Gordon Lady Rams Beat Ben’s Bengals 54-49

On the strength of nine three pointer, the Gordon Tech Rams varsity girls defeated rival St. Benedict Bengals girls team in a neighborhood grudge match, 54 to 49, Tuesday evening, December 6th, at the Gordon Tech gym.  Despite a first half plagued by fouls and turnovers, the lady Rams opened up an early lead on the strength of seven first half three point buckets.  The Bengals tied up the game late in the second quarter and pulled ahead 32 to 30 with 4:30 left in the third.  Gordon Tech’s deadly outside shooting proved too much for the Bengals with two minutes to go.  GT junior center, Melanie Claudio added a late inside bucket to seal the GT victory.  St. Ben’s junior guard, Lexi Genge lead all scorers with 25 points.  GT senior guard, Murielle Vansach had 18 point including 4 three-pointers.  GT junior center, Melanie Claudio, had 18 points.  GT senior guard, Jenny Carroll, had 11 points. The Gordon Tech Rams improve to five wins against one lose.  Josephenum is up next for the Rams on Tuesday at the Gordon Tech Gym.

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Gordon Tech Thanksgiving Tournament: Richards Career Academy Defeats Lake View; Gordon Tech Holds Off Ida Crown.

Photo Credit Jack Lydon


 

Gordon Tech’s Thanksgiving Tournament continued Tuesday evening.  In the first game, Richard Career Academy easily defeated Lake View High School, 76 to 33.

 

In the second game, the Gordon Tech Rams held off the Ida Crown Aces, 55 to 43.  After giving up the first bucket of the game, the Rams grabbed the lead and never trailed again.  The Aces battled the bigger and faster Rams the whole way and GT never pulled away.

 

The Aces tight man-to-man defense turned off GT’s outside shooter David Andrews.  Crown’s own excellent outside shooting in the first half narrowed the Gordon Tech lead to 24 to 22 at halftime.  Gordon Tech head coach Shay Boyle turned up the defense in the third quarter which proved too much for the Aces.  Foul trouble by the Aces put the Rams at the line for much of the fourth quarter.  The Rams pulled away at the end.  GT’s junior guard, Jerry Davis, lead all scorers with 20 points.Senior guard, Ori Schwartz, lead Ida Crown with 11 points.”

Photo Credit: Jack Lydon

 

Next up for the GT Thanksgiving Tournament on Wednesday, Ida Crown takes on Richards Career Academy at 5:30 and Gordon Tech takes on Lake View at 7:30.Welles Park Bulldog added 12 new photos to the album .

 

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Gorden Tech Thanksgiving Tournament: Gordon Tech/Ida Crown.

13’6″ truck – 13’4″ viaduct = abandoned trailer on Lawrence

A truck trailer blocks Lawrence Avenue near Lamon Friday, 9.23.11. Credit: Jack Lydon

Chicagoans have seen it so many times, a truck tries to fit under a viaduct, but is too small. The result is often the top of the truck looks like a can opener scissored it open.

So, what to do, if you’re the driver and you realize the issue before your truck hits the viaduct?

How about a three-point turn?

The scene was Lawrence Ave, just west of the Lamon railroad viaduct near the Kennedy Expressway. The time was Fri., Sept. 24 about 11.30P. There was the truck trailer part way through a three-point turn, blocking Lawrence.

But there was no truck tractor.

A truck trailer became trapped between two light poles as the driver attempted to avoid a low viaduct. Credit: Jack Lydon

Police on the scene say the driver had backed his trailer into a position so that it was wedged between two light poles. He decided to drive around to the other side of the trailer and make another go at retrieving the trailer.

And… we guess he left the GPS at home because he didn’t make it back, or maybe the traffic piled up too quickly.

In any case, police found the truck driver, brought him back to the lost trailer. There, with the aid of a police lieutenant, the truck driver was able to reattach the trailer, back down Lawrence and clear traffic.

CTA buses were rerouted during the incident, which lasted about an hour.

A lost truck driver was escourted back to his trailer. 9.23.11 Lawrence Ave at Lamon. Credit: Jack Lydon

Ravenswood 5K Run

Ravenswood 5K Run. Credit: Jack Lydon

Early Sunday morning, area runners took to the streets of Ravenswood for the 15th Annual Ravenswood Run five kilometer race.  Beginning at 8A, from the corner of Hermitage and Wilson over 3,500 runners ran down Heritage to Irving Park Road and then back north up Paulina, west on Leland before returning to east on Wilson to the finish at Ravenswood.

