, McDonagh part of DePauw’s national title

(CSL Online)  Along with fellow 2012 Glenbrook South graduate Colleen McDonagh, Abby Keller had grown accustomed to seeing her work in practice translate to basketball games throughout her career.

But as freshmen at DePauw University this season, the duo played sparingly during the Tigers’ games.

However, after capping a 34-0 season Saturday with a 69-51 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Division III National Championship, Keller said her first taste of college hoops couldn’t have been sweeter.

“When I first got here, I knew we’d be good, I could just tell,” Keller said. “Being a national champion is pretty sweet – there’s not much else I can really say about that. It was a lot of hard work this season, and even though Colleen and I didn’t really get our time to shine, it was well worth it.

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Glenview South Alumna Named Collegiate Pitcher of the Week

(Glenview Patch) Maddy Stark, a sophomore at Kenyon College in Ohio, was named pitcher of the week by th eNorth Coast Athletic Conference for her impressive performance during the first six games of her softball team’s season.

Maddy Stark, a Glenbrook South alumna and sophomore softball player at Kenyon Collage in Gambier, Ohio, was recently picked as pitcher of the week in the North Coast Athletic Conference for her impressive performance during the first six games of the season, including two shutouts, according to the college’s website.

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Congratuations Jack Cooley

Congratulations to 2010 Titan alum and Notre Dame forward, Jack Cooley, who was named to the All BIG East Conference’s First Team basketball team last week.

Brian Hansen Wins 1000M Speedskating Event at World Cup

2009 GBS Titan graduate Brian Hansen, a silver medalist at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, won his first ever World Cup long track speedskating event this weekend in Erfurt, Germany. Hansen’s time of 1:09.79 in the 1000M was .05 faster than runner-up Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands.  Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis finished eighth.  Hansen also placed third in the 1500M earlier today, his third bronze medal at that distance on this winter’s World Cup circuit.

Said his coach Nancy Swider-Peltz, ”Brian’s gold today should have been on the radar.  His entire career has been a consistent upward ascent.  He is probably one of the most dependable skaters in the history of the sport when it comes to results.”

Sean Cascarano Named to ACC All-Academic Football Team

2009 GBS Titan graduate and current University of Virginia offensive lineman Sean Cascarano was just named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s All-Academic football team.  The Cavaliers’ redshirt junior is majoring in history and has a 3.01 cumulative GPA.

Irish center Cooley a master of offensive boards

(Chicago Tribune)  After eighth grade, Jack Cooley searched for a new AAU home. Discussions began with the Rising Stars program in Deerfield, a club seeking big men but otherwise teeming with explosive young talent. So his father asked the natural question: Where is Jack going to fit in on this team?

The chat with Brian Davis, the club’s coach and director, became an impromptu board meeting. If Cooley wanted to score on a team of scorers, he would get his shot when others missed theirs. His opportunities would be second chances: Crash the offensive glass, and Cooley could collect points.

It was a startling directive. But Cooley has been on the rebound since, and no one is more dominant than Notre Dame’s senior center on the offensive boards, a craft honed via study, steel-trap hands, nimble footwork and sheer will.

“Just because you get hit doesn’t mean the possession is over and you can’t get the ball,” Cooley said as the No. 25 Irish prepared for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. “It’s really the beginning of the fight.”

Not all top-shelf rebounders do truly great glasswork on each end — only four of the top 10 in rebounds per game also rank in the top 10 in offensive rebounds per game — but the 6-foot-9 former Glenbrook South star has mastered the invigorating and exasperating capacity for both.

As of Friday, Cooley led the nation in total offensive rebounds (119), ranked second in offensive rebounds per game (4.407) and was third in offensive rebound percentage (18.61), which measures how many of the available offensive boards a given player snags.

“There was a play in the second half (Monday at Pittsburgh) where the rebound bounced out, and it was bouncing toward our bench on the baseline, about 15 feet out,” Irish coach Mike Brey said. “And he was swimming through Pitt bodies to try to get there.

“You tell your big guys, ‘Don’t accept the block-out.’ A lot of guys accept block-outs. Most guys accept block-outs. Jack Cooley truly does not accept block-outs. And he’s relentless.”

It’s not all raw desire. Cooley figures that is only 60 percent of the equation.

But that 60 percent can be 100 percent painful and demoralizing.

“It’s terrible,” Irish forward Tom Knight said. “I’ve caught elbows to the face, head, shoulders. I’ve gotten scratches all up and down my arms. A lot of things happen when you try to block out Jack in practice.”

Less bestial instincts, though, separate Cooley. He has a mental dossier on each teammate’s shot, informing his positioning and timing. Eric Atkins shoots with great arc, so caroms tend to be higher. Cam Biedscheid has a flatter shot, usually causing long boards.

For Jerian Grant, Cooley has the best feel. Grant shoots quickly, but Cooley can decipher when it’s coming, and he attacks the rim early. Cooley retrieves so many of Grant’s errant attempts, it’s practically a plan.

“Jerian and I have a joke going around that every shot he misses is a pass to me,” Cooley said. “You can tell how a possession is going. A lot of it comes down to luck, and a lot of it comes down to reaction time and just knowing how your teammates play.”

Cooley doesn’t boast great liftoff capability. He compensates, Brey believes, with underrated hands that can snatch balls from tiny guards and limber footwork when Cooley is in the mood to be limber.

“He can really dance around people,” Brey said. “You add that with unbelievable strength and will, there’s a reason he gets angles all the time to get his hands on the ball.”

This somewhat esoteric skill has become a focal point on scouting reports. Last season, Georgetown double-teamed Cooley — on rebounds.

South Florida instructed its players to meet Cooley early in possessions, initiating contact to halt progress. Cooley had 14 boards, six offensive, in a Jan. 26 win. It’s a conundrum: Get physical, challenge a shot, then corral a rabid wildebeest.

“You have to make a conscious effort of keeping a body on him,” Providence coach Ed Cooley, no relation, said. “Even when he shoots the ball, you have to contest the shot and then keep your body on him. It’s hard. It’s really hard. But he’s relentless.”

It does come back to that, to hours of AAU workouts Cooley spent executing rebound-and-putback drills: one-step dunks, layups, a power dribble and two-hand finish.

His repertoire is decidedly more diverse now, but he’s no less infuriating. A year ago, as Cooley was concocting an 18-rebound day, one Rutgers player screamed at another for a box-out. The other replied he was trying.

Cooley saw yet another opportunity to wedge himself between the opposition.

“I was like, ‘Don’t be so hard on him,’ ” Cooley said. “Then they got mad at me. Then they got mad at each other. It was really hilarious.”

This depends on your perspective. Notre Dame revels in it, happy to have an offensive board game featuring the keenest glass eye going.

“It’s huge to know you’ve stolen another possession or stole a basket,” Cooley said. “A missed shot is supposed to be the possession is over. But then you get an offensive rebound and keep it going. It’s such a great feeling.”