Bears: Week 4 Coach and Player of the Week

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Bears: Week 4 Coach and Player of the Week

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 6:20 p.m.

CSNChicago.com

The Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Week and Player of the Week results for Week 4 are in, awarding Mt. Carmel Coach Frank Lenti and Gordon Techs Julian Russell with the honors.

With a 62-8 win over St. Joseph last Saturday, Coach Lenti became Illinois all-time winningest high school football coach and also earned his 307th career win.

In 25 years of leading Mt. Carmel, Lentis teams have averaged eleven wins and two losses a season. They have won nine state championships in 14 appearances and have qualified for the IHSA playoffs every season that he has been the head coach.

Coach Lenti supported his team in collecting 2,000 pounds of clothing in a drive for the Epilepsy Foundation last spring. He was honored as a Bears Coach of the Week honoree in 2001 also for his coaching accomplishments.

In addition to Lenti, all eyes focused on quarterback Julian Russell who accounted for six touchdowns, two passing and four rushing, and ran for 125 yards as he led Gordon Tech to a 45-44 overtime win over conference rival, Halas Franciscan.

This victory gave the Rams their third win of the season, which surpasses Gordon Techs win total of two from the 2010 season.

The Bears will donate 1,500 to Mt. Caramel High Schools football program in honor of coach Lenti, who will also receive a framed certificate and will have the opportunity to attend a Bears practice and chalk-talk with Head Coach Lovie Smith. Another 1,000 will be donated to a youth football program of Russells choice.

Lenti will be invited to the Bears December 18 game and recognized in an on-field ceremony. Russell will have the same recognition at the game on December 4.

Since the programs inception, the Bears have donated over 198,000 to Illinois high schools in support of their football programs. For more information, log on to www.chicagobears.comcommunity or call the Chicago Bears Community Relations department at (847) 739-5308.

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Blackhawks sign goalie with no NHL experience to serve as emergency backup

Blackhawks sign goalie with no NHL experience to serve as emergency backup

The Blackhawks were put in a rough spot on Saturday afternoon when goaltender Corey Crawford had to undergo an emergency appendectomy before their matinee matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers.

With Scott Darling as the lone goaltender on the active roster the Blackhawks signed Eric Semborski to an amateur tryout to serve as Darling's backup for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

Semborski, 23, has no NHL experience and last played club hockey at Temple University and for the Empire Junior Hockey Jersey Wildcats.

According to EliteProspects.com, Semborski had a 4.98 GAA and .844 save percentage in 29 games with the Wildcats.

Both the Blackhawks and NHL Twitter accounts had some fun at the expense of Semborski.

Blackhawks: Corey Crawford to undergo appendectomy, out indefinitely

Blackhawks: Corey Crawford to undergo appendectomy, out indefinitely

The Blackhawks announced Saturday afternoon that Corey Crawford is undergoing an appendectomy at a Philadelphia hospital and will be out indefinitely.

Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry released this statement regarding Crawford:

"Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis. He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a Philadelphia hospital. We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play. We will provide details regarding the timeline of his return after we have more information about the surgery.”

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

Scott Darling got the start against the Flyers, and the Blackhawks signed 23-year-old Eric Semborski to an amateur tryout to serve as an emergency backup goalie. He played club hockey at Temple University and for the Empire Junior Hockey Jersey's Wildcats.

Crawford has been lights out for the Blackhawks this season, owning a 12-6-1 record with a 2.27 goals against average and .927 save percentage, including two shutouts.