Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

Girls Golf Team Wins First State Championship

The girls golf team won the Illinois High School Association Class 2A state championship on Saturday, edging Barrington by one stroke, 601-602, for its first title in program history. This was the third consecutive year, and fifth time in school history, that Stevenson qualified for the state tournament. Stevenson’s two-day score included a 298 on the final day, which matched the school record for 18 holes set during the team’s sectional-winning performance last week.

Emily Duan tied for third place overall with a 4-over-par 148 at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. The sophomore, who placed seventh last year, shot a 1-over 73 on Saturday. Freshman Allie Santos tied for fifth with a 149, shooting a 35 on the final round back nine for a second-day score of 75. Juniors Kelly Dong and Sophia Zhuang recorded totals of 152 and 155, respectively, while senior Joyce Bai carded a 156 to complete Stevenson’s scoring. Junior Faith Wang shot a 79 on Friday and senior Julia Yoo had an 85 on Saturday.

The team, including head coach Emma Degen and assistant coach Ryan Hutchins, will be honored during a ceremony at 8 a.m. Friday in Room 2104.

Media coverage: Pioneer Press | Daily Herald

Focus on the Future Wednesday Night
Stevenson will hold its fourth annual Let’s Talk About Your Future/No Homework Night for families on Wednesday. This home-based event is an opportunity for families to discuss their student’s interests, passions and goals for the future, and to select SHS courses which further growth in those areas. This will be a “no homework” evening to provide time for these conversations. For more information, visit

“Chicago” Tickets On Sale
Tickets for the fall musical, “Chicago: High School Edition,” are available online for $12 through Eventbrite. Click here to order tickets. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Performing Arts Center. Read more.

Kiva Color Run Set for Sunday
Kiva Club will hold its “Laps for Loans” 5K Color Run at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The event is open to students, families and all other community members. The cost is $25, and early bird registration has been extended to Saturday. Use this link to register and for more information. All proceeds will go to Kiva, a non-profit organization that loans money to low-income entrepreneurs.

Girls Tennis Team Wins 9th Straight Sectional Crown
Stevenson captured its ninth consecutive IHSA Class 2A girls tennis sectional championship Saturday, and qualified six players for this weekend’s state tournament. Senior Athena Kolli and sophomore sister Alaina Kolli won their second straight doubles sectional title, topping senior teammates Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma in the championship match, 6-1, 6-4. Also making state were freshmen singles players Sonia Mehta and Ainika Hou, who placed second and third, respectively. Stevenson, under first-year head coach and alumna Alexxis Kiven (Class of 2014), defeated Libertyville for the second straight year, 33-26, at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

The state tournament begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. Matches will take place on tennis courts at several District 211 and 214 schools, and at Barrington District 220. (Pairings had not been announced as of this morning.) Athena will be making her fourth state appearance. She and Alaina were second in doubles last fall, and Athena also qualified in singles as a sophomore. Ellen also made state last year in singles.

Other Weekend Varsity Results

Saturday, Oct. 19


Boys Cross Country
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: Senior Corey Pacernick won the conference crown with the fastest race of his life. He topped a 67-runner field at Lake Forest, finishing the 3-mile course in 14:45, 28 seconds faster than his previous best. This was the first race Corey has won this season, and came by a 4-second cushion over Lake Forest’s top runner. Senior Anthony Rodriguez finished fourth (15:02) as Stevenson placed third in the team standings, behind Lake Zurich and Warren. Junior Wesley Park joined Corey and Anthony in earning all-conference honors, placing 20th (16:13). The other runners contributing to Stevenson’s team score were juniors Tarun Kalyana Sundaram (29th, 16:46) and Jack Lee (35th, 16:56). Also running for SHS were sophomore Tyler Roberts (16:59), junior Matthew Brueckert (17:03), senior Cameron Sprague (17:17) and junior Stephen Moy (17:30). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots placed sixth out of seven teams at Lake Forest. Senior Michelle Yu earned all-conference honors by placing 14th (19:19). The top 22 runners receive all-NSC recognition. Three other Pats came close: junior Emily Fejes was 23rd (19:54), sophomore Alivia Alton was 24th (20:02) and junior Emma Finnegan placed 25th (20:09). Stevenson’s fifth-fastest runner was freshman Lia Novak, who finished 27th (20:15). Also running for SHS were senior Caimin Xi (20:28), sophomore Natalie Dugaesescu (20:48), freshman Alexa Collins (20:57) and senior Shreevarsha Shreekumar (21:27). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Field Hockey
Stevenson at IHSFHA State Playoffs: The No. 18-seeded Patriots upset No. 15 St. Ignatius in a play-in game shootout, 2-1, advancing to a Sweet 16 matchup at second-seeded Lake Forest at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The game featured a memorable varsity debut by Marissa Dicker. The sophomore goalkeeper, recently moved up from the junior varsity A team, received the starting nod from head coach Bella Licciardello and did not disappoint. Marissa made 13 saves, and held the Wolfpack scoreless during the shootout that followed two scoreless overtimes. Junior midfielder Rebekah Jin scored the winning goal for SHS. Sophomore Alicia Sharun, also a midfielder, scored Stevenson’s goal during regulation.

