Heliotis named Conference Athlete of Year

Stacy Heliotis, a senior at Gordon Tech, has been named Athlete of the Year for the GCAC White Division.

The vote by coaches of the conference was eight of ten. It is the second consecutive year and the third time overall that a Gordon Tech player has won the award.

Heliotis was a key member of the softball team, starting in every game during the three years she played varsity. The team posted a 43-16 record and back to back championships during her time on the team.

Natalie Martinez, a 2010 GT grad, won the award last year.

Melanie Claudio, a sophomore and Mika Morgan, a junior at Gordon, were also selected to the all-conference team.

Stacey Heliotis, a senior at Gordon Tech, was selected as Conference Athlete of the Year. Credit: Gordon Tech

State’s Atty to give presentation on girls, gangs and violence

Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez will be hosting a presentation for adults on girls and violence.

The program is being recommended to parents with a daughter at risk, according to Uptown Update.

  • Girls, gangs and violence by Cook County State’s Attorney office
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital Auditorium
  • 2751 W Winona (Andersonville Pavilion Bldg.)
  • Mon., Mar. 21 6:30P
  • ADULTS ONLY RSVP: 773.334.4066 or Lori.Trier@CookCountyIL.Gov
  • Light refreshments served

See the poster for the event (courtesy of Uptown Update).

Gordon hosts Young Women’s Empowerment Day

Young women in the Ravenswood community are getting serious about their safety. The women of Gordon Tech High School’s Young Women Leadership Academy hosted its first annual “Young Women’s Empowerment Day” on January 11 to educate students about self-defense.

More than 30 Gordon Tech students and faculty members and students from nearby Lane Technical High School participated in the event. Led by karate masters of the Chicago Martial Arts Association (CMAA), participants were instructed in basic self-defense methods by Master Frank Santoria, Master Michael Richmond, and Grand Master Chino Rodriquez.

Angela Ybarra, Gordon Tech faculty member and co-moderator of the club, said that the students enjoyed the day immensely and many have even sought further training from the CMAA since the event. She said “the most rewarding part of the day was the feeling of walking away with more confidence in ourselves and the community of the YWLA (Young Women’s Leadership Academy) sisters.”

The Gordon Tech Young Women’s Leadership Academy takes an active stance in its role of educating and empowering women. The school’s faculty members Ms. Ybarra and Mary Panik serve as co-moderators of the club and plan to host several upcoming events including a Mother-Daughter tea on March 20.

Ms. Ybarra said, “We are passionate about providing the young women of Gordon Tech with valuable life skill information…they are full of drive, passion and wonderful ideas. They are our country’s future leaders.”

Banner raising set for Harry Osborn

St Bens will raise a banner to honor Coach Harry Osborn. Credit: St. Benedict High School

Osborn, 62, had coached basketball since 1979 at schools on the North Side and the suburbs, including Bens, St Alphonsus, St Beatrice of Schiller Park and St Benedict High School.

“I coached against him for 12 years and he was my assistant for another 11,” St Ben’s coach Chris Ford remembered. “Harry loved teaching basketball to young women.”

“He was always checking up on the girls,” Ford said. “He kept up with them as they went to college and beyond.”

Osborn was named Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Junior High Coach of the year 1993. He was a co-founder of the Sparks Girls Basketball Club. He coached the Chicago Explosion Girls Basketball Club (AAU). But said his biggest wish was to have a shot at Dancing with the Stars.

The school will be raising a banner to honor Osborn between the women’s games, about 6P.

A retired Air Technician, civilian, in the Department of Defense, also retired US Air Force, Osborn passed away in September, 2010 of bone cancer.

Gordon Ladies defeat Maria Mystics 51-34

Gordon Tech Rams (6-11) bounced back with authority after Monday night’s loss to Mt. Assisi by playing stellar defense and draining three point field goals to put away the Maria Mystics Wednesday night.

Junior guard for the Rams, Jenny Carroll poured in 15 points. Senior forward Katelynn Reed added eight points of her own, giving the Mystics all they could handle. Gordon Tech cruised to a 51-34 victory.

Gordon Tech forced the Mystics into many turnovers and capitalized with great shooting as they jumped out early with a 13-5 first quarter lead.

Sophomore center, Melanie Claudio for the Rams caused some trouble in the paint while Maria’s quick guards tried racing to the basket. LaNaisa Lee (13 points) got things going for the Mystics.

Maria teammate Tyna Bowens (10 points) did all she could in the paint to try and slow the game down. But by the end of the third frame Gordon had jumped out to a 39-21 lead.

They didn’t look back.

Game notes: Gordon Tech starter Samantha Martinez sat out the game with a bruised hip. When asked about her injury, Coach Tom Kane said, “she has had some tough falls lately and I wanted to rest her up. She could have played if we really would have needed her.”

Seton Academy defeats Gordon 41-27

A low field goal percentage and a tough full court press from Seton Academy was all Gordon Tech (6-12) could take, as the Lady Sting made their free throws down the stretch to seal a 41-27 victory Friday.

