CSN Chicago to air IHSA Playoff Pairing Show on CSN

CSN Chicago to air IHSA Playoff Pairing Show on CSN

2011 IHSA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRING RELEASE SHOW TO AIR THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 ON COMCAST SPORTSNET PLUS (CSN)

Chicago, IL (October 19, 2011) The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) will broadcast its 2011 Football Playoff Pairing Release Show on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus (CSN), live from Comcast SportsNets downtown Chicago studios on Saturday, October 22 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In the Chicago area, the show will air on CLTV for Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers. Satellite subscribers (i.e. DirecTV, Dish Network, etc.) in the Chicago area, throughout Illinois, and in surrounding states will access to the show via CSN (Click here to view CSNs channel finder to find out where you can see CSN in your area). The show will also be available via live interactive stream on the internet at IHSA.tv and CSNChicago.com

Fans can interact with the show in a real-time chat on Saturday by visiting CSNChicago.com, where they can make comments or ask questions that may be read on the air. Questions and comments can also be submitted ahead of air time on the IHSA Facebook Playoff Pairing Show Page. Fans looking to interact with the show via Twitter should include the hashtag IHSAonCSN to have their tweets included on the show. If your team or school is hosting a playoff party on Saturday, send us a photo via email (mtroha@ihsa.org, csnchicagowebsite@comcastsportsnet.com) or Twitter using the hashtag above. Your photo will be included in CSNChicago.coms online gallery and may even be used during the show.

The show will be hosted by Comcast SportsNet anchorreporter and former IHSA standout student-athlete Sarah Kustok, along with longtime IHSA TV Network personality Dave Bernhard, renowned CSNChicago.com prep sports writer Taylor Bell and NBC 5 ChicagoWSCR 670 The Score personality Matt Rodewald.

The show will feature the following highlights:

The release of the 32-team brackets in all eight classes, as all 256 playoff qualifiers find out their first round playoff opponents and path to Champaign for the first time.

Highlights from nearly 100 schools from around the state

Analysis from experts on nearly 100 teams from across Illinois

Live look-ins from schools hosting playoff pairing parties

Feature stories and interviews

CSN Interactive segments with fans

Rodewald will host IHSA on CSN Interactive, a live web stream and chat on CSNChicago.com and IHSA.tv that will offer viewers the opportunity to interact directly with Rodewald, Kustok, Bernhard and Bell. Viewer questions and comments will be featured throughout the show and posted on CSNChicago.com. Viewers are encouraged to use hashtag IHSAonCSN to deliver Tweets to the live chat and show.

Coaches scheduled to appear on the show include:

Chris Andriano, Montini; Ric Arand, Lena-Winslow; Don Beebe, Aurora Christian; John Belskis, Downers Grove South; Todd Hutchinson, Greenville; Ray Kauling, Centralia; Frank Lenti, Chicago Mt. Carmel; Ken Leonard, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin; Ken Piron, Batavia; Keith Pogue; Mahomet-Seymour; Rich Thompson, Triopia; Rob Zvonar, Lincoln-Way East and many more.

Media members scheduled to appear on the show include:

Aaron Bennett, WCIA-TV Champaign; Mike Clark, Chicago Sun Times; Marty Maciaszek, Chicagoland Daily Herald; Jim Mattson, WHOI-TV Peoria; Scott Mees, Carbondale Southern Illinoisian; Ken Roberts, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Steve Soucie, Kankakee Daily Journal; Joe Stevenson, Crystal Lake Northwest Herald and Emily Tropp, Rockford Register-Star.

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Northwestern's Tre Demps joins Bulls' Summer League roster

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Northwestern's Tre Demps joins Bulls' Summer League roster

From Chicago's Big Ten Team to Chicago's NBA team.

Former Northwestern guard Tre Demps will play for the Bulls in this offseason's Summer League in Las Vegas.

Demps spent four seasons in Evanston and became quite a prolific scorer, averaging 15.7 points per game as a senior last season after averaging 12.5 points per game and 11 points per game during his junior and sophomore seasons, respectively. Last season, Demps connected on 39.8 percent of his field-goal attempts and shot 33.2 percent from behind the 3-point line, averages down from the previous season.

Demps had some incredible scoring performances last season, including a 30-point effort on the road against then-No. 3 Iowa that featured six made 3-pointers, a career high he matched with six triples in a win over Rutgers later in the season.

Demps is the son of New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps.

Cubs: How Kris Bryant became a superstar in the making

Cubs: How Kris Bryant became a superstar in the making

What initially looked like a garbage-time home run for Kris Bryant – and day-after spin from Theo Epstein – actually summed up why the Cubs have a homegrown superstar and a franchise ready for another close-up in October.

It also helps explain how Bryant – at the age of 24 – became the first player in history to hit three homers and two doubles in a Major League Baseball game. Bryant set a franchise record with 16 total bases during Monday night’s 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park, becoming the youngest Cub to ever have a three-homer game (or 10 days younger than Ernie Banks in 1955).

