High School Lites: Weekly Hoops Preview

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High School Lites: Weekly Hoops Preview

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011
Posted 10:56 p.m.

By Joe Collins
CSNChicago.com

Comcast SportsNet is your number one source for high school basketball in Chicagoland. Fridays edition of High School Lites will feature budding rivalries and conference showdowns, which includes an intriguing matchup between St. Ignatius and Hales Franciscan. Also, David Kaplan has the story of Proviso Easts Sterling Brown. The talented sophomore, who is the younger brother of the Lakers Shannon Brown, will talk about what kind of legacy he would like to create in Maywood. Here is a snapshot of each game that we will cover Friday night:

Jacobs @ Dundee-Crown, 7:00pm

The Dundee-Crown staff is projecting a huge crowd Friday night in Carpentersville with two teams that have developed quite a rivalry over the years. The last four contests have been decided by eight points or less; the road team has won the last two. Jacobs (11-8, 3-0) sits atop the Fox Valley Valley conference thanks in part to last weeks double overtime victory over Cary-Grove. Nick Hoffman scored 31 of Jacobs 59 points. Dundee-Crown (10-7, 2-3) is led by senior forwards Jamel Kimbrough and Ryan Smith.

Plainfield South @ Plainfield Central, 7:00pm

The Southwest Prairie conference is one race that could go right down to the last night in league play. South (12-6, 5-2) sits in second, coming off a heartbreaking 73-70 loss to conference leader Oswego. Junior guard Ed Presniakovas and senior forward Zach Snowden figure to lead the Cougars offense against a Central team (14-5, 4-3) that is also right in the thick of the Prairie race. The Wildcats attack revolves around shooting guard Derrick Marks, who is headed to play at Boise State next year.

Wheaton Academy @ Immaculate Conception, 7:00pm

Wheaton Academy (17-1, 4-0) is looking down on their competitors in the Suburban Christian Goldliterally and figuratively. The Warriors have a 6-9 center in Luke Johnson and two 6-6 forwards on the roster. Theyre coming off a 53-36 nonconference win over West Chicago Tuesday night. I-C is on a roll, having won four straight by an average of over 14 points per game. Senior forward Demetrius Mobley will lead the Knights (9-10, 2-3) into action Friday in Elmhurst.

Loyola @ (5) De La Salle, 7:30pm

On paper it might look like a mismatch when the 5th ranked Meteors (15-2, 5-1) host the Ramblers (9-10, 2-4) Friday night on Chicagos south side. But the Ramblers have secured victories over Glenbrook North and Evanston, and will be hungry after losing a close battle against Brother Rice Tuesday night. But De La Salle has a ton of weapons, including Illinois-bound Mike Shaw, Dre Henley and Alex Foster. Theyre also coming off a huge 49-44 victory over St. Ignatius last week.

St. Ignatius @ (6) Hales Franciscan, 7:30pm

As mentioned previously, St. Ignatius will be looking to bounce back after that tough De La Salle loss. They also suffered a setback against Brooks on Saturday. The Wolfpack (12-5, 5-1) currently sit in a three-way tie for first in the Catholic North with De La Salle and Hales (15-2, 5-1). St. Ignatius will need a big game from their Illinois-bound 6-10 center Nnanna Egwu. Hales got a signature victory over Whitney Young last week, 64-61. Brothers Aaron and Aaric Armstead, along with forward Dominque Walls cause fits for the opposition.

Lincoln-Way East @ (23) Lockport, 7:30pm

Keep an eye on the 23rd ranked Porters. Although they are newcomers to the Super 25 rankings, they have arguably one of the toughest schedules in the state. Theyve already had to face Simeon, Benet and Homewood-Flossmoor. Lockport (14-5, 5-1) has a talented senior forward in Karrington Ward. Lincoln-Way East (10-7, 3-3) is coming off a nice 55-40 victory over Lincoln-Way Central. The Griffins are surprising some people after many picked the team to finish near the bottom of the Southwest Suburban Red conference.

Waukegan @ Evanston, 7:30pm

Has there ever been a battle for first place between two teams with such strikingly different nonconference records? Waukegan (8-8, 5-1) and Evanston (16-5, 5-1) lock horns on the Wildkits home floor with the top spot in the Central Suburban South at stake. The Kits are coming off a 51-43 win over Maine South last Friday, while the Bulldogs tipped Glenbrook South 55-47. In their first meeting, Evanston took a 73-68 decision in overtime. Itll be a showcase of guards as Waukegans Akeem Springs Evanstons Garrett Jones square off.

Schaumburg @ Fremd, 7:30pm

2011 has been very kind to the Vikings of Fremd (13-6, 5-1) so far, as they have scored victories over the likes of Palatine, McHenry and Hoffman Estates. Despite graduating four of their top six players last year, they sit atop the Mid Suburban West thanks to South Dakota State recruit Zach Monaghan. He had 13 points and eight steals in last weeks victory over Palatine. Schaumburg (8-9, 4-2) will be trying to bounce back from Saturdays loss to Lockport. Javon McDonald hopes to provide a spark for the visiting Saxons.

