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PEORIA, Ill. — In 2014, when then freshman Brett Chody ran a 17:55 to finish 17th and earn All-State honors as a freshman in the 3A State Meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Coach Steve Clegg was pleasantly surprised by the rapid improvement of his young star. On Saturday, three years (and many trials) later and on that same fateful track where Illinois cross country legacies are defined, Brett Chody responded again. Chody, a four-time state qualifier for the sport’s biggest stage in Peoria, ran a 17:05 (5:41.4 pace per mile) on Saturday in rain-soaked conditions at Detweiller Park to earn a 15th place finish, earning her another dose of All-State recognition, the second in her career and first since her freshman season.
Glenbard West’s Katelynn Hart won the 3A race with a time of 16:22, and was then followed by Evanston’s Enyaeva Michelin and Minooka’s Emily Shelton at 16:30. Chody’s conference rival, Libertyville’s Melissa Manetsch, finished 8th overall with a time of 16:44.
The lone competing representative from Lake Forest High School on Saturday afternoon–with teammates Emily Milburn and Mary Gregg, along with her coaches cheering her on–Chody cemented her cross country legacy by racing how she always has: tough. From battling through back spasms to finish fourth at last week’s Hoffman Estates Sectional with a time of 17:34, to pacing her team to the Sectional Championship with a 5th place finish in 2015 in brutal conditions, to being the wire-to-wire winner at the 2016 Libertyville Regional, Chody has always led the Scouts with toughness and pride.
Perhaps that’s exactly how the tough-minded junior–who battled a serious injury that kept her out of her junior track season last year–would like it. Chody, who is still deciding between Duke, USC, and Northwestern, will now look ahead to her senior track season where she will showcase her stride in the 3200m run as well as the 1600m and perhaps even the 800m. If anyone could do it, it’s Lake Forest High School senior Brett Chody.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.– Despite finishing 4th overall and just :37 off of the lead, set by Barrington’s Jocelyn Long, senior cross country star Brett Chody was not all smiles when crossing the finish line Saturday morning at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Hoffman Estates. Chody, a 5’6″ senior who has now qualified for the IHSA State Meet in all four of her high school cross country seasons, suffered back spasms at the 2 mile mark in Saturday’s race. Valiantly, however, Chody persevered. She will now have a chance to represent Lake Forest High School at Detweiller Park in Peoria for the fourth time in her high school career, a truly remarkable achievement.
By the numbers, Chody’s 17:34.5 on Saturday morning was the best cross country Sectional time of her career. Previously, she had posted a 17:50.7 last year at Waukegan, an 18:12.2 as a sophomore at Busse Woods, and a time of 18:25.5 as a freshman at the Kaneland 2A Sectional. Clearly, Chody has marked steady improvement over the course of her career and looks to make her biggest impact yet on the state tournament field this coming Saturday.
As mentioned prior, Barrington’s Jocelyn Long was the meet’s medalist with a time of 16:57, while Schaumburg’s Madison Marasco (17:00) and Libertyville’s Melissa Manetsch (17:02) were the only girls to cross the finish line before Chody.
Emma Millburn, a University of Illinois commit and Lake Forest’s second runner, finished with a time of 18:54.4 (45th) which fell short of state final qualification. Sophomore Nate Schmitt, who battled tirelessly in the boys race to turn in his best race of the season (15:23.3) fell just two seconds short of Zion-Benton’s Colin Luell for the last state-qualifying spot.
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Lake Forest freshman Kiley Rabjohns humbly ventured out to Buffalo Grove High School last Thursday, the site of the IHSA Girls Tennis State Finals tournament, just looking to do her best and have fun. Despite an undefeated regular season in a gruelingly competitive schedule for Lake Forest, the freshman–as modest as they come–had reasonable expectations.
Heading in to the late afternoon on Friday night, however, Rabjohns found herself in unfamiliar, rarified territory for any high school tennis player. The freshman had cruised past Hallie Leblebijian of Chicago (Lane) (6-0, 6-0) in her opening round match, only to power past Meera Baird of Metea Valley (6-2, 6-2) in the round of 32. When she reached the Sweet 16 in a tournament that featured the state’s best talent, the rest of the state took notice of the Lake Forest wunderkind, silently powering her way deep in to the bracket.
On Friday, Rabjohns would again make quick work of her opponent, this time Marta Mikos of Hinsdale South (6-1, 6-0). This plotted Rabjohns against Deerfield’s Emily Casati, one of the state’s best players. Despite battling valiantly, Rabjohns lost to Casati in two sets (6-2, 6-3), but gave the junior ranked 4th in the state of Illinois by Babolat, a run for her money.
Rabjohns would respond from her first loss of the season with three straight victories over Olivia Oosterban of Hinsdale Central, Zoe Taylor of NSC rival Stevenson, and Samantha Choi of Wheaton Warrenville South to earn the 5th place Consolation Championship. Rabjohns battled hard for her last win, ousting Choi in a three-set classic (4-6, 6-2, 6-4).
Kolie Allen of Glenbard East was the singles tournament’s eventual champion, outlasting Evanston’s Anastasia Goncharova in the final. Casati finished 3rd overall for Deerfield while Niles West’s Michelle Bacalla earned 4th. Whitney Young won the IHSA State Championship, while Stevenson and Hinsdale Central took 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Look for Kiley Rabjohns and the young Scouts core to rebound next year and compete for both individual and collective IHSA titles. The Scouts last won the team title in 2014, which was their 12th trophy overall in the program’s history. They also finished first in ’13, ’11, ’02, and ’03.
Join Chris Cavalaris and Bobby Winebrenner as they welcome LFHS alumnus and Purdue University reserve quarterback Danny Carollo (2016) to discuss football, college, and his influences at LFHS.
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It may seem that you have a long road ahead until your senior year, but it feels like yesterday I was in your shoes, playing on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings in front of a couple of parents. You will remember and look back at these moments, so enjoy every moment of the journey. You will encounter setbacks throughout the journey, but just remember: in every minor setback there will be a major comeback. You are made for the football field and are more than ready for the next four years of your life. Everybody on your team is going through the same thing as you, so there’s nothing to worry about. As long as you are committed and work hard, everything else will fall into place.
You start the freshman season not really knowing what to expect. Maybe I’ll play, maybe not, but be ready to play because you don’t have 60 players on your team. It’s more like 25-30. You’re going to get to play, and make sure you enjoy every moment of it, even the bad ones. You will miss the moments when you’re getting yelled at for not blocking the linebacker on offense or not keeping containment on defense. These are the moments that make you better. Without them you won’t get any better. Embrace each of them. This season you will be playing both ways–offense and defense–so you better make sure you are in good shape. In practice, go full speed the whole time, that’s how you get conditioned. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it takes the whole season. Enjoy this low-stress season, because right around the corner, you will be thrown into a ring of fire.
Sophomore season you have to step your game up another level. This is the summer that you finally get to attend your first Parkside Camp. At first you will be nervous, especially to stay with a senior, but there’s no reason to be nervous. They are there to help you. They know what to do and you don’t, so watch and listen to them. Parkside will come to an end and you will get the opportunity of a lifetime, and that’s to play on the Lake Forest High School Varsity Football Team. You worked so hard the whole offseason to get this opportunity, and it finally comes. You have to grow up and grow up fast. The time is now. You will be playing center, which is what you’ve played your whole life. It is nothing new, just another season of football. You wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity if they didn’t trust you. Trust yourself.
Junior year will roll around and you have every expectation to play center once again. Before the season begins you get the news that you get moved to defensive line, and you are in total shock. Trust the coaches: they know what they are doing. They have a plan that is going to work out. You go on and finish the season very strongly and will be ready for your senior year.
Senior year will come and you will learn to enjoy every moment you get to spend with the team. You will be a leader out there and just hope that it doesn’t go too fast. Cherish every second on that field with your teammates. It’s also time to play like a senior, no more playing like a sophomore or junior, you have to step up.
Every game, every practice, every meeting, every moment with your team, enjoy and embrace it. Because it will all come to an end. Make every moment matter.
Always remember: Lineman are people too.
Coming into the school thinking you’re a hot shot, because you won the 8th grade football championship. Oh, how you’ll learn fast what real football is like. Through all the lessons you’re about to learn in football, there are three that will apply not only to football, but to your life.
Lesson 1: Do everything full speed.
In football plays will happen fast. Things occur in seconds and the best players will know how to capitalize and make plays for their teams. There is no way to do this nicely, you are painfully slow. Like, turtle-level slow. You are thinking you’re fast–you’re not–work on your speed and it will make a difference. In games and practice you’re going to mess up plays; there is no way around it. Things will go wrong and you will look like a moron. Don’t be insecure when you mess up and wait for things to happen. Do whatever you’re doing at full speed. In life, this applies to everything. Never start anything without going all in and giving everything you’ve got, because if you into things half speed, you will get half of the results you want.
Lesson 2: Don’t be afraid of the big guy.
