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Beating Waukegan 41-6 the Kits brought their record to 4-2. Before the game, head groundskeeper Jerry Robinson tossed the coin, as the crowd saluted his 30 years of service to ETHS – with 18 years “outside” and 8 years as head groundskeeper. Jerry has prepared for over 4,500 football, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and tennis contests in his years as a groundskeeper. At half-time, the crowd honored Evanston’s youth football programs – the Junior Wildkits, the Chargers, and the Raiders – as they came roaring down the hill behind the north end zone and storming across the field to the other side. Each week, a portion of the ticket gate is given to a charity — and the youth football programs were the recipients this week. The sophomore team under QB Chris Little’s leadership remains undefeated.
Varsity boys soccer travelled to Springfield for a 3-game tournament this weekend, and beat Wheaton North in the first game 3-0. Game 2 on Saturday vs. Springfield Sacred Heart was a nail biter, with the Kits down 1-3 and 8 minutes to go. The boys rallied to tie, which sent the game into overtime. The contest went to a second overtime with the Kits playing against a 20 mph wind. Manny Quiroz scored the winning goal to set the scene for a championship game vs. the Kits’ best competition of the year, Wheaton Academy, who ended up beating the boys 3-0. Last week, the Kits clinched the Central Suburban League-South Championship, and will play in the first-ever CSL Conference “Soccer Bowl” (South division champ vs. North division champ) on Tuesday, October 11th at home vs. Highland Park at 7:00 PM.
Volleyball (17-6, 4-1) was a little cold coming off the bus at Niles West on Tuesday but warmed up quickly to beat the Wolves 24-26, 25-12, 25-11. Senior Martha Murray paced the Kits with 15 kills as Junior Arianna Salas contributed 36 assists. Also noteworthy at the freshman level, our girls frosh A volleyball team captured the title at our own 12-team Invitational this past Saturday.
Boys and Girls Cross Country
Usually we report only varsity news. But this week it was the freshman boys cross country team that brought home the gold at the 42-team Niles West Pat Savage Invitational on Saturday. The Kits were led by Carl Klamm with a winning time of 11:09 for the 2-mile muddy course. Next were Estaban Escabar, John Girard, Marcell Porter, Andrew Nummy (all with times under 12 minutes). The Varsity team placed a solid 8th place with Jay Honnold leading the pack and finishing 24th. Sophomores placed 7th with Henry Magnuson clocking the Kits’ best time.
Congratulations to the varsity girls cross country team, which took 2nd place at the same invitational in the Red Division. Individual medal awards went to Cami Zecker (4th), Becky Honnold (14th), Lydia Hoopingarner (17th) and Rhiannon Flanagan-Rosario (24th place.)
The girls had a busy weekend in the Dobbie Burton Aquatic Center as they downed the Waukegan Bulldogs 135-26 on Friday night and then competed in their own Evanston Invitational where they took 4th Place thanks to strong swims by Amanda Weidner, Rita Behles, Rosselyn Lopez, Susannah Mulhern and Madeline Savage.
Coach Jed Curtis led his team to its season best round of 309 at the CSL South Conference Meet this past Tuesday, good enough for 2nd Place. The four top Kits, Evan Ter Molen (76), Jackson Mihevc (77), James Hageman (77), Henry Gruger (78), are sophomores and juniors.
ETHS Tennis toppled Woodlands Academy on Monday 4-3 thanks to the efforts of Joan Gibbons and Emma Richardson in their #1 and #3 singles roles and Avery/Warner at #3 doubles. ETHS is set to host to the CSL South Conference Meet this Wednesday.
Coach Mike Ellis Starts New Middle School Boys Basketball Program
High school sports rely on the strength of their youth feeder programs to prepare athletes for interscholastic sports. Boys basketball head coach Mike Ellis helped create a new Evanston middle school travelling team program, the Evanston Pride, which kicked off this past weekend. Two teams at each grade level will play youth teams from our conference and the Chicagoland area.