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The RoundTable sat down with Chris Livatino, athletic director for Evanston Township High School, to recap some of the highlights from an impressive 2007-08 year in sports.

  • No surprise, the biggest story of the year was the Boys Basketball teamfs third-place finish at the state tournament. Sixteen buses crammed with students made the trek to Peoria where the Wildkits lost a semifinal heartbreaker to Zion Benton on a last-second 40-foot heave. Hovering near the top all season, the team showed “tremendous heart,” said Livatino, rebounding from the devastating loss to beat Lockport for third in state and an impressive 30-4 record.
  • In the pool, Grace Borchers, Jane Munro, Kristina Walsh and Anne Frigo set a new state record in the 200-yard medley relay, nipping the old mark, set by Naperville Central in 2005, by .16 seconds. The Girls Swim team finished eighth at the state meet.
  • Boys Cross Country qualified for the state finals as a team for the first time since 1999.
  • Boys Wrestling posted a 28-5 record and senior grappler Marx Succes Jr. was a state qualifier.
  • Girls Water Polo qualified for the statefs Elite 8, finishing fifth.
  • Led by Zach Morton’s 3-hitter, the Wildkit baseball team blanked New Trier, which was undefeated at the time, 10-0.
  • Adrienne Slaughter helped the Girls Track & Field squad to a seventh place finish at the state meet by taking second in the 400m and fourth in the 200m.
  • Morton was Central Suburban League Conference Player of the Year in both basketball and baseball. “Ifm not sure if thatfs ever happened before,” said Livatino.
  • The Pomkits dance squad finished sixth at a national dance competition in Orlando, Fla.
  • From Amherst College to the University of Puget Sound, a number of ETHS senior athletes will continue their athletic careers at the next level. Among those who received athletic scholarships are Zach Morton, Northwestern University (baseball); Grace Borchers, Indiana University (swimming); and Anne Frigo, Delaware University (swimming).

Off the Field

Wildkit athletes fared well in the classroom as well. ETHS requires student-athletes to maintain a 2.0 grade-point-average, a mark far stricter than the one set by the Illinois High School Association, which only requires that student-athletes maintain “passing” grades.

“We are always one of the toughest [in Illinois],” said Livatino.

Among the top academic teams were: Girls Gymnastics (3.69 cumulative GPA), Girls Basketball