Monday, May 15, 2017

Badminton Team Wins State Title

Stevenson’s badminton team won the Illinois High School Association state championship on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. This is the second state badminton title for SHS, which won its first in 2012. Leading the way for the Patriots was freshman Esther Shi, who won the school’s first state singles championship since 1999. Stevenson also received a second-place finish in doubles from senior May Ling and Jenny Yang. Those three, along with senior singles player Ashley Richardson and the doubles team of junior Shirley Cao and freshman Kaitlyn Lu, will be honored during a ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Thursday in Room 2104. Also honored will be the badminton team coaches: head coach Grant Johnson and assistant coaches Mike Fitzgerald, Derek Howell, Matt Edstrom and Bob Smith.

The badminton state title capped an exceptional weekend for the SHS athletic program.  Senior gymnast Matt Krames earn two state medals, the boys and girls water polo teams won sectional championships, and the boys tennis squad captured the North Suburban Conference crown. Details are available in the Sports section below.

Four Place in Top 10 at National BPA Conference

Two members of the Business Professionals of America club finished second, and two others placed in the top 10, at the 2017 BPA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida last weekend. Sophomore Claire Huang was runner-up in Administrative Support Concepts, and junior Conrad Oberhaus was second in Accounting Math Concepts. Also finishing in the top 10 in their events were sophomores Maitreyee Malpekar (Fundamental Accounting) and Miranda Liu (Fundamental Word Processing). Fifteen members of Stevenson’s BPA club participated at the national conference.

Archery Team Qualifies for World Tournament

Junior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished fourth out of 2,150 competitors in the Female Division at the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, May 12. The junior shot a score of 295 that included 25 bullseyes, and she also won $15,000 in a scholarship shootout at the tournament.

Hartman-Stackhouse’s performance led Stevenson to a school-record score of 3,327 with an SHS record 182 bullseyes. The squad finished 64th out of 248 teams, and qualified for the NASP World Tournament in Orlando, Florida July 21-22. Several other team members posted personal-best scores in Louisville, and sophomore Rachel French pulled off what head coach Jane Klewin called “an almost impossible feat.” Click here to see their results.

Five Students Help Start eSports Team

Five students who are part of the school’s inaugural Patriot Gaming eSports League of Legends team are competing in tournaments now and this summer. Seniors Jesse Brodacz, Chip Ogar, Joshua Wu, Karen Karapetyan and Ryan Johnson are taking part in this spring’s High School League of Legends tournament with 12 other Chicagoland high schools. This summer, the five will participate in the nationwide eSports League of Legends tournament sponsored by Riot games. Students interested in joining Stevenson’s eSports team are invited to an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 2516.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots won their second state championship as freshman Esther Shi captured the singles title and senior May Ling and freshman Jenny Yang finished second in doubles. Stevenson edged Neuqua Valley, 18.5-17.0, in the team standings for its first outright state crown. SHS tied Naperville North for the 2012 championship. Shi, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, defeated top-seeded Emma Lin of Naperville North, 21-13, 21-11, to become the second state singles champion from Stevenson. Shi joins Miwa Kuniwake, who won the state title in 1999. Shi won all six of her state tournament matches in straight sets, three each day. She defeated Vaishali Manoharan of Waubonsie Valley in the quarterfinals (21-7, 21-8) and toppled Fremd’s Kellie Liu in the semifinals (21-14, 21-11). In doubles, Yang and Ling reached the championship match before falling to top-seeded Joyce Chen and Shrinithi Venkatesan of Neuqua Valley, 21-17, 21-13. Ling and Yang, a 5-8 seed, upset second-seeded Hannah Chen and Sharon Wu of Fremd in the quarterfinals, 21-16, 17-21, 21-13, then knocked off 3-4 seed Nitya Nagarajan and Allison Yu of Metea Valley in the semifinals, 21-14, 17-21, 21-14. SHS also received points from senior Ashley Richardson, who reached the consolation singles semifinals. She won five of seven matches during her fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament. – Official Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: At Hinsdale Central, senior Matt Krames finished his career by earning two more medals, despite performing with a separated shoulder and tendinitis. He tied for second in the floor exercise with a score of 9.55, and was fourth in vault with a score of 9.25. Krames also tied for ninth in the all-around competition on Friday night. Krames finished his career with five individual state medals. He won the state floor exercise title and was third on parallel bars in 2016, and was sixth in the all-around in 2015. He was a member of Stevenson’s state champion team in 2015 and was on the roster when the Patriots were runners-up in 2014. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: Claire Haas scored seven goals to lead the top-seeded Patriots (31-2) past second-seeded Mundelein, 16-2, for their fourth consecutive sectional championship and a berth in the state tournament in home water. SHS will face St. Ignatius in the state quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Against Mundelein, Stevenson took a 3-1 lead after the first quarter, then blew things open with a 5-0 second quarter. Eileen Hoang, Lauren Maloney and Kalista Tapas scored two goals each, while Julia Nicholson, Amelia Eastman and Ashley Carollo each had one. Goalie Anna Mossakowski made 11 saves. Mundelein, which won 10 games last season, finished 22-12. – Daily Herald