(2) Benet @ Nazareth, 7:30pm

The Redwings grip on the number two ranking in Chicagoland continued last weekend. Benet (21-0, 7-0) secured victories over Marist and Glenbard East. Will Benets Northwestern-bound guard David Sobolewski get a lot of minutes? He has been limited of late with a nagging back injury. Nazareth (15-4, 5-2), an accomplished team, will still need to play a perfect game to pull off the upsetregardless of Sobolewskis status. The Roadrunners have momentum after last weeks 50-43 victory over St. Patrick. Ryan Powers will get a lot of looks for the home team.

THURSDAY GAMES:

(1)Simeon 69 (21) Bogan 60

The top-ranked Wolverines (18-0, 9-0) went wire-to-wire in Chicagos brutally tough Red South conference, escaping without a defeat after Thursdays 69-60 win over Bogan. Simeon, ranked fourth in the nation by USA Today, got help from Jabari Parker during a pivotal stretch in the 3rd quarter. He scored seven of his game-high 17 points in the period and Simeon never looked back after that. Darien Walker chipped in 13 points. Ronnell Buckner and DeVaughn Johnson tallied 16 for the Bengals. We will hear from Simeon head coach Robert Smith after the victory.

Check us out this Friday night at 10:30. High School Lites streams live at CSNChicago.com.

Blackhawks acquire Tomas Jurco from Red Wings

Blackhawks acquire Tomas Jurco from Red Wings

General manager Stan Bowman saw the potential in Tomas Jurco several years ago.

For the 24-year-old forward, it wasn’t working out with the Detroit Red Wings. Perhaps a change of scenery, an opportunity on a team that could vie for another Stanley Cup, makes a difference. The Blackhawks are about to find out.

The Blackhawks acquired Jurco for a third-round pick in this year’s draft on Friday afternoon. The 24-year-old Jurco has played in 16 games with the Red Wings this season but has yet to collect a point. In four seasons with the Wings, Jurco had 15 goals and 24 assists in 159 games. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press that, “things haven’t worked out” for Jurco there and that he wanted to go elsewhere.

Jurco was on a bye as a member of the Red Wings but, now that he’s with the Blackhawks, the bye ends. Bowman was hopeful Jurco would join the Blackhawks at practice on Saturday. Also, to clear a roster spot for Jurco, the Blackhawks reassigned Vinnie Hinostroza to the Rockford IceHogs.

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Bowman said he’s been watching Jurco for a few seasons now.

“We’ll be patient with him but we really think there’s a good fit there, looking at his skills and the style of hockey we play,” Bowman said. “He’s been an accomplished player at a lot of different levels. He’s shown flashes in the NHL, not as consistently as he or the Wings would like, but you can see the talent and potential. You have to have some patience with these guys. It doesn’t always come together right away. I’m not expecting him to carry our team but I think he can contribute.”

It was an under-the-radar trade for Bowman but that’s not surprising. In late January, Bowman said he probably wouldn’t do much at the trade deadline; he liked how the Blackhawks’ young players were progressing and figured, if that continued, the team would be in good shape. Since then the Blackhawks have won eight of their last nine and are just three points behind the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Wild. As the Blackhawks kept winning it looked like, if they did anything, it would be a depth move.

So will there be any more moves? At this point it doesn’t seem likely, be it on forward or defense – Bowman didn’t have an update on Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) but said he’s happy with the depth in Chicago and Rockford on defense. Bowman said he’ll keep talking but, “but it’s a little bit different than in previous years when I thought we definitely needed something and were lacking in an area.”

“I’ve had a feeling about our team, not just recently but even a month ago. I liked the way this group was starting to come together,” Bowman said. “We’ve seen that enhanced over the last couple of week here. We’ve seen players step up, [Nick] Schmaltz in particular. [Ryan] Hartman’s been good all year. We’ve seen Jonathan [Toews] become a dominant player again. It gives your team a confidence that you have balance, scoring in different lines. We just added a young player to help us now as well as in the future. There’s a lot to be excited about. I’m not expecting more trades. I can’t predict more will happen but I have a good feeling about this group right now.”

 

Javy Baez flaunts epic World Series tattoo

Javy Baez flaunts epic World Series tattoo

Javy Baez should win a gold glove in tattoos.

The kid with the MLB logo inked on the back of his neck now has an absolutely epic 2016 World Series Champions tattoo on his left deltoid:

That. Is. Awesome.

Javy apparently has had the tattoo for a little while, though it wasn't quite as eye-popping as it is now (or what we could see of it back in January):

😎 Find The #W #JB9 #ElMago

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That's some good ink work, Javy.

Now just make sure you don't spend too much time in the gym working on those delts. That tattoo would look awfully weird stretched out: