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a seasonal review of the Perspectives Charter Schools Sports Program CHICAGO | VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3, JUNE 2013 | @pcs_athletics

Sectional Track Champions Wolves Win Baseball Title Joslin Girls Soccer Growing Up
Lonnie Washington Makes History at PCS.

Summer Sports Camps. Softball Roundup.


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Senior Lonnie Washington in the 100-meter dash, junior Christopher Hawkins in the shot

Eastern Illinois University, Washington finished third in the 100 in an outstanding time of 10.93 seconds to score seven points for Perspectives. Jones team also excelled last winter, winning the Chicago Public Schools indoor track championship. The PLA/Tech girls team continued its strong tradition under new head coach Dominique Jacobs. Her top performers included juniors Willesha Love and Dazhane Sinclair, sophomores Deja Washington, Victoria Hosch, Rokyah Robinson, Crystal Lackey and By Barry Temkin
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put, junior Robert White in the 300 intermediate hurdles and the 4x800 relay team won sectional events. Runners-up were sophomore Richlyn Whitaker in the shot put, Washington in the long jump, Hawkins in the discus and White in the 110 high hurdles. Jones also singled out senior sprinter Jimmie Williams. In the state meet at

Perspectives Leadership Academy / High School of Technology Warriors Boy Track Team

Lonnie Washington is blessed with impressive physical gifts and a determination to make the most of them. The result has been the most decorated athlete in Perspectives Charter Schools history. The recent Perspectives High School of Technology graduate finished

his PCS athletic career by winning the Most Valuable Player award in the Chicago Public League Football Coaches Associations Harold Washington All-Star Game on June 16 at Gately Stadium. In May, he finished third in the 100-meter dash at the
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Its not quite a dynasty yet, but the Perspectives MSA/Joslin baseball team has become a power in the Chicago Public Leagues Sammy Sosa Conference. The Wolves won their second straight Sosa championship

with a 13-0 record and also reached the final four of the CPS playoffs consolation bracket, finishing the season 18-5 overall. I am so proud of our young men for their performance both on and off the field, said Cletis Nichols, who

was in his second season as Wolves head coach. They are equally dedicated to academic excellence as they are to athletic prowess on the diamond. Senior Aaron Easton was a Chicago Public League all-star and an all-

conference selection. Junior Chris Katz and sophomore Jack Pratt also were all-conference selections. Other top contributors were junior Brian Vinseior and freshman Glenford Wagner. In June, Easton and seniors Jarred Elliott and Abraham Galvan played in the Chicago Public Schools All-Star Game, and Easton participated in the Public League vs. Chicago Catholic League All-Star Game.



Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy and Rodney D. Joslin Campus Wolves Baseball Team

The Perspectives Leadership Academy/High School of Technology team was inexperienced but hard working and improved throughout the season. The Warriors, who started five freshmen, were 5-15 overall and 5-9 in the Ernie Banks Conference. Top contributors included juniors Steven Robinson and Michael Colyer, sophomore Jason Avery and freshman JuJuan Patrick. Head Coach Lacey Rogers will return his entire team next season, when he expects the Warriors to contend for the conference championship.

Perspectives Charter Schools is continuing to provide more young people with the benefits of summer sports camps. This year PCS added a four-day soccer camp to similar-length camps in football, volleyball, basketball and baseball and three-

day camps in track and field, softball and cheer. All were at Perspectives Auburn Gresham campus The camp season ran from June 17 through July 3. All camps were free and open to girls and boys entering 5th through 12th grades. Each camp-

er received a camp shirt and lunch. According to PCS Athletic Director Vinay Mullick, 220 students from more than 60 local schools enjoyed this opportunity. They received instruction from 25 Perspectives coaches, and 16
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The Perspectives Rodney D. Joslin Campus high school girls soccer program had a successful debut in 2012, even though it didnt win a game. But the team checked victory off its todo list this season, finishing with a 1-13 record behind junior Kiya Hampton and freshman Alexandra Rendon. Kiya is the backbone of the team, head coach Rachel Urista said. She provides support to all players on the field and in the classroom. Alex dominated as our sweeper. We have grown so much these past two years and hope our progress will continue into next year. We are growing together as a family. The Joslin Middle School team also got its first victory, finishing 1-3 under head coach Kenneth Borre. Top performers included 7th-graders Andria Ellis and Evany Corral and 6thgrader Briana Berry.
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Nilita Reneau and freshman Jawanna Goodwin. The Perspectives/ IIT Math & Science Academy and Joslin coed track programs formed a coop team this season and look forward to building on it next year. MSA displayed consistent progress for head coach Jesse Hardy, whose top performers included juniors Antonique Brown and Kevin Phillips and freshman Alaysia Hardy.

