2017 IHSA Boys BBall Teams and Players to Watch

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

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

December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOP Boys Players to Watch in our Coverage Area

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

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

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

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2017 IHSA 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 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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2016-17 Boys Basketball Teams & Players to Watch

Posted on December 12, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Girls High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Boys to watch on the hardwood….

November 30, 2016

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Check out our list….

GUARDS
basketball Glen Abram, Rich Central, senior, guard
basketball Chase Adams, Marian Catholic, 5-4, Jr.
basketball Jeffrey Boyd, Homewood-Flossmoor, senior, guard
basketball Xavier Castaneda, Young, 5-11, Jr.
basketball Jaylan Catledge, Richards, senior, guard
basketball Kejuan Clements, Simeon, 6-0, So.
basketball Maurice Commander, Marist, 5-10, Jr.
basketball John Contant, Stagg, senior, guard
basketball Ayo Dosunmu, Morgan Park, 6-3, Jr.
basketball Marcus Garrett, Hillcrest, 6-1, Sr.
basketball Evan Gilyard, Simeon, 5-9, Sr.
basketball Temon Green, St. Rita, senior, guard
basketball Robert Harvey, Hillcrest, junior, guard
basketball Brandon Hurt, Marian Catholic, 6-0, Sr.
basketball Teyvion Kirk, Joliet West, 6-3, Sr.
basketball Trelan Morrow, Homewood-Flossmoor, senior, guard
basketball Josh Niego, Brother Rice, senior, guard
basketball Marco Pettinato, Lincoln-Way West, 6-2, Sr.
basketball PJ Pipes, Lemont, 6-0, Sr.
basketball Mike Shepski, Brother Rice, senior, guard
basketball Alonzo Verge, Thornton, 6-1, Sr.
FORWARDS
basketball Nana Akenten, Bolingbrook, 6-5, Sr.
basketball Jameel Alausa, U-High, 6-6, Sr.
basketball Orlando Allen, Thornton, 6-8, Jr.
basketball Trevian Bell, Joliet West, 6-5, Sr.
basketball Melo Burrell, Morgan Park, senior, forward
basketball Aaron Cash, Morgan Park, 6-6, Jr.
basketball Javon Freeman, Young, 6-4, Jr.
basketball Talen Horton-Tucker, Simeon, 6-5, Jr.
basketball Messiah Jones, Simeon, 6-5, Jr.
basketball Austin Richie, Bloom, 6-4, Sr.
basketball Dwayne Rose, Crete-Monee, 6-2, Sr.
basketball Lucas Williamson, Young, 6-4, Sr.
CENTERS
basketball TeeAaron Powell, Marian Catholic, 6-8, Sr.

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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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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

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

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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

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

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2015-16 IHSA Boys 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: 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

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

Thornton

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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 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

Bolingbrook

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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

Lemont

What to Watch: young, fast Defense

Lincoln-Way West

LWWest

Player to Watch:Bryan Brokop

Richards

Richards

What to Watch: experience…

Brother Rice

 BrRice

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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2014-15 IHSA Basketball Tournaments

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Tournaments you should check-out…

November  2014

Chicago Elite Classic

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

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

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McDipper

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

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

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

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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City-Suburban Showdown

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

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2014 IHSA State 3A/4A Finals

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2014 Boys State finals are in the books…

March 22, 2014

In short, what a weekend… in some cases, it felt like a well-written independent film that got a lot of buzz during pre-screening, in others, it felt like a Tyler Perry movie, where a third of the way through it, you knew the ending, but sat threw it.

Overall, it was entertaining and amateur sports at it’s best!

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IHSA BOYS Class 3A CHAMPIONSHIP: Morgan Park 59, Lincoln 49
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R-E-P-E-A-T for Chicago Public School’s Morgan Park (24-6) as they defeated Lincoln 59-49. There guard play is so underrated that, well, on this big stage, they led the way. It was the sophomore Charlie Moore and Jarrin Randall show. YUP, sophomores!

Under a nine-point deficit at the half, the Mustangs came out with more urgency as Randall hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one with a little more than 7 minutes. Shortly after that he tossed a soft pass to Moore who nailed a 3 that tied the score at 41 with 6:52 left. These shots came during a 26-2 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters.

“A lot of people said my sophomores can’t come through,” Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. “I decided to take a gamble and they came through.”
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Moore finished the championship game with 12 points, while Randall added eight.

“I didn’t feel any pressure,” Moore said after the game. “(Billy) Garrett (former Mustang now playing at DePaul) taught me a lot last year. This win feels so great. It wouldn’t hurt to come back here.”

Big man, 6’8″ Josh Cunningham, had the high-score of 13 for the Mustangs.
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On the other side of the ball, Gavin Block, led Lincoln (34-3) with 19 points.

