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With the winter sports season quickly approaching, The Forest Scout takes a look at some of the greatest athletic performances in Lake Forest High School history. In this four-part winter series, we feature the some of the greatest individual seasons and careers from boys swimming, wrestling, and boys and girls basketball. In part two of the series, we take a look back at the most successful wrestling careers of all time, as the next generation of Scout athletes prepare to make their own history.
Regis Durbin (2014):
Undefeated seasons are rare. An undefeated season of (41-0) and a playoff run to the IHSA State Championship is nearly unheard of in high school wrestling unless, of course, you are Regis Durbin in 2014. Durbin’s senior season, in which he was also the quarterback of a playoff football team, featured a (41-0) record on the mat and qualification for the state tournament. Durbin was an underdog, but quickly showed his fight and skills as he upset the top seeded Tyler Johnson of Lockport in the first round. Durbin would go on to shock the state as he won the state title in 195 pound class in a tie-breaker. Durbin became the first Scout wrestler to win the state championship in wrestling, and did so with perfection. Durbin, the only wrestler to ever claim state title to this day, a two time all-conference selection and the only Scout to complete an incredible undefeated season, is most definitely one of the greatest Scouts to ever step on the mats. Currently, Durbin is wrestling for the Northwestern Wildcats.
Phil Bergsrud (1995):
Phil Bergsrud, who wrestled for the varsity team all four years and earned the notoriety of a three time captain, was perhaps the most important piece in the revival of the Lake Forest wrestling program in the mid-90s. Bergsrud put Scouts wrestling on the map, and paved the way for the others on this list to have successful careers. In his senior season, Bergsrud won both an IHSA regional and sectional title. With those wins, Bergsrud became the first All-State wrestler in Lake Forest history. Bergsrud finished fifth in the 1995 state tournament, and was voted to the Pioneer Press All-Lakeshore team. Bergsrud finished up his 1995 campaign with a record of (37-7) and 211.0 team points, which was a team record at the time. Overall, there may have been more productive careers with better results, but you cannot forget that Bergsrud was a pioneer for the wrestling program, and set the stage for continued success down the line.
Charlie Mullin (1998):
While some of his records would eventually be surpassed by Roger Smith-Bergsrud, Charlie Mullin had himself an extremely productive career as the Scouts wrestling program began its upswing. At the time, Mullin’s 131 career wins were the most in program history. In his senior season, Mullin racked up 266 team points, which gave him 764 points for his career; both of which are still records that stand today. In his career, Mullin secured 13 regular season tournament championships, was a two-time sectional champion, and placed third and fourth in the 1997 and 1998 state tournaments, respectively. Even though Mullin never claimed the state title, he had one of the more dominant careers in LFHS history, with a winning percentage of .873 and multiple records that remind us of his success even to this day.
Roger Smith-Bergsrud (2004):
If you find yourself in the field house and glance up to the wrestling records board, you will see a name come up over and over again. That name is Roger Smith-Bergsrud, and he holds the program record for takedowns, wins, technical falls, least takedowns scored against, and major decisions. Simply put, Bergsrud owned the mats and it showed in his success, as he twice placed third in the IHSA state tournament. After falling in the main bracket in both his junior and senior years, Smith-Bergsrud battled back to rally off four wins in a row to claim the third place spot twice. Smith-Bergsrud’s 45 wins in his 2003 season–and 141 career wins in his career–are both records for the Scouts wrestling program. Smith-Bergsrud would go on to have a successful wrestling career at the University of Illinois, but his impact and records on the mat for the Scouts will forever be remembered.
If you read “Legacy Series: Swimming,” then you know that Matt Grevers clearly had the best career for the swimming program. Wrestling, on the other hand, is not as clear. Each wrestler on this list had their own impact on Scouts history. Phil Bergsrud legitimized the program, Charlie Mullin and Roger Smith-Bergsrud both kept it on the map with historic seasons, and finally Regis Durbin brought home the ever-elusive first place trophy. At the end of the day, I believe Smith-Bergsrud had the best career of them all. His record 141 career wins are an incredible mark, and to finish in the top three at the state tournament two years in a row is impressive to boot. Mullin’s career makes a strong and fairly equivalent case as well, as both he and Smith-Bergsrud hold five career records at Lake Forest. But in the end I still give the slight nudge to Bergsrud for his relative dominance in wins and tournament success. I usually like to keep these articles even by observing just one variable, like career or individual seasons, but I cannot ignore the success of Durbin’s 2014 campaign. An undefeated record, 41 wins, and the only state championship in the Lake Forest wrestling program puts Durbin’s senior season above any other. Wrestling is a competitive sport with each player fighting for themselves on the mat. That being said, it is not surprising that there are so many worthy careers to be considered. Some may be a bit better than others, but in the end, all of these athletes had unforgettable impacts on the program, and they set the example for the next generation of Lake Forest wrestlers to follow.
