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Twice is too many times

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Candace Parker was not a part of the controversy at Tennessee on Monday night

She also wasn't a part of the controversy from Naperville Central's sectional "victory" against Neuqua Valley five years

But she did benefit from both wrong calls

In a 2003 sectional, an apparent game-winning basket by Neuqua that replays show clearly beat the buzzer was not allowed and Naperville Central went on to win the game in overtime and the first of their two Class AA state titles

On Monday, the clock at Tennessee mysteriously stopped and a foul was called that allowed Tennessee to make two free throws with 0.2 seconds on the clock and beat Rutgers by a point.

It wasn't a bad call, it was a wrong call.

Since Tennessee coach Pat Sunnitt has already won more games than any Division I basketball coach, mens or womens, one coach suggested that she give this one back to the Scarlet Knights

Bad calls may be part of the game
But there is no room for wrong calls.

One of the officials or timekeepers at Tennessee stopped the clock and lied about it, unless you buy the theory that the clock stopped itself.

Now women's basketball, which needs positive publicity has .2-gate

Don't forget the Friars

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Just saying ...

As the girls state playoffs get going. it seems curious that no one seems to be talking about Fenwick.

Not only are the Friars the reigning Class AA state champion, though four starters from that team graduated, but the Fenwick resume is pretty impressive.

Fenwick won its Thanksgiving tournament, which included GCAC tournament champion Resurrection and Mid-Suburban champion Wheeling

Fenwick won the Dundee-Crown tournament beating then unbeaten and national ranked Buffalo Grove in the title game

Fenwick won the Sweet 16 tournament handing Hinsdale Central its only loss of the season. The Friars also beat Schaumburg, which played for the MSL title

Fenwick won the East Suburban Catholic knocking off Marist and Marian Catholic. both were ranked all season

And while Fenwick didn't travel coast-to-coast, I believe they are the only are team to play three games this season against teams ranked in USA Today's top 25 in the nation at the time of the games


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With the Washington team forced to forfeit three games played last week with ineligible players, Wednesday's first-round apirings for the Public League boys basketball tournament have been revised by the Sports Administration team

Here are the new pairings with all of Wednesday's games schedules for 4 p.m.

First Round (Games at 4)
(32) Brooks at (1) Simeon
(17) King at (16) Crane
(25) Dunbar at (8) Farragut
(24) Lane at (9) Hope
(28) Northside Prep at (5) Young
(21) Payton at (12) Morgan Park
(20) Bogan at (13) Foreman
(29) Corliss at (4) Curie
(30) ACT at (3) Von Steuben
(19) Washington at (14) Lincoln Park
(27) Lindblom at (6) Englewood
(22) Robeson at (11) Hyde Park
(26) Steinmetz at (7) North Lawndale
(23) Manley at (10) Senn
(18) Hubbard at (15) Fenger
(31) Jones at (2) Marshall

Korhonen retires

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Richards' Gary Korhonen, the winningest football coach in Illinois history, who won back-to-back state championships in the lase 1980s announced his resignation after 42 years on Friday.

Korhonen, who said he was not burned out and is in excellent health, will continue teach through May.

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