Kim Jerantowski will lead Lemont as it host the Lemont Cup this weekend. | Allen Cunningham/Sun-Times Media
1. St. Charles North reached the championship match in the top bracket of the Tournament of Champions in Burlington, Iowa, last weekend. The No. 9 North Stars (13-3-1) lost 2-1 to nationally-ranked No. 1 St. Teresa’s (Missouri). With more than 200 career victories, St. Charles North coach Ruth Vostal has been named a finalist for national coach of the year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. The award is going to be announced June 18th in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
2. Lane edged out Young on the fourth tie-breaker for the top seed of the Public League Playoffs. The Indians have won four of the last five tournaments, its run only interrupted by the Dolphins two years ago. Lane recently welcomed back junior midfielder Anastasia Niforos from a torn ACL. She scored her first goal in the final regular season game. “It’s great to be out there playing again,” Niforos said. “The doctors did a ligament test and said the right leg, the one I tore, is stronger than the other leg.”
3. Top-ranked and defending tournament champion Waubonsie Valley headlines the field at the Lemont Cup, the last major in-season tournament before the start of the state tournament. The tournament will serve as the strongest competition for the unbeaten though largely untested host Indians. Lemont is led by senior Northwestern recruit Kim Jerantowski (16 goals), junior forward Aleksandra Mihailovic and senior keeper Kelly Fritz. Sandburg is the other top contender.