2017 IHSA Football Rankings

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

Who’s top team in our coverage area?

September 2017

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As many of you know, we don’t do rankings until teams play… So after two weeks of play here are our rankings in our coverage area…

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(records and previous rankings)

1. Lincoln-Way East 2-0 (N/A)

2. Homewood-Flossmoor 2-0 (N/A)

3. Marist 2-0 (N/A)

4. Mount Carmel 2-0 (N/A)

5. St. Rita 2-0 (N/A)

6. Lincoln-way Central 2-0 (N/A)

7. Hillcrest 2-0 (N/A)

8. Bolingbrook 2-0 (N/A)

9. St. Ignatius 2-0 (N/A)

10. Thornton 2-0 (N/A)

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TF South 2-0, Evergreen Park 2-0, Shepard 2-0, Eisenhower 2-0, Loyola 1-1, Richards 1-1, Joliet Catholic 1-1, Tinley Park 1-1, Bloom 1-1, Rich Central 1-1, Crete 1-1

 

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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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2016-17 Girls Basketball Teams & Players to Watch

Posted on November 14, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Girls basketball… who to watch?

November 15, 2016

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As the season prepares to tip-off, here is a look at who’s hot in our Illinois High School Association coverage area:

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Homewood-Flossmoor
basketball Nadia Green, senior guard, committed to Missouri – averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists last season.
basketball Finess Dickson, senior, committed to Memphis
basketball Eva Rubin 6’5″, senior, center, committed to Arizona State
Morgan Park
basketball Destiny Harden, senior, guard committed to West Virginia – averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds
basketball Porsha Sydnor, senior, 5’8″ guard committed toMaryland Eastern Shore – averaged six assists
Lincoln-Way East
basketball Lauren Hunter, junior, forward – avg 11.9 points, 7.3 rebounds
basketball Carolyn Waleski, junior, guard – avg 10.9 points
basketball Bailey Kramer, senior, point guard
basketball Anna Power senior, Center
Marist
basketball Claire Austin, senior, forward committed to Davenport
basketball Julia Ruzevich senior, forward committed to Quincy – avg 10.1 points
basketball Kate Ruzevich senior, committed to Quincy – was the top rebounder
Lincoln-Way West
basketball Emily Atsinger, senior, guard – avg 15.6
basketball Courtney O’Donnell, senior, forward – avg 15.6 points, 7.4 rebounds
basketball Stephanie Athanasoulis senior, guard – avg 8.5 points, 55 3-pointers
basketball Tara Hastings, Sophomore, guard – avg 7.5 points
Marian Catholic
basketball Elisa DiOrio, senior, forward
basketball Mallory Olszak, senior, guard
basketball Shannon Mitchell, sophomore, Center
basketball Carmen Jackson
Rich South
basketball Nade’ge Jean, Rich South, junior, forward
basketball Dejah Weathersby, senior, G
Queen of Peace
basketball Kara Shimko, senior, G – Avg 17 points, also shot 90 percent from the free-throw line.
basketball Jovanna Martinucci, Soph, G – Avg 11 points, 4 assists
basketball Erin Foley, junior
Bloom
basketball Simone Gardner, Bloom, sophomore, guard – avg 15pts as a freshman
basketball Tanea White, junior
basketball Melia Mansker, junior, F
Thornwood
basketball Taylor Irons,  senior, center
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basketball Tara O’Malley, junior, guard

Rich East

basketball Jada Wright, senior, center

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2016 IHSA 2nd Round Playoffs

Posted on November 7, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , |

2nd Round of the State playoffs…

November 5, 2016

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Vikings shocked by Glenbard West

Top ranked Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings were totally shocked in the loss against Glenbard West 28-21.

In short, it was the turnovers…. Vikings (10-1) trailed 7-0 before producing an eight-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bryant Wright on the first play of the second quarter. Brendan Hurley added the first of three point-after kicks to force a 7-7 tie. Wright completed 17 of 22 passes for 187 yards and also rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries.

The Vikings were in position to take the lead at the end of the second quarter, driving to the Glenbard West 12 but Jack Campanella stepped in front of a pass by Wright with 1:12 left before halftime. It was Bryant’s first interception. This turnover took some air out of the Vikings’ balloon. Then the Hilltoppers scored on the opening kickoff of the second half as Dionte Moorehead raced 82 yards for the TD. It gave the Hilltoppers a 14-7 lead just 14 seconds into the second half.

“There were two big plays that really changed the game,” H-F coach Craig Buzea said. “The turnover before the half and the kickoff to start the second half. We didn’t plan on kicking the ball in the middle of the field.”