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IHSA BOYS Class 4A Third Place: Orr 55, Rockford Luthern 45

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IHSA BOYS Class 4A Third Place: Stevenson 70, Edwardsville 63

Talk about a drama filled Third place game…. WHEW!!!!

As reporters, fans and even players heard about the early news from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), that junior phenom, Jalen Brunson was suspended from the third place contest, the atmosphere was totally buzzing during pregame and opinions were flying. Why? A low-quality photo of Brunson appearing to make a middle-fingered gesture during his record-setting 56-point performance and loss to Young in the 4A semifinal game circulated on Twitter after the game.

After the contest, Brunson took to the social media to apologize for “the hand gestures towards the end of the game – completely an accident just frustration.” And followed up with clarification that he had apologized for the appearance of the image, but he said he “did not do what was portrayed.”

With sportsmanship being paramount for any stage under the IHSA umbrella, executive director Marty Hickman decided to suspend the star junior.

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Then, Stevenson high school appealed to the board of directors, which overturned Hickman’s decision.

In the end, Brunson played, Stevenson won, and IHSA had no comment after initial statement.

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The Patriots defeated the Tigers 70-63 in the Class 4A third-place game at Carver Arena.

One night before, Brunson scored a state-finals record 56 points Friday against Young in the loss, and tonight, his play was visible, but not as many points (18). It was senior Matt Morrissey who played big under the circumstances and his final high school game as he was 4-7 from teh behind teh arc and finished with 16 points. Teammate Connor Cashaw added 17, followed by Matt Johnson who contributed 10 and five steals.

“We had a tough night shooting (Friday),” Morrissey said. “It was a good day for all of us (today). It was good way for me to go out.”

Edwardsville was led by senior guard Trevor Clay, who knocked down 21 points and snagged 8 rebounds, followed by Armon Fletcher, who added 15 points.

When asked after the game, Brunson, who has no history of behavior issues on or off the court, did not want to discuss the incident Saturday night. He was also asked whether he was concerned people were going to get the wrong idea about him.

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“I know who I am and who I have around me,” Brunson said. “It is going to be an up-and-down ride through life. This is different but I think I’m handling myself pretty well, and the people who are supporting me know the real me. I think once this clears out I’ll be fine.”

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His father, and former NBA player Rick Brunson, warned his son about the potential pitfalls of social media, and in this case it was Twitter.

“I’ve told that guy about Twitter,” Rick Brunson said. “Stay off Twitter. Now I have something to say, ‘I told you.’ Every day is a learning experience. If he learns from this, great.”

Overall, his father sees the ordeal as a learning experience.

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IHSA BOYS Class 4A CHAMPIONSHIP: Young 46, Benet 44

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This was a Whitney Young type of season as both the Girls and Boys win State championships. The Boys defeated Benet 46-44 to win their first state title since 2009.

Chicago Public Schools have dominated the last six Class 4A titles between Young and Simeon, they have won all of them during this period. And on top of that, the Public League swept the 3A and 4A tournaments for the second straight year.

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Going into the game, we all wanted to see the number one player in the country, Jahlil Okafor, go up against another big man in the state, Sean O’Mara. Well, they battled but it was Miles Reynolds who performed on this stage, knocking down 19 points and keeping the Dolphins ahead all night.

Reynolds, a St. Louis recruit, had the hot hand early, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and scoring eight first-quarter points to stake the Dolphins (29-5) to an 18-10 lead.

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“Jahlil made it real easy for me tonight,” Reynolds said. “He was getting doubled all night. Jahlil and Sean O’Mara was supposed to be a great match-up but it didn’t live up to some of the expectations because both teams play great defense. I knew it would be my night.”

The RedWings (25-8) trailed by 10 at the half and never drew even, but they did managed to make things interesting during the last two minutes as then went on an 8-0 run cut Young’s lead to 44-42 with 24 seconds to play.

But another Division-1 one recruit, Paul White, Georgetown, answered with two clutch free throws five seconds later, and Young did not have to inbound the ball after Benet’s Liam Nelligan made it 46-44 with five seconds left. White finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds.

“It was down to one game, and it was a hard battle to come out on top,” Okafor said. “Me, Paul and Miles came in together as freshmen, and to finally do it as seniors, it’s all we wanted. I heard Sean O’Mara on an interview last night; he said he was hoping for some one-on-one. I figured that would mean they would match up. I was a little disappointed they were helping out. I just tried to keep my composure, and Miles did a great job leading us.”

Okafor finished the game with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Colin Bonnett led the RedWings with 12 points and 6 rebounds, while  O’Mara had 8 points and 8 rebounds.

IHSA Girls State Finals
Class 4A Champs
Young 60, Rolling Meadows 44

Class 4A third place
Marian Catholic 45, Geneva 34

Class 3A Championship
Montini 57, Joliet Cath 44

Class 3A third place
Quincy Notre Dame 64, Burlington Central 40

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