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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2016 IHSA Week 5 Recap

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Week 5…

September 24, 2016

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Let conference play begin….. 

H-F continues winning…. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rita wins as time expires…

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Other scores for around the league…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 IHSA Week 2 Recap

Posted on September 3, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Week 2 Recap….

September 2, 2016

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What a wonderful weekend for football in the Chicagoland area and many teams didn’t disappoint, while others are still trying to find their identity and a tough weekend for Southland Conference….

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Tough weekend for Southland Conference continued Saturday as Rich East lost to visiting Tinley Park 45-32.

Junior quarterback Ryan Zientara sealed the game for the Titans (2-0) with an 87-yard touchdown run late in the contest. He also tossed three touchdown passes in the contest.

“I can’t do anything without the offensive line,” Zientara said. “I can’t make a pass, can’t make a run without them. They were great.”

Zientara finished the game going 11-for-18 for 227 yards and shared the touchdown love around to Justin Taylor on a 17-yarder, David Morgan on a 44-yarder and John Kopecky on a 63-yarder.

They also imposed their will on the ground behind junior running back Elijah Webster who ran for over 180 yards and two scores.

Rich East (1-1) did have some bright spots from running backs Tristan Page and Alexander Adams who combined to rush for over 350 yards and four scores. Page scored on a runs of 68 and 53 yards and Adams added TDs of 7 and 80 yards.

And what made this contest even more special was both schools honored Park Forest police officer Tim Jones, who sustained a gunshot wound to head during a suspected robbery in March. A 2009 Tinley Park graduate, Jones is recovering from the life-threatening injury. At halftime, Rich East athletic director Mike Laneve presented the Jones family with a check for $5,000.

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Bremen 20, Perspectives-Leadership 8: Jovari Brown contributed two TD runs (5, 6 yards) and an interception to lead Bremen (1-1).

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St Rita gets on track…

On this gorgeous football evening, it was St. Rita from the start as they dominated the visiting Southland Conference team, Rich Central, 56-19, primarily on the ground but both sides of the ball scored in this contest.

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The Mustangs (1-1) scored first after an interception of Jyran Mitchells’ pass, a wonderful long run by Jack Quinn then a short run 4 yard run by junior Jake Zylman. Zylman finished with game with well over 150 yards on the ground and four scores. He ran for three and passed for another score.

Rich Central (1-1) countered on the next possession tying the game at 7 up with a 16 yard pass from Mitchell to Sean Tyler.  But as the opening sentence states, the Mustangs responded on their next possession marching down the field, 92 yards on 11 plays that concluded with a 2 yard run by Zylman for his second touchdown. He scored for the third time in the second half from 7 yards out.

The visiting Olympians didn’t play their best game nor did they give up. Junior quarterback Mitchell showed wonderful offensive leadership in the contest despite the final score. In the second quarter, he called a QB keeper and tricked the Mustangs defense, and streaked down the field for a 54 yard score – the extra point failed getting the team within 8, 21-13.

But that’s as close as they would get, as on the next possession, senior Shaun Rule, broke at least 4 tackles for the score from the 11 yard line right before the half.

The second half was no different as the Mustangs was clearly the better team even as Rich Central scored for the final time on their opening possession in the second half on a 73 yard, 6 play touchdown – Mitchell to Hammond – making the score 28 – 19.

Mustangs’ Rule scored again, and so did sophomore Jake Stefanski, and the defense got on the board as well when they recovered a fumble, and Mark Mondesir returned it 40 yards really putting the contest away. The home team scored one more time, right after a kickoff-fumble recovery and one play later, it was Zylman, who tossed a short pass to Mike McMcDevitt, putting the final score on the board.

Rich Central had one more opportunity to score as they marched down the field, got the ball deep in the Mustangs REDZONE, but Mitchell fumbled it into the endzone and it was recovered by the defense.

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Up next for the 2-0 Mustangs is cross-town foe Providence Catholic; Rich Central travel to Kaneland (Maple Park, IL)

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Crusaders cruise in victory Friday Night

After one week of play and lots of chatter over the summer, when you think of Brother Rice you think offense and Friday night didn’t let you down as the Crusaders (2-0) knock off tough-as-nails Crete-Monee (1-1) 61-44.

In this contest, the Warriors game plan was to limit the Illinois-recruit Ricky Smalling, in which they did, as he finished the contest with less than 60 yards, but they didn’t limit Xavian Valladay.

Senior running back Valladay rushed for over 260 yards and count them F-I-V-E touchdowns.

“I have to give it out to my O-line,” Valladay said being extremely humble. “They had a nice game and gave me room to run. I’m blessed to have scored five touchdowns.”

