Chess Team Wins League Championship
Despite missing its top player due to the flu and two others with schedule conflicts, Stevenson won the North Suburban Chess League championships at Niles West High School on Saturday. SHS went 4-0 by beating Waukegan, Glenbrook North, Maine South and Highland Park. This is the chess team’s third NSCL title in the past four years; the Patriots also won the league in 2016 and 2015.
The winning roster featured freshman Ricky Wang on Board 1, senior Conrad Oberhaus (Board 2), junior Miranda Liu (Board 3), sophomore Adam Wallach (Board 4), junior Alex Pressman (Board 5), freshman David Wallach (Board 6), and seniors Kavin Lavari (Board 7) and Shashank Bala (Board 8). Miranda, Adam and Alex won first place on their boards.
The chess team will play at the Illinois High School Association sectional tournament at Palatine on Saturday. This is the first year the IHSA has had sectional-level competition in chess.
Baroque Ensemble Concert Tuesday
The Baroque Ensemble and Viol Consort will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
VEX Robotics Competition at SHS Saturday
Stevenson will host its annual VEX Robotics Tournament from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Wood Commons. The event is free and open to the public. Forty robots from 10 schools have been entered into the competition. An area will be set aside for children to build robots. Here are links to help prepare for watching the action: How a game works (video) | Official rules/scoring | Sample match (video)
More Than 100 Compete in Annual Tech Day
More than 100 students took part in the Technology Education Department’s fourth annual SHS Tech Day after school Thursday. They competed in five events, demonstrating skills taught in the technology education courses. The top three finishers receiving medals were:
3D Architecture: Senior Borler Wu (first place), senior Terence O’Brien (second) and junior Anjana Ganapathy (third). Their task was to create a home using Revit software.
3D Modeling: Senior Tim Green (first), freshman Judith Zhu (second) and freshman Daniel Kulbachenko (third). They raced to accurately create the most 3D models using Autodesk Inventor.
Media Arts Challenge: Senior Angelica “Danny” Levit (first) and sophomore XinYue Zhu (second). In this competition, students had to create a persuasive public service announcement using digital media (game, website, printed media or video) to raise awareness for a topic of their choice.
VEX Robotics Skills Challenge: Senior Abby Starr, juniors Ethan Gordon, Beulah Lee and Erik Rademacher, and sophomores Pranav Putta and Rahul Subramanian shared first place. They took part in the “In The Zone” skills challenge, stacking and moving cones using their robots.
Team Design Challenge: Freshmen John Lim and Hayden Gantt (first), sophomore Caimin Xi and junior Rhea Pillai (second), and freshman Krushank Bayyapu, junior Vaishakh Vinod and sophomore Weiran Zhao (third). The challenge featured groups of two to three students creating a solution to deliver balls across the room with limited supplies.
Kindernacht Event, Foundation Children’s Play Cancelled
The German Club’s Kindernacht event scheduled for Friday night has been canceled. Also, the Stevenson Foundation children’s play scheduled for Feb. 4, The Velveteen Rabbit, has been canceled.
Sunday, Jan. 21 Varsity Results
Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 3, Glenbrook North 0: Senior goalie Elias Sandholm made 17 saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season for the host Patriots (47-14-2 overall, 19-5 Scholastic Hockey League). Junior Carter Devlin’s first-period power play goal was the only scoring Stevenson needed, and it came off assists from senior Trevor Hilt and junior Adam Offenbach. Senior Michael Dowd added a pair of insurance goals in the third period. The first was unassisted, while the second was set up by seniors Jack Wiley and Roey Kleiman. SHS outshot the Spartans, 35-17. The two teams square off again Wednesday night. – Box Score
Saturday, Jan. 20 Varsity Results
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Mundelein Sectional: The Patriettes won their second consecutive sectional championship and third in the last four years, qualifying for this weekend’s state finals in Bloomington. SHS will be making its sixth straight state appearance. Stevenson has placed in the top 10 every year, and captured the state title in 2017. – Official Results
Stevenson at IHSA DeKalb Sectional: Senior Lucas Pinkus broke two school records at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, capturing the individual championship and leading the Patriots to a third-place finish and a berth in this weekend’s state tournament in O’Fallon. Lucas rolled a six-game series score of 1,547 pins, shattering the record of 1,476 set by Zach Singer during the 2015-16 season, and giving him a 51-pin advantage over the runner-up from Fulton.. Lucas also broke Zach’s three-game series record of 815 by shooting a 837 series in the morning session. He had games of 280, 279 and 278 in the morning, throwing 32 out of a possible 36 strikes. Other than a 297 game he recorded at last year’s sectional, the morning trio represented the three highest games of Lucas’ career. Four freshmen contributed to Stevenson’s six-game pin total of 6,231, the 10th-best in program history. Nicholas Sternes had a 1,207 series with a high game of 226. He was followed by Ryan Lerman (1,189 series, 255 high game), Joey Gluck (1,162, 243) and Benjamin Ries (1,126, 217). This will be the third time in the last four years that Stevenson has qualified for the state tournament. SHS won the state championship two years ago. – Official Results | Daily Herald
Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: At Antioch, the Patriots rolled to their second consecutive county championship. SHS amassed 187 points, ahead of Libertyville (163.5) and Warren (144.5). Junior Max Gomez won the 195-pound championship, pinning his opponent from Mundelein, to whom he lost in last year’s sectional. Six other Pats reached the finals before settling for second place: juniors Tommy Frezza (120) and Anand Batbaatar (285), seniors Muzi Sitshela (152) and Danny Ganzman (182), and sophomore Ean Norenberg (220). All 14 of Stevenson’s entries in the two-day tournament scored points. Freshman Randy Lu and junior Yoni Leibovitz finished third at 106 and 113, respectively. Senior Jake Simon was fifth at 145 and classmate Michael Karp took sixth at 132. – Daily Herald
Stevenson 54, Waukegan 52: Four Patriots scored in double figures and SHS (10-6, 4-2) came away with a North Suburban Conference win on the road. Sophomore Matthew Ambrose led Stevenson with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and added four blocked shots and three assists. Junior Luke Chieng scored 11 points and had a trio of three-pointers, while seniors Jackson Qualley and Samvit Ram added 10 apiece. Jackson and Samvit each dished out four assists, and Jackson pulled down six rebounds. Senior Nick Bonk contributed nine points and six boards. Stevenson hit nine of 10 free-throw attempts late in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. SHS led 18-6 after the first quarter and 28-20 at halftime, but the Bulldogs (10-7, 3-3) rallied in the second half and pulled even at 41-41 with 4:48 remaining. – Daily Herald
Stevenson 70, Waukegan 34: The visiting Patriots (12-9, 7-2) blew past the Bulldogs, putting the game away in the first half. SHS led 16-4 after the first quarter and 33-7 at halftime. Senior Klaire Steffens scored 13 of her game-high 18 points in the first half. Sophomore Avery King and freshman Nicole Ware had 11 points each. The total was a career-high for Nicole. Stevenson will play host to Lake Forest in the “Think Pink/Kay Yow Night” cancer fundraiser games on Tuesday.
Boys Swimming and Diving
New Trier 102, Stevenson 84: The Trevians rallied in the final five events to spoil Senior Day and extend their unbeaten streak in dual meets, which extends back three years. The loss was the first for the Patriots in two-and-a-half seasons. Defending 50-yard freestyle state champion Topher Stensby, a junior, won that event (20.68) and the 100 free (45.95), and senior Daniel Ng won the 200 free (1:43.45) and the 100 butterfly (52.58). Senior diver Danny Less recorded a career-best in 1-meter diving (224.75) while finishing second. Sophomore Jack Zhang had the team’s other second-place individual showing, in the 100 backstroke (54.15). In the relays, Stevenson received strong runner-up finishes in the 200 and 400 free. The 200 free relay team of Daniel, Topher, junior Alex Guo and senior Collin Kapecki posted the third-fastest time in school history (1:25.89), which is the second-best in the state this season. The 400 free unit of Daniel, Topher, Jack and sophomore Nick Comini swam the fourth-fastest race in program history (3:10.06), also second in the state this season. – Daily Herald
Friday, Jan. 19 Varsity Results
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: At Mundelein, the Patriots won their fifth consecutive title. SHS posted a score of 90.93, ahead of runner-up Lake Zurich (84.71) and Warren (78.52). Stevenson’s junior varsity also won the NSC championship, edging Lake Zurich, 72.73-67.60.
Warren 46, Stevenson 27: Senior Klaire Steffens led the Patriots (11-9, 5-2) in Gurnee. Junior Kristin Hill scored six points and senior Kiana Cencula added five. SHS trailed by five at halftime, 18-13, but the Blue Devils (17-5, 8-1) pulled away in the second half for their 11th win in the last 12 games, and took sole possession of first place in the NSC. – Daily Herald
Tickets for Freshman-Sophomore Play Available
Tickets for Our Town, this year’s freshman-sophomore play, are available online for $6 until noon on Friday, Feb. 2. Click here to order tickets. The Thornton Wilder classic will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3, in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be picked up at the Will Call table on the day of the performance. Who do you know in the show? Here is the cast list.
Badminton open gym will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on three Sundays, Jan. 28, and Feb. 11 and 18, in the Field House and is open to all SHS students. Rackets will be provided for those who do not have their own. Please contact Coach Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Winter sport ESPPA nominations are now open and are due by Feb. 23. Please go to this link to nominate an athlete or team for one or more categories. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hodge at email@example.com.
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