Join senior Kyle Wix as he shares the latest scores, news, and schedules at LFHS for the last time.
Join senior Kyle Wix as he shares the latest news, scores, and schedules at LFHS.
It’s 3:35 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. As the bell rings, students shuffle out of Deer Path Middle School, huddle with their friends, and stride across the front grass on their way to downtown Lake Forest. At the same time, a student by the name of Caleb Durbin makes his way out the back doors and into the parking lot in search of his father. He spots the family car, hustles over, and climbs in. Then, the father and son drive off on their way to South Park. They pull up to the single batting cage nestled in the back corner of the field and Durbin begins his first round of swings. With his father firing pitch after pitch, Durbin perfects his short, compact swing until the sun sets over the railroad tracks to the west.
If you take a look at him today as a senior in high school, you probably wouldn’t think much about the five-foot-eight, 164-pound Durbin. But, as he admits, that is where the years of hard work and dedication come into play. “I was never the biggest kid out on the field,” recalled Durbin. “In order to be successful, I had to work in the areas that I could control, like my effort, preparation, and attitude.”
That is the way of life in the Durbin family. The early mornings, late nights, and hours of hard practice are the things that molded not only Durbin, but his father Regis Sr. as well. “My dad was probably harder on me and my brother than the average parent,” said Durbin after practice in one of the West Campus gyms, “but that is what made us better players.” Durbin’s father wrestled at Northwestern University and came from strong English roots, which made him the perfect father to get the most out of his sons in both life and sports. “Whenever I went 3-4 in a game, he would always ask me, ‘why didn’t you get that last hit?’ He was never satisfied and that taught me to keep working and improving all the time.” Under the direction of his father and in the footsteps of his older brother, the path was paved for Durbin to become the face of Lake Forest athletics.
This year, for the first time in his high school career, Durbin played on the varsity football team. Previously, Durbin dedicated his falls to baseball, but that was not the case this year. With a wide open schedule, Durbin decided to become a three sport athlete and throw the pads on once again. “Football was a sport I always loved playing, but couldn’t due to baseball,” mentioned Durbin. “It was nice to play under the lights at Varsity Field this year.” Despite being inexperienced and removed from the game, Durbin tallied 31 total tackles at cornerback in just seven games. “We couldn’t play him much in the first few games because he needed to learn the mental side of the game,” said Lake Forest secondary coach Joseph Busse, “but once he was in there, he had a real productive season.” Relying on his speed, grit, and athleticism, Durbin became an integral piece of the secondary and defense that helped Lake Forest to a (6-5) record.
Following an impressive fall with the football team, Durbin made the shift from the turf to the mats. The staple sport of the Durbin family, wrestling was something Durbin dominated. As a captain on this year’s team, Durbin maneuvered his way to a (38-11) record, which was good enough to qualify him for another playoff appearance. In the Barrington sectional, Durbin nixed Brock Emmerich in the consolation semi-final to secure a trip to the state in the 160-pound bracket. At the state finals in Champaign, Illinois, Durbin bowed out in the first round to the eventual champion Matt Ortiz. Despite the unfortunate ending, Durbin set a team season record in technical falls, and set season and career records in both two and three-point technical falls.
With the Friday night lights and Saturday morning meets out of the way, the calendar turned to baseball season. As a captain on the baseball team as well, Durbin would be a key piece to the Scouts lineup as the the leadoff hitter and shortstop. “Caleb is a guy you can rely on to set the tone at the top of the order,” said Lake Forest head baseball coach Ray Del Fava. Coming off a junior season in which he batted an unprecedented .500, Durbin was primed to dominate the opposing pitchers once again. In the first four games of the year, Durbin found himself hitless at the plate in 17 attempts. After beginning conference play, however, Durbin heated up at the plate and brought his average back up to .350. On May 9th against Mundelein, Durbin became the all-time hits leader in program history, as he eclipsed J.R. Reimer’s record of 111. All season long, Durbin anchored both the infield and lineup, leading the Scouts to a regional final appearance against Warren.
