2017-2018 Girls Illinois Players We Watched

Posted on March 27, 2018. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2017-2018 Girls Illinois Players We Watched

March 21, 2018

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First Team

Abby Callahan, Marist, junior, forward: She averaged 11.2 points and a team-leading 7.1 rebounds including eight double-doubles.

Taylor Gugliuzza, Lincoln-Way West, sophomore, guard: Already exceeded 1,000 career points, she scored in double figures every game this season. Averaged 21.6 points, with 78 3-pointers.

Tara O’Malley, Mother McAuley, senior, guard: She averaged 14.2 points despite playing one of the toughest schedules and shot 90 percent from the free-throw line.

Chatori Tyler, Argo, senior, forward: She is the all-time scoring leader for the Argonauts, where she averaged 20.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Right now she is weighing her options to attend Virginia Union, Roosevelt, Kentucky State, St. Francis and Paul Quinn in the Fall.

Carolyn Waleski, Lincoln-Way East, senior, guard: She averaged 12 points, 4.1 steals and 5.2 rebounds and help the team break a school record with 28 victories. Will be a preferred walk-on at Illinois.

 

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Second Team
Jenna Badali, Mother McAuley, sophomore, guard

Aireal Dickson, Homewood-Flossmoor, senior, guard

Tadriana Heard, Argo, junior, guard

Lauren Hunter, Lincoln-Way East, senior, forward

Shannan Mitchell, Marian Catholic, junior, forward

Third Team

Trinity Duckworth, Hillcrest, sophomore, guard

Kacey Gardner, Evergreen Park, senior, guard

Shamarre Hale, Crete-Monee, senior, center

Isis Rodriguez, Morgan Park Academy, senior, guard

Tanea White, Bloom, senior, guard

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Honorable Mention

Sydney Affolter, Marist, freshman, forward; Abi Baumgartner, Lincoln-Way Central, junior, forward; Ally Corcoran, Marist, senior, guard; Isis Fitch, Andrew, sophomore, center; Arianna Garry-Bell, Homewood-Flossmoor, senior, guard; Tara Hastings, Lincoln-Way West, junior, guard; Taylor Hopkins, Lockport, senior, guard; Lydia Howard, Oak Forest, senior, guard/forward; Grace Hynes, Mother McAuley, junior, guard; Halle Idowu, Richards, sophomore, forward; Kelsey Kelley, Stagg, junior, guard; Sarah Knoepfle, Lemont, senior, guard; Madelyn McGrath, Oak Lawn, junior, guard; Ashley Murphy, St. Laurence, senior, forward; Ryann Ogarek, Providence, junior, guard/forward; Ceairra Smith, Crete-Monee, senior, guard; Diamond Stallworth, Thornwood, senior, guard/forward; Natalie Stavropoulos, Sandburg, junior, guard; Kolby Underwood, Morgan Park, senior, forward; Taylor Valladay, Rich South, junior, guard.

 

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2017 IHSA Boys BBall Teams and Players to Watch

Posted on December 29, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who’s the hot team and players to watch this season?

December 2017

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We have compiled our list and here is how it plays out…

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1. MORGAN PARK: Phenom Nimari Burnett moved to California, but the Mustangs are still loaded. They have the state’s best senior, Ayo Dosunmu, and the best sophomore, Peoria Manual transfer Adam Miller. Tamell Pearson, a 6-9 senior, had a terrific summer and will be the primary post threat.

2. FENWICK: Sophomore DJ Steward was a sensation last season. He’s back and surrounded by a focused, talented group of seniors: AJ Nixon, Billy Bruce, 6-4 Mike O’Laughlin and Sam Daniels. Junior Damari Nixon, a 6-1 guard, had an excellent summer. Size could be an issue, but expect the Friars to mount a serious challenge for the Class 4A title.

3. BOLINGBROOK: Junior Tyler Cochran was one of the big eye-openers on the summer circuit. He’s part of an impressive guard trio including junior Joseph Yesufu and senior Kaleb Thornton. The Raiders lost a lot of size and scoring. They’ll be fast and confident but will need to find rebounding.

4. ST. RITA: The Mustangs don’t have a breakout superstar, but they have all the right pieces. Senior guard and leading scorer Jordan Matthews returns. Sophomore guard Joel Watts can play and there is plenty of size with 6-6 Jeremiah Oden, 6-8 Cam Bartman and 6-5 Landen Gladney.

