Pirates win title with injuries

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Pirates win title with injuries

By Tashara Parker
CSNChicago.com Contributor

Its been 16 years since the Palatine Pirates took home two consecutive Mid Suburban West titles. And on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 the host Pirates made history once again with an overwhelming shut out of Schaumburg 51-18, crowning themselves once again the Mid Suburban West conference champs.

Being the first team to do this was pretty exciting, I mean some of our team wasnt even born yet, chuckled wide receiver Cam Kuksa. We just followed our offensive strategy and spread the ball as much as we could.

Not only was history made by the team, but Pirates QB Ethan Olles set his own record in the Palatine history books surpassing Randy Hecklinski with 2,329 yards.

Olles said he didnt even know about the record, but its definitely cool to have received the recognition.

Perhaps the biggest story here is the fact that the Pirates ended with an 8-1 season, while many of their key play-makers suffered from injuries for many of the games.

We had a lot of people step up, Eric Theis has been huge this year, the QB added. 

Two of their key defensive and offensive players (Jesse Bobbit and Kuska) were out several games this season. Jesse Bobbit missed the first two games and delivered an outstanding performance when he returned during the third week against Elk Grove.

Bobbit said it didnt feel good sitting on the sideline, but watching the team grow was great. We didnt even know we had as much depth as we have, so I enjoyed helping the guys out and it was fun.

Kuska was out with injuries for the first seven games of the season -- returning against Barrington and looking as if he never missed a step as he connected with Olles on eight passes for 102 yards.

It seems as if the Pirates battled through the trenches even without many of their key components. We had a lot of kids coming back from last years team and I think thats why we were able to weather the storm, said Palatine coach Tyler Donnelly referring to their 8-1 season.

A state title has never been accomplished at Palatine, and thats something were looking forward to accomplish our last year said Olles.

The guys are all back together and the team is healthier than ever moving into the postseason. On Saturday, the Pirates will face off against an opponent that theyve never played before -- Niles West, a team that wants to advance to the second round as much as Palatine does.

We know this team has a lot of talent -- no questions, but weve got to execute on all sides of the ball and all phases of the game -- if we do that, then weve got a shot, coach Donnelly added.

Minor League Roundup: Heartwarming Cubs story; Tim Anderson stays hot

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Minor League Roundup: Heartwarming Cubs story; Tim Anderson stays hot

Each week, CSNChicago.com goes down on the farm for a minor-league report from both the Cubs and White Sox system, presented by Service King.

CUBS

Cubs minor leaguers have been making headlines since Theo Epstein took over the front office nearly five years ago. Everybody has been enamored with what guys like Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell have been doing at ridiculously young ages.

But this week, it was actually a 66-year-old Cubs minor-league consultant who took the baseball world by storm.

Mike Roberts, the father of former big-leaguer Brian Roberts, is a roving minor-league consultant for the Cubs and just finished up the trip of a lifetime with the big-league club.

Roberts lost his wife of almost 46 years in February, yet still reported to spring training just days later and the Cubs have responded by rallying around him in a time of need. Epstein invited Roberts up to hang out with the big league club on its recent road trip to San Francisco and St. Louis.

FOXSports' Ken Rosenthal has a fantastic account of Roberts' grief and how the Cubs - and players' wives and girlfriends - have helped one of their own. Worth a read for all baseball fans and serves as a perfect reminder of the human aspect of the game.

WHITE SOX

Tim Anderson is really starting to find his groove this season.

In the last 10 games, the 22-year-old shortstop is batting .375 with a homer and three RBIs. His season average has increased to .313, which is the highest it’s been all year.

The Charlotte Knights also added a new outfielder to the mix last week. The White Sox acquired 34-year-old outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 16 and he was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.

Bourgeois has been absolutely on fire right from the get-go in 2016, even before he got to the Sox. In 40 games this season, the outfielder is batting .397/.437/.534 with one homer, 14 RBI, three triples and seven stolen bases.

