2015-16 IHSA Girls Basketball to Watch

Posted on December 5, 2015. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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….

Morgan Park 

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

Bradley

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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

MARIST

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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)

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION (respect): Young, Hyde Park, Bloom

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Galaxy, Nov 21-25

Hillcrest Holiday Tournament, Dec. 26-30

McDonald’s Tournament, Jan 16-18

City-Suburban Showdown, Feb

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IHSA Week 9 Game Summary

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This is it…. final weekend of high school football

October 23, 2015

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So basically who did enough to get a spot in the Illinois High School Associations playoffs?  There are many teams on the bubble that need to win this week and will be glued to a TV set Saturday night as teams are announced.

Here is our final week recaps:

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Joliet Catholic 35, Marist 28
Joliet Catholic rebounded nicely in the final game with a 35-28 win against Marist in Joliet and ties for the ESCC title.

Zach Lukasik led the way with sacks on Marist’s final two possessions to help the Hilltoppers (8-1, 6-1) tie for the East Suburban Catholic title with Notre Dame.

Joliet Catholic went ahead 28-21 with 2 minutes, 45 seconds to play on Michael Johnson’s 3-yard touchdown run and never looked back.  Johnson finished with 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The RedHawks did add a late score, but did not recover an onside kick.

 

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Lincoln-Way North 28, Lincoln-Way West 21

Lincoln-Way North caps their dream regular season with stunning win sending a message as their school may be closed next year… and yes, The Phoenix are UNDEFEATED!

The Warriors (7-2, 5-2) went up 21-7 with touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half, on a Gabe Montalvo run and Lowman’s 19-yard pass to Jake Mauney, but North (9-0, 7-0) rallied back in the fourth quarter when Jake Arthur first went to Drew Slager from 7 yards to cut the deficit to 21-13 but missed the PAT.

“Even when we were down by two scores (in the fourth quarter), there were only positive thoughts and remarks on the sideline,” said North quarterback Jake Arthur, whose 10-yard pass to Drew Slager on the opening drive of overtime was the winner. “This is just a great win for the team, the school and the community.”

And for dramatic fashion, with a little over 90-seconds left to play, North perfectly executed a hook-and-ladder pass, with Arthur passing 15 yards to Slager, who then pitched it to a streaking Jaylin Branch, who raced untouched for 23 more yards down the left sideline. Arthur and Slager hooked up again for the tying two-point conversion.

“It’s kind of funny,” Branch said. “We practice that play every day and it never works. So we definitely picked a good time for it to pay off.”

West’s attempt to tie fell short, as Connor Lowman’s fourth-and-goal pass from the 5 was incomplete.  What a game…

Besides the 9-0 slate, the victory also earned North the outright Southwest Suburban Red crown.

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Brother Rice 37, St. Rita 21
Julian Blain recorded 191 yards and two touchdowns from scrimmage as visiting Brother Rice (8-1, 3-1) defeated St. Rita (3-6, 0-4) in Catholic League Blue action. Shaun Rule scored a pair of TDs for St. Rita.

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St. Francis 23, Fenwick 14
Will Purdom scored two TDs (one passing, one rushing), as John Brundage had 17 carries for 96 yards for St. Francis.

Notre Dame 25, Carmel 13
Notre Dame is ESCC champ for the first time since 1981.

 

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2015 IHSA Week1 Summary

Posted on August 28, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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August 28, 2015

week1 MATTESON – From the private sector of Chicago to the far reaching burbs of Kankakee and everywhere in between, variations on offensive and defensive brands of football highlight the diversity of the game. And well, it’s F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L time which brings about Friday Night Lights.

TEAMS & PLAYERS TO WATCH
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In short, in our coverage area, Homewood-Flossmoor is the best – point blank period. The Vikings return 17 starters from the last year’s team that lost to Stevenson 31-25 in the Class 8A title game. Virtually every key member of the offense is back including the wonder-twin power of Deante & Devonte Harley-Hampton.

