High School Lites: Basketball season has begun


High School Lites: Basketball season has begun

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
6:48 PM

By Joe Collins

It's basketball season on High School Lites! The best hoops action across Chicagoland can be seen right here on Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com. We are your source for scores, highlights and more from this Friday night all the way up to state championship time in March. We are covering numerous games featuring Super 25-ranked schools, which includes our Team of the Week: Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills. They are looking to repeat as class 3A champs. We will also take a look at Maine South and Wheaton Warrenville South as they celebrate their respective football championships. Here is a snapshot of each game that we will cover Friday night. All rankings courtesy of YourSeason.com:
Glenbard West @ (4) Proviso West, 6:00pm

The Proviso West basketball program has been on the rise for a few years now. This year is no exception. The Panthers took first place in the New TrierLoyola tournament, defeating Harlan in the championship game. Nicholas Frazier leads a well-balanced attack. As for Glenbard West, twins Michael and Matthew Mache (both 6-6) look to cause fits for the opposition.
Argo @ (7) Hillcrest, 6:30pm

It's never too early for a trap game, right? The 3A state champion Hawks of Hillcrest battle 4A champ Simeon on Sunday. But first, they have to take care of business against Argo. Point guard Julius "Juice" Brown is the one to watch for Hillcrest. Kadeem Thornton, LeBarron Hull and Cassell James are highlight-worthy as well.

Conant @ Schaumburg, 6:30pm

It could be a showcase of guards in this always-entertaining Mid-Suburban West rivalry game. The host Saxons feature Javon McDonald and Mark Bielanski, while the Cougars' Inko "London" Dokubo will prove to be a challenge for Schaumburg.

(13) Downers Grove South @ Hinsdale South, 7:30pm

The visiting Mustangs are coming off a third place finish in the prestigious St. Charles East Thanksgiving tournament, defeating Ryan Boatright's East Aurora squad along the way. Jerron Wilbut and Jamal Millison set the pace for DGS. Watch out for a much-improved Hinsdale South team. The Hornets' Brock Benson is one of the top centers in the West Suburban Gold conference.
(4) Benet @ St. Patrick, 7:30pm

Care for an early glimpse into the future of the Big 10? Take a look at Benet. The Redwings feature Northwestern-bound point guard David Sobolewski and 6-10 Wisconsin recruit Frank Kaminsky. St. Patrick figures to challenge Benet for East Suburban Catholic supremacy, with senior forward Jacob Williams at the controls.

Joliet Central @ (9) Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:30pm

Competition in the SW Suburban Blue conference is underway. Central's Darius Norris will be coming off a big night (11 points, 12 rebounds) against Plainfield South. But the Vikings should prove to be difficult hosts. Julian Lewis and a talented crop of juniors lead the way for H-F. Could this be another trap game? HF hopes to avoid looking ahead to showdown with 2 ranked Morgan Park on Sunday.

(5) De La Salle @ St. Rita, 7:30pm

De La Salle's Illinois-bound Mike Shaw has received a lot of the local headlines, but keep an eye on Dre Henley. The 6-6 junior will be a great complement to the Meteors' offense. Resurgent St. Rita lost a heartbreaker in the championship game of the McGovern Classic last week against Tinley Park.

St. Joseph @ (8) Hales Franciscan, 7:30pm

Hales should be one of the favorites in class 2A this year. Aaron and Aaric Armstead anchor the backcourt for the Spartans, who already have an impressive win over Proviso East to their credit. But fellow Catholic League Central foe and Gene Pingatore-coached St. Joseph figure to be tough, with senior GF Joe Edwards leading the attack.

Check us out this Friday night just after our Bulls and Blackhawks games. High School Lites streams live at CSNChicago.com.

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

MESA, Ariz. – After an impressive camp where he looked like the next homegrown Cubs hitter to roll off the assembly line, Ian Happ will go to Triple-A Iowa and get ready to make his big-league debut, or perhaps build his value for a trade-deadline deal.