5. WEST AURORA: Most everyone returns from team that lost to Bolingbrook in the sectional semifinals last season. Camron Donatlan is a four-year varsity star, 6-4 senior Jared Crutcher is underrated. Junior point guard Traevon Brown transferred in from East Aurora and will be a major contributor.

BONUS: Lincoln-Way East, Leo, Bloom, Hillcrest, Joliet Central and Joliet West.

TOP Boys Players to Watch in our Coverage Area

GUARDS
Fred Cleveland, Leo, 5-7, Jr.
Tyler Cochran, Bolingbrook, 6-2, Jr.
Eddie Creal, Romeoville, 6-3, Sr.
Camron Donatlan, West Aurora, 6-3, Sr.
Ayo Dosunmu, Morgan Park, 6-5, Sr.
Kenyon Duling, Morgan Park, 6-1, Sr.
DeAndre Heckard, Romeoville, 6-1, Sr.
Jeremiah Hernandez, St. Viator, 6-4, Jr.
Adam Miller, Morgan Park, 6-4, So.
Kaleb Thornton, Bolingbrook, 5-11, Sr.
Joseph Yesufu, Bolingbrook, 5-10, Jr.

FORWARDS
Orlando Allen, Thornton, 6-7, Sr.
Sam Shafer, Lincoln-Way East, 6-6, Sr.

CENTERS
Tamell Pearson, Morgan Park, 6-9, Sr.

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2017 IHSA Week 4 Recap

Posted on September 16, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Week 4 Recap…

September 15, 2017

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It’s time for conference play for many… time for many to snag a BIG win in the conference, in order to set the pace, and let others know they are serious. While a few, have out-of-conference contest, to defend their school name and pride. Here’s our recap for conference play in our coverage area:

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Saturday, September 9
Rich South at Rich Central  

Thornton 56, Rich East 40

Mount Carmel 49, DePaul Prep 0
Ben Lenti contributed two TD runs for Mount Carmel (3-1).

Shepard 28, Reavis 10
This was the first win for Shepard (3-1, 1-1) over the Rams (2-2, 1-1) since 2012. Marquel Porter threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns; Chris Harrison had four catches for 114 yards.

St. Patrick 31, Marian Catholic 13
Marian (0-4, 0-2): Carlos Jones 12 carries, 127 yards, 3-yard TD run.

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Friday, September 15
Homewood-Flossmoor 48, Bolingbrook 20
Justin Hall, NIU-recruit, goes for 332 yards, 4 TDs as H-F downs Bolingbrook to lead host H-F to a 48-20 SouthWest Suburban victory before a jammed-packed crowd for homecoming. He carried the ball 19 times for 171 yards and three TDs for H-F (4-0, 2-0). He also had six catches for 161 yards and a TD.

“I’m naturally good at running back,” Hall said. “I had to wait for my turn the last two years. Senior year, I’m going to show I can play running back at any level.”

With all of that being said, believe it or not, the visiting Raiders came to play as they jumped out to a 20-13 lead at halftime, but second half adjustments were shown, with the Vikings (4-0, 2-0) putting up 35 points in the third quarter.

In the end, Vikings coach Craig Buzea referred to Hall as the “best football player in the state.”

“There may be better running backs and there may be better defensive backs, but there isn’t a better football player,” Buzea said. “His versatility is something I’ve never seen before.”

Notre Dame 34, Joliet Catholic 0

Marist 42, Marian Central 20
Marist (4-0, 2-0): Mike Markett 2 TD passes to Jadon Thompson. Charlie Laurencell 50-yard INT return for TD.

Hillcrest 21, T.F. South 0
Hillcrest (3-1, 1-1): Rocky Griffin 11-yard TD run, 18-yard TD pass to Jaylen Burns.

Tinley Park 62, T.F. North 26
Tinley (2-2, 1-1): Eli Webster 79-yard TD run.

Eisenhower 34, Oak Lawn 7
Eisenhower (4-0, 2-0): Tim Baity 154 yards rushing, 2 TDs.

Andrew 28, Bradley-Bourbonnais 25
Andrew (2-2, 1-2): Jack Condon 2 TD runs, including winner with 3:25 left. Cole Griffin 2 TD runs (72, 56 yards).

Lincoln-Way West 49, Thornridge 8
L-Way West (3-1, 2-1): Anthony Senerchia 15 of 24, 138 yards, 3 TDs. Alex Croft 2 TD receptions.