On the field you will encounter some kids that look like they should be in the NFL, they will be double what you are in weight and height. You will also run into every recruiting website favorite player. Whether it’s the Mountain from Game of Thrones-looking offensive line or the next “Jerry Rice” that you are playing, don’t let that phase you. Play your game. That big guy might smack you in the mouth one time or even a couple, but don’t let that change your game. Get back up and play the next play. Continue to do what you do best. Throughout life you are going to have a larger figure that will be imposing and want to make you feel like the little guy; never let that person scare you into something you’re not. Do what you have to do to be successful, and do not let others impact that.
Lesson 3: Don’t try to do to someone else’s job
Do your job and your job only. On the field you will want to be the guy that makes all the plays, but focus on your task and no others. That’s what football is about–holding your end of the rope. You have to learn to trust that your teammates will do their job. If you focus on your assignment, the plays will come your way and you will be the player that makes all the plays because you did your part, on and off the field. Trust your instruction form your coaches and Do. Your. Job. In life, you’re going to want to always do more and more but you have to be careful not to overload yourself. Focus your attention on one task and move to the next one when you’re ready.
Learning to do just your job, not being afraid of the big guy, and doing everything at game speed are three lessons that will guide you throughout your high school years. You’re going to learn these lessons by making mistakes.You’re coming into high school after your sister graduated and a couple years after both your brothers left. In high school, people are going to tell you how great they all were and all the great things they did. You’re going to hear about Connor and how good he was at football or how your other siblings were remarkably smart and social. Everyone will tell you that “you’re not going to be as good as Connor,” “He’s at Notre Dame. No way you will ever be at his level of ability.” Don’t listen to that because they don’t know you. They don’t see the work. Continue to do what you’re doing and be the player you have always dreamed of becoming. I’ll leave you with one last thing: forget the mistake but always remember to listen.
Congratulations, you’ve made it this far. Forget about middle school, you’re in the big leagues now. If you thought you can come into the high school and think you’re the talk of the town, well, you’re wrong. You are now approaching your freshman year which, in fact, will not be the greatest of the next four years. To succeed in high school you should take my advice; here are a few rules regarding your schooling and your social status at Lake Forest High School.
Rule #1: School Matters Now
You may not know this, but in high school, education is to be taken seriously. You and I both know that doing your homework and studying for tests is not your strong suit at all. Unfortunately, that’s going to have to change. In order to get good grades in high school you have to actually do your homework. I know, it’s a crazy concept. I myself have held my weight with doing minimal amounts of work outside of school. But if you want to be a great student, you have to prioritize yourself at home and sit down and do your work for once. I promise it’s not that bad–you just have to do it.
Rule #2: Know That You Are At The Bottom of The Totem Pole
Time to rid yourself of your arrogant, overconfident qualities you developed at DPM because you’re in eighth grade. If you walk into the big glass doors in the commons thinking you’re the bee’s knees, you’re wrong. No senior–no matter what your social resume may contain–will ever turn his or her head and say, “Wow! Ryan Durburg is the man.” Instead, come to the high school and make sure to put yourself out there, but don’t make a fool out of yourself. Freshman are pond scum to upperclassmen. They, for the most part, don’t want any part of you. That doesn’t mean you can’t talk to them. There’s a lot of good guys out there that will give you the time of day. Be yourself and don’t try to flaunt a personality you don’t have. And whatever it may pertain to, don’t be that guy. But don’t worry, it gets better as you get older.
Rule #3: Challenge Yourself
This rule is just as crucial as the rest of them. You’re going to sign up for classes with some rigor, but the rest of them are going to be a complete bore for you because they are not challenging enough. I promise you, it’s not worth it to cop out of a math or social studies class because the material seems too hard. Instead of having to put in a little more for an honors credit, you’re going to get bored with standard level classes and put them aside. It’s hard for you to learn in a class you don’t enjoy, and I don’t blame you. It’d be criminal for you to enjoy a boring class. My best advice for you is to sign up for a class that pushes you that extra mile. Trust me, it’s worth it. This isn’t just for classes either. Go out and sign up for a club or join a new sport. You don’t want to be the guy who goes home right after school and do nothing. Keep yourself occupied, because if you start to get bored, you’re going to get yourself in trouble one way or another.
Well, that’s all I got for you, the rest I’ll let you figure out for yourself. Take this new chapter seriously and put yourself out there. Know your role in this school and grind it out until senior year.