Try as they might, the Vikings never recovered from this. Wright scored from short-yardage with 10:35 left in the fourth quarter pulled the Vikings within 21-14.

Glenbard West, however, extended its lead on its ensuing possession. Ryan Diver scooted in from 6 yards to make it 28-14. A 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior running back, Diver finished with 33 carries for 171 yards.

Wright hooked up with Dylan Duplessis on a 28-yard TD pass with 19.6 left in the game that trimmed the deficit to 28-21 and gave Vikings fans hope. The Hilltoppers, though, recovered H-F’s onside kick.

It was the first time all season the Vikings were held below 27 points.

After the game, H-F wide receiver and Northern Illinois recruit, Tyrice Richie, just shook his head in disbelief.

“We didn’t turn the ball over hardly at all this season,” said Richie, a Northern Illinois recruit. “I don’t know how to explain it.”

The defending 7A state champion Hilltoppers (9-2) advance to play the Edwardsville-Oswego winner in the 8A quarterfinals.

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LW Central loses…

The Knights usually plays a solid ground game and ball-control offense, but the Knights received a taste of their own medicine Friday night in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs against quarterback Asher O’Hara and Rolling Meadows. O’Hara kept the chains moving and ran for two touchdowns as Rolling Meadows wore down Lincoln-Way Central for a 23-13 victory in New Lenox.

Rolling Meadows (11-0) moves on to next weekend’s state quarterfinals and will face the winner of Saturday’s game between Normal (9-1) and Benet (8-2).

For the Knights (7-4), a few splashy plays gave them a 13-9 lead going into halftime, but their ground game never quite got into gear.

“Our calling card all year has been able to run the ball,” Central coach Jeremy Cordell said. “We had some moments, but (Rolling Meadows) did a nice job adjusting and made some plays, and the bottom line is you’ve got to finish to the whistle if you’re going to run the ball.”

The Knights led 6-3 after Zack Stoklosa hit Matt Pollack on a halfback pass for a 53-yard TD. Rolling Meadows responded with a 3-yard TD run from O’Hara, but the Knights retook the lead before halftime thanks to a 1-yard TD from quarterback Hunter Campbell.

 

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2016 IHSA Week 5 Recap

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Week 5…

September 24, 2016

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Let conference play begin….. 

H-F continues winning…. 

It was homecoming and the Vikings wanted to not only secure the victory for a serious school celebration but also to stay in first place within the Southwest Suburban Conference. In the end, they defeated foe Lincoln-Way West (4-1, 2-1) 27-11.

The Vikings are now 5-0, 3-0 in conference and totally owns the top spot.

The Vikings got on the board first on a 15-yard sprint by Herbert Hughes. Shortly after that, Bryant Wright connected with Justin Hall from 20-yard out.

Senior QB, Wright, finished with 81 yards on 18 carries and passed for 144.

Hughes then scored for a second time on a 5-yard run to make it 21-0 halfway through the second quarter. At the half, it was 21-2 – yup 2 as West snagged a safety on a bad snap which sailed into the endzone.

The Warriors had another safety on the Vikings as their defense tackled them in the endzone. And they did get on the board in a traditional fashion as Ryan Robbins scored on a short run in the third making the score 27-11.

Up next for H-F is Sandburg, while Lincoln-Way West will play Normal Community.

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Rita wins as time expires…

Talk about a wonderful, nail-biting conference game… St Rita vs Mount Carmel goes back many many years but on this Friday… whew!!! tied at 28 with .6 seconds left, it came down to a field goal for the Mustangs….

Sophomore kicker Gavin Mottl converted a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give St. Rita (3-2, 2-0) a stunning 31-28 Catholic League Blue win over Mount Carmel (3-2, 0-2) after two timeouts.

“I was thinking that I was practicing kicks with my coach,” Mottl said. “I blocked out the noise of the crowd. Had no doubt I was going to make the kick.”

What a difference a week made for Mottl, who missed a potential game-tying 44-yard field last Saturday against St. Laurence. The week before that, Mottle converted a game-tying field goal as time expired against Providence that led to a 32-31 overtime win.

“The life of a kicker,” Mottl said. “It’s a roller coaster.”

St. Rita will play tough-as-nails Loyola Saturday; Mount Carmel will play at Brother Rice Friday night.

 

Lemont who… you better recognize the school soon!!!!

Still under the radar Lemont continues their winning ways as they defeat conference foe Oak Forest 38-0 Friday night.

They have one the stingiest defenses this season only giving up 38 points through five games.

Linebacker Frankie Letizia made sure the Indians left that way, too.

