Dual identities burn Wildkits (+ Evanston team page)
Evanston's Andre Wallace (58) recovers a ball fumbled by Maine South's Anthony Mitchell (48) in the first quarter Saturday in Evanston. The Hawks beat the Wildkits 31-21. | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
BOYS and GIRLS
At CSL Invite at Belvidere Pk., 9 a.m.
At New Trier (Northfield), 7:30 p.m.
At 3A State Final at The Den, Fox Creek, Bloomington, TBA
At 3A State Final at The Den, Fox Creek, Bloomington, TBA
At 3A Niles North Regional, 7 p.m.
At Niles West, 5:30 p.m.
Hosts Evanston Dive Invite, 10 a.m.
At New Trier Relays (Winnetka), 1:30 p.m.
At New Trier Sectional, 3 p.m.
At New Trier Sectional, 8:30 a.m.
At State Final, TBA
Hosts Niles West, 6 p.m.
At Maine West Tourn., 5 p.m.
At Maine West Tourn., 9 a.m.
At New Trier (Winnetka), 6 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2012 11:23AM
EVANSTON — Evanston was the best team on the field Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, Evanston was also the worst team on the field Saturday afternoon. The Wildkits alternated between spectacular game-changing plays and cringeworthy turnovers in their 31-21 loss to Maine South at Memorial Stadium.
The Wildkits had plenty of highlight-reel worthy moments. Toward the end of the first half, quarterback Chris Little pitched the ball to wide receiver Marcus Hampton, who made as if he was going to run before launching a bomb downfield to wide receiver Deontre Yarbrough. The long spiral caught Yarbrough in stride down the right sideline for a 96-yard touchdown.
Toward the end of the game, Little zeroed in on his favorite wideout, Alex Zineddine. He hit Zineddine on two fourth-down plays, first with a quick pass along the left sideline on a fourth-and-nine and then with a laser beam on fourth-and-goal that knotted the score at 21. Afterwards, Little raised both fists in the air as a jubilant home crowd cheered in disbelief.
“That’s my guy,” Little said.
As good as Little was at times, he also tossed four picks, several of which drifted right into the oppositon’s hands.
On defense, it was the same story. On one hand, a swarming pass rush frequently forced Maine South quarterback Matt Alviti to scramble out of the pocket. With Maine South in Evanston’s red zone and the score tied at 21, linebacker Jamel Worth managed to push the Hawks out of the Wildkits’ red zone with an eight-yard sack. Another quarterback hurry forced Alviti to unload his third-down pass far quicker than he would have liked to, forcing Maine South to settle for a field goal.
On the other hand, that same defense allowed wide receiver Zach Hinkamp to snare a pass over the middle and take it 47 yards down the field to give Maine South a 10-7 lead. Cornerback Maalik Todd had a chance to wrap Hinkamp up, but he missed, allowing Hinkamp to sprint untouched into the end zone. The Wildkits also allowed the Hawks to convert a third-and-17 when wide receiver George Sajenko slipped through two tackles along the left sideline to pick up the first down.
“They did bring a lot of pressure, and that was kind of holding our passing game back a little bit,” Alviti said, “but like I said before, we got the first downs when we needed the first downs and we made the plays when we needed to make the plays.”
Overall, mistakes aside, the highlights showed Little that the Wildkits can compete with the best teams in the region.
“For us, to know that we have it in us, to be the best that we can be and possibly be the best,” Little said, “hopefully we can see them again and prove that we are the best.”
Names in the Game
Noteworthy efforts: The sophomore was second on the team and fifth overall Saturday at St. Charles East’s invitational. Escabar crossed the line at Leroy Oakes in 15:56, finishing behind Carl Klamm, another sophomore who placed third in 15:51. The Wildkits took fourth as a team with 80 points.
Noteworthy efforts: The freshman swimmer won the 100-yard breaststroke in a dual meet Friday against Maine South with a personal-best time of 1:13.20. Ana Woods, another freshman, finished first in the 200 free (2:00.38) and 500 free (5:22.03). The Wildkits beat the Hawks 105-81 in the CSL South competition.
8 | Turnovers by the football in Saturday’s 31-21 loss to No. 1-ranked Maine South. The Wildkits led several times during the game, but they couldn’t complete the upset.
“I didn’t lose a ball.”
— Wildkits junior Evan TerMolen talking about one of the pluses from his Monday round of 79 at the sectional golf tournament at the Winnetka Golf Club.
Girls tennis: Wildkits at New Trier Sectional, TBA
Girls diving: Wildkits host own invitational, 10 a.m.
Kate Budde and Andrea Gouvea get an opportunity to show off in front of a home crowd this weekend. Budde is a hopeful to qualify for the state meet this season.
Boys soccer: Wildkits vs. Niles North at Niles North Regional, 7 p.m.
Jonathan Balthazar and Evanston, the No. 8 seed at the New Trier Sectional, open up the playoffs against the 11th-seeded Vikings. The winner plays Saturday in the regional final.
Culture Grid: Evan TerMolen
Evan TerMolen is a junior golfer for the Wildkits who will play at the state tournament for the first time.:
What is your favorite golf course? “Horseshoe Bay in Door County. There are horse fields around you, and you can see Lake Michigan on the 18th hole. It’s the most beautiful place on Earth.”
What shows do you watch on TV? “ ‘Pawn Stars.’ I don’t know. I don’t really like much of the stuff on now. I watch a lot of documentaries. I like Pawn Stars because it’s a mix of fun and history.”
What are you listening to now? “I like rap and country. My friends make fun of me for that. I like Lil Wayne and Jason Aldean. It depends on my mood.”
Where do you like to eat around town? “Gigio’s. It’s a pizza place that has Mexican food. I like to get tacos and a slice of pizza.”