Tuesday, April 16, 2013
See how the lady Vikings are doing this softball season.
The Niles North Vikings are 1-7 through several weeks of play. The softball team recently lost to Loyola 9-0 on Saturday. Despite the record, senior Jaclyn Lochner played a strong game, getting two hits against Loyola. Meanwhile, senior Kristin Reichert had a two run homer in the first inning against Rolling Meadows High School. Lochner is batting with a .444 average and has two doubles thus far. "We have four to five freshman starting at any given time, but [at the same time], we have some strong senior [players]," said coach Karin Wick. The team will be playing Highland Park on April 17. -- Patch on Facebook
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Niles North and Niles West are both breaking in new quarterbacks to start the 2011 season.
Patch sports reporter Ross Jacobson ranks the North Shore’s best football teams. While power rankings take season record into consideration, more recent results and news, including known injuries, have a bigger influence than early season victories or losses. They also are completely and utterly subjective in evaluating the teams in the Central Suburban leagues PRESEASON RANKINGS Check here for the Central Suburban North league schedule or here for the Central Suburban South league schedule as part of the Illinois High School Association's listings. (Covering the Patch communities of Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Niles, Highland Park, Glenview, Deerfield, Morton Grove, Des Plaines and Northbrook.)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Two-league scrimmage lets the Vikings' new quarterback work out 'growing pains.'
After losing a plethora of big contributors from last year’s Niles North High School football team, last week’s 7-on-7 drills gave coach Scott Smith the first true chance to see how some of his new players stacked up. “We just started last week with camp so we’re still working off sheets of paper and learning where we need to get our routes to and how to read defenses,” said Smith, who took over the program in 2005. “Defensively, we have a lot of young guys that we’re trying to get coached up on the fly,” he added. Niles North, which is just getting into the swing of things on the football field, got its first opportunity to compare itself against other teams at the annual Central Suburban League–Mid-Suburban League 7-on-7 Camp held in Des…
Friday, June 10, 2011
Basketball had a thrilling postseason run while track athletes dominated the sectional championships.
Here are Patch's Top 10 moments in Niles North athletics during the past school year. 10. Football Wins “Skokie Skirmish”: Niles North got its first victory of the year with a 24-15 win against rival Niles West. Fullback Myron Johnson ran for 143 yards on 16 carries, including a 73-yard touchdown scamper. In all, Johnson had three touchdowns on the day. 9. Dave Bacalla Has Winning Record at State Tennis Championships: The sophomore finished 4-2 in the singles division at the state championships. Bacalla lost in the third round after two wins in the main draw, but won two more matches in the consolation bracket. One of the consolation victories was a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Glenbrook North’s Brian Levitas. 8. Girls Soccer Perseveres for CSL…
Friday, June 3, 2011
Niles North teammates earn All-State honors at the track and field championships.
Boys Track and Field: Seniors Devonier Casey (400-meter) and Zheng Fang (110-meter hurdles) earned All-State honors at the state finals last weekend. Casey ran 48.17 seconds in the finals to take fourth place while Fang finished in 14.79 to take eighth. Kosta Papazoglou was the only other Viking to make it to the finals, finishing 15th in the 3,200 (9 minutes, 31.02 seconds). Casey also took 11th in the triple jump with a mark of 44 feet, 1.75 inches. Ethan Velasquez (pole vault) and Montreal Sykes (triple jump) didn’t qualify for Saturday’s finals after they competed in the preliminaries. Velasquez cleared 13 feet in the pole vault while Sykes’ best jump was 41 feet, 3 inches. Fang missed out on the finals of the 300 hurdles after …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Softball and baseball among teams heading into extra innings in state playoff competitions.
Boys Track and Field: Niles North had a banner day at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 3A Skokie Sectional. The Vikings qualified five individuals for this week’s state championships in Charleston and won the overall team championship. The all-around effort was led by Devonier Casey, who qualified for the state meet in three individual events. The senior won the 400-meter (48.67 seconds), triple jump (45 feet) and took third in the 200-meter with a qualifying time of 22.24. Zheng Fang took second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.56) and later won the 300-meter hurdles (39.21). Kosta Papazoglou, 3,200-meter;, Montreal Sykes, triple jump; and Ethan Velasquez, pole vault, also extended their season by taking second place in their…
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Girls soccer claims a conference championship after struggling at the start of the season.
Boys Track: Niles North coach Paul Swanson wasn’t worried when his team lost the Central Suburban League (CSL) indoor championship to Deerfield in March, snapping a string of three consecutive titles. That wasn’t when he wanted his team to peak. That wasn’t what they cared about. Last weekend, Niles North claimed the prize it sought all season: the CSL North outdoor championship. The Vikings collected a school-record 208 points, beating out second-place Deerfield (172) and third-place Highland Park (72) for the school’s seventh straight outdoor title. “We’ve been very happy with the progress of our guys, but really haven’t put all the pieces together until last week,” Swanson said. “We were very pleased with the performances of our guys in…
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Kellion Gordon was a double winner in the 100 and 200 while Niles North's Kiana Foreman took second in the 400.
Judging by her results, you couldn’t tell that something was wrong with Niles West’s Kellion Gordon. She cruised to first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 preliminaries early on in Thursday’s IHSA Class 3A Wilmette Sectional at Loyola Academy. But Gordon was hurting. Whether it was the 80-plus degree heat or a slight muscle pull, Gordon’s hamstring was not right. Still the senior sprinter persevered, taking first place in the 100 and 200 finals and advancing to the state championships. “I had to pull through it because I had to go to state,” Gordon said. “That’s my number one goal right there.” Gordon was one of four Niles West athletes to move on to next week’s state championships. Jasmine Townsend won the shot put (37-10), Vicki Barela …
Friday, May 6, 2011
Girls soccer looks for a conference championship while boys volleyball lost a pair of crucial games.
Softball: Thanks to the hot hitting of Kristin Reichert, Niles North’s (10-7, 4-2 CSL North) offense has found a rhythm through April and into May. The sophomore first baseman clubbed six home runs and had 27 RBIs in the month of April, easily the team leader in both categories. “[Reichert] has been hot with the bat and solid defensively,” Niles North coach Karin Wick said. Against Deerfield last week, Reichert went 4-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and seven RBIs to lead Niles North to a 16-3 win. The Vikings went 1-2 in last weekend’s Rolling Meadows Tournament and split two crucial Central Suburban League (CSL) North games earlier this week. Niles North lost a tough 3-2 decision on the road against Maine West on May 2. Rachel …
Friday, April 29, 2011
Baseball went 3-1 during games last week and volleyball got an important win in conference play.
Bass Fishing: For Niles North and its bass fishing team, all it took was one fish to capture a sectional championship. Despite cold weather, Jeff Wu pulled in the only fish--a bass weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces–out of all participants in the sectional at Skokie lagoons. Niles North advanced one boat to the Illinois High School Association's state championships on May 6 and 7 at Carlyle Lake. Michael Lochner, who was fishing in the same boat as Wu, will also participate in the state finals. The feat is made more impressive considering the adversity Niles North has overcome to even have a bass fishing program at the high school. “We have to rely on people to lend us their boats because we don’t have a boat here at Niles North,” coach Carol …