LAKE FOREST, Ill.–No two cross country courses are created equal. Depending on elements, elevation, hills and other terrain, each day and each separate course presents a new challenge. Even with all that being said, a set a course record is every bit as impressive as it sounds.
On Tuesday night in west Lake Forest, senior Brett Chody–an All-State athlete, high honors student who had just returned from her official visit to Duke University in Durham, NC over the weekend–clocked in at 16:57.3 in a 3-mile dual meet race against Zion-Benton. To put that into perspective, Chody, who won first place honors in the event, finished 2:46 seconds before Zion-Benton freshman Kelsey Hamilton, who finished 2nd overall.
Chody, who has battled injury throughout her career, seems to be hitting her stride in this, her senior season for the Scouts. Her personal record times have improved each year, which is an especially remarkable feat considering that cross country athletes often peak at the beginning of their high school careers. Chody’s times have not tapered, but rather have improved steadily. In her 9th grade season on the varsity, her fastest time was 17:55; her sophomore and junior years both yielded a time of 17:26.5 as her personal best; this year, however, Chody’s mark of 16:57.3, a number that will live on in West Campus cross country lore is her now personal best overall. Even within the season, Chody has shown marked improvement in her times. In her first meet of the season, the Hinsdale Hornet-Red Devil Invitational on September 2nd, Chody ran an 18:13.7 on a very difficult course. And although the West Campus course is a relatively flat, simple course, shaving 1:44 off of any time is no small victory.
With the NSC championship, IHSA Regionals and Sectionals, and the IHSA State Meet at Detweiler Park in Peoria waiting ahead, the best is certainly yet to come for the fleet-footed senior. After her cross country season is complete, Chody will decide from a list of colleges courting her athletic and academic talents that includes the likes of Duke, Southern California, California-Berkeley, Michigan, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt.
The boys from the All Talk No Shop podcast welcome the varsity dance team captains to discuss their season. Also, the boys welcome on classmate Kyle Wix to discuss all things protest, boneless wings, and Declarations of Independence.
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Like many Lake Forest student athletes before her, including Justin McMahon (Boys Basketball), Andrew Athenson (Football), and Meghan McGrail (Volleyball)–all from the class of 2017–senior Maeve Summerville saw something in DePauw University that caught her eye.
Summerville, a 6’1″ forward who injured her knee this summer and is likely to miss the beginning of the Scouts basketball season come November, has decided on DePauw to continue her collegiate basketball career. Though she is out of action while intensely rehabbing her knee and working towards her return, Summerville’s mind is still dominated by basketball. “I give her a lot of credit,” added Scouts Girls Basketball Head Coach Kyle Wilhelm. “She has kept her mind towards rehabbing and has approached a tough situation very positively. There are great things ahead for her, both at LFHS and DePauw.”
DePauw University, a small, liberal arts college in Greencastle, Indiana comprised of about 2,300 undergraduate students, has become a desired destination for many Lake Forest High School student athletes looking to extend their athletic careers at the Division III level. Though she had moderate interest from some Division I programs, Summerville has decided that DePauw is the school that suits both her athletic and academic skills best.
As a junior, Summerville was among the Scouts’ leaders in scoring along with freshman Halle Douglass and Delaney Williams, who has since extended her playing career to Wittenberg University in Ohio. Summerville also led the Scouts in rebounding, using her 6’1″ frame to corral plenty of second chance opportunities for the Scouts. Her three point touch combined with her rebounding athleticism makes her one of Coach Wilhelm’s most versatile players.
Look for Maeve Summerville and the Scouts to build off last season’s successes, which included their first IHSA Regional title since 2005, this winter.
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After being forced to the sidelines for the entire spring track season of her junior year, Lake Forest Cross Coutnry’s Brett Chody is set to make her return to the course.
This Saturday when the Scouts take on Hinsdale Central at Katherine Legge Park in Hinsdale, the Scouts lineup will feature one of the state’s best distance runners for the first time since November 5th of 2016. That day, Chody turned in a performance that most runners would be proud of, but it was a race to forget for the competitive senior who turned 17 last week.
After posting a time of 17:50.7 in the 3 mile course at the Waukegan 3A Regional Championship a year ago–which earned her 6th place in that event–Chody fell back to 18:17.0 in the IHSA State Meet in early November, a far cry from her 17:26.0 personal record at Detweiler Park at the IHSA Championships the previous year.
Since then Chody has been anxiously awaiting her return and a chance to reclaim her reputation as one of the state’s premiere runners. This summer, she spent the entire three month break from school training in Crested Butte, Colorado at elevations between 7600 and 9600 feet per day with some of the most talented young runners in the world.
