In order to participate in any sport at Mead, students MUST have a physical on file with the nurse before try-outs. 

Sports Physical Form

Sports Physical Form – Spanish Version

Sports Permission-Concussion Form For All D54 Sports
Junior high sports schedules, scores and standings can be found on the District 54 Junior High Sports Website



Early Fall Sports

Cross Country

Cross Country is a sport offered to both 7th and 8thgrade boys and girls during the fall of each school year.  Four days a week the athletes come to practice to run various distances throughout the neighborhood as well as on school grounds.  The teams compete against the four other District 54 teams at least two times in a season both home and away.  At the end of the season, the Conference Championships are held at Hoover Elementary School.  The top ten runners from each grade level and gender are deemed All-Conference runners and receive medals at an awards ceremony.  The winning teams from each gender and grade level also receive a plaque to be displayed in their school’s trophy case. Cross Country is a great sport to get involved in at any level. All the coaches are dedicated to running, fitness, and providing everyone with a positive experience.  Practices are held generally on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with meets dispersed as evenly as   possible throughout the season.
Natalie Amos, 847.357.6030
Tara Horvath, 847.357.6049
Patrick Clark, 847.357.6010
Cross Country Information Packet

Girls Basketball

The girls’ basketball season takes place during the months of August to October.  The girls play a ten game season against the other schools in the district. The season culminates with the District 54 Tournament. Go Lady Mustangs!
7th Grade- Megan Tamulis, 847.357.6025
8th Grade- Benson Bautista, 847.357.6078
Girls Basketball Information Sheet



Late Fall Sports

Boys Basketball

7th and 8th grade boys basketball will begin in the middle of October and run through the middle of December. Any student interested in trying out must have a physical on file with the school nurse and must turn in a signed parent permission form. Each team consists of 12-15 players, with Mr. Bautista coaching the 8th graders and Mr. Amos coaching the 7th graders. The season consists of 10 games, and an end of the year tournament. Practices are every day after school, with the exception of game days.
7th Grade- Jason Mennella, 847.357.6063
8th Grade- Benson Bautista, 847.357.6078


Mead Cheerleading is opened to both 7th and 8th grade students.  The team consists of about 30 cheerleaders.  They cheer for the Boys Basketball Teams and perform at assemblies.   Anyone interested in trying out for cheerleading must attend all practices and games throughout the season. There is a cheerleading clinic to learn the try-out routines, followed by try-outs the next day.
Gina Falato, 847.357.6058
Jocelyn Lancaster, 847.357.6055


Mead Poms is open to both 7th and 8th grade dancers. The team will consist of about 20 dancers who will perform at the boys’ home basketball games and a school-wide assembly. Toward the end of October, there will be a Poms clinic to learn the try-out routine, followed by tryouts the next day.
Tara Ernd, 847.357.6039
Christina Pirsch, 847.357.6038
Poms Information Packet


Winter Sports

Girls Volleyball

The volleyball season takes place during the months of January and February where the students will play an eleven game season. The season ends with a tournament at the end February. Tryouts will happen the week after winter break. Roughly twelve students will make each of the 7th and 8th grade teams respectively. There will be a pre-tryout meeting at the end of November. Go Mustangs!!!
7th Grade- Katie Haney, 847.357.6065
8th Grade- Brian Donlan, 847.357.6064

Girls Volleyball Informational Packet


Wrestling at Mead is a no-cut sport that starts the first day back to school in January and goes until late February.  Practices are held after school from 2:15 till 4:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Practices are also held on some Wednesdays throughout the season from 3:30-5:00. Throughout the season, there are 10 meets, including 1 junior varsity, and 1 varsity conference tournament.  At Mead we strive to have as many students as possible on our teams as to be able to field full varsity and junior varsity team.
Varsity – Kyle Loudermilk, 847.357.6035
Junior Varsity – Jason Mennella, 847.357.6063
Junior Varsity – Scott Iott, 847.357.6063
Wrestling Information Sheet



Spring Sports

Boys Volleyball

The boys volleyball season takes place during the months of March and April where the students will play a nine game season. The season ends with a tournament at the end of April. Tryouts will happen in early March.  Roughly twelve students will make each of the 7th and 8th grade teams respectively. There will be a pre-tryout meeting sometime in February. Go Mustangs!!!
7th Grade – Brian Donlan, 847.357.6063
8th Grade – Tara Ernd, 847.357.6039

Boys Volleyball Informational Packet

Track and Field

Track and Field is the most participated-in sport at Mead!  It is a no-cut sport. There are individual and team events.  Students will try-out for each of the following events: the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, relays, shot put, discus throw, triple jump, long jump and hurdles. Everyone competes during one or more events in a meet.
Jeff Amos, 847.357.6037
Kyle Loudermilk, 847.357.6035
Megan Tamulis, 847.357.6025
Patrick Clark, 847.357.6010
Gina Falato, 847.357.6058
Track and Field Informational Packet