Playoffs! Playoffs! Playoffs! As the fall sports seasons come to a close we look at our Football, Field Hockey, and Volleyball teams as they head into postseason play. All three teams look to go deep in the playoffs and make school history for their respective sports.
The Scouts, standing at 5 and 3 on the season, take on Waukegan this Friday on a very special night for the senior football players as they will be honored on the field for their tremendous efforts throughout the season and their contributions over four years in the program. As the Scouts look to take down Waukegan, they look forward to the getting prepared for the playoffs. The Scouts don’t know who they will face in the first round of play, but know they will be ready to go.
Coach Spagnoli and his staff have continually had these guys ready to play for every game, even during the tough losses for the Scouts this season. Charlie Reinkemeyer will look to spark the Scouts’ offense this postseason with the underrated talent he boasts at the wide receiver position in Ryan Cekay, Reed Thomas and Jack Mislinski. Liam Pooler also looks to improve his play as he has become a dominant threat on the offensive side of the ball. The defense, led by captains and defensive stalwarts Cal Wonham and Gabe Funk, look to continue their star studded play in the postseason and carry the Scouts to a deep playoff run.
Field Hockey (16-1)
The Lady Scouts are having a very impressive year, finishing regular season play at 15 and 1. They just defeated Antioch seven to zero in their postseason opener. For many of you who don’t follow Illinois girls field hockey, the State Championship traditionally comes down to the Lake Forest Scouts and their rival, the New Trier Trevians. Both teams are dominant forces in the sport and always go head to head in a fiery game that comes with some hard fouls and aggressive play. The Scouts took this season’s early match-up between the Scouts and Trevians, but look for the rematch to be even more exciting. Libby Thompson, a Duke University commit, looks to carry her squad to a State Championship which would be the first for the Scouts in three years. Tune in to the girls field hockey team as they try to hoist the state trophy on October 29th.
The Lady Scouts–having a very experienced roster with nine seniors–put on a show all season, both in beating teams with ease and also some very close matches.
Claire Torkelson, who has been a key component to this year’s team, shared, “Having this many seniors has given us more confidence, which has been huge for us down the stretch.”
The Lady Scouts are going to have to do it without one of their best players, senior Ashley Williams. Williams suffered a hand injury which will be keeping her out of the lineup for the rest of the season. This could be a big loss for the Lady Scouts, but their other players–such as Emma Patlovich, Meghan McGrail, and Brigid Brennan–will look to step up and play a big role this postseason. The Lady Scouts look to take their “greatest show on hardwood” all the way to the IHSA State Championship game for the 2nd time in school history. The Scouts, however, have never walked away with the 1st place trophy. This year could change that.