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Another week of school yielded yet another field hockey and soccer double header at West Campus. The field hockey team hosted Lakes Community High School while the boys soccer team hosted Lake Zurich. The field hockey team took the field first looking to start the evening off with a win.
The Scouts were undefeated at the beginning of last week, but three losses over the course of a few days left a bitter taste in the mouths of the players. The girls looked to come out fast and aggressive to avenge their losses despite being without their top senior, Catherine Nicholson, who was sidelined with hip problems. The Scouts needed someone to step up in the absence, and they found that answer with junior Maggie Mick. Just two minutes into the game, Mick slammed the ball into the back of the goal to quickly put the Scouts up 1-0. Mick did not let up on her game at all as she found the net just a few minutes later for her second goal of the game. With the Scouts leading 2-0, junior Sarah Considine showed her hard hitting power. The powerful midfielder, looking to fill the shoes of the injured Nicholson, slammed a shot from nearly twenty yards away into the back of the goal with a loud thump that rang throughout Varsity Field. Considine had shown strong hits earlier in the game, but nobody was expecting a shot of that distance to end up in the goal.
After a 3-0 lead at the half, the Scouts came out looking to add on to their impressive first half performance. With the hat trick within reach, Mick came out with a lot of aggressiveness as she looked for her third goal of the game. After some back and forth between both offenses, senior Ava Caputo centered a pass to Mick who fired a shot into the goal to reach three goals and claim the elusive hat trick honors. Head Coach Cat Catanzaro knew she needed her younger players to step up, and that is exactly what she received from the play of Mick and Considine in the Scouts’ 6-0 win over Lakes. In fact, the junior class accounted for five of the six goals Tuesday, as Bridget McGreevy added another goal in the second half.
The Scouts were able to avenge their tough losses over the weekend as they got back on track with the win Tuesday. The Scouts will host their nearby rival, Deerfield High School, on Saturday at 10:30am on the West Campus turf. Be sure to come and support the field hockey team for that game as some great support will continue to fuel the success of this year’s season.
With the field hockey game out of the way, the boys soccer team took to the field looking to turn their season around with a win over Lake Zurich. The game started off at a quick pace as both teams got the ball down into enemy territory. However, strong goalie play from Lake Forest’s John Walsh and Lake Zurich’s Connor Trebac kept some crafty shots from finding the net. At the end of the first half, the score remained tied even after many scoring opportunities.
The second half of the soccer game started out just like the first half with both teams exchanging blows looking for the go ahead goal. With just over twenty minutes left in the game, the Scouts were called for a penalty in the box, which gave Lake Zurich a penalty shot and a great chance to take the lead. Lake Zurich’s Joe Heffernan took the shot and kicked the ball low and hard towards the left side of the goal. Scouts goalkeeper John Walsh guessed correctly, but his dive to the left came up just short and the ball got in the net to put Lake Zurich up 1-0. The Scouts battled hard for the rest of the game to try and even the score, but they fell short in the effort and eventually lost 1-0 to the Bears.
The boys soccer team will look to right the ship on Saturday night as they host New Trier High School at 6pm on the Varsity Field turf. Saturday will mark another opportunity for Scout fans to come out to West Campus and support both the field hockey and soccer teams.
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The boys golf team looked to end a busy week with a win over the Mundelein Mustangs Thursday night at Lake Bluff Golf Club. A win Thursday would give the Scouts the conference sweep after the Waukegan match was postponed and later canceled.
With that chance in mind, the Scouts looked to come out red hot, and that is exactly what they did. Junior Danny Fisher started fast with a birdie on his opening hole thanks to a lengthy putt from the back of the green. On his fourth hole, Fisher stuck a beautiful approach from 220 yards and lag putted up for another birdie. Fisher ended up leading the way for the Scouts as he finished with a round of 33. Fisher’s playing partner, Scott Frevert, had a back and forth round as he finished at 36 (E). Frevert stuck some solid approach shots near the hole, but the recently aerated greens at Lake Bluff caused the senior to miss a putts that he normally drains. Despite the difficult conditions, the Frevert and Fisher group produced low scores once again, which pleased Coach Jim Matheson after a tough fourth place finish over the weekend.
The Scouts finished with 143 total strokes which was more than enough to defeat the 158 strokes from Mundelein. The Scouts defended their home course all year long, which allowed them to cap off a successful regular season run. The Scouts will place all their players in action on Saturday as the top six travels to Countryside Golf Club, and the others travel to Steeple Chase Golf Club and Chevy Chase Golf Club.
Conference finals begin in just one and a half weeks as the Scouts look to continue a very successful season with a possible trip down to State.
