Monday, May 14, 2018

Badminton Team Wins State to Cap Banner Weekend

Stevenson’s athletic program had a banner weekend. The girls badminton team won its second straight Illinois High School Association state championship, taking first and third place in singles, and first and second in doubles. The boys and girls water polo teams won sectional championships, qualifying for this week’s state tournament at Stevenson. The boys track and field team won its first North Suburban Conference championship since 1985, and the boys tennis also brought home its second straight NSC title.

The badminton team will be honored during a recognition ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Monday, May 21 in Room 5044, which is next to the East Fitness Center and near the Glass Commons.

Details on all of the athletics accomplishments are listed below.

BPA Has Two National Runners-Up

Three members of the Business Professionals of America club finished in the top 10 of their events at the 2018 BPA National Leadership Conference in Dallas last weekend. Two students were national runner-ups: sophomore Joie You (Fundamental Accounting) and junior Hunter Stroming (ICD Coding). The other top 10 effort came from junior Claire Huang (Administrative Support Concepts).

Applied Arts Teacher Featured in Daily Herald

Today’s Daily Herald includes a question-and-answer feature with Applied Arts teacher Michael Anderson, who has spent his entire seven-year career at Stevenson. Anderson talked about the courses he teaches, and how students are learning to apply lessons from his classroom to solve problems.


Friday’s Digest report on recent journalism awards contained two errors. Junior Ellie Baden wrote the editorial on kneeling during the national anthem which won the state level in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest. Also, junior Ashley Mandel was sophomore Anjini Grover’s partner in producing the double-page layout, “Where Art They Now?” which also was a state-level winner in the same competition.


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Saturday, May 12 Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots rolled to their second straight state championship, winning the singles and doubles titles, and also finishing second in doubles and third in singles. SHS posted a team score of 25.5 points, tying for the second-highest in state tournament history, tying New Trier’s 2010 state champions. The highest score all time is 26, set by New Trier in 1984. Sophomore Esther Shi won her second consecutive singles title, defeating Naperville North’s Bhaavya Manikonda, 21-14, 21-10. Esther became the first Patriot to win two singles championships, and the ninth in state history. She compiled a 37-0 record this season after going 39-1 in 2017. Sophomore Jenny Yang also earned her second state medal by winning the doubles championship with freshman Emily Hu and finishing the year with a 35-0 record. They defeated freshman teammates Benna Li and Jyotsna Harikrishna in the title match, 21-7, 21-19. Jenny finished second in state doubles last year with May Ling (Class of 2017). Jyotsna and Benna were 41-3 this season, with all three losses coming to Jenny and Emily. Freshman Shibani Ram finished third in singles. She had a 41-3 record, with two losses against Esther. Overall, Stevenson’s badminton players compiled a 594-18 record this season. Esther and Shibani will be competing in the Junior Pan Am games this summer, and Esther will participate in the World Junior Championships in November. – Official Results | Pioneer Press, Journal & Topics

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded and defending state champion Patriots won their seventh consecutive sectional championship, defeating second-seeded Buffalo Grove, 15-5. SHS (29-4) advances to the state tournament, which will be held in the Patriot Aquatic Center, and will face Naperville Central in the quarterfinals at 8:15 p.m. Thursday. The Pats led 9-0 after the first quarter, and scored three times in the first two minutes, thanks to pressure defense and a pair of steals by Sam Shokodko, which led to two goals for Justin Ginsberg and one for Eric Osuch. SHS led 13-1 at halftime. Justin finished with five goals, and Collin Kapecki and Dima Kobets had three apiece. Eric tallied two goals, and AJ Carollo and Filip Mihajlovic each had one. Goalie Charlie Day stopped seven shots in three quarters of action before Alex Mitchell took over in the fourth and made two saves. Buffalo Grove finished its season with a 25-6 record. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The defending state champion Patriots won their fifth straight sectional title, defeating Mundelein, 21-12, and extending their winning streak to 30 games. SHS (32-1), ranked No. 1 in the state, will face second-ranked Mother McAuley in the state quarterfinals at 5:45 p.m. Friday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Against the second-seeded Mustangs, top-seeded Stevenson rolled to a 10-3 lead after the first quarter and led 17-3 at halftime. Lauren Maloney led SHS with six goals and also had two assists. USC-bound Claire Haas had four goals, five steals and two assists, and Eleanor Michaud added three goals and three assists. Kalista Tapas and Shreya Sreedhar each scored twice, and Bella Greenspan, Eileen Hoang, Vicky Kim and Maddie Meirhaeghe had one goal apiece. Anna Mossakowski tended goal in the first half, making five saves and assisting on four goals. Val Zlotnikova made four saves in the second half. With the victory, Stevenson’s record over the past five seasons improved to 167-10. – Daily Herald

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: At Waukegan, the Patriots won their first conference championship since 1985. The quartet of senior Ahmad Dinkins, sophomores Jahleel Perrin and Shane Johnson, and freshman David Smolensky captured two relays, the 800 (1:30.70) and the 400 (43.62), and senior Nikita Smyrnov won the 3,200-meter run (9:21.41). Ahmad and Shane also ran in the second-place 1,600 relay (3:33.39) with senior Aaron Portman and sophomore Jordan Vincent. Jordan also was second in the 400 (52.18), while junior Sam Farber was runner-up in both hurdles events, the 110 (16.29) and 300 (42.52). Junior Dan Erdenetsogt also posted a pair of second-place efforts, in the shot put (46-2) and discus (137-2). Stevenson had 12 other top-six finishes en route to amassing 116 points, ahead of defending champion and runner-up Lake Zurich. Jahleel was third in the 200 (23.31), David took third in the 100 (11.56) and fourth in the 200 (23.36), Nikita was fourth in the 1,600 (4:32.30), junior Maema Njongmenta placed fourth in shot put (44-9.5), and senior Seth Johnson was fourth in the long jump (19-9.25) and sixth in the triple jump (38-11). The 3,200 relay team of Aaron, seniors Ethan Simanek and Tim Green, and sophomore Cameron Coffey placed fourth (8:34.33). Aaron added a fifth-place run in the 800 (2:02.57). Seniors Brett Lucas and Borler Wu finished fifth in the 1,600 (4:32.89) and 400 (53.66), respectively. Senior David Engstrom was sixth in the high jump (5-8) for SHS, which competes in the IHSA Class 3A Grayslake North Sectional on Thursday. – Official Results | Daily Herald