A change of scenery hasn't thrown him off. 

In seven games with the Knights, Bourgeois is batting .556/.600/.889 with one homer and five RBIs. 

If those numbers continue, the White Sox will certainly attempt to make room for him on the main roster – especially with the offensive struggles the team has been having as of late.

Kevan Smith returned to Triple-A after missing a month of action due to a back injury. 

The 27-year-old catcher went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run on Wednesday in his first game back.

2016 NBA Mock Draft: Vincent Goodwill projects the first round

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2016 NBA Mock Draft: Vincent Goodwill projects the first round

1. 76ERS - Ben Simmons, F (LSU)

Whether it’s a two-superstar draft or not, the 76ers could take the guy billed as the first pick for months in Simmons, a versatile and unselfish wing to jumpstart the path back to relevancy.

2. LAKERS - Brandon Ingram, F (Duke) 

Word has it the Lakers love being in this spot after keeping their pick, and Ingram would be a matchup nightmare with his long wingspan and ability to play three positions. But is he special?

3. CELTICS - Dragan Bender, F (Croatia)

This is where it gets uncertain as the Celtics could try to flip this pick for a veteran in win-now mode. But Bender has high upside, even if there’s question as to how long it’ll take him to get there.

4. SUNS - Jaylen Brown, G-F (California) 

One of the more intriguing prospects, Brown wants to work out against Simmons and Ingram for first two slots. Confident and young, can join Devin Booker on the wings as building block for future.

5. TIMBERWOLVES - Kris Dunn, G (Providence)

For Tom Thibodeau’s first draft pick, passing up a guard with defensive instincts could be too much to resist. His offense and shooting has progressed but Thibodeau will likely salivate at what Dunn can do for a defense.

6. PELICANS - Jamal Murray, G (Kentucky)

The Pelicans had injuries across the board but especially in the backcourt, so Murray will be able to play both positions and get a chance to compete immediately as a scorer off the ball.

7. NUGGETS - Buddy Hield, G (Oklahoma)

An explosive shooter, Hield maxed out at the college level as a four-year player. And as a professional, has good size for a shooting guard as he’ll play more off the ball as opposed to creating on his own.

8. KINGS - Skal Labissiere, F/C (Kentucky)

We all know the Kings’ owner loves picking up John Calipari players and this athletic big could join DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein in the frontcourt rotation.

9. RAPTORS - Marquese Chriss, F (Washington)

If Raps truly believe they can win now, perhaps they’ll package pick in trade for a veteran. But if they keep it, Chriss has one of the bigger upsides because he’s long, athletic and hasn’t played basketball long.

10. BUCKS - Jakob Poeltl, C (Utah) 

Back to the basket scorer, Poeltl could join an athletic and rangy Bucks team without having to fit the usual profile. How he performs defensively protecting the basket could be his greatest value down the line.

[RELATED: Mark Strotman's 2016 NBA Mock Draft]

11. MAGIC - Deyonta Davis, F (Michigan State) 

Prime candidate for a trade since the Magic have to start winning, but Davis has a legit upside although he has some question marks. Could play a big three or small-ball center with his athleticism.

12. JAZZ - Domantas Sabonis, PF/C (Gonzaga) 

The Jazz love stockpiling bigs who can protect the rim and score inside and Sabonis is this year’s man of mystery, an intriguing prospect.

13. SUNS - Henry Ellenson, C/F (Marquette) 

With Tyson Chandler aging and if they take a wing at four, they could go big here with Ellenson, a skilled big who could learn behind Chandler and develop at his own pace.

14. BULLS - Denzel Valentine, G-F (Michigan State) 

Since the Bulls passed on Draymond Green, they might go Green-lite with Valentine. The Bulls clearly need help on the wings and in the backcourt with depth, and Valentine could check all the boxes with his versatility.

15. NUGGETS - Taurean Prince, F (Baylor) 

With Wilson Chandler’s health in doubt, the Nuggets could draft Prince as an insurance policy. Prince is mature (22 years old), and fits the profile of a 3-and-D guy.

