Gordon Tech Beats Mather in opening game 53-22

Maybe former Weber star Kevin Geredine can change the fortunes of Public League basketball on the North side. Geredine is currently the assistant basketball coach at Mather.

Foreman, Taft, Steinmetz, and Von Steuben have advanced to the city semifinals, but no team from this area has won the Public League championship since Roosevelt in 1952. In fact, the last time a team from the North side advanced to the championship game was Lake View in 1954.
Mather head varsity basketball coach Glen Heffernan resigned after posting 50 wins over the past two seasons.
Geredine is trying to help the Rangers recover from a 2-8 start.
Gordon(5-5) beat Mather(2-8) 53-22 on Wednesday night at the Luther North tournament. The Rangers struggled in the loss missing their first seven shots at the basket and finished the contest shooting only 7-of-42.
Geredine played at Weber while Gordon head coach Shay Boyle was on the sophomore squad for the Red Horde.
“He’s got a great basketball mind,” Boyle said of his former classmate. “He has great experience. He’s worked hard to get back into the game. He’s a wonderful guy. He’s one of my favorite high school players ever. He’s one of the most underrated players in state history when he was at Weber.”
“I’m just trying to get a little more experience,” admitted Geredine who currently works as a barber.
Boyle enjoyed the days when Weber faced Gordon in Catholic League play.
“There was nothing like a Weber-Gordon game on a Friday night,” said Boyle who played at Weber and was an assistant basketball coach at Loyola University after graduating from Notre Dame.
Mather has six underclassmen as the Rangers fell behind 23-3 after the opening quarter and trailed 44-8 at halftime.
“I wouldn’t say embarrassed(by the loss),” stated Geredine after the loss. “I would say it’s lack of experience(with our team). We have a group of guys that haven’t played high school basketball. They played in grammar school. We are still trying to find our identity.”
“We played a tremendous defensive first half,” Boyle said after the win.
The Rangers lost all five starters from a 25-win club so some rebuilding was expected.
Gordon is on the verge of playing for the championship at Luther North after beating Mather. Jerry Davis led the Rams with 11 points while Devanchey Bell added 10 points for Gordon who made 19-of-40 shots.
The Rams need a victory over Chicago Academy(8-3) to advance to the finals on Friday night against Taft(8-5) or Maine East(4-7).
“Tonight is a huge night,” said Boyle. “We always play well in tournaments. I think we are 10-3 all-time (at Luther North). We love playing in this gym. We are not looking forward to anything else but playing Chicago Academy.”
“I think they have a pretty good team,” Geredine said in appaising the Rams. “They are disciplined.”
Gordon won the Consolation title at Luther North last season.
“We have a young team,” Geredine said of the Rangers who have won the Luther North tournament the last two years. “I think the problem is they don’t trust each other. We play hard. We don’t trust each other-that’s the bottom line.”
The bottom line for the Rams is just find a way to beat Chicago Academy.



By John Montgomery

The football team at Gordon was hoping to win the Catholic League football playoff championship and play in the Prep Bowl at Soldier Field. The Rams for now will be watching the Prep Bowl on television after forfeiting against Leo for using two ineligible players.
According to the bylaws of the Catholic League, freshmen aren’t allowed to participate in varsity contests against Catholic League opponents. Freshman are allowed to play against nonleague opponents.
Gordon(5-5) beat Leo 14-8 to setup a date against Hales. Leo filed a protest during the week against Gordon after freshman Paul Rivas and Adrian Salinas played in the game against Leo.
“I guess I am at fault,” said Gordon head coach Bill Jeske in an exclusive interview with the BULLDOG. “I should have checked the rules.”
“I’m extremely disappointed playing in the Prep Bowl was our goal,” admitted Gordon quarterback Julian Russell.
Jeske is upset because he claims he was told at a league meeting that freshmen could play in the Catholic League playoffs.
“I felt bad for the Gordon Tech people,”Leo head coach Mike Holmes said. “I don’t think the coach at Gordon tried to break the rules. They broke a rule and that was the bottom line.”
Leo(5-6) was reinstated to the playoffs and was beaten by Hales(7-4) 20-12 on Saturday night.
“Hales played a good game,” added Holmes on the loss to Hales. “Hales has a good team. We didn’t make the plays.”
Holmes claims that he was informed by the Catholic League and his Athletic Director Ed Adams that freshmen weren’t even allowed to play in a Catholic League playoff game.
“I am disgusted and this is the lowest of lows in my coaching career,” Jeske said on the forfeit. “It would very hard for me to look the kids in the eyes after this injustice. I am disappointed with the men involved.”
“It’s not his fault,” Russell added. “He’s a great guy.”
“Let me make it perfectly clear that no one at Gordon played freshman to gain an unfair advantage,” said Athletic Director Paul Chabura in a letter to parents this past Friday.
The Catholic League turned down Gordon’s appeal on Friday.
“I’d play Leo in the parking lot and so would my kids,” Jeske said on Saturday morning after learning Friday that the Rams forfeited.
“We are probably the only league in the state that doesn’t allow freshman to play on varsity,” added Holmes.
The BULLDOG will have more coverage of this story on Monday.

Heliotis named Conference Athlete of Year

Stacy Heliotis, a senior at Gordon Tech, has been named Athlete of the Year for the GCAC White Division.

The vote by coaches of the conference was eight of ten. It is the second consecutive year and the third time overall that a Gordon Tech player has won the award.

Heliotis was a key member of the softball team, starting in every game during the three years she played varsity. The team posted a 43-16 record and back to back championships during her time on the team.

Natalie Martinez, a 2010 GT grad, won the award last year.