Stevenson 24, Wauconda 9 (5 inn.): The host Patriots (7-15) pounded 17 hits, seven for extra bases, and stole 12 bases during the nonconference win. Six players had multiple hits, led by Gina Shanley, who went 4-for-5 with a double, four runs scored, three runs batted in, and three stolen bases. Maggie O’Brien knocked in five runs during a 3-for-5 performance that included two doubles and three runs scored. Haley Barnes reached base in all five of her plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and was hit by a pitch. She stole four bases, scored three runs and had an RBI. Hailey Peterson tripled and singled, scored twice, and drove in two RBI. Riley Housinger and Carly Perkins each had two hits and scored three runs. Winning pitcher Ilyssa Muise struck out six in five innings. She also went 1-for 2, scored three runs, drove in two, and walked twice. Stevenson scored 12 runs in the first two innings, then scored 12 times in the fourth to put the game away. –


Stevenson 7, Palatine 2: Ryan McElhinny went 3-for-4, drove in two runs and stole three bases for the visiting Patriots (18-11-1), who won their fifth straight game and have claimed seven of their last eight. Ryan had half of Stevenson’s hits, and his two-run single in the top of the first gave SHS a lead it would never relinquish. Caleb Evans, who went 2-for-4, had a two-run single during Stevenson’s four-run second inning. Hayden Brotz started on the mound and earned the victory with four innings of two-hit work, and Matthew Mittelmark, Nick Bonk and Nicholas Brueckert each followed with a scoreless inning. Matthew struck out all three batters he faced. Palatine fell to 18-12. –, Daily Herald

Friday, May 11 Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots won their second consecutive league championship, winning all four doubles titles and two of three singles crowns. SHS outscored Lake Forest at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, 40-30, defeating the Scouts in six of seven championship matches. Junior Zach Kim won his third consecutive NSC championship at No. 1 singles, earning a 6-0, 6-4 decision in the title match. Senior Sam Komis claimed his second straight No. 2 crown by a 6-4, 6-2 count, for his third league championship in three years. Sam and Ben Bush (Class of 2016) combined to win No. 2 doubles in 2016. In doubles, freshmen Sai Merneedi and Eric Perkowski won the No. 1 doubles title, 6-3, 6-3. Juniors Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath Viswanathan held on to win at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. Freshmen Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy captured No. 3 doubles, 6-0, 6-3, and sophomore Andy Dong and senior Michael Maryniuk prevailed at No. 4 doubles, 6-0, 7-5. Michael won the No. 3 doubles title last year with senior Jeremy Park. Freshman Thomas Gong finished second at No. 3 singles. The Patriots will play host to a IHSA Class 2A sectional tournament Friday and Saturday at VHAC.

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots (31-1) shut out fifth-seeded Libertyville in the semifinals, 16-0, for their 29th straight win. Claire Haas, Eleanor Michaud and Amelia Eastman scored three goals each, Lauren Maloney and Alena Bardic had two goals apiece, and Maddy O’Donnell and Shreya Sreedhar also scored. Goalies Anna Mossakowski and Val Zlotnikova split the game en route to the shutout.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Collin Kapecki scored six goals to lead the top-seeded Patriots (28-4) past fourth-seeded Libertyville, 17-5, in the semifinals. SHS led 9-3 at halftime, then scored eight times in the third quarter while shutting out the Wildcats. Dima Kobets scored three goals and Justin Ginsberg had two. Sam Shokodko, AJ Carollo, Filip Mihajlovic, and Drew Wangard also scored. Charlie Day made six saves and Alex Mitchell had one. –


Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: All six of Stevenson’s entries went undefeated on the day as the Patriots finished the first day tied with Naperville North for first place. Defending state singles champion Esther Shi and Shibani Ram won all three of their singles matches, while the doubles tandems of Emily Hu-Jenny Yang and Jyotsna Harikrishna-Benna Li also went 3-0. All six advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals. – Official Results

Girls Soccer

Loyola Academy 1, Stevenson 0: The Patriots fell to 9-6-3 on the season with the nonconference loss in Wilmette. –

SHS Hosts Girls Soccer Regional Starting Tuesday

The varsity girls soccer team will take on Zion-Benton in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Stevenson Regional at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Stadium. SHS is the No. 2 seed in the Libertyville Sectional, while Zion is No. 15. The winner of Tuesday’s match will play seventh-seeded Fremd or ninth-seeded Buffalo Grove for the regional championship at 10 a.m. Saturday. The game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at (A subscription is required to watch.)


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SNN Film Festival Friday Night

The 16th annual SNN Film Festival takes place Friday, the evening of Spring Fling. Come to the West Auditorium and enjoy a night of student-made short films. The festival starts at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door for $2. (Note: Some films may contain mature themes and/or language.)


Animal Welfare Club will have its end-of-year celebration after school Tuesday in Room 2500. The club will be talking about plans for next year, so please come and share your ideas. Contact Ms. Kenney if you have questions. All are welcome.


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