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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IHSA AP Boys Rankings

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SECOND EDITION of IL High School Boys Basketball AP Rankings

January 15, 2014

By Associated Press

Local schools in our coverage area sits on top…

CLASS 4A
SCHOOL (First-place voice)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Marian Catholic (5)     13-1     119     2
2     Curie  (6)      13-1     115     3
3     Zion Benton (1)     13-1     88     7
4     Young     9-4     85     5
5     Simeon     10-2     75     4
6     Stevenson     13-1     72     1
7     Edwardsville (1)     12-0     69     6
8     Alton     12-1     41     8
9     Fremd     14-0     32     9
10     St. Viator     12-3     8     NR

Others receiving votes: Proviso East 3, West Aurora 2, Rockford Auburn 2, Larkin 1, Ottawa 1, Rockford Boylan 1, St. Rita 1

CLASS 3A

Team (first-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS

1     Lanphier (14)     15-0     165     1
2     Lincoln     14-0     144     3
3     Morgan Park (1)     11-3     118     2
4     Orr (2)     10-1     102     6
5     Normal U-High     13-2     95     9
6     North Chicago     13-2     80     T4
7     Bogan     15-2     67     7
8     Limestone     13-2     32     10
9     Rockford Lutheran     14-1     29     NR
tie     (tie) Centralia     14-1     29     T4

Others receiving votes: Althoff Catholic 22, Carbondale 17, St. Joseph 9, Champaign Centennial 9, Cahokia 7, Peoria Manual 2, Metamora 2, Sacred Heart-Griffin 2, Chicago Uplift 2, Carmel 1, Fenwick 1

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CLASS 2A

Team (first-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS

1     Rockridge (15)     15-0     159     1
2     Monmouth-Roseville     14-1     136     2
3     Providence-St. Mel (1)     12-5     124     3
4     Sterling Newman     15-0     105     5
5     St. Joseph-Ogden     12-2     67     6
6     Bismarck-Henning     14-1     66     4
7     Decatur St. Teresa     12-1     56     9
8     Teutopolis     10-3     39     8
9     Warrensburg-Latham     11-2     24     7
10     Bloomington Central     11-3     23     NR

Others receiving votes: Winnebago 18, Kewanee 15, Harrisburg 12, Immaculate Conception 7, St. Edward 6, Clifton Central 6, Hales, Breese Central 3, Newton 3, PORTA 3, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2, Breese Mater Dei 2

CLASS 1A

Team (first place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS

1     Payson-Seymour (12)     41974     151     1
2     Mounds Meridian (2)     14-1     132     2
3     Madison     41853     116     3
4     Colfax Ridgeview (1)     15-0     104     4
5     Brimfield (1)     12-0     80     6
6     Waterloo Gibault     41975     73     5
7     Kewanee (Wethersfield)     14-1     68     7
8     Lanark Eastland     41914     28     8
tie     Polo     16-2     28     NR
10     Mooseheart     41853     18     10

Others receiving votes: Arthur-Lovington 16, Putnam County 11, St. Anne 9, Springfield Lutheran 7, Woodlawn 7, Aquin 7, Cissna Park 6, Liberty 5, Henry 4, Milford 2, Milledgeville 2, Effingham St. Anthony 2, Sidell (Jamaica)-Salt Fork 2, Okawville 1, East Dubuque 1

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IHSA AP Girls Rankings

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SECOND EDITION of IL High School Girls Basketball AP Rankings

January 15, 2014

By Associated Press

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

CLASS 4A
SCHOOL (First-place voice)

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

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

CLASS 3A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

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

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

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CLASS 2A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

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

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

CLASS 1A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

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

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

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2013 GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-AREA TEAMS

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Best of the Best Girls in our coverage…

March 4, 2013

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

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

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

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

FIRST TEAM
Leah Bolton, Marist, (Sr.)

Kennedy Cattenhead, Bolingbrook, (Sr.)

Nicole Ekhomu, Joliet Catholic (Fr.)

Dana Gettis, Hillcrest, (Sr.)

