The ninth installment of the War on the Shore is Saturday at Evanston and features several of the best basketball teams in the state. The host Wildkits, Loyola and New Trier have played in it every year. It’s at Evanston for the second time, the last coming in 2017.
The event benefits the Danny Did Foundation. Danny Stanton died at 4 years old as a result of a seizure. His parents, Mariann and Mike Stanton, created the organization in 2010, and its mission is to advance public awareness for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), enhance communication between medical professionals and families affected by seizures and allocate seizure detection and prediction devices that may assist in preventing deaths to those in need.
“One thing that hurt and confused my wife and I was that we didn’t know about [SUDEP], even when we were treating Danny for seizures,” said Mike, a 1988 graduate of Loyola. “We weren’t apart of that community. What I’ve learned over the years is how important is to get the word out because the number of people this affects is astounding. It’s always a worthwhile for us to engage and educate young people whenever and wherever we can, which is why the War on the Shore is important.”
Tickets are $5 for all three games. There will be a bake sale and a merchandise table. All proceeds go to the foundation. Since 2011, the War on the Shore has raised nearly $19,000.
Danny Did’s executive director and Mike’s brother Tom Stanton (Class of 1994) said he’s excited to welcome newcomers Bolingbrook and DePaul Prep to the event. In addition to Evanston, Loyola and New Trier, 15 teams have participated at the War on the Shore.
“Every new school we add is a whole new community of people who may not know about epilepsy or Danny Did,” Tom said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to spread our message.
“It’s going to be a great day of basketball, too.”
New Trier vs. DePaul Prep, 3 p.m.
Loyola vs. Saint Viator, 4:30 p.m.
Evanston vs. Bolingbrook, 6 p.m.
- Five of the six teams at the event, including all three from the North Shore, are ranked in the Chicago Sun-Times’ Super 25 poll. Last season’s third-place finisher in Class 4A, Evanston (17-3) rates the highest at No. 6. New Trier (15-3) is No. 14, and Loyola (15-4) ranks 18th. DePaul Prep (13-4) is No. 10, and Bolingbrook (11-3) is No. 11. Saint Viator (14-3) fell out of the poll for the first time this week.
- Six of eight Stanton siblings graduated from Loyola. One who didn’t is Megan Stanton-Anderson, who went to St. Scholastica in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. She’s the principal at DePaul. The school’s athletic director is Pat Mahoney, a 1990 graduate of Loyola.
- The Ramblers are 7-1 at the event. The Trevians are 5-3, while the Wildkits are 3-5. Saint Viator is making its fourth appearance.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Raheem Anthony, sr., G, DePaul Prep
Connor Barrett, sr., G, Loyola (pictured above)
Ciaran Brayboy, sr., C, New Trier
Tyler Cochran, sr., G, Bolingbrook
Perry Cowan Jr., sr., G, DePaul Prep
Jaylin Gibson, so., F, Evanston
Jeremiah Hernandez, sr., F, Saint Viator
Jaheim Holden, sr., G, Evanston
Lance Jones, sr., G, Evanston
Bennett Kwiecinski, jr., F, Loyola
Jordan Kwiecinski, jr., F, Loyola
Lance Mosley, jr., G, DePaul Prep
Quinn Pemberton, sr., G, Loyola
Blake Peters, so., G, Evanston
Sam Silverstein, sr., G, New Trier
Joseph Yesufu, sr., G, Bolingbrook
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola