Simeon takes down No. 1 Young

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Simeon takes down No. 1 Young

By Michael O'Brien
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Duke has Simeon senior Jabari Parker in the fold and is hot on the trail of Young big man Jahlil Okafor. The two national superstars are so good that ESPNU was in town to broadcast the game Saturday at Chicago State.

Parker finished with seven points and Okafor had eight. It wasn't exactly the preview of two future pros that the network counted on.

Instead, it was a pair of future Illini that sparkled: Simeon seniors Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn. Tates coast-to-coast drive and basket was the key play in the Wolverines 44-41 win over Young.

Tate led Simeon (18-2) with 12 points. Nunn provided several highlight plays, finishing with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Thats what I do, play off Jabari, Nunn said. If he has a bad game I pick him up.

After Tates coast-to-coast basket put Simeon ahead by three, Parker missed a dunk that could have sealed the win. That gave Young one last chance to tie it, but Paul White missed a heavily-contested three.

The Wolverines led by 13 early in the third quarter. Youngs two transfer starters, LJ Peak and Ausar Madison, seemed out of sync in the first half.

That changed quickly as Peak scored 14 in the third quarter to ignite the Dolphins comeback. His baseline drive and basket tied the game at 32 after three quarters.

I think our guards just put a lot of pressure on them the whole game, Nunn said. They handled it better in the second half after they got more used to it.

Peak finished with 20 points, and White added eight points and six rebounds for Young (18-2).

Peak and Madison definitely got more into the game after the break, Parker said. It was our guard play though, thats what killed them.

Okafor shot 3-for-9 from the field and had six rebounds and five blocks. Some foul trouble and Simeons zone defense bottled him up in the first half, in the second it was Simeons 6-7 center Russell Woods that did the job.

Parker shot 3-for-11 and had five rebounds. White, a 6-9 junior, defended Parker most of the night.

Its tough when youre playing against a lot of people your own size, Parker said. Okafor is going to be really good though. He has another year of high school left.

Simeon out-rebounded Young 32-24. The Wolverines are 3-0 without coach Robert Smith on the sideline and seem to have responded well to the challenge.

Young entered the game ranked No. 2 in the country by USA Today, Simeon was No. 10. The teams can possible play twice more this season, in the Public League and the state playoffs.

We shot 43 percent from the field. We havent shot 43 percent all year, Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said. LJ Peak stepped up for us but unfortunately other people didnt. Its just one bump in the road. Well get going again tomorrow.

89 Days to Kickoff: Vernon Hills

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89 Days to Kickoff: Vernon Hills

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Vernon Hills

Head coach: Bill Bellecomo

Assistant coaches: Corey Atwell, Greg Stilling, Tim Dydo, Jason Czarnecki, Avelino Cortez, Brian Palmer, Mike Larsen, Dave Schroetter

How they fared in 2016: 10-4 (3-2 Central Suburban North), lost to Peoria in the IHSA Class 5A state title game.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – Grayslake North

Sept. 1 – @ Zion-Benton

Sept. 8 – Rolling Meadows

Sept. 15 - @ Hoffman Estates

Sept. 22 - Highland Park

Sept. 28 – @ Deerfield

Oct. 6 - Maine West

Oct. 13 - @ Maine East

Oct. 20 - Glenbrook North

Biggest storyline: Can the Cougars make another deep run in Class 5A?

Names to watch this season: Senior WR/DB Max Lyle, senior OL/DL Danny Lester and senior LB Kyle Fasbinder

Biggest holes to fill: The Cougars will need to reload in particular on the offensive side of the football with just three starters back from a season ago.

EDGY's early take: The Cougars had a great run in 2016 and while several key starters have graduated, Vernon Hills still has some gas left in the tank. Getting off to a strong early start could be a big key in 2017 as the Cougars schedule is tough especially early on in 2017.

90 Days to Kickoff: Morris

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90 Days to Kickoff: Morris

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Morris

Head coach: Alan Thorson

Assistant coaches: John Courter, Greg Larsen, John Wodziak, Keith Anderson, Derek Johnston, Justin Zink, Matt Seidel, Brian Kasher, Ryan Battersby, Ryan Clauson, Tyler Hartley, Kyle Enervold

How they fared in 2016: 10-3 (3-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East), lost to Peoria in the IHSA Class 5A semifinals.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 –DuSable

Sept. 1 – @ Washington

Sept. 8 – @ Quincy Notre Dame

Sept. 15 - Rochelle

Sept. 22 - @ Yorkville

Sept. 29 – DeKalb

Oct. 6 - Kaneland

Oct. 13 - @ Sycamore

Oct. 20 - @ Geneseo

Biggest storyline: Can the Redskins once again make a deep postseason run?

Names to watch this season: Senior OL Nathan Korte, Senior OL Nolan Feeney, WR/TE Tyler Spiezio

Biggest holes to fill: Morris will need to find some answers in the offensive skills department.

EDGY's early take: Morris will play its last season in the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference before heading to the Interstate 8 in 2018. If the Redskins can replace some graduated offensive skills players, Morris has a ton of experience, especially on both sides of the line, that could carry them deep into 5A. Also, keep an eye on the Redskins enrollment, which is pushing them closer and closer to Class 4A over the past few years.