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.
WESTMONT – In spite of a strong offensive output, the Westmont boys basketball team returned empty-handed from the Ridgewood Battle at the Ridge Thanksgiving tournament.
CAROL STREAM – As a young child, Justin Jackson had a better chance of being found in front of a television playing video games than on an athletic field. In fact, it wasn’t until the second grade when he tagged along to older brother Phil’s football registration that Jackson decided to give that sport a try.
The high school football season wrapped up with state championship games over the weekend, and now the Suburban Life honors the cream of the crop from Glenbard North, Glenbard South, Glenbard West, St. Francis, West Chicago, Wheaton Academy, Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South for their performances this season.
DOWNERS GROVE – Danny Spinuzza sunk a buzzer-beating half-court shot to propel Downers Grove South boys basketball to its first win of the season. Although the Mustangs returned with just one win in four games at the St. Charles East Ron Johnson tournament, the lone victory came in dramatic fashion.
IC Catholic’s boys basketball team made it to the championship game of the Westminster Thanksgiving tournament, but lost to St. Edward 60-57. The same two teams met in the final of the same tournament a year ago, and the Green Wave won that game, as well.
LEMONT – After watching his team fall just short in its comeback bid against Lake Park Tuesday night, Lemont girls basketball coach Bill Bozue compared the Indians performance to a type of popular eatery.
CAROL STREAM – A strong showing in the first week of the 2013-14 season by the Glenbard North boys basketball team was offset by some unfortunate injury news. In the Panthers’ opening win over Glenbard East, senior starting guard Pasquale Fiduccia broke his wrist and he is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season.
BOLINGBROOK – For 12 years, Parrker Westphal has led by example on the football field. But this season, he also endeavored to be the outspoken, vocal leader of the Bolingbrook defense.
The high school football season wrapped up with state championship games over the weekend, and now the Suburban Life honors the cream of the crop from Benet, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Lemont, Lisle and Westmont for their performances this season.
NEW HAVEN, Conn.– Muriel Battaglia loves working under pressure. The 21-year-old Yale University soccer midfielder just wrapped up her junior season for the Bulldogs, starting 15 out of 16 games and adding a crucial goal in the team’s victory over Hartford on Sept. 18.
LA GRANGE PARK – Throughout the fall season, Nazareth coach Tim Racki praised the team mentality his Roadrunners displayed, but even with that in mind, Will Colmery stood out. The senior defensive end earned a scholarship to play at Purdue, was named to the Class 5A all-state team and is the Suburban Life all-area football MVP.
Three area teams, Lyons Township, Fenwick and Nazareth made the postseason. Those teams have a handful of players on the all-area football team each. Morton, Proviso West, Riverside Brookfield and St. Joseph fill out the team.
SCHAUMBURG – Rob Kroehnke has had a lot of regular season victories during his 13-year stint as the Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball coach. But few have meant as much as Friday's 48-43 win over highly-ranked Montini to wrap up the Schaumburg tournament.