By Michael O'Brien

Wednesday thoughts...

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After almost two weeks of state tournament basketball, we finally got a night of upsets.

The two big ones: Marian Catholic over Homewood-Flossmoor and Hillcrest over Rich East.

Notre Dame beating Glenbrook South was a mild surprise. Props to the East Suburban Catholic, which has St. Joseph, Marian Catholic and Notre Dame all still alive.

-Simeon over Vocational wasn't a shock. The teams are closely matched and Simeon had emotion on its side. Perhaps the Wolverines are finally playing up to their potential. They certainly have the talent to upset Hyde Park Friday night.

-St. Joseph beating Marshall was a bit expected, but not by 20 points. Is it just me or does Class 3A seem like an afterthought this season, kind of like Class 4A did last year? It's fairly clear that the best teams, aside from North Lawndale, are all in 4A.

-A small group of people at the Sun-Times realized midway through the season that Waukegan had a real shot at the state title. The Bulldogs weren't always consistent but as Patrick Z. McGavin said "they have the highest ceiling of any team in the state." Waukegan showed that tonight against Zion-Benton.

-Look out for Dre Henley. Forget the future. He is probably De La Salle's best player right now. He might be one of the top 10 players in the state regardless of class. He dominated the Meteors' last two games. Scored 30 against Proviso East tonight.

-For those of you that didn't notice (and from the people I talked to today not many did) Reggie Lemon did not play in Plainfield North's lopsided loss to Neuqua Valley Tuesday night. If you've seen Plainfield North this season you know how important Lemon is to that squad. And if you didn't see them you missed out on a special team.

-Steve Tucker will be on Mike North's morning show on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago tomorrow. About 7:30 a.m.

-The media reviews the sectionals: Morton and Waukegan were both fine hosts this week. I heard things at Richards were exceptional. Not so good results from Hinsdale Central, which apparently booted the S-T reporter out of the gym before he got a chance to talk to the Vocational players.

-Might be worth checking out the Class 2A state tournament this weekend. Seton is there of course, but there are also two undefeated teams in Winnebago and Marshall, IL.

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YOU CAN SAY MARIAN CATHOLIC UPSET H-F, ON PAPER YES IT IS,
BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE PLAYERS, IT ISN'T!
THE THREE POINT SPECIALIST PANICI MAY NOT HAVE A CULT
FOLLOWING BUT AT MARIAN HE IS A MARKSMAN, AND THE GRAYSON
THE BIG FELLA IS AN ABSOLUTE GEM, AND THE GUARDS AREN'T
SCARED OF BIGFOOT, COACH TAYLOR IS LIKE A CONDUCTOR AT
THE SYMPHONY, YOU MAY NOT LIKE THE VIOLIN SECTION, BUT
COACH TAYLOR IS PLAYING SOME MELLOW MUSIC WITH SOME VERY
MELLOW FELLOWS, COACH TAYLOR IS THE SAME GUY WHO COACHED
AT HALES, HE ALSO COACHES FOOTBALL, HE IS A MAN WHO CAN
OUTFOX THE BEST OF THEM, AND THE PLAYERS HAVE BOUGHT INTO
HIS SYSTEM, THEY BELIEVE, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THE NAY
SAYERS BELIEVE, SO AT MARIAN EVERYONE IS WALKING AROUND
WITH THEIR FEET NOT TOUCHING THE FLOOR AND THEY KNOW
THE BIG BAD WOLF THORNTON IS NEXT, AND THEY ARE FOCUSED
ENOUGH TO SAY, SEE YOU FRIDAY NIGHT AT LINCOLN-WAY NORTH,
WITH A RESPECTFUL TONE, COACH TAYLOR AND HIS MERRY-MEN
WILL BE THERE AND COACH JACKSON AND THE NUMBER ONE TEAM
IN THE STATE WILL BE THERE AS WELL!
THE ONE THING ABOUT THESE SCHOOLS IS THEY WELCOME
COMPETITION, AND THEY BOTH HAVE GREAT FANS, AND STUDENTS,
SO TELL EM, CINDERELLA WILL BE AT THE BALL, LET THE GAME
BEGIN!

Jelani Neely was impressive at the point last night, but Hyde Park's three guards (especially Griffin, with size) will expose his inexperience Friday night.

Puzzling how you rank a team like St Joseph all year long. Do you actually see these games? Interesting how easily you say that the good teams are in 4A this year - except for N Lawndale, yet St Joseph has victories over four of the final group in 4A - none close games (must be the worst teams ...) and one over N Lawndale.

Instead of worrying about your rankings, why not suggest something like a return to an overhauled two class system, where the best can prove themselves, rather than leave who's the best open to opinion only.

SIMEON BIT THE DUST!
HYDE PARK AND COACH KIRSEY ARE THE REAL DEAL!
HYDE PARK VS. WHITNEY YOUNG NEXT TUESDAY, THE WINNER GOES
TO PEORIA, THE HOME OF RICHARD PRYOR!
NLCP AND BROOKS ADVANCE, THEY CAN ONLY MEET IN THE
CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 3A, CHRIS HEAD HAS BROUGHT HIS WINNING
ATTITUDE TO THE SOUTHSIDE OF CHICAGO, BROOKS DEFEATS
HILLCREST, THE BIGGEST WIN IN THE HISTORY OF SCHOOL,
WHERE MENDEL HIGH SCHOOL ONCE STOOD, AS WELL AS ST. MARTIN
DEPORRES, THEY ARE PARTYING ON 111TH STREET TONIGHT!

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