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HS Freshmen – How to be prepared to be recruited

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: AAU, Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: |

It’s not too early too early to think about recruiting as a freshmen

September 2017

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We recently published a general overview of the recruitment process for high school athletes to college <LINK>. With the new school year upon us, we wanted to expand on that article and get a little more in depth for freshman so they would know exactly what to do and expect as you prep for your college athletic career.

As a freshman athlete, senior year seems so so far away and makes you think you have so much time to get ready to be recruited. But, one dream killer is procrastination i.e. “I’ll get to it later.” Your four years in high school will go fast, faster than you realized so take advantage of each moment and opportunity, on the field as well as off.

But if you take it year by year, you will put yourself in the best position possible to be recruited and have a leg up.

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Decisions… things to think about
One of the great things about starting to prep in your freshman year is that you have to start thinking about where you want to go. You don’t have to make those life-altering decisions right now. All you have to do is think a little personal Q&A…ask yourself:

  • “What type of school do I want to go to? Big? Small? Religious?
  • DI?
  • DII?”
  • DIII?

Get a general idea of the schools that could possibly interest you. Remember that you want a school that will provide you with a great education and an athletic opportunity which could possibly save your parents money for school. Hopefully, your school is providing you access to third-party search tools like CommonApp.

By doing this all of this now, you’re creating a list of potential schools you can see yourself at four years from now. Not only that, you’re giving your parents and guidance counselor a great direction of where to focus their energies by giving them as much info as possible for continuing the college search, setting up campus visits, and more. When the time comes to actually start applying, the list will be a lot shorter and you’ll be 100% more confident that those schools are where you want to be—and this gives you extra time to explore and add other schools, if necessary.

Research
Take your list of schools and jump onto their websites to learn more about the sport(s) you are interested in and about the sport culture in general (i.e., the team, coaches, team record, schedule, etc.). If you live around any of these schools, take some time and go watch the level of play at a match one day. Seeing what the college level is like at such an early point in the process can only make you want to learn more and be better at your sport.

Another great way to conduct research is through attending sports camps. Coaches use camps to identify potential athletes at an early age. If you can figure out what camps your favorite coaches like to attend, sign up! The more time they get to watch you play, the better they will get to know you, and the better they can imagine you on their team.

Get to know your guidance counselor
While your guidance counselor is not a recruiter, they are there to truly help guide you through this whole process; they are your best resource this early in the game (no pun intended!).

In order to become a college athlete, you need to take the appropriate high school classes and thus, get your high school diploma. Meet with your guidance counselor at some point during your freshman year and map out your next three high school years with the right classes that will keep you on track. Keeping a good relationship with your counselor will also result in a much more personal recommendation as well.

What to expect freshman year
While I can’t outline every specific recruiting rule for each division and sport (see all the individual sport/division information for the NCAA here), there are general rules that still must be followed during your freshman year.

Surprisingly, according to the NAIA Recruiting Rules, there are no restrictions for students and coaches freshman year. Specifically, their rules for coaches state: “You are permitted to contact high school students as early as you would like to in their career—freshman, sophomore, junior year—that is all perfectly permissible, and you can contact them as many times as you think is appropriate in order to recruit the student to your institution.”

The NCAA, however, is not as lax as the NAIA, as it has restrictions galore throughout the high school years. Don’t expect coaches to be calling you and making you offers right now. The most you will probably get will be some questionnaires or brochures in the mail. If you absolutely need to talk to/introduce yourself to the coach, you can call them, but they cannot return the call. It’s a little one sided at the moment, but there are rules for a reason and they need to be followed.

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I know, I know. A lot of the above doesn’t sound all that exciting. I mean, what are you doing to really get yourself recruited? You’re just starting the journey, so all you need to do this year is work on making the team, getting good grades, and start thinking about college. As you progress through each high school year, you’ll see how everything adds up.

Hey sophomores, you’re up next! Leave some questions in the comments and I’ll make sure to answer them in your next blog.

 

 

 

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2017 ASNN365 September Newsletter

Posted on September 6, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Everyone is back to school

September 2017

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This is also our “social media” edition to protect you on various topics and trends taking place nowadays.

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Ever wonder how did the national anthem become a hallmark of sporting events and when did athletes start using it as an opportunity for protest? Click to read about it.

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITION

*Just b/c people ask your opinion on emotional/hot topic, don’t have to answer

Even Colleges use “catfish” style tactics ~click here

Laremy Tunsil’s social media tomfoolery a reminder of the hefty price prospects can pay

NOTE: To all HS players on my TL, if ur tweeting profanity/inappropriate language (this includes retweets) ur not getting an offer from us.

