By Michael O'Brien

January 2010 Archives

No more wardrobe malfunctions?

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It looks like no other team will have to endure the frustration North Lawndale's boys basketball squad dealt with in last season's state semifinals.

The Phoenix was assessed a technical foul before its Class 3A matchup with Champaign Centennial for having stripes on its uniforms that violated IHSA rules. Centennial hit one of two free throws and that point wound up being the difference in the Chargers' 66-65 win.

On Thursday, the IHSA announced that it was allowing schools to request waivers for illegal uniforms now and for every season until they would normally replace the non-complying gear.

"We have no intention of requiring schools to expend additional dollars now, or in the future, to replace illegal uniforms," IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said in a release posted on the organization's Web site. "We fully realize there are many more pressing financial needs in our schools than basketball uniforms."

There is a catch: Schools which have illegal uniforms - but don't request a waiver - still will be penalized with a technical before the start of games.

Hickman said the IHSA is hoping to solve the problem by submitting a proposal to the National Federation of State High School Associations that would give schools more leeway with the design of their uniforms.

"(W)e feel that the NFHS uniform rules for basketball may be a bit too restrictive and cumbersome," Hickman said. "We hope our proposal will be well received and help streamline those rules."

-- Mike Clark

MaxPreps honors McDonagh

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Mark McDonagh's monster receiving season for Riverside-Brookfield continues to bring him honors.

MaxPreps.com named the senior, who had a national-record 165 catches in 10 games, to its Medium Schools All-American second team. He's the only Illinois player on the first or second team for schools with enrollments of 1,000 to 2,000.

-- Mike Clark

King's McKee heading to UConn

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King offensive tackle Greg McKee, a 6-7, 295-pounder, has committed to UConn, according to UConnReport.com.

The web site reported that McKee also had scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois.

-- Mike Clark

Prater's an All-American

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MaxPreps.com has released its All-American football team and there's one local first-teamer: USC-bound wide receiver Kyle Prater of Proviso West.

Two more area players made the second team offense: Fremd lineman Christian Lombard (Notre Dame) and Maine South's all-everything Matt Perez (Indiana), who was picked as a running back.

-- Mike Clark

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