Tuesday, September 4, 2012
In this multi part series, we look at a day in the life of baseball player George Kontos, of Lincolnwood, who plays for the San Francisco Giants.
George Kontos played in the parks of Lincolnwood and Skokie growing up. He was a three-star athlete at Niles West High School and went on to play baseball for three years at Northwestern University in Evanston. Kontos made the major leagues when the New York Yankees drafted him. Now a member of the San Francisco Giants, Kontos achieved another career highlight when he played his first game at Wrigley Field on Friday. Patch was along for the ride as Kontos achieved the fantasy that so many Chicago area young men have. Pregame The Giants arrived in Chicago around 3 a.m. They played a game in Houston the night before, and flew over the remnants of Hurricane Isaac to take on the Cubs less than 24 hours later. Most of the team did not arrive …
Sunday, June 3, 2012
We have another weekly winner in the Patch Athlete of the Week contest.
With 7 votes in the comments section, Niles West's Kyle Colletta was proclaimed the winner. Colletta helped the Wolves to a 6-0 win over Leyden for a Class 4A baseball regional championship. The senior pitcher yielded only six hits and had five strikeouts in the victory. HONORABLE MENTION Leland Later, senior, track and field, New Trier - Later won the Class 3A state championship in the 1600 last weekend. The senior ran a personal best, finishing in 4:09 and beating the next closest competitor by a full 4 seconds. Michal Filipczak, senior, track and field, Maine South - Filipczak won the Class 3A state championship in the 800 last weekend. He finished in a time of 1:51.93 and took second in the same event last year. Angela Cruz, senior, …
Monday, April 2, 2012
The nominees are: Glenbrook North's Brad Margolin, Niles West's Jewell Loyd, Maine South's Emily O'Grady, Deerfield's Xander Horwitz, Evanston's Izzy Bergman
Editor’s note: Patch will be trying a new method for voting our Athlete of the Week. We’re asking readers to post their vote in the comments section. With 8 write-in votes, Deerfield's Mike Wiggemansen was named the Athlete of the Week. The nominees for Patch Athlete of the Week, March 26 – April 1: Brad Margolin, junior, baseball, Glenbrook North – Margolin pitched a complete game and allowed only two hits, but was the tough-luck loser in Glenbrook North’s 2-1 loss to Francis Howell North. The Spartans held the lead into the sixth inning, but committed a handful of errors that gave Francis Howell North late opportunities. Izzy Bergman, freshman, softball, Evanston – Bergman went 4 for 4 at the plate with 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen…
Monday, February 6, 2012
This week's nominees for Athlete of the Week: Evanston's Leonard Garron, Glenbrook South's Olivia Smoliga, Maine West's Jordan Pessah, Niles West's Molly Kleppin, and North Shore Country Day's Austin Curren.
More than 1,480 ballots were cast in last week's competition and Maine West's Brittany Collins was named the Patch Athlete of the Week. The nominees for Patch Athlete of the Week, Jan. 29 - Feb. 5: Austin Curren, junior, boys basketball, North Shore Country Day – Curren has had point totals of 25, 28 and 32 points in three conference wins for the Raiders. During that time he’s shot 67 percent from the field (29/43) and has turned the ball over only five times. Curren is also averaging 5.5 rebounds per game. Molly Kleppin, junior, girls basketball, Niles West - Kleppin led the Wolves with 15 points in a tough win against Maine South. Niles West clinched at least a share of the CSL South championship last week. Kleppin scored nine of her 15 …
Monday, January 30, 2012
The nominees for Athlete of the Week: Glenbrook North's Jim McPike, Niles West's Dashae Shumate, Maine West's Brittany Collins, New Trier's Sam Stoddart and Maine South's Michael Zadlo.
More than 71,000 votes were cast in last week's contest and Niles West's Ryan Miller was voted Athlete of the Week. The nominees for Patch Athlete of the Week, Jan. 23 - Jan. 29: Jim McPike, senior, wrestling, Glenbrook North – McPike took the conference championship in the 170-pound division. The senior from Glenbrook North pinned New Trier’s Luke Hidder in the second period of the conference finals to claim the championship. The win moved McPike to 19-5 on the year. Dashae Shumate, sophomore, girls basketball, Niles West – Shumate made the game-winning layup for Niles West against Maine South last week. Her two points as time expired gave the Wolves a 42-41 win. Shumate had 12 points in the victory and helped Niles West move into first …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
With more than 71,000 votes cast, see who took this week's honor as Athlete of the Week.
More than 71,000 votes were cast in last week's contest and Niles West's Ryan Miller was voted as the Athlete of the Week. Miller won the 100 butterfly at the Buffalo Grove Invitational, finishing in 54.63 seconds. Miller also took third in the 200 individual medley (2 minutes 6.85 seconds). The Niles West senior received 39,586 votes, or 55 percent. HONORABLE MENTION Zach Cole, senior, boys bowling, Deerfield –Cole took third place at the sectional championships with a 1332 in his six-game series. The senior led Deerfield to a third-place team finish and qualified as an individual for the state championship. Cole averaged a score of 228.36 in the Northern Illinois Boys Bowling Conference this year. (Watch a video of Cole, perfect game, …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Please help us choose our Athlete of the Week for Dec. 12 - Dec. 18: Maine South's Jacqui Grant, Loyola's Michelle Ricolcol, Niles West's Vaughn Monreal-Berner, Highland Park's Lena Munzer and Fenwick's Sam Ainsworth.
The nominees for Patch Athlete of the Week, Dec. 12 - Dec. 18: Jacqui Grant, junior, girls basketball, Maine South – Grant had 17 points and 10 rebounds against CSL South-leading Glenbrook South in a 45-39 victory last week. The win over the previously undefeated Titans vaulted the Hawks into a tie for the CSL South lead. Vaughn Monreal-Berner, junior, wrestling, Niles West – Monreal-Berner took home the title in the 182-pound weight class at the Lake Park Ralph W. Krupke Classic last weekend. The Niles West junior is now 17-3 on the season and is looking to get to the state championships after getting to sectionals last year. Lena Munzer, junior, girls basketball, Highland Park – Munzer reached the 1,000-point mark for her career on Dec…
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A roundup of the region’s major developments for Wednesday, April 20.
Here's what's going on in Patch sites around you: Man Charged With Murdering His Son Sues Northbrook Police. Superintendent: Shooting Victim and Suspect Not Enrolled at ETHS. Maine West Raises More Than $17,000 For American Cancer Society. Niles West Basketball Star Loyd Announces College Choice.
Friday, March 18, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for Friday March 18.
Here's what's going on in Patch sites around you: VIDEO: Niles West Walkout Has 300 Protesting Anti-Union Law. Missing: Relatives, Friends in Japan. Need New Furniture? Buy Chicago Bulls Star Scottie Pippen's VIDEO: Warriors Win State Title