But believe it or not, the final score isn’t a good illustration of the game as it was high-scoring and close. Brother Rice put a lot of points on the board in the first half, 35, but the visiting Warriors fought back.

A late 1-yard TD run by Kevin Pate and a 9-yard touchdown by Xavier Ledet with 1:58 to go to close within 52-44. But Valladay, sealed the deal with his fifth score with 1:41 to go.

Lost in all of this, Pate, also scored five touchdowns — three rushing and two receiving.

Crete-Monee quarterback Isaiah Rucker, a 6-5 junior, showed off his powerful right arm. Rucker completed 30 of 53 passes for over 420 yards and three TDs.

NOTE: The 105 combined points were the most in Brother Rice history.

Up next for Brother is Aurora Christian Friday night; Crete-Monee will play West Lafayette.

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Hillcrest soar during week 2…

When you think of Hillcrest, you immediately think of basketball… but this football team is balling!!!!

The Hawks soar over Oak Lawn Friday night 28-6 behind the fantastic play of receiver Marcus Garrett, who caught three touchdown passes in the first half Friday in the win.

“I really think I can be that player for this team that makes the big plays out there,” Garrett said .”I just came out focused and ready to play hard on every play.”

His coach, former NFL cornerback, Marquice Cole, gets to see him up-close and personal as well as on some one-on-one drills thinks the world of his play.

“We all know what Marcus can do,” Cole said. “For us, it’s more about making sure Marcus knows what he can do. I’ll play corner on him in practice. We challenge him during the week to go above and beyond, because he’s that type of player.”

He caught a 9-yard TD from James Lipscomb (4-for-8 passing, 62 yards; 7 carries, 42 yards). Then, after the Hawks recovered an onside kick, he caught a 45-yarder from Lipscomb on the next play from scrimmage. He added a 2-point conversion catch to extend the lead to 16-0.

Garrett’s third TD came on a 31-yard pass from RonRecus Griffin with 1:05 left in the first half.

Oak Lawn got on the board with 2:05 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard TD run from Jabari Clark (14 carries, 54 yards) and got into the Hawks’ red zone with a chance to get within one score early in the fourth.

However, Hillcrest’s Jalen Jenkins stopped Spartans quarterback Kyle McNamara for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the Hawks’ 14.

“We definitely have some things to clean up,” Cole said. “I was happy with the way they overcame the adversity.”

Hillcrest will be traveling to TF South next Friday night; Oak Lawn will play at Argo

Other games in our coverage area…

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De La Salle 35, T.F. North 12: Devin Michicich had 22 carries for 154 yards and three TDs for De La Salle (2-0).

Eisenhower 41, Urban Prep-West 0: Tim Baity and Aaron Sanders scored TDs for Eisenhower (1-1).

Homewood-Flossmoor 54, Hammond (Ind.) 6: Herbert Hughes contributed TD runs of 76 and 62 yards for H-F (2-0).

IC Catholic 63, St. Laurence 49: Fayezon Smart had three TD runs for St. Laurence (1-1).

Lincoln-Way East 35, Belleville West 0: Jake Arthur threw a 74-yard TD pass to Jeremy Nelson and Nigel Muhammad scored twice for East (2-0).

Lincoln-Way West 40, Bloom 27: Justin LaBuhn had TD runs of 70, 12 and 28 yards to vault West (2-0). Juan Green threw four scoring passes for Bloom (1-1).

Mount Carmel 56, Gary (Ind.) West Side 6: Michael Kennedy scored on a TD run for Mount Carmel (2-0).

Oak Forest 51, Clemente 8: Watari Mason’s three TDs propelled Oak Forest (1-1).

Providence 28, Vianney (Mo.) 21: Jared Drake’s TD pass to Lucas Weaver with 2:10 remaining lifted Providence (1-1).

Reavis 48, Corliss 22: Mike Szuba’s 46 yard interception return for a TD sparked Reavis (2-0).

Shepard 42, Fenton 0: Jack Carberry had a pair of TD runs for Shepard (2-0).

Wheaton North 37, Joliet Catholic 7: Simon Grasshoff caught a 34-yard TD pass from Patrick Roth for JCA (0-2).

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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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IHSA Week 4 Game Summary

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Conference play meets Mother Nature…

September 18, 2015

Mount Carmel 35, St Rita 14

Catholic conference battle like none other… Mustangs vs Caravan at Gately Stadium… WHEW!!!!

In the end, it was the young men from Mount Carmel on top, 35-14, over cross-town foe St. Rita.

The Caravan defeat the Mustangs primarily on the ground behind the fine play of A.J. Ries, who rushed for 170 yards and a score, and with A.J. Lewis, who scored twice inside of the redzone. But one pivotal moment occurred when senior Terrell Greer picked a pass and took it 70 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory.

