Glenbrook North grad still swinging a hot club

  • Glenbrook North graduate Kevin O'Regan tied for 16th place at the 103rd Western Junior Championship June 21-24 at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest.

    Glenbrook North graduate Kevin O'Regan tied for 16th place at the 103rd Western Junior Championship June 21-24 at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer, October 2020

  • Glenbrook South's Nick Martinelli averaged 22 points per game at the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout in mid-June.

    Glenbrook South's Nick Martinelli averaged 22 points per game at the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout in mid-June. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer, February 2021

  • Glenbrook South senior guard Cooper Noard has been shooting 50% from beyond the 3-point arc, basketball coach Phil Ralston says.

    Glenbrook South senior guard Cooper Noard has been shooting 50% from beyond the 3-point arc, basketball coach Phil Ralston says. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer, February 2021

 
 
Updated 7/1/2021 3:48 AM

Sweet 16th

Notre Dame-bound golfer Kevin O'Regan, a 2021 Glenbrook North graduate, tied for 16th place at the 103rd Western Junior Championship, June 22-24 at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest.

 

The Northbrook resident shot an 8-over 288, 11 strokes behind champion Caleb Surratt of Matthews, North Carolina. O'Regan joined Lake Forest's Pierce Grieve as the only Illinoisans among the 51 junior golfers nationwide to make the cut.

O'Regan had to scramble after shooting a 4-over 74 on the first round at Onwentsia. He recovered with an even-par 70 in the second round then scored consecutive Thursday rounds of 73 and 71.

In 2019 O'Regan placed eighth in the Illinois High School Association Class 3A state golf finals, leading Glenbrook North to second as a team behind Lake Forest.

Last fall, in an abbreviated season, he was the medalist at the Conant regional, then two-putted from 80 fee to secure the Conant sectional championship in the Spartans' last match of the season. O'Regan and teammates such as his younger brother, Robby, and sectional medalist Jason Gordon paced the Spartans to their first sweep of conference, regional and sectional titles since 2013.

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Summer hoops

Glenbrook South is starting the 2021-22 boys basketball season as it left it last season -- strong.

The Titans won the Loyola/Glenbrook North City-Suburban Summer league on June 22 with wins over Lake Forest, DePaul Prep and, in the championship, New Trier, Titans coach Phil Ralston reported on Twitter June 22. They started off successfully at the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout in mid-June.

Glenbrook South then went 3-1 at Ridgewood from June 25-27, beating Taft, Leo and Springfield Lanphier and taking a narrow loss to usual suspect Homewood-Flossmoor.

Ralston noted that senior Nick Martinelli hit Lanphier with 28 points and averaged 22 points in those games. Senior guard Cooper Noard scored 27 against Leo and has been shooting 50% from beyond the 3-point arc, Ralston said.

Martinelli continues to earn praise from the likes of prep boys basketball expert Joe Henricksen, and Noard is getting more attention as well. Martinelli, a 6-foot-7 wing player, reported on Twitter that since April 29 he's racked up college offers from Valparaiso, IUPUI, Lehigh, Rice, Belmont, Toledo, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Navy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Evans Scholars expands

The Glenview-based Western Golf Association's Evans Scholars Foundation on Friday announced it will send its first scholars to the University of Maryland this fall.

The program provides full tuition and housing college scholarships to top golf caddies nationwide who come from limited financial means. Currently 1,045 caddies are attending 19 universities nationwide on Evans Scholarships.

To facilitate the foundation's move to Maryland, the Western Golf Association purchased and is renovating a house three blocks from Maryland's campus that will become the Caves Valley Evans Scholars Scholarship House, expected to open in the fall of 2024. The two freshen Evans Scholars, both of Baltimore, will live together in a residence hall until the Caves Valley house is finished, the program's 18th scholarship house.

Scholarship funds come mostly from the 33,500 golfers who are members of the Evans Scholars Park Club program. Also, Evans Scholars alumni donate more than $15 million annually, and proceeds also come from the PGA Tour's BMW Championship tournament.

Play ball

Tryouts for the Northbrook Girls Softball Association's Spartan Softball travel programs will be held July 17 on the diamonds at Techny Prairie Park and Fields, 1750 Techny Road. Tryouts will be held on fields Nos. 27 and 28 with check-in at the pavilion in between those fields.

Time for the tryouts is 10-10:30 a.m. for pitchers and catchers born in 2011 or later, 12:30-1 p.m. for pitchers and catchers born earlier than 2011 (pitchers should warm up before the tryout). For all players, times are 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. for those born in 2011 or later, 1-2 p.m. for those born after 2011. Depending on the number of players trying out, times may run longer.

Players should bring their glove, fielding face mask, helmet, bat, batting gloves, should wear softball pants and spikes, and are encouraged to bring water.

Evaluations are usually conducted by coaches from Spartan Travel, Glenbrook North and other coaches. New players or those with one year in Spartan Travel are required to tryout to be placed on teams.

To register (there will be limited walk-in registration) and for much more information, visit northbrooksoftball.com.

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