Stagg 36, Thornwood 18
Stagg (3-1, 1-1): Greg Hoard 3 TD runs (19, 37, 4).

Providence 35, St. Ignatius 6
Providence (2-2): Caden Kalinowski 2 TD passes, TD run. DeShon Gavin TD run, TD reception.

Lincoln-Way Central 42, Lockport 0
L-Way Central (4-0, 3-0): Justin Ellis TD runs of 15, 20 yards. Sam Pipiras 2 TD passes.

Montini 29, Brother Rice 28
Brother Rice (1-3): John Bean 2 TD runs, TD pass.

Lincoln-Way East 46, Sandburg 7

Crete-Monee 71, Bloom 0

Fenwick 28, Leo 0

St. Rita 24, St. Laurence 19

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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?

December 2017

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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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2016 IHSA Week 2 Recap

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IHSA Week 2 Recap….

September 2, 2016

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What a wonderful weekend for football in the Chicagoland area and many teams didn’t disappoint, while others are still trying to find their identity and a tough weekend for Southland Conference….

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Tough weekend for Southland Conference continued Saturday as Rich East lost to visiting Tinley Park 45-32.

Junior quarterback Ryan Zientara sealed the game for the Titans (2-0) with an 87-yard touchdown run late in the contest. He also tossed three touchdown passes in the contest.

“I can’t do anything without the offensive line,” Zientara said. “I can’t make a pass, can’t make a run without them. They were great.”

Zientara finished the game going 11-for-18 for 227 yards and shared the touchdown love around to Justin Taylor on a 17-yarder, David Morgan on a 44-yarder and John Kopecky on a 63-yarder.

They also imposed their will on the ground behind junior running back Elijah Webster who ran for over 180 yards and two scores.

Rich East (1-1) did have some bright spots from running backs Tristan Page and Alexander Adams who combined to rush for over 350 yards and four scores. Page scored on a runs of 68 and 53 yards and Adams added TDs of 7 and 80 yards.

And what made this contest even more special was both schools honored Park Forest police officer Tim Jones, who sustained a gunshot wound to head during a suspected robbery in March. A 2009 Tinley Park graduate, Jones is recovering from the life-threatening injury. At halftime, Rich East athletic director Mike Laneve presented the Jones family with a check for $5,000.

Saturday Games

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Bremen 20, Perspectives-Leadership 8: Jovari Brown contributed two TD runs (5, 6 yards) and an interception to lead Bremen (1-1).

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St Rita gets on track…

On this gorgeous football evening, it was St. Rita from the start as they dominated the visiting Southland Conference team, Rich Central, 56-19, primarily on the ground but both sides of the ball scored in this contest.

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The Mustangs (1-1) scored first after an interception of Jyran Mitchells’ pass, a wonderful long run by Jack Quinn then a short run 4 yard run by junior Jake Zylman. Zylman finished with game with well over 150 yards on the ground and four scores. He ran for three and passed for another score.

Rich Central (1-1) countered on the next possession tying the game at 7 up with a 16 yard pass from Mitchell to Sean Tyler.  But as the opening sentence states, the Mustangs responded on their next possession marching down the field, 92 yards on 11 plays that concluded with a 2 yard run by Zylman for his second touchdown. He scored for the third time in the second half from 7 yards out.

The visiting Olympians didn’t play their best game nor did they give up. Junior quarterback Mitchell showed wonderful offensive leadership in the contest despite the final score. In the second quarter, he called a QB keeper and tricked the Mustangs defense, and streaked down the field for a 54 yard score – the extra point failed getting the team within 8, 21-13.

But that’s as close as they would get, as on the next possession, senior Shaun Rule, broke at least 4 tackles for the score from the 11 yard line right before the half.

The second half was no different as the Mustangs was clearly the better team even as Rich Central scored for the final time on their opening possession in the second half on a 73 yard, 6 play touchdown – Mitchell to Hammond – making the score 28 – 19.

Mustangs’ Rule scored again, and so did sophomore Jake Stefanski, and the defense got on the board as well when they recovered a fumble, and Mark Mondesir returned it 40 yards really putting the contest away. The home team scored one more time, right after a kickoff-fumble recovery and one play later, it was Zylman, who tossed a short pass to Mike McMcDevitt, putting the final score on the board.

Rich Central had one more opportunity to score as they marched down the field, got the ball deep in the Mustangs REDZONE, but Mitchell fumbled it into the endzone and it was recovered by the defense.

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Up next for the 2-0 Mustangs is cross-town foe Providence Catholic; Rich Central travel to Kaneland (Maple Park, IL)

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Crusaders cruise in victory Friday Night

After one week of play and lots of chatter over the summer, when you think of Brother Rice you think offense and Friday night didn’t let you down as the Crusaders (2-0) knock off tough-as-nails Crete-Monee (1-1) 61-44.

In this contest, the Warriors game plan was to limit the Illinois-recruit Ricky Smalling, in which they did, as he finished the contest with less than 60 yards, but they didn’t limit Xavian Valladay.

Senior running back Valladay rushed for over 260 yards and count them F-I-V-E touchdowns.

“I have to give it out to my O-line,” Valladay said being extremely humble. “They had a nice game and gave me room to run. I’m blessed to have scored five touchdowns.”

But believe it or not, the final score isn’t a good illustration of the game as it was high-scoring and close. Brother Rice put a lot of points on the board in the first half, 35, but the visiting Warriors fought back.

A late 1-yard TD run by Kevin Pate and a 9-yard touchdown by Xavier Ledet with 1:58 to go to close within 52-44. But Valladay, sealed the deal with his fifth score with 1:41 to go.

Lost in all of this, Pate, also scored five touchdowns — three rushing and two receiving.

Crete-Monee quarterback Isaiah Rucker, a 6-5 junior, showed off his powerful right arm. Rucker completed 30 of 53 passes for over 420 yards and three TDs.

NOTE: The 105 combined points were the most in Brother Rice history.

Up next for Brother is Aurora Christian Friday night; Crete-Monee will play West Lafayette.

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Hillcrest soar during week 2…

When you think of Hillcrest, you immediately think of basketball… but this football team is balling!!!!

The Hawks soar over Oak Lawn Friday night 28-6 behind the fantastic play of receiver Marcus Garrett, who caught three touchdown passes in the first half Friday in the win.

“I really think I can be that player for this team that makes the big plays out there,” Garrett said .”I just came out focused and ready to play hard on every play.”

His coach, former NFL cornerback, Marquice Cole, gets to see him up-close and personal as well as on some one-on-one drills thinks the world of his play.

“We all know what Marcus can do,” Cole said. “For us, it’s more about making sure Marcus knows what he can do. I’ll play corner on him in practice. We challenge him during the week to go above and beyond, because he’s that type of player.”

He caught a 9-yard TD from James Lipscomb (4-for-8 passing, 62 yards; 7 carries, 42 yards). Then, after the Hawks recovered an onside kick, he caught a 45-yarder from Lipscomb on the next play from scrimmage. He added a 2-point conversion catch to extend the lead to 16-0.

Garrett’s third TD came on a 31-yard pass from RonRecus Griffin with 1:05 left in the first half.

Oak Lawn got on the board with 2:05 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard TD run from Jabari Clark (14 carries, 54 yards) and got into the Hawks’ red zone with a chance to get within one score early in the fourth.

However, Hillcrest’s Jalen Jenkins stopped Spartans quarterback Kyle McNamara for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the Hawks’ 14.

“We definitely have some things to clean up,” Cole said. “I was happy with the way they overcame the adversity.”

Hillcrest will be traveling to TF South next Friday night; Oak Lawn will play at Argo

Other games in our coverage area…

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De La Salle 35, T.F. North 12: Devin Michicich had 22 carries for 154 yards and three TDs for De La Salle (2-0).

Eisenhower 41, Urban Prep-West 0: Tim Baity and Aaron Sanders scored TDs for Eisenhower (1-1).

Homewood-Flossmoor 54, Hammond (Ind.) 6: Herbert Hughes contributed TD runs of 76 and 62 yards for H-F (2-0).

IC Catholic 63, St. Laurence 49: Fayezon Smart had three TD runs for St. Laurence (1-1).

Lincoln-Way East 35, Belleville West 0: Jake Arthur threw a 74-yard TD pass to Jeremy Nelson and Nigel Muhammad scored twice for East (2-0).

Lincoln-Way West 40, Bloom 27: Justin LaBuhn had TD runs of 70, 12 and 28 yards to vault West (2-0). Juan Green threw four scoring passes for Bloom (1-1).

Mount Carmel 56, Gary (Ind.) West Side 6: Michael Kennedy scored on a TD run for Mount Carmel (2-0).

