Preps Roundup: Gridiron Kings are crowned

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Preps Roundup: Gridiron Kings are crowned

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010
2:07 AM

By Mike Clark and Steve Tucker
YourSeason.com

Maine South scores three-peat

CHAMPAIGN -- Call it three the hard way.

Maine South, which started the season with consecutive losses to Schaumburg and Wheaton Warrenville South after 28 consecutive victories, ended it the same way it finished the last two years, with a Class 8A championship after the Hawks defeated Mount Carmel 28-7 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

"It feels like a real long time ago the 0-2 start," Maine South coach Dave Inserra said. "I'd like to forget it. The kids, the team and the coaches came together. Three in a row, I'd like to say that is for myself, coach Rich Magsamen and coach Charlie Bliss. We've been together a long time."

Maine South (12-2) overcame a shaky start with a strong defense and a high-powered offense that came alive.

It is the first time since East St. Louis in 1983-85, a team won three consecutive titles in the largest class.

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Wheaton Warrenville South completes the "perfect" season

CHAMPAIGN -- Wheaton Warrenville South hasn't been down like this for a long time.

The Tigers were missing two of their top three receivers and trailed Lake Zurich by four points early in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's Class 7A state championship game at Memorial Stadium.

But WW South shook off that adversity the way Reilly O'Toole, Matt Rogers and Titus Davis shed tacklers en route to the Tigers' 28-17 comeback win over Lake Zurich.

The Tigers (14-0) pushed their winning streak to 26 games in winning their second consecutive state title and the school's seventh. Lake Zurich, which beat the Tigers in the 7A final in 2007, finished 12-2.

WW South's closest game this season before Saturday was a 28-7 win over Hinsdale Central in Week 1. This was more reminiscent of the 2009 state final, in which the Tigers beat Glenbard West in double overtime.
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The Westerkamp's lead Montini to Class 5A Title

CHAMPAIGN -- The hits just kept on coming for Montini late in the first quarter Saturday morning.

So too, did the turnovers, and then the touchdowns, as the Broncos built a big lead and cruised home with a 34-21 win over Chatham Glenwood in the Class 5A state championship at Memorial Stadium.

It was the second consecutive state title for the Broncos and the third overall, all in the past seven seasons.

Three times in a span of 82 seconds, Montini forced a Glenwood fumble. The Broncos converted two of them into short touchdown drives to take a 21-0 lead with 39 seconds left in the first quarter.

"The turnovers really got us going," Montini coach Chris Andriano said. "It seemed like every time we hit them hard, boom, it came out."

"Sometimes things just go your way and that's what it felt like all day today," said defensive end Zech Tredenick, who had four sacks among six tackles for loss.
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Rockford Boylan capitalizes on turnovers to capture 6A crown

CHAMPAIGN -- Marmion senior running backdefensive back Nick Scoliere addressed his teammates on the field after the Class 6A title game about what I am going to remember in 20 years.

The Cadets started fast and were within eight at halftime, but four fumbles and two interceptions were critical as Marmion fell to Rockford Boylan 48-19 in the Class 6A championship Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

"Since last December, I wanted to be down here eating turkey on Thanksgiving, and we did," Scoliere said. "We knew this year could be special. We got close. We just didn't win it."

"I knew when these kids came from 21 points down to tie Class 5A winner Montini that they had heart," Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. "In the locker room at halftime, all the kids believed that good things can happen when you have athleticism and a little heart."

The Cadets (12-2) got the first break when Mike Shares recovered a fumble at his 20. They followed with a nine-play, 80 yard drive capped by a 13-yard scoring run by Stuart Quinn. The kick made it 7-0. Boylan (14-0) marched 77 yards and tied the game with 1:21 to play in the first quarter on a 21-yard run by Frank Cimino.

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McDonald's All-American Games return to United Center

McDonald's All-American Games return to United Center

The McDonald's All-American Games return to the United Center for the seventh consecutive year on Wednesday night as the nation's elite boys and girls high school basketball players take the floor.

The 40th annual games begin with the girls game at 4 p.m. while the boys game will follow at 6 p.m.

The 2017 McDonald's game won't have a lot of local talent to keep an eye on, besides Chicago native and center Brandon McCoy, but the national Class of 2017 is still a fun group to check out for local basketball fans.