From August to May, Durbin has embodied the character and performance of the ideal high school athlete. Not only was a he a key player on three varsity sports this year, but Durbin was also an all-academic honoree in the process. He was a leader, a scholar, and a gamer. He gave his full effort in everything he did, which made himself and his teams better in the process.
Much like his older brother Regis, Durbin has left a lasting legacy on Lake Forest High School and its athletic program. When it came down to the athlete of the year considerations, there was no other player that excelled both on and off the field and for the duration that Durbin did.
While nobody knows what the future hold for Durbin, there is no doubt he has the heart and work ethic to be successful in his future endeavors. Next year, Durbin will continue his academic and athletic career at Washington University in St. Louis, where he will be studying economics.
Join senior Kyle Wix for a recap of all the latest news, scores, and schedules at LFHS.
Join senior Kyle Wix for an update on all of the latest news, scores, and schedules at LFHS on today’s Daily Dose.
Join senior Kyle Wix as he shares the latest news, scores, and schedules at LFHS on today’s Daily Dose.
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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 final 4 freshman to be featured this year.
Grant Huebner: It takes guts to get up and leave in the middle of class knowing there could be repercussions. It takes guts to stand up to classmates who disagree with you, especially as a freshman. It takes even more guts to stand alongside McKinley road for hours holding up a sign demanding change, alone. Grant Huebner’s got guts.
Despite significant pushback from his classmates, including insulting comments online and in person, Grant created an instagram account called LF Walkout (now LF activism) and encouraged his classmates to join him in taking a stand for gun control reform. He also designed flyers to hang up around the school, but school rules prohibited him from doing so. Grant and three other students protested during school on April 20th, but after the others went inside, Grant remained for hours. While he was alone on our front lawn, he pointed out that he wasn’t truly alone at all– he was part of a movement occurring across the country.
When asked if he had advice for other students who want to be politically active, Grant said “if no one supports you in your small social group, continue anyway, because you matter. Opposition means that you are on the right road in this case.” He added, “this nation is based on people like you.” Grant also attended the March For Our Lives in Washington DC on March 24th, but gun control is definitely not his sole interest.
Grant is passionate about ending discrimination in all its forms, promoting peace, and eliminating poverty. Besides political activism, he is involved in Model UN, representing the Republic of Germany. He is also interested in physics and cosmology, particularly quantum mechanics. He is incredibly inquisitive, always wanting to learn more about the universe. He is also on the LFHS track and field team and sails over the summers.
Grant’s attitude about April 20th was simple: “it was a wonderful day to make a difference.” He certainly seems to carry that mentality with him in all that he does. We could all learn something about advocacy, bravery, and independence from Grant Huebner.
Words by Elizabeth Porter
Kailey Albus: Under the bright spot lights that illuminate the Raymond Moore Auditorium, a freshman star is born. In front of a sold out crowd, Kailey Albus takes the stage to perform in the spring musical Beauty and the Beast. For many, the pressure and nerves that come from performing live in front of hundreds would be too much to handle. But, for Albus, this is what she loves to do, as she’s been acting and performing for quite some time.
Even before coming to the high school, Albus had a wide range of experience with multiple productions. As a cast member for Lake Forest Theatre in 2016, Albus starred in the presentation of The Secret Garden and Young Frankenstein. In addition, Albus has appeared in multiple other theatrical events across the North Shore over the years.
Now, in her first year at Lake Forest High School, Albus was awarded the role of Snow White in the fall play The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon. This spring, in the biggest production of the year, Albus starred as Chip in the musical Beauty and the Beast.
With a plethora of experience under her belt, there is no doubt Albus has the ability to be the next star in the theatre program. At her age, there are few people that possess the same confidence and skill set, which means Lake Forest High School has a special performer now and for years to come.