Oak Forest 51, Clemente 8: Watari Mason’s three TDs propelled Oak Forest (1-1).

Providence 28, Vianney (Mo.) 21: Jared Drake’s TD pass to Lucas Weaver with 2:10 remaining lifted Providence (1-1).

Reavis 48, Corliss 22: Mike Szuba’s 46 yard interception return for a TD sparked Reavis (2-0).

Shepard 42, Fenton 0: Jack Carberry had a pair of TD runs for Shepard (2-0).

Wheaton North 37, Joliet Catholic 7: Simon Grasshoff caught a 34-yard TD pass from Patrick Roth for JCA (0-2).

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2014-15 IHSA Basketball Tournaments

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Tournaments you should check-out…

November  2014

Chicago Elite Classic

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This major kick off tournament gets things started with a superb national showcase at an affordable price point in the Midwest MECCA – Chicago. Things tipoff December 5th with Oak Park-River Forest-Fenwick followed by St. Joseph-Redondo Union (Calif.) and the nightcap of Whitney Young-Southwind (Tenn.).

Now on Sunday, December 6th…. Plainfield East-Hillcrest, Bogan-Lone Peak (Utah), St. Rita-Christ the King (N.Y.) and the nightcap of Simeon-Lancaster (Texas).

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McDipper

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One of the most overlooked tournaments nowadays, but based on pure atmosphere, thrills, and top-performing teams, do NOT sleep on this tournament held at Rich South High School. All but one of the 16 teams are from Chicago’s South Suburbs and that team is defending Indiana Class A champion Marquette.

The complete field is as follows:
Bolingbrook
Crete-Monee
Hales Franciscan
Joliet Central
King
Leo
Marian Catholic (defend champions)
Marquette Catholic (Ind.)
Perspectives Charter
Rich Central
Rich East
Rich South
Seton Academy
Thornton
Tinley Park
University High

And like all the other teams, they are coming to town to dethrone defending champs Marian Catholic. Tournament tips December 26 and runs through the 30.

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament is always one of the premier high school basketball events in the Chicagoland area, and this year, they slimmed back down from 32 teams to 18.

The field of 18 teams in the 54th annual tournament is still extremely strong, though two-time defending 3A champ Morgan Park is no longer at Proviso West. Coach Nick Irvin’s Mustangs lost in the championship game of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament last year and decided to move on to something new.

On the other hand, Stevenson, led by Player of the Year favorite Jalen Brunson, will be the headliner as the returning champ, while several other teams that will certainly be ranked when the season tips off in November include St. Joseph, St. Rita, Kenwood and Rockford Auburn.

In addition to the host school, Proviso West, the tournament field also includes Fenwick, Morton, Proviso East, Uplift, Maine South, Hinsdale Central, Providence St. Mel, St. Viator, New Trier, Homewood-Flossmoor, Hillcrest and Brooks.

The tournament will tip off with two games on Dec. 20, followed by eight games on Dec. 22 and nine games on Dec. 23. The tournament will continue Dec. 26 and conclude Dec. 27 with consolation championship, third-place and championship games.

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City-Suburban Showdown

As it is being reported that this showcase puts top local recognized teams such as Stevenson against Simeon in a possible State Finals. Stevenson beat Simeon in last year’s event after Simeon beat Stevenson in the 2012 Class 4A final. The opening act features All-State forward Evan Boudreaux and Lake Forest against underrated point guard David Sachs and Highland Park. Everything tips February 21 at Niles West.

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2014 IHSA State Finals

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State Finals Time!!!!

November 29, 2014

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CLASS 8A

Stevenson 31, Homewood-Flossmoor 25
For the second week in a row, the Patriots’ title hopes came down to the final possession of the game, and for the second week in a row Stevenson’s defense stood tall when the pressure was on.

James Mahoney recovered a Homewood-Flossmoor fumble on Stevenson’s 3-yard line to seal a 31-25 victory in the Class 8A state championship.

The wonder twins, Deante and Devonte Harley-Hampton, both played well and reached the end zone in the contest, but it wasn’t enough for the Vikings (11-3). Deante finished with 17 carries for 77 yards and one score, while Devonte added 15 carries for 58 yards and touchdown.

“This game does not define our season. I’m proud of these guys and they battled until the end,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said.

Stevenson’s Jack Joseph finished with 17 carries for 91 yards and a pair of touchdown runs.

