Friday, October 29, 2021

Mustang News - October 29, 2021

Friday Focus


Mundelein After School Coalition (MASC) Turkey Drive

Every year the Mundelein After School Coalition (MASC), in partnership with the Mundelein Police Department, works with the community to provide Thanksgiving dinners to local families in need. We are asking members of our community to come together and assist with donations so that we can continue to make these dinners successful. Every little bit helps and any remaining food donations are provided to the Fremont Food Pantry. 

For more information contact Office Sexton ( All donations can be dropped off at the Mundelein Police Department lower level lobby. Please have donations in by November 19. 


Thank you to all who came out to celebrate Frank Giannamore’s induction into the Lake County Hall of Fame. Also receiving recognition was Chuck Burgoon, who was with the Minnesota Vikings for a short time and also holds the oldest Track & Field record at MHS. This record in the Shot Put goes all the way back to 1965.

Frank Giannamore and wife Judy celebrate his induction to the Lake Country Hall of Fame

Chuck Burgoon and family, celebrate his recognition for the oldest track and field record at MHS. This record in the Shot Put goes all the way back to 1965

Frank and Chuck

Marching Mustangs

Saturday was the first time in school history that the Mundelein High School Marching Mustangs performed at the University of Illinois Marching Championships.  It was awesome to hear and see our band perform inside Memorial Stadium.  The performance did not disappoint!  Here is a Video FROM SATURDAY’S PERFORMANCE taken from the top of the press box. Congratulations to this year’s Marching Mustangs who were named Grand Champion of the Chicagoland Marching Band Festival hosted by Wheeling High School back in September and for placing 2nd in Class 5A at the University of Illinois Marching Championships this weekend.  Band Directors Andy Sturgeon and Jerry Shelato are alums from the University of Illinois and former members of the Marching Illini. It was extra special to have our students get to experience marching on that field and hear the performance by the Marching Illini later in the evening. 

The Marching Mustangs also had a chance to see several former Mundelein High School grads performing in the Marching Illini.  The grads currently in the Marching Illini include Mira Guiritan (’21), Michal Gryga (’18), Diya Joshy (’20), Jennifer Morales (’19), Jake Nakagi (’18), & Molly Podraza (’19).  We didn’t get them all in one picture… but here’s a shot of Mira, Jenny and Molly with our current Drum Majors (Evan Brown, Ella Kasamis, Neil Martin, and Addison Salski) at the end of the evening.

Click HERE to watch the video of the band perform!



Thursday, October 21 MHS Sophomore Talia Zavialov and senior Ashley Marcos competed in the first ART THROWDOWN of the school year. The Art Throwdown is a live art making challenge where students across the state compete to illustrate a prompt given to them just before the live event. Real time creativity and problem solving is on full display for all to see.  

The live stream can be viewed HERE

Please vote for them HERE


Boys Soccer

Coaches Corner: Sebastian Falinski

Congratulations to the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team for their Regional Championship WIN over the weekend.  The team defeated Lake Zurich (Tuesday - 2 OT - PK’s 4-2) and Warren (Saturday - regulation time 1-0) to claim their Regional Title! First year starting goalkeeper Nathan Espinosa’s 8 saves solidified the win for the Mustangs. The boys are working extremely hard, and your praise and encouraging words would be greatly received. 

Nathan Espinosa comes up with another save (8 saves in all) to beat Warren 1-0 for the Regional Title

Boys Soccer beats Warren to win Regional Title 

Regional Soccer Plaque

Head Coach Falinski with Coach Dayton & Coach Crawford


Your Mundelein Mustangs Football team capped off their season with a tremendous 45-7 win over Zion-Benton. This marked the first time in 7 Years that MHS Beat Zion-Benton. It was a terrific game full of exciting plays. The football program would like to thank all of our supporters. Your support has truly made this season one to remember! We look forward to seeing all of you next fall! Until then, our program will be hard at work as we begin off-season strength & conditioning starting November 29th. Please see Coach DeFrancesco with any questions! 

Click HERE to watch the highlights from the final 2021 Football game.  