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“We have talent but there are a lot of teams that have talent,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said. “Some with equal, some with more than us. Success has to do with how they play and the passion they play with. This group of seniors has been together a long time. They respect each other and they hold each other accountable.”

 

Looks like it’s definitely the Vikings to lose in the IHSA Class 8A…

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Week 1 Game Summary

football_icon_small1 Malvern (Pa.) 37,  St. Rita 0

Malvern, a high school from Pennsylvania, hit for seven plays of 20 yards or more and piled up a total of 524 yards in rolling to a 37-0 win over the Mustangs at Soldier Field.

The Mustangs, though, were burned by the big play far too often.

Malvern junior quarterback Nick Maras had a field day, completing 17 of 21 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns, of which, 13-for-15 for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

“We just had everything clicking,” Maras said. “Our receivers and running backs came out and played a great game.”

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Malvern led 20-0 at halftime as Maras threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Ian Murray and 29 yards to Mike Fay. Maras’ 18-yard strike to Murray got the Friars down to the 1 to set up a TD run from Zac Fernandez (12 carries, 64 yards).

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St. Rita was held to 65 yards of total offense and only two first downs, including Brandon Williams, who ran 12 times for 29 yards in the loss.

On a bright note, Thomas Stacker recorded was able to get to the quarterback.

“We played a good game up front and our linebackers did a good job,” said Stacker, a senior defensive lineman. “We just had a lot of communication mistakes. We’d get them in third-and-long and they’d break a big run or hit a big screen for a lot of yards. It’s a lot of stuff we can fix.”

“It was definitely fun playing at Soldier Field, even though the game didn’t go how we wanted.”

Stacker hopes the Mustangs will have things turned around by then.

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football_icon_small1 Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Downers Grove South 15

Just too much speed

The Vikings scored five touchdowns on their first 10 plays en route to a 56-15 thrashing.
Senior quarterback Bryce Gray completed his first five passes, two of which went for touchdowns. His lone lowlight was an intentional grounding play late in the second quarter. He made up for it on the next play, connecting with Kendric Pryor for a 35-yard score and a 42-9 halftime lead.

“It doesn’t make any difference who we play, we’re going to play our game. And if we play our game and execute the way we should, it should be like this all time,” said Gray, who finished 8-for-10 for 338 yards and four TDs. “I just trust my guys. We’re a veteran team. We’ve been through it all.”

Mr. Gray finished the contest going 8-for-10 passing, 338 yards, 4 TDs.

H-F scored on its opening possession on a 31-yard run up the middle from Deante Harley-Hampton (four carries, 48 yards), then scored four times on its next six plays, including TD passes of 68 and 28 yards from Gray. Not to be out-done, twin Devonte, had  2 catches for 137 yards including a 66-yard TD.

football_icon_small1 Joliet Catholic 35, Providence 13

Joliet Catholic wingbacks Michael Johnson and Harry Davis took turns making big plays in Friday’s contest against Providence..

That meant bad news for the Celtics.

Johnson rushed for 204 yards, scored on a 99-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and caught a 77-yard touchdown pass to lead No. 16 Joliet Catholic to a 35-13 win against No. 13 Providence in New Lenox. Davis added four receptions for 102 yards.

Johnson finished with 18 carries, 204 yards, 2 TDS including a 77-yard TD catch

Celtics top RB Richie Warfield did show why he’s a top player as he raced down the field fro a 84 yard TD off of a screen pass. He finished the contest with 59 yards on 15 carries.