Letizia was all over the field Friday night, disrupting the line of scrimmage and making plays downfield as the Indians rolled against the host Bengals.

“Our D-line did a great job,” Letizia said. “(Oak Forest) had no penetration. We were getting deep upfield, and they had nowhere to run.”

Lemont will play Hillcrest Friday night, while Oak Forest will play TF South.

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Other scores for around the league…

Bishop McNamara 40, Leo 14: David Moore caught two TD passes for Leo (2-3).

Chicago Christian 52, Walther Christian 12: Henry Light’s 51-yard TD pass to Jonathan Griffin set the tone for Chicago Christian (2-3, 1-0 MSC Red).

Crete-Monee 57, Rich South 0: Creo Argue’s four scoring runs powered Crete-Monee (3-2, 2-0 SAC). Isiah Rucker (8-for-9) added 191 yards passing and two TDs.

De La Salle 39, St. Francis 6: Devin Michicich had two scoring runs and a TD catch for De La Salle (5-0, 1-0 Catholic Green).

Hillcrest 26, Bremen 0: Anthony Long ran for three TDs to propel Hillcrest (4-1, 2-1 SSC Blue).

Kankakee 37, Rich East 33: Alexander Adams and Juanya Andrews each contributed a pair of TD runs for Rich East (3-2, 0-1 Southland).

Lincoln-Way East 42, Thornton 6: Jake Arthur had four scoring passes — two to Nick Zelenika — for East (4-1, 2-1 SWSC).

Lockport 42, Andrew 16: Ben Davis threw four TD passes to spark Lockport (4-1, 2-1 SWSC). Ryan Summers had a 20-yard scoring run for Andrew (0-5, 0-3).

Reavis 31, Eisenhower 7: Marc McClinton ran for two TDs and passed for a third to pace Reavis (4-1, 2-0 SSC Red).

Sandburg 22, Stagg 16: Jamare Park’s TD reception late in the fourth quarter boosted Sandburg (2-3, 2-1 SWSC). Jake Thielman scored on a 90-yard interception return for Stagg (0-5, 0-3).

Marian Central 28, Joliet Catholic 15: Mike Butler and Keenan Hailey posted TD runs for JCA (0-5, 0-3 ESCC).

Marist 49, Marian Catholic 0: Delonte Harrell had three TDs and Mike Markett added a pair of scores to lead Marist (4-1, 3-0 ESCC).

Thornwood 26, Nouvel Catholic Central (Mich.) 0: Jamar Howard passed for two scores and ran for a third to boost Thornwood (3-2).

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2016 Week 4 IHSA Recap

Posted on September 19, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Week 4…

September 18, 2016

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Mother Nature showed up and showed out this weekend in the Chicagoland area as it was ABSOLUTELY gorgeous football weather. In the end, teams made their presence felt while others who struggled early are making a strong surge.

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St. Patrick flexed Friday night!

The Shamrocks dominated from the kickoff to the final whistle defeating the host ESCC team Marian Catholic 41-0.

This got started right away when sophomore Marcus Wright sprinted the down the field for their first score. On the next possession, the Shamrocks scored again but in the air on a 51 yard pass from senior Anthony Mazzenga to Jonathan Hamilton. And literally less than 3 minutes later, Wright scored again, this time on a 32 yard pass from Mazzenga. Right before half, Joey Solak intercepted a quick pass, Mazzenga tossed yet another touchdown to Andrew Edgar making the score 27-0.  Edgar would score again in the third quarter this time from 63-yards out. The final score came with a running clock when Hamilton hauled in a 36 yard TD pass. Talk about an offensive explosing for the Shamrocks.

A bright note for the spartans came from Christian Simmons, who gained 62 yards on 12 carries for Marian (1-3, 0-2 ESCC). For highlights from this contest via CSNSport, visit http://bit.ly/2cQtNIw

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Richards wins two in a row…

Talk about a turnaround as Bulldogs wins their second game in a row defeating the Astros 38-10 in a South Suburban Red contest Friday night.

Richards (2-2, 2-0) senior Anthony Quinn led the way rushing for over 100 yards and three touchdowns from 40, 1 and 39 yards.

“I want my team to do good,” Quinn said with a smile afterward. “I want to do whatever I can to make that happen.”

Bulldogs quarterback Jake Moran finished the game going 9-for-15 for 107 yards and scored on a 5-yard run and tossed a 42-yard TD pass to Noah Petrusevski.

Shepard, who loss for the very first time this season (3-1, 1-1), scored on a 41-yard field goal by Mike Iturbe and a 78-yard pass play from quarterback Jack Carberry to Rishard Blake.