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 CLASS 7A

Providence 31, Cary-Grove 28
The Celtics (13-1) hang-on to win the Class 7A championship over Trojans Saturday afternoon in Champaign at Memorial Stadium.

Sophomore running back Richie Warfield had 22 carries for 123 yards and four touchdowns to guide the team to victory.

“I was just telling myself that one extra step could be the difference between a touchdown or a first down and all that can add up,” said Warfield, who had seven catches for 51 yards.

Senior quarterback Justin Hunniford capped off his year and final game going 18-for-26 for 184 yards. The Celtics ground game nearly mirrored the passing attack with 164 yards.

At the half, the Trojans led 14-10 until Providence seized momentum after a game-changing play by Notre Dame-bound receiver Miles Boykin.

The Celtics were backed up on their on 3-yard line when Hunniford threw 38-yard pass to Boykin (three catches, 48 yards) with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter. Warfield finished the 97-yard drive with a five-yard run to put Providence up 17-14.

“They pinned us deep in our own territory on our 3 and I knew that I had to make a play to get us out of here,” Hunniford said. “Finishing it off 97 yards really put a hurting on how motivated they were to continue. I just knew that Miles was going to be open and I put it in a spot that only he could get it.”

Nate Vejvoda, tight end who has committed to Iowa finished the game with 5 catches, 55 yards.

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CLASS 6A

Nazareth 26, Lemont 7
As it was reported prior to kickoff, an unexpected illness swept through much of Narareth’s team, but that didn’t stop them from winning the Class 6A title Saturday afternoon in Champaign at Memorial Stadium.

A total of seventeen players suffered from a stomach flu Friday.

“It invaded the team,” coach Tim Racki said. “We were supposed to practice in the morning. I got a text from one kid, then another kid and it was the basically same text from each kid saying ‘I was throwing up all night and I don’t know what’s wrong and I will try and come in.’ I thought it was a joke. I was looking for cameras in my office and wondering what was going on. The team doctor came in and we got up to 17 guys throwing up with a flu bug in their stomach. I got it on the bus on the way here.”

The Roadrunners were led on the ground by senior running back Nolan Dean who rushed 39 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Nazareth rushed 33 consecutive times in the second half until senior quarterback Jonah Beauduy completed a 10-yard screen to Dean with 4 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the game. The Roadrunners rushed the ball 63 times and passed six times behind a line that averages 6-foot-3, 285 pounds.

Lemont’s key performer was Flynn Nagel, who caught 6 passes for 70 yards. Their only points came on the ground in the first quarter.

The Roadrunners are undefeated (14-0) and this seems to be the best medicine available for everyone involved – 2014 State Champions!

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IHSA Second Round Recap

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High School Football at its best

SECOND ROUND OF IHSA PLAYOFFS

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Saturday, November 8

Homewood-Flossmoor 42, Edwardsville 35

Again, the Vikings “wonder-twin” power was activated on Saturday evening as twins Devonte and Deante Harley-Hampton carried the load leading the team into the Class 8A quarterfinals.

Richards 34, Lincoln-Way West 27

Birthday celebration was in order for senior quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers as he completed 16 of 23 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns to lead Richards past host Lincoln-Way West in a Class 7A.

“It’s the best birthday ever,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “I get to spend another week with my team.”

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Geneseo 41, Rich East 16

Not enough Rocket fuel as the (Rich) East go down to Geneseo in the second round 41-16.

Brian Stewart led the way with 12 carries for 68 yards and one score. The other score was made by , followed by Tyler McGregory. The Maple Leafs remain undefeated at 11-0 for the season.

Lemont 35, Yorkville 14

Things got started with a 16-yard touchdown run by Lemont freshman Anthony Martin (21 carries for 101 yards) and they never looked back. Quarterback Ryan Dawson led the way going 14-for-20 for 172 yards and four TDs including redzone strikes to Duke-bound receiver Flynn Nagel (4 catches, 58 yards).

Friday, November 7

Providence 34, St. Rita 3

Providence wins BIG over cross-town rival St. Rita for the second time but this time it was in the playoffs.

“It’s hard to beat a team twice and they have big play guys and that’s what concerned us the most,” coach Mark Coglianese said. “That (punt return) was a big spark for us.”

Things got started early for the Celtics when Sophomore running back Richie Warfield (13 carries for 111 yards) score from 10 yards out and they NEVER looked back.

