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Sam Miller

Sam has qualified for the Illinois Top Times indoor state meet in the 60m high hurdles (9.29). He has also jumped 6'0" in the high jump this indoor season. He won both events recently in our conference indoor meet.

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  • Sam Miller
  • Luther North College Prep
  • Track and FIELD
  • Junior
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  • Nojel Eastern
  • Evanston Township HS
  • Basketball Boys Varsity
  • Senior
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Jacob Danyal

Jacob Danyal has started the track season with a string of 5 victories. During the streak Jacob has improved his personal best from 12'6 to 13'3.

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  • Jacob Danyal
  • Maine East HS
  • Track and FIELD
  • Senior

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Leighah-Amori  Wool

During the IHSA Playoffs Wool averaged 22.5 points, 13 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals per game. She shot 59.7% from the field and 46.8 % percent from the three. She was also 87.6% from the free throw line. Her season numbers were just as impressive. For the season she averaged 17 points per game, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals per game. She was named Third Team All-State, and ALL Tournament at the Montini Holiday Classic and well as CSL All-Conference. In a season where she became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the program, she was a driving force behind the success of the Evanston Girls Basketball team.

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  • Leighah-Amori Wool
  • Evanston Township HS
  • Basketball Girls Varsity
  • Senior
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Kayla Armstrong

Has qualified for the Illinois Top Times indoor state track meet in 4 events: 60m dash, 200m dash, 400m dash, and long jump. She currently has the 2nd best time in 1A in the state for the 200m dash (26.63) and the 3rd best time in the 400m (1:02.62). She has ran the anchor leg on our 2-time state champion 800m relay team the past two years.

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  • Kayla Armstrong
  • Luther North College Prep
  • Track and FIELD
  • Senior
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Peyton LaValley

Peyton led the GCAC this season with a 188.5 average and was named the 2017 GCAC Athlete/Bowler of the Year. She was named All-Conference for the second year in a row and was CO-MVP of this years team. Peyton placed 9th or better individually in five of the eleven tournaments we bowled in and twentieth or better in two others this season. She was an important part of our GCAC and IHSA State Regional Championships and her strong bowling helped our team advance from the IHSA State Sectional to the IHSA State Finals, helping our team finish 24th overall at State. Her tournament average for the season was 186.4 and her overall season average was 187.3.

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  • Peyton LaValley
  • Resurrection College Prep HS
  • Bowling Girls Varsity
  • Senior

PREVIOUS WINNERS

February 2017

Ryan Purdy

Ryan had an amazing sectional last weekend. He was the backstroker on the second fastest medley relay in school history. He then broke the 500 freestyle school record by 5 seconds while also being 5 seconds under the state qualifying time. Ryan capped his day off with key legs in state qualifying 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays.

  • Ryan Purdy
  • Glenbrook North High School
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Sophomore
Lauren Gawlinski

Lauren Gawlinski, a Senior, led our team this season with an overall average of 190.1. Lauren was named to the GCAC All Conference Team. Lauren was an IHSA State Finals Qualifier, including a 60th overall individual finish in this years IHSA State Finals Tournament. Lauren was the overall individual pinfall champion this year at the Evanston Invite, the IHSA State Regional and the IHSA State Sectional, becoming the first Resurrection Bowler ever to win both an IHSA State Regional and IHSA State Sectional Individual Title in the same season.

  • Lauren Gawlinski
  • Resurrection College Prep HS
  • Bowling Girls Varsity
  • Senior

January 2017

Matt Giannakopoulos

Matt has averaged 25 ppg over his last 4 games and averaged 18 points and 7 rebounds per game at the Wheeling Holiday tournament. Matt is leading the team is scoring and rebounding on the year and recently scored 40 points vs Niles North including 34 in the second half (7/12 from the 3 point line).

  • Matt Giannakopoulos
  • Glenbrook South High School
  • Basketball Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Alysa  Chiovatero

Alysa is a 4 year varsity member who's always exhibited commitment to the team and consistency as one of our top all-arounders. She's a 2-time all-conference athlete and was a Sectional qualifier last year on vault, beam, floor, and all-around. She holds top 5 high scores at school on bars (9.35), beam (9.425), and AA (9.13).

  • Alysa Chiovatero
  • Maine South HS
  • Gymnastics Girls Varsity
  • Senior

December 2016

Tyrell Pettis

Tyrell leads the 8-2 Wildcats in almost every statistic this season: 11.3 PPG, 5.4 Reb, 3.3 Ast, 2.7 Stls. He has shown up huge in all of the team's most important games. He was selected 1st team for the Westminster Christian Thanksgiving Tourney which the Wildcats won.

  • Tyrell Pettis
  • Luther North College Prep
  • Basketball Boys Varsity
  • Junior
Cristina  DeFilippis

She is a sophomore competing in her 2nd season on Varsity. She's risen to be one of our strongest all-arounders on the team and she's a constant positive force, giving the extra encouragement needed throughout practices and meets to her teammates. She's a true team player and a very coachable athlete.