Headlined by top prospects like small forward Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri), center DeAndre Ayton (Arizona),  center Wendell Carter (Duke) and point guard Trevon Duval (uncommitted), this year's McDonald's game features a lot of flashy guards, high-flying wings and talented big men.

Over the years, fans at the United Center have been able to see some of the NBA's best young players before they went to college as alums of recent McDonald's games include Anthony Davis, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Karl-Anthony Towns.

You can view the full rosters for the 2017 McDonald's All-American Games here

Why the Bears finally feel like they're in striking distance of a winning team

Why the Bears finally feel like they're in striking distance of a winning team

PHOENIX – Where the relationship between Bears GM Ryan Pace and coach John Fox goes beyond 2017 remains to play out with their third season together. At this point, however, despite a combined total of nine wins over their first two, the critical bond between coach and general manager appears both clear and solid.
 
Which is no small state of affairs with the growing pressure on both and the organization, pressure that will only intensify if the on-field fortunes of their team does not begin to dramatically reverse. And both know it. Losing doesn't build character, it reveals it, and the same applies to a relationship; if there are cracks, adversity of the kind the Bears have endured the past 32 games will widen and expose them.
 
That relationship has been the subject of speculation virtually since its inception, when Pace hired Fox following the end of his tenure with the Denver Broncos. Much of it centered around who was in fact making the final decisions on personnel and who was the advisor, with some positing that Fox was in fact the final authority if only because age, seniority and experience. The primacy of Pace, however, has become clearer with each decision and traces or shadings of any fractiousness are conspicuously absent.
 
"His people skills are tremendous," Fox said Tuesday during the NFL owners meetings. "His evaluation skills are very good. I think humility is always a great quality in this business. And I've seen that. He's the same guy. He hasn't changed. Sometimes people get [elevated] positions, whatever position that may be and they change. It's just how some people react. And I haven't seen that."
 
Pace, who recently turned 40, is by his own description wanting buy-in on decisions. In the cases of free agency, which have involved the high-dollar commitments designed to have immediate payoff, he has identified pro targets and involved Fox in the decisions.
 
Looking for an immediate hit at linebacker to upgrade the entire defense about this time last year, Pace targeted Denver leading-tackler Danny Trevathan. Fox was his first consult.
 
"Just having drafted [Trevathan] and seeing him develop and get better and his work ethic and his preparation and study habits and how he is as a teammate in the locker room," Pace said of what insight Fox provided. "Those were all things that were taken into consideration."
 
This year, with the max need of improvement, the franchise-grade decision was to make a change at quarterback. Jay Cutler effectively made the decision on himself and he was out. Whether Mike Glennon is or is not an upgrade will play out this year, but Fox was involved in and endorsed the decision to go in a decidedly less-experienced direction.

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Pace had attempted in the past to trade for Glennon, which Fox agreed with. Fox had familiarity with Glennon from his time coaching in Carolina.
 
"I was in North Carolina when [Glennon] was playing [at N.C. State], actually," Fox recalled. "I was exposed to two guys there. A good friend of mine was the head coach at NC State. Both Russell Wilson and Mike Glennon were coming through at that period in time, so I got exposed to them, watching games and kinda following them.
 
"And obviously evaluating both of them coming out, they were in different schools then. So I had a high opinion of them then. And then really [Glennon] was talked about a little bit before this year as a potential guy to get, and then this year, being free and without any kind of compensation, we dove in pretty good and feel good about it."
 
Most expectations are that the Bears will not repeat a three-win season, and that an improvement from the first two years keeps both Pace and Fox in their jobs. Key players (Trevathan, Eddie Goldman, Kyle Long, Kevin White) returning from injuries, free-agency upgrades on both sides of the ball and a draft class currently with two picks in the first 36 point to perhaps the kind of turnaround Fox has produced (in years two) at Carolina and Denver.
 
Fox did not dwell on what the roster was or wasn't when he arrived, or on how much of an overhaul Pace needed to do when he took over from Phil Emery and brought in Fox to replace Marc Trestman. But the reality was there.
 
"Going back to a lot of the changes, we've had a lot of change," Fox said. "I think we're better for it. Unfortunately, you can't walk around with your chest out about that because of our record the last two years. But I have total confidence and [Pace] has done an outstanding job and will continue to.
 
"I understand you have to win. And I finally feel like we're in striking distance."