Stop by the East Campus Fieldhouse at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 22, to see the next wave of Scout wrestlers in their first meet of the year. For more on this year’s team, be sure to check out the wrestling preview on The Forest Scout.
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In his new feature series, “The Legacy Series,” In Between the Lines Editor Kyle Wix will discuss some of the most notable careers in various sports from LFHS’ storied athletic history.
With the winter sports season quickly approaching, The Forest Scout takes a look at some of the greatest athletic performances in Lake Forest High School history. In this four part winter series, we feature the greatest individual seasons from boys swimming, wrestling, and boys and girls basketball. As the next generation of Scout athletes prepare to make their own history, we take a look back at the most successful boys swimming seasons of all time in part one of the series.
Matt Grevers (2003):
If you tuned into the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, you may have seen Lake Forest alumnus Matt Grevers swimming for team USA. Just five years before this big time moment, Grevers was swimming for the Lake Forest Scouts, honing his skills in the East Campus aquatics center, and racking up incredible numbers. In his 2003 season, Grevers was the IHSA State Champion in four separate events (50m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle relay, and 400m freestyle relay). At the time, Grevers set state records in all four of these events in his senior season. To cap off an incredible year, he was also named the National High School Swimmer of the year by Swimming World. Long before he reached the grandest stage of Olympic swimming, Grevers was simply a homegrown kid tearing up the record books for the Lake Forest Scouts. Before becoming an Olympian, Grevers swam at Northwestern University and had a highly-decorated career, including a NCAA Championship in the 100 yd. backstroke against then Florida Gator Ryan Lochte and four Big Ten titles.
Sam Kintz (2003):
Sam Kintz, another vital piece of the 2003 IHSA State Champioship team, had a storied career of his own while swimming alongside Olympian Matt Grevers. Kintz swam with the 200m and 400m freestyle relay teams that set state records in 2003, and won earned a State Championship in that event. Kintz was a three time All-American in his high school career, won the 2003 IHSA State Championship in 100m freestyle, and placed third in state for the 200m freestyle. It is easy to be overlooked when you swim with a teammate like decorated Olympipan Matt Grevers, but Kintz had a historic career of his own that will be forever remembered by LFHS swim fans. His achievements live on, and the impact and success of the 2003 swim team will forever be remembered as one of the best of all time. Kintz went on to swim at Stanford University and competed as a member of the Varsity Swim Team and the National Collegiate Triathlon Championships.
Mitch Stoehr (2010):
After a seven year drought in state titles, a powerful swimmer by the name of Mitch Stoehr came to the forefront looking to revive the storied history of the Lake Forest boys swimming program. Stoehr led his previous teams to top 10 finishes in freestyle relays, and found the top five in freestyle events in his junior year. However, it was his senior year in 2010 when Stoehr truly shined. After being denied the state championship in the 100m and 200m freestyle events in 2009, Stoehr came back stronger than ever and swam a time of 45.32 seconds in the 100m freestyle, and 1:38.79 in the 200m freestyle in 2010 state finals. Those two times were good enough for Stoehr to win the individual state title in both events. Stoehr was yet another decorated Scout swimmer that improved upon previous performances to eventually bring home two more state championships for the boys swimming team. After Lake Forest, Stoehr went on to swim at Stanford and majored in economics, computational science, and math in Palo Alto, CA.
Dylan Boyd (2016):
A talented swimmer, originally from Australia, Dylan Boyd came to Lake Forest High School looking to claim another state title for a storied Scouts swimming program. In his senior season, Boyd swam hard and was a favorite to win the 200m freestyle at the IHSA State Championships at Evanston High School. On February 27, 2016, Boyd won the state champion in the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:37.67. After moving to North Carolina in 2016, Boyd committed to swim collegiately at Arizona State University. Even as his swimming career continues elsewhere, Boyd’s impact on continuing the success of the boys swim program will never forgotten.
