Fabulous 40: Pioneer Press Lake Shore area loaded with stellar performers in 2011
Reaching great heights. Lake Forest pole vaulter Carolina Carmichael, seen here taking second place at the Class 3A state track meet, has made the 2011 Pioneer Press Lake Shore Fabulous 40. | Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 5, 2012 4:36PM
Nikola AntonijevicStevenson, Volleyball
First, he dominated play on the high school level. Then, he went on to showcase his middle-blocking skills for the U.S. Boys Youth National team. He’s now doing his thing at Pepperdine.
Connor BlackMundelein, Swimmer
He’s just getting started. He brought home two individual medals — 2nd in the 100 fly, 8th in the 200 IM — and two relay medals at last winter’s state meet. This summer, the junior will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Jeremy BrazilVernon Hills, Wrestling
Known as a terrific club wrestler, he brought home the second-place medal at 285 pounds in last year’s Class 2A state meet. He also was a standout on the Cougars football team.
Craig BreckenridgeLibertyville, Gymnastics
He came up with a momumental performance at State. He took first on floor exercise, second on pommel horse, third on still rings and fifth on parallel bars.
Alex Brend Lake Zurich, Track
Lake Zurich, Track
Jason BrownDeerfield, Tennis
He capped off his junior season with 28 wins by earning a third-place finish in singles in a tough field at the IHSA state tournament.
Robbie BrownDeerfield/HP, Gymnastics
He came up with a clutch performance at State. Brown finished second on the parallel bars (9.40) to help his team to a sixth-place finish.
Joey Calistri Deerfield, Soccer
Carolina Carmichael Lake Forest, Track
Lake Forest, Track
Morgan Dever Lake Forest, Field Hockey
Lake Forest, Field Hockey
Andrea DiPrimaBuffalo Grove, Softball
She topped off her prep career in primo fashion by hitting .495 with 45 hits last spring. Now playing at Northwestern, she wound up with 227 hits for the Bison, which puts her No. 7 all-time in IHSA history.
Lauren FeelyCarmel, Gymnastics
She was beaming after last winter’s State Finals. By taking first on the balance beam (9.775) and third on vault (9.775), she played a major role in helping the Corsairs defend their state championship.
Emily Feldman Highland Park, Soccer
Highland Park, Soccer
Jason GoldsteinHighland Park, Baseball
He’s been a name player in these parts for some time. The University of Illinois recruit, who will be a four-year starter for the Giants, not only was a tough out (.388 batting average) but he is considered a highly regarded catcher.
Kendall Hirsh /Alexxis Kiven
A young dynamic duo. Hirsh, a freshman, and Kiven, a sophomore, made Stevenson history in the fall when they came up with a program-best third-place finish in doubles. They helped the Patriots to a third-place team finish.
Marshall Hollingsworth Libertyville, Soccer
Alexis JonesMundelein, Water Polo
She concluded her outstanding prep career by earning all-state honors for the third year in a row. She has taken her game to the Big Ten: Indiana.
Danny Katz Deerfield, Track
Kylie Carlson Lake Forest, Gymnastics
Lake Forest, Gymnastics
Robert KnarMundelein, Boys Hoops
After averaging 20 points per game as a sophomore, this talented guard — a future D-1 player — already has made two all-tournament teams this winter.
Jordan KosCarmel, Football
The Touchdown Maker. The East Suburban Catholic Conference Offensive Player of the Year rushed into the end zone 19 times this fall for the 7-4 Corsairs. He rushed for 1,582 yards.
Igor LiokumovichDeerfield, Track
Now at Harvard, he had a weekend to remember at last spring’s state meet. He placed second in the shot put (62-00 1/4) and third in the discus (181-10).
Karen Lowry Stevenson, Water Polo
Stevenson, Water Polo
Jack Lynn Lake Zurich, Football
Lake Zurich, Football
Ben Mahar Mundelein, Baseball
Chris Marras Vernon Hills, Baseball
Vernon Hills, Baseball
Megan Mattera Lake Zurich, Softball
Lake Zurich, Softball
Megan MelineVernon Hills, Softball
Can she improve on these numbers this spring? She was a star hurler (19-7 record, 0.99 ERA, 240 Ks, 26 complete games), star hitter (.495, 37 RBI) and star base-runner (37 steals) in 2011.
Kristin MirskiCarmel, Gymnastics
Last year was extra special for this Corsairs standout. She placed first on floor and third on vault for a team which defended its state title.
Isabelle MontagneLake Forest, Field Hockey
Earning honors is nothing new for Montagne. She was honorable mention All-American and second-team all-state in 2011.
David Packowitz /Ross Putterman Stevenson, Tennis
Last spring, this P & P show managed to dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s at the state tournament. After taking second in 2009, they won it all last spring.
Megan Paul Carmel, Track
Erin Purdy Deerfield, Diving
Danny Sabatello Stevenson, Wrestling
Ryan Sawvell Mundelein, Boys Hoops
Mundelein, Boys Hoops
Mike Schmidt Lake Zurich, Bowling
Lake Zurich, Bowling
Rachel Stoehr Lake Forest, Swimming
Lake Forest, Swimming
Mary StriedlLake Forest, Volleyball
She was the superstar on a super Scouts team this fall (NSC champs, regional champs and 32-match winner). An All-American in club ball, she was credited with 334 kills. She will play at Pitt.
Savannah Trees Libertyville, Girls Hoops
Libertyville, Girls Hoops
Owen Williams Lake Forest, Football
Lake Forest, Football
Joe Willis Lake Forest, Golf
Lake Forest, Golf