These Waukegan grads have done community proud
August 25, 2013 11:26AM
Updated: October 25, 2013 2:22AM
Any young people out there reading this aren’t going to have any idea what we’re talking about, but back in the day, people actually had things like photo albums with real pictures in them, and scrapbooks where we kept stories and pictures that we cut out from newspapers and magazines that were reminders of the way things once had been.
In this corner of the newspaper world, we don’t actually have a “scrapbook” per se. It’s more of a big box that’s stuffed with stuff that, at the time, seemed important enough to keep.
And the other day, while rummaging through the box looking for something regarding basketball at Waukegan High School, what turned up was a picture taken in mid-November of 2009 that features three very successful student-athletes at Waukegan High School.
The picture was of then-seniors Sarah Angelos and her twin sister Amy, along with Jereme Richmond. And the photo of them together was to celebrate each of them signing a letter of intent and accepting an NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship offer — Amy to play volleyball at NIU in DeKalb, Sarah to play volleyball at Bradley University in Peoria, and Jereme, of course, to play basketball at Illinois in Champaign.
In the three years and nine months that have passed since the picture was taken, we’ve pretty much documented every step and misstep that Jereme has taken.
Today, we’re going to play catchup with the two girls who were in that picture, and whose athletic and academic careers are still soaring and who have done Waukegan High School and the Waukegan community proud.
So Amy and Sarah, this one’s for you.
Sarah first, if only because this is being written by an NIU grad and Sarah Angelos is beginning her senior year at NIU.
Here’s what the Huskies had to say about their experienced middle blocker in their preseason preview of the team.
“Leading the way inside will be the senior and 2012 all-conference pick Angelos, who has started every single match of her career at NIU. In 2012, the Waukegan native posted career-highs with 341 kills and 100 total blocks. Angelos’ hitting percentage of .292 ranked seventh in the (Mid-American Conference) and she was named the Missouri State Invitational MVP by hitting .413 with a 3.00 kills per set average and 12 blocks to help the Huskies to a 4-0 weekend.”
And perhaps most importantly, Sarah earned Academic All-MAC honorsk this past school year.
NIU’s team, by the way, has reached the championship match of the postseason conference tournament every year that Angelos has been on the court.
As for Amy, who plays the middle-blocker position for Bradley which is in the Missouri Valley Conference, here’s what the school says about her:
“Last year, she led the team in attack percentage (.270), while ranking second on the squad in kills (2.72 per set) and blocks (0.72 per set) ... Was 12th in the MVC in attack percentage and 14th in kills per set ... Earned all-tournament honors at the North Carolina Central Invitational after averaging 3.20 kills per set with a .500 attack percentage ... Also took home all-tournament honors at the CEFCU Classic where she averaged 2.42 kills per set
“Her 809 career kills are the seventh most kills by a BU player by the end of their junior season and she starts her senior year 21st all-time in kills at Bradley ... Was a two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Week selection ... Enters her final season needing 191 kills to become the 12th player in school history to reach 1,000 ... Tied for the team lead with 16 outings with 16 or more kills and led BU in kills a team-high 13 times ... Had a season-high 17 kills and hit .467 in the match at Southern Illinois.
Unlike NIU, Bradley had a poor season overall last year. And, no, NIU and Bradley do not play against each other in the sport of volleyball.
At Waukegan High School, the Angelos twins helped put the Bulldogs on the map in the sport of volleyball. They were part of a group of a half-dozen girls who were club volleyball players and brought the skills and enthusiasm to the high school court for the Purple/Gold.
Riddle me this ...
An inquiring mind wants to know, so if you have the answer, it’s email@example.com, or you can track moi down at the Waukegan/North Chicago football game on Saturday.
Either way, here’s the question, and there’s got to be answer to it:
On Washington Street in the Hainesville/Round Lakeish/Grayslake area, there’s a train station west of Lake Street. When you’re driving on Washington going east, you pass the parking lot for the train station and then drive across the train tracks.
Immediately east of the tracks, on the north side of Washington Street are several buildings, including a silo, that — and this is not a lie — are older than the guy who wrote these words.
And that’s O-L-D.
Question: Why are these old, old, old buildings still standing in the middle of nowhere, and what is their historical significance?