 

Crusaders cruise Friday night…

Call it an old school game featuring the Crusaders (4-0), but in the end, whew…. they defeated Montini 42-7. Behind the outstanding play of quarterback Dino Borrelli, who reached the final score at half by tossing s-i-x touchdown passes.

He had a Madden video game type of night going 14 of 15 passes for 331 yards and the six TDs. His lone incompletion came when he threw away a pass to avoid a sack.

“It was definitely the best game of my life,” Borrelli said. “It was awesome. We practiced all those plays all work and then they actually worked in the game. It was a great feeling.”

Ricky Smalling finished the game with 5 catches for 186 yards and three touchdown passes.

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The Vikings continues there winning ways….

Senior QB Bryant Wright scored s-e-v-e-n times in the high scoring contest against Lockport as the won 53-24. He took there in on the ground and tossed four others.

“I haven’t had that type of run-and-pass game,” said Wright, who finished 7-for-11 passing for 209 yards and rushed for 153 yards on 13 carries. “I just took what they gave me. That was my first time running for three touchdowns.”

In the end, the Vikings had over 500 yards of offense and the punter had the evening off as they didn’t punt one time.

H-F remains undefeated at 4-0, 2-0, while Lockport is now 3-1, 1-1.

St Laurence holds on against stingy St. Rita

In a nailbiter the Vikings (3-1) defeated the Mustangs 45-42 primarily on a deflected pass not intended for senior Levy Hamer, but he took it in to score.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Hamer said. “I was there as a safety net. I live for those type of moments.”

St. Rita quarterback Jake Zylman finished the contest going 11-for-20 for over 200 yards and connected with Tim Zaleski twice. Zylman also rushed for over 130 yards.

It was the first victory for St. Laurence over the Mustangs since 1987, a span of 12 games.

Other games in our coverage area….

Crete-Monee 30, Kankakee 0: Kevin Pate contributed three TDs for Crete-Monee (2-2, 1-0 SAC).

Lemont 29, Bremen 6: Spencer Nagel passed for 178 yards and two TDs for Lemont (4-0, 1-0 SSC Blue).

Lincoln-Way West 14, Stagg 0: Anthony Senerchia tossed a 21-yard TD pass to Matt Murphy and Ryan Robbins added a 13-yard scoring run for West (4-0, 2-0 SWSC).

Mount Carmel 49, DePaul Prep 8: Alek Thomas’s first-half TD run and scoring pass boosted Mount Carmel (3-1).

Notre Dame 35, Joliet Catholic 17: Patrick Roth threw a pair of TD passes for JCA (0-4, 0-2 ESCC).

Oak Forest 34, Eisenhower 27: Watari Mason rushed for 137 yards and a TD to power Oak Forest (3-1).

Oak Lawn 28, Evergreen Park 21: Jabari Clark (14 carries) rushed for 161 yards and two scores to lead Oak Lawn (2-2, 1-1 SSC Red).

Providence 48, St. Ignatius 14: Jared Drake had two TD passes and a pair of scoring runs, including a 58-yarder, to power Providence (2-2).

Rich Central 40, Rich South 6

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2016 IHSA Week 3 Recap

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Week 3… separation week?

September 9, 2016

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What a weekend of high school football in the chicagoland area! Two-top ranked conference foes face off during week 3 and we were at both games…

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The SouthWest Surburban contest put two undefeated teams on the same field: Homewood-Flossmoor visiting Lincoln-Way East… Both teams area offensive powerhouses as the Griffins put up 84 points in the first two weeks, and the Vikings 110. In the end, it was the visitors, the Vikings who are still undefeated winning 35-30.

Before everyone could get in their seats good, the hometeam, Griffins, grab an early 14-0 lead. Quarterback Jake Arthur (13-for-19 ,162 yards) found Jeremy Nelson on a pair of TD passes. The first covered 28 yards and the second 41. But this game wouldn’t be settled in the first quarter.

Bryant Wright led an impressive comeback. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior hooked up with Tyrice Richie on TD passes of 40 and 44 yards. Bryant also contributed a 5-yard TD run and hit Richie with a 2-point conversion pass to create a 21-21 tie with 9:59 to go in the second quarter.

“We were down, but we knew it wasn’t over,” Richie said of the 14-0 deficit. “The coaches told us to keep fighting.”

Running back Herbert Hughes, transfer from CPS Stagg, gave H-F their first lead of 28-21 with 2:44 remaining in the first half. Hughes stutter-stepped at the line of scrimmage before sprinting up the middle through the secondary down the field.

Hughes finished the contest for over 160 yards on the ground on just 10 carries.

