By Michael O'Brien

September 2008 Archives

DePaul women land a big one

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DePaul women's coach Doug Bruno landed the post player he coveted when 6-3 Katherine Harry of Columbia, Missouri gave her commitment to play for the Blue Demons begining in 2009.
''There were a lot of reasons I like DePaul," Harry said. ''First of all, the coaching staff. Coach Bruno is an amazing person. It's a great opportunity for me as a player and as a person to be a part of the DePaul program.
''When I visited, I loved Chicago. I have a lot of family in the area. And the girls were so much fun to be around."
Harry led her Rock Bridge team to the Missouri Class 5 (the largest class) state championship last year -- the first basketball state champion, girls of boys, from Columbia.
''The recruiting got to be pretty stressful, but when it winds up with an opportunity like this, it makes it worthwhile," Harry said. ''Now, I have to get ready to try to repeat [as a state champion]."
Harry joins a recruiting class that includes guard Anna Martin of Lexington Kentucky and transfer Jennifer Juergens, a former star at Bishop McNamara.

New City-Suburban Showdown matchups

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With DJ Richardson off in Nevada, Peoria Central has been bumped out and the new lineup is:

Glenbrook North vs. Warren, 6:15
De La Salle vs. North Lawndale, 8

The games are February 14 at Northwestern's Welsh-Ryan Arena, so you might want to start buttering up your wife/girlfriend/significant other right now (if you want to watch excellent basketball for three hours on Valentine's Day).


Getting ready for Week 6 ... inside football's Super 25

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In 1913, Richard Nixon, Rosa Parks, Jimmy Hoffa, Woody Hayes, Vince Lombardi, Gerald Ford and Paul "Bear" Bryant were born.

Harriet Tubman, J.P Morgan and King George of Greece died.

The average income was $1,296, bread was six cents a loaf, gas was 12 cents a gallon, a new car cost $490 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 78.

The 16th amendment (income tax) was passed.

And New Trier and Evanston played each other for the first time in football.

The great North Shore rivalry will have its 99th renewal Friday night in Northfield.

Evanston leads the series 53-40-5. But New Trier has won 13 of the last 15.

New Trier-Evanston is more than a decade older than Mount Carmel-St. Rita.

It has been less one-sided (Mount Carmel leads that series 57-27-2). And they have not missed playing a year since it started when Woodrow Wilson was President.

New Trier-Evanston has been played more times than NapervilleNorth-Naperville Central, Lincoln-Way East-Lincoln-Way Central and Hinsdale South-Hinsdale Central combined.

The schools have produced a Heisman Trophy winner, a Super Bowl Bear, a Nobel Prize winner in physics and a who's who of the North Shore in sports, politics and show business.

During football's Week 5 ...

* Aurora Christian¹s Jordan Roberts has a state record 98 (and counting) career touchdown passes and figures to shatter the career passing yardage make against Luther South this weekend. Kudos also for receiver Matt Morse, who missed the first four weeks of the season following a bout with mono, but caught for TD passes including the ones that ties and broke the record.

And Roberts¹ younger brother, a freshman, was quarterbacking the Eagles sophomore teams and looks to be the heir.

* If you thought that there was no defense in Niles North¹s 64-63 win over Niles West, the Vikings were rung up for 75 points by Highland Park Friday.

This time, they didn't win.

* There were a few readers that thought I had lost my mind (again) when I put a 2-2 Joliet Catholic team in the Super 25 and not a 4-0 St. Patrick squad. I guess I can be right some of the time. JCA won 21-0.

* I had a chance Saturday to watch Bartlett against St. Charles North for a half and then I stopped by Conant to watch part of the Fremd-Schaumburg thriller. Both games were a lot more entertaining than my visit to The Cell Saturday night to watch the White Sox.
I've always been a So fan, but there is just no fire. This is the last weekend and they still are in a race for a division title. I don't get it.

Here's a look inside this week's Super 25:


1 Maine South (5-0) 1
Hosts Waukegan on Saturday
There might be a temptation to look ahead to showdown with Glenbrook South, but that would be a mistake. Waukegan has talent.

2 St. Rita (5-0) 2
At No. 16 Loyola on Saturday
The offense needs more consistency and a goof game from QB Larry Garrett. The defense will have to try to slow down quarterback Lucas Ruske, who has been the Ramblers¹ biggest ground gainer.

3 Naperville North (5-0) 3
No. 23 Naperville Central on Friday at North Central
Huskies have won five of the last six meetings to go up 20-18 in the series that is played at North Central College. This will be the first in a series of big tests for the reigning Class 8A state champions. Could Nick Mlady be the school¹s second consecutive Sun-Times Player of the Year?

4 Wheaton Warrenville South (5-0) 4
At West Aurora on Friday
The Tigers are improving every week after overcoming some personnel questions in the preseason. Quarterback Joe Furco and running back Peter Jarrett engineered a rout of Naperville Central.

5 Lincoln-Way East (5-0) 5
At Lockport on Friday
The Knights¹ quarterback Spencer Stanek completed 14-of-15 passes for 216 yards and threw three touchdowns against Lincoln-Way Central.

6 Bolingbrook (5-0) 6
At Lincoln-Way Central on Friday
Leave it to Geever.
Quarterback Brad Geever making all the right moves for the unbeaten Raiders, who can¹t afford to look ahead to their showdown with Lincoln-Way East.

7 Geneva (5-0) 7
DeKalb on Friday at Northern Illinois
Fullback Drew Fagot (87 yards on 13 carries) and junior quarterback Brandon Beitzel, who threw 120 yards take some of the heat off running back Michael Ratay.

8 Barrington (5-0) 9
Hosts Palatine on Saturday
Linebackers Alex Smith, Cam Good and Jason Bromm lead a defense that will be tested in a rare Saturday afternoon home game

9 Thornton (5-0) 10
At Thornridge on Saturday
Jamal Gray returned the opening kickoff 96 yards and then caught six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns against Thornwood.

10 Glenbard West (5-0) 11
At York on Friday
Shades of the Fridge as 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman Chris Watt scored one of 10 touchdowns, on a run, for the Hilltoppers.

11 Bartlett (5-0) 12
Elgin on Friday at Streamwood
Quarterback Josh Hassenberg was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass from Alex VanNess, but six Hawk turnovers are a concern

12 Hinsdale Central (4-1) 13
At Downers Grove North on Friday
Big day for quarterback John Whitelaw, who scored on runs of 25, 2, 30 and 39 yards and had a 52-yard gain that set up his six-yard TD pass to Rich Zajesk against Oak Park

13 Glenbrook South (5-0) 15
At Niles West on Friday
Interceptions by Peter Mann, Kyle Brubaker and Alex Garvey all turned into touchdowns in a 44-0 romp over Waukegan.

14 Mount Carmel (3-2) 19
At De La Salle on Friday
Milton Greer an for 193 yards and three touchdown as the Caravan snapped a two-game skid with an exclamation point.

15 Brother Rice (4-1) 8
Hosts Providence on Friday
The Crusaders had the bad fortune of facing an angry Mount Carmel team that was in desperate need of a big win. Tom Gibson was 17-for-26 for 147 yards in the loss.

16 Loyola (4-1) 17
Hosts No. 2 St. Rita on Saturday
Ramblers, who rolled over St. Ignatius, needs a win Saturday to have any chance at the Catholic Blue title.

17 Carmel (4-1) 20
Hosts Notre Dame on Friday
In its last two games after losing at Marist, the Corsairs have outscored its two opponents 99-20. Carmel had had a lot of success against this week¹s for, Notre Dame, in Mundelein.

18 Cary-Grove (5-0) 21
Hosts Woodstock on Friday
Kyle Leibforth had an interception return for a touchdown as the Trojans smashed Jacobs 41-0.

19 Fremd (4-1) 22
Hosts Conant on Friday
Brett Opitz¹ 33-yard field goal game the Vikings a dramatic win over Schaumburg Saturday at Conant. Michael Gyetvay ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

20 Morgan Park (3-2) 24
Simeon on Friday at Gately
Dominique Bell had four first-half touchdowns in a 47-0 win against Dunbar.

21 Joliet Catholic (3-2) 25
Hosts Marist on Friday
The running of Tyler Hudetz and the defense were the difference in a 21-0 victory over previously unbeaten St. Patrick.

22 Lemont (5-0) NR
At Tinley Park on Friday
Junior Danny Hayes rushed 13 times for 87 yards to give the junior 667 yards on 89 carries this fall.

