Four Scouts earn All-NSC recognition


Kyle Wix

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.