The Griffins, however, struck back. Randy Scianna’s 3-yard TD run with 5:12 left in the third forced a 28-28 tie and set up a nail-biting finish.

Vikings scored their final touchdown when Wright tossed another pass to Richie with 6:20 left to play. Richie caught 10 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Wright finished the game with over 275 yards and also rushed for a TD.

“I wanted to make a statement,” Richie said. “I felt like I was underrated coming into this season. This is a great win for us. A lot of people doubted us.”

The Griffins pinned H-F deep on the other side of the field and instead of punting, coach Buzea decided to take a safety, making the score 35-30, and take their chances on defense.

Lincoln-Way East (2-1, 0-1) had a chance to win, but H-F’s Dylan Duplessis came up with an interception near the Vikings goal line with 1:17 remaining and the Vikings (3-0, 1-0) just ran out the clock.

“I’m proud of our kids,” Buzea said. “They were resilient. Hat’s off to our defensive staff. After those first two drives, the defense really stepped up.”

It was an especially emotional win for H-F. Senior receiver/punter Tyler DeMartra suffered a compound right ankle fracture in the second quarter trying to catch a pass and had to be taken off the field by ambulance.

“We were waiting for this,” Buzea said. “Wright made some great reads. He’s just going to keep getting better and better. And Richie, all I’ll say is Northern Illinois got a steal.”

You will be able to relive this contest via Comcast Sports starting Saturday at noon. Check local listing for channel. In the meantime, you can watch some game highlights at via their YouTube channel.

H-F will play another undefeated team Lockport (3-0) next Friday night; LW East travel to Bolingbrook (2-1).

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Loyola & Mount Carmel have been the gold standard of Illinois high school football every year. The Ramblers did just enough to stay undefeated Friday night at Gately stadium winning 35-28.

“[Mount Carmel] is a great team and [Thomas] is a hell of a player,” Holecek said. “We did just enough to win.”

The Ramblers jump out to an early two-score lead, 28-14 at the half, but the Caravan (2-1, 0-1 Catholic League Blue) found a spark when do-it-all athlete Alek Thomas took over at quarterback and even ran a couple of an unprecident trick plays with running back Michael Kennedy throwing a pair of halfback passes including one for a 33-yard touchdown to Phazione McClurge.

Thomas had 11 carries for 95 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown. He caught two passes for 16 yards and threw two passes for 64 yards. He played quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Caravan (2-1, 0-1).

But Jake Marwede rose to the occassion and managed the game perfectly. He finished the contest going 69 yards on teh ground and three touchdowns.

“Overally offensively [we were] impressive,” Holecek said. “[Marwede] shows he’s the best kid in the state, to me.”

The Caravan had a chance at the end, but failed on a 4th and six from the Loyola 11 with 2:00 to play. Quarterback Dan Trudeau went for a receiver in the end zone, but the pass fell incomplete.

Loyola will play St. Francis next Saturday; Mount Carmel will play DePaul College Prep next Friday afternoon.

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Chicago ACE Tech Charter 48, Richards 6
De La Salle 47, Robeson 0
Oswego 7, Joliet West 3
Rich East 43, Chicago Vocational 14
St. Patrick 49, Joliet Catholic 35

Bremen 47, T.F. North 12: Roc Smith ran for two TDs (1, 25 yards) and Christian Williams scored on a 60-yard fumble return to spark Bremen (2-1, 1-0 SSC Blue).

Brother Rice 45, Aurora Christian 6: Dino Borrelli threw three TD passes to Ricky Smalling, the longest a 72-yarder, to pace Brother Rice (3-0).

De La Salle 47, Robeson 0: Dorian Woods (10-for-15, 144 yards) passed for three TDs and ran for another score to lead De La Salle (3-0).

Richards 38, Eisenhower 10: Pat Doyle scored four TDs for Richards (1-2, 1-0 SSC Red).

Lockport 16, Lincoln-Way Central 14: Porters (3-0, 1-0) came from behind Friday night for the victory. Tavares Moore led the way finishing the game with 168 yards on 31 carries.

St. Laurence 49, Bishop McNamara 7: Fayezon Smart had two first-half TD runs and also brought the second-half kickoff back 95 yards for a score to power St. Laurence (2-1, 1-0 Catholic White).

Shepard 24, Evergreen Park 7: Nieko Carter scored on an 81-yard kickoff return and a 29-yard reception to lift Shepard (3-0, 1-0 SSC Red).

West Lafayette (Ind.) 14, Crete-Monee 13: Creo Argue scored on an 84-yard interception return and Mileak Harper added a 51-yard TD run for Crete-Monee (1-2).

