Treadwell leads Crete-Monee to semis


Treadwell leads Crete-Monee to semis

Tashara Parker Contributor

Triple threat athlete. Thats what one of Chicagoland's top recruits is being called. He plays wide receiver, defensive back and even kickerand in the words of Crete-Monees head coach, Jerry Verde, he does a little bit of everything.

His sophomore year he was a wide receiver and halfway through the season, we put him in at defensive end," said Verde. "His junior year he played WR and DE the whole year. This year he is back in at free safety. Hes what they call a gamer.

Thats how Verde referred to four-star wideout, Laquon Treadwell.

Treadwell is a senior at Crete-Monee High School and the only receiver in the Chicago area ranked in the Top 25 by numerous scouting services.

Treadwells college recruiting no doubt speaks to his talent. Just last week, he narrowed his list down to include Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi and Notre Dame.

To describe Treadwell in words may be the toughest thing to do as this receiver has talent thats well beyond his years.

His size is impeccable. He is a 64, 200-pound coaches dream. His speed is obviously another reason for his top notch choices in schools. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

Laquan has lead his team past the quarterfinals for the first time in Warriors' history and he says theres no time for celebration as the team needs to remain humble and press forward -- and there is only one way to do so.

Work hard, stay focused on whatever team we have each week and remain disciplined," Treadwell stated. "I think that will take us a long way.

The Warriors struggled for the past eight seasons with a hunch on their back in hopes of finally making it past the quarterfinals, and this year their dreams came true.

They rallied past Peoria Richwoods Peoria in what they are calling the toughest game this season as they lost to the Knights in the second-round last season.

And although, Peoria Richwoods wasnt the team that they played in the quarterfinals, it remains their closest call yet.
Treadwell scored two touchdowns to preserve a 35-32 victory against Peoria.

Treadwell said hes not stressed about making a collegiate choice, but doesnt want to focus on the decision until after the playoffs have ended.

He says, a lot of kids would love to be in my position, so I take it as a blessing.
Many high schools have ended their journey of making it to the state championship game, but Crete-Monee is hoping they can take things all the way this season.

The Warriors will square off against Lemont this Saturday in unfamiliar territory as Lemont enters their second straight year advancing to the semifinals.

Anthony Rizzo fires back at Miguel Montero: 'That labels you as a selfish player'

Anthony Rizzo fires back at Miguel Montero: 'That labels you as a selfish player'

Anthony Rizzo pulled no punches in firing back at Miguel Montero after Tuesday night's rant.

Montero didn't even wait to get changed after the Washington Nationals stole seven bases, immediately throwing pitcher Jake Arrieta under the bus for not holding players on.

Rizzo — the face of the franchise and one of the leaders in the clubhouse — hopped on David Kaplan's radio show on ESPN 1000 Wednesday morning and aboslutely ripped Montero:

Here are Rizzo's complete comments:

"He's obviously frustrated. Whenever anyone steals seven bases, Miggy gets frustrated. It's his second time barking in the media and not just going to his teammates. It's something as a veteran like he is, you'd think he'd make smarter decisions about it."

Rizzo said he was not aware of the Montero rant in the clubhouse Tuesday night and only heard about it afterwards.

"I had no idea aobut it until I got back to the hotel and saw all this stuff. I got a couple text messages from a couple of my friends just kinda asking, 'What the hell is this guy doing?' Listen, we win as a team, we lose as a team. If you start pointing fingers, I think that just labels you as a selfish player. I disagree. We have another catcher that throws out everyone who steals and he has Jon Lester who doesn't pick over. It's no secret. I think going to the media with things like that, I don't think it's very professional."

So how does Rizzo handle it from here?

"Something like this, it's out in the public now. Things that get handled with coffee or in the clubhouse are things that people never know about. Sometimes, they get out. But this was obviously all over 'Sportscenter' last night and whatnot and we're talking about it today. We win as 25, we lose as 25. To call your teammates out via the press, I mean, what's the point?"

Rizzo is dead on in referencing Willson Contreras, who is throwing out 34 percent of runners attempting to steal against him, even serving as Lester's personal catcher. Contreras may have one of the best arms in the game, but he is catching the exact same pitching staff Montero is and has found a way to nab 16 would-be basestealers out of 47 attempts.

Meanwhile, Cubs numbers list Montero as 0-for-31 in throwing out basestealers.

The league average caught-stealing rate is 28 percent.

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

The Cubs continue their series with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night in the nation's capital, and you can catch all the action on CSN and streaming live on and via the NBC Sports app.

Coverage from the District of Columbia with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies begins at 6 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the game for reaction and analysis on Cubs Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: John Lackey (5-8, 4.74 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.57 ERA)

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