2017 IHSA Baseball Teams and Players to Watch

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Teams and Players to watch on the diamond

March 25, 2017

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Time change has happened… schools are putting their best on the team and weather is breaking… Here are our Illinois High School Association baseball teams and players to watch in my coverage area….
NOTE: Player Name, Position, (College committed to) and you can click on the schools logo for additional information

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 Ryan Kutt, P (Illinois)
  Jack Guzek, P (Indiana State)
  Ryan King, SS (Michigan State)
  Andy Lopez, C
  Sam Jones, 2B (Indiana)

 


  Tommy Farrell, P (UIC)
  Jimmy Burnette, P (Illinois)
  Jake Lotz, P (Lewis)
  Angel Sandoval, P (St. Francis)
  Marius Balandis, P (Iowa Western)
  Matt McCormick, C (West Virginia)

 


NOTE: The defending Class 3A state champions…
  Ryan Sublette, P (Texas Tech)
  Nate Madej, P
  Dominic Connolly, SS (Maryville)
  Angel Salinas, 2B
  Joe Kelley, CF (Robert Morris)
  KC Simonich, Outfielder (Texas Tech)


  Steve Washilewski, P (Kansas)
  Matt Verdun, P (Lewis)
  Justin Ruthrauff, P
  Colan Fitzgerald, Outfielders
  Charlie Rodriguez, Outfielders
  David Gleaves, Outfielders
  Tyler Woynerowski, 1B (Benedictine)
  Blake Soria, C


  Brandon Comia, SS (Illinois)
  Eric Papierski, 3B (St. Xavier)
  Troy Jones, Outfielder
  Collin Friedsam, 1B,C
  Ryan Hampe, C
  Kevin Lane, P (Milwaukee)
  Tim Dobrik, P
  Evan Tenuta, P (Notre Dame)


  Alek Thomas, Outfielder (TCU)
  Bobby Seymour, 1B (Wake Forest)
  Zion Pettigrew, Infielder (Iowa)
  Macauley Kilbane, Outfielder (Johns Hopkins)
  Nate Milianti, Outfielder/C
  Jake Kapers, C (Valparaiso)
  Diego Munoz, P
  Cameron Hupe, P

 


  Mike Edwards, P (Milwaukee)
  Jake Jones, P (Murray State)
  Tyler Suchy, SS (Robert Morris)
  Dylan Henson, C (Purdue Northwest)
  Raul Flores, 3B (Trinity Christian)
  Josh Boger, CF

 


NOTE: The three-time defending 4A state champs
  Gaosh Williams, Outfielder (Central Michigan)
  Drew Hunniford, Outfielder (St. Xavier)
  Dakota Kotowski, Outfielder (Missouri State)
  Alex Helmin (Arizona State)
  Bryce Barnett (Arizona State)

 


  Mark DiLuia, P (Maryland)
  Nicholas Bledsoe, P (Illinois Tech)
  Sean Taylor, P
  Christian Beal, Outfielder
  Daniel Gutierrez, Infielder
  Wyell Woods, Outfielder (Eastern Illinois)
  Jaylen Heard, Infielder
  Angelo Cantelo, C
  Pierce Jones, Outfielder

 


  Josh Currier, P
  Ryan Vice, P
  Andrew Hancock, P (Evansville)
  Cam Post (Oakland)
  Dylan Post (Houston)
  Jacob Blount, SS
  Brandon Bennitt, 2B

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Should be an exciting season… see you from third base line….

 

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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
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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 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

The Shamrocks will face Niles Notre Dame next, while Marian Catholic will play Marist.

 

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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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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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Morgan Park 

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

Bradley

Bolingbrook

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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

H-F

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

Marist

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

CreteMonee

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

Must see Tournaments…

Galaxy, Nov 21-25

Hillcrest Holiday Tournament, Dec. 26-30

McDonald’s Tournament, Jan 16-18

City-Suburban Showdown, Feb

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2015-16 IHSA Boys Basketball to Watch

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

2015-16 IHSA Boys Basketball Teams to Watch

November 29, 2015

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Morgan Park 

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What to Watch: Ayo Dosunmu, Morgan Park, 6-1, So., G
Charlie Moore, Morgan Park, 5-10, Sr, G. (Memphis)
Jarrin Randall, Morgan Park, 5-10 Sr., G (Western Mich.)

Bradley Bourbonnais

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What to Watch: Micah Bradford, Bradley-Bourbonnais, 5-11, Sr., G (Valparaiso)
Zach Hollywood, Bradley-Bourbonnais, 6-7, Sr., F (James Madison)

Marian Catholic

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What to Watch: T.J. Smith, Marian Catholic, 6-6, Jr., F, Chase Adams and Brandon Hurt

Homewood-Flossmoor

H-F

Players to Watch: Kendric Pryor, Trelan Morrow, Jarret Tribble and Jeffrey Boyd

Joliet West

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What to Watch: Trevian Bell, Joliet West, 6-5, Jr., F

DeLaSalle

What to Watch:

Hillcrest

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What to Watch: Marcus Garrett, Stephon King, Isaac Stanback. 

Crete-Monee

CreteMonee

What to Watch: Dwayne Rose, Jeremiah Matthews, Victory Curry, Hasshim Keys

Thornton

Thornton

What to Watch: NEW coach Tai Streets, Patrick Rucker and Samuel Taylor.

Bolingbrook

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Player to Watch: Nana Akenton, Bolingbrook, 6-5, Jr., F, Devon Sams, Darick Anderson, Zach Grady

Loyola Academy

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Players to Watch:

 Thornwood

What to Watch: Drew Evans, Marcus Hussey, James Pennington and Travis Earsey, along with Rich Central transfer Prince Walker

HONORABLE MENTION (respect): Rich South, Simeon, Young, Hyde Park, Bloom

Must see Tournaments…

Chicago Elite Classic, Dec. 4-5

Proviso West Holiday Tournament, Dec. 26-30

Pontiac Holiday Tournament, Dec. 28-30

City-Suburban Showdown, Feb 20

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2015 Mater Dei too much for Marian at Chicago Elite Classic

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

Too BIG.. Too STRONG… Too MUCH!

December 5, 2015

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Chicago – After traveling over 2,000 miles from Santa Ana, California to Chicago West Side…. the West coast powerhouse displayed why they are nationally ranked as they defeated Marian Catholic 58-46.

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The Monarchs were led by senior center M.J. Cage, an Oregon-recruit, who had 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, plenty of dunks and a smothering defensive presence. He is also the son of 15-year former NBA player Michael Cage.

Marian Catholic trailed 18-16 early in the second quarter before Mater Dei’s “pressed” which slowed the Spartans’ momentum and forced four straight turnovers and eight over Marian Catholic’s next 10 possessions to spark a 19-0 surge to seize a 37-19 lead and never looked back.

The Spartans were led by Austin Richie who knocked down 11 points, followed by teammate Taihr Smith, who added nine.

The Monarchs came in, handled their business and are headed back to the West Coast on Sunday.

“Is everyone else playing just one game too?” Mater Dei senior center M.J. Cage wondered.

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2015 IHSA Week1 Summary

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llinois High School Football Week 1 Summary

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.”

Click here to see the FIRST touchdown in the contest!

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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2014-15 IHSA Basketball Tournaments

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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.

For more information about the McDipper, click here.

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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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