Proviso East cruises to easy victory over Hornets

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Proviso East cruises to easy victory over Hornets

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
11:30 PM

By Patrick Kelly
YourSeason.com

In the span of just one quarter Friday night, what was a tight battle between West Suburban Gold foes Proviso East and Hinsdale South turned into a lopsided contest the rest of the way.

The Pirates limited Hinsdale South to just one point in the third quarter and opened up a double-digit lead while cruising to a 66-45 victory in Maywood.

Junior Keith Carter led all scorers with 21 points, including 17 in the first-half, when Proviso traded leads with the Hornets throughout the first two periods before taking a 31-30 half-time lead.

The scoring attack was more balanced in the second-half, when all five starters scored for the Pirates (6-1, 2-0), who opened the third period on a 12-0 run.

I was feeling good and got a couple of open shots, and I was trying to get my team going early, explained Carter. We were trying to get everybody involved, because once you get everybody involved, then everybody is more in tune on defense and everything, so that is what we were trying to do in the second-half.

Trashaun Carroll added eight points and grabbed 11 boards for Proviso, and Michael Nicholas hit three fourth quarter shots, including two three-pointers to finish with eight tallies. Sophomore Sterling Brown had all seven of his points in the second-half, while fellow sophomore Paris Lee added six points.

Hinsdale South was led by Brock Bensons 18 points and nine rebounds, and the junior center hit seven-of-nine shots in the first-half. Phil George had two three-pointers and totaled 13 points for the Hornets, who had a 12-7 lead in the opening stanza.

We knew those guys were going to come out here and be ready to play, they always play us tough in this gym, said Pirates coach David Chatman. If we came out lackadaisical, we knew it was going to be a long night, and that is exactly what happened.

In the second-half, the leaders stepped up and we had a couple of guys come off the bench and do a great job. Once that happens, this team has a lot of energy and I am just excited to be a part of it right now.

The Hornets (4-4, 1-2) never recovered from their shooting woes, missing 11 straight field-goals in the second-half, and they did not hit a shot for over 12 minutes. They managed just a free-throw in the third period, and also turned the ball over 11 times after the intermission.

White Sox grieve Jose Fernandez's death along with rest of MLB

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White Sox grieve Jose Fernandez's death along with rest of MLB

CLEVELAND -- Whether they knew him or not, the overwhelming sentiment throughout the White Sox clubhouse on Sunday is that baseball was robbed of one of its most likeable players when Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was tragically killed in a boating accident.

Known for his vivid celebrations on the field and his wide, endless smile, Fernandez made a strong impression, whether with his skillset or infinite love of the game. White Sox players had their eyes fixed on several televisions littered throughout the visiting clubhouse at Progressive Field on Sunday during a morning press conference confirming the death of Fernandez, 24, and two others.

White Sox reliever Dan Jennings played with Fernandez for two seasons. Though he enjoyed a 3-0 White Sox win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, Jennings said his happiness was muted as he mulled the death of Fernandez, who was killed when the boat he was on slammed into a jetty in Miami Beach, Fla.

“He seemed invincible is what it was,” Jennings said. “A lot of guys know what I mean when I say he was invincible on the mound. There were days he was unstoppable, and that’s how you viewed him is invincible. It’s too hard to really put into words what he meant to the game and what he meant to Miami.”

“I just hope to love the game as much as he does some day. It’s tough to do, but he did. He had fun, and he loved the game more than anything.”

Todd Frazier remembers how approachable he found Fernandez in their limited interactions. The two met in the outfield one day after they faced each other for the first time and joked around.

“I was like, ‘Dog, you don’t throw me any fastballs,’ ” Frazier said. “He was like, “Why would I throw you fastballs?’ And we just started laughing.

“That’s the kind of guy he was. You could come up and talk to him. He had an infectious smile and just had a love for the game that I hope every ballplayer could have. It’s a terrible, terrible day.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Fernandez’s death reminded him of the March 22, 1993 accident that took the lives of Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews. Only pitcher Bob Ojeda survived that crash and Ventura remembers the shockwaves it sent through clubhouses throughout baseball.

“I can still remember … just how sad that was,” Ventura said. “You don’t have to know them personally. But they’re within their group, and it breaks everybody up. It really does.”

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon didn’t have a chance to meet Fernandez, a pitcher he admired for his competitive style and bulldog mentality. But another reason Rodon looked up to Fernandez is for the way he seemed to play the game with such joy. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said during a press conference Sunday that Fernandez enjoyed the game like a Little Leaguer does.

Rodon recently spoke about rediscovering his own joy of baseball. Naturally, Rodon’s thoughts drifted toward Fernandez when he took the mound on Sunday.

“You could tell,” Rodon said. “We had a beautiful day to come out and play and sad to say that one person is never going to get to play again. He’ll be very missed. You can’t take these days for granted. Just hope you guys go home today and tell the people you love, you love them. Losing a person like that is hard.”

Former Illini coach Ron Turner out as head coach at Florida International

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Former Illini coach Ron Turner out as head coach at Florida International

Former Illinois head coach Ron Turner is done as the head coach at Florida International, the school relieving him of his duties on Sunday.

Turner, who was the head man in Champaign from 1997 to 2004, posted a 10-30 record in three seasons plus the first four games of this season at Florida International, going 7-17 in Conference USA play and making zero postseason appearances.

This year's 0-4 start was made possible in part by a pair of home losses to Big Ten teams, Indiana and Maryland.

Turner went 35-57 in eight seasons leading the Illini. He oversaw the team that won a Big Ten championship in 2001, finishing the regular season with a 10-1 record before losing in the Sugar Bowl to LSU.

Since leaving Champaign, Turner worked as an NFL assistant with the Bears under current Illinois head coach Lovie Smith from 2005 to 2009 and then with the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.