By Michael O'Brien

November 2010 Archives

York boys, Palatine girls qualify for Nike Nationals

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Two local teams qualified for the Nike Cross Country Nationals by winning Midwest Regional titles Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.

Kroy Track Club, made up of runners from reigning Class 3A state champ York, edged Columbus North (Ind.) 140-146 for the boys title. Palatine Cross Country Club, featuring runners from 3A runner-up Palatine, edged Carmel (Ind.) 72-74 for the girls championship.

Several other area teams could get at-large bids to the national meet after finishing in the top four. Palatine (169) and Naperville South/Neuqua Valley (185) finished 3-4 in the boys race, while Tiger Cross Country Club/Wheaton Warrenville South (98) and Geneva (116) took third and fourth in the girls race.

Sandburg's Lukas Verzbicas, the two-time defending 3A boys champ, won the boys title with a course-record time of 14:53.1. Woodstock's Kayla Beattie, who has won the last two Class 2A girls titles, was the girls champ in 17:45.7. Prospect's Brooke Wolfe also qualified for nationals as an individual by finishing fifth in 17:55.8.

The Nike Cross Country Nationals will be Dec. 4 in Portland, Ore.

York boys, Palatine girls qualify for Nike Nationals

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Two local teams qualified for the Nike Cross Country Nationals by winning Midwest Regional titles Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.

Kroy Track Club, made up of runners from reigning Class 3A state champ York, edged Columbus North (Ind.) 140-146 for the boys title. Palatine Cross Country Club, featuring runners from 3A runner-up Palatine, edged Carmel (Ind.) 72-74 for the girls championship.

Several other area teams could get at-large bids to the national meet after finishing in the top four. Palatine (169) and Naperville South/Neuqua Valley (185) finished 3-4 in the boys race, while Tiger Cross Country Club/Wheaton Warrenville South (98) and Geneva (116) took third and fourth in the girls race.

Sandburg's Lukas Verzbicas, the two-time defending 3A boys champ, won the boys title with a course-record time of 14:53.1. Woodstock's Kayla Beattie, who has won the last two Class 2A girls titles, was the girls champ in 17:45.7. Prospect's Brooke Wolfe also qualified for nationals as an individual by finishing fifth in 17:55.8.

The Nike Cross Country Nationals will be Dec. 4 in Portland, Ore.

Semifinal football times, dates released

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The times and dates for the IHSA football state semifinals have been released:

Class 8A
Maine South (10-2) at Loyola (11-1), 1 p.m. Saturday
Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2) vs. Mount Carmel (10-2) at Gately Stadium, noon Saturday

Class 7A
St. Rita (11-1) at Lake Zurich (11-1), 7 p.m. Saturday
Wheaton Warrenville South (12-0) at Belleville East (10-2), 5 p.m. Saturday

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge (11-1) at Boylan (12-0), 1 p.m. Saturday
Marmion (11-1) at Danville (12-0), 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Class 5A
Montini (10-2) at Kaneland (12-0), 5 p.m. Saturday
Richwoods (12-0) at Chatham Glenwood (9-3), 1 p.m. Saturday

Class 4A
Sandwich (11-1) vs. Alleman (12-0) at Augustana College, 2 p.m. Saturday
Metamora (11-1) at Rochester (12-0), 6 p.m. Saturday

Class 3A
Tolono Unity (11-1) at Stillman Valley (12-0), 2 p.m. Saturday
Mt. Carmel (11-1) at Illini West (12-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

Class 2A
Sterling Newman (12-0) at Deer Creek-Mackinaw (12-0), 2 p.m. Saturday
Casey-Westfield (12-0) at Maroa-Forsyth (10-2), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Class 1A
Lena-Winslow (11-1) at Lewistown (12-0), 2 p.m. Saturday
Tuscola (11-1) at Brown County (12-0), 2 p.m. Saturday

Basketball Preview: The E's

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Here's the fifth group of season previews. Follow me on Twitter @michaelsobrien for more. Coaches, please send any info on your team to mobrien@suntimes.com.

East Aurora: See them at least once this year. Ryan Boatright is entertaining and electric. He's a top Player of the Year candidate.

Eisenhower: Young and ready to run. Led by SR guard AJ Bridges. It's coach Mike Curta's third season. He feels they are ready to win.

Elgin: Bad record last season, but made a nice little run in the playoffs. Watch junior Kory Brown.

Elgin Academy: Trying to rebound from a rough season. Lost 76-10 to Westminster Christian in the playoffs. Played a game with just 6 guys.

Elk Grove: Will be looking to build on last season's strong second half. Played well once the entire team was back and healthy.

Ellison: One of the better new programs, riding a wave after winning the Chicago Prep conference last season.

Elmwood Park: New coach Mike Wasielewski has talented JR guard Julian Molina. Led the team in points, boards, assists, steals, blocks.

Evanston: New coach Mike Ellis was a great hire. Hehas a point guard (Garrett Jones) and a big (6-8 James Farr). Should be a Super 25 team.

Evergreen Park: Lost a lot, will be led by senior guards TJ Cobbs and Dillon Knight. Watch for 6-2 forward Marcus Kemp to contribute.

Updated Public League pairings out

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The Public League has updated its football playoff schedule, and five teams remain in the running for the conference's berth in the Prep Bowl.