Student-athletes need to pay attention to their social media footprints

NCAA outlaws a very specific type of subtweeting in recruiting

SOCIAL MEDIA: You may be trying to impress ur friends w/tweets but turning off college coaches who have power to offer u scholarships

 

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As school gets started remember @1001RecruitTips: #ACADEMICS: You can’t squeeze four years of requirements into 1-2 years!

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2017 IHSA Football Rankings

Posted on September 5, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who’s the top team in our coverage area?

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Here are our FINAL 2017 rankings in our coverage area…

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(records and previous rankings)

1. Lincoln-Way East 12-0 (1)

2. Loyola 12-1 (2)

3. Marist 11-1 (4)

4. Providence 8-5 (5)

5. Homewood-Flossmoor 9-2 (7)

6. Mount Carmel 9-4 (8)

7. Lemont 10-2 (9)

8. Nazareth Academy 12-2 (12)

9. Lincoln-Way Central 10-2 (10)

10. St. Ignatius 10-4 (11)

11. Benet 9-4

12. St. Lawrence 8-4

13. St. Rita 9-3

14. Hillcrest 9-3

15. Bolingbrook 7-3

16. Richards 7-3

17. Shepards 8-2

18. Crete-Monee 8-2

19. Rich Central 8-3

20. Lincoln-Way West 9-3

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2017 IHSA Week 2 Recap

Posted on September 1, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Week 2 Recap…

September 2, 2017

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Week one was so explosive, how will Week 2 be better? Hhhhmmmm…. Well, here’s where we will be this weekend…

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Friday, September 1

WARRIORS HOLD OFF CRUSADERS

Crete-Monee get a BIG win over Catholic League Blue Brother Rice, 33-25 behind the play of Josh Tomas. He scored on a pair of passes including a 50-yard bomb from Isaiah Rucker in the third. He finished the game with 7 catches for 143 yards.

“I know that I have to execute when my teammates are counting on me in key situations,” Tomas said. “(Quarterback Isaiah Rucker) and I put in a lot of time together, and I want to be that big-play guy for him.”

Quarterback Rucker finished 20 of 30 passing for 271 yards and four TDs including a wonderful connection with Tyler Mays for a 33-yard TD in the fourth that sealed their final score.

The Crusaders fought back as best they could as John Bean connected with Dylan Summers for a 77-yard TD and Bean ran in the 2-point conversion to cut the lead to 33-25 with 2:59 left. Bean finished the game going 7 of 12 passes for 134 yards and running eight times for 68 yards and a TD.

The Warriors (1-1), though, recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.

 

OLYMPIANS FALL SHORT

St. Rita continued their winning ways knocking off visiting Rich Central 44-25. Senior quarterback Jake Zylman led the way with his play calling and arm, as he threw a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for another. On the ground, Dave Gleaves added two TDs, including one rushing and one receiving for the Mustangs (2-0).

The Olympians (1-1) grabbed some momentum at the end of the first half when Sean Tyler returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Tyler finished with 63 yards on 12 carries.

But that momentum ended as the Mustangs ran off 10 straight points including Chris Childers who scored on a short run and a successful field goal. Childers ended up with 79 yards on 18 carries.

Northern Illinois-recruit, Jyran Mitchell, scored twice on the ground. He finished the game with 78 yards on the ground and completed 15 of 26 passes for 137 yards.

For more details visit the box score.

OTHER SCORES FROM FRIDAY NIGHT
Andrew 35, Bloom 13: Jack Condon ran for two TDs and threw for another to lead Andrew (1-1).

Eisenhower 51, Urban Prep-West 14: Quarterback Scotty Gardner accounted for three TDs to pace Eisenhower (2-0).

Evergreen Park 43, Longwood 6: David Torres had two TD runs and an interception for Evergreen (2-0).

Hillcrest 77, Rich South 0: Rocky Griffin threw five TD passes to guide Hillcrest (2-0).

Lincoln-Way Central 27, Lincoln-Way West 17: Matt Pollack scored on a 50-yard punt return for Central (2-0, 1-0 SWSC).

Marist 42, Mishawaka (Ind.) 15: Delonte Harrell had three TD runs and Mike Markett added three scoring passes for Marist (2-0).

Mount Carmel 56, Lane 0: Jack Bracewell passed for two TDs and ran for another to lead Mount Carmel (2-0).