It is hard to argue against Matt Grevers, who won the state title in four separate events in one season, only to go on and become a decorated Olympian and one of our country’s most recognizable swimmers. With that being said, you have to give a lot of credit to Mitch Stoehr on his ability to inch his way up the leaderboard year after year, eventually coming through with two individual championships in 2010. Stoehr had an incredible senior season, but it just so happens that he is being compared to a living legend. Grevers’ two individual state titles and two relay titles with the 2003 champion team, in my opinion, cement his position as the greatest swimmer in Lake Forest history. Now it’s time for you to weigh in. Check out the Twitter poll to cast a vote for the best season performance for boys swimming in the history of the high school. Be sure to come out to the East Campus pool on Saturday, December 3, 2017, as the Scouts host Fremd in their first meet of the year. Perhaps, you will be able to see the next generation of Scout swimmers make their own mark on history.
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On Saturday, the Lake Forest High School football team failed to conquer the Hoffman Estates Hawks, as they suffered a 48-28 loss in the second round of the IHSA playoffs. Despite the loss, four Scouts were named members of the All-North Suburban Conference team. Seniors, Chris Cavalaris, John Deering, Bryan Ooms, and Spencer Yauch were all recognized for their various achievements on the field for the Scouts. These seniors anchored a strong defensive units that kept opposing offensive threats at bay all season long. With Yauch on the defensive line, Deering and Ooms at linebacker, and Cavalaris in the secondary, these players locked down the defense at every level. Later on in the year, after struggles running the ball offensively, Ooms saw plenty of time at running back, scoring 12 times for the Scouts. These players set a great example both on and off the field, and led their team to a 5-4 regular season record and yet another playoff berth for the Scouts. Let’s take a look at the achievements from each of the players in more detail.
Chris Cavalaris (SS, #21):
Following in the footsteps of his older brothers John and Connor, Chris Cavalaris knew he had to live up to family standards in his senior year for the varsity football team. The electric, passionate, and free flying senior lived up to, and exceeded family expectations in 2017 as he intercepted four passes on the year, which lead the team. In addition, Cavalaris was the second leading tackler on the team with 51 total tackles. Cavalaris flew around the field all year long, and he anchored a strong Scouts secondary that kept opposing passing attacks at bay each time they took to the air.
John Deering (LB, #36):
In 2016, after returning to Lake Forest High School for his sophomore year, John Deering was quickly inserted into a strong linebacker corps that featured the likes of Cal Wonham, Gabe Funk, and fellow classmate Bryan Ooms. Deering finished a very strong junior year, but in 2017, after the graduation of Funk and Wonham, the Scouts defense would have to rely heavily on Deering and his ability to carry the linebacker position. The senior did exactly that, as he racked up a team high 76 tackles on the year. Deering battled injury throughout the season, but that did not keep him from being the glue that kept the Scouts defense together. In addition to his 76 tackles, Deering had three sacks, eight tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery.
Bryan Ooms (LB/RB, #5):
Bryan Ooms, the sturdy, athletic senior, was yet another key piece of a strong Scouts front seven on defense. After struggles running the ball early in the season, head coach Chuck Spagnoli knew he needed a change to spark the offense. That change came by placing Ooms at the running back position. Ooms was one of the few Scouts players to see significant time on both sides of the ball, and he most definitely had a huge impact for both the offense and the defense. Ooms ran for 490 yards on just 94 carries giving him the best yards per carry on the team at 5.21. He found the endzone 12 times, recorded 22 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and tallied three sacks. Ooms succeeded in each of his roles, and truly was an all around player for the Scouts.
Spencer Yauch (DL, #51):
Deering may have been the glue to the defense, but Spencer Yauch was the anchor of a talented defensive line that stymied multiple North Suburban Conference running attacks. Yauch recorded 38 total tackles, and led the team in tackles for loss and sacks with six and 14, respectively. Yauch was the only defensive player to score a touchdown on the season, doing so on one of his four fumble recoveries. Yauch wreaked havoc on opposing offenses all year long, and his productivity certainly showed as he filled up statistics in nearly every category throughout the season.
