INSIDE THE PRESS BOX: Football
Glenbrook North’s football team, which finished 9-2, capped the year by having nine players earn all-Central Suburban League North Division accolades.
The selections include eight seniors: Luke Amen, Alexander Bubaris, Kevin Burnside, Tommy Gertner, Michael Karb, Gerry Luc, Matt Pawlowski and TJ Weinzimmer. The lone junior to make the squad was running back Jimmy Karfis.
Burnside, an honorable mention all-stater, finished the season with 2,475 passing yards and 545 rushing yards. He threw 18 touchdown passes, while he added eight rushing TDs.
Weinzimmer proved to be Burnside’s primary target: 53 catches, 828 yards and five TDs. He also was one of the area’s top punters, averaging 43.81 yard per kick.
Like Weinzimmer, Gertner starred in two phases of the game. He caught 45 passes for 693 yards and seven TDs. As a placekicker, Gertner made 49 of 51 PATs and four field goals.
Bubaris, another exciting talent, produced in multiple ways. He made 40 catches for 596 yards and seven TDs to go along with 89 rushing yards with two TDs. As a defensive back, he was credited with 37 tackles while intercepting three passes. He also averaged 18.43 yards per punt return with one TD.
Luc was the team’s top defensive player. He ended up with a team-high 103 tackles with eight tackles-for-loss.
Pawlowski was a big-play guy on GBN’s defensive unit. In addition to his 75 tackles, he recorded seven sacks and nine TFLs. He also had a blocked kick.
Amen also made his share of big plays. In addition to being involved in 34 stops, he came up with a team-best four interceptions, including a pick six.
Karb was a standout lineman for the Spartans. His blocking helped GBN average 34 points per game. The Spartans averaged 174 rushing yards and 234 passing yards per game. On the defensive end, he 14 tackles, two sacks and two TFLs.
Karfis, who was sidelined with an injury in the second round of the state playoffs, just missed eclipsing 1,000 yards: 139-927. He had 16 rushing TDs. He also hauled in 20 passes for 230 yards. As the team’s No. 1 kick returner, he ended up a 18.4 average.
The Spartans also received solid work this fall from senior running back/linebacker James Mercouris, senior linebacker Luke Kincaid, senior defensive lineman Brennan Hughes, two-way lineman Jacob Weingardt, sophomore defensive back Ethan Quayle, senior defensive back Gio Kollias, offensive lineman Jacob Rodino and defensive lineman Justin Star.
Mercouris ended up with 48 tackles on defense to go along with 153 receiving yards.
Kincaid was the team’s second leading tackler (84). He also had two sacks and three TFLs.
Hughes wound up with 63 tackles. He had three sacks and seven TFLs.
Weingardt was a two-way lineman. He had 46 tackles, including six for loss.
Quayle was one of the team’s top young players. He was in on 34 stops.
Kollias finished with 31 tackles.
Star finished strong and made 27 tackles, two sacks and two TFLs, while Rodino had a sack and a TFL.