Wheaton Academy 46, Chicago Christian 6: Henry Light scored on an 8-yard TD run for Chicago Christian (1-2).

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2016 IHSA Week 1 recap

Posted on August 27, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

High School Football – Week 1

August 26, 2016

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What a fantastic weekend for high school football! Perfect weather kicked things off Friday night across the Chicagoland area. A number of teams picked things off right where they left them, while others are trying to find their new identity. Let’s get things started……

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Olympians put on an Olympic performance in the opener

Behind the offensive play of junior quarterback, Jyran Mitchell, Rich Central knock off Stagg 39-6. Yes, I did say Mitchell… this is the third son to come through the program. Shawn Jr. is now playing at Eastern Illinois  and Jeremiah is at Austin Peay. And next month, they play against each other for the first time since, whew… for-e-v-e-r!

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But back to the game at hand, Mitchell had two TD runs and also threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Glen Abram to guide Rich Central (1-0) in the opener. The Olympians scored on their first four possessions and never looked back. On the other side of the ball, the defense was nasty… stingy… and it seemed as if every player swarmed to the ball on each and every play. This contest definitely sent a strong message to their future opponents that they are a force to be reckon with.

2016-RC-Stagg Stagg (0-1) got on the board late with a quick scamper by Mike Jennings.

The Olympians have a tough contest next week as they travel crosstown to St. Rita next Friday night. Should be a good one and we will be there!

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Vikings picked up where they left off….

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Homewood-Flossmoor’s Bryant Wright didn’t leave any questions unanswered as to his ability to take over the reins at quarterback for the Vikings as they dominated the game against Downers Grove South 56-6. He finished the contest going 8-for-13 for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran four times for 57 yards and a TD.

Running back Tyler Nutall (8 carries, 105 yards) punctuated the Vikings’ second drive with a 23-yard TD.

Herbert Hughes, a transfer from Stagg, scored back-to-back TDs in the third quarter on runs of 55 and 8 yards.

To top it off, backup quarterback Kellyn Gerenstein also scored on a 94-yard run.

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Crete knocks off TF South

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Crete-Monee running back Datuan Carter wanted to win this game for his coach John Konecki, who’s father, died Tuesday and the team attended his funeral earlier Friday.

“We had to win this one for coach,” Carter said. “He had a bad week. We saw that he was down and we had to pick him back up. It meant a lot to us to get this win.”

T.F. South took an early 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a 27-yard TD pass from Reis Padjen (16-of-21, 160 yards passing) to Bron Hill (7 catches, 107 yards).

But Carter, a junior, helped make sure it would happen, running for two touchdowns and catching another Friday as the host Warriors scored 35 unanswered points in the second half for a 42-7 win over T.F. South.

“It’s a very emotional time, as it is for any man with his father,” Konecki said. “My family knew I was going to come here, though. They wouldn’t expect anything less. It meant the world to me to look out at the funeral and see my team there. Your players become family members, and they were there for me.”

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Lemont squeaks’ passed Richards

Senior Steve Fleming made some crucial contributions Friday against Richards including a key 50 plus yard punt in the fourth quarter that pinned the Bulldogs deep in their own end which led to an Indians’ score for the victory, 13-7.

“I was thinking I needed to pin them deep,” Fleming said. “I was hoping that would give our defense a chance to get a big stop and lead to our offense getting good field position.”

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Rich East 46, North Lawndale 0: Here’s highlights from the contest care of MaxPrepsclickhere-football

Bloom 33, Andrew 12

Providence 3, East St. Louis 34

Marian Catholic 53, Urban Prep-Englewood 16: Christian Simmons (10 carries, 168 yards) scored on runs of 89 and 28 yards to lead Marian (1-0).

Franklin (Wis.) 24, Joliet Catholic 14: Clay Briscoe caught a 10-yard TD pass from Patrick Roth and Keenan Hailey added a 19-yard scoring run for JCA (0-1).

Hillcrest 32, Argo 0: Marcus Garrett’s 75-yard catch was among his three TDs for Hillcrest (1-0).

Lincoln-Way East 49, Adams (Ind.) 12: Jake Arthur threw two TD passes and Nigel Muhammad added a pair of scoring runs of 12 and 10 yards for East (1-0). Watch the CSN Chicago highlight video here: http://www.csnchicago.com/video/highlights-5-lincoln-way-east-49-south-bend-adams-12

Lockport 20, Downers Grove North 9: Ben Davis threw a pair of scoring passes for Lockport (1-0).

Reavis 51, Longwood 0: Devontta Wilson caught a 31-yard TD pass and also scored on a 40-yard run, both in the first half, to boost Reavis (1-0).

St. Laurence 31, Benet 21: Fayezon Smart’s 69-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter put St. Laurence (1-0) ahead for good. Kevin Williams tacked on two TD runs for the Vikings.

Shepard 38, T.F. North 18: Demetrius Harrison ran for 181 yards and a touchdown and also caught scoring passes of 53 and 28 yards to lead Shepard (1-0).

Thornwood 60, Phoenix 0: Jabari Howard contributed three first-half TDs, including a punt return, to spark Thornwood (1-0).

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2015-16 IHSA Girls Basketball to Watch

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2015-16 IHSA Girls Basketball Teams to Watch

November 29, 2015

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As the new season is upon us, it’s time to look ahead and here are some teams on our radar….

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What to Watch: Deja Cage (Sr., G, signee Loyola); Cachet Johnson; Destiny Harden;  Porsha Sydnor

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Player to Watch: Parris Bryant, 5-6 guard Bennita Drain, 5-9 forward Alecia Gulledge and 5-6 junior Karli Seay. How long will 6-5 freshman Nasia Brown stay down?

Marian Catholic

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What to Watch: Janae Poisson; Zaria Sydnor; Elisa DiOrlo; Shannon Mitchell (Fr); Gabrielle Cooper

Homewood-Flossmoor

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Players to Watch: Tylah Lampley (UIC signee); 6’5″ Eva Rubin (Jr. C), Nadia Green (Jr. G); 6’1″ Cheyanne Danner; 6’0″ Michell Pruitt (Jr.); Lindzy Cox (Sr.)

 Joliet Catholic

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What to Watch: Nicole Ekhomu (Sr. G, signee Florida State); Mia Farrell; Andriana Acosta

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What to Watch: Dajae Black (Sr. G., signed at Lewis), Tehya Fortune (Sr. G, signed at IL-Springfield), Kate Rosner (Sr. P, , signed at IL-Springfield), Claire Austin (Jr. P), Alexis Jones, Bri Rosa (Jr. G), twins who transferred from Sandburg Julia and Katie Ruzevich.

Hillcrest

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What to Watch: Joshulyn Shepard

Crete-Monee

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What to Watch: Sarah Humphrey

Rich South

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What to Watch:  Dasia Evans (Wright State)

 

 

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IHSA Football Quarterfinals Recap

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Quarterfinals… who’s still playing?

November 14, 2015

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Loyola 34, Homewood-Flossmoor 28

Loyola senior Dara Laja, the all-time leading rusher in school history, is quick to smile and admirably humble. He’s clearly an incredibly well-liked figure among the student body and also the focal point of the Ramblers’ offense.

So things looked bleak as the Loyola student section chanted Laja’s name with 11:06 to play in the fourth quarter Saturday in Wilmette. The running back was laying down on the field, suffering from cramps in his legs. He eventually limped to the sideline, leaving the Ramblers without their key offensive weapon for the most important drive of the season.

Senior quarterback, Emmett Clifford, put his name out on the circuit in bright lights this weekend and the Ramblers knocked off the stingy Vikings. Clifford led the Ramblers down the field, finally connecting with Jack Loper on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 4:52 to play that gave Loyola the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter.

On the next drive, senior Dara Laja, returned for the next drive, which he took it in from seven yards out to seal the victory and advance to the semifinals.

Laja finished with 30 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. Loyola’s game-plan was to limit the Vikings’ offensive possessions. Keeping H-F’s high-powered offense off the field was the key to victory, so that meant long drives kept alive by Laja’s quick, cunning runnings.

“It was definitely a long, hard game that was fought in the trenches,” Laja said. “Like every game, I have to give the offensive line credit. They are tough and hard-nosed, great guys and I’m lucky to have them protecting me.”

Homewood-Flossmoor’s offense more than lived up to its reputation. Running back Deante Harley-Hampton and wide receiver Kendric Pryor, a Wisconsin recruit, were focused and tuned in.

Harley-Hampton had 14 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns. But the truly eye-popping play was his 34-yard touchdown reception late in the game. The pass went about three yards in the air. The rest was all speed, style and elusiveness. He changed directions midway through, running the entire width of the field to eventually find the corner of the end zone.

Pryor caught eight passes for 154 yards. H-F quarterback Bryce Gray was 15-for-28 for 265 yards and one touchdown.

“They held the ball,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said. “We certainly didn’t get many chances, that was the key. We knew they were capable of doing that. A lot of people tried that, but they have the folks to do it. They have us outmanned by maybe 80 pounds on the line.”

Up next for Loyola is Palatine who rallied back for the win.

