Tomorrow night the students will play the teachers in a much anticipated matchup. The Flint Tropics, champions of the senior division of the Lake Forest High School Intramural League, will face off against the teachers, many of whom are former college players. The Tropics, led by Cam Litzinger and Keifer Surkamer, have had a phenomenal season in which they came out on top over their main competitors the Old Time People Have Jorts and the Prime Time Silver Bison.
The Projected starting 5 for the Tropics will be Taddeo Galli, Clint Warkow, Avery Robbins, Leo Spano, and Alan Zanarini. Robbins, Warkow, and Spano are former Scouts players and will surely be looking forward to showcasing their talents on the hardwood.
The other bench will hold the teachers. Joe Harmsen is the team’s most accomplished player. The team leader is a 6’1o former Wisconsin All-Stater and Northwestern Wildcat. He is expected to exert some dominance over the relatively small lineup of the Tropics. The one thing every big man needs is a shooter and luckily for the teachers–and unfortunately for the students–that is the Math Department’s Mr. Wilhelm, a former sharpshooter for Mundelein High School and Monmouth College. The projected starting 5 for the teachers includes Mr. Mocogni, Mr. O’Connor-Brooks, and Ms. Rupnik, along with Mr. Wilhelm and Mr. Harmsen.
Normally, the students have a clear advantage going into the game. However, with the large size and considerable skill of the teacher team, everything is up in the air. Be sure to attend the game’s halftime raffle festivities which include Cubs tickets, White Sox tickets, gift cards, and the chance to shave the head of Lake Forest High School Head Basketball Coach Phil LaScala.
All of the proceeds raised from the benefit will be donated to the basketball program of Orr Academy High School in Chicago, who, despite winning the IHSA 2A State Championship, has experienced severe underfunding and hardship that has threatened the lives and wellbeing of their student athletes. To read more about Orr Academy Basketball and their historic season, read Rick Telander’s feature in the Chicago Sun-Times.