Bria Gaines, Bloom (Sr.)

Linnae Harper, Young (Sr.)

Jasmine Lumpkin, Joliet Catholic (Jr.)

Ashton Millender, Marian Catholic, (Jr.)

Teniya Page, Marian Catholic, (So.)

JeTaun Rouse, Marist (Sr.)

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2013 HS Girls Basketball State Finals

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Knock knock…. who’s there? March…

March who? MARCH MADNESS!!!!!

And it’s the Girls 3A / 4A State CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!

March 2, 2013

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As the headline states “it’s that time again” – March Madness time!

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This weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, the best of the best Illinois Girls 3A / 4A basketball teams were on one court at Redbird Arena, the campus of Illinois State University in Normal. This was the 37th annual edition of this tourney, the 22nd consecutive year that Redbird has served as the host and the sixth year of the four-class system.

For Friday’s semifinals recap, click here.

    Championship Saturday recap

What a wonderful afternoon of “amateur” sports hosted by Illinois High School Association in Normal, IL at RedBird Arena where their will be two “new” 2013 Class 3A and 4A champions.

Class 4A Championship

Marian Catholic vs Rolling Meadows

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Tip off at approximately 8:15pm CST.

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Class 4A Third Place game

Young vs Huntley

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We are unway as the 2012 Class 4A champs come out playing what we are used to seeing – aggressive and attacking basketball. With this form of play the Dolphins jumped out in the first period to a 16-6 lead.

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Class 3A Championship

Quincy Notre Dame 62, Vernon Hills 45


CONGRATULATIONS Lady Raiders on yet another undefeated season 30-0!

The two-time defending Class 2A girls basketball champion, Quincy Notre Dame, moved up this year and put some distance between them an ALL of the naysayers as they won the 2013 IHSA Girls Class 3A championship Saturday afternoon in Normal against Vernon Hills 62-45.

“It’s a great honor to be part of three straight championship teams and win Class 3A undefeated,” said Quincy Notre Dame senior Jordan Frericks, who had 14 points. “We’ll be remembered forever, and created a lot of great memories.”

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Quincy Notre Dame – Class 3A Champions

Kassidy Gengenbacher led the Lady Raiders (30-0) with 20 points.

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Vernon Hills Cougars

Vernon Hills (31-3) finished second for the second year in a row. Lauren Webb finished the game with a double-double – 17 points and 10 rebounds.

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Class 3A Third Place game


Montini 42, Morton 38

Lady Broncos were led by Kelly Karlis, who scored 11 points followed by teammate Pauline Castro who added 9. Junior guard Sara Ross contributed 8 points and 8 boards.

Sarah Livingston had the hot hand for the Potters with a natural double-double – she knocked down 16 points and 12 boards.

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IMPORTANT NOTES

The games will air live on the IHSA TV Network (click for local listings – http://www.ihsa.org/NewsMedia/IHSATVNetwork.aspx) and will also be carried live on the internet at www.IHSA.tv. Fans can also get unprecedented coverage of the state finals on Twitter by following @IHSAState. Lee Hall and ISU legend Jill Hutchison will bring viewers the 3A action and Dave Bernhard and Patricia Babcock McGraw step in to call the 4A games. Matt Rodewald will handle the hosting and sideline duties, along with the Class 3A and 4A finals of the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown on Friday and the Country Financial Queen of the Hill three-point shooting on Saturday, which pits the four class winners head-to-head.

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2013 HS Girls Basketball State SemiFinals

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Knock knock…. who’s there? March… March who? MARCH MADNESS!!!!!

March 1, 2013

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It’s that time again basketball fans…. March Madness time as our calendars turn to March in a couple of days Illinois features the best of the best Girls 3A / 4A basketball teams on one court at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal – Friday and Saturday, March 1-2. This is the 37th annual edition of this tourney, the 22nd consecutive year that Redbird has served as the host and the sixth year of the four-class system.

