Thursday, September 26, 2013

Players of the Week- Grinnell Game

Sophomore Kicker Jonathan Gurchak hit the perfect trifecta on player of the week honors in the Foresters 15-7 victory over Grinnell College this week. Gurchak was named the Coaches Special Teams Player of the Week, the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, and the Forester Athlete of the Week. The MWC honor was Gurchak's second of the season.

"Jon did a tremendous job. Two things that didn't show up on the stat sheet, per se, were his saves on errant snaps. The second one, where he tipped it to himself, scrambled to the right, and then performed an unpracticed rugby style punt, really saved us. Had that play turned out differently, it could very easily have led to an easy score, and the momentum of the game could have shifted significantly," said Head Football Coach Jim Catanzaro.

Gurchak had a solid day kicking field goals as well, as he connected on 2-3 field goals. His only miss, on a 50 yard attempt, clanged off the cross bar, only inches shy of tying a school record.

"I have great confidence in Jon. He didn't get all of that one, but I won't hesitate to give him another opportunity to connect on that. Jon works tirelessly on his craft. His work and his relationship with Coach Pease, has lead to a marked improvement from last season to this year," said Coach Catanzaro.

The other Foresters who were named to the Coaches Player of the Week Awards were: 

Offensive POTW: Wide Receiver, George Vidas (Sophomore)- Taft High School, Chicago, IL.
George recorded 5 catches for 89 yards and 1 TD.

Defensive POTW: Linebacker, John Preston (Junior)- Tabor Academy, Sanbornton, NH.
John recorded 8 Tackles, 1 TFL, and 1 Interception.

Scout Team POTW: Linebacker, Josh Klumak (Freshman)- Grant High School, Round Lake, IL.

Center Tommy Mitchell was named Lineman of the Week

Lineman of the Week: Center Tommy Mitchell (Senior)- Marist High School, Chicago, IL.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


In a great showing of community, you get to see our Alpha Phi sorority holding American Flags as our players run through a motorcycle gauntlet made of the LakeShore Harley Davidson H.O.G.S.  You'll also see the members of the team carrying the flags of the different branches of the military, while each player is carrying an American Flag that they then handed to a fan in the stands.

As great as the entrance was, the honoring of three Lake County residents who served in the United States Marine Corp during WWII at the game was the most inspiring part of the day.

John Dehmlow, Al Gort, and Leo Mordini are pictured below with the Lake Forest Captains and Coach Catanzaro.

The Lake Forest American Legion Color Guard presented the Stars and Stripes for the National Anthem at Midfield, as pictured below.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Player of the Week- Lawrence Game

The Lake Forest College Coaching Staff announced their Week 2 Players of the Week.

Offensive Player of the Week- Senior RB: Alec Howe 20 Carries 120 yards. 

Defensive Player of the Week- Senior LB:  John Dillon  9 Tackles, 2 Tackles for a loss, 1 Sack. 

Special Teams Player of the Week- Shared with three individuals who blocked a kick each.
Pat Clark- Sophomore DB
Nick Waters- Senior DB
Taylor Holzmeyer- Senior DL

Lineman of the Week-Junior OL- Bryan Feltman

Scout Team Player of the Week- Sophomore LB- Sonny Valcin

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sideline view of the Concordia Victory!!!

Foresters Featured in Local and National Media

This week the Forester Football Program was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times and in the Lake County News-Sun.. Click on the links below to read the articles.

Foresters Featured in the Chicago Sun Times

Lake County Players Highlighted in the Lake County News-Sun


Senior Defensive Back Eddie Dobernig was named to the National Team of the Week.


Sophomore Kicker Jon Gurhcak was named the MWC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Read the Article Here: JON GURCHAK MWC Special Teams POTW

The Forester Coaching Staff Selected Their Weekly Players of the Week for the Team on Monday:

Offensive POTW: Mike Lewis- Senior QB- Canyon Del Oro High School (AZ)
                              13-22 176yds 3TD

Defensive POTW: Michael Garetto-Balmer- Senior DL- Marist High School (IL)
                               3 Tackles, 2 Sacks

Special Teams POTW: Joey Kropp- Junior DB/Returner- Rolling Meadows High School
             4 Punt Returns for 119 yards

Scout Team POTW: Josh Jones- Freshman OL- Zion-Benton High School

Lineman of the Week: Jake Rotkvich- Senior DL- St. Laurence High School
                                    7 Tackles 2.5 TFL's .5 Sacks