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football_icon_small1 Marian Catholic 42, Urban Prep-Englewood) 8
Christian Simmons and Jesiah Jones accounted for 3 TDs apiece for Marian (1-0).

football_icon_small1  Brother Rice 56, Birmingham Brother Rice, Mich. 20
Brother Rice quarterback Cam Miller was 21-for-26 for 297 yards and six touchdowns. Wide receiver Ricky Smalling hauled in three of those touchdowns.

football_icon_small1 Marist 14, Mount Carmel 21

football_icon_small1  Marian Catholic 42, Urban Prep-Englewood) 8
Christian Simmons and Jesiah Jones accounted for 3 TDs apiece for Marian (1-0).

football_icon_small1  Bradley-Bourbonnais 20, De La Salle 14
Tom Duddleston (25-46, 202 yards) ran and threw for a TD for De La Salle (0-1).

football_icon_small1  Glenbard West 28, Bolingbrook 7
Sam Brodner, a Vanderbilt commit, had two touchdown runs while Isaiah Skinner added an 84-yard kick return for a touchdown to lead the Hitters.

football_icon_small1  Loyola 35, Marquette University, Wis. 0
The Ramblers opened the 2015 season by jumping out to a 35-0 halftime lead and never looking back. Dara Laja had three touchdown runs (1, 1, 5) while quarterback Emmett Clifford had two touchdown passes, a 17-yard strike to Thomas Smart and a 13-yard throw to Robert Sullivan.

football_icon_small1 Reavis 33, South Bend (Ind.) Adams 27 (OT): Isiah Alpuche had two touchdowns in regulation (1-yard run, 90-yard kickoff return) and also scored the game winner to lift Reavis.

football_icon_small1 Lemont 21, Plainfield South 6: Frank Letizia returned two interceptions (42, 16 yards) for TDs to pace Lemont. Spencer Nagel tacked on a 25-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Fejedelem for the Indians.

football_icon_small1 Sandburg 28, Naperville North 21: Alec Fidan’s second TD pass of the game to Avery Verble propelled Sandburg. Andy Gayton (71-yard fumble return) also contributed a score for the Eagles.

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2015 IHSA Football Teams to Watch

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2015 IHSA Football Teams to Watch

August 24, 2015

As the new football season is upon us, it’s time to look ahead to 2015 kick-off. Here are some teams that you all should keep an eye on this season….

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Homewood-Flossmoor

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Players to Watch: Bryce Gray, Deante & Devonte Harley-Hampton, Desmond Bland

Lincoln-Way East

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Player to Watch: Liam Morrissey

Mount Carmel

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Players to Watch: Anthony Thompson, Anthony Ries

Joliet Catholic

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Player to Watch: Tyler Witt

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Player to Watch: Tuf Borland

Loyola Academy

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Players to Watch: Eric Eshoo, John Shannon

Providence Catholic

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Player to Watch: Richie Warfield

Lemont

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What to Watch: young, fast Defense

Lincoln-Way West

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Player to Watch:Bryan Brokop

Richards

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What to Watch: experience…

Brother Rice

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What to Watch: fast offense…

St. Rita

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What to Watch: coach Todd Kuska

 HONORABLE MENTION: Crete-Monee, Morgan Park, Rich Central

What are some story lines to follow this season?
Can Homewood-Flossmoor live up to ALL of the expectations? Who will rise from the South Suburbs to contend?  Can a Public League team finally win state championship?

Who are the top Player of the Year candidates?
Possibly co-players of the Year featuring the Wonder twins featuring Harley-Hampton brothers are all contenders. And don’t forget about Lincoln-Way East running back Liam Morrissey.

Games to watch this season?
Mount Carmel vs Providence, September 11
St. Rita at Montini, September 11.
Mount Carmel vs St Rita, September 18
Lincoln-Way East at Homewood-Flossmoor, October 9th.
Nazareth at Joliet Catholic, October 9.
Crete at Rich Central, October 9
Bolingbrook at H-F, October 23

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IHSA Week 4 Recap

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Separation week….

WEEK 4

This week, many team are trying to separate themselves from the pack… who were successful? who wasn’t? Week 4… whew!!!!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Rich Central 42, Rich South 0

The Southland cross-town classic started with lots of tensions, but NOT on the field, as police presence was VERY visible at the stadium due to past tensions between the schools. On the field… no tension as the Olympians handled the Stars in a shutout.

