SCOREBOARD WATCHING: VOLLEYBALL
The Adversity 16 Purple squad, which includes Lake Forest’s Justin McCartney and New Trier’s Benjamin Wiegand, claimed a national volleyball title earlier this month.
The squad, which was coached by Ben Formica and Bill Moser, went 12-0 to take first place in the Open Division at the 2017 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in Columbus, Ohio on July 1-8.
The other squad members were Sam Adkisson (Vernon Hills), Kyle Vasquez (Barrington), Matt Sarnowski (Barrington), Connor Clowers (Lakes), Jared Moser (Wheeling), Adam Krasowski (Lake Zurich), Bartosz Wielgos (Lake Zurich), Carter Zagorski (Hersey), Michael Scott (Carmel Catholic), Marcel Wiechnik (Lake Zurich) and Dorin Drimboi (Maine West).
Adversity, based in Vernon Hills, sent four other teams to the national tourney: 18 Purple, 17 Black, 16 Purple and 16 Black.
The 18 Purple squad, which features five New Trier players (Billy Fauntleroy, Nik Gjaja, Kieran Hutchison, Jack Werd and William Wolf) finished 10th in the Open Division.
The other roster members include Sam Kharasch (Libertyville), Matt Schiferi (Wheeling), Ryan Hirschel (Libertyville), Alex Krasowski (Lake Zurich), Sean Ryan (Lyons), Mihajlo Gomez (Warren) and Grant Maleski (Stevenson). Kyle Masterson and Marin Gjaja were the coaches.
The 18 Black squad, which featured New Trier senior-to-be Joe D’Attomo, placed 33rd in the Open Division.
D1 Chicago also sent five teams to the national tourney in Columbus: 18 Green, 17 Green, 16 Green, 16 Black and 15 Green.
The 18 Green went 6-3 to place 17th in the Club Division. Coached by Tim Falknor and Derek Jensen, the roster members include Kamil Barabas (Glenbrook North), Matt Biebrach (GBN), Matt Byrne (Loyola Academy), Nick Cavallaro (Glenbrook South), Myles Engle (GBS), Richard Hoff (Evanston), Drake Johnson (Loyola), Clark Reinfranck (GBN) and Danny Voronov (GBN).
The 15 Green squad, which features John Freidinger (GBS), John Hitt (Loyola), Bendy Jimenez (Niles West), Ryan Merk, Frank Podgorny (Niles West), Mark Wickstrom (Elk Grove) and Paul Wysznski, finished seventh in the Club Division.
Mizuno Sports Performance
Lake Forest’s Kevin Lamp helped the SPVB Boys 16 Mizuno team to a runner-up finish in the 16 Open Division at the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals.
Lamp (class of 2019) teamed up with Hunter Bailey, John Jaworski, Kevin Kauling, John Kenny, Kyle Rasmussen, Michael Tang, Jack Tischler, Rico Wardlow and Charles Wind.
The Sky High-Adidas 18 Black, which features Lake Forest’s Emma Patlovich and Ashley Williams, earned a third-place finish in the 18 Open bracket at the 2017 USAV Girls’ 18s Junior National Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota in March.