With her college decision looming in the future, Saturday’s race marks a new, important chapter in the return journey of one of Lake Forest High School’s most talented athletes.
This weekend the defending IHSFHA State Champion Lake Forest Scouts take their unblemished record on the road. On Saturday the Scouts will head south to Wilmette where they will face the Loyola Ramblers on their home turf at Munz Campus.
The Scouts, who are led by University of Iowa signee Catherine Nicholson, Maggie Mick, Sarah Considine, and a slew of other quality performers, face off against the Ramblers after boasting early season wins over Oak Park River Forest and Evanston on the road.
Goalie Barbara Canty has yet to allow a goal on the young season as the Scouts blanked both OPRF and Evanston 6-0. Saturday’s game will begin at 10:00 AM as the Scouts look to check off an early season test.
Over the weekend, John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights played host to the IHSA State Finals Boys Tennis tournament, which featured the Lake Forest Scouts, the Warren High School Sectional Champion, and a slate of the other top tennis talent in the state of Illinois.
Over the course of the 3-day tournament, the doubles teams of Daniel Beedle and Jack Pasquella and Jack Armstrong and Connor Polender competed alongside singles players Will Zordani and Oleksi Vyshyvanyuk.
As for the singles tournament, Zordani finished in the top 20 overall, bowing out to Tytus Metzler of Auburn H.S. in Rockford (0-6, 1-6) in the second round. Vyshyvanyuk also finished in the top 25. The sophomore won his first match over Varun Menon of Rockton-Hononegah without losing a game before falling to Notre Dame’s Nick Hebda (1-6, 0-6).
In the doubles tournament, the duo of Jack Armstrong and Connor Polender made it all the way to the state semifinals before falling to Edwardsville’s Alex Gray and Zach Trimpe (1-6, 1-6). In the third place match, Armstrong and Polender rebounded in a gutty, 3-set victory over Glenbrook South’s tandem of Sabastien DesRoberts and Rohan Gupta (3-6, 6-2, 7-5). Daniel Beedle and Jack Pasquella bowed out to the same doubles team that Armstrong and Polender eventually beat, earning a revenge victory for the Scouts’ team.
The Scouts’ individual successes contributed to a great team finish as Lake Forest secured a fourth place finish overall, trailing only Naperville Central, New Trier, and Hinsdale Central in the tournament standings.
The 2017 season marks Lake Forest High School’s first state trophy in Boys Tennis since the 2014 season, when Coach Corky Leighton led the Scouts to back-to-back-to-back trophies in ’12, ’13, and ’14. The Scouts have 3 team state championships earned in ’86, ’03, and ’04. Congratulations to the Lake Forest High School Varsity Boys Tennis team on an outstanding season.
On this episode of the Cavo and Sidles Show, Chris sits down with LFHS Track and Field’s Haley Click, who recently finished in 8th place in the state in the 300 m low hurdles and will be attending the University of Michigan next fall.
The Lake Forest Scouts Boys Track and Field tram placed 7th in their NSC meet at Warren Township High School on Thursday evening. Lake Zurich won the NSC, followed by Stevenson and Zion-Benton to round out the top three.
Tyjuan Scott was the highest finisher for the Scouts in his event, finishing 2nd in the NSC by clearing 5’11”. The 4x 200m relay team of Pooler, Trachsel, Sullivan, and Edwards finished 3rd in the league in their respective event.
We all know that every second counts in track. However, on Thursday night at Loyola Academy in the Girls Track and Field Sectional, the 4x 800m relay team of Emma Milburn, Grace Bentley, Courtney Schmidt, and Sydney Barber proved that each tenth of a second counts as they qualified by .2 seconds.
Aside from the aforementioned qualification, the 4x 100m relay of Haley Click, Sydney Leonardi, Kamila Orbzut and Anafran Curry also qualified while the 4x 400m relay team of Emma Milburn, Haley Click, Sydney Barber, and Grace Bentley also qualified. Along with the relay reams, Olivia Vallone qualified in the 100m hurdles, Haley Click qualified in the 300m hurdles, and Emma Milburn qualified in the 800 m run.
The IHSA State Finals are held in Charleston, Illinois at O’Brien field on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The competition will be held on Thursday, May 18th all the way through Saturday, May 20th.
On this week’s episode of the Cavo and Sidles Podcast, Chris and Charlie welcome Hannah Bell, the recent recipient of the North Suburban Conference Sportsmanship Award, and Delaney Williams to discuss the Girls Varsity Soccer season.