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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Gordon season ends in forfeit; Catholic League responds

Just out of reach. File photo, Photo Credit: Jane Rickard

Tuesday was a bad day for Gordon football. The Rams (5-5) turned in their equipment after forfeiting to Leo (5-6) in the Catholic League playoffs.

“I’m extremely disappointed because playing in the Prep Bowl was our goal,” admitted Gordon quarterback Julian Russell over the weekend after learning about the forfeit.
“I felt bad for the Gordon Tech people,” Leo head coach Mike Holmes said after learning his squad was reinstated to the playoffs. “I don’t think the coach at Gordon tried to break the rules. They broke a rule and that was the bottom line.”
Gordon beat Leo 14-8 on October 29 to advance to the second round of the Catholic League playoffs. The victory was overturned by the Catholic League on November 4.
The Rams forfeited for using two ineligible players in the win against the Lions. According to the bylaws of the Catholic League, freshmen are ineligible to participate in varsity games against league opponents. Freshmen are allowed to play in the state football playoffs.
Hales (7-4) beat Leo 20-12 last Saturday night.
Paul Rivas and Adrian Salinas came off the bench and played in a reserve role in the win over Leo at Luther North.
In an exclusive with The Welles Park Bulldog, league officials Jim Prunty and Jim Muting explained their decision on Tuesday.
“It’s a very unfortunate situation,” said Prunty who is currently the Athletic Director at St. Ignatius. “I feel bad for Gordon. Paul Chabura is an excellent athletic director and Bill Jeske is a good football coach.”
Prunty was the basketball coach at St Rita while Muting served as head varsity baseball coach at De La Salle.
“It was difficult to make this decision against Gordon,” said Muting who was interviewed on Tuesday afternoon. “I want to say that Paul Chabura (Gordon Athletic Director) does wonderful things for Gordon. He’s a top notch guy. As president of the Catholic League I had to follow what the league rules and bylaws are even though I might have disagreed with the actions taken in filing a protest. I have to leave my personal feelings out of it and have to deal with the rules and bylaws of the Catholic League.”
At an October 19 meeting for league officials Prunty and Muting claim that the Athletic Directorss were told that coaches couldn’t use freshmen in the upcoming Catholic League playoffs because of league rules.
“My athletic director is not an idiot,” said Gordon head football coach Bill Jeske. “Don’t you think he would have told me that freshmen couldn’t play in the Catholic League playoffs. I don’t think anybody is a better representative for Gordon than Paul Chabura (Gordon athletic director). There is nobody I respect more than that guy. Not once in my mind did I think that our AD made a mistake.”
Jeske also mentioned that he was told by Bishop McNamara High School head coach Rich Ziannini during a league meeting that freshmen could play in the Catholic League playoffs and not the regular season. The bylaw just states that freshmen are ineligible to play in varsity games against Catholic League opponents.
Chabura has decided not to comment on the situation for now.
Chabura told parents last week that Gordon was appealing the forfeit.
“Let me make it be perfectly clear that no one at Gordon played freshman to gain an unfair advantage,” stated Chabura in a letter last Friday to parents.
Unfortunately, this episode has become a soap opera. Prunty in an exclusive interview told The Bulldog that he told Leo Athletic Director Ed Adams that freshmen couldn’t play in the Catholic League playoffs. Leo was hoping to add a freshman quarterback to the roster.
Gordon added 13 freshmen for the rematch with Leo while the Lions added 10 sophomores. Leo beat Gordon 39-19 during the regular season.
“I just wish people would tell the truth,” added Jeske on this matter.
Jeske put the blame on himself over the weekend.
“I guess I am fault,” Jeske said on Saturday morning. “I should have checked the rules.”
Jeske is upset with Leo for filing a protest and with Prunty for not informing the school of his conversation with Adams comcerning freshmen participation in the Catholic League playoffs.
“I’d be disappointed if Gordon was blaming me for this debacle,” stated Prunty.
Prunty is disappointed with Leo filing a protest over two players who were just reserves and not starters and had no impact on the game.
“I am disappointed we got to this point,” Prunty said on Tuesday morning. “I would never do that to any school in our league. I wouldn’t have handled it that way. Neither kid had an impact on the game. It would be different if they scored a touchdown or rushed for 100 yards. They played seven downs.”
Based on conversations both on the record and off the record, three things have appeared to be true:

  • Gordon should have done a better job of checking the rules
  • Leo shouldn’t have filed a protest after losing
  • The Catholic League also should have done a better job of dealing with this issue as well since it cones up every season.

“I’m sure we are going to discuss it.” added Prunty on freshmen eligibility in Catholic League football.
“To be honest, according to the IHSA, freshman can play football,” said Muting. “We do have it on our agenda for our next meeting. We go through this issue every year with the Prep Bowl.”
“We are probably the only league in the state that doesn’t allow freshman to play on varsity,” added Holmes.
Jeske is also upset that Gordon’s reputation and his name has been hurt by this incident.
“To be called a liar and a cheater is not the way I was raised or how oI coach football,” Jeske stated before his final meeting with the Rams. I’m heartbroken. My name has been tarnished along with the great name of Gordon and Tom Winiecki.”

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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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.

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Unique Eye: Simeon Wolverines advance to finals.

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