Varsity football celebrates 45-7 win over Zion-Benton

Football Captains

Final football score vs Zion Benton

Boys Golf
Matthew Kisselburg shot a 152 over two days in Bloomington to tie for 34th place at IHSA Boys Golf State Tourney

Girls Cross Country

Coaches Corner: Carsyn Rodriguez

So proud of all of our girls for their strong races in a tough Regional at Adler today! All of them ran an avg of 1 minute faster than they ran this course in Sept. BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our 2 Sectional Qualifiers Praise (17th) & Jocelyn (20th)! Can’t wait for Busse next week!

Girls Cross Country Sectional Qualifiers Praise (17th & Jocelyn (20th)

Congratulations to our Runner of the Week: Captain Abby Ford! Abby has been a leader in both her hard work and growth as well as her guidance and support of younger runners. She gave it her all today in her last race for Mundelein! We will miss you next year, Abby!

Runner of the Week: Captain Abby Ford!

Boys Cross Country

Coaches Corner: Kurt Rutz

Saturday, October 23rd was a great day to be a Mustang! Why?  One reason was that the MHS Boys cross country team advanced out of Regionals to the Sectional Meet achieving a goal these young men set at the beginning of the season!  This happened despite being the youngest, least experienced squad in recent years.  They also defied internet previews and race models that had us finishing anywhere from 8th to 10th. Through hard work that started in the summer and sheer grit our young men beat the odds taking 6th place.  

Tom Russ again led us, taking 14th, and beating the Zion-Benton #1 runner for the first time this year. Jake Hall had the Race of the Day, and of his career so far, taking 26th. Alberto Diaz stepped up as 3rd man today, taking 42nd. Marco Delacruz was 53rd, and Jonny Gray, continuing his late season surge, took 58th. Logan Green was 62nd, and Finn Keegan took 66th. 

Sectionals are at Busse Woods next Saturday and we love to have you join us!

Boys Cross Country

Girls Volleyball

Coaches Corner: George Dressen

Congratulations to junior libero Bella Feijoo for being selected as the 2021 NSC Girls Volleyball Sportsmanship winner. Also, congratulations to our entire girls volleyball program on the completion of their fall 2021 season. We are so proud of your hard work and determination. To our seniors, it has been an honor and privilege to work with you this year. Thank you for your dedication to our volleyball program. You will be missed!  And finally, thank you to all who supported our Cancer Awareness Night! We were able to raise a little over $4,000 last week in our annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser for the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Thank you for your support and showing love and comfort to the Meister family.

Volleyball celebrating Senior Night

Great group of Seniors - Volleyball

Girls Volleyball player Bella Feijoo displays her NSC Sportsmanship medal.

Girls Diving

Coaches Corner: Tracy Carlson

Fremd relay meet.  Sophomores Lucy Moran and Gia Feather took 3rd in the synchronized dive.  Senior Lauren Oliver and sophomore Charlotte Oliver took 3rd in dive relay.  

Sophomores Lucy Moran and Gia Feather took 3rd in the synchronized dive

Senior Lauren Oliver and sophomore Charlotte Oliver took 3rd in dive relay

3rd place divers in relay and syncro meet

Alumni News 

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Cross Country


GRINNELL, Iowa – After a successful week, the Grinnell College's men's soccer team has been recognized with awards from the Midwest Conference. Pioneer players swept MWC Performer of the Week honors, with Zak Serby, from Mundelein, Ill. (Mundelein H.S.), showed his defensive prowess as the Pioneers posted key MWC wins. Grinnell limited Monmouth to eight shots, and then toppled Lawrence University from the ranks of league unbeatens while holding the Vikings to just seven shots. Equally impressive was Grinnell's defensive effort against 17th-ranked St. Olaf College Sunday. The Pioneers all but neutralized the Oles' potent offensive attack before the visitors escaped with a 1-0 overtime victory.


Congratulations to MHS Alum Matthew Crowley (2006) on his promotion to Assistant Athletic Director at Waukegan High School.

As a student athlete at MHS I played soccer for Chris Sell and Mike Dayton, 2 of the best coaches I have had the pleasure of playing for. After graduating from MHS I played 4 years of college soccer at Eastern Illinois University where I earned my degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies with a K-12 teaching certificate and met my wife.  Since College I have taught and coached at multiple schools. Most recently I was teaching high school P.E. at Waukegan High School and coaching boys soccer, boys bowling, and girls soccer.  At the beginning of this school year I was hired as the Assistant Athletic Director at Waukegan High School. I have a beautiful wife of 3 years and a gorgeous 5 month old daughter Olivia. 

