TFS Sports round-up: Wrestling, basketball, bowling

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November 30 – December 3, 2021

As part of The Lansing Journal’s ongoing efforts to increase sports coverage at TF South, we have asked TFS coaches to provide us with information about their matches/games. The Lansing Journal posts these scores and summaries multiple times per week in a “TFS Sports round-up.”

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (December 3, 2021) — The scores for December 3 are below:

Tuesday, November 30

TFS Boys Bowling

Opponent: Lemont High School

Score: TFS rolled past Lemont 2042-1459

High games went to Ethan Modjeski (290) and Mike Chancey (241), with Modjeski earning the high series with 506.

TFS Girls Basketball

Opponent: Oak Lawn Community High School

Score: TFS fell in a close game to Oak Lawn, 44-41

Cherish Boothe scored 12 points in the tight contest for TF South.

Thursday, December 2

TFS Boys Bowling

Opponent: TF North High School

Score: TFS bested TF North 2157-2004

High games went to Mark Johnson (280) and Ethan Modjeski (246), with Johnson earning the high series with 515.

Friday, December 3

TFS Wrestling

Opponent: Hillcrest, Richards, and Evergreen Park High Schools

Score: In the quad tournament, TFS beat Hillcrest 36-24, lost to Richards 24-39, and lost to Evergreen Park 30-48.

Wrestling is scored using a point system, where the total scores of each of the 14 weight categories are added together for a team score.

Dutchess King went 3-0 on the day in the 106 pound category. Markel May and Daivion Howard also went 3-0 on the night in the 113 and 160 pound categories, respectively. Coach Mike Tisza said he currently only has varsity wrestlers in about half of the weight categories, meaning TFS forfeits point for every category they don’t have a wrestler for.

Athlete of the Week

This week’s Athlete of the Week was varsity boys basketball player Xavier Lewis. Assistant Athletic Director Doug Smith said, “Xavier has been a member of the varsity basketball team for four seasons. According to Coach Gillespie, Xavier is a great example of a leader, on the court, and in the classroom.”

The TF Sports sports schedule can be found here. TF South is located at 18500 Burnham Avenue, Lansing, IL.

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3 COMMENTS

    • Hi Frank, assuming you’re referring to the lack of wrestlers to fill each weight category at TFS, I don’t know if it’s a product of COVID or not, but I do know that TFS is especially vulnerable to forfeiting points so far this season because of their shortage of wrestlers. Coach Tisza told me there are some other wrestlers he might be able to pull up to varsity, but he wants to make sure they’re prepared because of how physically and mentally demanding the sport is.

  1. Thanks for the clarification, Josh. Wrestling was very important to me, as I felt like a small. almost invisible, person at TF before I discovered wrestling as a freshman, when I wrestled in the 103 pound division.. The varsity athletes in that sport were my personal heroes, as were the wrestling coaches: Coach Joe Sowinski, the head wrestling coach at TF North and TF South. Coach Charles Gottfried,(whom I wrestled for on the frosh-soph squad (he left TF high school later to become an assistant coach at West Point, and then left West Point to become the offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL), and Coach Al Vega, whom I wrestled for at the South Chicago YMCA. Coach Vega took over the TF North wrestling program after the school split into to form TF North and TF South high schools. The older wrestlers were also my heroes, especially in my junior year when TF took first place in the South Suburban Conference tournament, and later qualified 5 wrestlers to compete in the state tournament. Those wrestlers were Brian Schultz, Jim Schultz, Pete Stockle, Jerry Morrison, and Mike O’Laughlin. O’Laughlin took the state title for his weight class, as TF placed tenth in the state in one of the more competitive years for wrestling in the state of Illinois., Of those wrestlers, Brian Schultz went6 on to wrestle for West Point, and Mike O’Laughlin wrestled for the University of Illinois.,

    I have not met Coach Tisza, but I have nothing but respect for him. I even met one of his former wrestlers here in Las Vegas, and the man had nothing but good things to say about him. As a former TF South wrestler, myself, and a member of TF South;s first graduating class, I am chagrined that the roster is not full at this time yet respectful of Coach Tisza’s decision to hold out wrestlers who were not ready to meet the challenge. I am also hopeful that other students will try out for wrestling on the frosh-soph and varsity levels, and I am proud to have been a TF and TF South wrestler, and I am proud of the wrestling traditions of both schools.

    Sincerely,
    Frank Fetters

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