Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

Junior Jackson Bussell Wins State Golf Championship

Jackson Bussell on Saturday became the first boys golfer in school history to win the state championship. The junior captured medalist honors at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A state tournament, leading Stevenson to a third-place finish. Bussell is the school’s first state golf champion since Stephanie Miller (Class of 2013) captured the Class AA championship in 2010 and 2012. More details in the Patriot Sports section.

14 Students Earn Awards at ISU Technology Day

Fourteen students from the Architecture and Engineering Club won awards at the 17th annual Technology Day Competition at Illinois State University on Friday. Students competed in hands-on design challenges against peers from other high schools across the state in five categories: Transportation Technology, Engineering Design, Structural Technology, Invention and Innovation, and VEX Robotics.

Two student teams earned first-place honors. Freshmen Michael Zaslavskiy and Krushank Bayyapu placed first in the Level 1 Transportation Technology competition, while classmates Will Rademacher and Krethikram Gowrisankar were first in Level 1 Engineering Design.

Three teams placed second in their category: Freshmen Shreya Pullabhotla and Judith Zhu (Level 1 Invention and Innovation), freshmen Kendrick Boardman and Rushil Vora (Level 1 Engineering Design), and the VEX Robotics team of senior Abigail Starr and juniors Ethan Gordon, Erik Rademacher and Beulah Lee. Senior Joel Slaby and sophomore Clare O’Brien placed third in the Level 2 Transportation Technology competition.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 42, Waukegan 0: The Patriots (6-2, 5-1 North Suburban Conference) earned a berth in the state playoffs for the 29th consecutive year, blowing past the Bulldogs (0-8, 0-6) in a game that was postponed a day and moved to the Stadium due to unplayable field conditions in Waukegan. SHS had its highest offensive output of the year while shutting out an opponent for the second time. The Patriots wrap up the regular season with a home game against Warren Friday night.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 5, Glenbrook South 2: Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 29 saves and classmate Trevor Hilt scored a pair of goals as the host Patriots (13-2, 3-1) captured the Scholastic Hockey League contest at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. Trevor tallied the opening goal of the game and SHS went on to take a 4-0 lead behind scores from junior Zach Wesley and seniors Jackson Leptich and Michael Dowd. Michael added two assists, and junior Adam Offenbach also had a pair. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Tournament: Jackson Bussell shot a 4-under-par 68 at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington to edge Neuqua Valley’s Jack Vercautren for the individual championship by one stroke. Playing in his second state tournament, the junior posted a two-day score of 141, 3 under par, en route to becoming the first boys golfer to capture the IHSA championship. He blistered the back nine, shooting birdies on four of the first seven holes and finished with a 32 after an even-par 36 on the front nine. Jackson finished with six birdies on the day, the same as his first round on Friday, when he carded a 1-over 73. He is the first Patriot golfer to finish in the top 10 individually. The previous best was 12th-place finishes from Magnus Tedestedt and Tom Bydalek in 1990 and 2001, respectively. Stevenson had a team score of 602, behind state champion Hinsdale Central (593) and Lake Forest (595). The third-place finish by coach John Rueth’s squad was the highest in school history, topping an eighth-place showing in 1987, and the first state trophy in program history. Junior Mark Noonan recorded a 2-over-par 74 on Saturday, freshman Conor Pan had a 76 and senior Matt Schawel shot a 77 to give SHS a score of 295, 12 strokes ahead of their opening round effort. Conor finished the tournament with a 9-over-par 153. Matt and Mark tied at 155. Junior Alex Kim turned in a 162. Senior Phillippe Kim golfed on Saturday, shooting an 82. Senior Brett Ekenberg posted an 87 on Friday. – Team Results | Individual Results | News-Sun

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A State Tournament: The Patriots finished 12th in their first state appearance since 2007. Sophomore Joyce Bai led SHS with a two-day score of 165 at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. Joyce was followed closely by freshman Kelly Dong (166) and senior Olivia Stomberg (167). Freshman Sophia Zhuang carded a 175, sophomore Julia Yoo posted a 180 and senior Katie Hannahs turned in a 188. Kelly shot the best round on Saturday, a 10-over-par 82. – Official Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The Patriots breezed to their seventh consecutive sectional championship, capturing the top two slots in singles and doubles, and will send six players to this week’s state tournament. Senior Zoe Taylor won the singles championship, defeating sophomore Athena Kolli, who rallied in the semifinals to reach the title match. Zoe won all four of her sectional matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores. In doubles, senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser rallied to defeat their teammates, senior Kate Harvey and junior Elizabeth Ferdman, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. In the team standings, Stevenson amassed 36 points; runner-up Cary Grove had 16. The state tournament begins Thursday. – Official Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots placed second behind Plainfield, 291-232.5, in the eight-team meet. Junior Ashley Carollo won the 100-yard backstroke in 58.62 seconds, and also swam a leg on the victorious 200 medley relay with sophomore Lucy Stevens, junior Natalie Wess and senior Kaily Chou (1:53.31). The third win for SHS came from senior Iza Pelka, who won the 100 butterfly (59.51). Stevenson also had four third-place efforts: Iza in the 500 freestyle (5:09.06), Ashley in the 100 free (55.09), the 200 free relay unit of Iza, Kaily, Lucy and senior Sasha Kokhan (1:41.70), and the 400 free relay team of Sasha, Ashley, Iza and sophomore Madeleine O’Donnell (3:43.17).

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Fall Harvest Festival: At Plainfield Central, the Patriots (21-12) won two of their three matches on the day, finishing the tournament with a 4-1 record and fifth place in their division. SHS posted victories over Naperville North (8-25, 25-22, 25-18) and Yorkville (25-22, 25-19), and fell to Nazareth (25-22, 27-25). Junior Sophie Sorenson had 28 kills and 10 aces in the three matches. Senior Alex Cuc dished out 47 assists while making only two errors in 140 set attempts. Senior Chloe Robinson made 40 digs and also was 16-of-16 setting with seven assists. Senior Sara Bufe recorded six solo blocks. This marks the 14th consecutive 20-win season for Stevenson, which travels to Grant on Tuesday before playing its final home match Wednesday against Warren.

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 5, Stevenson 4: At Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette, the Trevians snapped the Patriots’ 11-game winning streak. Senior Jackson Leptich scored the only goal of the first period to give SHS (12-2 overall, 2-1 Scholastic Hockey League) a 1-0 lead. Senior Michael Dowd had the assist, one of his three assists in the contest. After New Trier (7-2, 3-0) scored three times, Stevenson stormed back to tie the game at 3-3 on goals by junior Carter Devlin and senior Trevor Hilt. The Trevians responded with two unanswered goals before Trevor added his second goal late in the third period. – Boxscore

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A State Tournament: SHS was 12th after the first day of action. Sophomore Joyce Bai led SHS with a 10-over-par 82. She was followed by senior Olivia Stomberg (83), and freshmen Kelly Dong (84) and Sophia Zhuang (88). Also competing for the Patriots were sophomore Julia Yoo (90) and senior Katie Hannahs (99). – Official Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Tournament: The Patriots finished the first day in fourth place. Junior Jackson Bussell shot a 1-over-par 73, which included six birdies, to lead SHS. He posted a 1-under-par 35 over his first nine holes before shooting 38 on the final nine. Freshman Conan Pan carded a 77, senior Matt Schawel shot a 78 and junior Alex Kim had a 79. Stevenson’s other golfers were junior Mark Noonan (81) and senior Brett Ekenberg (87). – Official Results

Field Hockey

Stevenson 3, Naperville North 0: With the win, the Patriots advanced to the second round of the Illinois Field Hockey Association playoffs. SHS will play at New Trier at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Girls Tennis

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: All four of the Patriots’ entries posted straight-set victories and advanced to Saturday’s semifinals: senior Zoe Taylor and sophomore Athena Kolli in singles, and in doubles, senior Kate Harvey and junior Elizabeth Ferdman, and senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser.

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Fall Harvest Festival: The Patriots (19-11) won both of their matches on the first day of the two-day tournament at Plainfield Central. SHS beat Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep (25-23, 25-14) and Plainfield North (22-25, 25-20, 27-25). In the win over Plainfield North, junior Sophie Sorenson had 13 kills, served six aces and made 10 digs. Sophomore Lily Cozzi added 11 kills while senior Chloe Robinson had 33 digs while going 4-for-4 in setting with seven assists. Senior Alex Cuc was 58-of-60 setting with 30 assists. Sophie had five kills, three aces and eight digs against IC Catholic Prep. Chloe made 16 digs and Alex was 49-of-50 setting with 17 assists.