Quarterback DaQuan Richie ran 12 yards for a touchdown and also threw a 60-yard scoring pass to DeQuan Dudley to lift visiting Rich Central (3-1) in the Southland opener for both teams. Rich South just couldn’t get anything going during the contest and fell to 1-3.

Rich East 40, Gary Roosevelt (Ind.) 6

The Rockets red glare went bursting in the air on Saturday afternoon as Rich East knock off Panthers 40-6 as thunderstorms rolled in. The first Rockets’ TD was set up by a blocked Roosevelt punt. B.J. Stewart scored from 4 yards out for East and then scored again with a 48-yarder on the next possession.

“It was a good victory for us. We came out and executed a few things well,” said Rich East coach Barry Reade, who also got two TDs each from Marcel McDonald and Kendall Miller. “We ran the ball well and got a few turnovers on defense. We did what we came here to do, which is win [going] interconference play next week.”

Defensively, Rich East (4-0) held Roosevelt to only 56 yards and two first downs in the two quarters. The first came with 3:15 left in the half, the second produced a 15-yard passing TD for Roosevelt (1-3), with Young hitting Ronald White Jr.

Loyola 42, Fenwick 0

Loyola (3-1) scored on its first two possessions, both scores set up with the run, to race out to an early 14-0 and NEVER locked back. Junior Dara Laja gained 29 yards on his first carry and finished with 135 of his game-best 147 yards in the first half. On the Ramblers’ second series, they ran the ball all 10 plays, with senior Cal Falkenhayn scoring from one yard out. Laja carried the ball seven consecutive times for 70 yards on the drive

Friday, September 19, 2014

St. Rita 23, Mount Carmel 21

Crosstown rivalry like none other as the Mustangs grabbed the lead early but fault back against the Caravan winning 23-21 in front of a jammed pack stadium Friday night.

Things got started with an acrobatic 43-yard touchdown catch by Lee from a pass from C.J. Weydeman to go up 7-0. Then they struck again with a little more than 8 minutes in the second on a Brandon Gaston 25-yard TD pass to Dion Bobo.

St Rita had a 14-0 lead, but you know the Caravan were going to adjust and make a run which including three lead changes in the final 6 minutes of the game.

They got on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run by A.J. Lewis, who finished with 17 carries, 83 yards, with 14.9 seconds left in the first half. Anthony Ries tied it at 14 with a 4-yard scoring run at 5:18 of the third quarter. And they took the lead on a 5-yard TD pass from Anthony Thompson (6 of 12, 74 yards) to Demetrius Lewis with 2:01 remaining.

But when the Mustangs kicker Bailey Marth, who missed an extra point after St. Rita’s go-ahead touchdown with under six minutes to go, but he redeemed himself with just 23.1 seconds left to play by kicking the winning field goal from  about 30 yards out.

Mustangs quarterback Weydeman completed 12 of 29 passes for 194 yards, including that touchdown pass to Lee. And Gaston threw a touchdown pass in the first half before running for the go-ahead score at 5:55 of the fourth.

“We were fine,” Gaston said of Mount Carmel’s comeback. “It was just our team chemistry was off a little bit. We’re all brothers. We all will come together in the end to make it up.”

The Caravan had one last chance, but ran out of time at the St. Rita 39. This is the first time they are 1-3 under coach Frank Lenti’s tenure.

“We did everything we possibly could do wrong in the first half,” Lenti said. “You’ve got to say our kids showed a lot of character coming back from 14-0 down and taking the lead in the last few minutes.”

A bright spot is Mount Carmel’s (1-3, 0-2) defense held St. Rita’s Tyre Lee — who was coming off back-to-back 200-yard rushing games against Dunbar and Montini — to 48 yards on 17 carries.

And if you thought St. Rita used everything in the playbook Friday night, wide receiver Gaston has some news.

“We’ve still got a couple more up our sleeve,” Gaston said after throwing for one touchdown and running for another in a stirring 23-21 Catholic League Blue home win over Mount Carmel.