Niles North 38, Leo 26: Darryl Ousley had three TD passes for Leo (1-1).

Oak Forest 43, Clemente 6: Rae Mason scored on a pair of punt returns for Oak Forest (1-1).

Oak Lawn 40, Quest 0: Nick Puente posted three scoring runs to lead Oak Lawn (2-0).

Reavis 42, Corliss 14: Matt Beach contributed four TD runs for Reavis (1-1).

St. Laurence 26, IC Catholic 23: Matthew Hamer caught a 73-yard TD pass from Devin Rembis in the fourth quarter to lift St. Laurence (1-1).

Sandburg 23, Curie 20 (OT): Jake Monnett’s third field goal of the game boosted Sandburg (1-1).

Shepard 48, Fenton 12: Rishard Blake scored on runs of 78 and 3 yards to pace Shepard (2-0).

Stagg 48, East Aurora 6: Greg Hoard ran for 181 yards and two TDs for Stagg (2-0).

T.F. North 75, Back of the Yards 34: David Starks had 191 yards rushing and four TDs to lead North (1-1).

Tinley Park 41, Rich East 8: Eli Webster’s four TDs powered Tinley (1-1).

Vianney (Mo.) 35, Providence 14: DeShon Gavin’s 62-yard TD run led Providence (0-2).

Wheaton North 27, Joliet Catholic 7: Keenan Hailey scored on a 1-yard run for JCA (1-1).

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Saturday, September 2
Kenwood 6, Thornton 54

Bremen 42, Perspectives-Leadership 30: Rashea Smith totaled 210 yards rushing and four TDs for Bremen (1-1).

Homewood-Flossmoor 43, Southern Durham (N.C.) 6: Dominick Jones threw two TD passes to Ryan Flournoy for H-F (2-0).

Lemont 28, Bartlett 13: Marcus Mathias was 13 of 16 for 318 yards and two TDs for Lemont (1-1).

South Elgin 35, Lockport 28: Austin Hoffman was on the receiving end of three TD passes from Jake Karli for Lockport (1-1).

 

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2017 BIG Ten Football Week 1 Recap

Posted on September 1, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten Week 1 Recap…

September 2, 2017

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It’s that time… BIG TEN Football time!!!!  Who snagged an opening day victory?

For the most part, the Big Ten took care of business in the opening weekend. The season kicked off Thursday night will league victories by Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin (Friday), while Rutgers came up short.

Then came Saturday…. teams like Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois, Iowa and Penn State all took care of business against lesser so-called opponents—which, I suppose, is expected in the first game of the season.

But what about Maryland? The Terrapins went into Austin and stuck it to the Texas Longhorns, 51-41. More on this below, so let’s go around the league….

 

7  17

49  21

In front of a jammed packed crowd (Attendance: 52,929) at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, the Hoosier put up a good, solid fight against the nations number 2 team, Buckeyes, but came up short, 49-21.

The hometeam jumped out on top and held the lead until the second half and freshmen, J.K. Dobbins, stepped up on his debut, finishing the contest breaking a 15-year-old school rushing record with 181 yards on 29 carries. Quarterback, J.T. Barrett tossed three touchdown passes in the victory.

”I’m probably the only good thing going on in my town right now, so I just thought of it as bringing my city up,” Dobbins said after spending the past week watching the flooding in the Houston area. ”That’s why I came out and played hard like that.”

The Hoosiers were led by R. Lagow, who finished the game with 40 of 65 with 410 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Really nothing to hold his head down about. The biggest problem was rushing, where the Hoosiers had 27 carries for 17 yards. Receiver Simmi Cobbs Jr. had a career-high 11 catches for 149 yards and one TD. Luke Timian had 10 receptions for 72 yards.

Coach Meyer is 16-0 all-time in season openers. The Buckeyes finished with 596 total yards, 292 on the ground, and forced three turnovers. Campbell had six catches for 136 yards.

OTHER GAME HIGHLIGHTS – CORSO HOISTED

ESPN broadcaster Lee Corso got a lift, literally, from his former players after receiving Indiana’s Bill Orwig Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the university by a non-alum.

After a video played and he was presented with a plaque, the players gathered round and hoisted him on their shoulders. Corso coached the Hoosiers from 1973-82 and led the Hoosiers to their first bowl win – 38-37 over No. 9 Brigham Young in the 1979 Holiday Bowl. He was inducted into school’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Heads home Sept. 9 for an even tougher match-up against No. 7 Oklahoma.

Indiana: Travels to Virginia on Sept. 9.