Photos from the Week

During the "Meet the Mustangs" event on Monday, Oct. 25, Caitlyn Ekstrom '23 and Diana Nanos '23 take an eighth grade family on tour around the Media Center.- Ashley Wolverton ‘23 

The varsity Academic Team works together to pull through with a win at their meet against Zion Benton on Wednesday, Oct 20.- Addison Klein ‘24 

On Monday Oct. 25, Brock Paulch '22, Andrew Wellington '22, and Zachary Frenzel '22 dissect a snake in Zoology class. -Adrianna Nuzzo ‘22

In a sectionals win for MHS, the varsity boys soccer team celebrates its 1-0 victory over Warren High School on Oct. 23.- Brianna Richards ‘22 

After school, students Seleste Orellana '24, Miranda Ramos 24' and Allison Bellecomo '24 go to Stand Up club and show support for the club's first meeting. - Ivana Rosillo ‘24

Anthony Kroll, Mike Pope & Larry Calhoun make pancakes for the staff before Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mustang News - October 22, 2021


Marching Band

Good luck to the Marching Mustangs performing at the University of Illinois Marching Championships this Saturday in Champaign.  The Marching Mustangs held their final rehearsal this past Wednesday evening and look forward to two performances this weekend.  We hope to see you Friday Night at the home football game and again in Memorial Stadium in Champaign at 4:45pm on Saturday.  Here is a picture of our Seniors huddled together after Wednesday’s rehearsal!


School Pictures

Retake/Make-up Portrait Day Is Coming

If you missed the earlier picture day or would like to retake your picture, retakes/make-ups will be offered at the school on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 10:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. in the District Meeting Room.  Please go at a time that works for your schedule. Be aware there may be a wait.


After picture day, you’ll be able to select your image for your yearbook. Please remember to do so before it’s selected for you by VIP, and all orders will be delivered to your home. To view and order photos from Picture Day, you’ll receive an email when your images are ready to view online, or you can search for them at shortly after photos are taken. If you need further assistance, contact VIP at



Boys Cross Country

Coaches Corner: Kurt Rutz

The Boys cross country team competed Tuesday at the Race Car Rally at Buffalo Grove, a unique meet where the individual awards are Hot Wheels.  The Frosh/Sophomore event is the big race there and ours went head-to-head with some of the best programs in the State.  We came away with another strong performance, taking 5th out of 13 quality teams.  Tom Russ again led the team over a 2.5 mile course, taking 5th out of 242 runners.  Following Tom we put 3 more in the top 38, with Marco Delacruz taking 29th, Jake Hall taking 30th, and Alberto Diaz taking 38th.  Finn Keegan completed the scoring, taking 59th.  It was also great seeing Logan Ramirez return to racing for the first time in several weeks, as well as Finn Gilbert starting to look like his old self. In the Open 3 mile race, Jonny Gray took 53rd, nearly taking home his own Race Car Award.  More importantly, Jonny ran 18:13, a PR by 37 seconds.  Dropping that much time this late in the season is a rarity.  Way to go, Jonny!!! Next up -  the IHSA Regional Meet at Adler Park this Saturday.  Race time is 11AM.  Fans, please come on out!

Girls Volleyball

Coaches Corner: George Dressen & Beth Willis

Thank you to all for your support of our Cancer Awareness Night! Whether you have promoted the event on social media, bought a t-shirt, or put together a basket for the raffle, it has been wonderful to see our MHS community come together to support the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and remember Kristen Meister.  We are truly grateful to be part of such a caring community! The volleyball program has raised over $38,000. for LSCR since 2009!

This is the last week of regular season play for the Varsity volleyball team and the last week of the season for all under levels. Please join us as we celebrate our senior volleyball athletes on Friday, October 22 at 5:00 pm at the Varsity/JV Scrimmage. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication to our school and program the last four years. The Varsity plays their first IHSA Regional match on Tuesday, October 26 at Glenbrook North High School. The game is against Glenbrook North at 5:30 pm. Admission is $5 per person.  If we win on Tuesday, we play again on Wednesday, October 27 at Glenbrook High School with a 6:00 pm start time. 

