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There are, as we know, many talented people who attend Lake Forest High School. Often, however, it is the upperclassmen–the student-athletes on the Varsity teams or the intellectuals in the classes with the most academic rigor–who get the majority of the accolades. In this 4 part series, 16 under 16, highlights 16 freshman with exceptional talent in sports, school, clubs, or other activities. Here are the next 4 freshman to be featured. This week’s profiles have been provided by Peter Elliott, John Torosian, and Kyle Wix.
Kai Kroeger cannot wait to hear his name booming over the public address speakers at Varsity Field. He is prepared to play under the watchful eyes of over a 1,000 Scout fans clad in blue. He is primed to accept the clamoring of cowbells after every play. He is ready for Friday night lights.
Following a productive sophomore season this fall, the football star is looking forward, and hopes to make his name a fixture around the fields at West Campus this summer.
Billed at 6-foot-2 and 180-pounds, Kroeger is skilled enough to play three ways, at quarterback, wide receiver, and punter. With his versatility, there’s a good chance that Kroeger could be his team’s Punt, Pass, and Kick champion. This season, he threw for four touchdowns and reeled in five touchdowns at receiver. In addition, he started at punter against in the Varsity team’s game against Riverside-Brookfield in which he boomed five punts at a 45-yard average.
Kroeger has played football since he was in the second grade, and he says it is his favorite sport, even though he also plays rugby and intramural basketball. This author can certainly attest to his skills on the basketball court.
The future ― and lights ― are bright for Kroeger.
-Words courtesy of Peter Elliott
Throughout the varsity swim meets this past winter, freshman Colin Kingsley could consistently be seen standing on the bulkhead cheering on his teammates. While other swimmers hustled from this area to the starting blocks, Colin remained on the bulkhead, clothed head-to-toe in the team gear. An extraordinary distance swimmer, Colin was robbed of his season when he tore his labrum. This unfortunate injury usually demands six months to one year for full recovery from most athletes, and for Colin, this meant the entire swim season, which happened to be Colin’s first. Many would chose to drop swimming following such a tough injury, but Colin decided to stick with it and cheer on his teammates. Furthermore, he loaded his academic schedule with challenging courses like Latin 2 Honors, Chemistry Honors, and PSGH. This summer, Colin hopes to rebuild his swimming skills with the Scouts club program, in which he specializes in the 500 yard and 200 yard freestyle – some of the most grueling events.
–Words courtesy of John Torosian
If you strolled into Mr. Busse’s fifth period wellness class you would find a quiet, yet motivated individual by the name of Lily Bryant. In school, she gets her work done, supports her classmates, and lives each day with a positive attitude. Outside of school, however, is where Bryant has turned heads, as she’s made her mark on the girls varsity soccer team.
As a starter, Bryant is an integral part of the Scouts defense that has been keeping opposing offenses at bay all season long. Even though she is one of the youngest players on the team, Bryant’s upbeat attitude and impressive skills have helped her cement a spot among the best soccer players in the school. With her attitude, talent, and commitment, Bryant will continue to make her teammates and team better for years to come.
Practice makes perfect.
If there’s anything that Patrick Williams has learned in close to ten years of playing music, those would be his simple words of advice. The freshman student recognizes how cheesy and obvious that guidance is, but he knows it can be forgotten all too easily.
In his first year with the Lake Forest orchestra, Williams, who plays tuba, has stuck close to those instructions, and his persistence has paid off.
“It is a very good program and I really like the directors and how the class is tough,” says Williams.
While he is fully adept at the tuba, he hasn’t always played the instrument. In the sixth grade, Williams made the switch from strings to brass, by trading in his cello for a tuba.
“I switched because I always wanted to be a tuba player and the band needed one as well,” remarks the 15-year-old.
While some may be coerced into music from their parents, Williams has always had an attraction to orchestra. He still enjoys it, and views it as a bright spot in his day, “I have it at fourth period, so I do see it as a mental break.”
Williams, who is quiet, but quick to flash a smile, is excited by the prospect of another three years of music at the high school. Three years chalk full of practice.
–Words courtesy of Peter Elliott
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“Take your mark.”
A second later, a horn beeps, launching eight swimmers into the water for the most important race of their lives. As the water splashes and waves surge, Frenchman Camille Lacourt surges to the front in the final of the 100 meter backstroke in the 2012 Olympics. In less than half a minute, the swimmers reach the halfway point, disappear underwater, and turn for home.
