Nader explodes for 36 as Niles marches on

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Nader explodes for 36 as Niles marches on

Friday, March 4, 2011
11:12 p.m.

By Mike Buda
YourSeason.com

Niles Norths boys basketball team is not used to success.

They are now.

Niles North (22-6) pulled out the 69-65 victory over Glenbrook North (19-9) in the Glenbrook North Regional championship Friday.

The Vikings have now set a school record for wins in a season and have grasped their second regional title in school history with the first coming in 2000.

Its been a while, said coach Glenn Olson. This is our kids first experience by ever even seeing this happen so were very excited for them.

Set aside the historic moment for Niles North, senior forward Abdel Nader put on a clinic.

In the middle two quarters, Nader scored 20 of his teams 25 points en route to his final total of 36.

I just knew that couldnt really guard me so I just knew I had to take over in order to win the game and thats what I did, said Nader.

The Vikings were ready to seal the win and took a 54-39 lead with 52.9 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Spartans rallied.

They werent giving up and they hit shots like we knew they would, Nader said. We just tried to keep the lead as far away as possible and we hit some shots, we played smart and we got to the free throw line in the end and knocked them down.

GBN senior Peter Szostak and junior Joey Prince helped their team reach within six before NN senior Andre Shaw hit the dagger three pointer.

The leading scorer also grabbed seven rebounds while senior Cassius Bell added 11 points Shaw finished with five points.

Sophomore Malachi Nix also put up eight points with two steals.

The Vikings will now get ready to square off with Notre Dame in the semifinals of the New Trier Sectional Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Im just so happy right now, said Nader. Im speechless.

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Less than 14 hours after being taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Trevor van Riemsdyk is already on the move.

The Golden Knights have traded the 25-year-old defenseman to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he will reunite with former Blackhawks teammates Scott Darling, Joakim Nordstrom and Teuvo Teravainen. Carolina also receives a 2018 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2017 second-rounder.

Vegas general manager George McPhee made it known that he was going to draft "a lot" of defensemen Wednesday night, and he did just that with van Riemsdyk being one of 13 blue liners selected. Because of that, it makes players like van Riemsdyk expendable, giving McPhee the opportunity to collect assets by trading some of them and using the returns on other parts of the roster.

Van Riemsdyk joins an up-and-coming Hurricanes team that has a young, promising defensive corps featuring 25-year-old future All-Star Justin Faulk, 20-year-old Noah Hanifin, who was the No. 5 overall pick in 2015, and 23-year-old Jaccob Slavin, who has emerged into of their best defensemen.

Van Riemsdyk has one year left on a deal that carries a $825,000 cap hit, and is set to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Shakeup: Cubs planning to demote Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Jason Heyward on DL

Shakeup: Cubs planning to demote Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Jason Heyward on DL

MIAMI - The Cubs are preparing for a major shakeup that would send struggling World Series hero Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Gold Glove outfielder Jason Heyward on the disabled list.

Stuck in a 36-35 pattern but still only 1.5 games out of first place, the Cubs are expected to add outfielder Mark Zagunis and reliever Dylan Floro from Iowa before Thursday night's game at Marlins Park.

Schwarber will try to regain his confidence on a Triple-A level he almost skipped while skyrocketing through the farm system as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft. While still showing flashes of the power (12 homers) that made him a Wrigleyville favorite, his .171 batting average ranked last among qualified big-league hitters this season.

Unable to grip a bat, Heyward has been waiting for a nasty cut on his left hand to heal after trying to make a diving catch on Sunday in PNC Park's foul territory.

For a banged-up Cubs team, Heyward would join a World Series MVP (Ben Zobrist) and a Cy Young Award finalist (Kyle Hendricks) on the disabled list.