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30   14 (final)

10  59 (final)

 

21 24 (FINAL)

This game was a lot closer than it should have been but was pure, old school grunt football as hometeam, Illini, held off Ball State with a 24-21 win. Illini were up at halftime and blew a nine-point halftime lead and wasted several scoring opportunities down the stretch and the visitors capitalized on it with a pair of strong showing third-quarter touchdowns to take the lead. True freshman tailback Mike Epstein found the end zone with just over two minutes left in the game and that was enough to give Illinois the win.

Illini quarterback Chayce Crouch threw for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

“We got a lot of young guys out on the field today,” Crouch said. “I think some of our inexperience showed at times. But they’ll learn from it.”

Wide receiver Mikey Dudek was one of the country’s top freshman wideouts in 2014 and made his much-anticipated Illini return on Saturday and hauled in two passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.

In the end as time was expiring, the Cardinals were attempting a 54-yard field goal by Morgan Hagee to send the game in the overtime, but Jamal Milan was able to get up blocked the kick with his right arm.

“I actually saw it and I heard it,” Milan said. “It was pretty low. At first I couldn’t believe that I hit it. But at the same time, I could feel it. It was as loud as it can be.”

The Illini offense could only manage 216 yards on the day. They know they have to do a lot better than that in order to be competitive in the league.

Up next for Illini, they will host Western Kentucky; Ball State will play UAB.

3  24 (FINAL)

1035 (FINAL)

0  52 (final)

51 41 (FINAL)

This game was straight out of arcade game… like vintage techmo bowl stuff!

Tom Herman’s debut did not go as planned for the Longhorn faithful as D.J. Durkin’s Terrapins put up half a hundred on a hapless Texas defense. Terps’ quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome ran and threw all over the Horns and Maryland was able to hold onto the lead despite losing the sophomore in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.

It’s difficult to describe exactly how bad the Longhorn defense looked after it took an interception to the house on the third play of the game. The Maryland offense pretty much did whatever it wanted in Austin.

The rushing attack averaged over six yards per carry and scored four times. Tailback Ty Johnson recorded 132 yards and a score on just 12 carries while Pigrome added 64 yards and a score of his own. After the Pigrome injury, true freshman quarterback Kasim Hill completed all three of his passes for 44 yards while adding 14 yards and a score on the ground.

The game literally ended with Texas fans taking out their frustrations by throwing debris onto the field. Not good, Tom.

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33 17

Florida basically suspended half of its team leading up to the opener against Michigan, and it was pretty obvious the Gators were missing something on Saturday. Truth be told, the offense has been missing something for years now, but the defense didn’t look like its usual self.

The Wolverines new uniforms were something to behold right? MAybe the uni’s gave them needed motivation especailly on D. The Gator offense put up just 192 yards, turned the ball over three times, and failed to find the end zone. Both of Florida’s touchdowns came on interception returns.

Wilton Speight finished the game completing 11 of 25 passes for 181 yards with one score and the two interceptions. The ground game got it done, though, tallying 215 yards and a touchdown. Surprisingly it was Ty Isaac – not Chris Evans – who led the way in the backfield. Isaac averaged over 10 yards per carry and totaled 114 yards on the day. Evans managed just 78 yards on 22 carries.

 

35 28

The Boilermakers nearly pulled off a major upset in Jeff Brohm’s debut as new head coach. Reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson put up some big-time numbers, but the Purdue defense prevented Louisville from firing on all cylinders.

Jackson totaled 485 yards of total offense and threw for a pair of touchdowns, but the Boilermakers forced three turnovers and limited the Louisville running game outside of its quarterback. Junior wideout Jaylen Smith had a big night with eight receptions for 117 yards.

Purdue split its snaps between two quarterbacks. Last season’s starter – junior David Blough – threw for 175 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Sophomore Elijah Sindelar added 118 yards, two scores, and an interception of his own. The running game never really got going as they rushed for just 51 yards on 21 carries. Jackson Anthrop caught seven passes for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Good showing Boilermakers!

36  43

Not a bad start for the Big Ten as the Maryland and Michigan victories were both big in terms of national perception (if you’re into that sort of thing), but the former was certainly the most surprising outcome of the weekend. Purdue looks like it may be on the right track under Jeff Brohm, and Rutgers wasn’t nearly as putrid as the world was expecting.

All in all, the Big Ten East continues to look like one of the best divisions in the country. From top to bottom—Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State (oh, and Rutgers)—each team is capable of making games extremely competitive.

This will be a fun season to follow.

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2017 Illinois vs Ball State

Posted on August 30, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , |

Illini host MAC’s Ball State in opener

September 1, 2017

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Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time:12:00 pm ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
Network: BTN

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Illinois, there’s no reason to not start out hot. Or is there? Time for week one actions….

Illinois is (1-0) all-time against the Ball State Cardinals. There last (and only) meeting was in 2007, Illinois won 28-17 at Memorial Stadium. Ball State is (3-36-1) against teams in the Big Ten. All three wins have come against the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington -or- Indianapolis.

Not to start the season being over confident about the Illini or to appear condescending, but we all know there’s still work to be done on an inconsistent offense from last season, and the defense that needs fine tuning.

This week, Mike Neu’s Ball State Cardinals will travel to Champaign to open their season with the Fighting Illini. The MAC West’s worst team a year ago, Ball State comes into the 2017 campaign after posting a 4-8 record last season. While that’s not anything to brag about, it should be noted that 4 of the 8 losses the Cardinals had were by 7 points or less (2 were by 3 points or less).

The Ball State offense creates big holes to roll through, and that’s not a plus for an Illinois defense needing to overcome the loss of all four starters up front. They can flat out run the football and having a quarterback as mobile as Riley Neal makes that an easier feat to overcome. Neal was the third best rushing QB in the MAC, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, totaling 543 yards, and scoring 8 touchdowns. In the backfield is James Gilbert, who ran for 1332 yards (3rd in MAC) averaging 5.3 yards per carry (8th in MAC) and 12 touchdowns (T1st in MAC) in 2016. If there’s one thing that Illinois needs to defend against on Saturday, it’s the run.

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On contrast, Illinois did not defend against the run well last season. Ranked 103rd in the nation in average rushing yards surrendered (219.2 yds/g), Ball State’s experienced rushing attack will cause some problems for the Illini on Saturday. The good news though, is that Illinois has a new JUCO transfer starting at linebacker in Del’Shawn Phillips. We will see how Hardy Nickerson will have his defense prepared to handle the Cardinal run-game…

In short, the Illini must win this opener against Ball State but as we know, it will not be easy. The Cardinals will be a tough competitor who will not lay down and surrender. With Western Kentucky and a trip to South Florida up next, nothing is given to this Illini team and they must show up and play four quarters.

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2017 BIG Ten Week 1

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BIG Ten Week 1 Kickoff…

September 1, 2017

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It’s that time… BIG TEN Football time!!!!  Who will snag an opening day victory?

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 Big game going on in Arlington, Texas as Michigan takes on Florida (Arlington, Texas). Coming into this game Wolverines have won all three match-ups, including a 41-7 victory in the last encounter in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl after the 2015 season—Harbaugh’s first at Michigan.

 Then there’s Akron vs. Penn State… aka Best head coach match-up

 A BIG TEN early contest features a clash of coordinators featuring Indiana vs Ohio State.

 Purdue host Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium. In this game, be sure to keep an eye out for David Blough, who injured his shoulder early in camp but is said to be okay, and early Heisman favorite, Lamar Jackson.

 

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Other notable contest….
Buffalo at Minnesota (Thursday)
Washington at Rutgers (Friday)
Utah State at Wisconsin (Friday)
Ball State at Illinois*
Wyoming at Iowa
Maryland at Texas
Nevada at Northwestern
Bowling Green at Michigan State
Arkansas State at Nebraska
Akron at Penn State

* we will be LIVE at this game.

WEEK 1 NOTES PROVIDED BY THE BIG TEN
 Few schools have a more daunting opener than Maryland, which plays at Texas. Yes, the Longhorns have struggled in recent years, going 16-21 the last three seasons and missing the postseason each of the last two years. But the Longhorns have a new coach in former Ohio State OC Tom Herman, who went 22-4 the last two years at Houston. And UT always has talent … lots of talent. The Terps are 0-3 all-time vs. Texas, last playing in 1978 in the Sun Bowl. Maryland last was in Austin in 1959. Interesting fact: The Terrapins have been shutout in each of their three meetings vs. UT, losing by a combined 102-0.

 Like Maryland, Rutgers also faces a big task in Week 1 with Washington coming to Piscataway for a Friday night affair. The Scarlet Knights got an up-close look at the Huskies last year, losing 48-13 in Seattle as U-Dub went on to earn a playoff bid. Chris Petersen will have another good team in 2017 led by Heisman contending QB Jake Browning.

