CSN Chicago to air IHSA Playoff Pairing Show on CSN

CSN Chicago to air IHSA Playoff Pairing Show on CSN

2011 IHSA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRING RELEASE SHOW TO AIR THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 ON COMCAST SPORTSNET PLUS (CSN)

Chicago, IL (October 19, 2011) The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) will broadcast its 2011 Football Playoff Pairing Release Show on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus (CSN), live from Comcast SportsNets downtown Chicago studios on Saturday, October 22 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In the Chicago area, the show will air on CLTV for Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers. Satellite subscribers (i.e. DirecTV, Dish Network, etc.) in the Chicago area, throughout Illinois, and in surrounding states will access to the show via CSN (Click here to view CSNs channel finder to find out where you can see CSN in your area). The show will also be available via live interactive stream on the internet at IHSA.tv and CSNChicago.com

Fans can interact with the show in a real-time chat on Saturday by visiting CSNChicago.com, where they can make comments or ask questions that may be read on the air. Questions and comments can also be submitted ahead of air time on the IHSA Facebook Playoff Pairing Show Page. Fans looking to interact with the show via Twitter should include the hashtag IHSAonCSN to have their tweets included on the show. If your team or school is hosting a playoff party on Saturday, send us a photo via email (mtroha@ihsa.org, csnchicagowebsite@comcastsportsnet.com) or Twitter using the hashtag above. Your photo will be included in CSNChicago.coms online gallery and may even be used during the show.

The show will be hosted by Comcast SportsNet anchorreporter and former IHSA standout student-athlete Sarah Kustok, along with longtime IHSA TV Network personality Dave Bernhard, renowned CSNChicago.com prep sports writer Taylor Bell and NBC 5 ChicagoWSCR 670 The Score personality Matt Rodewald.

The show will feature the following highlights:

The release of the 32-team brackets in all eight classes, as all 256 playoff qualifiers find out their first round playoff opponents and path to Champaign for the first time.

Highlights from nearly 100 schools from around the state

Analysis from experts on nearly 100 teams from across Illinois

Live look-ins from schools hosting playoff pairing parties

Feature stories and interviews

CSN Interactive segments with fans

Rodewald will host IHSA on CSN Interactive, a live web stream and chat on CSNChicago.com and IHSA.tv that will offer viewers the opportunity to interact directly with Rodewald, Kustok, Bernhard and Bell. Viewer questions and comments will be featured throughout the show and posted on CSNChicago.com. Viewers are encouraged to use hashtag IHSAonCSN to deliver Tweets to the live chat and show.

Coaches scheduled to appear on the show include:

Chris Andriano, Montini; Ric Arand, Lena-Winslow; Don Beebe, Aurora Christian; John Belskis, Downers Grove South; Todd Hutchinson, Greenville; Ray Kauling, Centralia; Frank Lenti, Chicago Mt. Carmel; Ken Leonard, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin; Ken Piron, Batavia; Keith Pogue; Mahomet-Seymour; Rich Thompson, Triopia; Rob Zvonar, Lincoln-Way East and many more.

Media members scheduled to appear on the show include:

Aaron Bennett, WCIA-TV Champaign; Mike Clark, Chicago Sun Times; Marty Maciaszek, Chicagoland Daily Herald; Jim Mattson, WHOI-TV Peoria; Scott Mees, Carbondale Southern Illinoisian; Ken Roberts, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Steve Soucie, Kankakee Daily Journal; Joe Stevenson, Crystal Lake Northwest Herald and Emily Tropp, Rockford Register-Star.

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Huskers, Spartans mourn the deaths of Sam Foltz, Mike Sadler

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Huskers, Spartans mourn the deaths of Sam Foltz, Mike Sadler

Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car accident Saturday night in Wisconsin.

Both players were working at a kicking camp near Waukesha, Wisc.

Foltz, 22, was the Big Ten Punter of the Year last season and earned All-Big Ten First Team honors.

Sadler, 24, was an All-Big Ten First Team selection in both 2012 and 2013. He was the first student-athlete at Michigan State to earn Academic All-America honors four times.

Both schools mourned the losses of their respective family members.

"Last night, we lost one of the best young men who I have ever had the honor to coach and who has ever worn the Nebraska uniform," Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said in a statement. "Sam was universally loved and respected by everyone he touched and on whom he had a positive influence each and every day. His tragic loss is immeasurable to his family, his friends, his classmates, his teammates and his coaches, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of them. The young men in our football program are hurting, but I know that their strength of character and resolve will bring us together and we will honor Sam every day moving forward."

"Our prayers of love and support go out to Sam’s family during this difficult time, and we will do all that we can to help comfort them in this time of sadness," Nebraska athletics director Shawn Eichorst said in a statement. "Sam was truly a tremendous young man who represented everything that a Nebraska student, athlete, teammate and friend should strive to be. While his loss is devastating, his impact will be felt forever. Along with coach Riley, our focus is on providing Sam’s family, teammates and friends with the critical support and love that they need at this time."

