Bouncing Back: Adam Adelstein beat a scary head injury to return to baseball

On June 28 of last year, Adam Adelstein was sprawled on the pitcher’s mound at Barrington High School after taking a line drive to the right side of his head. He suffered a fractured skull, a torn artery and internal bleeding on his brain. Following emergency brain surgery the night of his injury, Adelstein couldn’t walk for 4 days and required constant assistance for weeks. But after recovering and rehabbing for months, he finally returned to full strength and played outfield for the HPHS baseball team this season.

I chronicled Adelstein’s incredible recovery story in this 3,000-word feature for the Pioneer Press, coupled with a video about his love of playing piano. You can view the story by clicking here.

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What sportsmanship means to us: Highland Park High School

Here’s a video I produced for a Central Suburban League contest on what sportsmanship and school spirit mean to Highland Park High School. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also, be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

HP Sports Brief: Boys basketball advances to regional title game with thrilling win over New Trier

The Highland Park (IL) boys basketball team eked out a 44-41 win over New Trier on Wednesday night after David Hammes’ three-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer for New Trier. With the victory, the team clinched its second back-to-back 20-win seasons in school history and advanced to the regional final against Lake Forest, who they beat in the same game last year and have played twice already this season.

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One Yard: Turning heartbreak into redemption

After Highland Park football’s historic 9-0 season this year, I co-produced a documentary on the Giants’ season. After 14 interviews and over a month of editing, it’s finally done.

This piece, “One Yard,” highlights the Giants’ journey from facing heartbreak after falling one yard short of a conference title last year vs. GBN. We look into their quest for redemption this year on GBN’s home turf, coupled with a drive to win the conference for the first time since ’09 and cap off the first undefeated regular season in school history—all in coach Hal Chiodo’s final season at HPHS.

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Abby George steals the show as Niles North upends Highland Park

In Friday night’s pivotal CSL North boys basketball contest, Niles North senior Abby George scored 27 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lift the Vikings over Highland Park, 51-50. You can find my game coverage for the Pioneer Press/Chicago Tribune Media by clicking here.

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HP Sports Brief: 5 wrestlers advance to sectionals, boys basketball on 5-game win streak

5 was the magic number yesterday. The HP wrestling squad advanced 5 wrestlers to this week’s sectional meet and the boys basketball team had won 5 in a row, including a 64-31 rout on Friday night. Sam Brief reports in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief Update: David Sachs beats the buzzer, Grace Quirk signs letter of intent

With Highland Park trailing 52-51 against No. 8 St. Joe’s with 3.3 seconds left, senior guard David Sachs dribbled down the length of the court and nailed a buzzer-beating layup to give the Giants a 53-52 upset win. Also, senior basketball and soccer star Grace Quirk signed her letter of intent to play goalie at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Wednesday. Sam Brief reports in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief: Boys basketball team falls to Deerfield, rebounds less than 24 hours later

The Highland Park boys basketball team led Deerfield, 12-10, after a quarter but scored just 16 points in the final 3 quarters and fell to their conference rivals, 42-28. But the Giants rebounded the next morning against Julian, 52-36, and maintain a positive outlook for the rest of their season. Sam Brief reports for HPTV in this episode of the HP Sports Brief.

And here’s the link for my coverage for Chicago Tribune Media/Pioneer Press.

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HP Sports Brief: Highland Park Hockey team mounts rousing comeback in win over rival Deerfield

Gavin Proeh’s game-winner with 1:22 left capped the Highland Park hockey team’s electrifying comeback over rival Deerfield at home on senior night. They trailed 2-0 after the second period and 3-1 with nine minutes left but strung together a few late goals to win their 51st game over Deerfield in the last 14 years—they’ve lost just five. Sam Brief reports from Highland Park in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief: Late heroics from David Sachs cap comeback win over Niles North

Highland Park boys basketball trailed by as much as 10 to Niles North but David Sachs, who was held scoreless in the first half, tallied 11 fourth-quarter points (nine in the final 3:34) and the Giants took down Niles North to force a three-way tie atop the CSL North. For Sachs, his domination down the stretch was a breakthrough moment for him and his team. Sam Brief reports from Skokie in this HP Sports Brief.

Also, click here for my game coverage for Chicago Tribune Media/Pioneer Press.

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