  • Cristina DeFilippis
  • Maine South HS
  • Gymnastics Girls Varsity
  • Sophomore

November 2016

Nick Leongas

Senior quarterback Nick Leongas has lead the Hawks to the semi-finals in football this season. Nick has 116 carries, 847 yards, 11 TD's.

  • Nick Leongas
  • Maine South HS
  • Football Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Jordan Idak

Jordan is an excellent student and lead our team in kills and aces this season.

  • Jordan Idak
  • Luther North College Prep
  • Volleyball Girls Varsity
  • Junior

October 2016

Ben Easington

Ben has rushed for 1,069 yards on 141 carries this season including a 335 yard effort vs Niles West at our Homecoming game vs Niles West on Sept. 30 (see full story on 8to18).

  • Ben Easington
  • Evanston Township HS
  • Football Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Grace  Tamisiea

Grace Tamisiea is the junior captain of the varsity tennis team at Regina Dominican. It is her second year playing tennis ever and won the GCAC conference tournament for 1st singles.

  • Grace Tamisiea
  • Regina Dominican
  • Tennis Girls Varsity
  • Junior

September 2016

Reese Jordan

Sr. Reece Jordan (Boys CC) finished 5th at the Palatine Invite also broke the school record on Maine South course at (14:46).

  • Reese Jordan
  • Maine South HS
  • Cross COUNTRY B
  • Senior
Alyssa  Klug

Alyssa has started the season with a splash! She has currently broken 5 freshmen records and one varsity record at Maine East. At the Leyden Invite, she won the 100 yard freestyle, as well as, the 100 yard freestyle and 200 freestyle at the Hoffman Invite.

  • Alyssa Klug
  • Maine East HS
  • Swimming and DIVING
  • Freshman

June 2016

Roland Amarteifio

Roland just qualified for the IHSA State Boys Track & Field Meet by placing 1st at the IHSA Sectional in the 110-m High Hurdles and 300-m Low Hurdles (with a school record time of 38.05) as well as leading off the 1st place 4x400 Relay for the Sectional Champion Evanston Wildkits. The week before, Roland won all three of these races at the CSL South Championships. In fact, Roland Amarteifio has not lost a hurdle race since last year’s State Finals!!!

  • Roland Amarteifio
  • Evanston Township HS
  • Track Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Maia Cella

I’d also like to nominate Maia Cella (junior) who scored 4 goals in the IHSA Regionals and Sectionals and was selected All State as she helped lead ETHS to its best finish since winning the State Championship in 2002.

  • Maia Cella
  • Evanston Township HS
  • Soccer Girls Varsity
  • Senior

May 2016

Caleb Olar

Caleb his finishing up his second season on the Niles West Varsity volleyball team as the team's libero. He finished conference play with a season high 18 digs and 36 serve-receive passes. This will also be his second season earning All Conference for the C.S.L. On the court Caleb has lead by example with his resiliency, persistence and competitiveness.

  • Caleb Olar
  • Niles West High School
  • Volleyball Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Danielle  DiMaria

Danielle qualified for the State Track & Field meet in the Wheelchair Division in the 100, 400 and 200 meter races held at the Niles West Sectional this past Thursday. She is a freshman athlete on the track team and this is her first experience in using a racing chair in order to compete. We are extremely proud of her accomplishment!

  • Danielle DiMaria
  • Niles West High School
  • Track and FIELD
  • Freshman

April 2016

Bradley Augustyn

Bradley Augustyn has had an outstanding start to the 2016 baseball season for the Maine East Blue Demons! The senior outfielder and pitcher is currently hitting .500 as the team's lead-off hitter through the first nine games of the season. He also has an on-base percentage of .625, has scored 14 runs and has 16 stolen bases. Bradley has also shined for the Blue Demons as a pitcher. He currently owns a 2-0 record with one save and an ERA of 2.15.

  • Bradley Augustyn
  • Maine East HS
  • Baseball Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Stephanie Donado

Stephanie is off to an amazing start this season.Currently we are 3-4. We have played some good opponents so far. She is hitting .577 with an OB% of.607 andSlugging% .923. This includes 3 doubles, 2 homeruns and 11 RBIs. She plays first base with a fielding average of .957.

  • Stephanie Donado
  • Niles North Athletics
  • Softball Girls Varsity
  • Senior

February 2016

Scott Pechter

Scott Pechter finished the wrestling season at 29-14 @ 132 lbs for Niles West. He was a Regional champion, all-conference wrestler and placed in every tournament that he wrestled in this season. Scott completes his wrestling career with a 94-57 record.

