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The news site of Evanston Township High School's student newspaper

The Evanstonian

Christopher Vye

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor

Hey everyone! My name is Christopher Vye and I am currently a senior at ETHS. This is my fourth year on staff for The Evanstonian and my second as the Sports Editor. I worked as an opinion writer during my first two years. In addition to writing for The Evanstonian, I am a competitive swimmer for both ETHS and the McGaw YMCA Swim Team, a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor, a percussionist in the ETHS Symphonic Band and from time to time you may find me at ETHS Creative Writing Club meetings. In my free time I love to read, write, lift, be outdoors, listen to music, spend time with friends and family, and just embrace life in as many different ways as I can.

By Christopher Vye
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Boaz Lieberman

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor May 11, 2023

The only Evanston Wildkit who’s sure to play two sports in college, Boaz Lieberman will be attending Macalester College next year as a member of both its football and track & field teams. “Being...

Opinion | Thank you, Ms. Hartley

Opinion | Thank you, Ms. Hartley

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor May 11, 2023

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully process everything that has happened since Aug. 21, 2019—the day my journey at ETHS began. What I do know, however, is that the lessons I have learned from...

Photo courtesy of Miles Granjean

Miles Granjean

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor May 11, 2023

In the midst of a breakout senior season, Miles Granjean has decided to continue his track and field pursuits at the University of Iowa next fall. Despite having previously established a niche for himself...

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Jared Lortie

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor May 11, 2023

A pitcher and first baseman for the Wildkits, Jared Lortie will continue his academic and athletic careers at Hamilton College in Canton, NY, come next fall. Unlike most of Evanston’s varsity baseball...

Photo courtesy of Molly Lemon

Molly Lemon

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor May 11, 2023

After coming into high school exclusively a swimmer, Molly Lemmon will leave ETHS as a water polo player. She will continue to play during her next four years at Macalester College. “I didn't think...

Photo Courtesy of Patrick Hughes

Girls Water Polo returns to form with 13-0 win on Senior Night

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor April 21, 2023

The last couple of games have been tough ones for the Girls Water Polo team.  “We were coming off a really, really rough stretch of playing a lot of really, really tough competition and just struggling...

Senior Jared Lortie pitches at Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach. Photo courtesy of Jared Lortie.

‘A business trip’ : Kits return to Vero Beach after three-year absence

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor April 20, 2023

Since 2008, the Evanston Varsity Baseball Squad has made the more than one-thousand-mile trek down to Vero Beach, Florida, every year over spring break. There, the Wildkits take on teams coming in from...

Art by Ahania Soni, Clara Gustafson

Gaming the system: Evans’ power grab

Jilian Denlow, Christopher Vye and Jared Tucker February 27, 2023
Abraham Lincoln appointed John Evans as the territorial governor of Colorado in 1862. At the time, the Confederate South was overwhelmingly Democratic; the Union North, Republican. In the event that Colorado gained enough population to become a state, Evans knew that the industrialization, urbanization and modernization would essentially guarantee the state to become a Republican stronghold—with him at the top of the list of potential senators for the territory-turned-state.
Photo courtesy of Emma Thomas

Winner: The Supreme Burrito #1

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor January 27, 2023

Ten years ago, The Supreme Burrito #1 opened its doors to the public. Since then, it has become an ETHS swim team tradition to stop by the restaurant for a late dinner after a home meet. With not a single...

Photo courtesy of Maya Valentine

The exception, not the rule: safety at ETHS sporting events

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor December 16, 2022

In 2022, large gatherings of any kind are targets. Schools, nightclubs, parades, movie theaters, grocery stores, shopping malls, places of worship and concert halls have all been the sites of some of America’s...

Girls cross country looks to have promising seasons ahead

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor November 14, 2022

Similar to the boys team, ETHS girls cross country is exceptionally young. In fact, four of the top five finishers at Sectionals were underclassmen. All together, the Kits ended up 12th at the Hoffman...

Impressive times not reflected in boys cross country ranking

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor November 14, 2022

Although boys XC may not have advanced any runners to State this year, a young team means that bright things lie ahead. At the Hoffman Estates Sectional on Saturday Oct. 29, Evanston’s highest finisher...

Bellios’ qualification for State serves as highlight for boys golf season

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor November 14, 2022

Between State champions New Trier, third place finishers Glenbrook North and fourth place finishers Glenbrook South, ETHS is in perhaps the toughest sectional for boys golf in the State. Last year, however,...


Girls volleyball keeps matches close, can’t close in end-of-season contests

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor November 14, 2022

It was a tough season, to say the least, for girls volleyball. Between a 10-26 record and zero conference wins, it’s easy to think of how it could have been better. So instead, let’s focus on what...