Two days after beating Catholic League foe Maria, Gordon Tech had a difficult time putting consecutive baskets together versus the Lady Sting of Seton Academy.

Sophomore center Melanie Claudio tried to keep it close for Gordon Tech as she scored eight points in the paint. Junior guard Samantha Martinez, back from injury, scored 5 points for the Rams.

The Rams only scored four points in the third quarter and found themselves behind by 10 in the middle of fourth quarter, so, they had some work to do. Ariana Jackson (12 points) paved the way for the Lady Sting and hit her free throws down the stretch to help give her team the win.

Seton Academy’s star, Deanna Wellere was held to 9 points on the evening.

Gordon Tech is on the road for their next four contests. They play De La Salle next. Game time is 6:30P Tuesday, January 18.

St. Bens Lady Bengals knock off Seton Academy

Senior guard, Heather Obmann got to the free throw line early and often as the St. Benedict’s Bengals knocked off Seton Academy 47-34, Friday night.

Sophomore Alexis Genge helped break through the second half full-court press by Seton, to help seal the deal. Victoria Orlowski had some key buckets down the stretch to keep Seton Academy at bay, just when it looked like they would pull within striking distance late in the third quarter.

Ybarra for Seton Academy had big shots in the post, pulling Seton Academy to a 34-28 deficit with a little under 2 minutes left to play in the third. The full court press seemed to stifle St. Ben’s as they looked to regain their composure.

A couple big stops late in the game and big baskets by Orlowski helped the Bengals in the fourth quarter and pull away with a 47-34 victory in front of their home crowd.

Bens women beat larger Lane

For the second time this season, the St Ben’s women hoops team has taken down a larger neighborhood rival, this time downsizing Lane Tech in a 61-46 game Monday.

St. Bens women, who had made it to the IHSA Class 2A first round sectionals in 2010, looked poised to repeat the performance in 2011. The team has lost senior Amanda Genge to an ACL injury for the season. However, it is getting behind her sophomore sister, Alexis “Lexi.”

Adding to the hopes is a move from Class 2A to 1A this season.

The defeat of larger Lane and neighborhood rival Gordon is giving the women more confidence.

In Monday’s game, the Bengals moved the ball around the court well. The larger Lane team attempted to compensate, moving from a zone 2-1-2 defense to a man-to-man defense, then back to a zone. “The turnovers killed us,” Lane coach Norman Milsap said.

“We couldn’t overcome the turnovers.” Milsap said the Lane team was a bit slower but credited his women with working hard. “We couldn’t react with the zone. It’s a speed thing for us right now,” he said.

Bens coach Chris Ford said the team adopted to an early lead by the Indians. “We became focussed. We came out ready to play.”

“We’re adopting to playing without Amanda. We’re relaxed. We’re playing our game.

“Lexi did a good job of running the game,” Ford said. “I was a little worried in the fourth quarter. But they steadied themselves and held on to win.”

St. Ben’s women earn neighborhood bragging rights

In a battle for neighborhood bragging rights, the St. Benedict Bengals girls varsity basketball team (5-3) defeated the Gordon Tech Rams (0-7) at St. Benedict’s Gym on Monday night, 49 – 41.


Gordon Tech's Jenny Carroll had 18 points including three three-point shots.

Gordon Tech's Jenny Carroll had 18 points including three three-point shots. Credit: Jack Lydon




After the Bengals took a first quarter lead, the Rams jumped into a full court press midway through the second quarter and charged back.  On the strength of junior guard Jenny Carroll’s three second quarter three-pointers, the Rams took a 23 to 22 halftime advantage.

“We were in a zone defense in the first half and got a little frazzled early.  We came out of it and went man-to-man,” said St. Benedict head coach Chris Ford.  It worked.

The Bengals’ defense lead the way in the third quarter.  Despite giving up two three-pointers to Rams forward Katelynn Reed, the Bengals dominated the defensive boards and outscored Gordon 15 to 9.  Bengals sophomore guard Alexis “Lexi” Genge matched up on Ram guard Carroll and slowed Carroll just enough for the rest of the Bengals defense to turn the tide.  Genge lead the way for the Bengals with 17 points including layups after defensive steals.  Genge added late free throws to seal the victory late.

Adding to the Rams woes, sophomore center Melanie Claudio fouled out late with four minutes left.  Rams leading scorer Jenny Carroll had 18 points including three first half three point shots.

“They did the little things better than we did tonight.  The extra box out, the extra rebound, the extra hustle made the difference.  We have do that better,” said Gordon Tech head coach Tom Kane.

“It was great to beat a neighborhood rival.  I was especially proud to see the girls play this well without [injured senior center] Amanda [Genge],” Bengals Coach Ford added.  Amanda Genge suffered a knee injury earlier in the year against Hope Academy and may miss the rest of the season.  Adding to the rivalry, the Gordon Tech Rams include two St. Benedict Elementary School graduates, senior guard Samantha Pucci and senior forward Katelynn Reed.