“I told my guys that I was going to get one,” Greer said. “I told everybody. … And I guess I was right.”
On the other side of the ball, St. Rita fault back especially on the defensive side of the ball, where they scored both its touchdowns on interception returns, by Joe Doweiko (30 yards) and Marc Mondesir (53 yards).  The Mondesir interception tied the score 14-14 early in the third quarter.

Lewis answered with scoring runs on consecutive possessions for Mount Carmel, and Greer finished the scoring with his interception return.

“We had to step up today,” Lewis said. “There were no ifs, ands or buts about it. At the time we needed to we came out and played Mount Carmel football.”

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Brother Rice 46, St. Francis 33

Whew… survival on Friday night is what it was like for the young men at Brother Rice, as they snagged a 46-33 victory against St. Francis.

The Crusaders jumped out early and put up 14 points in the first 93 seconds of the contest. On their first drive, they went 72 yards on five plays, capped by a 17-yard touchdown run from Xavian Valladay.

Then, while on defense, St. Francis’ Pete Fassnacht’s first pass of the game was intercepted by Evan Webster. That led to a 51-yard pass from Cam Miller to Ricky Smalling to set up a 1-yard touchdown run for Clifton Taylor to make it 14-0.

And they really stretched out before halftime to 28-7 lead on touchdown runs of 18 and 25 yards from Julian Blain.

“We really wanted to come out fast after getting shut out last week,” Brother Rice receiver Julian Blain said. “We knew (St. Francis) was a good team and we had to come out ready to go from the start. We had some great opportunities offensively, because our line came out and blocked great and our receivers were blocking, too.”

Early in the third quarter, the Crusaders continued their scoring ways as Miller and Blain connected again on a 13-yard touchdown pass making the score 36-7.  Miller finished going 18-for- 26, 180 yards, 2 TDs.

But as things played out, the crossover Catholic league foe, Spartans (3-1), stormed back, with three touchdown passes from Fassnacht to Brian Gorsky, and one to William Purdom for a 65-yard score.

Gorsky’s third touchdown got St. Francis within 43-33 with 8:37 to go, but the Crusaders forced an incompletion on the two-point conversion.

Brother Rice intercepted Fassnacht three times, with Brian Olsen coming down with two of them. Fassnacht finished going 26 of 37 passing, 323 yards, 5 TDs.

“Our guys came out ready to play and did a lot of good things in the first half,” Brother Rice coach Brian Badke said. “They made some adjustments and we gave up some big plays in the second half. We’ll fix that, though. We’re a good football team. They’re a good team, too, but I knew they weren’t going to come in here and beat us.”

Blain finished the contest with 4 carries for 68 yards and two scores on the ground, and four catches for 47 yards plus a score.

Crusaders’ Clifton Taylor led the ground game with 24 carries for 136 yards.

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Marist 49, Notre Dame 42
What a BIG win for the RedHawks over the ranked Dons, 49-42, in the East Suburban Catholic.

Senior quarterback Brendan Skalitzky showed up and showed out tossing four touchdown passes that all went to Liam Keffer, who caught 12 passes for 249 yards.

Skalitzky threw two interceptions in his first 14 attempts before settling down to complete 19 of his final 23. Keffer hauled in TDs of 74, 63, 26 and 22 yards, while Seamus Glascott added eight receptions for 93 yards.

“We trusted each other,” Skalitzky said. “We turned it on late, and Liam got open. I’m so happy for him that he had a great game.”

The RedHawks (3-1, 2-0) finished with 522 total yards. The Dons (3-1, 1-1) netted 387 yards, with senior quarterback Tyler Tsagalis passing for 327 and four touchdowns.

Notre Dame scored two late touchdowns to pull within seven points, but Marist recovered an onside kick with 26 seconds left.

Notre Dame’s quarterback, Tyler Tsagalis, a Western Illinois recruit, also overcome a slow start to nearly top Skalitzky’s numbers. Tsagalis passed for 39 yards in the first half, but tossed all four of his scoring passes after halftime. He finished the contest going 22-for-36 passing for 327 yards and 4 TDs.

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Montini 38, De La Salle 0
Prince Walker (120 rushing yards, 2 TDs) and Justin Blake (163 passing yards, 2 TDs) led Montini (4-0, 1-0).

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IHSA Week3 Football Summary

Posted on September 12, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Week 3 often labeled adjustment week was just that…

September 11, 2015

Mount Carmel 13, Providence 0
CHICAGO – Can you believe it, three quarters of a scoreless contest between these two schools? Not to mention, it was a perfect, fall evening of play… in the end it was the Caravan on top behind the fine play of A.J. Ries, who carried the ball 17 times for 61 yards and a score. On the other side of the ball, the Caravan’s defense forced five turnovers and finished with five sacks on the night.

