In the Clutch: McElrath leads Simeon to Finals


In the Clutch: McElrath leads Simeon to Finals

Friday, March 18, 2011
Posted: 10:41 p.m.

By Michael O'Brien

PEORIA Glenbard East coach Scott Millers scouting report said that Simeon senior Rashawn McElrath was probably the Wolverines worst free-throw shooter. So with the game on the line, it was McElrath that continually found himself at the free-throw line. Time and again, the 6-7 senior came through. He made all seven of his free throws in the fourth quarter to help Simeon hold on to a 56-53 win over Glenbard East in the Class 4A state semifinals at Carver Arena. The most crucial pair of free throws came with 14 seconds to play and the Wolverines clinging to a two-point lead. McElrath had been raked across the face by Zach Miller on the foul.I was just trying to see, McElrath said. So thats all I thought about. I was fine.Simeon opened the game with a 15-0 run, dominating every phase of the game. But when Simeons second line of players came in, the Rams came right back, draining three three-pointers to close the first quarter. By halftime, Glenbard East only trailed by five.It gave us a sense of urgency, Simeon sophomore Jabari Parker said. We came out tougher after that. They showed they could play with us.The second half was a classic state tournament game, with two poised and talented teams battling. In the end, Simeons near perfection (17-for-18) from the free-throw line was the difference in the game.Give them credit, Scott Miller said. I didnt know who to foul, they all just kept stepping up and making the shots.McElrath led Simeon (29-2) with 17 points and Parker scored 16. Senior guard Tywon Pinkney added 12 for the Wolverines.Glenbard East (27-4) was able to survive Simeons massive height advantage by shooting 12-for-31 from three-point range, eventually forcing Simeon to play man defense.We just went out and played with all the heart we had, Glenbard East senior Johnny Hill said. Everyone on the team gave everything, everyone on the court and on the bench.Hill, who finished with 22 points and five rebounds, was consistently terrific throughout the state tournament.He really stepped up his game and led his team during the playoffs, Simeon coach Robert Smith said. Hes a great player.Kevin Priebe scored 11 for the Rams and Dante Bailey added nine. Bailey made a three with six seconds to play that brought Glenbard East within two points. The Rams received a delay of game techincal for throwing the ball into the stands after the basket.That didnt effect the outcome of the game, Scott Miller said.Simeon will face the winner of the Warren-Normal game for the Class 4A state title Saturday night at 8:15 p.m.

Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick tells ESPN Brian Kelly will be back in 2017

Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick tells ESPN Brian Kelly will be back in 2017

Brian Kelly's job at Notre Dame apparently is not in jeopardy despite the team's 2-5 start to the 2016 season. 

Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick told that Kelly "will lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year."

Kelly has come under fire for his perceived penchant for criticizing players before himself as well as his behavior on the sidelines as Notre Dame's chances of becoming bowl eligible have slipped this season. The seventh-year Irish coach, though, was praised for his relationship with his team by Swarbrick, who told ESPN it's "probably as strong as any that I've seen with him at Notre Dame." Multiple players said after Notre Dame's loss to Stanford last weekend that they didn't believe Kelly had lost the team

Kelly and Notre Dame agreed to a six-year contract extension in January that runs through the 2021 season. 

Brian Campbell, Trevor van Riemsdyk in vs. Columbus

Brian Campbell, Trevor van Riemsdyk in vs. Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brian Campbell will be in the lineup after all, as will Trevor van Riemsdyk, when the Blackhawks face the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night at Nationwide Arena.

Campbell appeared to be headed for healthy scratch status the past two days, when he was not among the top three defensive pairs at practice. But coach Joel Quenneville said Friday morning that Campbell is in. He would not say who was out.

“We want to get our defense in there. He’s been out too many games; we want him playing,” Quenneville said, referring to van Riemsdyk. “And we feel that there are seven D, they all deserve to play as well.”

The Blackhawks could go with seven defensemen. But considering Quenneville liked their four-line rotation better the last game, it would be a surprise if the Blackhawks changed that.

Ryan Hartman will play after missing the last two games with a lower-body injury.

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Meanwhile, Artem Anisimov returns to Columbus for the first time since he was traded to the Blackhawks — he did not play in the regular-season finale here last April.

“I already experienced it when I was first traded to Columbus [from New York], but this feeling is different,” Anisimov said of being back here. “I don’t know how to describe it but it’s still weird coming back.”

The Blackhawks will see former teammate Brandon Saad, whose Blue Jackets are playing just their second game in six days. Columbus lost their opening two games.

“Yeah, it’s a little bit weird,” Saad said. “It’s almost like the season didn’t start with the break we had, so we’ve had a lot of practice and a lot of review. But we’re definitely looking to get back and paying games.”


Time: 6 p.m.

TV: CSN-Chicago

Radio: WGN 720AM

Projected lineups


Tyler Motte-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Vinnie Hinostroza-Nick Schmaltz-Ryan Hartman

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Trevor van Riemsdyk-Brian Campbell

Corey Crawford

Injuries: Marian Hossa (lower body), Andrew Desjardins (lower body).

Columbus Blue Jackets

Matt Calvert-Brandon Dubinsky-Cam Atkinson

Brandon Saad-Alexander Wennberg-Nick Foligno

Scott Hartnell-William Karlsson-Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner-Lukas Sedlak-Oliver Bjorkstrand

Ryan Murray-Seth Jones

Zach Werenski-David Savard

Jack Johnson-Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky