By Michael O'Brien

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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THE BIG DIPPER TOURNEY IS GOING TO BE ONE FOR THE AGES!
WITH THE ADDITION OF BOLINGBROOK, MORGAN PARK AND
TINLEY PARK, THE DIPPER IS THE ONE TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON!

Phil
You know I am there every year

Tuck

Phil
You know I am there every year

Tuck

Steve -

Please tell me why Rich East is not getting the ink and notarity as some of these other schools. They lost their frist game of the season to HF, since then have posted an average of 18 point wins, including a 24 point Thrashing of Hillcrest (with Juice) at Bloom in the Chicago Heights Classic. They recently went into Thornton, in their gym (which included some shady calls) and gave Thorton the #2 rank team a real scare. The final was 61-58, with Jamere Dismukes having a chance at the buzzer to send it into overtime. With the additon of Freddie Lay, who came over two season ago from Hillcrest, what you have is 4 seniors PG Jamere Dismukes, Incredible athlete Stephan O'Neil 40 inch vertical and the 6'5 starign qaurterback from Rich East's successful football team and 6'6 Shea Sumpter, a 4 year varsity starter is finally 100% from a knee injury. Again those three (Jamere, Stephan and Shea) have played together since 7th grade at Forrest Trail and every summer on AAU teams of "Team Illini" and this year for "Illinois Ice". They are tough and remember I told you this. They will be Bloom in second round of the Big Dipper and dont be surprised to see them in the Championship game Tuesday night. There is not two (2) better starting on-the-ball defensive gaurds in the state than Jamere Dismukes (2.5 steals a game) and Freddie Lay (2.2 steals per game). Stay tuned......

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