Congratulations to our All-Conference players and Honorable Mentions!


Lake Zurich — Ian Fitzgerald (Sr. OL), Evan Lewandowski (Sr. QB), Joey Stutzman (Sr. RB), Matthijs Enters (Sr. TE), Jack Sanborn (Sr. LB), Luke Dwyer (Jr. LB), Austin LePage (Jr. DB), Anthony Mangano (So. DB)


Lake Zurich — Jack Fabbrini (Jr. LB), Payton Powell (Sr. WR), Yianni Manousaridis (Sr. OL)

2018 LZQB Club Board!

Thank you to those who attended last night’s LZQB Club’s Board Elections!

The results are as follows:
Doug Miller – President
Eric Maskalunas – Vice President
Renato Zanichelli – Vice President
Leslie Hill – Treasurer
Jen Grinnip – Secretary

Congratulations to all! The new Board will become effective January 1, 2018.

1018 LZ QB Club Board Elections


If you are interested in running for a board position for the upcoming year (vice-president Sophomore, vice-president junior, president needs one year board experience), please e-mail Dennis Fitzgerald at by Monday, November 13.

The Lake Zurich Quarterback Club needs you!
The LZQB Club is currently accepting applications for Board of Director and committee members for the 2017 season. Elections will be held at the November 17, 2016 meeting being held at LZHS in room 104A.
The Lake Zurich Quarterback Club (LZQBC) is a non- profit parent volunteer organization that supports the needs of the Lake Zurich High School (LZHS) Football Program.


The LZHS Football program has been successful, in not only winning football games but, more importantly, teaching our young men life lessons that will benefit them and their local communities now and into the future. The mission of the Lake Zurich Quarterback Club is to generate resources and support to assist the Lake Zurich High School Football Program.
The Board of Directors is comprised of elected Executive Officers (President and 2 vice presidents) and elected Non–Executive Officers (Secretary and Treasurer). The Board of Directors will have the authority to conduct all LZQBC business, including but not limited to entering into contracts, and receiving and disbursing money on behalf of the LZQBC as dictated by the LZQBC Bylaws.
The President will act as the LZQBC’s chief executive officer, preside at meetings, appoint committees, assure compliance with all elements of the LZQBC Constitution and Bylaws, assure all external compliance requirements are met, and will assure implementation of actions and decisions of the LZQBC Executives.
Vice President(s)
In the President’s absence, the vice president presiding is responsible for coordinating all activities being conducted by the club.  If both Vice Presidents are present, the VP with the non-graduated player in the graduating class closest to present day will be the primary coordinator.  If both VPs are from the same graduating class, then the VP with the most LZQBC experience would be the primary coordinator.

Note from coach Mertens

Sophomore/Varsity Parents,

Welcome to week 8! A much needed return home after 3 tough games on the road.

Practice this week:

  • Monday-Thursday: 3:30pm-6pm
    • Note: due to anticipated weather on Tuesday, practice may end earlier.
  • Saturday: ALL players are to report for 8:30am-11am

Friday (Varsity Dads/Mentors Night):

  • This Friday night we are honoring our varsity dads/mentors.  Varsity dads are invited to attend our pre-game dinner (3:50 in the cafeteria), pre-game meetings (immediately following dinner), and our team walk-in (approximately 7:10pm).
  • Please RSVP to me if you plan on attending dinner.  If only attending meetings and/or the walk-in, then no RSVP is needed.
  • Please consider wearing your son’s white jersey that night.

Saturday (JV Game):

  • We are playing a JV game vs. Libertyville, 9am at home


Joey Stutzman has been nominated by the Chicago Tribune High School Sports Prep editorial team for the COUNTRY Financial Athlete of the Month – October challenge.  It’s all happening NOW and polls are open, so please vote for Joey at this LINK


Week 4: Zion-Benton

Sophomore/Varsity Parents,

The season is not slowing down! It’s week 4 and the Chicago Bears have already broken our hearts (even worse that GB won), and we have another home game before hitting the road for 3 consecutive weeks.

Practice this week:
· M-Thurs 3:30-6pm.
· Saturday – TBD. We are trying to schedule a home JV game for Saturday morning. There are some things out of our control, such as if ZB has a JV team and if we can get a crew to officiate. I will send another email once I know more. Either way, practice/JV game will be in the morning.