 

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Palatine 28, Brother Rice 24

What a comeback this Saturday afternoon as Palatine rallies back from the 17-point deficit late in the the third quarter to stun Brother Rice.

Brother Rice (9-2) had everything going its way early. The Crusaders piled up 281 yards of offense in the first half. They took the lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Camren Miller to Ricky Smalling, a 1-yard run by Miller and a 29-yard field goal.

Palatine had hoped to come out of the locker room with new spirit and they did as they ran off 28 points in the games’ final 10 minutes of play.

“We talked at halftime about wanting to win the game,” said Palatine coach Rick Splitt, whose team trailed 17-0 at the break. “We talked about doing the little things. We just needed momentum on our side. And we got it – we fast-forwarded from there.”

Zach Oles, who struggled for two and a half quarters, threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for two others as Palatine wore down Brother Rice down the stretch.

 

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Nazareth 35, Joliet Catholic 21

Four turnovers and one great player made the difference in Nazareth’s win against Joliet Catholic on Saturday.

Each of the Hilltoppers’ four miscues played a huge role in the Roadrunners’ 35-21 win in a Class 5A quarterfinal in LaGrange Park. So did Julian Love, who ran for 111 yards, had 95 receiving yards and made six tackles for loss.

Nazareth (10-2) installed the Wildcat offense for this week to get its Notre Dame recruit more touches. Love rushed nine times, mostly in the second half, and his 77-yard touchdown run straight up the middle with 5 minutes, 36 seconds to play gave the Roadrunners their final cushion after their lead had held steady for most of the afternoon.

Love also caught a short pass from Carson Bartels that turned into a zigzagging 66-yard TD to put Nazareth ahead 21-7 late in the second quarter.

“We’ve been practicing the Wildcat for a couple of weeks,” Love said, “and I’ve just been begging for it.”

Love finished the game with 9 carries for 111 yards and a score on the ground and in the air.

Michael Johnson rushed for a game-high 150 yards on 27 carries for JCA.

Nazareth will play St. Laurence or Tinley Park in next week’s semifinals.

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Marist 38, Oswego 35

The RedHawks win even after they totally played two different halves…

With a 38-7 at halftime lead, the RedHawks didn’t seal the victory until Robert Topps intercepted a Steven Frank pass at the Marist 30 with less than a minute to play as Oswego stormed back with four scores in the second half.

“I knew I had to attack that ball,” Topps said of his leaping pick on the left sideline, the first of his career. “We’re going to work hard this week to make sure we play hard for four quarters from now on.”

Brendan Skalitzky of Marist finished the game going 25-for-35, 288 yards, 4 total TDs. Teammate Darshon McCullough caught 15 receptions for 191 yards and 2 TDs. On the other side of the ball, Oswego were led by Steven Frank who went 21-for-35 for 280 yards and a total of 4 TDs

Marist will host Waubonsie Valley in next weekend’s semifinals.

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Hinsdale South 42, Lincoln-Way North 35

Lincoln-Way North’s undefeated season came to an end in the Class 6A quarters’ as they lost to Hinsdale South 42-35.

That clicking resulted in 506 yards for the Hornets, who had the Phoenix (11-1) on their heels from the game’s first drive — a nine-play, 90-yard jaunt finished by McCormack hitting Robert Hall, who broke a tackle and scored easily from 37 yards out.

Two South drives later, McCormack found senior wideout Ravon Johnson, who broke a tackle and outran the defense for an 81-yard touchdown. McCormack connected with Johnson nine times for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The final blow came late in the fourth quarter. With the score 35-28, North attempted an onside kick that was returned all the way to its 20-yard-line. Two plays later, Marcus Curry scored from 13 yards.

Sean McCormack led South going 15-for-22 for 289 yards and 4 TDs. Teammate WR Ravon Johnson caught 9 receptions for 218 yards and 3 TDs. The ground game was there too as Marcus Curry carried the ball 26 times for 176 yards and a score.

The Phoenix were led by Jake Arthur in the air as he went 22-for-40 for 270 yards and two scores.

This loss also marks the final game in North’s history, as the school will close after this school year.

“You saw tonight what the season was all about,” said George Czart, the only coach in Lincoln-Way North’s eight-year history. “Our kids really are a bunch of determined young men. We never gave up, always gave our best effort, love playing the game of football. If they carry on and do things in school and in their job the way they play football, they’re going to be very successful people. I’m proud to be associated with them. I’m gonna miss them.”

The Hornets (9-3) will host Crete-Monee (10-2), an upset winner against Sacred Heart-Griffin in next week’s semifinals.

 

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