Sophomore Volleyball PINK out

Silent Auction for LSCR

Remembering Kristen Meister PINK out

Varsity beats Zion at PINK out match

Freshmen B team PINK out

Girls Freshmen Volleyball

The Freshman A girls volleyball team won last night in their breast cancer awareness match against Zion Benton, and in doing so won their NSC with a perfect 7-0 record. Their overall record now is 21-3. They have 3 more matches this weekend at their Waukegan quad. 

Freshmen A team PINK out

Boys Swim/Dive

Wanting to join the Swim & Dive team?  There will be an Informational meeting Tuesday, November 2 @ 3:15 in the Pool Balcony. Contact Coach Sethna if you can’t make it.

Boys Soccer

Coaches Corner: Mike Dayton & Sebastian Falinski

The MHS Varsity Boys Soccer record now stands at 10-7-3 after an exciting overtime win in the regional semi-final over Lake Zurich.  Omar Mangato scored the lone goal for MHS in regulation.  Carson Kowalski, Alex Hidrago, and John Chambers all converted their penalty kick shootout goals while goalkeeper Nathan Espinosa came up big with three saves during the penalty kicks to secure the win for the Mustangs.   Mundelein will next play host for a regional championship against Warren High School at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 23.  Come on out and support the Mustangs.

Senior players in the MHS Boys Soccer Program pictured above from left to right:  Gil Aguilera, Luis Balanos, David Bonilla, Nathan Espinosa, John Chambers, Nico Rodriguez, Anthony Feather, Carson Kowalski, Eric Nova, Miguel Hernandez , Diego Prado, Angelo Gallardo, Bryan Morales


Our Freshman football team scored a huge victory over Lake Forest this past Saturday. The team won 25-18 and was in control throughout the entire game. This team has done an excellent job throughout the season and looks forward to closing out the season Friday vs Zion Benton. Please come out and support our freshman at 5pm and our Varsity team at 7:30pm! Go Mustangs!

Girls Tennis:

Coaches Corner: Shelley Majewski

Girls varsity tennis getting ready to head out to participate in IHSA Sectionals

Girls Cross Country

Coaches Corner: Carsyn Rodriguez

Great day at Conference today with so many strong races! Overall we had 8 Lifetime PRs and 1 Season PR! Additionally, 100% of the girls who ran this course last year improved and set their new course record today! Such a positive day! We also had some awesome Conference medalists today! Praise Oyebanji (who also got a new Lifetime PR) & Jocelyn Gomez finished 18th & 19th in the Varsity race & were All-Conference. Other medalists included Jeni Bolanos (15th) in the F/S race, and Monique Dirzo (11th) in the JV race.

Praise Oyebanji & Jocelyn Gomez

Girls Cross Country

Runner of the Week this week is ‘23 Praise Oyebanji! Praise is one of the most consistent & hard-working athletes who leads by example. She is strong, reflective & is a supportive teammate to all. She’s also broken her lifetime PR 3 times this season & just keeps getting better!

Runner of the week '23 Praise Obebanji

Shout out to our NSC Sportsmanship Award Winner Monique Dirzo! Monique has the most positive attitude, is hard-working, committed, & an encouraging teammate to all! She is a model for character & kindness & her shining presence will be missed next year!

NSC Sportsmanship winner Monique Dirzo

Photos from the Week

As the season changes from summer to fall, Sophia Petrdis '22 attends the annual Art Club Pumpkin Carving event on Tuesday, Oct.19, in the art room after school.- Brianna Richards ‘22

During his AP English Language class on Tuesday, Oct. 19, Logan Green '23 works on writing his college essay draft.- Ashley Wolverton ‘23 

During history class, student Lindsey Cervantes '24 takes notes on Tuesday, Oct. 19.- Ivanna Rossilo ‘24 

In preparation for regionals, the girls varsity cross country team runs hills on Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Mundelein community. - Avery Refka ‘22

The Art Club hosts a pumpkin carving event Tuesday, Oct. 19, where students could paint, carve and sculpt pumpkins for the fall season.- Addison Klein ‘25 

P.E Sports and Fitness eighth period class walks around the pond on Tuesday, Oct. 19. - Adrianna Nuzzo ‘22