Lake Zurich High School Student Media

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Lake Zurich High School Student Media

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Lake Zurich High School Student Media

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Alex Ketcham

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor

As a senior, this is Alex's third year on staff and fourth year in the journalism program. He is very excited to work as the Sports Editor again. When not pursuing his love of writing and media, Alex will probably be seen in the theatre, as he is serving as the Drama Club President this year. If he is not there, then he will probably be singing or watching sports. If not there, he will probably be catching up on his messed-up sleep schedule.

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Jack Dwyer, senior, breaks for the edge against Mundelein. The team was able to finish their spring season with a 3-3 record and 3 shutout victories.

Spring Sports Recap 2021

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
May 2, 2021
The D95 Foundations main fundraiser for the school year is coming up March 13-27. This event is a virtual 5k that honors heroes of all types and benefitting the foundation.

D95 foundation to host virtual 5k

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
February 23, 2021
Student-Athletes have faced much uncertainty this school year with whether their seasons will commence. Following a January 27 meeting, IHSA announced the resumption of sports and activities through the remainder of the school year.

IHSA holdup lifted

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
February 1, 2021
For early graduates, the end of high school has arrived much earlier than summer. As they spend the next months gaining experience out in the real world, they are also planning for their future outside of the LZ halls.

[Photo] An early adieu

Caroline Sun, Digital Editor-in-Chief
February 2, 2021
Complaining can be a small statement once in while or a long term habit. However, when reflecting on complaints you typically make, you realize how many times you complain and how unnecessary complaining can be

A Complaining Detox… Attempted

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
December 2, 2020
Hallways such as the S-Hallway shown here have been sanctioned off as a one-way hallway for hybrid learners. Other hallways have been divided into two sides in order to promote social distancing.

LZ begins hybrid learning

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
October 5, 2020
A Girls Cross Country team member gets set to start her race at a meet in the backfield of the school. Each runner starts the race individually this year as a result of COVID-19 and then the teams compare times at the end to determine the winner.

Fall Sports Preview 2020

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
September 9, 2020
The construction of the new May Whitney Elementary building continued this summer and stands on track to be completed for Fall 2021. May Whitney, Seth Paine, and Sarah Adams were the major construction projects in the district this summer and all persevered through Covid-19.

Constructing the future

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
September 2, 2020
Sports are on hiatus for the moment, but that does not mean you cannot get your sports fix! Many sports movies are available on the most popular streaming platforms and ready to watch.

Filling your sports void

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
May 11, 2020
Sports Recap: February 3-16

Sports Recap: February 3-16

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
February 18, 2020
Christopher Bennett, girls basketball coach and economics teacher, gives a high five to one of his players after a practice. Bennett has been on the coaching staff for 22 years and has over 200 career wins.

Accomplishing uncommon things

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
December 13, 2019
Sema Hasanof, junior lacrosse player, committed to Grand Valley State University in October for lacrosse. Hasanof will now finish high school knowing where she will be attending after graduation, and not worrying about applying to various schools.

Ahead of the game

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
December 10, 2019
The girls cross country team competed at Sectionals in Hoffman Estates and placed 8th. brooke Johnston advanced out of sectionals and will compete at State this weekend

Sports Recap: October 21-November 3

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
November 4, 2019
The Actual Cost

The Actual Cost

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
September 27, 2019
The football team lines up for a play against Marist on 9/6. The game ended in a 24-17 loss for the Bears

Sports Recap: August 12-September 8

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
September 9, 2019
Maura Ginn, sophomore, stares down towards the plate and prepares to pitch during a May 13 game against Mundelein. Sad the teams season ended this past week, but the team will now look ahead to next year.

Weekly Roundup: May 20-26

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
May 29, 2019
Andrew Stange, senior, and Sophia de los Reyes, senior, sign their paperwork on signing day for their college athletics. Stange will be playing football at Illinois Wesleyan University, and de los Reyes will be playing tennis at Grinnell College

The Next Level

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
May 24, 2019
Emilia Mangiardi, sophomore, passes the pall down field in a game earlier this year against Glenbrook North. The team will be heading into Sectionals this week

Weekly Roundup: May 13-19

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
May 20, 2019
Griffin Koppel, sophomore cuts left in the Allied Soccer teams 8-7 win over Warren on Saturday. The next game will be on Tuesday against Mundelein during the Bears Barbecue

Weekly Roundup: May 6-12

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
May 13, 2019
Kelsey Rothas, junior, clears the bar in pole vault at the Lake County Invite on Thursday. Rothas ended up winning the event.

Weekly Roundup: April 22-28

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
May 1, 2019
Marek Enters, senior, dashes over the hurdle in the 300 meter hurdles at the Bear Invite on Thursday. Enters came in third in the event.

Weekly Roundup: April 15-21

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
April 23, 2019
The girls soccer team poses with the trophy after winning the Prospect Tournament on Sunday. The team went 4-0 in the tournament to capture the title.

Weekly Roundup: April 8-14

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
April 16, 2019
Nikki Skoby, senior, competes in the long jump at the Buffalo Grove Invitational. Skoby took fourth in the event, and the team took second place overall at the invite.

Weekly Roundup April 1-7

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
April 8, 2019
Elizabeth Chialdikas, junior, makes contact with a pitch during a game in Tennessee last week. The team went 1-4 during the trip

Weekly Roundup: March 18-31

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
April 1, 2019

Weekly Roundup March 11-17

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
April 1, 2019
Tyler Snep, senior, gears up to practice throwing the ball down to second from home plate. Sneps pop time, or the time from when the pitch hits his glove to when it is thrown down to second base, is  1.96-2.01 seconds

Swinging for the fences

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
March 20, 2019
Rayna Kauffman, freshman, passes the baton to Cate Cillessen, freshman, in the Buffalo Grove Dual meet on Friday. The meet ended in a disappointing loss, but it was an improvement upon last years score in the same meet

Weekly Roundup: March 4-10

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
March 11, 2019
Players on the hockey team celebrate after a goal during a 4-3 shootout loss to Evanston on February 21. The team now is in the State Tournament and will play Wheaton on Sunday in the Sweet Sixteen

Weekly Roundup: February 18-24

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
February 25, 2019
A couple members of the girls track team prepare to start their race at the Lyons Invite on February 9. The team this week will prepare to compete in the Wheeling Invite on February 23.

Weekly Roundup: February 11-17

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
February 18, 2019
Ian McGee, senior, attempts to take down an opponent at Regionals on February 9. McGee placed third in the 113 weight class and will be advancing to State next weekend.

Weekly Roundup: February 4-10

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
February 11, 2019
The team poses with the state championship trophy at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on January 26. This championship is the second consecutive state title for the team, and the second one in school history.

Weekly Roundup: January 21-27

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
January 28, 2019
Students sit in Studio C studying for their classes. If final exams were this week, they wouldnt have to continue their studying over winter break

Winter break woes

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
December 22, 2018
Claudia Kieda, senior volleyball player and track runner, prepares to spike the ball during a volleyball match. Kieda says she enjoys being a multi-sport athlete because “it’s just fun to be involved in something constantly because each sport has a different season.”

The Right Move?

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
December 14, 2018
Amanda Rodriguez, PE teacher, has played softball all of her life. Now, she is coaching the game using what she has learned from her own coaches to enhance her coaching techniques.

Athletes through it all

Alex Ketcham, Sports Editor
October 5, 2018
Painting a world through costumes

Painting a world through costumes

Alex Ketcham, Bear Facts Contributor
May 26, 2018
McKenna works at her computer in photoshop. She loads the pictures she takes into photoshop and then edits them to create her pieces.

Nursing a love of science through art

Alex Ketcham, Bear Facts Contributor
May 20, 2018
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