Purdue will travel south on I-65 while Louisville will travel north on I-65 and they will meet in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Good storylines here. It’s the debut of new Boiler coach and Louisville native son Jeff Brohm, who was a former star U of L signal-caller who also once was an assistant to Cardinal coach Bobby Petrino.

 Speaking of debuts, P.J. Fleck will make his at Minnesota vs. Buffalo on Thursday. The hype and mojo around Fleck’s start has been building for months. Get out your oar and row along as the Gophers take on Buffalo. The Bulls are coached by Lance Leipold, who won six Division III national titles at Wisconsin-Whitewater before landing the Buffalo job in 2015.

The opening week also includes a rare Big Ten contest, as Ohio State visits Indiana on Thursday night. The Buckeyes have dominated this series. Indiana went 2-1-1 vs. the Buckeyes from 1987-90, including a victory in Columbus in 1987. Since then, the Hoosiers have lost 22 in a row to the Buckeyes. This is a big bite for new IU coach Tom Allen in his first game as head coach in Bloomington. This will mark the first time in 41 years that Ohio State will open against a Big Ten foe (1976 vs. Michigan State) and it will be the first time in 42 years the Buckeyes will open on the road vs. a Big Ten opponent (1975 vs. Michigan State).

 

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2017 BIG Ten Forecast

Posted on August 28, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What’s in store for the BIG TEN?

August 2017

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A year ago at this time, 32 out of 39 Big Ten Conference media members in a Cleveland.com poll predicted that Iowa would win the league’s West Division. Hhhhm…. wonder how they feel about that now?

Then in the East Division, 31 of 39 picked Ohio State to rule the roost. Whoops!

Well, here comes our predictions. So if we misfire with our world-famous pick of Ohio State over Minnesota in the championship, don’t laugh (until December 3).

In all seriousness, Wisconsin is the odds-on favorite to beat out the likes of Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern and Minnesota. Now in the East, I’m hesitating to go against conventional wisdom and beloved Buckeyes. There’s some left over for Penn State, last year’s surprising league champion that brings just about everyone back. In the end, when all of the smoke clears, I’m going with the BIG Blue… as they will snap a five-game losing streak in the Ohio State series, winning an East tiebreaker for a berth in the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis.

By the end of the season, the inexperienced Wolverines should be peaking. And they’ll win a rematch of their Nov. 18 game against Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium and represent the Big Ten in the College Football Playoff.

EAST DIVISION
1. Michigan
2. Ohio State
3. Penn State
4. Indiana
5. Michigan State
6. Maryland
7. Rutgers

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WEST DIVISION
1. Wisconsin
2. Northwestern
3. Iowa
4. Minnesota
5. Nebraska
6. Purdue
7. Illinois

Should be a fun, entertaining season…. we are only a few hours away from kickoff BIG TEN style… Who do you have winning it all?

 

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2017 IHSA Football Week 1 Recap

Posted on August 28, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Week 1 Recap…

August 26, 2017

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What a solid weekend of high school football and we were on the sidelines for many excellent games….

 

Olympians have a strong showing…

OLYMPIA FIELDS: After a slow start, the Rich Central got things going and never let up as they defeated Thornwood 38-0.

First quarter of the game was full of jitters as both teams turnover the ball and couldn’t get started. The Olympians scored on a 22 yard run by junior tailback Michael Joshua. Joshua would score again late in the fourth quarter.

On the night, it was senior Jyran Mitchell, Northern Illinois-recruit, who guided the ship for the Olympians. Mr. Mitchell scored on three separate occasions: 58 yard run; 42 yard pass to Dionlashon Washington; and a 61 yard run late in the third quarter.

Rich Central dominated not only the scoreboard but all of the positive statistics in the contest including 483 total offense to 166.

Sean Tyler also reached the endzone on a 5 yard run in the third quarter.

A bright spot for Thornwood was the play of Peerless Jackson, 13 for 39; and Christian Simmon 6 for 8 for 73

To view the boxscore and additional videos, click here.

Up next for Rich Central will be a repeat battle against St. Rita next Friday night in Chicago.

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2017 Battle of Pulaski goes to….

CHICAGO: In this years edition of the Battle of Pulaski, Marist came out on top 23-14 behind the strong defense of the RedHawks and defensive lineman Gavin McCabe. He finished with ten tackles, four for a loss.

Each of those big plays were especially key since the RedHawks were suffering through a strange mass-cramping incident.

In the third quarter there were at least eight players getting cramps worked out on the Marist sideline.