Photo courtesy of Adrian Garton

Home Conference meet hosts profound performance for girls swimming

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor November 14, 2022

As it turns out, hosting the Conference meet was exactly what girls swimming needed to have some of their best performances of the season. There may not have been any conference champions, but between...

ETHS eSports takes gaming to the next level

ETHS eSports takes gaming to the next level

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor October 14, 2022

Walk into the South Technology Center (STC) this year and you’ll notice something different. Juxtaposed against the fluorescent overhead lights and dull styrofoam ceiling tiles lies an all new assortment...

Senior Boaz Liberman kicked off the scoring for the Kits with a first-quarter touchdown reception.

Groff leads football to lopsided Homecoming victory

Christopher Vye and Eliana Prawer-Stock October 2, 2022

When senior quarterback Dylan Groff found fellow classmate Boaz Lieberman in the end zone for an 18-yard passing touchdown early in the first quarter of Evanston's Homecoming game against Niles West, Lieberman...

The Kit Pit, the student section at Lazier Field in front of which performs ETHS cheer.

Kit Pit: Shaping a superior student section

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor September 23, 2022

As the sun set over a cloudless sky on an ideal August night, Lazier Field transformed into something straight out of a high school movie. Students in the stands stood decked out in orange and blue body...

Mixed results for boys water polo point to need for increased consistency

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor August 15, 2022

Boys water polo started the season off hot with a seven game win streak. The team cooled off a little bit after losing five of the next six, and then proceeded to never streak longer than three games for...

Teamwork brings girls softball closer together on, off the field

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor August 15, 2022

A tough season for the girls softball team culminated in a similarly tough first-round playoff loss against Lane Tech. “Lane Tech is one of the best teams we played this season, and I think we put...

Tricky trifling Trevians trip-up Evanston girls water polo

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor August 15, 2022

Girls water polo made sure its presence was known every single time the team took to the pool last season. Before each game, the team hyped itself up with its signature war cry. “We’d all take deep...

‘Expected:’ baseball fulfills high expectations for season

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor August 15, 2022

This year’s regional championship game may very well have been the craziest match-up in ETHS boys baseball history, consisting of 11 innings, three ejections, and a walk-off single. Things tensed...

Team mottos write the way forward for boys track & field

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor August 15, 2022

Every season, boys track & field team follows a different motto. This year, that saying was this: Your best ability is your availability. “It means being there each and every day, not letting...

Courtesy of Rikki Gray

Rikki Gray

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor May 12, 2022

Rikki Gray will walk out of ETHS having achieved what most high school athletes can only dream of: a state championship. Last year at the IHSA track and field championships, Gray, together with fellow...

Jett Watson

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor May 12, 2022

Jett Watson will be one of five—the others being Sheldon Kinzer, Ladell Allen, Angelo Arnold, and Jaydon Griffith—ETHS seniors playing football at Roosevelt University in the fall. “When I first...

Ben Gutowski

Ben Gutowski

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor May 12, 2022

Ben Gutowski spent his summers playing baseball for the Evanston Orange Cats—ETHS’s feeder program—from the time he was ten all the way up until the beginning of his freshman year. Now a pitcher...

Courtesy of Morrigan Bushroe

Morrigan Bushroe

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor May 12, 2022

Moving to Evanston the summer before her freshman year, Morrigan Bushroe knew that she was in for a slew of life changes throughout her time in high school. As a lifelong swimmer, one thing she especially...

Boys volleyball delivers a win in highly attended home opener

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor April 18, 2022

Leading up to the varsity boys volleyball team’s home opener against Loyola Academy on Wed. Mar. 30, the team commissioned a huge social media campaign with the goal of increasing spectator attendance....

Powerlifters compete at first competition since COVID-19 began

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor April 18, 2022

On Sat. Apr. 2, the ETHS Barbell Club competed in its first competition of the year: the Titan Regional, held at Glenbrook South. In addition to the meet being the club’s first contest this year, it...

After string of losses, softball is motivated for future successes

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor April 18, 2022

Despite its first game being scheduled for Mar. 19, the girls softball team didn’t actually end up playing together until Apr. 2 because of cancelled games over inclement weather. “It’s been rainy...

Five divers, two state qualifiers, one team

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor February 28, 2022

Routinely stuck at the latter end of “swim & dive,” diving, despite its rich history at Evanston, is a sport that tends to be overlooked here. In fact, with a grand total of five team members,...

Girls gymnastics perseveres through injuries as a tight knit team

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor February 28, 2022

Though a second season during a pandemic did not come without its challenges, they proved to be no match for ETHS girls gymnastics. The team might not have been able to partake in many of its usual traditions...

