The Evanston Township High School spring sports season came and went, and it ended up being one of the more successful seasons in school history.
Leading the way was the boys track team, who took home a 12th- place finish in the Class 3A State meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Individually, senior Roland Amarteifio took home two State medals, including a second place finish in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and third in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Regarding the track team’s performance, ETHS athletic director Chris Livatino said, “The boys’ track team had another tremendous year finishing 12th in the State. Roland took second and third in both hurdle events. He was also a key member of [the 1,600-meter] relay team that finished seventh.” He added, “So they had another really strong year [as] they [also] won the Sectional championship for the eighth straight year, and they won their eighth Central Suburban League Conference championship in the last nine years, so they continue to be our most steadfast competitor in the spring season.”
Girls’ soccer had a successful season as well, which prompted Mr. Livatino to call it the most successful season out of all the spring teams. “At one point, I believe they were ranked as high as 10th in the nation and No. 2 in the State. They knocked off New Trier for the first time [since 2002] to win the CSL South outright [which was the first time they have been crowned CSL South champions since 2009].” Mr. Livatino added, “So I could not be happier for the success that they had. They fell to New Trier in the Sectional championship, but for the entirety of the season, it was an incredible year.”
Also having an incredible year was the softball team. Not only did they beat New Trier for the first time since 1990, the team also captured its first CSL South Conference title in school history and broke the school record for wins in a season with 18 victories. Regarding the Conference title, Livatino said, “Granted it was a three way- tie with Maine South and New Trier, but it does not say that on the plaque [so] it means every bit as much as an outright championship.” He added, “They did not finish how they hoped they would have in the playoffs [falling in the Regional semifinals], but I do not think we could not have asked for more out of the regular season from them.”
In addition to those teams, boys volleyball won its first Regional title since 2008. Both lacrosse teams advanced to the Sweet 16 round of their respective postseason tournaments. Girls’ water polo also broke the record for most wins in program history with 25, advanced to the Sectional championship for the third straight year, and broke the IHSA record for most shutouts in a season with six. Both boys water polo and baseball finished with winning records, and badminton had two doubles teams [seniors Sonia Sood and Samantha Mulica, along with Anu Raife and Miranda Metz] advance to the State meet to cap off a very successful spring.
“They did great, and I am very, very happy for them and proud of the improvements of all the sports. We always talk about the focus being on the process and not the outcome,”Mr. Livatino explained. “I feel like we have been pounding on the rock so to speak for a number of years as far as doing things the right way on and off the field, and since the focus has been on process, process, process, it is nice to see the outcome come around and have success and to know that we are focusing on doing things the right way and we are getting the results that we hoped for.” Mr .Livatino continued, “I hope that is the lesson that our players and coaches took away from this year that it is really the byproduct of doing a lot of the little things the right way.”
When asked what he is most looking forward to in regards to not only the next spring season but the ones following that Mr. Livatino said, “I am looking forward to seeing a lot of the juniors that have been really key players in a lot of different sports step into leadership roles and get an opportunity to shine, not only as athletes but also as leaders in our school.” He added, “I think we have a really strong senior class coming in next year. I mean that as athletes and also as people. So I am anxious to see what they are going to do when the expectations are higher on them and to see how hard they are going to work this summer to make sure they can achieve those goals.”
Mr.Livatino continued, “There is a lot to be happy about, and there is a lot to look forward to for next year. I would say, pretty much across the board, we have a lot of our strong players returning for next year. We lost some really great kids that have moved on to college, but I feel like the best is still yet to come.”