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: The unbeaten and top-seeded Patriots improved to 33-0 by beating second-seeded Mundelein, 19-5, for their sixth straight sectional title. Andrew Shashin scored five goals and Collin Kapecki and Dan Maleski each had four for SHS, which will face Lincoln-Way East in the state quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Rahul Arun, Justin Ginsberg and Eric Osuch each added two goals. Charlie Day made five saves. Stevenson scored the first four goals of the game, and after the Mustangs (17-14) rallied to make the score 5-2, the Patriots poured in six unanswered goals to take command. –, Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots won all three singles titles and two of four doubles crowns as they dethroned host Lake Forest for their first conference championship since 2013. Each title match featured an SHS-LFHS matchup. In singles, Zach Kim posted a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 1, Sam Komis rolled at No. 2, 6-3, 6-1, and Brian Weisberg breezed at No. 3, 6-2, 6-1. Jeremy Park and Michael Maryniuk prevailed at No. 3 doubles, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, and Gary Braznichenko and Nick Ryding were 6-4, 6-4 winners at No. 4 doubles. The teams of Aswath Viswanathan/Arjun Sheelvanth and Andy Dong/Matt Harvey were second at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, respectively. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: Freshman Esther Shi and the doubles team of senior May Ling and freshman Jenny Yang won their first three matches in the two-day tournament, while the Patriots’ two other entries won two of three. Shi, the No. 2 seed in singles, rolled past opponents from Glenbrook South (21-4, 21-3), Elgin (21-6, 21-8) and Naperville North (21-9, 21-11) to advance to the quarterfinals. Ling and Yang, a 5-8 seed, also reached the quarterfinals, albeit by a different path. They beat duos from Lake Park (21-8, 21-16) and Lyons (21-10, 21-10), then won their third-round match over Naperville North when the opponent suffered an injury default with a 17-10 lead in the first set. Senior Ashley Richardson, a 9-12 seed, beat foes from Conant (21-9, 21-6) and Glenbrook North (21-13, 21-16) before losing a tough three-set match to a 5-8 seed from Fremd (21-19, 12-21, 22-20). Junior Shirley Cao and freshman Kaitlyn Lu beat tandems from Hoffman Estates (21-8, 21-16) and Naperville Central (21-12, 21-9) before falling to the top seeds from Neuqua Valley (21-13, 21-7). They then were eliminated with a three-set loss to Lake Park (10-21, 21-15, 21-15). – Official Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: Andrew Shashin scored seven goals and Dan Maleski added six as the top-seeded Patriots (32-0) rolled over fifth-seeded McHenry, 21-2, in the semifinals. Collin Kapecki scored three times. Charlie Day and Nik Ebeling combined to make 13 saves. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: Claire Haas scored six goals and Fiona Gaffney added three as the top-seeded Patriots (30-2) bowled over fifth-seeded Buffalo Grove, 21-3, in the semifinals. SHS took an 8-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Bella Greenspan, Kalista Tapas, Eileen Hoang and Lauren Maloney had two goals each, while Ashley Carollo, Julia Nicholson, Amelia Eastman and Maanasa Devabhaktuni also scored. Starting goalie Anna Mossakowski made three saves and Brigitte Lefebvre followed with four.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 10, Lake Zurich 5: Austin Masters and Demetre Crews each scored three goals as the visiting Patriots (10-7, 5-3 North Suburban Conference) continued their winning ways. Masters added an assist for SHS, which has won nine of its last 11 games. Chad Winter made 12 saves. Colin Bowler scored two goals. Hunter Gleason scored a goal and had two assists, while Bryan Spruce scored once and added an assist. Shane Sokolsky and Caleb DiMaria also registered one assist apiece. Nick Del Barto and Matt Henry had four ground balls each. Lake Zurich fell to 6-9, 1-6. – @PatsLax,