16. CELTICS - Timothe Luwawu, F (France) 

A guy the Celtics can stash overseas if need be, if the Celtics don’t package it. Luwawu is a good athlete who finishes in traffic and can be an elite defender in time.

17. GRIZZLIES - Demetrius Jackson, G (Notre Dame) 

Who knows if Jackson actually sticks around this long but with Mike Conley facing free agency, Jackson could be new coach David Fizdale’s hand-picked point guard who could develop in this slowdown system.

18. PISTONS - Wade Baldwin IV, G (Vanderbilt)

Don’t be shocked if the Pistons trade this pick for a veteran but they’re in need of a backup point guard in the worst way. Baldwin wouldn’t be a bad selection to play behind Reggie Jackson.

19. NUGGETS - Malik Beasley, G (Florida State)

He’s young (19), with room to grow but can score at the college level. Expect them to nab two wings with their trio of first-rounders.

20. PACERS - Tyler Ulis, G (Kentucky) 

The Pacers want to play fast, and there’s no better training ground than the dribble drive system in Kentucky. Ulis plays with pace and is a great distributor in the open floor.

[RELATED: Mark Schanowski's 2016 NBA Mock Draft]

21. HAWKS - Furkan Korkmaz, G (International)

Fluid scorer and outstanding shooter, according to accounts as Hawks need depth on the wings with Kent Bazemore entering free agency and Kyle Korver aging.

22. HORNETS - Damian Jones, C (Vanderbilt) 

Will take some time to develop but it’s easy to see the Hornets taking a big who can finish around the rim and knows where to get his shots. Seems to be a low-maintenance type.

23. CELTICS - Zhou Qi, C (International)

With size that’s scary in a good and bad way (7-foot-2), Qi has potential as a shot-blocking center who can cover a lot of space in little time.

24. 76ERS - DeAndre Bembry, F (St. Joseph’s)

Taking a local product in Bembry could help replenish the weakest point of the 76er roster—the wings, which has been historically bad in the Sam Hinkie era.
    
25. CLIPPERS - Caris LeVert, G-F (Michigan)

Before he got hurt, he was thought to be a sure-fire lottery pick with his skill set and versatility. If his medicals check out, will Doc Rivers roll the dice?

26. 76ERS - Dejounte Murray, G (Washington)

Murray can play both spots and has good size but is inconsistent. The 76ers will have to hope he can develop into a decent jump shooter.

27. RAPTORS - Cheick Diallo, PF/C (Kansas)

The Raptors aren’t afraid of taking big man projects and letting them develop, and with Jonas Valanciunas, they can let him learn at his own pace.

28. SUNS - Malachi Richardson, G/F (Syracuse) 

Richardson could be a mid-round pick or even slip early to the second as a potential shot maker and creator.

29. SPURS - Brice Johnson, F (North Carolina) 

Opinions on Johnson are mixed given his career at Carolina, but here’s thinking the Spurs won’t pass on his production as they’ll need frontcourt help and length.

30. WARRIORS - Juan Hernangomez, F (International) 

Fast-paced player who can make quick decisions in the Warriors’ system. But honestly, he’s a down the line option the franchise can stash away for the future and not take up cap space.

Fashion Statement: Kevin White shows team spirit with socks at Bears practice

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Fashion Statement: Kevin White shows team spirit with socks at Bears practice

OTA's are underway at Halas Hall and there seems to be a new battle taking place on the Bears offense - whose sock game is stronger? Wide receiver Kevin White and running back Ka'Deem Carey made fashion statements Wednesday, sporting customized socks to display their Chicago Bears pride.

White's pair of socks took a page out of the Bears' fight song, while Carey's featured the Chicago skyline.

Take a look for yourself.

Fans seem to be split over whose sock game takes the prize, but if both pairs of socks keep White and Carey at the top of their game, they should share bragging rights.