23 Naperville Central (4-1) 16
No. 3 Naperville North Friday at North Central College
The Redhawks had no answers for Wheaton Warrenville South. Next up is the crosstown rivalry with unbeaten Naperville North

24 Oak Forest (5-0) NR
Hosts Bremen on Friday
Mike Williams, a sophomore soccer player, had a 40-yard game-winning field goal, the first of his career, in the last minute of a 10-8 thriller over Hillcrest

25 Warren (4-1) NR
At Zion Benton on Friday
The defense made the difference and Aaron Montgomery¹s one-handed interception was a big play against a beat-up Lake Zurich

On the bubble: Hubbard, Glenbard North, Lincoln-Way Central, Nazareth,
Marist, Montini, Stevenson, York, Sandburg, Wheaton North, Grant, Robeson, Rich East.


Inside the Super 25

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This isn't a Public-Private debate, but picking out which teams to rank in the Catholic League Blue and East Suburban Catholic has gotten a lot tougher
I don't remember every doing this before, but this week, I have all five Catholic League Blue teams in this week's top 20.
In the ESCC, I'm going with the two teams I had the highest in the preseason, Carmel and Joliet Catholic.
And in my bubble teams on the outside, I have unbeaten St. Patrick, which hosts Joliet Catholic on Friday at Hanson, Nazareth, which is 3-1 and just knocked off Marist, and Marist, which beat Carmel in Week 3.

Stevenson, which started 0-2, losing to Loyola and Glenbrook South, is right there with the four 2-2 teams in the rankings -- Mount Carmel, Glenbard North, Joliet Catholic and Morgan Park.

I got a chance to watch the Mount Carmel-St. Rita game that I recorded Friday night. I can't recall a field that looked better on television for a high school game. Fred Weintraub's team and ME-TV did a great job.
And St. Rita looked almost as good an the small screen as it did from the sideline.

I heard that cars on Western Avenue were backed up south of 95th Street before the game -- that's more than two miles.
Having the other nearby schools, Brother Rice, Marist and St. Laurence, all playing on Saturday didn't hurt

Dynamic duo: Look for the running back tandem of Josh Hodur and sophomore Steve Fiorella for St. Laurence. Both are products of South Side power St. Bede.

CONFERENCE REALIGNMENTS: Look for Fenwick to move into the Catholic League Blue next fall to make it a six-team conference.

*The Aurora Beacon News reports that the Upstate Eight will have two six-team divisions with the adition of Metea Valley, which will play in the Upstate Eight division with East Aurora, Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley St. Charles East and St, Charles North. The Upstate Eight North division will have Barlett, Elgin, Lake Park, Larkin, South Elgin and Streamwood.


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Feniwck will host night games against St. Ignatius Oct. 3 and Morton West and Oct. 24 at Toyota Park against De La Salle.
The game at Toyota Park is intersting because there has been talk about games that are part of the Herbstreit Series that St. Rita played at in Cincinnati expanding to Chicago. The 20,000-seat venue would be a perfect site.


Here's this week's rankings


1 Maine South (4-0) 1
At Evanston on Friday
The offense is the best I've seen with QB Charlie Goro picking defenses apart and RB Matt Perez finding holes. Last week, the hawks outscored Glenbrook North (which beat them last season) and Maine East by a combined score of 107-7.

2 St. Rita (4-0) 2
At No.18 Providence on Friday
There was a temptation to elevate the Mustangs after a magnificent performance against Mount Carmel. Marty Hopkins and Dave Marciano lead an underrated defense. The offensive line is young, but playing extremely well. Mustangs; running back Jahwon Akui has had his name spelled incorrectly as Johwon

3 Naperville North (4-0) 3
Hosts No. 23 Glenbard North on Friday
The stakes are raised for the Huskies and RB Nick Malady in a rematch of last year's Class 8A title game.

4 Wheaton Warrenville South (4-0) 4
At No.16 Naperville Central on Friday
"Golden Toe" Nick Immekus delivers a game-winning 45-yard field goal to beat Glenbard North.

5 Lincoln-Way East (4-0) 5
Hosts No. 14 Lincoln-Way Central Friday
Two shutouts in a row and a 93-yard TD on a kickoff return for Eric Sawicki in a SouthWest Suburban opener.

6 Bolingbrook (4-0) 6
Hosts Joliet on Friday
Junior achievement for QB Brad Geever and RB Jamel Martin. Senior DL Roosevelt Holliday continues to come up huge.