Girls Swimming
Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: Elizabeth Cao won two events and swam on a first-place relay as the Patriots won the nine-school meet. The junior captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:12.18) and 100-yard backstroke (59.79) after swimming the opening leg in the victorious 200 medley relay (1:48.19) to start the day. Her relay mates included junior Jessica Nyborg, who also finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.82), classmate Alex Eastmond, and freshman Milena Busma. Jessica also placed second in the 100 butterfly (58.33) while Alex was runner-up in the 100 free (53.82) and the 100 back (59.84). SHS also finished second in two relays: the 200 free with Jessica, senior Maddy O’Donnell and freshmen Abigail Collins and Isabelle Gattone (1:40.49), and the 400 free featuring Alex, Maddy, Abigail and sophomore Claudia Rzeznik (3:40.93). Stevenson posted a team score of 256 points, ahead of Plainfield (239) and Lincoln-Way East (200.5).

Girls Diving
Stevenson at Evanston Invitational: Senior Ellen Maloney placed 13th with an 11-dive score of 350.60. She was one of 16 finalists. Junior Paige Harris also competed. – Official Results

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson at Plainfield Harvest Invitational: The Patriots won two of five matches during the two-day tournament at Plainfield Central, improving to 20-12 on the season. This is the 16th straight season that SHS has won at least 20 matches. Stevenson split a pair of matches Friday, beating St. Charles North (25-21, 25-17) after falling to Marist (25-20, 25-11). On Saturday, the Patriots rallied for a three-set win over Yorkville (22-25, 25-16, 15-5) in between three-set losses to Chicago Christian (25-13, 23-25, 16-14) and Bolingbrook (25-18, 21-25, 16-14). Senior Grace Tully only made one error in 316 set attempts, dishing out 112 assists, and also added 17 kills. Sophomore Amanda Holsen led SHS with 61 kills and made 48 digs. Junior Emerson Kouri had a team-best 67 digs. Senior Abby Keevins served 11 aces and also recorded 44 digs. Classmate Lily Cozzi had 43 digs and 28 kills. Junior Emma Potocki had 11 blocks to go along with 16 kills.

Friday, Oct. 18

Boys Golf
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Championship: Senior Jake Surane shot an 83 and junior Conan Pan had an 84 in the first round of the two-day tournament at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington. They did not qualify for the final round. Lake Forest won its fifth state title. – Official Results

Warren 37, Stevenson 0: With the loss, the Patriots (4-4, 4-2) faces a must-win game at Lake Forest on Friday to earn the program’s 31st consecutive state playoff berth. The third-ranked Blue Devils (8-0, 6-0) have surrendered only 21 points this season. – NFHS Network Replay (subscription required) | Daily Herald

Quick Hits

A one-handed catch during Thursday’s freshman football game against Warren made ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Night for Oct. 17. (It’s No. 5.) Receiver Colin Schmitke made the attention-getting grab on a pass from quarterback Matt Projansky. … Stevenson plays host to an IHSA Class 3A boys soccer regional this week in the Stadium. Fremd faces Lake Zurich in the first regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday and SHS will take on Zion-Benton in the second semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The semifinal winners will play for the regional championship at 5 p.m. Friday. Stevenson is the No. 12 seed in the Libertyville Sectional. Fremd is No. 4, Zion is No. 5 and Lake Zurich is No. 13.


Yearbook Photo Make-Up Days for Grades 9-11 Thursday, Friday

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who did not have their yearbook photo taken in August will have a final opportunity Thursday and Friday. Visual Image Photography will be in the Recital Hall from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days.


Animal Welfare Club will meet after school Tuesday in the Foods Lab (Room 1406) to do prep work for dog treat sales. Contact Ms. Sassan with any questions.


The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Illinois is hosting its annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day for high school girls from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the UIUC campus. The day will include speakers, activities, and an interactive design challenge. Use this link to register.


Amid continued progress in contract talks over the weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is urging the Chicago Teachers Union to end its strike, saying Chicago Public Schools students “cannot afford to be out of school for any longer.” The mayor wants the Chicago Teachers Union to bring teachers back to work while negotiations continue.

A former District 300 teacher has been sentenced to 112 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child he knew. Carlos Bedoya, 64, was a former teacher’s aide and substitute teacher in District 300, as well as a youth soccer coach for the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township.


Elite colleges aren’t the only pathway to elite careers. Yet many parents will stop at nothing to gain their children admission to these highly selective institutions. Why are Americans fixated on Ivy League colleges, and who really suffers from the hysteria of the college-admissions process?

The SAT will become New Mexico’s official statewide standardized test for high school juniors this spring, a state official said Friday. Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said the exam is aligned with the state’s academic standards, and all New Mexico colleges and universities accept it.

The Seattle school district is planning to infuse all K-12 math classes with ethnic-studies questions that encourage students to explore how math has been “appropriated” by Western culture and used in systems of power and oppression, a controversial move that puts the district at the forefront of a movement to “rehumanize” math.

A high school football and track coach in Portland, Oregon, was celebrated as a hero earlier this year after he disarmed a student with a shotgun. The student walked into a classroom at Parkrose High School in May, intending to use the firearm to take his own life. At the time, reports said the coach, Keanon Lowe, tackled the student. But according to emotional surveillance footage released by the district attorney’s office Friday, Lowe did nothing of the sort. Instead, he embraced the student.

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