  • Scott Pechter
  • Niles West High School
  • Wrestling Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Olivia Canova

Olivia led the GCAC with a 195 average and was named conference Bowler of the Year for the 2nd year in a row. She has a tournament average of 204, including a 2nd place finish at the Fenton Invite, 1st overall in the GCAC Tournament, 1st overall at the IHSA State Regional, bowling a school record 6 game series of 1416 (236 average for the day) and 2nd overall at the IHSA State Sectional. The team captain has a season high game of 269 and also has bowled a perfect 300 game in practice this year. She has bowled a 3 game 728 series (242 average) and a 3 game 714 series (238 average) becoming the first Resurrection bowler to break the 700 mark twice in one season. Olivia was a State Finals qualifier who helped her team finish 14th overall in the State and finished 37th overall individually at the IHSA State Finals in Rockford.

  • Olivia Canova
  • Resurrection College Prep HS
  • Bowling Girls Varsity
  • Senior

January 2016

Tyler  Milbrandt

Tyler Has been a starting varsity member on the bowling team since its inception in 2013-2014 school year. That year the team made it all the way to the state finals. For the past two years Tyler has been the anchor on the team. This past week Tyler and his teammates finished in first place in their conference final. Tyler finished in first place as an individual with a school and personal best 1422 series for 6 games with a 237 average.

  • Tyler Milbrandt
  • Niles West High School
  • Bowling Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Maddie Larsen

Maddie is a four year varsity basketball player and starter. Maddie is also our team captain and leader. In her freshman year Maddie tore her ACL, and by sophomore year Maddie had returned to playing basketball. Maddie always continues to strive for excellence in the classroom and on the court! In Maddie's junior year she was named All Tournament at the Dundee Crown Christmas Tournament, and was also named, All Conference in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference. Academics are most important to Maddie, her classes include; A/P Calculus, A/P Literature, A/P Spanish, Anatomy/Physiology, Accelerated Modern American History; Clubs include; Math, Science National Honor Society, and Student Council. A true leader and testament to her character, Maddie asked me before her Senior Night game, "Coach, I've been a starter four years now, and we have six seniors, give a start to another senior". Maddie is an inspiration to us all!

  • Maddie Larsen
  • Resurrection College Prep HS
  • Basketball Girls Varsity
  • Senior

December 2015

Dylan Ramirez

After helping lead the Niles North football team to a history-making IHSA Stat Quarter-Final Appearance, as an offensive and defensive starter, he has opened the wrestling season with 8-0. He is a Central Suburban League All-Conference Selection in Football.

  • Dylan Ramirez
  • Niles North Athletics
  • Wrestling Boys Varsity
  • Junior
Colleen Palmer

I would like to nominate Colleen Palmer for athlete of the month for basketball. She is averaging 11.8 points per game and everything 8.2 rebounds per game leading the team

  • Colleen Palmer
  • Regina Dominican
  • Basketball Girls Varsity
  • Junior

October 2015

Skylar Le Vine

Skylar has had quite a month. He took 2nd place at the conference tournament, 10th at regionals, 4th at sectionals, and 34th out of 112 at the state finals. He is also 1 of 14 in our conference who earned All conference award. This is his 3rd time receiving the distinction.

  • Skylar Le Vine
  • Niles West High School
  • Golf Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Analisa/ Meredith Martorano/Nowotarski

Resurrection's 1st Doubles Tennis Team placed 2nd at the GCAC Tennis Conference Meet and they earned ALL CONFERENCE Awards. Their overall record for the season is 11-5.

  • Analisa/ Meredith Martorano/Nowotarski
  • Resurrection College Prep HS
  • Tennis Girls Varsity
  • Junior

September 2015

Barrington Wade

Barrington helped lead the Niles North Vikings to victory over cross-town rival Niles West in their annual Skokie Skirmish match-up. He finished with 380 yards, 4 touchdowns, averaging 15.2 yards per carry on the day on 25 carries.

  • Barrington Wade
  • Niles North Athletics
  • Football Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Michelle Bacalla

Michelle Bacalla could not have had a better start to this season. Not only has she not lost a match yet, she has not even lost a SET yet. Michelle is absolutely dominating the competition. During her unbeaten streak, she has taken down 4 former State Qualifiers, two of them finished in the top 20 last year. And again, she has not even dropped a set, meaning none of them have been close thus far. Michelle also took 1st place in a 16-team Invitational tournament in Springfield on 9/5. That tournament was played in near 100 degree temperatures.

  • Michelle Bacalla
  • Niles North Athletics
  • Baseball Boys Varsity
  • Sophomore

August 2015

Fanuel Teclai

Senior Captain who led his team in the off season to an undefeated summer. Hard working and enthusiastic, he enjoys the game and provides a lift to all others on and off the field. A definite leader, he will find a way to be a major contributor this season. Wonderful player and a wonderful person.

  • Fanuel Teclai
  • Niles North Athletics
  • Soccer Boys Varsity
  • Senior
Haley Aichholzer

Haley has worked continuously since last season. She is in the gym every day. She works harder than anyone and strives to reach all of her goals. She is an excellent leader and helps everyone in the gym. She has been on Varsity since Freshman year and will be a captain this season!

  • Haley Aichholzer
  • Niles West High School
  • -
  • Junior