Amundsen Varsity crushes Lake View 55-30

We’d like to give you more details, but the picture below is all the information we have on the Lake View players! Come on Lake View, who are your players? Pictures are nice, but we need names.

We’ve moved the game photos to The Welles park Bulldog FaceBook page.

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The roster for the Amundsen team is complete.

Lake View JV fades against NorthSide Prep

Lakeview High School’s Junior Varsity team put up a valiant effort in eventually falling to the visiting Northside College Prep Mustangs.
The first half was dominated by defense as the score was rarely separated by more than a basket. In a flurry of rebounding and defense, each team raced the length of the floor seemingly over and over again, propelled towards the basket by good post defense and fast-footed guards. Lakeview’s #10 had a smooth relationship with the ball and continues to demonstrate fine ball-handling and passing abilities that should serve him well in the future.
Late in the third quarter, Northside Prep seemed to find its stride, opening up the score to 22-15 on strong shooting and a few second-chance points. Enter Lakeview sophomore #12, Johnny Threepoints. After draining a calm and steady three-pt shot to bring Lakeview within four points of tying the game, Lakeview’s defense took hold of the game and came within one point of beating the Mustangs on #32’s rebound and put-back from under the basket. The final in-bounds pass by Lakeview with less than two seconds left on the clock glanced off the intended players hands like a Chicago Bears pass, and the clock was run out by Northside.
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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.

Gordon Tech Thanksgiving Tournament: first up; Ida Crown Aces Tame Lake View Wildcats

Opening tip off! Photo Credit D.X. Boylan

Game on!  Last night the high school basketball season started early with the tip off between the Lake View Wildcats and the Ida Crown Aces.  Both teams came out to make an impression and did not take the early start to the season lightly.  At first glance the Aces out sized  the the Lake View players .  However despite the early and consistent lead held by Ida Crown the fight never left the Wildcats.  Stand out players for the night were  the Aces was forward number  12 Avi Eisentein who’s 2nd period pass was a thing of beauty. In Lake View’s Red and white Junior Marino Cantu (4) who plays with heart and determination beyond his size.

Lake View’s next home game is against North Side Prep on December 6th at  4:00pm

The Gordon Tech Tournament continues tonight and ending tomorrow with the final game starting at 7:30.

Photo Credit: Jane Rickard Please go to our Facebook for more photos of the game!

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Welles Park Bulldog added 24 new photos to the album 111121 Lave View v Ida Crown mens basketball. — at Gordon Tech High School – Chicago.

Eric Liang goes for the lay up. Photo Credit D.X . Boylan

Hoops removed from Bronco Billy

Ald. James Cappleman noted that the basketball hoops have been removed from Bronco Billy Park, 4437 N Magnolia, in the Uptown neighborhood.

“On advice from the police, in agreement with the Parks Department, the basketball hoops at the Bronco Billy Park have been removed,” Cappleman announced in his weekly letter to constituents today.

“The police recommended this change to help alleviate accelerated gang activity in the area,” Cappleman said. Cappleman said he was working to move the hoops activities to a program at a number of parks including Chase Park in Ravenswood.

Bronco Billy Park is a playlot park located just west of the Truman College campus.

Gordon’s hoops members recognized

Gordon Tech senior Brandon Johnson, junior David Andrews, senior Nathan Inserra-Mousin and sophomore Sam Rarick received awards from GT for their play this season:

  • David Andrews- Tom Kleinschmidt MVP Award
  • Sam Rarick- Carl Maniscalco Most Improved Award
  • Brandon Johnson Truck Robinson Leadership Award
  • Nathan Inserra- Mousin Truck Robinson Leadership Award

Johnson and Andrews were selected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Johnson was selected to the Honorable Mention team and will represent Gordon in the Catholic League All-Star match. Andrews was selected to the All-State Special Mention team.

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Gordon to offer summer basketball camps

Elementary students: you can take basektball camp with Gordon Tech Head Coach Shay Boyle this summer

Boyle led the Rams to regional IHSA championships in 2009 and 2010. He was the assistant coach at Loyola University and The Bulldog remembers him as among the best and most inspirational coaches of the last season.

The camps will cover fundamentals, offensive skills, overtime and shooting. There will also be an all day camp.

For more information go to the Gordon blog.

Simeon looks like the team to beat in 2012

The biggest question after the basketball season is how many titles will Simeon star Jabari Parker win in four years with the Wolverines.

Simeon (30-2) bounced from back-to-back losses to Young (20-11) and Benet (29-1) to win back-to-back state basketball championships.

Parker, who is only a sophomore, has emerged as one of the top players in the country. Parker raised his scoring average from nine points a game to 15 points per contest this past season. Parker scored 12 points as Simeon beat Warren (31-4) 48-39 for the Class 4A championship.

“He’s the best player in Illinois,” Simeon head coach Robert Smith said after winning the school’s fifth state title.

Speaking of legacy, Smith is building an impressive resume that could lead to a college coaching job. Smith, who played at Simeon under Bob Hambric, has now won four state titles in seven seasons while winning 197 games.

Simeon figures to be the preseason favorite next year with nine players including Parker returning for a run at a three-peat.

The best thing that Smith does is to get his team to play disciplined and under control on offense while playing solid team defense.

My choice for Player-of-the Year in the Chicago area is East Aurora guard Ryan Boatright, who will attend Connecticut. Boatright led the Tomcats to a 24-6 mark averaging 31 points per game before losing to Glenbard East (28-4) in the East Aurora sectional championship.

