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Personal Reflections

October 20, 2017

Dear IMSA Family,

In a departure from focusing on academic achievements, innovation and operational topics, I would like to turn to our most recent athletic accomplishments in this Reflection.

On the field, the boys soccer team had one of its most successful seasons ever. They claimed the conference championship for the first time in program history, won a first ever 2A regional game and finished with a 16-3-1 record.

On the greens, IMSA sophomore T.J. Ptak advanced to the IHSA Boys State Golf Tournament and placed 65th. T.J. was the first golfer in IMSA’s co-ed program history to make it to state since Elise Douglas in 2013 and the first male since Luke Nayak in 2009. T.J. was only the fourth boy from IMSA ever to qualify for the state tournament, joining Nayak, Joe Janiczek (2005), and P. J. Alfrejd (1989).  Senior Abi Ramakrishnan advanced out of her regional to play in sectionals for the third consecutive year. She is the only IMSA golfer ever to make it to sectionals all three of her years at IMSA. Abi is also only the fifth IMSA female ever to advance to sectionals, joining Elise Douglas (2012, 2013), Jill Starzyk (1997), Kathleen McGhee (1991, 1992), and Danielle Pyevich (1989, 1990).

In the water, the IMSA/Yorkville girls varsity swim team won the IMSA Invitational meet held at IMSA on September 30.

On the track, the boys cross country team won the following meets: Northeastern Athletics Conference Flight, Harvest Christian 2017 Midseason Classic and the Oregon 7 person invitational.

Sports is one of the boundless opportunities our students have to expand beyond their math and science talents. This fall, our student athletes not only branched out, they stood out. Congratulations to all 158 of our Titan student athletes on their season accomplishments!

Thank you to the parents who supported our student athletes throughout the season and to the following individuals who made our fall athletics program possible:

Golf Coach
Adam Kotlarczyk
titan-logo-web.pngSoccer Coaches
Josiah Payne, Head Coach
Daniel Talancon
Scott Ginnett
Cross Country Coaches
Paul Mcleland, Head Coach
Trevor Barnes
Swim Coaches
Julie Polz, Head Coach
Nadia Simek
Hunter Clarke, Dive Coach
Coordinator of Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities
Quintin Backstrom

I hope you’ll take note of our new athletic logo and wear it with pride.

Go Titans!


José M. Torres, PhD