SCHOOL DISTRICT U-46
ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL
EHS STAFF V O L U M E 1 , I S S U E 1 F A L L , 2 0 0 9
Jug Returns to Elgin High School
After seven years, school song for a large Bierman. Bierman played
Team Physician the Elgin High School group of Maroon fans. for the same jug during his
football team brought The Town Jug had an football career at EHS.
Heidi Gorajczyk home the “Town Jug” Being able to bring the jug
The jug symbolizes the back home to his alma
rivalry between Elgin mater provided a proud
High School and Larkin moment for him, the
High School and gives school and the community.
the winning team brag- The Larkin game was one
ging rights for that of three wins for the
season. Elgin defeated team. Additional wins
Larkin by a score of were over Streamwood and
Soccer 2 28-21. Aurora East.
Pom Pons 2 After the game, emo- The future looks bright
tions ran high as the extra special meaning
for the Maroons. The
team huddled around this year for EHS Head
sophomore team sported a
the jug singing the Football Coach, Dave
Boys Cross 3 record of 5-4.
Hernandez 3 Sirinit wins Sectional to Advance to State
Girls tennis experienced an throughout the season and her
Girls Cross 4 incredible year with the addi- competitive nature impacted
Country tion of freshman phenomenon
the whole team. “It was a
Jayce Sirinit. Her only losses
privilege and a joy to coach
were to fellow state qualifiers
Swimming 4 her along with the rest of the
and she played an unbelievably
varsity girls team!” stated
hard fought match at the state
Head Coach Jan LaBar.
4 Another great addition to
Sirinit had a great attitude Freshman Jayce Sirinit shows off
the team was our assistant
her sectional medal.
coach Kari Dittman. She
“It was a privilege and a joy helped to boost team spirit in
to coach her (Sinit) along so many ways and was won-
with the rest of the varsity Certeza, #2 Doubles—Allison
derful to work with.
girls team!” —Jan LaBar, Harris/Aayushi Patel and #2
Head Girls Tennis Coach Other sectional competi- Singles—Jordaizn Castanos.
tors for EHS were: #1
P AG E 2
Maroon Soccer Update
The Elgin Boys Soccer then placed 3rd in the Bart- overtimes and by one goal.
team jumped out to a fast lett Tournament in Septem- Coaches for the Elgin
start by taking 1st Place in ber. Soccer team are: Dave
the St. Patrick Varsity EHS beat Huntley on Borg, Head Varsity Coach;
Tournament. Jose Quevado Wednesday, October 21, in John McCreery, Assistant
was named the first round of the state Varsity Coach; Cesar
MVP of the series play-offs and lost the Rosales, Head Sophomore
tournament. regional final game to Coach; and Raul Castillo,
The tea m Larkin High School in four Head Freshman Coach.
Poms had a great season by performing at four home games and the pep
assembly. We decided to incorporate a wide variety of dance including jazz,
hip hop, bolleywood, kick, and pom routines. We look forward to tryouts at
the end of October to expand our team for our basketball season which in-
cludes: the U-46 district dance off, 10 home basketball games, and our
first drill team competition in several years! Shout outs to our in-
POM PONS credible captains Breanna Yarwood and George Portillo who
worked VERY hard on drilling our team. Also to Alex Kaczmarek,
Alyssa Gonzalez, George Portillo, Ravon Bonds, Jenna Jaynes, and
Breanna Yarwood for stepping up and choreographing amazing routines!
You guys rock and Mrs. Peterson and Ms. Sciacca love you and are sooo
proud of you!!! Pom Posse WOOWOO!!!
Girls Volleyball Develop a Sense of Team
This year has been a rebuilding Head Coach Keith Foster.
year overall with the girls varsity The volleyball team ended the
volleyball players developing and season ranked #1 in the regional.
“A team will growing as a team. The girls on the The regional was weaker than most
always trump team began the season on rocky years, with South Elgin, Larkin,
ground, but began to play better and Streamwood; however, still a
talent.” together; attitudes and team moral feat for the EHS team and Foster’s
excelled, and overall success began The EHS JV volley- program. In the regional, EHS beat
—Coach Foster to prosper. ball team creates some Larkin in two, extending Elgin’s
In the beginning, our offense was a offense. streak and dominance over Larkin
disaster and our team seemed to play to 9-0 in the past three seasons.
with little motivation; but as time Record: 11-22 The team then faced off against
went on, we had hitters step up to the South Elgin for the championship
plate and begin to play better, more and lost in two games. Out of the
consistent volleyball. Senior Alyssa All-conference: Lindsey 50 points scored by SEHS, EHS
Higdon began to put the ball down Hedl made 28 mistakes. While the team
and make fewer mistakes; senior lost and it was largely disappoint-
All-Area Daily Herald First
Danielle Lawry began to hit corners team: Lindsey Hedl ing, it was a big step for the pro-
and junior Jennifer Fulton started Second team: Abbey Houde gram to see that kind of pressure so
hitting much better. “This year has that we can (sooner, rather than
taught me a valuable lesson: A team All-area Courier News 2nd later) make that next step to sec-
team: Abbey Houde
will always trump talent.” stated tionals.
