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Nate Field- Lacrosse
Last week when the varsity lacrosse team held its tryouts, attackman Nate Field impressed the coaches enough to make this year’s Varsity team as a freshman. Field was the only freshman to make Varsity this year. He is a speedy player and his ability to shake defenders creates lots of goal scoring opportunities. He has a good shot and is an excellent distributor of the ball. Additionally, he is very good with his stick; but what makes him such an impressive player is his understanding of the game. In lacrosse, the attackman who plays behind the net is the quarterback of the offense. To play behind the net as Field sometimes does, you have to not only have great skills but also have great knowledge of the game. Field’s knowledge of the sport along with his skills make for a great offensive player even at such a young age. Fellow attackman Chris Cavalaris describes his game by saying, “He is a shifty kid who can make guys miss. He has very good stick skills and understands lacrosse very well.” Field has the stick skills, the physical ability, and the mental understanding to be a great player for Lake Forest in the future.
Ingrid Falls, Nicole Doucette, Julia Loeger- Girls Soccer
Last week the tryouts for the girls varsity team were held and an incredible 8 freshmen made the Varsity team. Their names are Ingrid Falls, Alyssa Marquis, Sarah Bires, Julia Loeger, Sophia Divagno, Nicole Doucette, Ella Marquart, and Bridget Mitchell. This is a group of freshman that is extremely talented and has already accomplished a lot.
7 of the 8 girls all play for the same club team, LFSA. Their team has won 3 straight state championships. While all of the girls who made Varsity as freshmen are very talented, 3 girls in particular are even more outstanding. Ingrid Falls is a midfielder who is known for her very technical play. Senior forward Elena Walker compliments her skills by saying, “she always knows which slots are open and exactly how forceful to make each pass.” Another one of the outstanding freshmen on this years Varsity team is Julia Loeger. Also a midfielder, Walker summed up her talent by mentioning, “she’s really explosive and strong which makes her key in the midfield.” Another midfielder, Nicole Doucette, is known for her aggressive play style. Walker commented, “she’s really aggressive and isn’t hesitant to use her head to attack the ball.” These 3 girls will lead a fantastic class of 2020 soccer players that has the talent to accomplish a lot over the next 4 seasons.
Sophie Prozument – Gymnastics
This year the Lake Forest Varsity Gymnastics team had 2 freshmen on the team. One was Margaret Bires, who unfortunately was plagued by injury this season, and the other was Sophie Prozument. Prozument had a solid first season of her high school career and impressed many. She showed her overall ability for the sport with her performance in All-Around competitions and consistently helped the team score. Her best individual event is the bars and she has very advanced skills in the event. Prozument was the only team member that could do a giant, a very difficult maneuver where the gymnast does a full 360 degree rotation while in a fully extended position. It takes a tremendous amount of work to achieve this skill and senior Annabelle Capstick definitely took notice of Prozument’s work ethic. Capstick said, “she was very hard working and it showed through the skills she gained during the season.” Prozument’s teammates admire her skill but also appreciate how she is as a teammate and great person. Capstick describes Prozument’s impact on her teammates positively as well, “she was always full of energy and really fun to be around. She could always make anyone laugh.” If Prozument continues to keep up her hard work, she could be an exceptional gymnast.
Litsa Kapsalis- Debate/Model UN
In just her first year as a student at LFHS, freshman Litsa Kapsalis has become incredibly involved in many activities. She has participated in Debate, Model UN, Math Team, French Club, and Orchestra at the high school as well as piano competitions outside of school. One activity in particular in which she has excelled has been debate. She started debate in 7th grade and has progressed a lot since then. In ICDA (Illinois Congressional Debate Association) competitions, Kapsalis earned 5 nominations, one of which was at the Varsity level, and won 2nd place at 2 JV events. She also was invited to the state invitational. Kapsalis also did very well in JSA (Junior State of America) which is a competition modeled after the US congress. She won best speaker awards earlier this year at JSA’s Midwest Fall One-Day conference and at Lake Forest’s JSA conference. Debate coach John Wanninger said, “She’s been a great member of the team. She does great research and is a great speaker. She understands a lot about current events. She works hard and looks to improve herself a lot.” Litsa also had a very successful year in Model UN where she went to 2 conferences and got first in one and second in another.