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Richards 46, Oak Lawn 21

Who throws a screen on third and long (22)? The Bulldogs…. as they executed the perfect screen from Hasan Muhammad-Rogers to Pat Doyle turned into a 65-yard touchdown and a 26-0 lead. Richards went on to post a 46-21 South Suburban Red road win over Oak Lawn on Friday.

“I thought we played a good first half, did a lot of good things, then got complacent,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “We have to learn to put the hammer down.”

Muhammad-Rogers completed 14-of-21 passes for 273 yards.

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Carmel 41, Marian Catholic 0

Carmel (2-2, 1-1): Noah Turner 56-yard TD reception, 55-yard TD reception; Rondel Jamison 51-yard TD reception, 20-yard run for TD; Michael Huiras 2 TDs

T.F. South 32, Bremen 0

T.F. South (2-2, 1-1): Devon Cathcart 45-yard TD reception, 3 sacks, tackle for safety; Sterling Smith 2 TDs

Shepard 41, Hillcrest 14

Shepard (2-2): Demetrius Harrison 23 carries, 173 yards, 2 TDs.

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2014 Girls 3A State Finals

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It’s March which means it’s State Finals Time…

March 8, 2014 – updated

March 7, 2014

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Four teams came down…. two are left to play for the Title!
Montini 57, Joliet Catholic 44 (title game)

NORMAL, IL – The Broncos (34-2) shot with lots and lots of confidence from behind the arc to win this years’ Class 3A state title game against Joliet Catholic, 57-44.
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They shot 11-for-20 from downtown led by Kelly Karlis, who knocked down four, and teammates Lea Kerstein and Kateri Stone tagged teamed for three each.

“We saw a tendency in their defenses, and we used our bigger kids to that side,” coach Jason Nichols said after the game. “We did a little bit of shifting to there, and our girls had easier looks off that. … We put shooter to shooter on the same side. That’s where they have a tendency to shift their smaller girls, and that’s where we shifted.”

Kerstein finished the game with 13 points, while Stone added 12.

Cross-court, senior Michigan State-recruit Jasmine Lumpkin finished the game with a double-double, 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals, but that wasn’t enough
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“They shot the ball well, and when they’re shooting like that there’s nothing we can do,” Lumpkin said after the game in Normal. “They were hot and they were hitting them. They really had that corner 3 knocked down.”

The Angels (27-3) did cut the deficit to two late in the third quarter following a needed basket by Nicole Ekhomu’s, but the Broncos Kaylee Bambule and Kerstein responded by drilling back-to-back 3s to end the third.

In the end, the Angel leading scorer was sophomore Nicole Ekhomu, who scored 14 points.

FUN FACT: Montini seniors Stone, Karlis and Sara Ross wrapped up their careers with a 138-10 record.

This is Montini’s fourth Class 3A state title in five years after placing third last season, and will be moving to the Class 4A bracket beginning next season. This is due to Illinois High School Associations new success advancement formula.

Quincy Notre Dame 64, Burlington Central 40 (third place game)
NORMAL, IL – Quincy Notre Dame leaves the state finals with a win as they run past Burlington Central, 64-40, in the IHSA Girls 3A 3rd place contest Saturday afternoon.

The Raiders were led by Kristen Gengenbacher, who scored 20 points, followed by teammate Mary Beth Hugenberg, who added 19.

The Rockets were led sophomore Sam Pryor who scored 10 points. Burlington Central is the only team here at State that doesn’t start any seniors and they made this much noise? Wow, they have a very bright future ahead of them and should have a few more trips back down here.

Below are the updates from Friday – the semifinal games…
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Burlington Central 26, Montini 34

NORMAL, IL – Slow game, but the Broncos did enough to hold on and advance to the IHSA State Finals behind the play of Ohio University-recruit Kelly Karlis, who scored 10 points 5 boards and 3 steals. Teammates Lea Kerstein knocked down 8 points, followed by Kaylee Bambule who added 6.

The Broncos only scored six points in 16-plus minutes spanning three quarters. Unheard of for their style of play. Then, senior guard Kateri Stone, a veteran of three previous trips to state, ended her own scoreless drought with a steal at midcourt that was followed by a layup.

