Glenbrook South’s Henry Tarbox a key member of boys soccer, football teams

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NORRIDGE — Glenbrook South junior Henry Tarbox is juggling two sports this fall.

Tarbox is a starting center back for the Titans’ boys soccer team and a key component on a squad that’s 4-1-1 in its last six games. Tarbox is also the starting placekicker for Glenbrook South’s football team.

From a scheduling perspective, balancing the two sports is rather simple.

“From 3:45 to 5:30, he’s mine,” Glenbrook South soccer coach Seong Ha said. “And then from 5:30 on, he’s coach Mike Noll’s kicker.”

If Ha’s team has a soccer game that night, Tarbox goes to the first 30 minutes of football practice before leaving to prepare for the match. While the arrangement is straightforward, juggling the two has required special measures at times — including on Friday evening.

Tarbox practiced with Glenbrook South’s boys soccer team like he typically does on Friday, but missed the football team’s bus to Niles North for the 7 p.m. game. Tarbox ended up driving to the game with Amanda Anderson, one of the school’s athletic trainers, and proceeded to go a perfect 7-for-7 on extra points against the Vikings.

Glenbrook South’s 51-7 win over Niles North wrapped up shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tarbox was in Norridge for a soccer game 14 hours later, and he played all 80 minutes in the Titans’ 2-1 victory over Ridgewood.

Tarbox said he was tired after the soccer game, but that’s become a familiar feeling this fall.

“I’m pretty physically gone every day, but I love doing it,” Tarbox said. “I love both, so it keeps me motivated.”

Glenbrook South’s Henry Tarbox takes a free kick against Ridgewood in Norridge on Saturday. | Kevin Tanaka/for Sun-Times Media

Glenbrook South’s Henry Tarbox takes a free kick against Ridgewood in Norridge on Saturday. | Kevin Tanaka/for Sun-Times Media

Tarbox has been an important facet of both teams this fall. He’s a leader of the soccer team’s defense: Ha said Tarbox communicates very well and holds the other players accountable. Plus, he has a booming right foot that makes him dangerous on free kicks.

“He [kicks] it a mile,” Ha said. “It coincides very, very well with field-goal kicking on Friday nights.”

On the football field, he’s proven to be accurate and clutch in big moments. That was evident against Metea Valley in the second week of the season. Glenbrook South drove down the field late in the fourth quarter of the tie game and set up a field goal for Tarbox.

Tarbox lined up the 24-yard field goal that night and booted it through the uprights with 11 seconds remaining to give Glenbrook South a 33-30 victory.

“That was pretty special,” Tarbox said of the game-winner. “I feel very comfortable on the football team, and I think that’s what did it for me the most. They supported me a lot, and I was ready.”

Ridgewood

• Ridgewood took a 1-0 lead in the first half of Saturday’s game when senior forward Jakub Korzec set up senior midfielder Matt Strojek for a goal.

• Ridgewood (5-6-1) went ahead with 22:04 left in the first half and maintained its lead until senior Brian Tener, who also kicks for the Titans’ football team, leveled the score with 10:51 remaining in the game. Sophomore Grady Bruch put the Titans (5-5-2) ahead 2-1 just 34 seconds later.

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