Here’s our recap of Friday’s semifinals:

Class 3A

FINAL: Vernon Hills 48, Montini 45 OT

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NORMAL, Ill. — Call it an upset? Sure…. But as many coaches always say, experience sometimes is the best learning tool a young team could ever have. Well, this proved to be the winning formula for Vernon Hills as they knocked off State finals foe Montini 48-45 in overtime at Redbird Arena Friday afternoon in the IHSA Girls Class 3A semis.

The Cougars showed their growth with a composed and methodical team effort as team leader Lauren Webb knocked down 21 points from Lauren Webb, followed by Meri Bennett-Swanson, a DePaul recruit, who added 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and Alina Lehocky, who contributed 7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals.

“A lot of the experience from last year really carried forth,” Vernon Hills coach Paul Brettner said. “The little things, like we don’t go out for a timeout. Little things when they are not new, make you more comfortable.”

Montini (34-2) made just six of its first 30 shot attempts and didn’t take advantage of some shaky ballhandling by the Cougars in the first half.

The Cougars led 35-24 after three quarters, but Montini junior Kelly Karlis scored seven straight points late in regulation to give the Broncos a 40-38 lead with 1 minute, 22 seconds left. Webb made two free throws and Sydney Smith missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer for Vernon Hills.

“I thought we struggled in all phases of the game today,” Montini coach Jason Nichols said. “I think our defensive rebounding was absolutely a killer.”

Vernon Hills outrebounded Montini 50-23, including 21-9 on offense. And in overtime, the Cougars scored the first six points in overtime, and Webb made all six of her free-throw attempts in that span.

The Cougars (31-2) advance to Saturday’s 2 p.m. title game against Quincy Notre Dame, a 67-51 winner over Morton. Vernon Hills avenged last year’s state title loss to Montini, ended the Broncos’ quest for a record-breaking fourth straight championship and halted their winning streak at 21.

3A CHAMPIONSHIP — Vernon Hills vs. Quincy Notre Dame, 2 p.m. Saturday.

GAME NOTES
Vernon Hills’ Sydney Smith (13.1 ppg), Lauren Webb (12.6 ppg) and 6-2 DePaul recruit Meri Bennett-Swanson (10.9 ppg) — who all average around 11 points per game — should get theirs against Montini. Montini’s 6-4 Malayna Johnson (8.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and the Broncos’ young depth, featuring freshman sharpshooter Lea Kerstein and 6-1 sophomore Rainey Kuykendall, could be the difference, along with junior guard Kateri Stone (11.7 ppg).

Montini has won state titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012, compiled a 136-10 record over the last four years and has chance to become the first girls team in Illinois history to win four consecutive state titles.

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Quincy Notre Dame 67, Morton 51

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Morton (30-5) vs. Quincy Notre Dame (29-0)
Quincy Notre Dame was able to potentially extend their state championship streak to three after defeating Morton Friday afternoon at Redbird Arena 67-51.

Jordan Frericks (12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals), Kassidy Gengenbacher (15 points) and Kristen Gengenbacher (13 points) led QND (29-0). Chandler Ryan had 18 points in the Morton (30-5) loss.

There winning treak dates back to back-to-back titles at the Class 2A level before moving up to Class 3A this year. Prior to this contest, Morton won 18 in a row behind 6-2 Illinois recruit Sarah Livingston (27 points, 12 rebounds in the super).

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Class 4A

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Marian Catholic 63, Young 39


GIRL ON FIRE….

NORMAL, Ill. — Ashton Millender was truly in the matrix during the Illinois Girls Class 3A semifinals against highly-ranked Whitney Young, as she knocked down 29 points to lead the team to the championship game against Rolling Meadows.

“I knew that I had to get touches,” Millender said. “I had to get my teammates involved, but I had to shoot the ball.”

The 5-foot-10 Millender made five straight baskets in Friday’s game, spanning the first and second quarters.

It just seems as if the Dolphins (26-5) didn’t have a sufficient game plan for Millender who played several possessions at point guard. Millender closed the first half by driving to her right, crossing over to her left and hitting an off-balanced, underhanded, left-handed scoop banker at the buzzer to extend Marian Catholic’s lead to 29-12.