Morgan Park and Robeson came back into the city playoffs after losing in the second round of the IHSA playoffs, joining Curie, Orr and Dunbar.

The only quarterfinal game will match Curie and Orr at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lane Stadium. Dunbar, Morgan Park and Robeson drew byes into the semifinals, which will be on Monday, Nov. 15 at Gately Stadium.

The Public League final will be on Saturday, Nov. 20, with the winner advancing tro the Prep Bowl against the Catholic League representative on Friday, Nov. 26 at Soldier Field.

Basketball Preview: The D's

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Here's the fourth group of season previews. Follow me on Twitter @michaelsobrien for more. Coaches, please send any info on your team to mobrien@suntimes.com.

De La Salle: Everyone knows about Shaw. Dre Henley is back, and the last time he was at De he was fantastic. Young guards are the ? mark.

Deerfield: Dukan is at Wis. After leading them to a dream season last year. This year will be rebuilding, but the stakes have been raised.

Downers North: 12 players back from last season's 8-18. Boys soccer player of the year Paul Hogan also plays basketball

Downers South: Will challenge Proviso East for conf. title. Likely Super 25 team led by JR guards Jerron Wilbut and Jamal Millison.

Dunbar: Star football player Dervall Harris also a major hoops player. He's a 6-5 JR. Add 6-3 JR Bill Davis and this is a team to watch.

Dundee-Crown: Coach Lance Huber says "looking to rebound after a tough last season.Hope the team blends together and everyone accepts roles.

DuSable: Legendary program has falling on some hard times. Loads of talent surrounds the school, but most of the players end up elsewhere.

Dwight: AAU guys love to say Jens Kennedy, a 6-8 senior, is the type of player they give exposure to. S-T did cover him 3 times last year.

Dyett: Possible state darkhorse in 2A. Solid starting 5 including Steven Summerall, Anthony Clinton and 6-5 SR Cagette Reggs.

Basketball Preview: The C's

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Here's the third group of season previews. Follow me on Twitter @michaelsobrien for more. Coaches, please send any info on your team to mobrien@suntimes.com.

Carmel: The Corsairs went out and got a very good coach. Tim Bowen was the defensive mastermind behind Waukegan the past three seasons.

Carver: 6-4 SR Deshawn Delaney is one of the state's hidden gems. JR Michael Howell is a player too. They could be a surprise force.

Cary-Grove: NW Herald readers named the 2001 team the best team in their area in the 2000s. Good team, but didn't even make state.

Chicago Academy: New coach Randy Stonewall is hyping FR guard Jeremy Williams. Also got 2 top players back: Conner Hooper and Darrick Scott.

Chicago Christian: At least 6-4 at all 5 spots. Led by 6-6 Adam Lindemulder, 6-5 Jason VanderLaan and 6-5 guard Dan VanGroningen.

Chicago Math & Science: 6-3 FR starter Jajuan Jackson will team with 4 returning starters including brothers Jonathan and Brian Barbee.

Chicagoland Jewish: 15-11 last season, haven't been able to get any info on this season.

Christian Liberty: Another fail. They finished 14-10 last season, but don't even have a coach listed.

Clemente: Dropped to the Blue. Will be led by three transfers, O'Neal Gates, Greg Turner and Kendall Harrison. Follow @osetag22 for updates.

Coal City: Coalers have a new coach (Brad Boresi), a new gym and and a new Thanksgiving tourney, featuring Morris, Gardner and St. Bede.

Collins: 12-6 overall and 6-3 in the Blue-West. Finished fourth, so another year in the Blue is ahead.

Conant: Tom McCormack (the only coach I know that practices before school) is back for his 26th season. Always well-coached and dangerous.

Corliss: Coach David Keys says they will win the Blue-South. Led by 6-5 Devonte York, athletic junior getting DI looks.

Crane: Underrated Kieran Woods is back and people are talking about FR Marlon Jones. Also watch 6-9 Crete-Monee transfer Kaylen Shane.

Crete-Monee: Loaded with Jamie Crockett, JR Mike Orris and SO Marvie Keith. Injury to 6-8 SR Greg Mays is a huge setback though.

Cristo Rey: Christian Mendoza (9 ppg) and Noe Macias are back from last season. Cristeros were 4-19 last season.

CL Central: Promising summer, lost to North Lawndale by only one point. Led by Joe Pijanowski, Chase Cane and Jake Chrystal.

CL South: 4 out of 5 starters back, including Kevin Rogers (13 ppg) and Ethan Breitenstein (9 ppg).

Curie: 4-year starting PG Greg Travis, a #UIC recruit, is back. Sophs won city last season. Watch 6-8 FR Cliff Alexander.

ESPN3.com picks up football finals

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The IHSA announced on Monday that the state football finals will be carried live not only on a statewide TV network, but on ESPN3.com.

According to the IHSA, this will be ESPN's first venture into carrying a prep state final on any of its numerous platforms.

The games will be played on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-27, at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign. They'll be available live at www.espn3.com, and will be available later at www.ihsa.tv.

The Chicago-area TV outlet for the football state finals is WPWR (Channel 50). It also will carry the boys and girls basketball state tournaments.

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