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.

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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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Dunbar Cruises After Lane Tech Grabs Early Lead

Dunbar (4-3) visited Lane Tech (2-4) in Chicago Public League action on Friday, in what started off as a stalemate after the first quarter. Both teams were trying to figure each other out when Lane Tech scored in the second quarter on a run by running back Victor Gonzalez. Dunbar matched the Gonzalez TD with a score of their own and a 2-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead. After a 3-and-out by the Indians… Dunbar coughed the ball up on a 4th down punt to give the Indians great field position late in the 2nd quarter. Lane Tech would eventually score on a QB keeper down near the goal line by Indians QB Jack McLaughlin to take a 14-8 lead. After that score, the Dunbar defense stepped it up after making several encroachment penalties… and held the Indians scoreless the rest of the way, as their offense got red hot.

Dunbar QB Darvell Harris, WR/DB Jayton Dorsey and WR/DB Travon Harris put on a 3-man wrecking crew the rest of the way. Connecting on several long passes and even a defensive fumble recovery for a touchdown was all that the Lane Tech Indians could handle, as the score got out of hand in a hurry. After the 3rd quarter ended with a 36-14 lead, the Mighty Men of Dunbar added 20 more points in the 4th quarter which saw an acrobatic one-handed grab for a touchdown by senior Travon Harris to put an exclamation point on the victory. The final was 56-14. Photos taken by Jason Davis of the Welles Park Bulldog.



By John Montgomery

What a difference a year of experience on a football field can make for Gordon’s Julian Russell. Last year, Russell was learning a new offense at quarterback while adjusting to life on the varsity team.
Russell rushed for 974 yards, but Gordon finished 2-7 while trying to learn Navy’s option offense.
“I was comfortable last year,” Russell said. “It’s really no difference (to me).”
“He makes this offense go,” admitted Gordon offensive coordinator Chris Haas. “He can do things that are not in this offense. If we go to the playoffs, it’s going to be on him. He sets the pace. He sets the tone in practice everyday. He’s a thousand times better passing the ball. We can throw the ball(if necessary).”
Russell had a great opening day rushing for 149 yards and four touchdowns to lead Gordon past Lake View 54-0 on Saturday at Lane Stadium.
“He worked hard in the offseason,” Gordon head coach Bill Jeske said after the win. “(Julian) has worked on his quarterback skills. He’s the real deal. He’s a hundred percent better throwing the ball.”
Gordon jumped out to a 26-0 lead in the opening quarter by taking advantage of three turnovers while limiting Lake View to zero yards of total offense.
“They just didn’t come to play,” said Lake View head coach Mike Menczynski.
Russell started his day by scoring on a 44-yard run in the opening offensive series of the 2011 season.
Gordon didn’t need the passing game on this day as the Rams rushed for 295 yards while Lake View could generate only 26 yards of total offense and completed only one pass.
Russell had a 27-yard touchdown pass to Scott Calderon called back on an illegal motion penalty.
Russell had a good game, but Gordon received contributions from its offense and defense. Four different players scored touchdowns in the season opener.
“We have a lot of weapons,” stated Russell in his orange shoes.
Russell wasn’t the only player looking forward to opening day. Lake View’s Ashley Diaz was hoping to make her varsity debut at linebacker for the Wildcats.
Diaz will miss the entire season for medical reasons after failing a team physical in July.
“She understands the game more than most of our players,” Menczynski said on Diaz who played on the sophomore team last year. “For her first year playing linebacker she did well. She’s disappointed (about not playing this season). It’s only a game.”
Things weren’t much better for Lake View in the second quarter as Russell raced into the end zone on two long plays.
Russell scored twice in that opening quarter along with teammates Jorge Garcia and Habeeb Durojaive.
Jeske is expecting big things from Russell and his teammates in 2011.
“I expect him to win the Lawless Award(given to Catholic League Player of the Year),” proclaimed Jeske. “I’m expecting us to go to the state playoffs.”
Gordon has only 31 players, and Jeske will rely heavily on his 16 seniors to carry the burden of bringing the Rams back to postseason play.
The next challenge for Gordon will be trying to slow down De La Salle sophomore Mikale Wilbon. Wilbon rushed for 262 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Meteors(1-0) past Lane 35-7.
Lake View will face Kennedy on Thursday at Winnemac Stadium.

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



By John Montgomery
Harlan(25-7) shattered Simeon’s dreams of winning the Public League baseball title for the seventh time in school history with a 7-6 win on Monday at US Cellular Field.
“I am very disappointed,” stated Simeon head coach Leroy Franklin who won his 700th high school contest with a semifinal victory over Von Steuben at UIC. “We could have won the game. It’s ashame. We should have won the game. It comes down to the simple fact they wanted it more than us.”
Simeon(25-4) was beaten by Harlan for the second time this season. The Wolverines also fell to Brooks and St Rita.
Harlan won the title despite letting a 6-2 lead slip away.
“Every time we get together it’s a big game,” Harlan head coach Ken Fullman said after the victory. “There is no underdog or top dog when we playing each other. We are twelve blocks away from each other. Most of the kids play on the same little league team, It’s big for the schools because everybody can’t go to the same school. We are the two schools in our community that the kids choose to go (to for high school). It’s a big rivalry.”
The players on both squads have played with and against each other since their days in the Jackie Robinson Little League program on the South side. A win over your rival always seems sweeter. Just ask the Green Bay Packers who beat the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship at Soldier Field enroute to winning the Super Bowl against the Steelers.
The Falcons scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of seventh inning on a bases loaded walk by Harlan’s Canance King.
The seventh inning was filled with drama in both final at-bats. After Harlan went ahead, Simeon ended the game with two runners in scoring position. Jabari Roberts sealed the city title by striking out Robert Fletcher.
Another key play occurred when Harlan caught Rhakeem Thomas in a rundown after a grounder back to the pitcher.
“Harlan has some good players,” added Franklin after the loss. “You just can’t make mistakes.”
This game wasn’t excatly a pitchers’ duel as both teams combined for 13 runs and 19 hits. Harlan had ten hits while Simeon had nine hits in a losing cause.
King also made two nice catches in outfield in the sixth inning.
Simeon’s Blake Hickman, who is considered to be the top player in the Public League this season, went 0-for-4.
The Falcons jumped out toa 6-2 lead by scoring five runs in the third inning off starter Darius Day.
The Wolverines tallied to tie the game by scoring four runs in the bottom of the third inning. The biggest play was an error by Harlan’s Kyle Johnson that allowed the tying run to score.
Simeon’s Elbert Dunnigan took over for Day and allowed two runs on six hits while Harlan took advantage of six walks.
Harlan’s Jabari Roberts was the winner after allowing nine hits and six runs.
“After we lost the first game(to Simeon), we came back and won the second game.,” Fullman said on the two regular season matchups with Simeon. In their minds, they knew they could lose to us. In our minds, we knew we could beat them. That second win was big for us(in terms of confidence).”
Now, after this emotional game it’s on to the state playoffs for both teams.
Lane(22-13) won the softball title last Friday at UIC with a 5-0 win over section rival Taft(16-16). Junior Kaleigh Ambrose led the Indians to their fifth straight Public League championship by tossing a two-hitter against Taft.

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

Unique Eye: Simeon Wolverines advance to finals.

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