"We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear the extremely tragic news about Mike Sadler's death," Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sadler family, his teammates, friends, coaches and Spartan Nation. We also express our deepest sympathies to the family of Sam Foltz and the Nebraska program for their loss. Mike impacted so many people not only as a football player but also from an academic standpoint and in the community, as well. The world has lost a rising star who dreamed big and was accomplishing those dreams, one after another. He was one of those people that brightened your day. I always say to try and be a light, and he truly was a light in this world. We will all miss him dearly. Once again, we find out that life is so fragile. The world will be a sadder and lonelier place without Mike Sadler in it. May he rest in peace."

"Today is a sad day for Michigan State, Nebraska and all of college football as we mourn the loss of two exceptional young men in Mike Sadler and Sam Foltz," Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends in this time of sorrow. Mike was the epitome of a student-athlete, excelling in the classroom and on the field, while his quick wit brought a smile to everyone's face. Most importantly, he represented Spartan Nation with great class, embracing his place as a role model for both kids and adults alike. On a personal note, he was more than just a student-athlete to me; he was a friend. His ability to make everyone feel special was but just one of his many special qualities. And that's the reason his impact will be felt by everyone who knew him for years to come. By all indications, Sam was the exact same role model for the Nebraska football family. While today is filled with sadness and reminders of the fragility of life, we can take solace in knowing that we are all better for having known Mike and Sam."

After Foltz's passing, Nebraska will not participate in Big Ten Media Days this week in Chicago.

Cubs closing in on Aroldis Chapman deal with Yankees

Cubs closing in on Aroldis Chapman deal with Yankees

MILWAUKEE – The Cubs are in the final stages of a blockbuster deal that could bring superstar closer Aroldis Chapman to Chicago and would involve sending elite shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres to the New York Yankees, a source familiar with the situation said Sunday night.

The exact details aren’t clear, but the talks reached a point where the Cubs pulled Torres from the lineup at advanced Class-A Myrtle Beach, at least sensing the strong possibility of a trade that would add a 105-mph closer to a first-place team that entered the year as World Series favorites.

Chapman began this season serving a 30-game suspension covered by Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy after a dispute with his girlfriend in South Florida last fall. In absorbing a supremely talented player with real baggage, the Cubs would have to believe in manager Joe Maddon’s personality and a strong clubhouse culture and figure it might only be a two-month-plus rental.

That incident scared the Cubs away during the offseason, when a Chapman trade between the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers collapsed at the winter meetings. The Yankees waited for the price to drop and acquired a flame-throwing closer who’s converted 20-of-21 save opportunities and struck out 44 batters in 31-plus innings.

Cubs score five runs in seventh to power past Brewers

Cubs score five runs in seventh to power past Brewers

MILWAUKEE – The franchise sensitive to being the other team in town is catching the Cubs at the worst possible time, another you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up story coming out of the White Sox clubhouse.

While Chris Sale serves a five-game suspension for playing with scissors, the Cubs will start Jake Arrieta, the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner, on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The perception will be hot-seat manager Robin Ventura has lost control over this White Sox season, while Manager of the Year Joe Maddon actually answered a question this weekend about how the Cubs might align their playoff rotation.

One week out from the Aug. 1 trade deadline, the debates will be which players White Sox executives Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn should sell off, and which Cubs prospects Theo Epstein’s front office should put down to buy the big-ticket item for a World Series run.

Optics, marketing and promotional throwback jerseys aside, the Cubs also appear to be hitting their stride again after a much-needed vacation, winning their third straight series out of the All-Star break with Sunday afternoon’s 6-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.  

The Cubs did it with their $155 million ace (Jon Lester) throwing only four innings, getting charged with four runs and giving up five walks and five stolen bases. The Cubs could also absorb one quarter of their All-Star infield (Addison Russell) leaving in the middle of the game with a left heel contusion.

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The Cubs stormed back with five runs in the seventh inning as MVP candidate Anthony Rizzo delivered the biggest swing, a bases-loaded, three-run double into right-center field off lefty reliever Will Smith. 

Three sellout crowds here over the weekend watched the Cubs welcome back All-Star leadoff guy Dexter Fowler to the top of the order, give the ball to six-time All-Star closer Joe Nathan in his return from a second Tommy John surgery and keep the St. Louis Cardinals seven games out of first place heading into Sunday night and what should be a gut check for the entire White Sox organization.

“I anticipate that same wonderful crosstown rivalry kind of atmosphere, which I love,” Maddon said. “It’s great for the city. It’s great for the sport. I don’t think fans really care much about records at that particular moment. They just care about your team winning.”