Melanie Claudio, a sophomore and Mika Morgan, a junior at Gordon, were also selected to the all-conference team.

Stacey Heliotis, a senior at Gordon Tech, was selected as Conference Athlete of the Year. Credit: Gordon Tech

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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GT’s Andrews named to Chicago Catholic All Conference Team

Gordon Tech junior David Andrews has been named to the Chicago Catholic League All Conference team. “Andrews was instrumental in helping guide our basketball program back to the IHSA Regional Championship game for a third consecutive year,” according to a statement at a Gordon web site.

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North Chicago wins regional over GT

Shey Boyle

Shey Boyle's Gordon Tech Rams ended their basketball season Friday with a loss in class 3A regionals to North Chicago. Boyle's passion for the sport is evident in the drive instilled into his players. Credit: Jack Lydon

North Chicago turned in a solid offensive performance on the road while the Rams made only 18-of-54 shots.
“We knew we had to shorten the game,” said Gordon head coach Shay Boyle who played for Weber High School, the gym which is now a middle school. “We had to play at our pace and not their pace. They are very good. I tip my hat to them. They played a very good game.”
Gordon was able to prevent North Chicago from playing at a fast tempo, but the Rams missed many close shots and eventually fell behind 35-22 at halftime.
“We know how to play in a half court set, but I was hoping I could break them out of that zone (defense) so we could pick up the tempo,” North Chicago head coach Gerald Coleman admitted after the victory.
“We worked on that in practice,” said Maurice Gordon who is a senior for North Chicago. “We worked on moving the ball. We are not trying to push everything. We know to go downstate we can’t push everything (on offense). We are going to keep working at it.”
North Chicago advanced to the Ridgewood sectional and earned a matchup with Grayslake.
Aaron Simpson led the Warhawks with 25 points while Gordon added 18 points and Jaylen Linson contributed with 16 points.
Jerry Davis came off the bench to lead Gordon with 12 points after missing most of the season with an injury.
Gordon knew they had to contain Simpson, who is one of the top players in the state as a junior. On this night, Simpson’s teammates stepped up to the challenge in the regional final.
“Gordon didn’t know too much about (Maurice),” added Coleman. “Gordon is being recruited by Division I schools. He didn’t have a great game on Tuesday night. The way he played tonight that’s the way he plays and that made a big difference.”
Simpson found his groove in the second quarter scoring 11 points while his teammate Gordon added 10 points.
Linson was a big factor in the third quarter as he scored 14 points, and Gordon sealed the victory for North Chicago by adding eight points in the fourth quarter.
“He’s a high major college player,” said Boyle who was impressed with Simpson. “He’s the best guard we’ve seen the whole season. He’s first team All-State in my book as good as any guard in the state.”
Gordon will return 11 players next season including four starters.
The Rams will try to improve in the Catholic League as they were winless this past season.
“Gordon is a good team,” said Simpson after the game. “They are very young. That’s one thing that kept them down. I feel in the future they will be very good.”

Gordon Tech to Play in Regional Championship After Pounding Lakeview

David Andrews scored 19 points as the Gordon Tech Rams moved on to their third consecutive Regional Championship game after beating Lakeview Wildcats in a blowout, Thursday.

Missed free throws and a sluggish start didn’t seem to rattle the Rams as the first quarter ended with a 9-7 score. Regaining their composure and extending the lead, the Rams pushed their half time lead to 25-14 with good defense and several missed opportunities by the Wildcats.

The third quarter is where the Rams made their move, creating turnovers and shooting the ball well as the lead pushed over twenty points, 51-30. Jerry Davis pushed the tempo of the game, scoring 10 points to help the Rams fend off a small run by the Wildcats.

Senior guards Yoshee Vicencio (11 points) and Brian Sanchez (9 points) tried to weather the storm for the Wildcats, but, the Rams had control of the game and answered each push from Lakeview, ending the game with a 21 point blowout, 64-43.

Next up: The Gordon Tech Rams extended their season and will play North Chicago in the Regional Championship on Friday at Old Weber, 7:30p.m.

Did you know?: Northtown aka Old Weber is a grade school with over 900 students… in what used to be Weber High School from 1949-1999.


Gordon Tech Cruises Past Northtown Academy as Regional Game Looms

Brandon Johnson scored a game high 19 points as the Gordon Tech Rams (9-14) easily dismantled Northtown Academy Pumas 79-38 in front of their home crowd Tuesday.

The Rams jumped out to an early first quarter lead 20-8 and never looked back. David Andrews (17 points) and Niko Morales (15 points) drained three’s the whole contest keeping the Pumas in a big hole most of the game. After three quarters of play and seeing their lead jump to 64-30, most of the Gordon Tech starters sat down, watching the bench continue to add to the lead.

Christian Mangio and Mikal Moses both scored 9 points for the Pumas, as they tried everything they could to keep their team in the game. In the end, the three ball was just too much for Northown to overcome.

Gordon Tech hosts the Regional games next week as the Rams need two wins to reach the Sectionals in Hoffman Estates, IL. First up, the Rams square off versus Lakeview, Wednesday March 2nd at 7:30p.m.

Side Note: Gordon Tech Lady Rams season ended in dramatic fashion as they fell to Grayslake Central 75-25 in Grayslake, IL., Tuesday at the State 3A Sectionals.

UPDATED: Schurz loses to Gordon 57-43

Schurz dropped a neighborhood battle to  Gordon Tech, 57-43 Friday.

Gordon will have it’s next game Tuesday against  Northtown, game starts 7:30P at Gordon.

CORRECTION: This article originally said Gordon had lost the game. It also said the next Gordon game would be against North Shore. Our apologies.