12 State Qualifiers:
Emma Menich, Gerri Soren, Jessica Hirsh, Jessica Schwartz, Jiayi Huang, Julia Siebert, Kiley Walsh, Madison Fortman, Mady Berns, Nicki Flynn, Olenka Kalinowski, Rachel Andersen
6 Sectional Champions:
Gerri Soren, Jessica Hirsh, Jessica Schwartz, Kiley Walsh, Olenka Kalinowski, Rachel Andersen
6 State Medals for 4 Players:
Jessica Hirsh: 3rd in State Doubles
Madison Fortman & Mady Berns: 4th in State Doubles, State Team Runner-Up
Jessica Schwartz: State Team Runner-Up
Congratulations to My Advanced State Championship Target Class:
Jessica Hirsh- Conference Runner-Up (singles), Sectional Champion (doubles), 3rd in State (doubles). All your success is a result of all your dedication and hard work. Next year, let’s win it all!
Gerri Soren- #1 Singles Conference Champion, Sectional Champion (singles), Top 12 in state (singles). Sky is the limit next year!
Brinda Dollu- Conference Champion (doubles). You worked so hard this year and made incredible improvements to your game and your rise up the line-up at Fremd proved it. Next year: State Bound!
Jessica Schwartz- Conference Runner-Up (singles & doubles), State Qualifier (singles), Top 16 in state (singles), State Team Runner-Up. And we still have another year to go! Next year: Podium!
Madison Fortman- Sectional Runner-Up (doubles), 4th in State (doubles), State Team Runner-up. Last year we said, next year: Podium and boy were we right! Congratulations on a great season and best of luck in college!
Mady Berns- Sectional Runner-Up (doubles), 4th in State (doubles), State Team Runner-up. You did it! On the podium twice! Very well deserved and best of luck in college!
Kiley Walsh- 27-0 record at #1 doubles, Conference Runner-up (singles), Sectional Champion singles, Top 12 in State. After Noreen’s injury and having to switch to singles last minute, you still took state top seeded Gomez to 20 all. What a wonderful career. Good luck in college and with your golf!
Noreen Caporusso- 27-0 record at #1 doubles your senior year after recovering from your ACL injury last year. You should be very proud of yourself and your tremendous high school career. You bounced back before and you will again. You are one of the most determined and talented players I’ve ever coached and I know you have a very bright future in golf in college!
All that running training was worth it! Next year, we’re not stopping until State! I’m so proud of ALL of you!
Congrats to my
private lesson students:
Olenka Kalinowski & Rachel Anderson- Sectional Champions, Top 24 in state (doubles). You guys are so dedicated and you will undoubtably do well in your future! Congratulations on a great senior year and all the best to you next year in college!
Marion Lewis- Despite injury set-backs, you were able to put it all out there on the line, play well and give it your very best shot your senior year. It’s been a pleasure to coach you and all the best of luck at Princeton!
Well Done Golder College Prep: It’s been a joy to coach Chicago’s only badminton team for the second year in a row. We are making big improvements in our level and I know next year we will be even stronger! Congratulations and keep up the hard work!
To My 8 Deerfield Senior Varsity Players: Allison Sutton, Allison Manella, Allison Behling, Nicki Flynn, Julia Zazove, Abby Rosenbaum, Samantha Merkin, & Lauren Spungen-
It’s been such a pleasure coaching you all these past 4-5 years. Your enthusiasm, dedication, and work ethic inspired your entire team and lead you to many successes and titles at the conference, sectional, and state level these past 4 years.
Not only that, but the SPBA wouldn’t be where it is today without you and all the positive word of mouth you spread to your friends, teammates, relatives, and the national badminton community. This helped grow the club and lead to me being named USA Badminton Developmental Coach of the Year and a finalist for the United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year. I am thankful to all of you for helping me pursue my passion for badminton as a career.
Best of luck to all my graduating seniors in the future! I’ll miss you!
See more photos from the IHSA Season, Sectionals & State here!