NSC Cross Country Meets Moved to Today

The North Suburban Conference boys and girls cross country championships will be held today at Warren High School’s O’Plaine Campus. The meets were postponed Saturday due to the wet conditions at the College of Lake County.

Boys Soccer Team Hosting Regional This Week

The boys soccer team will face Wheeling in the IHSA Class 3A Stevenson Regional at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Stadium. The Patriots are the No. 13 seed in the Fremd Sectional, while Wheeling is No. 4. The winner of Tuesday’s match will face the winner of No. 5 Buffalo Grove/No. 12 Warren for the regional title at 10 a.m. Saturday.


Mandatory Meeting for String Students Going on Tour

String students going on the trip to Sicily and Rome in 2018 will have a mandatory fundraiser meeting from 3:30-4 p.m. today in the Orchestra Room.

Taking Driver Education Next Semester?

Students enrolled in Driver Education for second semester, and their parents or guardians, will have an information meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Students will complete an online permit application and permit test, while parents and guardians will receive information about the SHS driver education program. Please RSVP at this link. If your parents or guardians are unavailable, you may attend the meeting and start the permitting process. For those unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, there will be mandatory meetings for students only during the week of Nov. 6-11. Read this letter for more details.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pumpkin pies, cheesecake, “puppy chow” and more will be available, all for $1. Adults may volunteer to donate items; use this link to sign up.

Winter Guard Audition Information

Winter Guard is open to all students (female and male) who are interested in performing precision routines, interpreting music through dance and flag/rifle work. (Watch last year’s show.) Winter Guard is competitive and performs at different high schools in the Midwest. Pre-audition clinics will be held in the Wood Commons from 6-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 23-24, and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Auditions will be held from 6-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30-31 in the Wood Commons. If you have questions, send them to


The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will meet from 3:30-4:30 Thursday in Room 1612. The club will be making style boards to compete in a fashion competition for the new brand selling at Macy’s, “Boy Meets Girl!” There will be one guaranteed winner from Stevenson. In order to participate, you must be at the meeting!

Interactive Gamers Club will host an Ixalan draft after school Thursday! The cost is $5, and each player will participate in a three-pack draft. Players must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate, and can keep the cards once the tournament is done! Come and join us in the Staff Dining Room (Room 1204) and learn to play the new pirates, vampires and dinosaurs cards.


All juniors and their parents are invited to the College Career Center’s annual “Finding the Fit” program from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. The night is a kickoff to the college search-and-selection process for students in the Class of 2019. Post Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will discuss how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students, and the overall timeline for the search and application process over the next 18 months. The presentation will be using a web-based program called Pear Deck, so juniors and their families are encouraged to bring their SHS iPads or an electronic device connected to a Gmail address. There also will be a special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans from 6:30-6:50 p.m. in the Recital Hall, which is adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.

Students and their parents can learn about nearly 180 colleges and universities at the Illinois Regional College Fair from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the College of Lake County. The fair will be held in the Physical Education Center, Building 7, on CLC’s Grayslake campus. For more information, including the financial aid sessions and a list of colleges being represented, call 847-543-2588 or visit

Bradley, Northwestern, Maryland, South Carolina, Arizona State, Wake Forest and Syracuse are among the more than 25 colleges coming to visit Stevenson next week. To see the complete list of college rep visits, and to find out how to sign up for one, visit


All freshman student-athletes and transfer student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2017-18 school year. There are seven possible dates; each occurs on a late-arrival day. The first meeting opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs.

The freshman boys basketball informational meeting will take place at 8 a.m.  Wednesday in Room 8046. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Gimre at

Fencing tryouts will be held from 3:45-5:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 in the Field House. Please be sure you are registered and a current physical is on file with the Athletics Office.

ESPPA award nominations for the fall season are now being accepted through Oct. 30. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. All are welcome to vote, including parents, fans and students. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Hodge at


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