ATHLETICS & EXTRA-CURRICULARS
The life span of the Maine North Norsemen was very short in the world of high school athletics. The MTHS kids competed
in about every sport offered though. The basics; football, basketball, track, baseball/softball, were offered to
the boys and girls. In addition swimming (a pool was added in the 1970s), gymnastics, wrestling, badminton, and volleyball
were also offered. If you have any additional information about the sports offered and the players and coaches who competed
in them, please write to us. If any great teams competed that did not win IHSA hardware but possibly had a top three
finish in a conference, let us know as well.
As it stands, there were only two sports listed in which Maine North won IHSA medals. They were the sports of boys
track and wrestling.
When it came to IHSA competition, the folks in the English Department
represented Maine North quite
well. Two top ten State Meet finishes were accomplished in the short 10 year existence of the school.
In addition several individual medals were earned as well. The best of the Maine North accomplishments as listed on
the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org
) are listed below.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
One male athlete earned two medals at the IHSA State Track Meet. Chris Heroux's accomplishment
came in back to back seasons in 1976 and 1977. During both years Heroux won 2nd Place in the 880 Yard Run.
1976-77 Chris Heroux 880 Yard Run
1977-78 Chris Heroux 880 Yard Run
Two Noresmen grapplers also earned a medal from the State Meet competition.
1972-73 Jack Horowitz 98 Lbs. Weight
Class STATE CHAMPION!!
1974-75 Bob Russo 126
Lbs. Weight Class 6TH Place
The best records of the Norsemen grid iron warriors are listed below as researched by Tom Sikorski.
1971 4-5 First Varsity team
Coach Lou Gartner
First win in school history was 30-7 over Thornwood.
1976 5-4 3rd place O'Hare Suburban Conference
Last team was in 1980.
Last win in school history was 34-12 over North Chicago
THE ENGLISH / ARTS DEPARTMENT
A total of seven medals and two top-ten finishes were recorded by the Maine North thespians. This
is an excellent accomplishment considering the short life span of the school.
1975-76 District Champions
1978-79 Team Finished FIFTH in STATE MEET
for the State Meet
Final Team Standings
4.) Morton West
5.) MAINE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
1975-76 Team Finished TENTH in STATE MEET Competition
Final Team Standings
2.) Joliet East (tie)
2.) Luther South (tie)
4.) Rock Island (tie)
4.) Peoria Central (tie)
7.) Richards (tie)
7.) Deerfield (tie)
7.) Carbondale (tie)
NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
(tied with 5 other schools)
1973-74 Steve Dimenna Original Comedy 3RD Place
1975-76 Steve Dimenna Original Comedy STATE
1977-78 Jill Resnick Prose
1978-79 Jill Resnick Original Comedy
Humor Duet 6TH Place
Humor Duet 6Th Place
1979-80 Jill Resnick Original Comedy
The Illinois Theatre Festival is the largest, non-competetive high school theatre festival in the world. It was organized
in 1976 by teachers from the Chicago suburbs. This festival is still going strong as they perform at the University of Illinois
(Champaign-Urbana) and Illinois State University every other January. Maine North participated in this festival from 1977
to it's closure in 1980.
From Nancy Brenner (Class of 1971):
"I was among the first class to enter Maine North as a Junior transferred from Maine East mid year. It was also
my first year in Illinois as my father was transferred there by his company from Delaware. I was in the chorus and served
as the editor-in-chief of the yearbook (the school’s first). Because of my education in Delaware I was asked to graduate
early - which I did! I am, as far as I know, the only 1971 graduate. I received my diploma a year late when there
was a real class graduating and a real need for diplomas was needed."
SEEKING MORE INFORMATION
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