HINSDALE – Opening night jitters apparently haven’t affected Hinsdale Central’s boys basketball team. After dropping the first game of the season to crosstown rival Hinsdale South, the Red Devils reeled off three victories in a row during the Hinsdale Central Tournament last week.
HINSDALE – There’s a first time for everything, and one of those firsts came Tuesday for Tom McKenna. The Hinsdale Central girls basketball coach earned his first career win at York as the Red Devils improved to 5-0 on the young season.
LISLE – Lisle’s girls basketball team is off to a roaring start. Inflicting a suffocating zone defense upon opponents, the Lions took second at the Riverside Brookfield Thanksgiving tournament, winning four out of five games played over the holiday weekend.
BOLINGBROOK – Guards Prentiss Nixon and Gage Davis helped Bolingbrook boys basketball capture a second place trophy over the holiday weekend. After wins over Eisenhower and Springfield Southeast to start the Decatur Turkey Tournament, the Raiders fell to highly touted Springfield Lanphier 73-58 in the championship game.
York senior guard Charlie Rose was one of two Dukes to be named to the all-tournament team at Palatine’s Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic. Rose and the Dukes went 4-0 to win the tournament for the second year in a row. Rose, the Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports reporter Dan Santaromita about the start of the season.
In a state title game, every play is important. These five were the most crucial plays in Saturday’s Class 5A championship game between Montini and Sacred Heart-Griffin, which the Broncos lost 38-28.
Montini made its fifth straight state title appearance, but IC Catholic and Willowbrook also made the playoffs. Those three teams plus York, Glenbard East and Addison Trail comprise the 2013 Suburban Life East DuPage all-area football team.
VILLA PARK – Quarterback is the most mentally demanding position in football. Not only do the passers need to know their own responsibility, they need to know everyone's responsibility every play. With that in mind, Brian Johnson's staggering statistical season at Willowbrook this fall is unusual because the senior is still somewhat new to the sport.
DeKALB – For all of Montini’s accomplishments this season, the Broncos’ success on the football field was going to come down to whether or not they could win state for the fifth year in a row. Fair or not, this team won’t quite measure up to the previous four teams after losing to Sacred Heart-Griffin 38-28 in the Class 5A final on Saturday.
GLEN ELLYN – Benet junior quarterback Jack Beneventi verbally committed to the University of Iowa Thursday night. The 6-foot-6, 190-pound Glen Ellyn resident announced his intent via Twitter at 7:01 p.m. Thursday. He chose the Hawkeyes over offers from several schools, including Illinois, Notre Dame, Louisville, and Western Michigan.
PALATINE – York boys basketball has a new identity this year, and players like Stanley Roberts are a part of the Dukes’ evolution. Without star guard David Cohn, who graduated, the Dukes are using a more balanced offense, and the early returns are good.
Brooks Middle School won its own 8th grade girls basketball regional title Thursday, beating district rival Jane Addams 49-22. The Lady Bulldogs (19-2) will compete for the sectional title at Brooks at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, against either Homer or A. Vito Martinez.
York varsity girls basketball hosts Hinsdale Central in Elmhurst on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Hinsdale hosts Benet Academy on Thursday, Dec. 5.
WEST CHICAGO – It was a wacky opening week for Addison Trail's boys basketball team. The Blazers had two games go down to the buzzer and also had a comeback from a 15-point halftime deficit in the first five games of the season, which all took place at the West Chicago Thanksgiving tournament.
After losing to Hinsdale Central 63-52 in the second place crossover game of Glenbard and Hinsdale Thanksgiving tournaments on Saturday, the Rams took on Rich South on Tuesday. Jaron Hall scored 30 points against the Stars, but the Rams lost at the buzzer, 60-58.
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