Dear Student Body,
I know many of you will glance over this article, or are too busy to read the whole thing, so I’ll give you the quick summary now so my message gets across. Our student attendance at sporting events–and the football games in particular–has been downright embarrassing thus far in 2017. Our football team deserves a better student section and school spirit. With it being homecoming week, I encourage every student to come out Friday night at 7pm for the football game. It is time we step up as a student body and show our school spirit and pride with a full student section for the entire game. With that said, I’ll dive into more detail as to what is actually going on here.
If you were one of the few people that attended last week’s football game you may have noticed the sparsely populated student section, and the Stevenson High School students that packed their visiting side of the bleachers. If you stayed beyond the second half, you may have also witnessed the mass exodus of Lake Forest students leaving after halftime as well. I understand the ACT may have been the following day, but the attendance on Friday was shameful for a big home game for our football team. We played a strong Stevenson team that should have drawn a big, rowdy crowd. Instead, attendance was light and by the third quarter the Stevenson student section had more people in it than we did.
Let that sink in.
We were embarrassed mightily by a rival school–a school we consider one of our fiercest rivals–at our own field. As a big Scout athletics fan, I found this attendance to be extremely disappointing. I was disconcerted that my school could barely show up for a home game, while the other team’s bleachers were full of pride and support. After the game, I realized something had to be done to get our student body more involved and supportive of our school.
Since the Forest Scout newspaper began, there have been many well-crafted articles regarding student participation. Articles have encouraged students to go to homecoming, turnabout, prom, etc. While the articles were persuasive and well-versed, the students did not seem to heed the advice of participating fully in school activities. I am writing this article to get students to think twice about the choices they make. If they truly believe not going to the game to support their peers is the right choice for them, then so be it. Hopefully, after reading this article and considering the options at hand, students will gain a new perspective and thought process of what it means to be a student here, and what it means to support your friends and the school.
After last year’s class graduated, I sort of flowed into the role of one of the Scout Nation leaders. Scout Nation is the club dedicated to supporting our school’s athletic programs. Last year, our senior class did a solid job in supporting their classmates’ achievements on the field by going to support them at their games. When I got to high school, one of the biggest things I looked forward to was having the ability to support the athletic programs and my fellow peers on the field. Listen: I understand I am a big sports fan–probably much bigger than I should be–but I think anyone can appreciate going to support their own friends when they play. I play for the baseball team, and I think it’s awesome when my friends come and watch us play. For this reason, I understand how the football players and other athletes must feel when they look up and see a sparse student section. A filled student section does a lot for the pride and morale of the team (see football player Colin Lochiatto’s piece on the subject). A filled student section shows that the student body cares and is ready to support their team no matter the result. While we may have no impact on the field, the players feel valued and supported when their friends and peers are out there watching them play.
Scout Nation has done a lot on social media to promote each sport and their respective games. I’ll be the first one to admit we can do a better job at cheering and having more fun at the games, and as Scout Nation leader I must shoulder a lot of the load myself. But it is also on you, the students, to show up and stay at the games. It is on you to make the choice to support your friends instead of staying home and making poor decisions. I understand there are other things you can be doing on Friday nights, but here’s the thing: there will be hundreds and hundreds of weekend nights in your life to party it up, but there will only be about twenty home games in your high school career, depending on the circumstances. So save it. The point is, very soon there will be no more opportunities to go and watch your friends compete for your school. You’ll soon be watching athletes in giant stadiums often fit for hundreds of thousands of people that you don’t know and have no personal connection with. These people at LFHS at your classmates. Many of them are your friends. They deserve your support.
You can do all the other stuff on Friday nights later in your life, but during your high school career you should spend the time supporting your fellow peers out on the field. Unlike a school dance or activity, a sporting event is an easy way to have fun with a school activity. You don’t have to worry about dates, dresses, or friend groups. At the games, it is all about being one student body for Lake Forest High School and having fun cheering on our fellow peers. That’s about as easy and fun as it gets.
As we all know, this week is homecoming week. There is no better time to start showing your school spirit and support of our our students. Throughout the week, I have seen many students participating in spirit week, which is a great sign of school spirit. With the pep rally during school, and the cookout before the game, there are plenty of opportunities to show up and support the Scouts. On behalf of Scout Nation, I encourage everyone to show up and cheer on our football team on Friday night. You don’t have to love football, or be the craziest fan out there (of course we would love that kind of support), but we do want you there. We want everyone to show up and display their commitment and pride for our school. That is what these activities are all about: taking pride in your school and your peers out on the field. For those of you that decide not to come, I hope you think twice about what you choose to do otherwise. The one thing I know is that those who decide to show up to the game will have a great time supporting their school and their team. Win or lose, big crowd or small, we are all Scouts and that is what this week is all about. There is no exclusivity with Scout Nation. Come one, come all. The more, the absolute merrier.
