Slightly more girls than boys participated in sports last year at Evanston Township High School, according to Athletic Director Chris Livatino.

In his annual report delivered to the District 202 School Board earlier this week, Livatino noted that, for the 2014-2015 school year, female participation in seasonal sports totaled 918, compared to 898 for males.

While this totals 1,816 students, Livatino noted, many students go out for more than one sport. He said the total actually represents 1,254 “unique” students.

Most of the activity for the girls came in the fall, with 115 in cross country track and 86 in swimming and diving. Practically all of the male participants in the fall were concentrated in four sports—football, with 143, soccer, with 103, cross country with 41, and golf with 33.

While the girls had no one go out for football and only 1 for soccer in the fall, the other five sports were fairly evenly represented, with 53 for tennis, 51 for volleyball, 40 for Pom Kits, 35 for cheerleading, and 22 for golf.


The boys did outnumber the girls in winter and spring sports, with 247 in the winter and 327 in the spring, compared to the girls, who had 199 participants in the winter and 316 in the spring.

In the winter, the most popular sports for boys were basketball, with 68, indoor track with 59, wrestling with 55, and swimming and diving, with 52. For girls, the most popular winter sports were indoor track, 47; basketball, 45; cheerleading, 35; gymnastics and Pom Kits, with 29 each; and bowling, 14.

In the spring, lacrosse was popular with both sexes: 86 for boys and 67 for girls. Other sports popular for boys were baseball, 71; track and volleyball with 49 each; tennis with 31; and water polo, 26.

For girls, the most popular sports in the spring, other than lacrosse, were soccer, 78; badminton, 47; water polo, 46; track, 39; and softball, 37.  

Livatino pointed out that athletes at ETHS tended to do better than non-athletes in academics. The grade point average for those who participated in sports was 3.54, compared with 2.85 for all students.

He attributed this to the fact that his coaches constantly monitor the grade point averages of those who go out for sports.

He noted, however, that this academic disparity was generally the case for any students who participate in extracurricular activities and is not limited to those who participate in athletics.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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