2017-2018 Girls Illinois Players We Watched

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

2017-2018 Girls Illinois Players We Watched

March 21, 2018

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First Team

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Second Team
Jenna Badali, Mother McAuley, sophomore, guard

Aireal Dickson, Homewood-Flossmoor, senior, guard

Tadriana Heard, Argo, junior, guard

Lauren Hunter, Lincoln-Way East, senior, forward

Shannan Mitchell, Marian Catholic, junior, forward

Third Team

Trinity Duckworth, Hillcrest, sophomore, guard

Kacey Gardner, Evergreen Park, senior, guard

Shamarre Hale, Crete-Monee, senior, center

Isis Rodriguez, Morgan Park Academy, senior, guard

Tanea White, Bloom, senior, guard

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Honorable Mention

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

 

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2017 IHSA Girls BBall Teams to Watch

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

Who should you watch out for this season?

November 2017

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1. Homewood-Flossmoor (23-3): Even after losing seven, but there are many leaders in waiting. Keep an eye out for Senior point guard Aireal Dickson, Arianna Garry-Bell, Kaitlin Lee, Zarrea Coleman and sophomore Imani Mitchell bring more backcourt speed. Whew… should be tough!!!!

2. Marist (28-5): Just like H-F, RedHawks graduated a lots of talent, but have an all-conference pick in senior point guard Ally Corcoran as a leader on both ends of the court. Juniors Stef Schied, Abby Callahan and McKenna Kallianis are all proven shooters. Guard Sydney Affolter should be one of the area’s top freshmen.

3. Mother McAuley (22-8): Six players who started games last season including point guard Tara O’Malley has been the leading scorer since her freshman year. Senior Vanessa Gavin is a tough defender. Junior Grace Hynes is the definition of explosive, but can also step back and shoot the three. Senior Kelly Gallagher and juniors Lauren Ramsey and Hannah Swiatek add experience.

4. Lincoln-Way East (19-11): Coach Jim Martin has a lot of experience to work with in his 17th and final season. Senior guard Carolyn Waleski has great instincts, and holds the school record for steals in a game with 11. Senior forward Lauren Hunter is hard to handle under the basket. Senior guard Delani Grayer was the first off the bench last season. Junior guard Katchie Savic was an impact player after Christmas.

5. Argo (22-7): Division I recruit senior Chatori Tyler returns at forward after averaging 22 points. Junior point guard Tadriana Heard is a two-time all-conference player who’s is also being courted by big colleges. Senior forward Shannon Wilbourne is a nice addition after three years at Queen of Peace.

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6. Marian Catholic (18-14): The Spartans are young, but experienced, with four girls who have started 20-plus varsity games. Senior guard Carmen Jackson, a Hampton recruit, will have some tall targets underneath in 6-0 junior Shannan Mitchell and 6-1 sophomore Kennedy Harrell. Sophomore guard Kaylen Evans will help fill the backcourt needs.

7. Morgan Park (11-17): The Mustangs, who overcame discipline issues to advance to the Class 3A Elite Eight, will regroup under new coach Joshua Brown. They return speedy junior point guard Destiny Hall and 6-1 shooting guard Jordan Aikens. Back with the program is 6-0 senior guard Kolby Underwood, who sat out last season. A newcomer to watch is junior Charisma Robinson.

8. Crete-Monee (14-12): The defending Southland Athletic champions return four seniors, headed by all-conference center Shamarre Hale. At 6-2, she is a dominator in the middle. Forward Ariel Henry is an aggressive rebounder, while Ceairra Smith runs the point. Guard Arriyon Phillips will be counted on to step up on offense.

9. Lincoln-Way West (24-6): One thing the Warriors lack is height. One thing they have in abundance is long-distance shooting. Junior guard Tara Hastings and sophomore guard Taylor Gugliuzza return after combining for 103 3-pointers. Sophomore Guard Sydney Swanberg is yet a third threat from beyond the arc. Tara Gugliuzza will follow her older sister as a freshman on the varsity.

10. Lemont (19-9): The Indians won the South Suburban Blue title last season, and return two of the key cogs in senior guards Sarah Knoepfle and Emma Bozue. Between them, the duo averaged 17 points. The frontcourt will have senior leadership in Mairead Ruane and Claudia Sikora.

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20 PLAYERS TO WATCH

Abi Baumgartner, Lincoln-Way Central, junior, forward; Ally Corcoran, Marist, senior, guard; Aireal Dickson, Homewood-Flossmoor, senior, guard; Erin Foley, St. Laurence, senior, forward; Shamarre Hale, Crete-Monee, senior, center; Destiny Hall, Morgan Park, junior, guard; Tara Hastings, Lincoln-Way West, junior, guard; Tadriana Heard, Argo, junior, guard; Lydia Howard, Oak Forest, senior, guard; Grace Hynes, Mother McAuley, junior, guard/forward; Nade’ge Jean, Rich South, senior, center/forward; Sarah Knoepfle, Lemont, senior, guard; Kaitlin Lee, Homewood-Flossmoor, senior, forward; Shannan Mitchell, Marian Catholic, junior, forward; Ryann Ogarek, Providence, junior, forward/guard; Tara O’Malley, Mother McAuley, senior, guard; Natalie Stavropoulos, Sandburg, junior, guard; Chatori Tyler, Argo, senior, forward; Carolyn Waleski, Lincoln-Way East, senior, guard; Tanea White, Bloom, senior, guard.