As the leaders shoot up to the surface from below, a 6’8” giant from Lake Forest, Illinois rises up with his head out ahead of the pack. Powered by his confidence and meticulous stroke, Matt Grevers shoots into the lead. For the swimmers, years upon years of training and commitment has boiled down to just 50 meters. With fans frantically screaming and water slapping, Grevers remains calm and smooth in the water. His lead grows inch by inch until he extends his long arms and touches the wall. He pivots his head around and analyzes the leaderboard. The results flood onto the screen and without any hesitation Grevers lets out a jubilant smile and fist pumps to his family in the bleachers. After 27 years, a childhood dream has come true. Matt Grevers is an individual Olympic gold medalist.
The journey to Olympic gold started before Grevers was born. Both his parents had swimming in their veins, as his mother was a swim coach and his father played water polo. Once they had children, Grevers’ parents knew what their kids were destined to do. Grevers’ older sister and older brother both swam, so once Matt came along he simply had no choice. “The family car was always going to the pool,” recalled Grevers, “so it was either I got in the pool, or I sat in the hot, chlorinated stands.”
Once Grevers began swimming, it was clear he possessed the skills and the frame to be a special swimmer. At age five, a time when most kids haven’t even learned to swim, Grevers was already swimming competitively. By age ten, Grevers was one of the fastest kids in the water and was confident in his abilities to build a special career in the future.
Propelled by an impressive youth career, Grevers began the next phase of his journey as a freshman at Lake Forest High School. Despite being a decorated swimmer for his age, Grevers still struggled, as most freshman do, with his first day of high school. “I walked around school all day with my insecurities, but once I finally got to the pool I felt confident. I said, ‘this is my spot. This is home.’”
During high school, Grevers practiced everyday from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. If he was in swimming season, Grevers would swim in the morning three days a week and then head back into the pool after school to work on his skills yet again. Despite the strenuous hours and constant work, Grevers was motivated by his high school coach and mentor, Lea Mauer, to keep at it. Mauer, the Lake Forest swimming coach from 1995 to 2005, swam at Stanford and won Olympic medals in the 1992 games. “She had done all the things that I wanted to do,” Grevers said, “so listening to her was easy because she proved she was capable of doing it all.” With his trust, Mauer took Grevers under her wing and molded him into a better swimmer and student.
After an uneventful first two years with the varsity team, Grevers and his teammates made a commitment to each other that they would train harder to be more successful in Grevers’ junior year. Led by Grevers and their hard work, Lake Forest qualified for the state finals in 2002. In dramatic form, the state title came down to Naperville Central and Lake Forest with one race making the difference: the 4×100 freestyle relay. If Lake Forest won the race, they would become state champions.
In the final, Grevers was the anchor on the freestyle relay team and began his leg of the race over three seconds behind the leaders. He dove into the water and swam the first 50 yards at a brisk pace. “I didn’t breathe much on the first 50 meters because breathing slows you down,” said Grevers. He took a chance by exchanging stamina for speed, but that choice ended up hurting Grevers and the team. Exhausted from his first 50 meters, Grevers failed to close the gap in the second half of the race, which meant Lake Forest missed out on first place by just .11 seconds.
“I was pissed,” recalled Grevers, “I felt like I let the entire team down. After the race, I wanted nothing to do with the second place medal they gave us.”
Grevers was down on himself for a long time until he realized how his attitude was affecting the team. “I realized that they way one person handles himself can bring the entire team down, but on the other hand, one person also has the ability to bring the team up. To this day, I keep that second place medal with me wherever I go as a reminder of that moment and the way I acted.”
The following year, Grevers and his team made it back to the state finals and won in dominant fashion, giving Lake Forest its first men’s state title in school history.
Following a historic high school career, Grevers moved on to Northwestern University. In his collegiate career, Grevers won multiple national titles and received 27 All-America honors. As one of the rising names in the sport, Grevers qualified for the 2008 United States Olympic team. In the 2008 games in Beijing, he managed to win silver in the 100 meter backstroke along with other medals for his contributions in preliminary races. Four years later at the Olympic games in London, Grevers won an individual gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke, as his journey finally reached its long awaited destination.
The journey to Olympic gold was not always a glamorous one. Grevers battled through the pain on his body and through his muscles during the never ending practices. He dealt with the countless expectations and pressures on him to succeed. And, he gave up multiple social gatherings with friends and family in exchange for time spent working on his swimming career. Despite the pain and the sacrifice, Grevers says he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. “I don’t think there were any sacrifices made. I think the lifestyle I chose was great for me because even if I didn’t accomplish my goals, I was happy.”
This past Friday, Grevers and his family pulled into the Lake Forest High School parking lot, not to watch Matt race, but to watch him be inducted into the school’s Wall of Fame. As the highlight of the day’s events, the senior class funneled into the Raymond Moore Auditorium to watch the induction ceremony. Following Lake Forest principal Dr. Holland’s remarks, Grevers shuffled up to the podium and told stories of his high school career, entertaining the students and the faculty. Later on, joined by his wife Annie Chandler and his baby daughter Skylar, Grevers reflected on his journey from winter meets on Saturday mornings to the Olympics and the biggest stage in the world. While Grevers was appreciative of the event and the people, you could tell he was longing to be somewhere else. That somewhere else, of course, is the pool. Because for Matt Grevers, the pool is home and always will be.
