Friday, November 25, 2011
Oak Forest's Tevin Coleman, Andrew's Mike Love, Brother Rice's Martez Walker, Providence Catholic's Ryan Ward, Tinley Park's Zack Webster and Lincoln-Way East's Blake Winkler are honored by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association.
On the final weekend of the high school football season, six Southland Patch players will be recognized during introductions of the IHSFCA All-State teams in Champaign. The introductions will coincide with the playing of state championship games Friday and Saturday at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. Brother Rice running back Martez Walker was named to the Class 8A all-state team by the IHSFCA. He led the Crusaders to an 8-5 record, setting single-season and career scoring records. Brother Rice dropped a 39-6 decision to Mount Carmel in the Catholic League Blue title game. In Class 7A, Lincoln-Way East quarterback Blake Winkler, Providence Catholic offensive lineman Ryan Ward and Andrew offensive lineman Mike Love were picked …
Lincoln-Way East quarterback Blake Winkler and Andrew coach Jim Malec enjoyed remarkable high school football seasons. The two are my Patch picks for Player and Coach of the Year honors.
An old friend of mine, Edgy Tim O’Halloran, noted recently in his column for the Chicago Tribune how impossible it is to select a high school football Player of the Year and a Coach of the Year. To be sure, this is a task that falls under the category of inexact science. Do you side with the best player? Or the best player on the most successful team? And do you automatically pick the winningest coach? Or do you like the coach who turned a sleeping giant into a winner? Tough questions. No right or wrong answers, either. After boiling my list of candidates down to five, I picked Lincoln-Way East quarterback Blake Winkler as the winner of my Southland Patch Player of the Year sweepstakes. He earned the nod over Oak Forest running back Tevin …
Monday, November 21, 2011
The CN100 Game of the Week focused on the Chicago Catholic League Championship. Check out the video highlights.
Monday, November 21, 2011
This week's CN100 Game of the Week featured Brother Rice vs. Mount Carmel. The Caravan emerged victorious, claiming the Catholic League title by a score of 39-6. The CN100 Game of the Week will be rebroadcast Tuesday, Nov. 22, on CN100, The Comcast Network, at 7 p.m. and is available anytime with Comcast Digital Cable On Demand. Want even more? Check out schedules and game clips on the cn100 website. You can also visit the cn100 Game of the Week Facebook page, or follow on Twitter. Also, check out our weekly crowd craziness - Battle of the Fans - on Facebook and see who has the biggest and wildest student sections. When all the action is done, catch up on the best in Chicago-area prep sports with CN100 Sports Weekly.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Some terrific matchups headline opening-round play in the IHSA football playoffs, including several involving teams in the Patch Power Rankings. Marist plays host to Homewood-Flossmoor in one of tonight's featured attractions.
1. Lincoln-Way East (9-0): Playoff football is a Lincoln-Way East staple. The Griffins are itching to get started. Last week: No. 1. Tonight: vs. Plainfield South, 7. 2. Marist (7-2): Marist riding a high after posting back-to-back wins over Carmel and Joliet Catholic. Last week: No. 3. Tonight: vs. Homewood-Flossmoor, 7. 3. Brother Rice (6-3): Will Brother Rice’s tough regular-season schedule make a difference now? Last week: Unranked. Tonight: vs. Sandburg, 7. 4. Sandburg (6-3): Sandburg will need another big effort to stop the Crusaders’ explosive backfield tandem: Walker-squared? Last Week: No. 5. Tonight: at Brother Rice, 7. 5. Lincoln-Way West (7-2): Lincoln-Way West, making its second straight playoff appearance under coach Mark …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Sports Editor Ron Kremer hit on 4-of-5 picks last week to end a brief slump. He thinks Andrew has what it takes to top Lincoln-Way North tonight? What do you think?
1. Shepard (3-4) at Evergreen Park (5-2), 7. Quick Take: Shepard must win to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Evergreen Park must win to stay in hunt in the South Suburban Red. Pick: Evergreen Park. 2. Loyola (7-0) at Brother Rice (5-2), 7:30. Quick Take: It’s the running of Brother Rice’s Walkers (Andrew and Martez) vs. the spread-offense passing attack of the Ramblers and Malcolm Weaver. Scoreboard lights could burn out here. Pick: Loyola. 3. Sandburg (5-2) at Lockport (5-2), 7. Quick Take: In a 27-3 loss to Bolingbrook, the Eagles’ only points came on a 53-yard field goal by Ted Vergados. Look for Sandburg’s offense to pick up the pace here. Pick: Sandburg. 4. Andrew (4-3) at Lincoln-Way North (4-3), 7. Quick Take: Lincoln-Way North …
Brother Rice ranks No. 2 in this week's Patch Power Rankings. The Crusaders' challenge will be to stop a Loyola offense that spreads the field and lights up the scoreboard. Tinley Park is back at No. 5.
