Perfect Catch: Hiben sets record in Glenbard win

Perfect Catch: Hiben sets record in Glenbard win

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2010
12:58 AM

By Steve Tucker

Playing catch, Glenbard Wests 6-4 Mark Hiben stood and delivered.

Hiben finished with 12 catches for a state record 319 yards and four touchdowns as the host Hilltoppers started fast and rallied late to knock off Lincoln-Way East 42-28 in a second round Class 7A playoff battle Saturday in Glen Ellyn.

Hiben's last catch, a 19-yarder over a defender in the end zone, allowed his total receiving yards to eclipse the 317 yards by Hinsdale Centrals Pete Bylsma against Evanston in 1971.

Daver Glawe, Glenbard Wests quarterback and I saw some things and we had a chance to throw the ball, Hiben said. We noticed that their safety liked to come up and help on run support and that opened things up over the top. The last one was a hitch and go and I got a perfect ball to catch.

This is special because Glenbard West is not known for its passing. I never thought, in a million years, that Id have a chance to do what we did.

And how about Daver putting the ball where he did. He just dialed it in, Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. Mark is an amazing kid who has a quiet confidence. I felt we could do things with our passing game. We were very good in 7-on-7 leagues in the summer, but we got away from.

After Lincoln-Way East (9-2) tied the game at 28 in the third quarter, the Hilltoppers reclaimed the lead on a 72-yard scoring strike from Glawe to Hiben. In the fourth quarter, Glawes 19 yarder to a leaping Hiben in the end zone put a cap on the victory.

The Hilltoppers (10-1) came out smoking. On the first play from scrimmage, Nick Burrello went 79 yards, but a penalty brought it back, but it started a 13-play drive capped by a two-yard scoring run on fourth down by Kendall Johnson. The Griffins first drive was capped by a 40-yard field goal by William Will that made it 7-3.

After a five-yard penalty for a false start, Glenbard struck again with an 84-yard option pass from Justice Odom to Hiben. And it was 21-3 after a 41-yard pass from Glawe-to-Hiben that capped a five-play drive.

Lincoln-Way East got in the end zone on a two-yard run by lineman Kevin Bayer and a 22-yard Will field goal that cut it to 21-13. Late in the half, the Hilltoppers marched 84 yards capped by a 26-scoring pass from Glawe to Burrello for a 28-13 lead.

President Obama on Joe Maddon: 'Not a lot of coaches or managers who are as cool as this guy'

President Obama on Joe Maddon: 'Not a lot of coaches or managers who are as cool as this guy'

As one of the cooler presidents ever, President Obama knows cool when he sees it.

The president talked about numerous members of the Cubs during the team's visit to the White House on Monday, but he only offered the "cool" label to manager Joe Maddon, who most folks can agree is probably the coolest person to ever manage the Cubs.

"Let's face it, there are not a lot of coaches or managers who are as cool as this guy. Look how he looks right now," Obama said, pointing out Maddon's non-traditional suit. "That's cool."

The president also praised Maddon's unique style, with his themed road trips and visits from zoo animals, as well as his on-field prowess, throwing in a joke about something the skipper couldn't control during the World Series.

"He's got a lot tricks to motivate. But he's also a master of tactics and knows how to make the right move at the right time: when to pinch hit, when to pinch run, when to make it rain in Game 7 of the World Series. It was masterful."

Maybe President Obama really does admire Maddon's style. Or maybe he's just extending his bromance with Vice President Biden to other famous Joes.

Check out the video above for more from the president.

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

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

Unlike her husband, Michelle Obama hasn't made a big deal out of her baseball fandom over the past eight years.

But as President Obama mentioned while he honored the World Series champion Cubs on Monday at the White House, it turns out the First Lady is a pretty big Cubs fan and watching the Cubs win the World Series meant an awful lot to her.

"It is no secret that there's a certain South Side team that has my loyalty," the president said. "So I can't claim that I have the same visceral joy of some in this White House. But FLOTUS is a lifelong Cubs fan, and I will tell you ... in the eight years that I've been here, we've hosted at least 50 teams. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, you name it. Michelle has never come to a single event celebrating a champion until today. She came and shook hands and met with every one of these members of the Cubs organization and told a story about what it meant for her to be able to see them win. She remembers coming home from school, and her dad would be watching a Cubs game, and the bond and the family, the meaning that the Cubs had for her in terms of connecting with her father and why it meant so much to her. And I almost choked up listening to it. And it spoke, I think, to how people feel about this organization and that it's been passed on generation after generation. It's more than just sports."

And one ex-Cub even got a special invite to the White House so the First Lady could meet her all-time favorite player. That was former pitcher Jose Cardenal, once famous for his large afro. According to President Obama, his wife used to try and wear her hat over her afro just like Cardenal did.

So while President Obama was presented with a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field, perhaps it's Michelle who will get more use out of it.

Check out more from the president in the video above.