Inspired by Stone’s steal, the Broncos scored seven points in 49 seconds to rally back into the contest and seal the win.

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“You have to keep fighting, and we found a way to win,” Montini coach Jason Nichols said. “It was not pretty.”

The Broncos (33-2) will face either Joliet Catholic or Quincy Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Saturday, the program’s fourth title game appearance in five years.

On the other side of the ball, the Rockets were led by Sam Pryor who scored 11 points and 6 boards.

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Joliet Catholic 70, Quincy Notre Dame 59

NORMAL, IL – This game presented lots of trivia-style questions that no one “would” have ever thought “would” happen: Would the return State Class 3A finalist, Quincy Notre Dame, come out rusty on the big stage? Would the Lady Spartans captain, Jasmine Lumpkin, who have fouled out of a State semifinals game? Or would the size of Joliet Catholic be a little more than Quincy ND could handle?

Lumpkin, a Michigan State recruit, finished the game with almost the game high as she scored 15 points and snagged 6 boards. Nicole Ekomu led the the team with 16 points, 6 boards, and 3 steals, followed by Jnaya Walker who added 15.
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In the end, it was the size of the Angels that won the game, and defeat last years’ champs. They will face Montini tomorrow afternoon at 2pm. Lumpkin won a couple State Championships with them prior to this weekends festivities… should be interesting!

“I’m not shocked because of their experience in summer ball, and we never bought into that philosophy,” Joliet Catholic coach Ed Schodrof said of his team’s youth. “I was confident. We’re 30 games into this season.”

Can the Angels win their first State title? Or, will Montini be able to win another Class 3A title?

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2014 Girls State Final Preview

Posted on March 7, 2014. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

100 Days Later – 8 teams still stand – four from each class: 3A / 4A

March 6, 2014

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3A

Burlington Central (27-4) vs. Montini (32-2), 12:15 p.m.

Burlington Central is making its first appearance in the state finals, but it’s not likely to be the Rockets’ last. The Rockets’ has lots, I mean lots of young talent in the pipeline led by 6-foot sophomore Samantha Pryor, 5-8 sophomore guard Shelby Holt and 6-foot junior Alison Colby. They are facing a playoff-veteran, and State champion caliber team led by a pair of four-year players – 6-1 Kateri Stone and 6-2 Kelly Karlis – and featuring a deep and talented bench.

“Burlington Central is a nice young team that’s going to be hungry and eager to knock us off,” Nichols warned.

Joliet Catholic (27-2) vs. Quincy Notre Dame (29-3), 2 p.m.

Maybe it’s not the same team that won the Class 3A state title last year – 6-2 Jordan Frerichs and Kassidy Gengenbacher have both moved on – but there’s still enough talent at Quincy Notre Dame to make a serious bid for a fourth straight state title. The leaders of this year’s group are 5-11 senior Mary Beth Hugenberg and 5-10 senior Kristen Gengenbacher, who get a lot of help from 5-9 senior Cassidy Foley and her younger sister, freshman McKenzie Foley. Joliet Catholic has not been downstate since 1985. Quincy Notre Dame hasn’t missed since 2009. On the other side of the court, is a championship roster as well led by Michigan State-recruit Jasmine Lumpkin, who is averaging 18.3 points and 9.2 boards. And to add a little more fire power, teammate, Nicole Ekhomu, has superb court-vision orchestrating the offense and breaking down defenses. And to top it off, she’s a sophomore who’s averaging 14.3 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.8 steals per game.  This should be an exciting game.

3A players to watch: Burlington Central –- Sam Pryor, 6-0, So., F (14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds); Alison Colby, 6-0, Jr., F (8.2 points, 6.0 rebounds). Montini – Kateri Stone, 6-1, Sr., G (11.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 93 3-pointers); Kelly Karlis, 6-2, Sr., G (9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds). Joliet Catholic – Jasmine Lumpkin, 6-0, Sr., F (18.3 points, 9.2 rebounds); Nicole Ekhomu, 5-9, So. G (14.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.8 steals). Quincy Notre Dame – Mary Beth Hugenberg, 5-11, Sr., F (16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds); Kristen Gengenbacher, 5-10, Sr., G (15.7 points, 3.5 assists).