“It was crazy,” McCabe said. “I drank about seven coconut waters, that’s what the tell us to do. And I started cramping up at the end. At one point I think we had three of our starting wide receivers out. That’s something we are going to have to check out and make sure it doesn’t happen next week.”

Marist sealed the win by tackling Brother Rice quarterback Evan Sullivan for a safety with 4:50 left in the game. Linebacker Colin Bohanek, a sophomore, made the tackle. McCabe and Danny Meehan helped provide the pressure.

Offensively, Marist junior Billy Skalitzky sprinted down the field for 66 yards score which game them the lead. On the very next possession the Crusaders fumbled the snap punting and Kendric Nowling fell on the ball for the touchdown, 14-0 in the first quarter.

The Marist backfield was surely a bright spot as Delonte Harrell had 16 carries for 53 yards, and Jadon Thompson caught four passes for 64 yards. Quarterback Mike Markett finished 9 for 18 passing for 91 yards.

“[This win] is so much bigger than just our team,” McCabe said. It’s for every Marist RedHawk that has played Brother Rice. It’s really special.”

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Griffins topped the Warriors

FRANKFORT: Lincoln-Way East traveled well and was prepared on Friday night as the knocked off the hometeam Warriors, 27-7.

Brendan Morrissey put on a offensive show, passing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more in the victory.

“I woke up a few times during the night,” Morrissey said. “I was nervous. After the first play, I settled in.”

East rushed for 258 yards. Sophomore A.J. Henning showed flashes of being a dominant running back, picking up 75 yards on six carries. Ryan Scianna added 33 yards on the ground.

On the other side of the ball, the Warriors quarterback Isaiah Rucker did the best he could. He finished the game going 20 of 43 passes for 275 yards, including a 48-yard TD pass to Joshua Tomas.

But East’s defensive line, led by Northwestern recruit Devin O’Rourke, Dylan Shelton, Ben Ravetto and Jaden Hacha, applied consistent pressure including sacks by O’Rourke and Hacha.

St. Rita wins at Soldier Field

CHICAGO: Chris Childers made his debut as St. Rita’s No. 1 running back an impressive one Friday in the Mustangs’ 49-21 victory over St. Patrick at Soldier Field.

The 6-foot, 200-pound senior rushed 17 times for 89 yards and three touchdowns. The scores were from 1, 2 and 2 yards out.
“I worked really hard in the offseason,” Childers said. “But it was all about during the summer going out to the field with the team and getting extra work in. We all really prepared for this.

“I felt great. It’s always good to get back out there. Me and the team were really excited for this. I knew we were going to perform very well.”

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Michigan City (Ind.) 21
H-F (1-0): Justin Hall 4 18 carries, 214 yards, 4 TDs.

Joliet Catholic 34, Geneva 27
JCA (1-0): Ke’Von Johnson 3 TDs, including 64-yard run.

Lincoln-Way Central 41, Lake Central (Ind.) 0
L-Way Central (1-0): Matt Pollack 114 yards rushing, 3 TDs.

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2017 AP IHSA Football Poll

Posted on August 24, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

First State-wide Preseason Ranking via Associated Press

August 2017

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This list makes it official that high school football is right around the corner.

NOTE: Schools noted in BOLD and BLUE are in our coverage area…. CONGRATULATIONS!

Class 8A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Maine South (11) 0-0 127
2. Loyola (2) 0-0 107
3. Waubonsie Valley 0-0 86
4. Lincoln-Way East 0-0 80
5. Lyons 0-0 55
6. Homewood-Flossmoor 0-0 53
7. Palatine 0-0 38
8. Marist 0-0 37
(tie)Edwardsville 0-0 37
10. Naperville Central 0-0 24

Others receiving votes: Huntley 17, Brother Rice 13, Hinsdale Central 10, St. Charles East 10, New Trier 9, Oswego 6, Naperville North 2, Barrington 2, Aurora West 1, Naperville Neuqua Valley 1.

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Class 7A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Glenbard West (7) 0-0 130
2. East St. Louis (7) 0-0 123
3. Lake Zurich 0-0 93
4. Mount Carmel 0-0 79
5. Benet 0-0 67
6. Normal Community 0-0 48
7. St. Rita 0-0 41
8. Fenwick 0-0 38
9. Glenbard North 0-0 29
10. Jacobs 0-0 28

Others receiving votes: Bradley-Bourbonnais 16, Plainfield North 13, Batavia 12, Simeon 11, Rolling Meadows 10, St. Charles North 6, Pekin 5, Rockford Auburn 5, Libertyville 4, Glenbrook North 3, Hoffman Estates 3, Wheaton Warrenville South 3, Belleville West 1, Geneva 1, Prospect 1.