7 Geneva (4-0) 7
Hosts Sycamore on Friday
Michael Ratay carried 44 times against Glenbard South, which is a pace that could burn him out. Cry Hofstetter is a monster on defense

8 Brother Rice (4-0) 8
No.19 Mount Carmel Friday at Gately
Two weeks in a row at Gately for QB Tom Gibson and the Crusaders, who face a Mount Carmel team trying to avoid three consecutive losses for the first time in more than 20 years.

9 Barrington (4-0) 9
At Hoffman Estates on Friday
the Broncos continue to roll behind quarterback Cody Seeger. A showdown with Fremd should decide the Mid-Suburban West.

10 Thornton (4-0) 12
At Thornwood on Saturday
Quarterback Darren Jones is the real deal for coach Bill Mosel, who has produced more NFL players than any other coach in Illinois

11 Glenbard West (4-0) 13
Hosts Addison Trail on Saturday
Three running touchdowns for Robert Cook as Hilltoppers stop surprising Proviso West, looking for its first state playoff berth

12 Bartlett (4-0) 14
Hosts St. Charles North on Saturday
A winning combination for the Hawks -- QB Josh Hasenberg to receiver Alex VanNess.

13 Hinsdale Central (3-1) 16
Hosts Oak Park on Friday
Quarterback John Whitelaw & Co. continue to roll. Mike Rogowski had a defensive touchdown in a 43-14 victory over Hinsdale South for the Doings Cup.

14 Lincoln-Way Central 4-0 18
At No. 5 Lincoln-Way East on Friday
Were the Knights looking ahead when they fell behind 10-0 to Stagg before rallying for a 28-16 victory?

15 Glenbrook South (4-0) 23
Hosts Waukegan on Friday
QB Ryan Hopkins is making believers. A showdown against Maine South, where Hopkins' father coached two state championship teams, could determine the Central Suburban South.

16 Naperville Central (4-0) 24
Hosts No. 4 Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday
Quarterback Nick Linne, who threw for 100 yards, called Friday's 28-13 victory over Wheaton North "a statement game." What would he call a Week 5 win over Wheaton Warrenville South?

17 Loyola (3-1) NR
St. Ignatius Friday at U. of Chicago
Only loss at Brother Rice in the mud. Quarterback Lucas Ruske, whose brother played basketball at New Trier, is elusive and finds ways to get the job done.

18 Providence (2-2) 10
Hosts No. 2 St. Rita on Friday
The Celtics offense is 1-1 in the Catholic Blue with a total of six points on two field goals. It will take more offense than that to stay in a game against St. Rita.

19 Mount Carmel (2-2) 11
No. 8 Brother Rice on Friday at Gately
In the preseason, coach Frank Lento told everyone that his team was not the preseason No. 1. No one listened. But the recent bumps in the road don't mean that the Caravan won't be playing in late November.

20 Carmel (3-1) 20
At Marian Catholic on Friday
Corsairs back on track after being upset Week 3 at Marist as Mike Taylor runs for three TDs against Benet.

21 Cary-Grove (4-0) 21
At Jacobs on Friday
The Trojans roll past Johnsburg Saturday without RB Alex Hembrey, who was sidelined with an ankle injury,

22 Fremd (3-1) 25
At Schaumburg on Friday
The Vikings have won three in a row and face a Saxon team that impressed in a victory over Prospect.

23 Glenbard North (2-2) 15
At No. 3 Naperville North on Friday
Evan Watkins and Tyler Doll almost engineered an upset against Wheaton Warrenville South. Now, a rematch of the Class 8A title game.

24 Morgan Park (2-2) NR
Dunbar on Saturday at Gately
No Craig Drummond yet, but the Mustangs could run the table in the Public League

25 Joliet Catholic (2-2) NR
St. Patrick Friday at Hanson Stadium
Will unbeaten Shamrocks, who have been come-from-behind specialists, be able to knock off the Hilltoppers in the ESCC?

On the bubble: Oak Forest, Lemont, Hubbard, Nazareth, Marist, St. Patrick,
Stevenson, Sandburg, Wheaton North, Robeson.

