Friday, June 8, 2012
The Scouts quarterback chooses a future in the military over football.
The hardest decision anyone can be forced to make is choosing between two loves. Recent Lake Forest High School graduate Jordan Beck’s college choice came down to just that. You know him as the football player, captain and quarterback of the 2011 North Suburban Conference championship Scouts. What you may not know is what he aspires to be: a member of the military. In the arena of competing desires, the soldier won out. “I’ve been playing football for 11 or 12 years and it's something I’ve never not played. I’ll miss it,” said Beck. “But being a soldier is what I want to be, and football takes a back seat to that.” Eschewing an offer to play football at Whittenberg University, a Division 3 school in Ohio, Beck is taking his leadership …
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Former Scout star takes the first snaps, but the question of who will start in the fall remains.
Tommy Rees is back. For how long remains uncertain. The sophomore prepared for his third season at Notre Dame by starting for the Blue team in the team's annual Blue-Gold Spring Football Scrimmage Saturday in South Bend, Ind. Rees' statistics were rather ordinary: 7-for-14 for 84 yards and one bad interception during his second series under center. He played better later in the game -- won by the defense 42-31 -- leading the offense on two scoring drives. With just over four months until Notre Dame's opening game, the conversation all summer will be dominated by who will lead the Irish when they play Navy in Dublin, Ireland in September. Rees' backups - Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel - all saw playing time Saturday. …
Monday, February 6, 2012
On national signing day, three senior Scouts celebrate their college decision with teammates, coaches and family.
- Jon Kerr
Monday, February 6, 2012
Whenever a cake is involved, it usually means there's a party going on. At Lake Forest High School's West Campus, the party on Feb. 1 was for three teammates who together shared a North Suburban Conference championship, but will soon forge new lives in different parts of the country. Scouts wide receiver Bo Dever is off to Michigan. Running back Owen Williams is taking his talents to Dayton (Ohio) and linebacker Nick Keefe will pack plenty of board shorts before he moves to California to play for the University of San Diego. He is expected to play safety for a program that won its conference championship in 2011. In front of a three dozen teammates, coaches and parents, they cut off pieces of cake -- with blue and gold frosting - -and …
Friday, January 27, 2012
The Scouts star running back "knew it was the place to go" after visit.
- Jon Kerr
Friday, January 27, 2012
Owen Williams was used to breaking the spirits of defenders as a running back for the Lake Forest High School football team. Now, as a recruit, he's breaking the hearts of college coaches. "I had a visit scheduled to Drake University, but called and cancelled," said the 6-foot, 210-pound Williams. "After I left Dayton (Ohio), I knew it was the place to go." On Thursday, Williams called the Dayton coaches and said he wanted to be a Flyer. Williams visited the school last weekend and "loved everything about it." "It's really cool. It has 7,000 kids and you can walk and bike everywhere. I basically love the area," he said. The University of Dayton plays football in the Pioneer League. According to their media guide, the school has …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Almost eight weeks before the Scouts begin the 2011 season, one of their top offensive players already has decided on a college.
At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Lake Forest High School wide receiver and rising senior Bo Dever has the size and skills to play college football. He has the brains: 27 ACT and a 4.5 grade point average. He also has the pedigree: his father, Dave, played at the University of Michigan. So when Michigan offered him a walk-on position at a recent summer camp, he accepted, forgoing what most likely for him would have been a busy recruiting season. Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Patch caught up with Dever and got the inside story on his decision to become a Wolverine. What does Dever think about the 2011 Scouts? He gives a few names to look out for this fall during this Facebook interview. So tell us how this all happened? I was at their five-day summer …
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Assertiveness, leadership abilities coming into play.
When Tommy Rees walked off the icy turf of Sun Bowl Stadium Dec. 31, there were two things he owned. The starting quarterback job at the University of Notre Dame and all of his hair. Almost four months later, a lot has changed. His hair is gone, that by choice, shaved to raise money for charity. As for the Irish quarterback job? More than 100 days until the Irish open their 2011 season that is far from assured and certainly not by choice. This spring, the former Lake Forest High School star is right in the thick of one of the oldest story lines in sports -- the quarterback competition. The recent Blue-Gold spring game was the first flashpoint for Rees to show he should be the starter. In previous years, as many as 50,000 fans have packed …
Friday, January 21, 2011
One year ago, Lake Forest's top quarterback made a life-changing choice. He's never looked back.
It was a cold December night, and Tommy Rees’ mind was racing. Months of contemplation had come to a climax for Rees, then a high school senior. The weight of his decision was a significant one — leaving Lake Forest High School six months early so he could enroll in college that January. Of course, it wasn’t just any school he was leaving home for. This was Notre Dame. And Rees came to this conclusion: when you decide what you want to do with the rest of your life, it’s best to act as soon as possible. “I’d had a lot of conversations with my parents about it,” said Rees, referring to his father, Bill, and mother, Susan. “I sat down with them. They saw it coming; they knew. And they were very supportive.” Notre Dame had first planted the …