Chess Team Wins Sectional Championship
Stevenson’s chess team won the 22-school Illinois High School Association Palatine Sectional championship on Saturday, earning a berth in the state tournament Feb. 9-10 in Peoria. This is the first year the IHSA has held sectional tournaments to determine state qualifiers. SHS, the top seed in the sectional, won all four of its matches, defeating Palatine, Hersey, Glenbrook North and Highland Park, which was the No. 2 seed. Three Patriots recorded perfect scores on their boards: Senior Alex Bian (Board 1), freshman Ricky Wang (2) and junior Jack Xiao (6). Other participants for Stevenson included junior Miranda Liu, senior Conrad Oberhaus, sophomore Adam Wallach, junior Alex Presman, freshman David Wallach, and juniors Kavin Lavari and Shashank Bala.
Debate Trio Reaches Semifinals at Atlanta Event
Ten members of the SHS debate team competed at Emory University’s Barkley Forum in Atlanta last weekend. Three of them reached the semifinal round of 60 and earned a bid to the 2018 Tournament of Champions in Kentucky: Seniors Abhiram Kakuturu and Saketh Prazad, and junior Anubhav Agarwal. The rest of the Stevenson contingent included seniors Joy Wang and Jeremy Yu, juniors Megan Bi, Aniket Nuthalapati and Tim Yoon, and freshmen Aditi Singh and Michelle Velyunskiy. Overall, 160 debaters from around the country took part in the tournament.
Senior Archer Second in Champaign Tournament
Senior archer Sami Hartman-Stackhouse took second place at the second annual Jefferson Jaguar Schweighart Shootout in Champaign last weekend. She recorded a score of 294 with 24 bullseyes in 30 attempts. Sophomore Caitlin Goldberg and junior Rebecca Azevedo finished 12th and 13th, respectively, in the High School Girls Division. Caitlin posted a score of 280 and Rebecca had a 279. Both recorded 13 bullseyes. On the boys’ side, senior Brandon Raef placed 26th with a score of 273 and 10 bullseyes.
Final Course Selection Evening for Incoming Freshmen
The second of two Course Selection Evenings for incoming freshmen and their parents or guardians will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday in the West Building. Counselors will be on hand in Room 2104 to answer questions about elective courses at Stevenson, and parents can turn in any completed enrollment forms. A school nurse also will be available to answer health-related questions. Families should park in lot B and enter the Forum (“Point” entrance) to check in.
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Sunday, Jan. 28 Varsity Results
Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, Loyola Gold 1: Senior Jackson Leptich and junior Carter Devlin each scored two goals, and senior goalie Elias Sandholm made 25 saves, as the second-place Patriots (48-15-2 overall, 20-6 Scholastic Hockey League) handed the Ramblers (24-1 SHL) their first league loss of the season. Seniors Michael Dowd and Jake Camp and junior Adam Offenbach registered two assists apiece for SHS, which scored the game’s first three goals before Loyola lit the lamp early in the third period. The game marked the regular-season finale for Stevenson, which has won nine of its last 12 games.
Saturday, Jan. 27 Varsity Results
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Finals: In Bloomington, the Patriettes finished third with 93.34 points, behind York (96.26) and Maine South (94.72). SHS reached the finals by posting the fourth-highest score in Friday’s preliminaries (93.50). This is Stevenson’s fifth top-three finish in the six years that competitive dance has been an IHSA event. SHS placed third in 2014, second in 2013 and 2016, and won it all last year. This year’s roster included seniors Hannah Cohen, Sophia Connolly, Maya Gold, Wesley Harris, Jennifer Hong, Sarah Kravitz, Marissa Levi, Nikki Morris, Ilyssa Muise and Amanda Weil, juniors Jessica Altenberg, Paige Melcher, Haley Sachs, Angelina Silvestri, Emily Sparber and Kathryn Will, and sophomores Jordyn Knysz, Grace McElhinny, Maya Newmark and Arielle Reinstein. The head coach was Kristin Piekarski, and her assistant was Laura Moschel. – Official Results
Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: Senior Lucas Pinkus finished fifth overall, leading the freshman-laden Patriots to a 12th-place finish at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, near St. Louis. Lucas entered the second day of competition in 25th place, but surged to finish with 2,660 pins, a 221.7 per-game average. In the morning session, he rolled a 648 series that included a 246 high game, then saved his best for the last session. He bowled games of 276, 235 and 225 for a 736 series. On Friday, he posted a 654 series in the morning and a 622 in the afternoon. With his fifth-place finish, Lucas becomes the third state medalist in program history, behind Zach Singer and Richy Zenner, who finished 1-2 when Stevenson won state in 2016. Lucas was the only Patriot to compete in all 12 games of the two-day tournament. Three freshmen bowled 11 games: Nicholas Sternes (2,040 series, 222 high game), Ryan Lerman (1,996, 237) and Joey Gluck (1,990, 237). Another ninth-grader, Benjamin Ries, bowled nine games (1,662, 216). Also contributing to the Patriots’ final pin total were senior Marcus Engstrom, junior Kerry Mueller and freshman Josh Lerner. Head coach Cody Mathias, who won state in his first year, earned his second medal in three seasons at the helm. His assistant coach was Paul Mazzuca. – Final Standings, Friday Results | Daily Herald
Stevenson at IHSA Niles West Sectional: The Patriots won the sectional championship with 88.84 points, ahead of Lake Zurich (87.41) and 13 other teams, qualifying for this weekend’s state finals in Bloomington. This is the third straight year Stevenson has reached the state finals, and the sectional title was the sixth in program history. – Official Results
Stevenson at Illinois Championships: At New Trier, the Patriots won the overall title in the men’s and women’s divisions, and also claimed first place in four weapons: women’s foil, women’s epee, women’s saber and men’s saber. Two fencers won top honors in their weapon, senior Rachel Aranyi (women’s epee) and freshman Nikita Vasilyev (men’s saber). Seventeen other Patriots earned medals. Sophomore Rachel Roh was second in women’s saber, while junior David Liu was second in men’s epee. Junior Chloe Myers placed third in women’s saber, junior Benjamin Levsky and senior Steven Xia tied for third in men’s saber, senior Angelica Lopez and sophomore Aya Taira tied for third in women’s foil, and sophomore Maya Parekh and senior Annie Lu tied for third in women’s epee. Other medalists included junior Geeta Jhangiani (fifth, women’s epee), sophomore Ethan Zhou (sixth, men’s saber), senior Benjamin Singson (sixth, men’s epee), senior Shiho Suto (seventh, women’s epee), sophomore Steve Yoo (seventh, men’s saber), sophomore Sanya Bawa (seventh, women’s saber), junior Patrick Lawless (eighth, men’s foil) and Coline Choi (eighth, women’s saber).
Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at Middleton (Wis.) Public School Invitational: The Patriots finished second to Madison West, 434-399, in the 10-team invitational. Junior Topher Stensby won the 100-yard freestyle (47.35) and finished third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.81). Senior Daniel Ng recorded a pair of second-place efforts, in the 200 individual medley (1:58.67) and in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.99). Sophomore Nick Comini placed third in the 50 free (22.37) and junior Nathan Gates was third in the 500 free (4:56.81). Topher, Daniel, Nick and junior Ethan Ross swam to a second-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:15.38). Ethan added a fourth-place finish in the 500 free (4:57.69). SHS had another fourth-place effort, in the 200 free relay (1:29.36), behind Topher, Nick and juniors Alex Guo and Richard Lee.
Palatine 32, Stevenson 28 (OT): The host Pirates (19-7) earned their third straight win by four points or less. Senior Julia Osuch hit a free throw with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 26-26, and the game went into overtime. Sophomore Avery King led SHS (13-11) with nine points and senior Klaire Steffens had eight. – Daily Herald
Friday, Jan. 26 Varsity Results
Stevenson 66, Lake Forest 7: The Patriots won their fourth straight North Suburban Conference championship, finishing 7-0 in league matches. – Daily Herald
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots finished fifth among five teams at Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein. Stevenson’s top two bowlers were seniors Jackie Koepp and Genevieve Dominick. Jackie finished 10th overall with a six-game series of 1,013 pins (168.8 average), which included games of 206 and 202. Genevieve placed 13th overall with a score of 981 (163.5 average), with a high game of 189. Other contributors for SHS were freshmen Talia Segal (834) and YooJin Lee (822), and senior Lauren Stein (792).
Stevenson 47, Mundelein 29: Sophomore Avery King scored a career-high 18 points to lead all scorers as the Patriots improved to 13-10 overall and 7-3 in the NSC. Senior Klaire Steffens added 15 points, with nine coming in the first half as SHS built a 21-11 lead. Avery scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half as the Pats increased the margin. Stevenson played without senior starter Kiana Cencula, who is out with a concussion suffered during last week’s game against Lake Forest.
Stevenson 49, Mundelein 34: Senior Jackson Qualley scored a game-high 21 points and added six rebounds and four assists for the visiting Patriots (12-6, 6-2) who remain in a first-place tie in the North Suburban Conference with Libertyville. Senior Samvit Ram scored 14 points and classmate Nick Bonk had seven points and seven rebounds. The Patriots played without sophomore starter Matthew Ambrose, who suffered a concussion in last week’s win over Warren. The Mustangs (12-11, 2-6) led 12-9 after the first quarter, but Jackson scored seven points in the second to give SHS a three-point lead heading into halftime. Stevenson scored the first seven points of the second half to take control. After Mundelein pulled within five, Samvit scored eight points in the fourth quarter and SHS hit nine of 10 free throws to seal the victory. The win avenged a loss to Mundelein earlier this season. – Daily Herald
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Information Meetings Friday on St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser
Worldwide, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease — more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined. If you’re interested in joining an amazing service and leadership experience dedicated to eradicating all forms of childhood cancer, there will be information meetings Friday about the new St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. Meetings will take place every half lunch period in the Student Activities Office. Come and hear about this new event and how you can help “shave the way” to a new Stevenson tradition! The St. Baldrick’s event will take place after school March 10 in the Sports Center.
The Political Action Club invites students to watch the president’s annual State of the Union address Tuesday night in the Quiet Learning Center. The address begins at 8 p.m. Starting at 7:15, students are invited to take part in a campaign fair with candidates running for 59th state representative and 10th Congressional district seats. The event is open only to Stevenson students.
There will be a girls lacrosse informational meeting for students interested in playing this spring. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). Attendance is mandatory for players and their parents.
Anyone interested in trying out for the girls badminton team should attend the informational meeting from 3:30-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 in Room 7096. Tryout dates and times, as well as program expectations, will be provided. If you are unable to attend, please have someone who attends pick up the information for you, or contact Coach Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coach Edstrom at email@example.com.
This week’s Ski and Snowboard Club trip is to Tyrol Basin. Register and turn in your money to the Student Activities Office by the end of the day Wednesday.
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