 

Wearing number 4, James Akita finished first overall with a time of 15:07.  Appropriately wearing number 2, Brent Alexander came in next, thirteen seconds behind.  Brent placed second in 2010 as well.

Andrew McCann finished third overall with a time of 15:36 but first in the mens’ 20 to 24 year old division.

The fastest woman was Heather Precop (#3) with a time of 17:35 and eighteenth place overall.  Melissa Hadesty (18:10, 27th overall) and Kalina Michalska (18:50, 46th overall) rounded out the top three female finishers.

In what was surely one of his last public appearances as alderman, outgoing 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter held the tape as James Akita crossed the finish line.

47th Ward Alderman-elect, Ameya Pawar, ran the race appropriately wearing number 47, and finished with a very respectable time of 24:52.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry at All Saints Episcopal Church the Student Health Centers at Lake View and Amundsen High Schools.  Last year, the race raised $35,000.00.

St. Benedict loses to Chicago Hope in regional hoops final

The St. Benedict Bengals (16-13) lost 81 to 51 at home Friday night to the Chicago Hope Academy Eagles (20-10) in a class 1A IHSA regional final.

Despite an uncharacteristically high number of turnovers in the first quarter, the Bengals scored from inside and outside and jumped out to a 22 to 18 lead Eagles giving their fans “hope” for an upset victory.

Hope’s second quarter full court press gave St. Ben’s some trouble. But despite repeatedly throwing the ball away, the Bengals kept it close for most of the first half. Then the wheels came off. With a few minutes left in the second quarter, the Bengals missed four or five close in put-backs in one possession. Then they missed the front end of three consecutive one-and-one’s and gave up ensuing fast breaks points by Hope.

The Bengals looked like they had the last possession of the half but after an ill-advised quick shot with time on the clock, Hope rebounded the ball and got down the court quick. Sophomore forward Jalen James pumped in a three pointer from the corner as time expired giving Hope a 40 to 34 halftime lead. Ouch!

“We gave them the mo,” said St. Benedict head coach Tom Horn. “I don’t care if we punt it into the Lake [on the last possession], we can’t get ‘em that shot.” Big Mo changed benches and never changed back.

Hope came out running and pushed it up to 55 to 39 at the end of the third quarter, outscoring St. Benedict 15 to 5 in the quarter.

The Bengals played hard in the fourth. They even took a little bit of the sting out of the third quarter collapse with a couple three point buckets but Hope Academy proved too big and too deep to overcome.

“We can be streaky,” said Chicago Hope Academy head coach Mike Edwards. “I thought if we could stay close we could wear them down. We are fairly deep.” That’s what happened. Hope wore down the Bengals by running the floor. Hope’s fresh legs off the bench sealed the 81 to 51 victory.

Established in 2005 by Bob Muzikowski, his wife Tina, and group of businessmen, Chicago Hope Academy is new private non-denominational Christian high school located in the former St. Callistus Catholic School on the near west side.

Gordon Tech drains St. Benedict

Four 4th quarter three-point shots from Gordon Tech’s David Andrews lifted the Rams past their neighborhood rival, the St. Benedict Bengals, 42-38, in a close, low scoring grudge match at Gordon Tech on Tuesday night.

Gordon Tech, (7-11, 0-7), jumped out to an early lead on the strength of solid defense and timely jump shots.  St. Benedict (12-12, 3-3) couldn’t take advantage of multiple offensive rebounds in the second quarter.  They missed numerous shots in the paint that would have eliminated Gordon’s early advantage.

Nevertheless, St. Ben’s clawed back in the second half and tied the game with 5:31 left in the 4th quarter.  Up by only two points in with 2:40 left, Gordon Tech coach Shay Boyle went into a stall with junior guard Julian Russell holding the ball.

“We had to draw them out of their tight zone,” said Boyle.  “We wanted to drive and get some kick-out [shots].”  The strategy worked.  With the St. Ben’s defenders coming out to guard Russell, Russell and the other Gordon Tech guards, sophomore Jerry Davis, senior Brandon Jackson and sophomore Devanchey Bell drove the lane and passed to stand out junior guard, David Andrews, in the corner for three point shots.  Defensive stand out Habeeb Durojaiye contributed with a late steal that Andrews turned into points.