Grevers and his family currently live in Tucson, Arizona, where he continues his swimming career. While he missed out on the 2016 Olympic team by one spot, Grevers is training for and hopes to make the 2020 U.S. Olympic team. Today, when he is not training or competing, Grevers helps out with the Arizona men’s swimming team and his charity, which provides swim lessons to those in need.
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There are, as we know, many talented people who attend Lake Forest High School. Often, however, it is the upperclassmen–the student-athletes on the Varsity teams or the intellectuals in the classes with the most academic rigor–who get the majority of the accolades. In this 4 part series, 16 under 16, highlights 16 freshman with exceptional talent in sports, school, clubs, or other activities. Here are the first 4 freshman to be featured. The Forest Scout will release four new students each week for the next four weeks.
As a three sport athlete, honor student, and club leader, Lilly Trkla has certainly made a splash on her first year at Lake Forest High School. The bubbly, charismatic freshman started her athletic career as a hitter for the girls volleyball team in the fall. During the winter months, she starred on the varsity basketball team, tallying multiple 20 point games. Now, in the spring, Trkla is a captain for the freshman girls lacrosse team. When she’s not on the field or the court, Trkla is just as much of a star in the classroom. Within the school, she is an honor student and takes challenging classes, such as chemistry honors and PSGH. Furthermore, Trkla is an avid participant of the women’s club and a leader for the freshman student council. When new students come into the high school, they are told to make the most of the ‘high school experience’ and Lilly Trkla has done that in more than one phase in her first impressive year of many to come.
As the Northwestern football team defeats Iowa in thrilling fashion, Peter Elliott takes in the action from his perch in the press box high above Ryan Field. Some may think he’s there just to watch the game, but instead he’s there to do his job. Elliott is a prodigy in the sports journalism field. Though he may be young, Elliott has already found a niche in the journalism field. Last fall, Elliott wrote for the site College Football News, and received full credentials to cover Northwestern football as a 14-year-old. Among his other achievements, Elliott has covered MLB, NFL, and Lake Forest College football. Elliott possess the maturity and the intelligence necessary to be an effective sports journalist, as coaches and players have been impressed with his skills despite his age. While many of Elliott’s peers remain unsure of their future plans, Elliott is out living his dream and his career everyday.
At Willow Glen Golf Club, a young, lanky freshman walks onto the first tee ready to begin his round in the North Suburban Conference finals. The lefty takes his driver past his head and turns to blast his tee shot into the middle of the fairway en route to a round of 73, which helped to deliver the third straight conference title for Lake Forest. That freshman is Pierce Grieve, who made his mark with the varsity golf team last fall. Despite his young age, Grieve was a consistent piece of the Scouts’ lineup that went on to place second in state. Over the winter, Grieve continued to hone in his game, which relies on sharp short game and keeping the ball in play. Grieve played in a number of off season tournaments in Arizona and California. With a season of varsity golf under his belt, Grieve is more than ready to be a solid piece of coach Jim Matheson’s lineup next year.
Lacrosse Freshmen Trio (Connor Armstrong, Matt Nicholson, Mac Uihlein):
The lacrosse tryouts were grueling and competitive this year, as a plethora of players vied for those elusive spots on the varsity team. In search of a spot on the team were three freshman players, who hoped to showcase that their skills were ready for the highest level of play. Despite the fierce competition among the players, the freshman showed that they belong with the big boys. Connor Armstrong, Matt Nicholson, and Mac Uihlein are the three youngsters who made the cut. Even though the season is young, these three have already made great impacts on the field for the Scouts. Armstrong and Uihlein are currently in starting position at attack and defense for the Scouts, while Nicholson is the first defensive midfielder off the bench. “They don’t even seem like freshman anymore,” mentioned junior midfielder Bobby Winebrenner, “we can count on them to come up with a big play in any situation.” Armstrong, Nicholson, and Uihlein are raw, young players, but they possess the skills and the athleticism to make contributions now and in the future for the lacrosse program.
Join senior Kyle Wix for a recap of all the weekend’s events, plus a schedule for the upcoming week on today’s Daily Dose.
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Join senior Kyle Wix for a recap of all the latest news, scores, and announcements at LFHS on today’s Daily Dose.
Join senior Kyle Wix as he recaps all of the latest news, scores, and schedules at LFHS on today’s Daily Dose.
Join senior Kyle Wix for a recap on all of the weekend’s events on today’s Daily Dose.
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