Clearly, each player had their own impact on a Scouts team that finished up with yet another winning record at 6-5. Their presence both on and off the field will certainly be missed by this Scouts program in the future. Congratulations to Chris Cavalaris, John Deering, Bryan Ooms, and Spencer Yauch on their All-North Suburban Conference team honors.
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GLENVIEW, Ill.– The Lake Forest Scouts and head coach Catherine Catanzaro started the 2017 field hockey team with lofty expectations: a state title. Another state title for Lake Forest would mean the 13th championship in the school’s history and their second consecutive title trophy, having defeated New Trier in the championship game a year ago.
And with 18:55 left in the first half of play, the Scouts could see their season expectation blossoming into fruition. It was at that time that sophomore Gracie McGowan found the back of the net to help propel the Scouts to an early lead over the North Shore Country Day Raiders. From there–as nerve-wrecking as a one goal lead can be to have–the Scouts never let off on the attack. Despite maintaining possession and overall control of the game for most of the first half, the Scouts’ lead was still at one when the halftime horn blew at Glenbrook South’s Titan Field.
In the second half, after a hard-fought scoreless battle for the first portion of the half, one of the Scouts’ captains stepped up. Catherine Nicholson, a University of Iowa commit who will join the many other talented All-Staters before her as one of the most decorated field hockey athletes in Lake Forest High School history, put one through for the Scouts to secure a 2-0 lead.
From there, the Scouts knew exactly what to do. Goalie Barbara Canty and her defense–who have been stellar and steady for the Scouts all season long–were able to maintain the shutout until the final horn. The Lake Forest Scouts became the 2017 state champions of the Illinois Field Hockey Association. Congratulations to all of the girls and coaches on a fantastic season.
The program has won titles in 1990, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2016 and adds 2017 to this amazing record.
All of the following girls played significant roles on this year’s state championship squad:
Ava Caputo, Sophie Metzger, Julia Hender, Gracie McGowan, Allison Quackenbush, Madden Plante, Logan Hanekamp, Eleanor VanAntwerp, Sydney Steinberg, Maggie Mick, Charlotte Domittner, Natalie Notz, Cat Nicholson, Julia Kuetemeyer, Bridget McGreevy, Olivia Douglass, Addie Sidles, Sarah Considine, Elisabeth Domittner, Casey Slingerland, Barbara Canty.
GLENVIEW, Ill- The Lake Forest field hockey team has been one of the most dominant programs in the state since the turn of the century. Therefore, it was no surprise that the Scouts were playing for the chance to advance to yet another state title game. On Thursday evening, the girls faced the Glenbard West Hilltoppers at Glenbrook South High School in the semi final game of the IHSFHA playoffs. The Scouts lost just two games in the regular season, with one of them coming at the hands of the GBW. With a healthy Catherine Nicholson on their side this time, the Scouts were looking to reach the title game to defend their 2016 title.
The Scouts looked to advance and strike revenge on the Hilltoppers, but they would have to do so against a stingy and aggressive team. At a breezy and cool Titan Field in Glenview, the game got underway at a brisk pace. Both teams threatened early, but it wasn’t until 12 minutes into the game when senior and Iowa commit Cat Nicholson was able to work her magic. Nicholson battled injury midway through the season, but was back in full form for the playoffs and Thursday night’s semifinal. With 18 minutes left in the half, the Scouts got the Glenbard West goalkeeper out of position and Nicholson capitalized to put the Scouts up 1-0. 18 uneventful minutes later, the first half came to a close, and the Scouts maintained their lead needing just 30 more minutes of play to get back to the state championship.
The second half got underway and the Scouts showed no signs of letting up. The Scouts defense, led by goalkeeper Barbara Canty, kept the Glenbard West scoring opportunities at bay. Early into the second half, junior Eleanor Van Antwerp, who has been having a very productive season, found the goal yet again to put the Scouts up 2-0. That insurance goal put the game out of reach as the Scouts pitched yet another shutout, holding on to win 2-0.
With the win, the Scouts will play Saturday at 1pm for the state championship at Glenbrook South High School. Be sure to stay tuned to The Forest Scout for updates and come out to support your Scouts in the state title game on Saturday.
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