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Athletics

About Athletics

Primarily, members of the physical education department and specially trained Shepard staff sponsor intramural and interscholastic sports activities and cheerleading squads.  When and if the need arises, we do go outside our certified faculty and district to employ trained specialists to sponsor and coach these activities.

Shepard Sports Teams

Please click to expand on each sport listed below to learn more. 

Cross Country is open to all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. It is a non-cut sport meaning all students will participate without going through a try-out process. The season runs from early September through mid-October. The team typically practices or has competitive meets Monday through Thursday throughout the season, weather permitting.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Marianne Getz
Cross Country Coach
E-mail: mgetz@dps109.org

Soccer is a co-ed sport for 7th and 8th grade students.  The season begins in August and continues through October.  Students are expected to come to the try-outs with shin guards to participate.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Steve Brown
7th Grade Soccer Coach
E-mail: sbrown@dps109.org

Todd Hyde

8th Grade Soccer Coach
E-mail: thyde@dps109.org

The Girls Volleyball program is open to students in 7th and 8th grade. It is cut sport meaning interested students will go through a try-out process that is usually held the first or second week of school. The season runs from September through October. The team typically practices or has games Monday through Thursday throughout the season. The program competes in the North Suburban Middle School Conference. Go Spartan girls’ volleyball!

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Andy Staniszewski
8th Grade Girls Volleyball Coach
E-mail: astaniszewski@dps109.org

Boys Basketball is open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. It is a cut sport meaning interested students will go through a try-out process. The season runs from November through January.  The team typically practices or has games Monday through Thursday throughout the season.

The program competes in the North Suburban Middle School Conference.  Our teams strive to be good ambassadors of teamwork and sportsmanship at Shepard, at other campuses, and in the community.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Christian Ball
7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach
E-mail: cball@dps109.org

Steven Brown
8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach
E-mail: sbrown@dps109.org

The Girls Basketball program is open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. It is a cut sport meaning interested students will go through a try-out process. The season runs from November through January.  The team typically practices or has games Monday through Thursday throughout the season.

The program competes in the North Suburban Middle School Conference.  Our teams strive to be good ambassadors of teamwork and sportsmanship at Shepard, at other campuses, and in the community.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Marianne Getz and Ben Lombardi
7th Grade Girls Basketball Coaches
E-mail: mgetz@dps109.org and blombardi@dps109.org

Marty Brown
8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach
E-mail: mbrown@dps109.org

Basketball is open to 6th grade boy and girl students. It is a cut sport meaning interested students will go through a try-out process. The season runs from November through January.  The team typically practices or has games Monday through Thursday throughout the season.

The program competes in the North Suburban Middle School Conference.  Our teams strive to be good ambassadors of teamwork and sportsmanship at Shepard, at other campuses, and in the community.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

6th Grade Boys Basketball Coach: Phil Sims & Benjamin Levine-Drizin
E-mail: psims1@dps109.org & bdrizin@dps109.org


6th Grade Girls Basketball Coach: Amy Nadell & Shannon Gasick
E-mail: anadell@dps109.org & sgasick@dps109.org

 

The Cheerleading program is open to students in 7th and 8th grade. It is a cut sport, meaning interested students will go through a try-out process.  The squad members are selected by a committee of adults after the girls have completed a series of practice clinics.  The season runs from November through January.  The team typically practices or has games Monday through Thursday throughout the season.

Cheerleaders work to promote school spirit, to encourage the teams, and to teach the cheers to the students and spectators.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Susan Monaghan
7th Grade Cheerleading Coach
E-mail: smonaghan@dps109.org

Erika Yaffe
8th Grade Cheerleading Coach
E-mail: eyaffe@dps109.org

Please click HERE for the Shepard Middle School Cheerleading website.

The Pom Pon Squad is open to all interested girls in 6th grade. The team typically practices or has games Monday through Thursday throughout the season.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Emily Gurner and Mallory Weber
Pom Pon Coaches
E-mail: egurner@dps109.org and mweber@dps109.org

Common Questions

Question:  Is it important to give Coach Stan your e-mail?

Answer:  Yes!  It is important to check your e-mail every day for wrestling.  Coach Stan does his best to get you updated information on practices and meets.

Question:  How long does a meet last?

Answer:  A meet lasts from 1.5 – 2 hours

Question:  Should I pack something to eat for my wrestler before a match?