Glenbard East coach Scott Miller is my choice for Coach-of-the-Year. The Rams beat East Aurora in the sectional championship as Miller guided the school to a third place finish in Class 4A. Most high school teams don’t recover from emotional wins. Just ask Young and East Aurora who lost its next game after a huge upset.

Gordon’s Dave Andrews is a player to watch next season, but my choice for best player in our area is St. Benedict’s Krys Gago.

St. Ben's Gago, earlier this year against Crane. Photo credit: Jack Lydon

Gago is solid on and off the court with a 3.0 GPA and an ACT score of 22. Gago would score even with opposing teams knew he was going to shoot the basketball for the Bengals. Gago will play at the college level in 2012.

My choice for Coach-of-the-Year in this area is Mather’s Glen Heffernan. Heffernan brought new life into the Rangers’ basketball program the past two seasons.

Basketball in this area was down besides Mather as none of the neighborhood teams advanced past the first week of the state playoffs. Gordon and St. Benedict lost regional championship games while Mather lost to Simeon in the Public League quarterfinals before losing to Glenbrook North in the state playoffs.

Gordon appears to have the brightest future for next season with four starters returning including Andrews who was named All-Catholic League.

The game of the year in my mind was Bolingbrook’s(28-2) 50-49 overtime win over Public League champ Young in the Girls’ Class 4A semifinals. Not only was it the best game I saw this past season, but the state playoff game is one of the best I have ever seen in 33 years of covering hoops in Illinois.

My fab five from this past season are Boatright, Parker, Morgan Park’s Wayne Blackshear, Rock Island guard Chasson Randle, and Perspectives star Anthony Davis who will play at Kentucky.

Keep an eye next season on Mundelein’s Robert Knar who will be a junior.

Finally, I believe the Public League made a mistake giving up its automatic bid in all sports. The only sport that city teams do well in basketball. The Public League can compete in basketball so they only should have dropped the automatic bid for hoops.

It’s highly unlikely that city athletes in baseball, volleyball, softball, and soccer will advance downstate on a regular basis. City teams have had isolated success in a soccer, volleyball, and wrestling. In most cases, teams in those various sports don’t advance past the first week or first  game of the state playoffs.

In football, only one city team has advanced to the state championship game. Just a thought.


Unique Eye: Brooks stalls Rock Island advances.

Here is a link to the Bulldog’s game write up.…tate-semifina

Simeon wins back-to-back state titles

Simeon (30-2) achieved its main goal of winning back-to-back state basketball titles last Saturday night at the IHSA state championships held at the Peoria Carver Arena with a 48-39 win over Warren in the Class 4A game. The Wolverines put on an impressive display on defense forcing 14 turnovers as the Blue Devils (31-4) made only 11-of-41 shots.


Simeon has now won five state championships in hoops while current coach Robert Smith has successfully guided the South side school to four titles in seven seasons.


“It was probably the hardest one because everybody picked us to win it from day one,” said Smith who is 197-36. “Derrick’s (Rose) senior year was the same way (in 2007), but these guys are a little bit different. Last year was fun because nobody gave us a chance.”


“We held them to 48 points and liked our chances, but we couldn’t make shots,” said Warren head coach Chuck Ramsey who has won 377 games.”I credit their defense partially. With each shot there was something different.”


Simeon wasn’t spectacular on offense as Smith’s squad made 14-of-37 attempts at the basket. Six different players scored for Simeon who sealed a second straight state title by making 16 free throws in the second half while holding Warren to five baskets.


Sophomore Jabari Parker scored a game-high 12 points before picking up his third foul in the third quarter. Parker had moments of brilliance in the final game of the basketball season.


“He’s the best player in the state of Illinois,” Smith admitted after the game. “I think he’s probably going to be the best (high school) player to ever play in Illinois simply because he can play all five positions.”


“He’s very talented,” Ramsey said after the loss. “He’s very advanced for his age. He’s very well rounded. He can do a lot of different things on the floor.”


Warren fell behind and never really recovered thanks to Simeon’s defense. The Wolverines built a 11-point lead in the fourth quarter as Warren scored one basket in 12 minutes.


Warren closed the lead to six points twice in the second half but as Ramsey stated couldn’t make shots or score on consecutive possessions.


Simeon jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the opening quarter, and Warren trailed 24-20 at halftime.


Parker picked up his third foul in the third quarter with Simeon protecting a 10-point lead. The sophomore sensation spent three minutes on the bench in the fourth quarter and Warren couldn’t capitalize as the lead grew to 11 points before Brandon Ferguson gave Warren some hope on a three-point basket with 3:47 left.


Parker has really improved his game. Parker averaged nine points per game as a freshman when Simeon won the state title in 2010 with a 51-36 win over Whitney Young. This season, Parker has emerged as one of the best players in the state averaging 15 points and six rebounds per contest.


Rock Island (30-3) won its first state basketball title with a 50-40 double overtime win over Centralia in the Class 3A championship game.


Finally, what is next for Simeon? Simeon has won the most state basketball titles in Illinois, and nine players return for Smith next season including Parker who appears to keep improving his game.


Simeon might have a chance to win four straight titles with Parker on the court.

For a gallery of the game please follow the link below to the Bulldog’s Unique Eye:…en-blue-devils