Class 6A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Prairie Ridge (10) 0-0 134
2. Sacred Heart-Griffin 0-0 111
3. Peoria High (4) 0-0 105
4. Cary-Grove 0-0 90
5. Montini 0-0 80
6. Lemont 0-0 45
7. DeKalb 0-0 31
8. Quincy 0-0 29
9. Danville 0-0 23
10. Rock Island 0-0 22
(tie)Nazareth 0-0 22

Others receiving votes: Providence 13, Lake Forest 12, St. Laurence 11, Crete-Monee 10, Normal West 7, Rockford Boylan 7, Oak Lawn Richards 6, Grayslake North 5, Vernon Hills 5, Crystal Lake South 1, Riverside-Brookfield 1.

Class 5A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Phillips (11) 0-0 123
2. Washington (1) 0-0 101
3. Sterling 0-0 91
4. Highland 0-0 54
5. Centralia 0-0 52
6. Rochelle 0-0 48
7. Sycamore (1) 0-0 47
(tie)Metamora 0-0 47
9. Woodstock Marian 0-0 39
10. Dunlap 0-0 31

Others receiving votes: Mahomet-Seymour 19, Peoria Notre Dame 15, Antioch 14, Joliet Catholic 8, Solorio 8, Marion 5, Rich Central 3, Normal University 2, Hillcrest 2, Cahokia 2, Woodstock North 2, Glenbard South 1, Decatur MacArthur 1.

Class 4A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Rochester (11) 0-0 137
2. Belleville Althoff (2) 0-0 111
3. Herscher (1) 0-0 96
4. Canton 0-0 78
5. Johnsburg 0-0 60
6. Morris 0-0 45
7. Dixon 0-0 40
8. Columbia 0-0 38
9. Effingham 0-0 33
10. Taylorville 0-0 29

Others receiving votes: Genoa-Kingston 24, Breese Mater Dei 22, Geneseo 16, Richmond-Burton 13, Rockford Lutheran 9, Mt. Zion 9, Manteno 4, Coal City 3, Herrin 2, Quincy Notre Dame 1.

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Class 3A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. IC Catholic (13) 0-0 136
2. Tolono Unity 0-0 104
3. Monticello 0-0 80
4. Byron (1) 0-0 76
5. Carlinville 0-0 73
6. Bloomington Central Catholic 0-0 64
7. Williamsville 0-0 54
8. North-Mac 0-0 34
9. Vandalia 0-0 30
10. Wilmington 0-0 22

Others receiving votes: Decatur St. Teresa 21, Elmwood-Brimfield 15, Mt. Carmel 13, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 11, Newton 9, Bishop McNamara 4, Champaign St. Thomas More 4, St. Joseph-Ogden 4, Breese Central 4, Marshall 4, Greenville 3, St. Bede 3, Beardstown 2.

Class 2A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Maroa-Forsyth (4) 0-0 108
2. Sterling Newman (5) 0-0 104
3. Downs Tri-Valley 0-0 93
4. Deer Creek-Mackinaw (4) 0-0 89
5. Bismarck-Henning 0-0 60
6. Annawan Wethersfield 0-0 43
7. Hamilton West Hancock 0-0 42
8. Farmington 0-0 37
9. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 0-0 34
10. Westville 0-0 26

Others receiving votes: Mercer County 20, Momence 17, Rockridge 11, Hope Academy 9, Aurora Christian 5, Eldorado 4, Pana 4, Illini West 3, Red Bud 2, Orion 2, Auburn 2.

Class 1A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Forreston (12) 0-0 120
2. Tuscola 0-0 105
3. Lena-Winslow 0-0 61
4. Fulton 0-0 52
5. Eastland-Pearl City 0-0 47
6. Mt. Sterling (Brown County) 0-0 45
7. Ottawa Marquette 0-0 33
8. Athens 0-0 26
(tie)Stark County 0-0 26
10. Arcola 0-0 24

Others receiving votes: Camp Point Central 23, Aquin 21, LeRoy 14, Shelbyville 13, Hardin (Calhoun) 13, Dakota 9, Warrensburg-Latham 7, Carrollton 7, Kirkland Hiawatha 7, Stockton 2, Greenfield-Northwestern 2, Sidell (Jamaica)-Salt Fork 2, Fithian Oakwood 1.

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