By Michael O'Brien

December 2008 Archives

Final at the Dipper

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In the first overtime in the Big Dipper in 20 years

A three-pointer by Jamal Gray with 46 second to play gave Thornton a 71-69 play
Sumter goes to the line with 29 second to play and makes two to tie the game
Thornton calls time with nine seconds left in OT
Reggie Smith flys to the basket and scores with three second to go 73-71 Thornton

Thornton had four players in double figures and Rich East had three

Rich South got 30 from Morse and upset Leo 68-64 in the third-pace game

Five seniors on McDonald's preliminary girls ballot

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Five Illinois senior girls basketball players -- Young's Ashlee Anderson, Marshall's Adrienne "NuNu" GodBold, Lincoln-Way East's Kersten Magrum, St. Charles North's Kelsey Smith and Marian Catholic's Kaila Turner -- are on the prelimnary ballot for a spot in the McDonald's All-American game that will be played in Miami, Fla.

Anderson (Pitt) and Turner (Notre Dame) are headed to the Big East while GodBold and Magrum (Illinois) and Smith (Michigan State) are Big Ten-bound

Live from Winnetka, it's Friday night and it's over

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First game for Waukegan (8-0, 3-0 Central Suburban South) since taking over as No. 1 in Michael O'Brien's Super 25 Monday

The Bulldogs came out on top 59-53 in a game in which neither team was up by more than five until the last two minutes

Despite some serious foul trouble Jereme Richmond led the way with 20 points for Waukegan, Colin Nickerson had 13 and Quan Conner 11
Sean Stanley led the Trevians with 19 points, Fred Heldring added 13 and Alex Rossi 11

Before the game I had a chance to chat with Waukegan coach Ron Askew
He told me that his team "was playing the way people didn't think Waukegan could play -- sharing the ball and playing together."
I agree
I've watched Waukegan play basketball for 45 years, since I was a high school freshman
This team is for real and should make a statement to the state at Pontiac

And I agree with OB
Save an unbelievable performance against Thornton by Simeon's Jeremy Jones, JR is the best player I've seen

Pontiac Tournament pairings...

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Pairings for the 78th Annual Pontiac Holiday Tournament which runs Dec. 29-31:

8 am: Joliet vs. Curie
9:30 am: Simeon vs. West Aurora
1 pm: Lockport vs. Bloomington
2:30 pm: Warren vs. Niles West
4 pm: Plainfield North vs. United Twp.
6:30 pm: Waukegan vs. Danville
8 pm: Schaumburg vs. Pontiac
9:30 pm: Manual vs. Oak Park

If you've never visited the Pontiac Tournament, I would highly recommend it. The atmosphere and style of basketball is quite a bit different from Proviso West or the Big Dipper. Pontiac is about an hour and forty minutes from Chicago, straight down I-55. And for those who can't attend in person the semi finals will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago at 1pm on Dec. 31.

Malcolm Hill-Bey not playing vs. Fenwick

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Freshman sensation Malcolm Hill-Bey is in street clothes as the No. 10 Caravan warms up for a 7:30 game at Fenwick.

Haven't heard yet what the reason is. He looks healthy, so it could be a grades issue...

UPDATE: It's an ankle problem. Mount Carmel coach Mike Flaherty expects him to be back soon.

Came across this at

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The 2009 Providence schedule which looks insane

Week 1 at Lincoln-Way East
Week 2 vs.. Joliet Catholic
Week 3 at Loyola
Week 4 vs. . Brother Rice
Week 5 at St. Laurence
Week 6 vs. . Fenwick
Week 7 at St. Rita
Week 8 vs. . De La Salle
Week 9 vs.. Mount Carmel

Matchups for McDonalds Shootout

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Match-Ups / Times Below

January 16, 2009 - Friday

Regina Dominican 5:30PM Willowbrook.
Lincoln-Way East 7:00PM Warren
Washington - South Bend, IN. 8:30PM Lake Zurich

January 17, 2009 - Saturday

Sandburg . 11:00AM Buffalo Grove
New Trier . 1:00PM Lake Park
Loyola 2:30PM North Central -- Indianapolis, IN.
Oregon-Davis - Hamlet, IN. 4:00PM St. Ignatius.
Bolingbrook 5:30PM Washington - South Bend, IN.
Fenwick . 7:00PM Carmel, IN.

January 19, 2009 - Monday

Kokomo, IN. 10:00AM Driscoll
N. Central - Indianapolis, IN. 11:30AM Maine West
Carmel, IN. 1:00PM Hillcrest
St. Charles North. 2:30PM Marist.
Hinsdale Central . 4:00PM Marian Catholic
Montini 5:30PM Fenwick
Wheeling 7:00PM Whitney Young

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Info: 630-834-9080 (KOST Broadcast Sales, Inc.)

Dundee-Crown pairings

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First-round pairings for the 26th annual Charger Classic that starts Dec. 26

Prospect vs. Evanston, 10 a.m.
Mother McAuley vs. Hononegah, 11:30
Maine West vs. Buffalo Grove, 1 p.m.
Fenwick vs. Resurrection, 2:30
New Trier vs. Dundee-Crown, 4
Bartlett vs. Fremd, 5:30
St. Charles North vs. Regina, 7
Johnsburg vs. Naperville Central, 8:30

Surgery looms for Michala Johnson

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Montini 6-3 junior center Michala Johnson is expected to undergo surgery to repair a ligament in her left knee.
Johnson first injured her knee in late July and after undergoing extensive rehabilitation was cleared to play.
But five minutes into her first game of the season, Johnson went down. After an examination, doctors recommended surgery as the best option for her future.

Proviso West and Big Dipper pairings...

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Here are the pairings for the Proviso West Tournament, in bracket order:

St. Joseph vs. Homewood-Flossmoor
Young vs. Proviso East
Glenbrook North vs. Hillcrest
Morton vs. Von Steuben
Foreman vs. Fenwick
Proviso West vs. New Trier
Zion-Benton vs. TF North
Evanston vs. St. Patrick

A couple points:

-It is very likely that round two will feature two recent rematches, Young vs. H-F (which is happening Sunday night) and Evanston vs. Zion-Benton (which happened last week). Isn't the whole point of holiday tournaments to see games we don't get to see during the rest of the season? Something should have been done to make sure that half of the second round wasn't a rerun.

-I understand that Proviso West is the host, but matching them up against New Trier in the first round really weakens the bottom half of the bracket.

Big Dipper pairings:

Rich East vs. Hales
Seton vs. Morgan Park
Thornton vs. Rich Central
Leo vs. Marian Catholic
Bolingbrook vs. Fenger
Bloom vs. Shepard
Lincoln Park vs. Rich South
Crete-Monee vs. Tinley Park

-The second round should be a blockbuster, with possible matchups of Thornton-Leo and Bolingbrook-Bloom. I'd recommend taking in the first round at Proviso West and then heading to Rich South on the 27th. Overall, Proviso West has five ranked teams and the Big Dipper has seven, although three other Proviso West teams (Hillcrest, St. Joseph, Evanston) were ranked in the pre-season.


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Here are the matchups this weekend
Five games each day AT DIFFERENT VENUES

At Attack Athletics
Farragutvs. Hillcrest, 1:30
Von Steuben vs. Richwoods, 3
Marshall vs. New Trier, 4:30
Curie vs. Seton,6
North Lawndale vs. Mount Carmel, 7:30

At Chicago State
Crane vs. Payton, 1:30
Hyde Park vs. T.F. North, 3
Brooks vs. Glenbrook North, 4:30
Simeon vs. Thornton, 6
Young vs. Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:30

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