No. 4 Warren rolls past Libertyville


No. 4 Warren rolls past Libertyville

By Bryan Bonato
With a game against unbeaten Proviso East less than 24 hours away, Warren still was able to stay focused on the task at hand Friday and drilled a good Libertyville squad 81-42 in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division finale for both teams. The Devils (21-2 overall, 11-1 and division champs) will meet the Pirates at 6:30 Saturday as part of a tripleheader at Proviso West.Libertyville (14-11 overall, 4-8 in the division) will face Grant on Tuesday.Fridays game was 19-8 after one quarter 33-19 at halftime and 57-31 after three quarters.Darius Paul hit four three-pointers in the first half and scored 21 of his 23 points before the break. He hit his first seven shots of the game and was 8-for-13 overall. Mitch Munda (11), JoVaughn Gaines (11), Jon Geske (8) and Nate Boothe (8) all contributed to the rout. No Libertyville player scored in double figures. High-scoring Griffin Pils had three points. Anthony Mack led with nine. Reserves played most of the fourth quarter.I got on a nice run, said Paul. They left me open in the first half and the shots were falling for me.When asked about playing Proviso East, Warren coach Chuck Ramsey joked that Warrens next game is a JV game tomorrow (Saturday morning). Well have a meeting after that to talk about what to do. As for this win, Ramsey said, The kids played well. We were able to push the ball and only committed 11 turnovers. We did a great job on the board, moved the ball well for the most part, Jameris Smith had a great game passing, and Darius came out and really played well. He was in a nice, relaxed rhythm tonight.

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

Plenty of Cubs fans surely were star-struck to meet Addison Russell at Cubs Convention last weekend. But the 22-year-old All-Star shortstop has a shortlist of people he would be amazed to meet, too. 

Russell reveres President Barack Obama, on Friday the outgoing Commander-in-Chief’s work in the community when talking about getting to visit the White House. So on Monday, Russell got to check off meeting one of the people on his list. 

“There’s probably about three people that I would be star-struck by, and (Obama’s) one of them,” Russell said. 

One of those three spots is “open,” Russell said. The other member of that list is former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George. 

Russell wears his No. 27 because of George, who wore that number during his career in which he made four Pro Bowls and rushed for over 10,000 yards and 78 touchdowns. Prior to the 2016 season, George sent Russell and autographed Titans helmet inscribed with good luck message.

After the season, Russell said George texted him seeing if the newly-crowned champion had time to chill. Few things rattled Russell last year — he became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the World Series when he blasted one in Game 6 against the Cleveland Indians last November — but getting a text from George did. 

“I couldn’t text back,” Russell said. “It was nuts. I waited four days because I was thinking of what back to say.”

Even the most famous athletes still get star-struck. Russell’s been lucky enough in the last few months to meet and hear from two of the people who bring out that sense of awe in him. 

“Just to come in contact with people like that, it just makes me smile,” Russell said. “It definitely gets me in the mood of getting better, and that’s the goal this year, is getting better.” 

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Avalanche tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Mavericks in search of third straight win

Cubs meet President Obama in unforgettable, symbolic White House visit: ‘They said this day would never come’

Blackhawks' rough weekend 'a little bit of a wake-up call'

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

Does Cubs president Theo Epstein have a future in politics?

President Obama, with Cubs at White House: 'Among Sox fans, I'm the Cubs' No. 1 fan'

At Cubs' White House visit, President Obama touts Michelle Obama's Cubs fandom, shouts out Jose Cardenal

Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty