Random Summer Thoughts

There’s no general theme here, except for the post concerns people 18 years and younger.

First up, my jaw drags the bunkers in awe of the golfers on the North Shore. As I followed the Western Junior at Beverly Country Club and then the Illinois State Amateur, the preponderance of players from the northern suburbs was alarming. Perhaps that’s not surprising, but still.

The Glenbrook North boys should be considered a favorite to win the state title. The Spartans return sophomores Nick Hardy, Brian Ohr and two others from last year’s fourth-place team. But New Trier and Lake Forest once again will be in the mix. Should be a fun fall in the fairways.

Although golf has consumed my thoughts so far, I learned that Ron Muhitch put together an elite group of football teams from the Chicago area for a 7-on-7 tournament July 13. I can’t wait for that. Being from Georgia, I am a football junkie, and I look forward to watching Illinois powerhouses such as the host TIgers, Maine South, Montini and Glenbard West sling it around on a hot summer day.

What else?

For those girls hoops fans, Maggie Lyon, the 6-1 point guard from New Trier, said she hopes to pick a college by next week. Lyon plays on the same AAU club, Midwest Elite, as Niles West senior Jewell Loyd, a Notre Dame recruit. By the way, Maine South’s Michelle Maher and Jacqui Grant also play on the Platinum team, which starts its season July 9 in Indy. Midwest Elite will be among the teams at the Nike Summer Showcase in Elgin July 12-16.

I thought the summer was supposed to be slower.

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