Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Relay For Life

A great video of our team "relaying" with Benny. Though his desire for a burger prevented him from being there all night, our guys kept his contagious spirit throughout the night.

The campus raised just over $50,000 for the American Cancer Society this year!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


The All-Decade Team finishes with the announcement of the Wide Receivers. This may have been the most prolific position of all for the Foresters through the 2000's. From 2000-2009, the Foresters were represented on the all-conference list each year at WR except for 2000. A total of 14 all-conference selections were earned, including 4- 1st team, 3- 2nd team, and 7- honorable mention selections, including 2007 when the Foresters had a 1st, 2nd, and HM representative! (D.Carter, Christensen, and Cirone)

The All-Decade Team for Wide Receivers:

WR: Dan Carter 2006-2009 Arlington Heights, IL (St. Viator)A four year letterman, who started all 40 games of his career. Carter finished his career at the top of the following categories for the Foresters. Receiving yards (3,422 [1,100 ahead of 2nd place); Receptions (221 [42 ahead of 2nd place); Receiving Touchdowns (40 [more than double the 19 of second place) His 40 touchdowns are most overall for total touchdowns, and his 242 total points are also tops all time. His 2009 total of 77 catches accounted for the single season largest total in Forester History. A four-time all conference selection, including three straight 1st team selections during his career. He was also named the team MVP in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Dan also served as a team captain during his senior year in 2009.

WR: Jeff Huebner 2002-2005 Antioch, IL (Antioch) Four year career highlighted by the fact that he is the only player in school history to have a 1000 yard receiving season (1,002 in 2005). Averaged 15 yards per catch for his career and recorded 19 touchdowns. A four year letterwinner, and the team MVP and First Team All-Conference selection in 2005

WR: Nick Hildreth 2001-2004 Willowbrook, IL (Willowbrook) Nick caught a pass in every game of his college career (40). Finished his career with 2,287 yards and 169 catches and 14 touchdowns. A two time all-conference selection, as well as the Team MVP and Captain for the 2004 season.

HM: Mike Fitzgerald, Tommy Cirone, and Will Christensen.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Coach Cat talks about Benny in the Friends of Jaclyn newsletter!

Coach Catanzaro was featured in the Winter FOJ Newsletter talking about the teams relationship with Benny Watters!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Weight Room

Check out our new weight room by clicking on the title!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Notes from Spring Ball

As many of you know, this is the first spring that the Midwest Conference has allowed a "non-traditional season" for their fall sports. NTS is more commonly known in football circles as "Spring Ball."

We have had a tremendous spring thus far. Though there are no pads, and therefore no contact drills, we have had numerous competitive situations that have shown us a lot about our 56 returning players.

We have seen a number of great performances over the last four practices, and I want to take a few moments to highlight some of them.

Our offensive line has been continuing to develop through this time. The Foresters has a VERY young offensive line last year. This spring, it has been obvious that the playing experiences that they had in the fall are definitely benefitting them.

Freshman Tight End Justin Smith, who was sidelined during our training camp, has recovered nicely and has been making a number catches during our 7 on 7 periods.

The Runningback position has continued to show its teeth as a strength for the Foresters. Freshman Al Mitchell had a great day on Sunday recording three long touchdown receptions.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Foresters look to replace 7 starters from last seasons team. A number of young players have made great strides in the weight room and are continuing their progression on the field as well. Freshman linebackers Joe Stella, Jake Rotkvich, and Aidan Price have proved that they are excited to try and replace All-Conference Linebackers Chad Zimborski and Donovan Baldridge.

On the defensive line, Kenny Clady-Mason and Dylan Burke are showing that they learned a number of lessons from graduating seniors Rick Storkan and Jaron Eanes.

In the secondary, the Foresters have added some new personnel at the semester mark, including Valporaiso transfer Domnick Campagna and freshman Brandon Gatling. In addition returners David Adams, Mike Dotson, and Mike Nelson have been showing a desire to replace graduating senior Wil Christensen at Safety!

The Foresters have four more practices in their "Spring Ball Period." Look for a post Spring Ball wrap up at the end of our non-traditional season.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Construction on Lake Forest has been ongoing since last May on the new addition to the Lake Forest College Sports and Recreation Center. Numerous Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Lake Forest have helped make this project possible. Despite a recently down spiraling economy, our extended Forester Family has continued to support our institution.

On April 8th, the new addition was opened to students. Though not 100% complete, the facility is ready for use, and in an effort to allow this Class of 2010 to use the facility in their last month on campus, the decision was made to open it now. There will be an official grand opening at homecoming this upcoming fall.

Here are two links to live video's shot on Thursday afternoon as students were given a sneak peak at the building.

This was one of the most exciting events I have seen on the LFC campus in the last four years. Our players have not been able to stay out of the weight room since it opened!!!!

There will be more pictures to come.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Offensive Line of Decade

The toughest position in college football, the OFFENSIVE LINE. These individuals partake in trench warfare. A constant battle of hand to hand contact that has little or no outside reward or acknowledgement.

OL: Troy Paulsen-2002-2004 Des Plaines, IL (Maine West) started 30 straight games for the Foresters after transferring to Lake Forest as a sophomore. Was a three time all-conference selection for the Foresters, and was named team captain his senior year. He played during the winningest three-year stretch in Forester Football History, including the 2002 conference championship.

OL: Ryan Paulsen-1998-2001 Des Plaines, IL (Maine West)Started 27 games for the Foresters from 1999-2001 was named All-Conference in 2000 and 2001. His first game in 1998 started a 101 game streak in which their was a "Paulsen Brother" on the Forester Football team, ending in 2008 with Tim Paulsen, the only brother to play defensive line.

OL: Justin Ellerman-2003-2007 (missed 2005 season due to injury) Chicago, IL (Loyola) 20 game starter on the offensive line for the Foresters. Was named All-Conference at two positions after the 2007 season (OL and Punter). In addition to his stellar play at offensive line, Ellerman was 5th in the nation, and led the MWC in Punting Average in 2007. In 2007 Ellerman did not give up a single sack on the year.

OL: Ben Larkin- 2000-2003 South Milwaukee, WI (South Milwaukee)Started 35 games for the Foresters, including 11 in 2001. Was a three time All-Conference selection, including a First team nod in 2002. Team won the conference championship his junior year.

OL: Larry Rategan 2005-2008 Chicago, IL (St. Patrick’s High School) Started 37 of the 40 games he played in. Between 2006 and 2007 Team had 100 yards or more rushing in 13 of the 20 contests they played. Played in 40 consecutive games. A two time all Midwest Conference selection.

HM: Tyler Johnston, Juan Martinez