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4A

Marian Catholic (27-4) vs. Young (30-3), 8:15p.m.

Dolphins seek revenge after being caught by the Spartans last year on the same court, same game as they loss 63-39…

Coach Corry Irvin said it plain and simple “We were horrible!”

Top-ranked Dolphins (30-3) will get a chance to avenge that loss when they face defending state champion Marian Catholic (27-4) in a Class 4A semifinal at Redbird Arena Friday at 8:15 p.m. The game will follow the 6:30 p.m. semifinal between Rolling Meadows (28-4) and Geneva (26-5).

Marian Catholic is riding a 14-game winning streak heading into the state finals. The Spartans have not lost since a 60-33 thumping at the hands of Incarnate Word (St. Louis, Mo.) back on Jan. 11, although they needed a little late heroics to turn back Oak Lawn in overtime in the sectional finals. Teniya Page and Ashton Millender have carried the offensive load for first-year coach Dan Murray.

Geneva (26-5) vs. Rolling Meadows (28-4), 6:30 p.m.

Is there a hotter team around than Geneva? The Vikings have won 14 in a row and recently got Michaela Loebel back off the DL. Grace Loberg has been a revelation for the Vikings. Since coming up to the varsity, the 6-2 freshman has averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game. But the Vikings are facing a team that has a little bit of incentive after losing in the final seconds of the 2013 state title game. “We’ve used that game as motivation,” Rolling Meadows’ Jackie Kemph said.

4A players to watch: Geneva — Grace Loberg, 6-2, Fr., C (14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds); Morgan Seberger, 5-11, Sr., G (11.0 points, 53 3-pointers). Rolling Meadows — Jackie Kemph, 5-6, Sr., G (21.2 points, 8.3 assists); Jenny Vliet, 6-2, Sr., F (14.4 points, 9.4 rebounds). Young — Khaalia Hillsman, 6-5, Sr., C (13.4 points, 14.4 rebounds); Kiara Lewis, 5-8, So., G (12.1 points, 8.3 assists). Marian Catholic — Ashton Millender, 5-10, Sr., G (16.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 62 3-pointers); Teniya Page, 5-7, Sr., G (15.1 points, 4.7 assists).

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IHSA AP Girls Rankings

Posted on November 20, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SECOND EDITION of IL High School Girls Basketball AP Rankings

January 15, 2014

By Associated Press

Homewood-Flossmoor grabs the top spot in Class 4A while Montini holds on to the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A. Find a complete list of the AP rankings here.

CLASS 4A
SCHOOL (First-place voice)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Homewood-Flossmoor (5)     11-2     93     4
2     Young (1)     13-2     88     1
tie     Rolling Meadows (1)     17-2     88     2
4     Edwardsville (4)     12-0     68     3
5     WW South     16-2     64     6
6     Marian Catholic     13-4     51     5
7     Trinity     14-2     44     NR
tie     Fremd     15-2     44     7
9     Bolingbrook     9-2     22     8
10     New Trier     16-0     17     10

Others receiving votes: Neuqua Valley 10, Rock Island 8, Geneva 2, Hersey 2, Batavia 1, Hononegah 1, Huntley 1, Oak Lawn 1

CLASS 3A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Montini (6)     17-1     127     1
2     Quincy Notre Dame (5)     14-1     122     2
tie     Joliet Catholic (3)     14-0     122     3
4     Springfield     17-1     97     4
5     Morgan Park     11-2     77     5
6     Washington (Ill.)     11-1     53     8
7     Bishop McNamara     13-2     51     6
8     Morton     13-3     38     7
9     Normal U-High     13-1     35     9
10     Burlington Central     14-2     20     NR

Others receiving votes: Richwoods 7, Champaign Centennial 6, Effingham 6, Vernon Hills 4, Mendota 2, North Chicago 2, Coal City 1

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CLASS 2A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     St. Thomas More (12)     18-2     138     1
2     Breese Central (2)     19-0     128     3
3     Nashville     16-1     102     4
4     Teutopolis     12-3     87     2
5     Sherrard     19-2     61     5
6     El Paso-Gridley     12-2     55     6
7     Watseka     15-2     53     7
8     Prophetstown     18-2     39     8
9     Byron     15-3     19     NR
10     Clinton     14-2     14     NR
tie     Piasa Southwestern     16-1     14     NR
tie     Sullivan     13-1     14     NR

Others receiving votes: Mt. Carmel 8 (Ill.), Illini West (Carthage) 7, Havana 7, Litchfield 6, Carterville 6, Westminster Christian 5, Marshall 3, Oregon 2, St. Joseph-Ogden 1, Bloomington Central 1

CLASS 1A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Annawan (13)     12-4     130     1
2     Gilman Iroquois West     17-1     105     2
3     Moweaqua Central A&M     15-4     102     3
4     Putnam County     17-1     82     T5
5     Brimfield     10-1     65     T5
6     Carrollton     12-2     51     8
7     Eastland     17-3     39     NR
8     Danville Schlarman     10-6     29     4
9     Arcola     13-3     25     T9
10     Shiloh     15-3     15     NR

Others receiving votes: South Fulton 14, Calhoun 13, Nokomis 12, Aquin 10, Stark County 8, River Ridge 8, Pearl City 3, Winchester West Central 2, Galena 2

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2013 GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-AREA TEAMS

Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Best of the Best Girls in our coverage…

March 4, 2013

The Associated Press released its Class 3A and Class 4A All-State teams last Wednesday. There were some surprises to say the least. When a bunch of voters based in different areas of the state are unable to see several teams and players, the final selections can be somewhat head-scratching. One notable surprise came from our coverage area, in which Hillcrest senior, Dana Gettis, was NOT named to Class 3A first or second team. Gettis did everything for Hillcrest this season – she averaged 20.2 points, 5.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in her senior year. You won’t find many players in the state with her numbers.

Then you have Morgan Park and Rich South, who didn’t have a single member on the all-state teams. In addition, Joliet Catholic freshman Nicole Ekhomu joined Gettis as an honorable mention pick. Ekhomu’s career should be filled with many awards and accomplishments.

But as we know, voting isn’t an inexact science that produces a wide range of results. Well, we tried to go through our coverage area with a magnifying glass… Whew, this is what we came up with…

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Here is our All-Area Amateur Sports Team (alpha order):

FIRST TEAM
Leah Bolton, Marist, (Sr.)

Kennedy Cattenhead, Bolingbrook, (Sr.)

Nicole Ekhomu, Joliet Catholic (Fr.)

Dana Gettis, Hillcrest, (Sr.)

Bria Gaines, Bloom (Sr.)

Linnae Harper, Young (Sr.)

Jasmine Lumpkin, Joliet Catholic (Jr.)

Ashton Millender, Marian Catholic, (Jr.)

Teniya Page, Marian Catholic, (So.)

JeTaun Rouse, Marist (Sr.)

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Illinois HS Football Players to Watch

Posted on September 6, 2012. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Amateur Sports Players to Watch….

September 2012

Here is our list of players in our coverage area to keep an eye on during the season…

Ty Isaac of Joliet Catholic

Ethan Pocic of Lemont

Laquon Treadwell of Crete-Monee

Kyle Bosch of St. Francis (Michigan commit)

Aaron Bailey of Bolingbrook (Illinois commit)

Jalen Banks

Don Butkus of Mount Carmel (undecided)

Ian Woodworth of Marist

Nic Weishar of Marist  (undecided)

Draco Smith of Mount Carmel

Peter Andrewotti of St Rita

Taje Smith of H-F

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