 

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2017 IHSA Football Rankings

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Who’s the top team in our coverage area?

December 2017

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Here are our FINAL 2017 rankings in our coverage area…

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(records and previous rankings)

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

2. Loyola 12-1 (2)

3. Marist 11-1 (4)

4. Providence 8-5 (5)

5. Homewood-Flossmoor 9-2 (7)

6. Mount Carmel 9-4 (8)

7. Lemont 10-2 (9)

8. Nazareth Academy 12-2 (12)

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

10. St. Ignatius 10-4 (11)

11. Benet 9-4

12. St. Lawrence 8-4

13. St. Rita 9-3

14. Hillcrest 9-3

15. Bolingbrook 7-3

16. Richards 7-3

17. Shepards 8-2

18. Crete-Monee 8-2

19. Rich Central 8-3

20. Lincoln-Way West 9-3

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2017 IHSA Football Week 1 Recap

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

IHSA Week 1 Recap…

August 26, 2017

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

 

Olympians have a strong showing…

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the boxscore and additional videos, click here.

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

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2017 Battle of Pulaski goes to….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Griffins topped the Warriors

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Rita wins at Soldier Field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 AP IHSA Football Poll

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

First State-wide Preseason Ranking via Associated Press

August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 IHSA Final Boys Ranking

Posted on March 26, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2017 Boys FINAL Ranking

March 24, 2017

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After all of the games are done, who stands on top of the hill?

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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
Mother McAuley

basketball Tara O’Malley, junior, guard

Rich East

basketball Jada Wright, senior, center

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2016 Chicago Classic Recap

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Chicago Classic Recap…

High School Football

August 28, 2016

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What a way to cap off week 1 in high school football… six teams going at it at legendary Soldier Field. Things got started with the battle of the Saints… Rita vs. Patrick……

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St. Patrick wins in a nail biter…

St. Patrick 47, St. Rita 44: Jake Zylman passed for 206 yards and four touchdowns — three to Tim Zaleski — but the Mustangs’ second-half rally fell short. Zylman also rushed 10 times for 83 yards and Shaun Rule had 18 carries for 89 yards and a TD for St. Rita, which trailed 33-14 at halftime.

St. Rita will play host to Rich Central Friday night (we will be onsite for this one); St. Patrick will face Glenbrook South.

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Caravan roll in the opener….

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… knocking off Chicago Taft 49-7.

It was the Alek Thomas show as he made it to the end zone three (3) times in the season opener at legendary Soldier Field including an opening score for 49 yards on a screen. The other two were from 1 yard out on a wildcat QB keeper and from 26 yards out.

Taft did get on the board at the end of the game on a nice fade toss from sophomore Peter Fusek to senior Joshua Meyer.

Dan Trudeau went 3-for-4 for 112 yards and two TDs to finish the game. Jake Moriarty also put on a show in the contest adding 83 yards on nine carries for the Caravan.

Apparently the Caravan “embraced the suck!” coach Frank Lenti’s mantra for summer training.

Game highlights can be seen by clicking here via MaxPreps.

Mount Carmel plays Gary West Side next Friday night; Taft will face Chicago Uplift Saturday afternoon.

 

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Crusaders topple the RedHawks

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Two top-ranked teams, faced off at Soldier Field Sunday for the BATTLE of PULASKI! As a four-loss Marist team rolled to the Class 8A state title game last season and with many of those key players back this season. they were the favs… but Brother Rice dominated 3 1/2 quarters to seal the victory 31-7.

Offensively the Crusaders did it behind the play of senior quarterback Dino Borrelli and Ricky Smalling. The Illinois-recruit Smalling grabbed a 56-yard touchdown pass on the Crusaders’ first drive of the game and showed not only his ability to catch but he displayed his natural speed sprinting to the end zone.

“It’s just amazing,” Smalling said. “I’ve wanted to play at Soldier Field a long time and it’s special to come out here and get the win against Marist.”

Marist kept it close in the first half thanks to TJ Ivy’s 57-yard TD reception from junior quarterback Morgan Taylor, but the RedHawks trailed 14-7 at halftime, but couldn’t find much rhythm after that. Taylor did show his talents over all, finishing the game 14-of-19 passes for over 130 yards.

“When you look at this game, there were a lot of opportunities out there,” Marist coach Pat Dunne said. “This hurts all of us, but it’s Week 1 of the season. We’ve been in this position before.”

Borrelli, in his first start, finished the opener going 11-for-21 for 185 yards with two touchdown passes and a two-yard TD run after an interception from Aarion Lacy, giving the Crusaders a commanding 28-7 lead less than three minutes after Smalling’s second TD grab.