Heads up for Crane

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Calvin Davis, the director of sports administration for the Chicago Public Schools said that Crandall Head and his brother Jeremy will be eligible to play basketball at Crane after transferring from Rich South.
"I've spoken with [Illinois High School Association executive director] Marty Hickman and told him what the decision was," Davis said. "I will be sending a letter to Crane later today [Thursday]. Crane was not one of the schools that was alleged to have done anything wrong.
"There are three Public League coaches whose names came up that might have been doing illegal recruiting and we intend to look into that."
Crandall Head, rated among the top 10 juniors in the nation, has committed to Illinois where his brother Luther starred before landing in the NBA.

After Week 3 ...

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Sitting in the press box at The Cell I am reminded that the 1960s oldie "Raindrops"

First of all, I've had about all the raindrops I can take, but I am also reminded that the singer of the classic, Dee Clark is a graduate of Marshall.

Weather was a big factor Friday with upsets all over the place

The three biggest upsets in my opinion:

1. St. Francis over Driscoll -- A seven-time reigning state champion goes down after looking almost unbeatable the first two game of the season. Hats off to St. Francis running back Mark Kachmer, who is making believers every week.

2. Marist over Carmel
It was supposed to be the Corsairs' year. Carmel opened the season with an impressive performance in a win over Joliet Catholic without completing a pass. In Week 2, the passing game led to a win over Libertyville. On Friday, the RedHawks were in control.

I guess it wasn't a surprise to everyone, I received this e-mail Saturday --
I wasn't surprised Marist won; in fact it would have been an upset if they lost. If I'm not mistaken, the Senior class were co-conference champs as Sophomores and the Juniors were conference champs as Freshman, so this year I would predict good things for this Varsity team. It helps they were picked to finish so low in their conference that I feel they can only lose if they beat themselves with too many mistakes. When all is said and done, I think Coach Dunne will appreciate his rookie season.
Philip J. Horvath
Class of '83

New coach Pat Dunne is making believers at Marist. And the former RedHawks is one of the youngest coaches in the area at 27.

3. Providence over Mount Carmel
The No 1 team going down is not the biggest upset?
Well, five fumbles really hurt the Caravan. But Providence is far better than expected. A four-point loss in the season opener to Lincoln-Way East now looks like my friend Edgy Tim called "a good loss." L-Way East is 3-0 and beat 2007 Class 8A semifinalist Homewwood-Flossmoor 29-0 Friday on the road. In Week 2 the Celtics shut out a ranked Fenwick team.
It doesn't get easier. Providence heads to Wilmette Saturday to face a 2-1 Loyola.
The Ramblers lost at Brother Rice 16-7 on Friday and turnovers, again, were the culprit.

Games I wish I had seen in no particular order:

Niles North's 64-63 win over Niles West, but on;y on a Saturday. That had to be a deadline buster. In most other games, the weather held scoring down

Thornton's four-overtime victory over Crete-Monee --- also would request that for a Saturday.

St. Francis' upset of Driscoll. Has St. Francis ever had a bigger win on the gridiron>

Any of the Friday upsets

Looking ahead

In the East Suburban Catholic, there is a battle of unbeatens Friday night. But none of the teams that have been ranked this fall -- Joliet Catholic, Carmel or now Marist -- in involved
This one sends St. Patrick to Notre Dame.

Mount Carmel's loss doesn't diminish its rivalry matchup at St. Rita on Friday night. It will still draw a huge crowd to 78th and Western. By the way, when is the last time Mount Carmel lost two consecutive conference games?

First for a No. 1?
When is the last time a team moved up to No. 1 without playing? Maine South, which had its game against Glenbrook North moved to Monday in Park Ridge, took over as the area's top team in the Chicago Sun-Times Super 25

Friday night lights
Growing up on the North Shore, I never thought that I would ever see lights at Evanston for football. But the Wildkits played, and won, its first night game Friday.
Maine South is also expected to follow and have lights installed with a new turf field.
Maine West has plans for a fieldhouse.

1-2 but for from through
Don't be surprised in Joliet Catholic, Morgan Park and Stevenson all make runs at finishing 7-2 or 6-3. JCA started with Carmel and Wheaton Warrenville South before smashing Nazareth on Friday. Morgan Park lost close games to Brother Rice at Soldier Field and at Bolingbrook, but appear to be the class of the Public League. And Stevenson busted out after an 0-2 start to smash Lake Forest. Richards could also be around for the post season after a 1-2 start with losses to Morgan Park and Oak Forest.


Here is this week's Super 25

1 Maine South (2-0) 2
Glenbrook North today; at Maine East on Friday
Running game adds offensive balance for QB Charlie Goro & Co,

2 St. Rita (3-0) 3
hosts No. 11 Mount Carmel on Friday
Marty Hopkins and Dave Marciano give defense a 1-2 punch

3 Naperville North (3-0) 5
at West Chicago on Friday
Confidnece grows for Larry McKeon's reigning 8A state champions

4 Wheaton Warrenville South (3-0) 6
hosts No. 15 Glenbard North on Friday
Peter Jarrett and the Tigers face a big test in the DuPage Valley

5 Lincoln-Way East (3-0) 8
hosts Bradley on Friday
How big does Week 1 Providence win look now?

6 Bolingbrook (3-0) 9
hosts Lincoln-Way North on Friday
Geever and Martin make big plays for offense

7 Geneva (3-0) 7
hosts Glenbard South on Friday
RB Michael Ratay is Player of the Year candidate

8 Brother Rice (3-0) 10
Leo on Saturday at Gately
"Double D" Dwane Dade makes a difference

9 Barrington (3-0) 11
hosts Buffalo Grove on Friday
QB Cody Seeger on target

10 Providence (2-1) NR
at Loyola on Saturday
Lineman Patrick Ward said the Celtics are back

11 Mount Carmel (2-1) 1
at No. 2 St. Rita on Friday
Were the first two games too easy?

12 Thornton (3-0) 12
hosts Rich Central on Saturday
Unlike 2007, Wildcats are finding ways to win

13 Glenbard West (2-0) 13
Oak Park today; at Proviso West Friday
Flooding makes this a busy week for the Hilltoppers

14 Bartlett (3-0) 15
at Lake Park on Friday
Passing fancy: QB Josh Hasenberg to WR Cory Brown

15 Glenbard North (2-1) 16
at No. 4 Wheaton Warrenvillle South on Friday
A potent pair in RB Tyler Doll and QB Evan Watkins

16 Hinsdale Central (2-1) 17
hosts Hinsdale South on Friday
Rich Zajeski: 168 yards on eight carries with three touchdowns and caught five passes for 70 yards

17 Marist (3-0) NR
at Nazareth on Saturday
12 tackles for MLB Tim Kingsbury vs. Carmel

18 Lincoln-Way Central (3-0) 21
hosts Stagg on Friday
Defense and QB Kyle Plarski keep Knights perfect

19 Wheaton North (2-1) 14
hosts No. 24 Naperville Central on Friday
Mike Trumpy had his moments but the road in the DVC is tough

20 Carmel (2-1) 4
hosts Benet on Friday
Sean Madison's TD run was a bright spot at Marist

21 Cary-Grove (3-0) 23
hosts Johnsburg on Saturday
Coach Bruce Kay's Trojans just keep rolling

22 Lake Zurich (2-1) 25
hosts Stevenson on Friday
Tom Flaherty and Tanner Witt key comeback vs. Libertyville

23 Glenbrook South (3-0) NR
at Maine West on Friday
Remember the Titans? Two TD catches for Trent Monckton vs. Highland Park

24 Naperville Central (3-0) NR
at No. 19 Wheaton North on Friday
WR Riley O'Toole is 6-4 and tough to defend

25 Fremd (2-1) NR
at Rolling Meadows on Friday
Evan Wright's TD on the second half kickoff ignited the Vikings


On the bubble: St. Francis, Oak Forest, York, Hubbard, Lemont, Morgan Park, Joliet Catholic, Loyola, Nazareth, St. Patrick.

Girl hoopsters going places

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Lake Zurich's Lydia Bauer made her decision this week, The 6-foot lefty guard made a verbal commitment to Wisconsin-Green Bay

DePaul has added Jennifer Juergens to its team. The former Bishop McNamara all-state guard signed with Loyola out of high school. She transferred to Olivet Nazarene before enrolling at DePaul this week. Juergens, who also played softball at Olivet Nazarene, will be eligible for coach Doug Bruno's Blue Demons for two years starting in 2009-10

And Northwestern got its second commitment this fall when guard Inga Orekhova, a native of Austria, who goes to school in La Jolla, California gave new NU coach Joe McKeown her pledge.

Steve Tucker's Super 25

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1. Mount Carmel (2-0) 1

First real test for the Caravan this week - then showdown with St. Rita.
at Providence on Friday

2. Maine South (2-0) 2

Charlie Goro and Co. remember last year's loss at Glenbrook North.

hosts Glenbrook North Saturday

3. St. Rita (2-0) 3

David Marciano putting up Player of the Year numbers.

Leo Saturday at Gately

4. Carmel (2-0) 4

Corsairs need to pay attention to the much improved RedHawks.

at Marist on Friday

5. Naperville North (2-0) 6

Reigning 8A champs and Nick Mlady ready for the DVC.

hosts Glenbard East on Friday

6. WW South (2-0) 7

QB Joe Furco making all the right moves.

hosts West Chicago on Friday

7. Geneva (2-0) 8

Vikings were supposed to be tested by St. Charles East. They get an A-plus with 34-7 rout led by two Sean Grady picks.

at Yorkville on Friday

8. Lincoln-Way East (2-0) 9

Griffins travel to face an angry H-F squad that scored two points at Hillcrest.

at No. 24 Homewood-Flossmoor on Friday

9. Bolingbrook (2-0) 10

Raiders defense will face its biggest physical test.

hosts No. 19 Morgan Park on Friday

10. Brother Rice (2-0) 11

The stakes go up with the Catholic Blue opener.

hosts No. 22 Loyola Friday

11. Barrington (2-0) 12

Battle of unbeatens will test the Broncos.

hosts Prospect on Friday

12. Thornton (2-0) 13

Coach Bill Mosel's Wildcats better than advertised?

at Crete-Monee on Friday

13. Glenbard West (2-0) 14

Chris Watt and Co. still on a roll.

hosts Oak Park on Saturday

14. Wheaton North (2-0) 15

Mike Trumpy and Taylor Graham are studs but the real surprise has been the Falcons defense.

at No. 16 Glenbard North on Friday

15. Bartlett (2-0) 16

Looks like the class of the Upstate Eight.

hosts Larkin on Friday

16. Glenbard North (1-1) 18

Can the Panthers slow down Mike Trumpy (2 games, 497 yards).

hosts No. 14 Wheaton North on Friday

17. Hinsdale Central (1-1) 21

John Whitelaw has Red Devils back on track.

at Lyons on Friday

18. Nazareth (2-0) 22

Points Are Us - 69 against the A-11

at Joliet Catholic on Friday

19. Morgan Park (1-1) 25

Craig Drummond still sidelined but no stopping QB DaRon Brown.

at No. 9 Bolingbrook on Friday

20. Driscoll (2-0) NR

New coach has Highlanders rolling - two blowouts and two shutouts.

at St. Francis on Friday

21. Lincoln-Way Central (2-0) NR

Blowout of Andrew made a lot of believers.

at Bradley on Friday

22. Loyola (2-0) NR

Ramblers have defeated Stevenson and St. Laurence, but can they win the the CCL Blue?

at No. 10 Brother Rice on Friday

23. Cary-Grove (2-0) NR

Big second half too much for Budmayr-less Marian Central.

at Grayslake Central on Friday

24. Homewood-Flossmoor (1-1) 5

Vikings will need some offense this week.

Hosts No. 8 Lincoln-Way East on Friday

25. Lake Zurich (1-1) 17

14-game win streak snapped by Wheaton North.

hosts Libertyville on Friday

On the bubble: Fremd, York, Oak Forest, Hubbard, Leo Glenbrook South, Prospect, Lake Forest, Marist, Providence, Naperville Central.

Naperville Central's Drew Crawford chooses Northwestern

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According to Scout.com, Naperville Central's Drew Crawford gave an oral commitment to Northwestern on Monday night.

Crawford, a 6-4 senior who played for Larry Butler's Illinois Warriors this summer, chose the Wildcats over Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Loyola and DePaul.

Two weeks in the books and I'm confused

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After two weeks of football, St. Joseph, Romeoville, Marist and Proviso West, which has never made the state playoffs, are 2-0.
13-time state champion Joliet Catholic, Downers Grove South, Morris, Stevenson and Libertyville are 0-2. So are New Trier and Evanston, who will play for the 99th time this fall. The series has been continuous since 1913.

The Catholic League White -- Fenwick, Bishop McNamara, St. Ignatius, St. Laurence and De La Salle -- which was 5-0 in Week 1, was 0-5 in Week 2
The Catholic League Blue -- Mount Carmel, St. Rita, Brother Rice, Loyola and Providence -- which was 4-1 in Week 1, was 5-0 in Week 2 with all five wins coming in crossovers against the White.


The DuPage Valley is really up for grabs. Last year's three state finalists -- Naperville North, Wheaton Warrenville South and Glenbard North -- will have their hands full with Wheaton North and Naperville Central. And you can't discount West Aurora, West Chicago or Glenbard East. The fun starts Friday night. For the second week in a row, the DVC was 7-1 against outside competition.
Everyone knew coming into the season that Wheaton North had weapons with Northwestern recruit Mike Trumpy running the ball and junior Taylor Graham, whose father Kent played in the NFL, at quarterback. But the defense? Wheaton North has only been scored on once in two games, and that was by Lake Zurich late in the fourth quarter Friday and the Bears were behind 26-0 at the time.
The Wheaton North win was not the upset some have made it. The Falcons were ranked higher in the Chicago Sun-Times Super 25.

I should never do preseason rankings without reserving a spot for Driscoll. The Highlanders, seeking an eighth consecutive state title in a row and with their third coach in the streak, rolled past Morris, the 2007 Class 5A runner-up to go 2-0.

Trumpy, St. Rita's David Marciano and linemen Patrick Ward of Providence and Chris Watt of Glenbard West have emerged as candidates for Player of the Year honors.
Two of the preseason favorites are off the board for now -- Wisconsin-bound quarterback Jon Badmayr of Marian Central, who broke his collar bone in the season opener and had surgery Friday, and Morgan Park lineman Craig Drummond, who broke his foot in June and has yet to play.
If Drummond is back and Morgan Park is in 6A, could this be the year for the Public League's first football state title?

And what about these two running backs:
Mark Kachmer, St. Francis, 17 rushes, 412 yards, 6 touchdowns
Cameron White, Antioch nine carries 264 yards 4 touchdowns

Thornton, another team ranked in the Sun-Times since the preseason could be better than expected. The new-look no-huddle Wildcats destroyed Hillcrest in the opener, and a week later Hillcrest upset 2007 Class 8A semifinalist Homewood-Flossmoor 6-2.

I had a chance to watch the A-11 offense adopted by Riverside-Brookfield where all 11 offensive players wear numbers that make them eligible receivers. But as Edgy Tim pointed out on the sideline, is it that different than the five-wide that R-B ran in the past? I can see where it causes confusion for defenses. The problems R-B had was that its defense allowed 69 points.

Just wondering, how good is Prospect? Every time I forget about the Knights, they have a season that ends in Champaign.

I don't know all the details of the rift with the alums, but when Mendel closed, after first merging with some other schools to become St. Martin de Porres, the city lost an institution. I was amazed at the number of Monarchs who returned to be honored last week at Soldier Field on the 40th anniversary of their victory 40-19 victory over Vocational. With its proud alumni, the Monarchs will not be forgotten.



Basketball notebook

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-According to Scout.com, former Washington star Michael Haynes has surfaced at Fenger. Former Julian coach Loren Jackson has landed at Fenger and is already bringing in talent. Fenger looked very good at the Eisenhower shootout a few months ago and the addition of Haynes, provided the Public League approves the transfer, would likely land Fenger in the preseason Super 25.

Steve Tucker spoke with Jackson, who is currently working on his doctorate, earlier today.

"I am the coach and I'm working at Fenger," Jackson said. "Michael Haynes is here. There were some situations that went on at Washington and his dad did not feel that Washington was a safe environment for him."

Haynes, a 6-6 senior, told Scout he has offers from Marquette and Iowa State and interest from DePaul and Bradley. He was originally considered the top player in the 2009 class. Haynes is a fabulous athlete but his game didn't mature much during his first three seasons. He should make great strides under Jackson's tutelage.

-Young guard Chris Colvin has named USC as his leader, according to Jerry Meyer at Rivals.com. Colvin will visit USC on Sept. 19. He has offers from Florida State, Baylor, Illinois, Kentucky, Providence and Marquette.

-According to Scout.com, Marshall guard Darius Smith will visit Minnesota this weekend. Smith also has offers from DePaul, Marquette, Bradley, Loyola, Iowa State and Oregon State.

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