1. Lincoln-Way East (7-0): Griffins look to hit the century mark with their 100th win in their 11th season of high school football. Last week: No. 1. Tonight: vs. Joliet Central, 7:30. 2. Brother Rice (5-2): Crusaders’ challenge is to stop Loyola’s high-powered offense. Nobody’s done it yet. Ramblers average 36.1 points. Last Week: No. 2. Tonight: vs. Loyola, 7:30. 3. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-2): Trap game? H-F can’t afford to look toward Oct. 21 matchup vs. Sandburg. Nor can the Vikings get caught up in hoopla of playing final regular-season home game. Last week: No. 3. Tonight: vs. Joliet West, 7:30. 4. Sandburg (5-2): Eagles’ final two regular-season opponents boast a combined record of 10-4. Playoffs start early here. Last week: No. 4. …
Monday, October 10, 2011
Lincoln-Way East's Kevin Bayer garnered 52 percent of the votes in a fan poll to pick the Patch Athlete of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 2.
Ah, the Power of Patch. Can't you feel it at your fingertips? More than 15,000 votes were cast in balloting to pick the Patch Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 2. Lincoln-Way East football standout Kevin Bayer emerged as the poll winner, just as he and the Griffins (7-0) have emerged winners each time they have set foot on the playing field. Bayer, a senior defensive end and 250-pound bulldozer of a running back, garnerd 52 percent of the votes. He edged Sandburg junior volleyball standout Dakota Hampton and Brother Rice senior football linebacker Cody Stull. Hampton netted 43 percent of the votes and Stull finished with 5 percent. Bayer scored on a 13-yard run with 5:09 remaining in Lincoln-Way East's 20-14 victory over …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Oak Forest climbs to fifth in weekly Patch Power Rankings and heads into tonight's South Suburban Blue battle at Tinley Park ready to make its mark. Lincoln-Way East remains undefeated and alone at the top of the rankings.
1. Lincoln-Way East (6-0): Schedule now has Griffins driving on Easy Street toward undefeated regular season. Last week: No. 1. Tonight: at Lincoln-Way Central, 7:30. 2. Brother Rice (4-2): Crusaders have a chance to make a little hay following a thrilling double-overtime win at Providence. Last Week: No. 2. Tonight: at De La Salle, 7:30. 3. Homewood-Flossmoor (4-2): Ah, that’s more like it. The Vikings’ 35-0 victory over Lockport has them pointed in the right direction again. Last week: No. 4. Saturday: at Joliet Central, 1. 4. Sandburg (5-1): Eagles are about to find out where they stand in the Southwest Suburban Blue. Last week: No. 3. Tonight: vs. Bolingbrook, 7:30. 5. Oak Forest (5-1): Tevin Coleman is Mr. Offense. Don't discount the …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
It's your turn to vote. Help pick Patch's High School Athlete of the Week. Will it be LW East's Kevin Bayer, Brother Rice's Cody Stull or Sandburg's Dakota Hampton?
Help pick Patch's Athlete of the Week in the Southland. Vote for one of the following players (or write in your own candidate) for the week of Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. Kevin Bayer, senior defensive end/running back, Lincoln-Way East Good ol’ No. 96 rumbled around right end for 13 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown with 5:09 remaining in East’s 20-14 football victory over Bolingbrook. The Griffins trailed 14-0 at the end of one quarter before rallying in a battle for first place in the Southwest Suburban Blue Conference. Cody Stull, senior linebacker, Brother Rice Stull’s second interception ended the game in the second overtime and sealed Brother Rice’s thrilling 38-31 football victory over Providence Catholic in New Lenox. Dakota …
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Brother Rice 38, Providence 31 (2 OT): Crusaders pull out 38-31 road win thanks to big plays by running back Martez Walker and linebacker Cody Stull.
Breaking It Down: Any win a team can get in the rugged Catholic League Blue Conference is a quality win. But winning a game the way Brother Rice did at Providence Catholic on Friday night—38-31 in double-overtime—makes it all the more worthwhile. After both teams failed to score on their first possession in overtime, the Crusaders scored the only points of the overtime on a 4-yard touchdown run by Martez Walker. Then, on defense, the Crusaders picked up an interception by Cody Stull to end the game. Both Walker and Stull had big plays in regulation as Walker scored two touchdowns and Stull had an interception that led to a score. The score off of Stull’s interception early in the fourth quarter gave the Crusaders what looked to be an …