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By Patrick Z. McGavin

More on the Norwegian exchange student elevating Young

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Yesterday, we wrote about Bendik Krogh, a sophomore foreign exchange student from Lillehammer, Norway after he scored two goals to power the Dolphins past Amundsen 3-1.

Here's some more about him.

"I've been here for [26] days," he said. "I was part of this exchange program and they pick a family. One of the host sisters in my family goes to Young, and that's how I wound up there."

Young coach Ian McCarthy had no idea of his dynamic new addition. "He came the third day of try outs and we got him eligible a little over a week later," McCarthy said. The left-footed Krogh, who's lanky and lithe, has scored four goals in the Dolphins' first six games. Young is 3-3 in those games.

I asked him how the style of play in America compares with that in Norway. "You have a lot of different sports that are different from soccer," he explained. "We have a different mentality. I'm very impressed with the skill level you have here.

"I didn't think it would be this good."

Emerging stars

Krogh immediately joins a class that appears deep and talented. Robbie White, a sophomore keeper at Glenbard West, has yet to allow a goal this year, opening the season with four shut outs for the talented Hilltoppers.

Calum Bishop, a tall, talented forward, powered Lake Forest Academy to the championship of the Evanston Invitational last week. He scored a goal and recorded an assist as the Caxys defeated Glenbrook North 2-0. He also scored in the team's 5-0 victory over Payton and 4-2 defeat of Evanston.

Neuqua Valley is experiencing a transition year, adjusting to a new coach, but Ryan Ross continues to impress. Antioch's Iven Hernandez is also proving himself an elite player.

Steve James new film

At the end of the girls' season last spring, we wrote about the alarmingly high rate of concussions experienced by young women. Using data from a decade long study, the article pointed out girls' soccer has the second highest rate of concussion incidents after football.

The great filmmaker Steve James, who made the landmark Chicago high school basketball documentary, "Hoop Dreams," and last year's sobering study of urban violence, "The Interrupters," premieres his new sports-themed film, "Head Games," this month.

Drawn in part from the same titled book by former Harvard football player Christopher Nowinski, James' new film explores the personal, social and medical consequences of head injuries and its impact on amateur and professional contact sports.

The film opens Friday, Sept. 28, at the Gene Siskel Film Center. James is scheduled to attend the Sept. 28th screening at 8 p.m. and the Sunday, Sept. 30th screening at 5:15.

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