Evanston 12, Stevenson 9: The visiting Patriots (12-16) made seven errors that led to all 12 Wildkit runs being unearned, spoiling a nice pitching effort by Riley Housinger. Alana Labaschin had three hits and drove in two runs. Emma Oriatti hit a three-run home run. Vera Pflugradt, Gwen Heilman and Anna Fossier each had two hits.

Spring Sports Awards Night Tuesday

All spring sports athletes and their parents or guardians are invited to the Spring Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sports Center.

Girls Soccer Hosting IHSA Regional Tuesday

The varsity girls soccer team will take on Carmel in the IHSA Class 3A Stevenson Regional semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Stadium. Admission is $4. The Patriots are the No. 12 seed in the Warren Sectional, while the Corsairs are the No. 7 seed. The winner of Tuesday’s semifinal will face the winner of No. 2 Warren-No. 15 Waukegan at 11 a.m. Saturday for the regional title.

First 50 SHS Students Get in Free to State Water Polo

The Sports Boosters will continue its tradition of paying for the first 50 Stevenson students to attend the IHSA Water Polo State Tournament in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Thursday and Friday nights. The girls will play at 7 p.m. Thursday and the boys at 7 p.m. Friday. Students should present their ID at the admission window.

Hjorth Talks With “Edgy Tim” on Patriot Football

Longtime Illinois football writer Tim “Edgy Tim” O’Halloran of Rivals interviewed new head football coach Josh Hjorth on Thursday. They talked about Hjorth’s loyalty to SHS despite opportunities at other schools, how he juggles his coaching duties with his job as a special education teacher, and the stability of the program he is taking over. Click here to listen to the interview.


Pick Up Your Yearbooks This Week

Juniors and seniors may pick up their yearbook during all lunch periods on Tuesday. Freshmen and sophomores may pick up their yearbook during all lunch periods Wednesday. Pick up locations are the Patriot Lobby by Room 2104 and the Performing Arts Center lobby. You must have your student ID to pick up your yearbook.

Mandatory Meeting for 2017-18 AP Art Students

There will be a mandatory meeting for all AP 2D Design (Media) and AP Drawing students today from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1426. All AP 3D Design students will have a mandatory meeting on Tuesday from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1422. The purposes of the meetings are to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Work from the summer assignments will be a significant factor in the first six-week grading period. Attendance at this meeting is expected. If you have a conflict, please contact Mrs. Hyken ( and arrange a time to pick up your materials before the end of the day on Friday in Room 1426.

Library Books Must Be Returned by Wednesday

Please return all library books and pay any overdue fines to the West ILC by Wednesday. After Wednesday, no library materials may be checked out if you have overdue books or fines.

Dance Company Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Auditions for the Mélange and Repertory dance companies will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-7 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room 2010). Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. They will be given a warm-up exercise and learn phrase work. Students should come prepared to perform a 1-minute solo of their own unique choreography, in the modern contemporary style. For more details and to sign up for the audition, click here.

Clean Out Your PE Locker by Next Monday

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday, May 22. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Final Exam Update From the Testing Center

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on final exam days. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or PE. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.


Breakfast with Books will have its last meeting of the year at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the ILC. Local author Mitch Granger will be here to talk about his new book and raffle off some signed copies. All students are welcome!


The Horatio Alger Association is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue post-secondary education at a community college or technical school this fall. Eligibility criteria include: Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution, show financial need, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, involvement in community service activities, and is a United States citizen. Applications can be found at If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).  


The girls basketball team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2002. Don’t forget to register for summer camp/leagues!

There will be an informational meeting for girls cross country at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater (Room 4200). If you cannot make the meeting, contact Coach LeVanti at


The Intramural Department will have open gym basketball for any interested student from 6-8 p.m. tonight in the Field House. All you need to participate is your current school ID.


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