The football game is Friday night at 7pm vs. Warren Township High School. Student Council is hosting a cookout at West Campus before the game starting at 5:30pm. For Scout Nation, we are keeping it simple quite simple. Wear your best blue and gold Scout gear and show up with a great attitude and spirit. I encourage everyone to show up, pack the stands, and embrace everything the game has to offer. Grab your friends, carpool, wear coordinated outfits, text in a group chat, whatever you have to do to get as many people there as possible. Our football team deserves and needs your support to get back on track. It is on us, the students, to do our job and show our support to our friends out on the field. Let’s end homecoming week together with great school spirit at West Campus as we watch our Scouts get back on track with a big win over the Warren Blue Devils.
See you all Friday.
P.S. Please do not sit down in the student section. It looks stupid. If you want to sit, wait for halftime, in between quarters, or sit in the parent section.
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It was a big Thursday evening at West Campus as Field Hockey and Boys Soccer played back-to-back games. Field Hockey hosted Francis Parker High School from Chicago and soccer hosted the mighty Stevenson Patriots.
Francis Parker showed up late to Varsity Field so play got underway around 5pm. Both teams got out to a slow start as a defensive game prevailed. After spending much of the first half with possession on their side of the field, the Scouts finally broke through as junior Sarah Considine hit a ball that ricocheted off of a Francis Parker player and into the net, giving the Scouts a goal. Lake Forest led 2-0 after the first half and went on to score four more goals in the second half en route to a 6-0 victory over Francis Parker. The juniors showed a lot of life for the Scouts on Thursday as Bridget McGreevy and Madden Plante netted goals as well. After the Field Hockey victory, it was time for the boys soccer team to defend the West Campus turf.
A solid Stevenson team came into town looking to keep a strong year going, but the Scouts were looking to avenge their 2-0 loss to Mundelein earlier in the week. After a little bit of passive play and back and forth, the Scouts finally broke the tie with a goal from senior Austin Pinderski. It was hard to tell what happened in the chaos, but Pinderski was given the goal as the ball careened off a Stevenson player and into the net. The Scouts took the 1-0 lead in the first half and did not seem to even think of giving it up. The defense defended the lead for the rest of the game thanks to solid play from senior defensemen Joe Williams, Jack Page, and Chris Svigos. Time eventually ran out on Stevenson’s attempts to tie the game so the Scouts held on to win 1-0.
Overall, it was an entertaining evening of sports at West Campus as both teams had great victories. Both teams will be back in action on Saturday as Field Hockey travels to New Trier at 3pm, and soccer heads to Buffalo Grove for an 11am kick.
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Instead of heading north for the weekend, the Varsity boys golf team headed south to Buffalo Grove Golf Course where they looked to keep a successful season going. While the Scouts cruised to victory against Stevenson earlier in the week, it would take a stronger performance to keep their winning ways alive on Saturday. Stevenson, New Trier, and Glenbrook North were some of the notable opponents that the Scouts would have to battle even harder to take home the Buffalo Grove Invitational.
Golf got underway on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon as the top six from each team headed out to do battle for eighteen holes. The setup was untraditional at the BG invite as each team would take the best four scores from each nine holes instead of the overall eighteen. This awkward setup did not change the mindset of the Scouts players as they looked to be smart and aggressive to conquer a tricky Buffalo Grove course.
Senior Jed Thomas got off to a quick start with three early birdies on the front nine. However, it was a roller coaster round as Thomas unfortunately suffered a few bogeys later on the front as well. The wild round ended with five birdies and an eagle, but also six bogeys and a double as Thomas finished with a round of 73 (+1). Junior Danny Fisher played the front nine well, too, as he was two under par at the turn. Fisher carded a solid round of 72 (E), but it definitely could have been better as he surrendered an unfortunate double bogey on the tricky eighteenth hole. The stoic and consistent Connor Polender played well once again as he finished at 72 (E) as well. Polender carved his way through a challenging Buffalo Grove course with precision and design as he helped out the Scouts’ score Saturday as he has been doing all year.
Team captain Scott Frevert fired another strong round of 70 (-2). The senior placed second overall in the invitational and recorded five birdies and three bogeys. In fact, he hit an incredible seventeen out of eighteen greens in regulation and his only bogeys came from three putts after hitting the green in regulation. Frevert was consistent with his ball striking once again, and showed the leadership and game on the course that coach Jim Matheson was looking for Saturday.
Overall, the Scouts combined for 141 strokes on the front nine and 145 strokes on the challenging back side. With those scores the Scouts finished with 286 total strokes which was good enough to beat New Trier by two strokes and Stevenson by four. The Scouts played very well on Saturday, but the other north shore teams showed that nothing will be easy for the rest of the season. In order to keep a strong season alive this team will have to continue their strong and consistent play to keep the wins going. Lake Forest will host Libertyville on Tuesday at Knollwood Country Club and then travel down to Exmoor Country Club for a triangular match on Wednesday. Capping off a busy week for the Scouts will be a match at Lake Bluff against Mundelein on Thursday.
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