Monday, March 23, 2015

State Championship Celebration, Apparel Information

Celebration plans are being mapped out to honor the boys basketball team, which won the Illinois High School Association Class 4A state championship on Saturday. The celebration will take place at 7:35 a.m. Thursday, but the location has not yet been determined.

State championship apparel can be ordered from 5 p.m. today through 5 p.m. Friday. Click here for the link. Orders will be available for pick up the week of April 6, which is after Spring Break. Non-apparel orders such as stickers, coffee tumblers and hats, will take two to three weeks for delivery.

The state title is the first in program history, and the first for a Lake County boys basketball team. This also is the third state championship for Patriot athletics during the 2014-15 school year. SHS won the IHSA title in doubles at the girls tennis state tournament in October, and in November captured the Class 8A state football championship.

This is the third time in Illinois history that a school has won boys basketball and football state championships in the same school year. Carlyle won the Class 2A football title and the Class A basketball crown in 1989-90, and Maroa-Forsyth won Class 2A football and Class A basketball in 2007.

The state championship capped a three-year run that saw head coach Pat Ambrose’s squad finish first, second (in 2013) and third (in 2014) in Illinois, and compile a record of 91-10.

More championship coverage is in the Sports section.

Early Voting Begins Today for School Board, Other Offices

Early voting for the April 7 election begins today for all registered Lake County voters. The District 125 Board of Education race is uncontested. Incumbents David Weisberg, Bruce Lubin, Terry Moons and Merv Roberts are running unopposed. Vernon Township voters can go to the Vernon Township office at 3050 N. Main Street in Buffalo Grove. Ela Township voters can visit the Ela Township office at 1155 E. Route 22 in Lake Zurich. Fremont Township voters can use the Fremont Public Library at 1170 N. Midlothian Road in Mundelein. Early voting hours at all locations are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Early voting ends April 4. For more information, visit or call 847-377-2406.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 57, Normal 40: The Patriots led from start to finish in the Peoria Civic Center to capture their first IHSA Class 4A state championship and finish the season with a 30-3 record. Jalen Brunson capped his outstanding career by setting a Class 4A title game record with 30 points, his second IHSA state tournament scoring record. Last year, he set the IHSA mark for most points in a state finals game by scoring 56 in the semifinals. The Villanova-bound senior guard shook off a slugging shooting performance Friday night and hit 9-of-15 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range, and 9-for-9 from the free throw line. In six IHSA state finals games over the past three seasons, Brunson averaged 26.7 points per game. Justin Smith added 12 points and 7 rebounds. Connor Cashaw closed his career with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Matt Johnson added 6 points. SHS pulled out to a 16-9 lead after the first quarter, led 25-19 at halftime, and extended the margin to 34-25 after three quarters. The Pats opened the fourth with a 10-5 run that eliminated any doubt about the outcome. – Official boxscore | Chicago Tribune (sidebar on Cashaw), Daily Herald ($), CSN Chicago, Associated Press, Bloomington Pantagraph, Peoria Journal-Star (sidebar)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Fenwick Invitational: The Patriots beat St. Ignatius, 13-5, in the tournament’s third-place game. Alex Kapecki, Cris Tomasetti, and Kurt Holzer each scored three goals while Andrew Shashin added two scores. Earlier in the day, SHS (7-1) fell to eventual champion Fenwick, 16-9. Shashin led the Pats with two goals. –

Girls Badminton

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: The Patriots finished second to the host Bison, 40-32, and had the runner-up in all levels of singles and doubles. Margaret Chen, Michelle Ling, Shu Zhang and Niveda Tennety were second in 1-4 singles. In doubles, the Patriot 1-4 tandems were Nicole Xia/Sophia Liu, Ashley Richardson/Kelsey Huang, Linsey Nowack/Naomi Ecanow, and Sarah Hou/Emily Leng. – Daily Herald ($)

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 63, Bolingbrook 43: Connor Cashaw scored 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and made 6 steals to spark the Patriots in the IHSA Class 4A semifinal. The game was close for most of the first half, and the Raiders (24-7) led 21-19 with 1:19 remaining before halftime. The Patriots (29-3) then went on a 20-1 run over an eight-minute stretch in the second and third quarters to build an insurmountable lead. Jalen Brunson scored 21 points, with most of them coming in the second half. He was 13-of-14 from the free throw line. Justin Smith added 11 points. – Official boxscore | Daily Herald ($), Chicago Tribune (sidebar) (sidebar 2), Joliet Herald-News, Peoria Journal-Star

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at Krupicka Varsity Invitational: The Patriots won the 10-team meet at Hinsdale Central, edging the host school, 141.85-138.11. Arie Feltman-Frank won the horizontal bar (8.2), was third in still rings (8.1), parallel bars (8.6) and in the all-around (49.3), and placed seventh on pommel horse. Elijah Klaber won the parallel bars (8.8), placed second on pommel horse (8.5), finished fourth on still rings, and tied teammate Matt Krames for 10th on horizontal bar. Krames was second in vault (9.3), fifth in floor exercise, and sixth in the all-around. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Fenwick Invitational: The Patriots beat Naperville North, 7-3, and advanced to the tournament semifinals on Saturday. Alex Kapecki and Dan Maleski led SHS (6-0) with two goals apiece, while Cris Tomasetti, Collin Kapecki and Kurt Holzer all scored one. –


Graduation Announcement Orders to be Delivered Tuesday

Seniors: Jostens will be at school to deliver graduation announcement orders on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons, directly outside of the Student Activities Office. Final payments are due at that time. Please feel free to call Jostens at 847-818-8419 with any questions or concerns.

Want to Change the World? Apply to Attend We Day Illinois

Do you want to change the world? Would you like to spend a day with several thousand students who want to change the world? NHS Service Outreach invites you to apply for a ticket to We Day Illinois, which will be held April 30 at the Allstate Arena. Schools are invited to attend, but are only offered a limited number of tickets for students. We Day tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned. If you think you deserve to go, tell us why at this link. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email

Report Bullying Through the In Case of Crisis App

Have you checked the In Case of Crisis app on your iPad? There’s been a content update to add a link to report bullying. You can provide information anonymously about bullying, harassment or intimidation. If you don’t have the app on your iPad, and would like help downloading it, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board is selling T-shirts for a special autism awareness event at the school in April. Autism Speaks/Light It Up Blue shirts are available through the Online Superstore for $10. Anyone purchasing a shirt is asked to wear it and help create a “blue out” at Stevenson’s Allied Soccer League game against Lakes Community High School in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Wearing the shirt will gain free admission to a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Click here for details.

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! Less than 75 spaces are left.

Did You Lose Something? Check 2416 or 5024

Please check Rooms 2416 and 5024 for missing swim and gym bags, as well as coats and sweatshirts.


Interested in a career in pharmacy? Available over Spring Break? The Career Exploration Program has an opportunity for a student to shadow a pharmacist over break. Please contact Mrs. Willock at for more details.

Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: The deadline to apply is April 3.

Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


Anime Club meets today in Room 1414 at 3:30.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? Come to the Meteorology Club’s next meeting at 3:45 today in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Sustainability Council meets today from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. For more information, contact Ms. LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at

The Ambassador yearbook club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2712.

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. Membership is open to all interested students. The club meets every Tuesday after school in Room 2202.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Tuesdays after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

Do you like geography and learning about different countries? Do you want to learn about countries you may have never heard of before? Have you taken or are you currently taking AP Human Geography? Then get Djibouti over to Geography Club! We meet every Monday after school in Room 7004. Kenya make it?


PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Cooking with Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar. This class will be at The Olive Tap in Long Grove from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Join us and learn how to incorporate premium Olive Oils and balsamic vinegar into your kitchen. Students will have an opportunity to taste several dishes where the flavors and textures of premium grade olive oil and balsamic vinegar are used. For more information or to register, click here.

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking about gardening. This session PREP is offering a series of three gardening classes to help you in the garden. Join us for the first one on Wednesday: Simple Garden and Landscape Design for the Homeowner. In this class, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will get you ready to design, upgrade or add a new garden area to your landscape this spring. Click here for more details and to reserve your spot in this class!


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