Senior quarterback Justin Hunniford (12-for-24, 224 yards, 2 TDs) played BIG also accounting for 20 of the Celtics’ points including six of those on a pair of field goals (31 and 24 yards). The remaining 14 came on a pair of TD passes. The first was a 75-yard bomb to Notre Dame-bound Miles Boykin (5 catches, 96 yards) and the other was a 4-yard TD pass to Mike Beller.

“It doesn’t [matter if] I’m blocking or doing whatever I’m just happy to contribute,” Boykin said. “We just have to keep this train rolling.”

The Mustangs suffered a huge setback on their opening drive when starting quarterback Scott Proctor went down with a lower body injury and didn’t return. C.J. Weydeman (8-for-23, 42 yards) took over the quarterback duties and struggled against an unforgiving Celtics’ defense led by Jake Rost (two sacks).

“We felt confident coming in and we were doing some things they haven’t seen,” St. Rita coach Todd Kuska said. “That’s just a great team over there.”

DePaul Prep 14, St. Laurence 7

Alex Salach rushed for a touchdown and and Markavius Ross returned an interception 31 yards for a score to lead DePaul Prep (6-4). Carlos Baker caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Romello Washington for St. Laurence (5-6).

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IHSA Week 9 Recap

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This is it weekend…

WEEK 9

All of the summer drills and hot, intense practices come down to this week – week 9 – the final week of Illinois High School Association (IHSA) football. And on top of that, Mother Nature provided the area with beautiful weather for football, as many teams make a strong run for a playoff spot.  

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Friday, October 24

Mount Carmel 10, Loyola 7
The Caravan (5-4, 1-3) clinched their 29th straight playoff berth Friday night against conference foe Loyola, 10-7 at Gately Stadium.

In this game, it wasn’t the play of the offense, as the score states, it was the defense which kept the Ramblers off-balanced the entire game. The Caravan D had two takeaways, an interception by Avery Saffold and a fumble recovery by Patrick O’Shea, plus a couple of perfectly timed sacks, led by junior Foster Williams.

“They had a couple timely blitzes,” Loyola coach John Holecek said. “[Williams] coming off the edge, with their speed — he hurt us a few times.”

The Caravan got on the board right before halftime after a 39-yard pass from Anthony Thompson to Steven Wirtel, which put the ball on the one-yard line. One play later, Anthony Ries, took it in.

Ries finished the game with 10 carries for 91 yards and that one touchdown, A.J. Lewis added 18 carries for 76 yards. The game was sealed with a 33-yard field goal by Zach Mirabelli with 3:30 in the third.

“You work so hard in the offseason, coming in January at 5:30 in the morning [for] lifting,” Lewis said. “You know it’s all going to pay off.”

The Ramblers got on the board late on a two-yard run by Jack Loper, but the Caravan recovered the onside kick and ran the clock out.

This team doesn’t look like MC teams of the past but they did just enough to make other teams say, ‘I hope we don’t pull them in the first round.

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Brother Rice 28, St Rita 21

The Crusaders take a share of the Catholic Blue title after defeating St Rita 28-21 Friday night.

Rice jumped out early to a 21-7 halftime lead but later in the contest including taking advantage of a fake punt, and four plays later Marcus Jones (16 carries, 66 yards, TD) scored the first touchdown on the night. Then, on the next possession, Greg Bernier, recovered a fumble by Rita and ran it in. Yup – two scores in the 19 seconds in the Catholic Blue…

They never looked back but had to turn things over to their stingy defense that stood strong stopping the Mustangs on two must-have plays.

“We knew it was going to be a dog fight. We were in a good position last week against Providence and let it go,” said senior defensive end Kevin Furlong, who had a tackle for loss and sack.

Alex Alarcon finished the game 15-for-25, 170 yards and a touchdown. St. Rita’s Tyre Lee had 24 carries, 132 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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Oak Lawn 28, Shepard 3
Oak Lawn (3-6, 2-4): Joe Robinson 2 rushing TD; Joe Cosenza 2 TD passes; Alec McCarthy, Tyler Loehr TD catch each; Mitchell Gonsch 2 fumble recoveries

Benet 66, Marian Catholic 7
Benet (6-3, 4-3): Brad Sznajder 3 TD runs

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IHSA Week 8 Recap

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Stretch run…

WEEK 8

Illinois High School Association (IHSA) put lots of hard conference games on the schedule for week 8 as many teams are fighting to get that minimum 5 victories for a hope and prayer for a playoff berth. And as Mother Nature begins the to turn the corner, these games were hot and interesting…

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Saturday, October 18

Mount Carmel 42, Hales 16
Caravan (4-4) get a BIG win Saturday night and still keep their eyes on another playoff run.