“I just knew I had to keep shooting,” Millender said. “But one person doesn’t win a basketball game. It was fun out there. ”

On the defensive end, the Spartans made life miserable for Young in the paint. Young’s Linnae Harper, a McDonald’s All-American selection, finished the contest shooting 3-for-19 from the field and nine points.

“I thought Ashton played phenomenal defense on her,” Byrne said. “She did a great job of keeping her in front of her, containing her, staying low instead of falling for things.”

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And from here the Spartans never let up and stretched out to as much as a 25 point lead in the second half. The game play and lack of favorable calls forced Young to come undone as they received three technical fouls, two on players and one on coach Corry Irvin.

“A lot of things went well,” Marian coach Annie Byrne said. “We definitely beat them on the battle of the boards (43-33), and that’s something we had talked about.

This was the Spartans (32-1) 19th straight victory… they need just one more against the only team they lost to early in the season (December 21, 61-55).

“We want revenge and to get them back,” Marian Catholic senior forward Megan Walsh said of playing Rolling Meadows. Walsh finished this game with 15 points.

NOTE: Whitney Young was NOT available for post-game comments and questions.

4A CHAMPION GAME — Marian Catholic vs. Rolling Meadows, 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

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Rolling Meadows 61, Huntley 44

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Rolling Meadows (30-3) vs. Huntley (26-7)
With both teams making their first appearance in the state semifinals. you could see early they were nervous but Rolling Meadows was able to shake that off and get several runs to defeat Red Raiders and proceed too the finals Saturday evening against Marian Catholic.

Jackie Kemph had 12 points and 6 assists, Jenny Vliet had 18 points and 9 rebounds, and Alexis Glasgow added 16 points for Rolling Meadows (30-3). The Andrews sisters – Ali Andrews (16 points) and Sam Andrews (11 points, 7 rebounds) led Huntley (26-7).

NOTE: Rolling Meadows is the only team to beat Marian Catholic this year, and seems to have recovered from consecutive losses to Quincy Notre Dame (in OT) and Fremd to end the regular season.

IMPORTANT NOTES

The games will air live on the IHSA TV Network (click for local listings – http://www.ihsa.org/NewsMedia/IHSATVNetwork.aspx) and will also be carried live on the internet at www.IHSA.tv. Fans can also get unprecedented coverage of the state finals on Twitter by following @IHSAState. Lee Hall and ISU legend Jill Hutchison will bring viewers the 3A action and Dave Bernhard and Patricia Babcock McGraw step in to call the 4A games. Matt Rodewald will handle the hosting and sideline duties, along with the Class 3A and 4A finals of the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown on Friday and the Country Financial Queen of the Hill three-point shooting on Saturday, which pits the four class winners head-to-head.

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2012 IL Best HS Football Team

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Who’s our 2012 Illinois High School Number 1 football team?

August 20, 2012

The age old question is asked about Illinois High School Football and answered by our team….

This time of the year many people are curious about which high school football team is the best in Illinois. While we have seen many of the teams in our coverage area, I have not seen some of the other statewide contenders. However, like anyone, we can certainly offer an opinion on the teams we have seen, read about and are familiar with so far this year.

NOTE: This is based on our coverage area.

10. Thornton
Impact Player: Jalen Banks is actually one of the most experienced players in the state, having played varsity football since he arrived at Thornton as a freshman in 2009.
Biggest Issue for 2012: Battled test – but can they play together against steep competition?

9. Lemont
Impact Player: OT Ethan Pocic
Biggest Issue for 2012? Can the inexperienced offensive skills develop fast enough.

8. Crete
Impact Player: WR LaQuon Treadwell
Biggest Issue for 2012? Outside of the Southland, can they standup in the Class 6A playoffs?

7. Marist
Impact Player: TE Nic Weishar
Biggest Issue for 2012: Can anyone standup on defense?

6. Lincoln-Way East
Impact Player: QB Tommy Fuessel
Biggest Issue for 2012? Moving into 2012 season strong – leaving the 2011 season in the past.