And again, who would have ever thought the Celtics would be 0-3 at this time? Still a lot of football left in this tough conference.

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Montini 38, St. Rita 7

Montini controlled this contest from start to finish as they roll 38-7 in Chicago Catholic League crossover.

Broncos (3-0) were led by Justin Blake, who tossed 12-for-16 for 122 yards and one TD. Another key performer was Reed Taylor, who snagged a 78-yard interception return.

The Mustangs (1-2) just seem to come up short and the best way to explain this is trailing by three touchdowns and facing a fourth-and-goal at the Broncos 4-yard line, Connor Kelly tossed a nice spiral pass to Kurt Zeiger at the goal line that appeared to bring the Mustangs to within two scores, but instead, he was stopped short by junior linebacker Christian Pirog with 52 seconds remaining in the half.

“Sometimes we come out slow, but as soon as someone makes a big play, something just clicks and it seems unstoppable,” Pirog said. “It’s like no one can stop us.”

And on top of that four turnovers by the Mustangs, including two in the first half, put them in a hole they couldn’t dig out of.

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Richards 28, Lemont 24

The Bulldogs trailed the Indians by 14 points early but then got a spark and ran off four-straight scores to secure the win.

Lemont’s defense ruled the first half, as it held Richards (1-2) to two first downs and seven total yards while taking a 14-0 lead. The Bulldogs’ rally was forged through the air, as quarterback Jake Moran had touchdown passes of 27, 76 and 77 yards to three receivers before Anthony Quinn’s winner.

“We knew we just had to keep coming at them,” said Quinn, whose 2-yard plunge with 58 seconds left was the winner. “As bad as it looked, everyone on the team had faith.”

Two second-half fumble recoveries also helped build momentum. The first led to Moran’s 27-yard pass to Jared Moore midway through the third quarter that got Richards on the board. A Spencer Nagel sneak put Lemont ahead 21-7, but the Bulldogs outscored the Indians 21-3 the rest of the way.

Moran finished the contest going 9-for-18 passing for 222 yards and 3 TDs.

On the other side of the ball, Lemont’s Jake Kirkman finished with 24 carries, 105 yards.

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Loyola 28, Brother Rice 0

The Ramblers set the tone of this contest early on the legs of Dara Laja, who ran 31 times for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns Saturday afternoon as Loyola opened Catholic League Blue play with a 28-0 shutout of No. 14 Brother Rice in Wilmette.

All the scoring came in the first half, when Laja caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Emmett Clifford and ran for scores of 2 and 46 yards. Clifford also threw a 17-yard TD pass to Jonah Isaac.

“Going into the game, we knew we were going to run the ball a lot,” Laja said. “We were practicing a lot of different looks. We were going to trap, we were going to pull a lot.”

He had 11 carries in the first quarter and 24 in the first half, both unusual totals for Loyola (3-0), which likes to spread the touches.

On the other side of the ball, Loyola’s first-team defense, which has 10 new starters this season, still hasn’t given up a point. The Ramblers forced Rice (2-1) to abandon the run game, which produced 29 yards on 17 carries. Crusaders quarterback Camren Miller was 28-for-49 passing for 193 yards.

“That’s a terrific offense,” Loyola coach John Holecek said of Rice. “Their scheme’s good, their skills are good. No. 2 (Ricky Smalling) is a special player. To keep them out of the end zone is impressive.”

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Lincoln-Way West 28, Lincoln-Way Central 0
NEW LENOX – Gabe Montalvo rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns and the Lincoln-Way West defense came up big Friday night in a 28-0 SouthWest Suburban Red victory over Lincoln-Way Central.

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2014 IHSA FINAL Football Rankings

Posted on December 6, 2014. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Here is our final 2014 football rankings…

November 30, 2014

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1. Providence 13-1

2. Homewood-Flossmoor 11–3

3. Lemont 13–1

4. Mount Carmel 8–5

5. Lincoln-Way East 10–2

6. Bolingbrook 8–4

7. Loyola 11–3

8. Richards 10 2

9. Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet) 8-3

10. Brother Rice 7-5

St. Rita (7-5); Lincoln-WayWest (9-2); Lincoln-Way North (8-2); Bradley-Bourbonnais (Bradley) (7-3); Bloom (7-3); Crete-Monee (6-4)

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2014-15 IHSA Basketball Tournaments

Posted on December 2, 2014. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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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).

For more information, click here.

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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

Posted on December 2, 2014. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

Posted on November 9, 2014. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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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