2018 High School Team of the Week: Schurz High School

The Schurz High School girls varsity basketball team on Chicago’s Northwest Side has been named as the sixth weekly winner of the Chicago Sky’s 2018 “High School Team of the Week.”

The WNBA team’s “High School Team of the Week” program, presented by Robert Morris University Illinois, recognizes Chicago-area teams who have been nominated for their sportsmanship as well as work in the classroom and in their community.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Schurz High School representative Beth Rosendahl. “Our team’s current GPA is 3.2. Our team motto this year has been communication. On and off the court, we have worked on learning how to communicate with teachers, peers, referees, and teammates.”

The Schurz Bulldogs are currently 11-10, and finished in second place at the Robeson High School Holiday Tournament. The girls basketball team also works hard in the classroom, with athletes in honors, business and finance, dual-enrollment, and IB and AP classes.

Off the court, the Bulldogs are partnered with Schurz’s Build On program and volunteer with the KEEN program, working with athletes who have special needs.

“Through many trials this year, the students have grown, and have seen that life lessons aren’t always easy, but when you invest in what you are learning, you grow,” Rosendahl said.

Each “High School Team of the Week” award winner in the 10-week program, supported by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, will be honored at center court during halftime at a Chicago Sky game in the upcoming 2018 season, as well as receive a number of prizes. All teams that compete in IHSA class 1A, 2A, 3A or 4A competitions are eligible to win a weekly honor. Nominations can be submitted on the Chicago Sky website through Feb. 21. Those selected will be entered as a contender for the 2018 “High School Team of the Year” award. The winner will be determined through an online voting process on the Sky’s website and announced on opening night at Wintrust Arena.

The Sky will accept nominations until Feb. 21 from parents, coaches, booster clubs, faculty members and players. Nominate a local team here.