Whitney Young holds off Fremd to move on to Class 4A title game

Whitney Young holds off Fremd to move on to Class 4A title game

Whitney Young needed to do everything they could to hold off unbeaten Fremd but they managed to hold on for a 53-47 Class 4A boys basketball state semifinal win on Friday night in Peoria.

The Dolphins (26-5) saw a 17-point lead get erased in the first half as the Vikings came roaring back after a slow start. Whitney Young eventually regained control and slowed things down as senior Lucas Williamson led the way with 17 points for the Dolphins. Craig Beudoin also added 12 points for Whitney Young. Juniors Xavier Castaneda and Javon Freeman each had nine points for Whitney Young.

Fremd (31-1) had a huge rally behind a balaced effort as senior Shaan Patel had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Brian Dompke also added 13 points. Ryan Martin also chipped in 10 points for the Vikings. Senior guard Kyle Sliwa, one of the team's clutch performers this season, was limited to eight points as he fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Vikings' unbeaten season ends with this loss but they had a great run to this point and made this game a memorable one in Class 4A.

The Dolphins move on to the Class 4A state title game on Saturday night as they'll play at 7:15 p.m. in a game that will be featured live on CSN+. Whitney Young could potentially face Bolingbrook or get another rematch against city rival Simeon, a team that beat the Dolphins earlier this year.

Whitney Young has won 13 consecutive games as they enter this game on a hot streak.

Whitney Young is hoping for its third state title in the last nine years by winning on Saturday night as they last won in 2009 and 2014. 

Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison commits to NIU

Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison commits to NIU

Phillips junior defensive tackle recruit Queneil Morrison (6-foot-2, 300 pounds) gave Northern Illinois University his verbal commitment Saturday afternoon. Morrison, who is in DeKalb attending the Huskies spring game, told head coach Rod Carey his decision.

"I committed to NIU," Morrison said. "I just like NIU and it's a good school and a good program. I also really like the people at NIU and it's feel like a great place fort me."

Morrison, who had offers from Toledo and Bowling Green, was starting to draw increased recruiting looks from several FBS schools this spring.

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Why commit this early to the NIU Huskies?

"I just really like NIU and I also didn't want to lose my opportunity that I have at NIU by waiting too long," Morrison said.

Morrison is now the fourth in-state verbal commitment to the Huskies' 2018 Class, joining Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Maine South running back Fotis Kokosioulis. Earlier this week, Danville junior offensive tackle Julian Pearl (6-foot-7, 245 pounds), who was the first 2018 commitment for the Huskies, backed out and gave Illinois his commitment after he was offered a scholarship earlier this week.

Glenbard North DB Tyrik Henderson verbally commits to Minnesota

Glenbard North DB Tyrik Henderson verbally commits to Minnesota

Glenbard North three-star ranked defensive back Tyrik Henderson (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) has given Minnesota and head coach PJ Fleck his verbal commitment.

"The culture that Coach Fleck is bringing to Minnesota is something that fits me as a player and as a young man growing up in this world," Henderson told Rivals.com's Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt. "Coach Fleck will not only teach me the game but he and his staff will teach me the way of (life) and how to succeed the right way.

"I know it's a little ways away from home but we have more than enough close family in Minnesota and my parents still wouldn't miss a beat when coming up for games. Minnesota is on the rise and I'm not missing this Boat, it's my time to hop on and get Rowing. Ski-U-Mah."

Henderson is now the Gopher second known State of Illinois verbal commitment in the Class of 2018 and the eleventh verbal commitment overall. Henderson joins Marist three-star ranked defensive tackle Elijah Teague who gave Minnesota his verbal commitment back in late February.

Henderson's decision is yet another example of recruits giving earlier and earlier verbal commitments. Out of the Rivals.com's Post-Season Class of 2018 State of Illinois Top 25 recruit rankings 11 of the top 12 ranked players are already verbally committed.