Image courtesy of Mateo Solis

Inside the world of junior national karate team member Mateo Solis

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor December 23, 2021
Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of any ETHS athlete so far this school year came in early September when junior Mateo Solis won a silver medal at USA Karate Nationals. This finish not only guaranteed Solis a spot on the Junior National Karate Team, but also marked his first time on the team in three years.

Letter from the editor | On the need for a more human-centered sports section

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor December 23, 2021

In sports journalism, it's easy for creators and consumers to objectify athletes. Frequently, competitors are regarded in stories solely for their material value: their point averages, their personal-bests,...

Male-dominated culture creates barriers to strength training for girls at ETHS

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor November 19, 2021

If a person were to step into virtually any weight room, perhaps the first thing they would notice, aside from the piercing sounds of clanging metal, the all-enduring, sweat-filled aroma and the music...

Chess plans strategic moves for upcoming season

Chess plans strategic moves for upcoming season

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor October 15, 2021

Wait, what? A Sports article about....chess? Well, the International Olympic Committee has recognized chess as a sport since 1999, and because equitable coverage is one of the goals of Sports this year,...

Boys golf aims to score lower as it takes on tough division

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor September 17, 2021

“So much of golf is not necessarily having really great holes, but minimizing really bad holes,” says Boys Varsity Golf Coach Jed Curtis. “There’s only so many strokes you can go lower: there’s...

Sports amid pandemic teach athletes resilience

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor August 16, 2021

For athletes coming into the new school year, the days of Zoom practice, outdoor strength training, remote competitions and absent postseasons appear to be gone.  It seems that we have finally turned...

Photo courtesy of Chloe Haack.

Softball won’t let playoff loss undermine successes

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor August 16, 2021

As ETHS’ baseball team went head-to-head with Whitney Young to kickoff their playoff run at home, 15 miles south, on the very same night and against the very same school, the Kits’ softball squad kicked...

Photo courtesy of Dylan Elwood.

Baseball season culminates in regional win

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor August 16, 2021

After back-to-back doubleheader wins against Highland Park propelled the Wildkits to achieve the elusive 20-win season, ETHS’ baseball team proved once again that the sky was the limit when it came to...

Six-run sixth inning outburst boosts baseball over New Trier

Christopher Vye, Staff Writer April 28, 2021

A six-run 6th inning for the Kits on Tuesday night propelled them to victory against longtime rival New Trier during their first encounter in almost two years.  When the final out was recorded, Evanston...

Opinion | After eliminating semester exams, ETHS should move back fall start date

Christopher Vye, Staff Writer April 26, 2021

When ETHS announced that semester exams would no longer be held upon an in-person return to the school, myself and many of my fellow students breathed a collective sigh of relief. Though I didn’t exactly...

Art by Saskia Teterycz

Opinion | ETHS students should be able to vote on the Friday song

Christopher Vye and Kayla Drajpuch March 22, 2021

Students streamed in through the crowded doorway. “It’s Friday!” I found myself wondering why Fridays were so special. It seemed like everybody else was thinking the same thing. No one...

Opinion | ETHS should unblock vital homework help sites

Christopher Vye, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

Slader, SparkNotes, Brainly. Try to access them on ETHS-issued Chromebooks, and you’ll get the same result: Restricted. Too often, these websites and others like them are talked about as if they...

Art by Saskia Teterycz

Opinion | Students must take COVID-19 restrictions more seriously

Christopher Vye, Staff Writer December 14, 2020

With confirmed U.S. coronavirus infections topping an average of 200,000 per day, the rollout of new Tier 3 restrictions in Illinois and the ever-looming threat of another stay-at-home order, it is safe...

One thing remote learning is missing: daily announcements

Christopher Vye, Staff Writer October 20, 2020

If the uncertainty of life during COVID-19 has stressed anything, it’s the importance of frequent, rapid and transparent communication. When it comes to education in particular, the experimental nature...

Consumers, don’t be blinded by brand activism

Christopher Vye, Staff Writer August 20, 2020

When video of the police murder of George Floyd began to circulate, hordes of people consequently broke their quarantines for the first time in months to protest. At the same time, an equally jaw-dropping...

Illustration by Saskia Teterycz

Remote learning needs to be better suited for pandemic

Christopher Vye, Staff Writer May 1, 2020

Of all the adjustments the coronavirus outbreak has forced people to make, undoubtedly the biggest change for students has been the transition to remote e-learning. Along with this transition, ETHS administrators...

Illustrated by Mimi Herrick

Music streaming is making songs shorter, less enjoyable

Christopher Vye, Staff Writer February 28, 2020

      From record players to radios to walkmans to mp3 players, the methods that people have used to listen to their favorite songs have always been evolving. Lately, the most common way that people...

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