Answer:  Yes!  A healthy snack before a match is a great idea.  Pack some fruit and snack bars to keep their energy up and running, especially if they do not eat after lunch.  More information on proper eating habits will be sent on e-mail.

Question: What are JV matches and how will I know if my JV wrestler will have a match?

Answer:  JV matches are considered Junior Varsity.  Any wrestler not on Varsity is a Junior Varsity wrestler.  You can find out about matches through an e-mail the day of the meet. The starting times of Varsity and Junior Varsity matches can change due to a variety of reasons.

Question: Does my wrestler have to attend weekend tournaments?

Answer: The only wrestlers who are required to attend are those who are on the Varsity team.  Coach will e-mail a list of who will be wrestling in each tournament two to three days before the tournament.

Question: What does it mean to be on Varsity?

Answer:  Varsity identifies those wrestlers who are the most qualified wrestlers in their weight class.  Winning a challenge match does help to determine varsity positions.  Occasionally, it is up to the coaching staff to decide who will wrestle Varsity and for what weight, since each wrestler is allowed to wrestle up a weight class.

Question: What is a challenge match?

Answer:  A challenge match occurs during practice only when the coach authorizes it. On occasion, if an athlete wants to compete for a Varsity position they can challenge the individual who holds that position.

Question:  What if my wrestler is 70 lbs?  Will he have to wrestle someone twice his size?

Answer:  NO!  There are 19 different weight classes.  65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 112, 119, 126, 135, 145, 155, 167, 185, 215, 275 lbs. According to IESA rules, a wrestler is allowed to wrestle up one weight class.  They may never wrestle down a weight class.

Question:  Will my wrestler have to lose/gain drastic amounts of weight?

Answer:  NO!  As a coaching staff we practice proper weight management.  The days of old, where kids starved themselves for long periods of time is over and against the law.  We encourage healthy eating habits.  More information on eating properly will be sent out via e-mail.

Question:  Will my wrestler get a chance to wrestle in any wrestling meets this year if he is not on Varsity?

Answer:  Yes, he will get a chance to wrestle.  Coach cannot promise how many matches they will wrestle.  Age and experience helps.

Question:  If we have an appointment after a match is it okay if I drive my child home early?

Answer:  Yes, but only if necessary.  Being a team means we stick together until the end which is why we encourage taking the bus.

Question:  What’s the deal with 7th and 8th grade volleyball?

Answer:  Unfortunately, the wrestling and boys’ volleyball seasons overlap.  Individuals who plan on leaving the wrestling team to try out for volleyball need to inform Coach Staniszewski within the first two weeks of the season.  In this situation, the wrestler, even if they are the better wrestler at their weight class, will share their varsity spot with other wrestlers in that weight class.  If they plan on leaving the team to try out for volleyball we need to do our best to further the team as a whole.  As a coaching staff we do not discourage or give less support to those individuals who plan to leave for volleyball. We are committed to the development of outstanding wrestlers and the future of our team.  If they do not make volleyball, we encourage them to return to the wrestling team.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Andy Staniszewski
Wrestling Coach
E-mail: astaniszewski@dps109.org

The Boys Volleyball program is open to students in 7th and 8th grade. It is cut sport meaning interested students will go through a try-out process. The season runs from February through April.  The team typically practices or has games Monday through Thursday throughout the season.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Todd Hyde
7th Grade Boys Volleyball Coach
E-mail: thyde@dps109.org

Casey Christenson
8th Grade Boys Volleyball
E-mail: cchristenson@dps109.org

The Girls Softball program is open to students in 7th and 8th grade. It is a cut sport meaning interested students will go through a try-out process. The season runs from April through May.  The team typically practices or has games Monday through Thursday throughout the season.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Emily Gurner
Softball Coach
E-mail: egurner@dps109.org

Track and Field is open to all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. It is a non-cut sport, meaning all students will participate without going through a try-out process. The season runs from April through May. The team typically practices or has competitive meets Monday throughThursday throughout the season, weather permitting.

All participants must have a physical and concussion form on file with the nurse. For a direct link to the forms click here

Sherrie Ramsden
Track and Field Coach
E-mail: sramsden@dps109.org

Required Forms and Documents

The following forms (found below) must be on file in the Shepard office:

Before Tryouts: All students interested in participating in any interscholastic athletic activity must have the following forms on file with the school nurse (you only need to submit these forms once each school year):

    • A physical form: For students entering grade 6, the “Certificate of Child Health Exam” form required for all incoming students in Grade 6 can serve as the athletic physical. Make sure that your physician checks the interscholastic sports participation box. For students entering grades 7 and 8, the athletic physical form is the IESA “Pre-participation Examination” form. In any case, the physical must be less than a year old.
  • A signed Interscholastic Parent Permission and Concussion Information Form.
After Joining a Team: Coaches will give each team member this Athletic Participation Form, which includes fee information, student accident insurance information and asks parents to provide emergency information. Participants also must agree to the Extracurricular Code of Conduct; students and parents must sign and submit the form in order for the student to participate.
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Location/Directions to Away Games

On Weiland Road in Buffalo Grove. Go east on Deerfield Rd.  Turn right onto Weiland Rd.

 

2500 Chestnut Ave., Glenview, IL. 847-486-7700. Take Waukegan Rd. south past Willow.  Right on Chestnut over Railroad tracks.  Next to Sports complex.

1801 Montgomery Road, Deerfield, IL

95 W. Deerpath Rd., Lake Forest, IL. 847- 234-6051. North on Waukegan Rd. to Deerpath Rd. Right (east) on Deerpath to 95 W. Deerpath Rd. and the school which is on the south side of Deerpath Rd., east of Route 41.

2055 Landwehr Rd., Northbrook, IL. 847-272-6884. South on Waukegan Rd. to Dundee. Turn right on Dundee and left on Landwehr. School is at the corner of Landwehr and Techny.

8955 Greenwood Ave., Niles, IL. 847-827-1181. Tollroad 294 south to Golf Rd. East on Golf Rd. to Greenwood. South (right) on Greenwood to second light (Ballard). School is on the corner of Greenwood and Ballard.

2300 Shermer Rd., Northbrook, IL. 847-272-6400. Pfingsten Rd. south to Techny. Techny east to Shermer Rd. Shermer south. Glenbrook North is on Shermer Rd. Use the driveway at the north end of the school to get to the gym.

310 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville, IL. Right on Castlewood to Deerfield and go right onto Milwaukee Ave. (Rt. 21). Turn left onto W. Rockland Rd.  Distance is 10.9 miles.

433 Vine Ave., Highland Park, IL. 847-432-6510. Deerfield Rd. east which becomes Central just past Edens Highway. Central east to Green Bay Rd. Green Bay Rd. north to Vine St. Turn right under the viaduct, continue east to high school.

435 N. Cuba Rd., Lake Zurich, IL. 847-540-7070  West on Lake Cook Rd. to Rt. 12 (north) to Cuba Rd. (left).  School is 1/2 mile off Rt. 12.

2370 Shermer Rd., Northbrook, IL. 847- 272-0964. Waukegan Rd. south to Shermer Rd. Turn right (west). Maple is next to Glenbrook No. High School, about 1/2 block east of Willow Rd.

2921 Illinois Rd., Wilmette, IL. 847-251-3617. South on Edens Expressway to Skokie Blvd. (Rt. 41). Follow the exit around and over the highway to Skokie Blvd. Turn left at the stop sign (as though you are reentering Edens). Turn right at the first street which is Illinois Rd. Go east past the four-way stop to the second building.  It has the parking lot in front. Use the front entrance.

1475 Maple Ave., Northbrook, IL. 847-498-7920 – South on Waukegan Rd. to Maple. Maple is north of Meadow Hill Park. Turn right on Maple to school.

2701 Central Rd., Glenview , IL. 847-998-5020. South on Sanders Rd. to Milwaukee Ave. Turn left to Central Ave. Go east on Central to the school (about 1 mile on right).

2600 N. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL. 847-821-8946 – North on Wilmot Rd. to Rt. 22.  Go west on Rt. 22 to Buffalo Grove Rd.  The school is at the intersection.

620 Locust, Wilmette, IL. 847-256-7280. East on Deerfield Rd. to Edens. Go south on Edens to Skokie Highway, which goes into Lake St. Turn left (east) on Lake to the second light which is Locust. Turn right; the school is on the left.

1250 Sanders Rd., Northbrook, IL. 847-272-1900. Deerfield Rd. west to Sanders. Left (south) on Sanders to Dundee Rd. School is on Sanders just south of Dundee. Right side of the road.