Garvey anchors both sides (+ Glenbrook South team page)
Sean Garvey (left) and Rick Lenz, (41) tackle Metea Valley running back Cameron Wilcox on Aug. 31. | Vincent D. Johnson~for Sun Times Media
BOYS and GIRLS
At CSL Invite at Waukegan, 9 a.m.
At Niles West, 7 p.m.
At 3A State Final at The Den, Fox Creek, Bloomington, TBA
At 3A State Final at The Den, Fox Creek, Bloomington, TBA
At State Finals
At State Finals
Hosts Schurz, 7 p.m.
At 3A Maine South Regional, 6:30 p.m.
Hosts New Trier, 5:30 p.m.
Hosts Titan Dive 8:30 a.m.; Relays 1 p.m.
At Niles West Sectional, TBA
At State Final at Prospect, TBA
Hosts Waukegan, 6 p.m.
At Maine South, 6 p.m.
Hosts Evanston, 6 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2012 11:23AM
GLENVIEW — Soon after the conclusion of Glenbrook South’s 2011 football season, Sean Garvey was asked to give more.
With the departure of 20 starters, Glenbrook South’s coaching staff needed Garvey, a senior, to play both ways. Garvey was specifically asked to captain the defense as its middle linebacker and to anchor a completely new offensive line.
“I knew early on after last season that they were going to be expecting me to play both ways, and they expected a lot out of me,” said Garvey, who started on the defensive line last year. “I took (the initiative) in the offseason and I worked my butt off. I’d run a few miles everyday. I’d do intense running and stuff like that; lifting, trying to get stronger and more conditioned for this.”
Through seven games in his senior season, Garvey has rarely exited the field, leading two units – the offensive line and the defense – that have improved as the season has progressed.
The Titans’ offensive line was a particularly weak point at the beginning of summer practice, but it opened many gaping holes in the Titans’ 45-7 win against Waukegan on Oct. 6.
The line helped the Titans overwhelm Waukegan’s defense, which had allowed two touchdowns in the previous three weeks. Running back Brett Laurie had two touchdown runs of over 60 yards and the line gave quarterback Max Cohen enough time to throw for 150 yards and three touchdowns.
“Unbelievably better,” Garvey said, when asked if he feels the offensive line has improved since the start of the season. “We started out at the beginning of the summer not knowing what our starting lineup was going to look like. We didn’t know how good we were going to be. It was definitely the weakness of our team, and we’ve been able to turn it around and turn it into one of our strengths.”
Garvey, along with Cohen and Laurie, was named a team captain this season.
“I remember freshman year, I looked up to Sean Garvey – and he’s only a year older than me – because he was always the hardest-working guy and I always wanted to be like him,” said Laurie, who also plays both ways. “I wanted to be starting as a sophomore, and I achieved that last year. I’m just extremely hard working now. He shows great leadership, and I just want to follow his example.”
Names in the Game
Noteworthy efforts: Glenbrook South senior Rachel Kim shot an 83 at the New Trier Regional, which was held at a rain-soaked Winnetka Golf Club on Oct. 3. Kim’s 83 was the fourth-lowest score at a regional which included New Trier, Highland Park and Loyola Academy. The Trevians, Giants and Ramblers finished second, third and fifth in the state last year, respectively. Kim, freshman Arina Kim (85), Dambi Kim (93) and Lin Koop (95) all advanced to Oct. 8’s Carmel Sectional, but none of Glenbrook South’s sectional qualifiers were able to advance to state. Rachel Kim shot a 95, Arina and Dambi Kim finished with 91s, and Lin Koop scored a 99 at sectionals.
Noteworthy efforts: Glenbrook South’s boys golf team finished fourth in its own regional on Oct. 2, one spot removed from qualifying for sectionals as a team. Junior golfer Jake Janecek shot a 77 for the fifth-lowest score in the regional to extend his season. Joining Janecek at sectionals were Anthony Lebryk and Jack McMahon. None of the three advanced to state. Lebryk shot an 84, Janecek finished with an 86 and McMahon shot a 95.
7 | The Glenbrook South girls volleyball team finished seventh at the Glenbrook North Discovery Tournament. The Titans went 2-1 in pool play on Oct. 5, with their only loss (25-16, 25-15) coming against West Aurora. The Titans played a pair of three-set matches on Oct. 6. They fell to Niles North, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18, and then prevailed 25-20, 18-25, 29-27 against Maine South.
“I’m really happy. We’ve had a tricky season. We lost to Maine South by one, we lost to Highland Park by one. We were right in the mix. The same thing kind of happened today.”
-Glenbrook South girls golf coach Kelly Lowery on how she felt about her team’s play at the Oct. 3 New Trier Regional. The Glenbrook South girls golf team finished with a 356, which was two strokes behind Highland Park and Loyola Academy for second place. The top-three teams advanced to sectionals, which took place on Oct. 8.
Friday and Saturday
Tennis: Glenbrook South at Niles West Sectional; 3 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday
The Glenbrook South girls tennis team will try to qualify the maximum number of players for the state tournament Saturday, one year after accomplishing that feat. The Titans have four state qualifiers from last year currently on their roster, including senior Allie Sonneborn, junior Caroline Ryba, and sophomores Annemarie Emme and Martina Dragoytchev. The Titans’ singles and doubles teams figure to be seeded in each of their Niles West Sectional brackets, making them a favorite to send six players to state.
Swimming: New Trier at Glenbrook South, 5:30 p.m.
New Trier will visit Glenview and provide the Titans with a first-hand look at what is regularly one of the best, most consistent swimming programs in the state. The Trevians, who won a state title last year, are almost always deep, making it vital for swimmers like Kelly Cordes, Kimmy Durkin, Katie Iida and Niki Wells to have quality meets in Glenbrook South’s attempt to match that depth.
Culture Grid: Omar Duran
Omar Duran plays soccer and is a kicker on the Glenbrook South football team:
Why do you wear No. 36 on the football team? I didn’t really have a choice in my number 36. Usually coach Noll is the one who picks out the numbers. So I was just pretty much assigned 36, but it’s a good number.
What’s the longest field goal you’ve ever kicked, either in a game or in practice? The farthest in a game has been 27 yards, and the farthest overall has been a 48-yard field goal.
Do you prefer playing on Friday night or Saturday afternoon? I think Friday night is a lot better because I always feel like there are a lot more students out there and the atmosphere is a lot better. It feels good to kick out there on Friday night.
What’s your favorite subject in school? I’d say math or history... I like Algebra because it’s a little more straight forward, and I like all of the equations and stuff. Right now (in history) we’re doing the Revolutionary War and all of that. I really like the World War II and the Depression era. I like US history, overall.
How has it been to balance playing both football and soccer? Are there a lot of long nights? This is my third year doing football and soccer in the same season, so it’s gotten easier to balance both of them out. Being on two varsity sports is a lot of hard work, but it pays off in the long run.