Joslin head coach Tiray Jackson was encouraged by his athletes development in his schools debut track season. The kids ran hard and made significant improvements, he said, mentioning junior Ashley Adams and sophomores Lori Reeves, Kameron Williams, Nehemiah Israel and Maurice Young. Strong relay performances sparked the middle-school teams at Perspectives Middle Academy and Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy.

Top performers for PMA head coach Tristan Roche included 8th-graders Robert Dupont, Brandon Johnson and Alston Phillips. MSA co-head coaches Todd Holbein and Nadfia Hallaj hope to build a strong track program and got a second-place finish in the girls 4x400meter relay in the Southside Invitational meet. Nicole Fields and Felicia Buchanan, both 8th-graders, were among MSAs top contributors.

Barry Temkin authors Perspectives Athletics newsletter (unless otherwise noted) and volunteers with the Perspectives athletics department. He retired from the Chicago Tribune in 2008. He spent his last 20 years at the Tribune writing a high school sports column that covered hundreds of schools, including Perspectives.

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MVP. Terry Jones has coached Washington in both his sports and attributes his stars success to competitiveness as well as athletic ability. He is unbelievably fast, said Jones, who also coached Washington in the football all-star game. He has an unbelievable focus when he is competing. You could see his preparation before a game. He has the same focus in track. He would rise to the level of the competition. Washington, a team captain in both his sports, leads by example. Hes always working hard, Jones said. Hes a gym rat;

he loves the weight room, loves the practices. That helps him get stronger and faster. Hes an unbelievable talent unbelievable.
Lonnie Washington sporting his third place medal at the State track meet.

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Class 2A state track meet at Eastern Illinois University in 10.93 seconds. Washington is the only Perspectives athlete ever to score in the boys state track meet, also accomplishing that

with a fourth-place finish in the Class 2A 100 as a freshman. He qualified for the state track meet all four years in the 100 and three times in the long jump. As a running back and cornerback, he

helped lead PCS to a 7-3 overall record and a spot in the state playoffs for the first time in the five-year history of the varsity football program. He ran for 1,960 yards, scored 23 touchdowns and was selected as the offensive and team

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PCS studentathletes worked as counselors. Jevon Mamon was camp director for the second straight year, and the Chicago Youth Sports Alliance again served as sponsor. We are one of the few organizations that offer a free camp such as this in the area and

are very grateful for CYSAs support, Mullick said. The camps are a great outlet to keep students busy during the summer and learn the fundamentals of their sports of choice. They are structured and safe and are led by coaches who provide quality instruction.

We hope to grow the program next year by offering more sports. CYSA is a not-forprofit corporation that uses athletics and fitness to improve the social and academic development of disadvantaged youth. Its president, Eric Kieras, praised Perspectives camps and said his organization looks for-

ward to continuing its support of the athletic program. Chicago YSA believes in the importance of providing positive opportunities to children in the community during the summer months, he said. Whether it is learning a new sport or simply competing with friends and coaches, the camps provide students a

continuation of the social development and values Perspectives teaches during the school year.


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he Perspectives Leadership Academy/High School of Technology girls softball team finished 4-14, but the large amount of

young players in the program makes the future bright.

and sophomores Shekinah Richmond and Alyssa Sanders. We will have more players playing for a second year in a row, head coach Susie Mazur said of next season. We are looking forward to continuing to grow our girls softball program. The Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy

and Joslin coop team finished 1-5 under co-head coaches Samantha Mondro and Amanda Yost. In the Perspectives Charter Schools 16-inch Co-Ed Middle School Softball League, MSA won the championship with a 5-0 record. Helping lead the way for head coach Floyd Urrutias team was 8th-grader

Supreme MalikClark and 6thgrader Jayden Gatby. Joslin and Perspectives Middle Academy also participated in the league. Eighth-grader Destiny Gardner, 7th-grader Booyae Jackson and 6th-grader Yamaiyah Jones were among the top performers for Joslin head coach Jonathan Daniels.

op performers this season included seniors India Allen and Diamond Noble