Along with Happ, the Cubs assigned outfielder John Andreoli and catcher Taylor Davis to minor-league camp on Monday while optioning pitchers Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny to Iowa, cutting their roster to 31 as the Opening Night picture comes into focus.

Happ – the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Cincinnati – batted .417 with five homers, four doubles and 17 RBI in 24 Cactus League games.

"Offensively, what was there not to like?" general manager Jed Hoyer said. "I feel like he hit the ball hard every at-bat for six weeks. It's always fun to see a young guy like that come in and open a lot of eyes."

Happ, 22, is a switch-hitter who can play second base and the outfield, skills that could help him escape from Des Moines once the need arises on the major-league level.

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Though there are questions about Happ's defense, Theo Epstein's front office and Joe Maddon's coaching staff clearly value versatility and trust young talent, moving Addison Russell to shortstop in 2015 and elevating rookie catcher Willson Contreras last season.

Stay tuned to see when/if the Cubs will have a spot at Wrigley Field, but Happ looks like he will be on a fast track.

"Whenever you're in Triple-A, you're always a call away," Hoyer said. "Sometimes it happens quicker than you think. We never expected Addie would be up in April of that year, and he was. I feel like with Willson last year, if you had asked me in spring training – would he be up in June? – I probably would have thought it would be more like a September call-up or something like that.

"You never know. Things happen. When you have good players in the minor leagues, sometimes it speeds up on you a little bit."

Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Derek Holland ended a productive spring with his best outing to date on Monday afternoon.

Healthy and excited to officially kick off his White Sox career, Holland delivered six strong innings in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The left-hander allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings pitched, walking two and striking out one. Holland is expected to pitch once more in Milwaukee on Saturday before pitching in the third game of the regular season.

“Definitely feel good,” Holland said. “Feel very confident with everything, very happy with how the spring went. I worked on what we needed to work on to get myself ready for the season and stay healthy and I’m very happy with that. But most of all when you get out there and pitch, the defense, you have to keep them on their toes, and I thought the last out was the perfect example of that.”

Holland was referring to a nice diving catch by Jacob May that prevented at least one run from scoring. The longtime Texas Rangers pitcher was pleased to have established his fastball early and mixed in his offspeed pitches and changeup.

“I wanted to make sure we were going the distance,” Holland said. “I didn’t want to have a setback, and I thought we did a great job.”

The White Sox appear to have narrowly avoided one setback on Monday and are awaiting word on another. An X-ray on the left wrist of infielder Tyler Saladino was negative after he was hit by a pitch while getting in work in a pair of minor-league games. Saladino has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist.

The team is still awaiting word on pitcher Jake Petricka, who took a comebacker off his pitching hand in the seventh inning. Petricka exited the game, got his hand wrapped in ice and left to take an X-ray.

The White Sox are also waiting to learn the results of Carlos Rodon’s second opinion. Rodon was scratched from Friday’s start with a tight bicep tendon and had a physical exam and took an MRI, both of which showed he had no structural damage. Rodon traveled to Los Angeles early Monday for the second opinion with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Even if he receives the all clear, the White Sox will remain cautious, manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s almost like you have to re-start the process a little bit,” Renteria said. “It would be foolish to try to anticipate or push him into any direction without first of all ultimately having whatever the diagnosis is or the validation or whatever it might be of the second opinion. Once we get that, we’ll know hopefully tomorrow how we can ultimately proceed. I wouldn’t think we’d try to ramp him up quickly.”

The club also expects to have more clarity on the status of right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya on Tuesday. Minaya, who has been out since March 15 with an abdominal tear, was re-evaluated on Monday. Minaya had a 3.18 ERA and nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings this spring.

Matt Davidson also had two hits in the White Sox victory and drove in a run. Melky Cabrera hit a solo homer, his first of the spring. Yolmer Sanchez blasted his third homer of the spring, a two-run shot.

Zach Putnam struck out two in a scoreless inning.