“Every week is a new week,”  Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti said. “It’s always going to be win or go home from here on out. We’re not making too big a deal out of it. It’s in the kids’ hands. Everybody’s all excited about, ‘what do we have to do,’ but I say we have to play well against good competition, that’s all it really comes down to.”

DePaul Prep 35, St. Joseph 0
DePaul Prep (4-4, 2-0): Paulie Rivas 2 rushing TD, 80-yd TD pass; Marwan Smith TD; Chris Jerome Smith 2 rushing TD

Friday, October 17

Homewood-Flossmoor 68, Lockport 21

Wonder twin power activated again as the Vikings win BIG against Lockport Friday night.

The Harley-Hampton brothers — Deante and Devonte – combined for the first six touchdowns in the first half of the 68-21 win. They are nicknamed for their speed: Devonte is nicknamed “Squirrel” and Deante is nicknamed “Rabbit”.

“We both ran a 4.47 40,” said Deante, who scored from 76 yards out on the Vikings first offensive play. “Great execution by the team and good blocks.”

“Once he seen the opening he pushed it,” Devonte said.

Deante finished with seven carries for 175 yard and three TDs. Devonte had the same number of carries for 46 yards and three TDs — one receiving.

With this win, the Vikings (6-2, 5-1) keep pace for the SouthWest Suburban Blue title.

 

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Providence 45, Brother Rice 42

Talk about an offensive game where both teams put up lots of points and over 1,000 yards of offense… but in the end, the Celtics held off the Crusaders to snag a 3-point victory.

Things got started when Richie Warfield returned a 94-yard kickoff return, and from that, each team went back-and-forth throughout.

The Celtics’, Justin Hunniford, completed 22-of-34 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns – three of those touchdown passes were a part of a first-half that saw the Celtics (7-1, 3-1) build a 28-7 lead at intermission.

As the score states, the Crusaders did not give up, they only needed just 11 minutes to turn a three-touchdown deficit into a 28-28 tie. Rice’s biggest weapon was quarterback Alex Alarcon, who finished 33-of-46 for 430 yards. Sophomore Ricky Smalling caught 11 of those passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns, covering 61, 31 and 22 yards. It was the duo’s 31-yard score with one minute remaining in the third quarter that tied the game 28-28. Alarcon rushed for scores of nine and two yards in the fourth quarter.

Hunniford converted a 27-yard field goal at 10:43 of the fourth quarter that gave Providence a 31-28 lead. This lead they would not relinquish, though Rice did score two mroe times.

“I’d say the fans got their money’s worth,” Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. “It was a wild one, that’s for sure.”

Rice needs to beat St. Rita on Friday to earn a share of the Blue title with Providence.

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Lincoln-Way East 23, Bolingbrook 9

Liam Morrissey did it all in this Friday night contest including rushed for 173 yards on 38 carries and touchdowns to lead East to a BIG conference win over Bolingbrook.

“It was a direct reflection of how good our line is this year,” Morrissey said. “They’re doing some amazing things. They’re all great.”

With this victory, the Griffins clinched atleast a tie for the conference title.

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Crete-Monee 25, Rich Central 12
Crete-Monee (5-3, 4-1): Clint Ratkovich 21 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs.

Lemont 57, Tinley Park 20
Lemont (8-0, 5-0): Ryan Dawson 12-for-20, 276 yards, 7 TD; Flynn Nagel 5 catches, 170 yards, 2 TD.

Argo 31, Oak Lawn 10
Argo (4-4, 3-2): Diamonte Mallory 3 catches, 122 yards, TD; 84-yard kick return TD.

St. Laurence 28, Leo 6
St, Laurence (4-4, 3-1): Alex Martinez 10-for-12, 241 yards, 4 TD; Fayezon Smart 20 carries, 137 yards; Carlos Baker 4 catches, 123 yards, 2 TD.

T.F. South 34, Reavis 14
T.F. South (6-2): Torian Lewis 19 carries, 120 yards, TD; Sterling Smith 18 carries, 89 yards, TD; Cody Petrich 4-of-7, 2 TD.

 

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