Senior Parents: Thank you to those who filled out the evaluation of your son’s Attitude and Effort. Hopefully, your son had a conversation with you after you rated him. I asked the seniors to write a reflection on that experience. Most of our seniors recognized a deficiency in their own Attitude and Effort, which is that they tend to not put forth their best effort in areas of life they deem unimportant, uninteresting, or a weakness. I challenged our seniors to make their weaknesses their strengths and to have the best Attitude and Effort for all endeavors they despise the most.

Parent Volunteers: Thank you to our parent volunteers! Concessions, team meals, etc, …I know firsthand the great deal of effort by our parents to enhance our players’ game-day experience. Friday Night Lights in LZ are second to none – so thank you!



Luke Mertens
English Teacher/Head Football Coach
Lake Zurich High School
Twitter: @LZHSFootball
Instagram: @LZHSFootball

Note from coach Mertens

Soph/Varsity Players

Thank you for the tremendous support at Fremd. It felt like a home game!

This week we will have practice 3:30pm-6pm M-Thursday. Please note that 6pm is when practice ends, so pickup, depending on the individual’s sense of urgency to change, is approximately 6:15. Also, please pickup only at the new main entrance of the school.

Friday is our first home. Please help out! As you well know, many hands make light work … and we need many hands this Friday night to make our home opener run smoothly. There is a variety of things you can do on game days: 50/50 Raffle, Game Day Operations, Concessions, or Game Day Home Program Sales. Here are the sign up links:


Game Day Operations & 50/50 Raffle & Programs:

This Saturday’s schedule:
· Sophomores -8:30am-11am
· Varsity – 9am-11:30am

Monday (Labor Day) – surprise! It will be a day off! Happy Labor Day…enjoy family time. Lucky for the players, I have a boat and limited time to enjoy the water J

Finally, here’s a link to an interesting article on how vitamins impact our moods:



Join us in supporting our LZ Bears on Home Game Days!
We are looking for volunteers to sign up for Field Setup before the game and Tear Down after the game.
We also need volunteers to help us sell 50/50 Raffle Tickets and Game Day Programs.
Please sign up on SignupGenius at this LINK!
Thank you for helping to make this season great!!!

Week 1: LZ Bears at Fremd

Friday Night Lights on the Road, Week 1:  Lake Zurich at Fremd

Are you ready for some football?  The 2017 season is only a few days away! Go support our Bears as they meet the Fremd Vikings and cheer them on to a victory!

Friday, August 25
Sophomore:  Bus leaves at 3:45 p.m. / Game at 5 p.m.
Varsity:  Bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. / Game at 7:30 p.m.

After game at Scoreboard Bar & Grill:  Please join the parents and fans at Scoreboard Bar & Grill (84 N. Old Rand Road) after the game for food, drink and socializing.

Saturday, August 26
Freshman A:  Bus leaves at 7:45 a.m. / Game at 9 a.m. @ Fremd

Directions (from LZHS): LINK


Note from coach Mertens

Soph/Varsity Parents,

Hard to believe we have a game in one week! Have a busy day tomorrow. Here’s our schedule for Friday:
3:00-4pm – Positive Coaching Alliance workshop w/players & coaches in PAC
4:30-5:30pm – Pre-season meeting & decal ceremony w/parents in PAC­­
5:30-5:45 – Sandwiches provided to soph/varsity players
6:30-7pm – Freshman Blue/White (freshmen will have practice time in the stadium before actual intrasquad begins at 6:30pm)
Freshman team fed at concession
6:00 – 6:50pm – Varsity practice on back grass fields
7pm-7:10pm – WHOLE PROGRAM picture in stadium. This may be tough to organize, but we’re going to give it a try.
7:15-7:40pm – Soph/Varsity (intermixed) Blue vs. White
7:40pm-8pm – SPECIAL TEAMS (soph vs. varsity)
8pm-8:30pm – Program Social (parents welcome to come down to field to talk with players/coaches & grab a hot dog at concession)

We have practice on Saturday morning (7:45am-10am).

We also have our Senior Mother-Son on Saturday (11am-1pm) in the cafeteria. If you’re a senior mom who hasn’t RSVP’d yet, here’s the link to the evite:

Finally, starting next Monday, all practices will be “after school” times (3:30pm-6pm) b/c although the students don’t begin until Wednesday, teachers start tomorrow L.



Luke Mertens