Wyatt Horvat: In the shadows of Lake Forest High School, lies the red, oval track, which is home to the track and field teams. Within that track, practices a freshman long-jumper by the name of Wyatt Horvat, who has stood out at the varsity level in his first year at Lake Forest High School. So far, Horvat has competed with the varsity team in three different invitationals, helping the Scouts long jump team to second place in the Spartan Relays. To date, Horvat has secured 13 varsity points in various invitationals, which is 20th best on the team and the highest total of the freshman class.
At the sophomore and freshman level, Horvat has been equally impressive. In Lake Forest’s own invitational, Horvat defended his track, as he won the long jump event. Against Waukegan and Warren in April, Horvatt landed a massive jump of 19’9” en route to victory. In addition, Horvat claimed second at the Harland invitational and was a part of the underclassmen 4×100 relay team.
As the spring season comes to a close, Horvat can reflect on a successful first year for the track team. Head coach John Brumund-Smith and the Scouts program are excited about the athleticism Horvat brings to the team and they see a bright future ahead of him on the track.
Julia Leclercq and Elsa Goldsberry: Last fall, the Lake Forest field hockey team brought home yet another Illinois state championship. A program as successful as the one here always has talented players in the pipeline. The next generation of Scouts are both freshman and have made their impact on the program with the JV team earlier this year. Those two players are Julia Leclerq and Elsa Goldsberry.
The youngest of the three Leclercq kids, Julia Leclercq is following in the footsteps of her older siblings Grant (2014) and Paige (2017). The freshman has created a name for herself around the school, and on the front lawn of east campus where the JV field hockey team competes. A top ranked player in the class of 2021, Leclerq seeks to be one of the next impact players for the Scouts, like her older sister and current senior Catherine Nicholson.
While Leclerq is out attacking and searching for goals, her fellow teammate Elsa Goldsberry is busy keeping opponents’ shots out of the net. The freshman goaltender, like Leclerq, is also one of the top ranked field hockey players in her class, according to MAX field hockey. Once the varsity team began its playoff run, Goldsberry was called up as the backup goaltender in just her first year with the program.
Together, Leclerq and Goldsberry lead the JV Scouts to an impressive (17-1) record this year. They have both been playing the game for a long time and clearly possess the skills to be the next wave of generational talent within the Scouts program. Next year, Lake Forest will go for its third straight state title in field hockey and these two pipeline stars could be the ones to get them there.
Join senior Kyle Wix for a recap of all the latest news, scores, and schedules at LFHS on today’s Daily Dose.
Join senior Kyle Wix for all the latest news, scores, and updates from LFHS on today’s Daily Dose.
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Join senior Kyle Wix for a recap of all the latest news, scores, and schedules at LFHS on today’s Daily Dose.
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.
Like his older sister Trisha, freshman Vishvam Bhagat has made quite an impact on Lake Forest High School in his first year. Bhagat, just like many of the other students profiled on this column, has excelled in his sport at the varsity level. To date, Bhagat has just lost one match on the season to Fremd’s Ryan Zheng in three sets. Other than that close match the freshman has been playing beautifully in his first year. Bhagat remains undefeated in conference play, as he holds down the third spot in singles play for the Scouts. Team captain and senior Drew Arnson has been impressed with Bhagat’s play so far, calling him a “solid player” and “ready for the varsity level.”
Outside of the high school team, Bhagat competes in numerous youth tournaments, looking to improve his skills and standing. Currently, Bhagat ranks in the top 500 of players across the country for his age group, which is an impressive achievement. In addition, according to the HEAD recruiting list, Bhagat is the 29th ranked player in the state of Illinois.
For Bhagat, his freshman season has proved that he belongs and can compete with the best of the best. With his crafty play and first year experience, Bhagat will surely be a vital piece of the varsity team for years to come, as his improves his standing in the game of tennis.
Earlier in the series, we profiled three freshman making their mark with the boy’s lacrosse team, but this week we take a look at the girl’s side.
In order to rise to the varsity level as a young player, you must know how to be aggressive and fearless. Playing attack, freshman Blythe Karras simply has these characteristics in her DNA. In her first year, Karras has quickly ascended to the highest level and made an impact as a top player off the bench for Lake Forest.
“She’s spunky,” mentioned head coach Cat Catanzaro, “Blythe possesses the skills to be a great player, but up to this point she hasn’t been exposed to the physicality of the game.” Fundamentally, Karras has mastered her skills, but Catanzaro admits that she still needs to get used to the contact and hitting that is allowed at the varsity level. “It’s a different style of play,” Catanzaro noted, “and once she gets used to it, she will be a great player.”
To this point, Karras has laid the foundation for a successful career with her raw playing ability. Therefore, it is clear that once Karras picks up some valuable playing experience from the rest of this spring, she will be well on her way to having a successful career at Lake Forest High School.
How many hours does a flight from Detroit, Michigan to Butte, Montana take? Quick ― You only have ten seconds to answer.
You might not be able to answer a question of that difficulty in that short of a timespan, but Louis Rauch can. The freshman has deft skill for answering questions such as the one above, with his knowledge ranging from aviation, to Ancient Greek philosophy, to algebra. The skill he demonstrated in the fall season led to him being the only freshman to compete at varsity level meets.
“I first heard of Scholastic Bowl from Mr. Kuhl,” said Rauch. “I then looked into it and I thought it was interesting because it is a competitive game which tests someone’s overall knowledge. I went to practice, liked it, and joined the team. I enjoyed the fact that it competitively tested my knowledge on multiple different subject matters.”
Scholastic Bowl can best be described as “Jeopardy!” on steroids, in that it is a trivia-style competition in which two teams of five players face off to see which team can correctly answer 16-20 questions the fastest. It consists of all the same jargon you would see on quiz shows on television ― buzzers, toss-ups, and bonus questions. But as Rauch tells me, Scholastic Bowl is just as appealing, “It is competitive, challenging, and it tests my knowledge of many items.”
In addition to loading his brain with trivial information during the fall, Rauch swims in the winter for the JV swimming team, is a sprinter on the Track & Field team in the spring, and is an avid golfer in the summer. Even with demanding commitments in all four seasons of the year, Rauch still maintains stellar grades, good for high honor roll.
And, in case you were wondering about that flight time question, a connecting flight is over eight hours from Detroit to Butte. But it only took Louis Rauch eight seconds to answer.
–Words courtesy of Peter Elliott
Even from the very beginning, it was clear that freshman Jack Malloy was going to be a leader on the sophomore boys basketball game. After winning their first game of the year, Malloy lead the Scouts in scoring in just the second game of the year. Despite being a freshman, The 6’2” forward quickly proved himself as a player to both the team and the coaching staff. “We relied on him[Malloy] for a lot of things,” said assistant sophomore coach Graham O’Connor-Brooks, “he was one of out best rebounders and scorers throughout the year.” At the end of the season, Malloy was given the “Chairman of the Boards” award, given the team’s leading rebounder during the year. Paired with his fellow forward and sophomore Stephen Young, Malloy helped lead the Scouts to a record of (7-7) in the North Suburban Conference. In his first year with the high school program, Malloy certainly turned by being placed on the sophomore team, but he took advantage of the opportunity and churned out a productive season.
When he’s not in the high school season, Malloy is always working on the improvement of his basketball skills. Outside of the high school, Malloy is a part of the All In Athletics Elite team that plays in a host of tournaments during the spring and the summer.
While it is just his first year in high school, it is clear that Malloy possess the drive and the basketball skills to be the next impact player for the program. Talking with O’Connor-Brooks and members of the Lake Forest staff, it is clear they have been impressed by Malloy so far and they are excited for the success that he can bring to the Competition Gym in the years to come.