the Glenbrook North Spartans
School Name: Glenbrook
North High School
School Colors: Green & Gold
Central Suburban North
Head Basketball Coach: David
15-12, 7-3 Conference Runner-Up
State Series History:
IHSA State Champion, 2005; IHSA Third
Place, 2003; State Finals Qualifier 1993 and 1995.
Notable Alumni: Film
Director John Hughes; Don Ohlmeyer, NBC President; Anne Henning, Olympic
Gold Medal Speed Skater; Chris Collins, Northwestern Basketball Coach;
Major League Baseball players Jason Kipnis, Doug Rader and Scott Sanderson.
Players to Watch in 2016-2017:
James Karis, 5-11 senior point guard; Kellen Witherell, 6-4 junior forward;
Luke Amen, 6-1 senior guard.
LOOKING TO RETURN TO ITS WINNING TRADITION
Glenbrook North has been the King of north
suburban basketball. Brian James took the Spartans to two state finals
appearances in a three year period. The team went 84-8 from 1992-95
and featured Chris Collins, the basketball coach at Northwestern.
David Weber followed in the coaching ranks and had two state finals
qualifying appearances himself, finishing in third place in 2003 and
capturing the Class AA state championship in 2005. That team featured
Jon Scheyer who would win an NCAA title for Duke University in 2010 and then
work as an assistant coach to Mike Kryzewski at his collegiate alma mater.
The Spartans were 134-23 during a five year stretch from 2002-2009.
Last year North placed second in the Central Suburban North League and will
return three starters from that club. James Karis is a 5-11 point
guard and has been a two-year starter for the Spartans. Karis averaged
10 points per game last year and can both drive to the basket or hit the
perimeter shot. Kellen Witherall, is a 6-4 junior forward who earned
All-Conference honors in his sophomore year. He is multi-faceted as he
can play inside or step outside for a three pointer. 6-1 senior Luke
Amen is back at one of the backcourt positions and is very fast and can get
to the rim in the open court. The nucleus is in place to see the
Spartans return to being a contender for the King of the northern suburbs and return
to their winning ways.
Fast Facts: One
of two high schools in the Glenbrook High School District 225, North is the
mother school of the district opening in 1952, as Glenbrook South was built
ten years later. The school ranked number one globally in
international science testing as part of the First in the World Consortium
in 1997. Sitting President Bill Clinton gave a speech at the school in
January of 1997 and referenced the school's academic excellence in the 1997
State of the Union that following month. The school is also known as
being the backdrop for the movies "The Breakfast Club" and Ferris Bueller's
Day Off". John Hughes directed both those films and is a graduate of
Glenbrook North coach David Weber has been at the
helm for many Spartans victories