GCHS Mourns Loss of Former Basketball Star

Alex Scarbro, a 2011 graduate of Grayslake Central High School who was also a star basketball player, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24.

The GCHS community is mourning the loss of 2011 graduate Alex Scarbro, who died Saturday, Nov. 24.

"The entire Grayslake Community High School District 127 school community extends our love, support and prayers to the Scarbro family," said Supt. Catherine Finger.

"Alex was a gift to all who knew her and her loss is deeply felt. Staff members will be available throughout the week and beyond for support and grief counseling. Students are encouraged to seek out their counselor, dean or building administrator for assistance and support as school resumes tomorrow."

Scarbro was a standout player on the 2010-11 GCHS girls' basketball team. She continued her basketball career while attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

On Twitter, Scarbro is being remembered by those who knew her from GCHS:

"Life's too short. To see someone I went to school with pass away makes you realize that. She was so young."

"You you were such a great person, a happy human being, a great athlete. I am speechless."

"My prayers go out to the Scarbro family, you were an amazing basketball player and a great opponent. Play your heart out up there."

Star athlete

According to Grayslake District 127, while playing basketball at GCHS, Scarbro averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, which helped lead the Rams to a 28-4 record, a school record 22 game-winning streak, and a Sectional Championship.

Scarbro had also been named to the Fox Valley All-Conference team and to the Daily Herald Lake County all-area team. After high school, Scarbro joined the Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks basketball team. She was #32.

Scarbro's basketball profile on the Warhawks Website states her favorite class was math, her favorite quote was "Livestrong," and her favorite high school athletics memory was "winning sectionals."

If she could bring three things from Grayslake to Whitewater, Scarbro said it would be "my 2 best friends, Tastee freeze, Fred’s diner."


"You will live forever in our memories and hearts," stated a memorial page created for Scarbro, who turned 20 on Oct. 15.

Other condolences on the memorial page stated:

"I remember when you practically lived at our house. You were a lovely, funny and polite girl who will be missed! RIP Alex!"

"A beautiful young lady who will be missed by so many."

"You were a nice and cool person and you were good friends with a lot of my family."

"I can't believe this is all real. You just posted a picture on Instagram! Well we will meet again Alex! Sleep pretty and rest in peace!"

Please share your memories of Alex Scarbro in the comments.

Yvonne DeLongchamp November 25, 2012 at 09:52 PM
What a wonderful spirit. You will be missed. I will treasure your playful smile always.
christina vlahos November 25, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Loved by so many. Your beautiful smile I will forever remember
Bill Pemstein November 25, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Alex was terrific. Not only as a basketball player. I talked to her many times during Central's great run a few years back. This is so sad.
kelsi leith November 25, 2012 at 10:54 PM
you are in good hands, matty p will take care of you...i asked him to. <3 kelsi
Drew November 26, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Emma and I are devastated by the news of Alex's passing. We loved her so much and shared that bond of basketball as we'd see each other at AAU events over the years. We last were together at the IBCA high school girls basketball all-star game at Illinois Wesleyan. We thought of Alex yesterday and today while there (DePauw was in a 2 day tourney there). She played so well in that all-star game. Our hearts are broken. We pray for Alex as she receives eternal life in heaven. Drew and Emma Ondik
Angela Sykora (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Editor's Note: Thank you all for sharing. I have also put together a photo album of Patch sports photos taken of Alex and her team on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/GrayslakeILPatch From our Patch homepage, you can do a search of Alex and see how many times she appeared in Patch sports stories for her athletic accomplishments.
Jessi M November 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
alex made a huge impact on my life. she was one of the few people there for me when i lost my dad and was going through the battle of an eating disorder that almost took my life. evertime i saw her in the hallway she would either scream my name or hug me til i couldnt breathe. sitting in the hallway at our lockers talking in the morning let me realize how real and fun she was to be around. my daddy and grandpa will take care of her up there. i know it. just seeing her tuesday, im still in shock that shes gone.. we just have to remember, she may not be there, but shes always with us. we just have to look up.
Bryan November 26, 2012 at 09:16 PM
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR BEST MEMORIES OF ALEX ON THIS WEBSITE. I WANT TO GIVE IT TO HER FAMILY TO LET THEM KNOW HOW SPECIAL ALEX WAS HER FRIENDS LIVES... #NeverForget 11-24-12</3#* *Big Thanks To The Grayslake Patch For Recognizing this Site* http://alex.last-memories.com/
Liz Vlahos November 27, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Alex left an imprint on so many hearts , she was very loved and admired . Her smile and spirit just lit up a room. I have so many fun memories of the times she spent at our house. She will be missed greatly. If only she realized that she was 'larger than life'! RIP Alex...
tina January 23, 2013 at 05:08 AM
How did sweet soul die?
tina January 23, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Poor girl this is all so tragic!!!! Especially with Joey now :( I must know how did Miss Alex pass?
tina January 23, 2013 at 05:10 AM
How did Alex pass? We had a mutual friend pass away and I am interested on how she passed also
tina January 23, 2013 at 05:35 AM
was she murdered?
tina January 23, 2013 at 05:36 AM
smiley face killer?
tina January 23, 2013 at 05:52 AM
did she kill herself? :((((
LeAndra Knight January 28, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Love you bbygirl rest in paradise!! Your family & friends will forever love you. Stay beautiful.


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