According to St. Benedict coach Tom Horn, “the effort was there but we lost track of #20 [Andrews] at the end.  We guarded him for three quarters and five minutes then we lost him.  That was the difference.”

Andrews lead all scorers for Gordon Tech with 16 including 4 three pointers.  Center Krys Gago lead St. Benedict with 12 points.

Friars roast Rams 69-41

Fenwick’s full court press lead to an uncharacteristically high number of Ram (1-4, 0-3) turnovers putting Gordon behind in the first quarter. The Friars (5-2, 2-1) expanded their lead to win 69-41.

“We had eight early turnovers, completely unforced, just dribbling too much.,” said Gordon Tech head coach Shay Boyle. “We were trying to get the offence going we worked on all week. We had a great week of practice. We put a few new things in. Old habits came back. We started dribbling the ball way too much and we didn’t take care of it. Our goal was to be twelve turnovers or less tonight and we hit our goal in the first quarter.”

Despite the string of early turnovers, the Rams settled down in the second quarter and battled back cutting the Fenwick lead to seven at one point with three pointers by sophomore guard Devanchey Bell and Senior Guard Brandon Johnson. Scrappy inside play from the smaller Gordon Tech front line and Fenwick’s poor inside shooting kept Gordon in the game.

“Our big kids just did not get in a good rhythm. They can all score. [They missed] point blank shots. It’s just getting into a good rhythm and developing some confidence around the basket. You miss one, you miss two, you start thinking about it,” said Fenwick varsity coach John Quinn, brother of Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn.

“It was not out of reach at half. We were down by 13. In the first 41 seconds of the second half the game was over,” said Boyle. Fenwick came out of the locker room at half time and put seven unanswered points on the Rams driving the Fenwick lead up to 20. They never looked back.

GT battled in the 3rd and 4th quarters but could not overcome the big lead put up by Fenwick’s hot shooters. The Friars had six three-pointers in the second half including three by senior guard Joe Fahey.

“We didn’t have an answer for their physicality, their toughness,” continued Boyle. “They out muscled us. It’s not even size with us. I can probably count 25 times with two guys hands’ on the ball. They probably won 23 of those times.”

Sophomore guard Devanchey Bell led Gordon scorers with 15 points. Gordon senior guard Brandon Jackson had twelve points.

Next up for Gordon Tech is Montini Catholic on Saturday, December 18th at Benedictine University.

St. Ben’s women earn neighborhood bragging rights

In a battle for neighborhood bragging rights, the St. Benedict Bengals girls varsity basketball team (5-3) defeated the Gordon Tech Rams (0-7) at St. Benedict’s Gym on Monday night, 49 – 41.


Gordon Tech's Jenny Carroll had 18 points including three three-point shots.

Gordon Tech's Jenny Carroll had 18 points including three three-point shots. Credit: Jack Lydon




After the Bengals took a first quarter lead, the Rams jumped into a full court press midway through the second quarter and charged back.  On the strength of junior guard Jenny Carroll’s three second quarter three-pointers, the Rams took a 23 to 22 halftime advantage.

“We were in a zone defense in the first half and got a little frazzled early.  We came out of it and went man-to-man,” said St. Benedict head coach Chris Ford.  It worked.

The Bengals’ defense lead the way in the third quarter.  Despite giving up two three-pointers to Rams forward Katelynn Reed, the Bengals dominated the defensive boards and outscored Gordon 15 to 9.  Bengals sophomore guard Alexis “Lexi” Genge matched up on Ram guard Carroll and slowed Carroll just enough for the rest of the Bengals defense to turn the tide.  Genge lead the way for the Bengals with 17 points including layups after defensive steals.  Genge added late free throws to seal the victory late.

Adding to the Rams woes, sophomore center Melanie Claudio fouled out late with four minutes left.  Rams leading scorer Jenny Carroll had 18 points including three first half three point shots.

“They did the little things better than we did tonight.  The extra box out, the extra rebound, the extra hustle made the difference.  We have do that better,” said Gordon Tech head coach Tom Kane.

“It was great to beat a neighborhood rival.  I was especially proud to see the girls play this well without [injured senior center] Amanda [Genge],” Bengals Coach Ford added.  Amanda Genge suffered a knee injury earlier in the year against Hope Academy and may miss the rest of the season.  Adding to the rivalry, the Gordon Tech Rams include two St. Benedict Elementary School graduates, senior guard Samantha Pucci and senior forward Katelynn Reed.