5. St Rita
Impact Player (s): Offensive line
Biggest Issue for 2012?
Steady play at QB1.

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2012-IL-HS-Schedule

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2012 Illinois High School Schedule

August 8, 2012

It’s almost that time again… time for Friday night lights around the Chicagoland area and we have our FULL football schedule ready… WHEW!!!! Talk about some jammed packed games. Things get started with TOP, hard-core match-ups including Homewood-Flossmoor at Marian Catholic – the battle of the South Suburbs to Joliet Catholic at Providence, which features USC recruit, Ty Isaac. This game will be nationally televised on ESPNU. In addition, Soldier Field will play host to three match-ups beginning at noon.

Week 1 – Aug. 20-26
All games 7:30 unless noted.
BOLD, RED – our game of the week

FRIDAY, AUG. 24
NONCONFERENCE
Carmel at Lincoln-Way East
Curie at Argo, 7
De La Salle at Lane, 8
Hillcrest at Stagg, 7:15
Homewood-Flossmoor at Marian Catholic***
Joliet Catholic at Providence (ESPNU)***

Kankakee at Bishop McNamara
Kenwood at T.F. North, 7
Leo at St. Laurence
Lincoln-Way North at Lincoln-Way Central
Lincoln-Way West at Sycamore, 7
Orr at Thornton, 7
Oswego East at Rich South, 7
Plainfield South at Bolingbrook
Reavis at Solorio, 7
Rich East at Eisenhower, 7
Sandburg at Andrew, 7:15
Shepard at Brother Rice
Stillman Valley at Tinley Park, 7
T.F. South at Crete-Monee***

SATURDAY, AUG. 25
NONCONFERENCE
Bloom at Thornwood, 1
Fenwick at Hales, 1:30
Marist vs. St. Rita, TBA at Soldier Field***
Mount Carmel vs. St. Patrick, noon at Soldier Field***

Rich Central at Joliet Central, 1
Simeon at Loyola, 1:30
St. Ignatius vs. Young, 6:30 at Soldier Field***
Thornridge at Joliet West, 1

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2012 IL Girls Semifinals: Young-Bartlett

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2012 Girls Class 4A Basketball Semifinals

March 2, 2012

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The first of two Class 4A semifinal contest feature Whitney Young (32-0) against Bartlett (31-1). In this game, the Dolphins were just too fast and too big as they put Bartlett away easily 67-43 in Normal, IL at Redbird arena.

Things got started early and stayed consistent as Young struck out to a double digit lead at the half, 30-18, and never looked back.

Senior, Kentucky-recruit Janee Thompson leads all scorers with 18, 12 of which came in the first half, followed by Linnae Harper who added 16.

“Janee took over the game for us,” said coach Corey Irvin after the game. “We just expect that from her. She did a good job.”
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Coming into this game, coach Irvin wasn’t worried about the potential let down from the big win over Bolingbrook in the Super-sectionals either. “We wanted to beat them but continue to play our game.”

Tonight the Dolphins played their game indeed, sending a big body blow to Bartlett early and a steady jab from their guard play, as well as crashing the boards, including holding them to just six offensive boards total.
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In the third period, Bartlett went cold from the field for almost three minutes as Young got hot with inside scoring, including a nifty layup and jump shot by Harper and a 8′ jump shot by Taylor Brame.
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“We knew we couldn’t stop her (Thompson) completely but we just couldn’t contain her,” coach Denise Sarns shared after the game. “She’s a good player.”

NOTE: At the time of this writing, IHSA is researching to see if Ms. Thompson set the “State assist record.”

Going into the consolation game tomorrow evening, between Loyola or Edwardsville, Ms. Videckis said “it’s going to be a new day… everyone loses and tomorrow we’ll come out and display the talents we do have.”

In the championship game, coach Irvin, who is not new to this atmosphere and the potential of winning another state championship, will get the team relaxed and focused for one more game. And if Young is able to win tomorrow night in the Class 4A championship, they will be the first time since Peoria-Richwoods to accomplish this feat.

See you are the baseline for the Class 4A championship….

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