After the New York Mets swept the Cubs out of last year’s National League Championship Series, Epstein sat in a dingy Wrigley Field storage room converted into a media workspace for the playoffs. During that end-of-season news conference, the president of baseball operations highlighted Bryant’s final at-bat, how New York’s right-handers kept attacking him with changeups.

Cubs officials felt like they were beaten at their own game, impressed how the Mets did such a great job with advance scouting, breaking down numbers and executing that night’s plan. If Bryant appeared to be vulnerable to that weakness – and a little worn down at the end of an All-Star/Rookie of the Year campaign – he still had the presence of mind to make an adjustment in Game 4.

With his team down seven runs in the eighth inning, Bryant drove a changeup from a two-time All-Star reliever (Tyler Clippard) 410 feet into the left-center field bleachers for a two-run homer.

Bryant can grow up as the son of an old Boston Red Sox prospect who learned the science of hitting from Ted Williams – and have his own batting cage at his family’s Las Vegas home – and still not feel burned out from the game or create the wrong Sin City headlines.

Bryant can get drafted No. 2 overall out of the University of San Diego in 2013, shoot a Red Bull commercial with a goat before his first at-bat in The Show and have his own billboards in Wrigleyville – and still not alienate himself from teammates or come across as having the wrong priorities.

Bryant is athletic enough to play third base, right field and left field during that 5-for-5, six-RBI, three-homer game. He can also get analytical and self-diagnose – without feeling paralyzed at the plate.

Bryant didn’t remember the NLCS as an eye-opening experience or give the Mets too much credit: “They all throw 96 (mph), which is kind of just where baseball is nowadays, too – a ton of people are throwing gas.”

For Bryant, it’s a constant process of self-evaluation, from his 0-for-4, three-strikeout debut last April, through the 21 games it took before hitting his first big-league homer, beyond hitting the rookie wall last summer (.639 OPS in July).   

“It’s the peaks and valleys of baseball,” Bryant said. “From August and September last year, I had two really good months (.900-plus OPS). I didn’t really have the postseason I wanted to. But up until that point, I was swinging the bat really good. I was feeling really good about myself.

“I kind of just went back to what I did in college, a drill that kept me more flat to the ball. That’s what helped me. And then going into the offseason, I really wanted to expand on it. Just continue with it and see where it took me.”

After finishing second in the majors with 199 strikeouts last season, Bryant struck out 12 more times in 37 playoff plate appearances. He’s now on pace for around 160 strikeouts – with 21 homers and 57 RBI a week out from the Fourth of July.  

“What he had been doing before was not going to work (long-term),” manager Joe Maddon said. “I’m not one of those guys (who says): ‘Hey, you can’t hit like that in the big leagues.’ I always used to hate hearing that from coaches. (But) the fact was that he had such an abrupt uppercut or chicken wing – whatever you want to call it – easily exposed by good pitching. Easily. And it had to go away.

“(He) worked through it. He knew how he was getting beat up at the plate. He knew what he couldn’t get to that he was able to get to before. He’s only 20-something years old, (but) he’s quick (and thinking): ‘I’m seeing the ball good. I just can’t get to it. What do I have to do to get to those pitches?’ Now he is.”

The Mets won the pennant, but their foundation might already be crumbling, with Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard reportedly dealing with bone spurs in their pitching elbows and Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.64 ERA) struggling to live up to his Dark Knight of Gotham persona after throwing 216 innings during last year’s return from Tommy John surgery.

The Epstein regime built a franchise around young power hitters like Bryant – believing that young power pitchers are inherently too fragile – and the Cubs could be 25 games over .500 when they get another shot at the Mets in an NLCS rematch that begins Thursday night at Citi Field.  

“Obviously, the front office has done a really good job of getting good players,” Bryant said. “You look at the young talent around the room, it’s pretty cool to see that.

“They’re just good people. They drafted good people, signed good people, and I think that just makes it easier to go out there and play our game and be yourself.”

Terps add ex-New Mexico State receiver Teldrick Morgan

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Terps add ex-New Mexico State receiver Teldrick Morgan

One of the most productive receivers in college football during the 2014 season is joining Maryland for the 2016 campaign.

Teldrick Morgan, who spent the first three seasons of his collegiate career at New Mexico State, has joined the Terps as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play this season.

“Teldrick brings a great deal to our program, and we’re excited that he’s a part of our family,” Maryland head coach DJ Durkin said in the announcement. “It’s always great to bring a local kid back home, and on top of that he’s very skilled and brings a wealth of experience to our receivers unit.”

The 2014 season was a big one for Morgan, a native of the Old Line State. He ranked 32nd in the FBS with 75 receptions and 50th in the nation with 903 receiving yards.

Morgan missed three games last season due to injury and finished with 44 receptions (still a team high) for 543 yards and four touchdowns. He did have a pair of triple-digit receiving-yardage games, though, racking up 151 yards against UTEP and going for 101 yards against Louisiana Monroe.

Maryland can use all the help it can get when it comes to the passing game. The Terps ranked 13th out of 14 Big Ten teams in pass yards per game, averaging just 174.3 yards through the air per Saturday.