“Dino is a heck of a football player, he just needs to get some experience with us,” Brother Rice coach Brian Badke said. “Having his first start in this type of setting is pretty intimidating but he did a great job. He’s a good kid and a leader, I’m really proud of him.”

The Crusaders also got things going on the ground with running back Xavion Valladay, who ran for over 120 yards on 16 carries including a spectacular sprint for 71-yards and a score in the second quarter.

Now on the other side of the ball, Brother Rice defense was solid keeping them from scoring after first quarter.

In short, the Crusaders dominated the game and showed everyone that they should be taken seriously in the Chicago Catholic Blue conference.

Rice will host Crete-Monee next Friday night, while Marist host Simeon.

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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

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

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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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2015 IHSA Football Semifinals

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Loyola 24, Palatine 22

Loyola is headed to NIU!!!!
The top-ranked Ramblers subsequently ran out the final 2 minutes, 33 seconds, allowing them to hold on for a 24-22 Class 8A semifinal road win and advance to Saturday 7 p.m. state final against Marist in DeKalb.

The Ramblers (13-0) scored a touchdown with 5:46 left to play to lead 24-9 but “quit” has not been in the Palatine vocabulary this year.

Palatine drove 81 yards in 14 plays to make it 24-16 with 3:42 to left.

Zach Oles completed seven passes in the drive, six of which went to Johnny O’Shea, including a 1-yard scoring strike. Oles finished the game going 18-for-32, 210 yards, 2 total TDs.

After a failed onside kick, the Palatine defense came up big again for the Pirates.

Led by Mikey Williams, Dillon McHugh, Ethan Senner, McKenzie Balanganayi and Ben Riddle, the Pirates forced a punt from the Loyola 46.

And for the second time in the game, the Loyola long snapper sailed his snap over the punter’s head.

The ball slid on the slick turf to the Loyola end zone, where Senner was credited with falling on it for a Palatine touchdown.

Trailing 24-22 with 2:36 to play, Palatine was forced to go for a 2-point conversion. However, Oles’ jump pass was tipped by a Loyola defender and was incomplete.

Loyola took over the ball at its own 45 and was able to run out the clock. The team was lead by ground game of Dara Laja who carried the ball 34 times for 209 yards and a score, followed by Emmett Clifford, who tossed the ball 16-for-20 for 174 yards and a TD.

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Marist 31, Waubonsie Valley 16

Marist punched their ticket to State finals!
Brendan Skalitzky and the Marist passing attack shined brightly defeating Waubonsie Valley 31-16 to advance to the Class 8A State Finals next week. Skalitzky rushed for 186 yards and threw his 37th and 38th touchdown passes.

The RedHawks took the lead on its first possession and kept it all night, going up 17-9 at halftime on a pair of Skalitzky touchdown passes to Liam Keffer. And in the second half, he attempted only seven passes in the second half as the RedHawks ran lead draw time and again.

“We saw at halftime we were going to run more,” Skalitzky said. “We spread them out and left the middle of the field open. I told Coach I wanted to run more; I wanted to whatever I could to help us win this game.”

Skalitzky finished the semifinal game going 10-for-20 for 103 yards and two scores in the air, and he ran the ball 22 times for 186 yards and an additional score. During the contest, he also went over 3,500 passing yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards this season.

Waubonsie Valley was led by Max Ihry who rushed 17 times for 118 yards and QB Jack Connolly tossed teh ball for over 120 yards and a score.

After slipping into the playoffs with a 5-4 record and winning its first three playoff games by three points apiece, Marist (9-4) will take on Loyola (13-0) for the title at 7 p.m. Saturday in DeKalb.

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Crete-Monee 42, Hinsdale 37

Comeback road win for the Warriors!!!
Hinsdale made a late charge with a little over 90 seconds left in the contest when Xavier Ledet ran the ball in from 8-yards out. Shortly after that Warriors senior Kevin Pate made an exception late play to seal the 42-37 victory as he intercepted a pass.

But first, Crete-Monee senior Clint Ratkovich fueled the Warriors’ victory with his play at running back and quarterback. He carried the ball 38 times for 227 yards and scored on first-half runs of 30 yards and 56 yards.

The Hornets moved the ball at will, but four turnovers spoiled their opportunity for their first state appearance since finishing second in 1980. Sean McCormack passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and Robert Hall had eight receptions for 189 yards and a touchdown.

Crete-Monee junior defensive back Juawan Treadwell turned the momentum around in the second quarter with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, Pate intercepted a wobbly pass by Hinsdale South quarterback McCormack ended a back-and-forth contest. Pate said it was his first interception of his high-school career.

“I’ll do whatever I need to help the team win, whether on offense or defense,” Pate said. “We practiced watching that play all week, and we knew (McCormack) would try and sneak out, and I knew exactly where he would go to. I was ready to make a play.”

The Warriors (11-2) advance to the 6A state final, where they will play Montini (13-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

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