A T HLET IC DEP A RT MENT
Boys Cross Country Led by Special Group of Seniors
This year's group of runners is petitive athlete and has regularly We appreciate the booster club's
led by a special group of sen- been our fourth man. Rodrigo Flo- support over the years in purchas-
iors. Ricardo Mancha was last res has come a long way since join- ing a mile clock and helping with
year's regional champion and con- ing cross country two years the purchase of a team shelter
tinues to be our top runner, but ago. He trained faithfully all sum- tent.
more than that, he has developed as mer and has shown tremendous
an effective and strong leader. Ri- improvement. These are our senior
cardo has had a lot of challenges leaders! Our varsity top seven are
managing plenty of aches and pains rounded out with juniors Rafi Soto
and has been a great example of and Matt Eck, and occasionally
running through it. Jose Duarte freshman Chris Porras.
is consistently our second man and
With three runners consistently in
team comedian. Tom Small returns
the 16's (faster than 5:40 per mile
after sitting last season out with a
average) and the other four consis-
broken leg and has actually caught
tently well under 18 minutes, Elgin
up with Jose, giving our team score
should again qualify out of the re-
a huge improvement from their
gional race and run as a team at
close finishes. He has an amazing
sectionals. Our conference and
"clock." When we run intervals on
sectional include many top teams in
the track, Coach LaRue and I can
the state which makes qualifying
give him a finish time and he'll lead
for Peoria a huge challenge, but
the pack and nail it every
one that we hope to meet by send- Tom Small of EHS competes in the Elgin Cross Country
time! Zach Frerichs, new this year, Invitational.
ing some of our top individuals.
runs from the experience of a com-
Hernandez Signs Letter of Intent to Division I
Although she was picked as a Award for the 2009-2010 school
captain of her cross country team, year.
Brandi Hernandez’s heart belongs The humble student-athlete has
to another sport. Hernandez signed been recruited to play outfield for
a letter of intent to play softball at MU and with her speed, that is
Miami University (Ohio) on No- not a surprise. Hernandez says,
vember 11. “I am excited that I have this op-
Hernandez has been playing portunity. Not a lot of people get
shortstop on the Elgin High School to play sports in college. I’ve
softball team and under a new head heard from other college athletes
coach, may play that spot again this that your teammates become your
Guy and Donna Hernandez look on as
spring. However, she must wait family and it will be nice to have
their daughter, Brandi Hernandez,
until she finishes her current sport, that relationship.”
signs a letter of intent to play softball
basketball. Hernandez is the point Hernandez plans to major in
at Miami University (Ohio) in the fall.
guard on the EHS varsity girls bas- Exercise Science. This is an ex-
ketball team. Volleyball, cross cellent choice for her since her
country, basketball and softball are two favorite subjects are math
all sports that Hernandez has tried, places her in the top ten percent. She and science. She also likes the
and excelled in. She also excels in has a 4.75 grade point average, is in flexibility of this major and its
the classroom. Hernandez is the EHS Gifted Academy, and was broad curriculum.
ranked #10 in her class which nominated for the Wendy’s Heisman
V OLUME 1, ISSUE 1 P AG E 4
Girls Cross Country Team Sports an Extremely Competitive Season
The girls had a fantastic sea- races throughout the season.
son and ran extremely competi- Other contributors included
tive races. The operative words four-year cross country partici-
to describe the season would be pant and EHS Senior Christine
“dedication” and “team camara- Heiser, EHS Senior Brandi Her-
derie.” nandez, and EHS Senior
The team was led by Captain Daniela Limon. The team looks
and EHS Senior Kelly Patchett promising next season with
who qualified for the Sectional EHS Juniors Jane Marston,
meet in October. Kelly also Sam Estep, and LHS Sopho- The EHS/Larkin Girls Cross Country
earned a distinctive PR at the more Kelci Hogue taking over Team begin their race in Lord’s Park
East Aurora meet of 19:18. the reigns. In all, it was an ex- during the Elgin Invitational on Sep-
Another standout was LHS Sen- cellent season! tember 1, 2009.
ior Meaghan Gard who also The coaches for the Larkin/
qualified for the Sectional meet Elgin Co-op were Head Coach Assistant Coach Valerie Pelak
and ran terrific and consistent Steven Lauridsen (LHS) and (EHS).
Andresen Hanging up his Suit as EHS Girls Swimming Coach
Rick Andresen has been coaching his helm. Assistant Coach Brian Karsbeck,
swimming since 1978. At the end The 2009 EHS Girls Swimming had 11 swimmers, with 1 from
of the 2009-2010 school year, he team, coached by Andresen and Larkin High School. The team
will hang up his suit as the Elgin also had an exchange student
High School girls swimming coach. from Sweden, Maria Nillson.
Andresen has been an icon at Elgin During the championship
High School and Dundee-Crown series, the girls were able to
High School during his coaching swim over 40 personal best
days. It would be difficult to count times. The top swimmers were
all the swimmers who were under Lauren Sprague and Alex
Haugan. The sportsmanship
School District U-46 award went to senior Sarah
ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL Coach Karsbeck and Sara Glowinski Glowinski. The MVP will be an-
review scores during a meet. nounced at the Booster Banquet.
1200 Maroon Drive
Elgin, IL 60120 CHEERLEADING COMPETITION
Phone: 847-888-5100 ext. 5346 The EHS Cheerleading Squad will be hosting the
Annual Upstate 8 Cheerleading Competition on
Fax: 847-888-5059 January 23, 2010. The competition will begin at
E-mail: GwenPoore@u-46.org 10:00 a.m. in the Fieldhouse. Come cheer them on!