Simeon 3 Lake View 2 Lake View gave much favored Simeon all it could handle as Simeon won 3-2 to capture the CPS Baseball crown.
Simeon scored all 3 of its runs in the 3rd inning. The decisive 3rd run came when Simeon speedster Dion Earls(sr) scored on a grounder. Simeon starter Jamari McKinney(sr) held Lake View to 2 runs in his 5 and 1/3 innings of pitching.
Lake View starter Joey Lara(sr-FB photo)
Lake View best chance to tie the game came in the 6th inning when first baseman Sam Wusu(sr) - a star wide receiver on the Lake View football team -tried to score on a wild pitch but was thrown out.
Lake View finished a great run in the city playoffs which saw them beat Harlan 3-2, Whitney Young 4-3, and much favored Taft 6-3.
Lane's 3rd place finish at the CPS meet seems a long time ago. At the Northside Boys Class 3A sectionals Lane Tech delivered big time as they qualified for state in all 4 relays and in the long jump and 1600 meter run.
Jones is smiling after their 7:48.55 in the 4x800 meter relay. That times bests their school record set two years ago of 7:54.69 when they set a CPS meet record.
CPS high jump champ Josh Willams(sr)came up with a big time performance by qualifying for state in the high jump with a leap of 6-5. The basketball player delivers a rare state meet qualifier for Schurz.
City champion Whitney Young had to leave the meet a bit disappointed after qualifying for state in only the 4x8, 800, and discus.
Matt Fleming(sr) of Simeon qualifies for state with a 22-3 leap on his first attempt in the long jump at the Lyons Class 3A Boys Track Sectionals. Fleming was 5th in the state last year in the long jump. The 22-3 is longer than the jump that won state last year.
Many of the big sectionals are happening today. Here are just some marks in this big day for the CPS.
Lane 1:29.73 in the 4x200.
Antwon Foster(jr) of Prosser 50.26 in the 400 meter.
Emanuel Onoh(jr) of Lincoln Park 11.12 in the 100 meter to qualify for state. His time has to be some kind of modern day Lincoln Park school record. Onoh is only a junior.
Abraham Tobias(sr) of Taft 1:57.35 unofficial in the 800. (could be a modern era school record).
Jones 7:48.55 in the 4x800. Lane 7:53.91. Whitney Young 7:57.15. I have never seen 3 CPS teams break 7:57 in the same race.
Tons of CPS girls qualify for the finals at the state prelims
Nichyria Bird(sr) of Ogden top qualifier in class 1A triple jump (38-11.75).
Morgan Park girls are giving glimpses of past glory as they qualifies for the finals in the 4x1, 4x2, 4x4, 400, and two in the 100 and 200 for class 2A.
Freshman AmiraYoung(fr) of Whitney Young12.04 in the 100.
Deondre McNeal(jr) of Orr finished all-city in the 200 and 400 meter dash. He ran a 21.99 in the sectionals last year. But, he has not come close to that time so far this time this year. However, with the weather warming up and competion increasing, this could be the time of the year that McNeal heats up again. McNeal is also a star running back on the Orr football team. Check out his speed and moves in this YouTube video.
McNeal and Orr will be at the Marshall Boys Track Class 2A sectional tomorrow along with North Lawndale, Payton, Bulls, Marshall, Urban Prep Bronzeville, and others.
Nathan Taylor(sr) of Whitney Young placed 2nd in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles at the CPS meet. Taylor missed qualifying for the finals last year in both events by 1 place. Coincidentally, the 16 points he scored in those events this year was the exact margin of victory that Whitney Young had over 2nd place Morgan Park. While the distance runners from Whitney Young get a lot of attention, it took a complete team effort for Whitney Young to be the champions this year. Guys like Taylor worked hard to make it happen.
Whitney Young, Lane Tech, Taft, Jones, Prosser, Von Steuben, Northside, Foreman, Lake View, Lincoln Park, Schurz, and Steinmetz will be at this Friday's Northside Class 3A Boys Track Sectionals.
Jeremiah Davis(jr) of Collins finished a surprise 2nd in the 100 meter dash at the CPS meet. His time of 11.08 in the prelims was a personal best. Davis is also the starting quarterback of an emerging Collins football team that plays in the Illini Heartland Conference. Look out for Davis and Collins at this week's class 1A boys track state Lisle Sectionals.
Clark, Ogden, and others are also going to be at the Lisle Sectional.
110 meter hurdles city champion Francisco Gasca(sr) of Mather.
I gotta give some props to Mather. Every year I keep underestimating them, yet every year they deliver results at the end of the year. Case in point, this year's Mather team. I did not have any expectations of them due to heavy losses due to graduation which included 1:56 800 meter runner Deivi Tahiraj, CPS meet discus runner up Robert Alexander, and CPS meet long jump runner up Dontel Payne. Yet, despite the losses to graduation, Mather still managed to finish a solid 6th at the CPS meet ahead of Simeon, Jones, Phillips, Lindblom, and Northside.
Although Mather has a tradition of distance and cross country success, on the track Mather is making it happen through solid development of hurdles and jumps. 84% of the CPS meet points came from hurdles or jumps. Franciso Gasca(sr) led Mather this year by finishing 4th in the long jump and winning the 110 meter high hurdles. Mather had Matthew Carter(sr) and Tavon Henley(jr) finish all-city in the 300 meter hurdles. Few teams can boast that they have 3 all city hurdlers. Mather could have had even more points at the CPS varsity meet , but they smartly held back talented jumper Dolapo Olayinka(so) to compete at the CPS sophomore meet. There he shined by winning the triple jump, finishing 2nd in the high jump, and 2nd in the long jump.
I love how Mather recognizes athletes in their school and converts them to hurdlers and jumpers. This strategy has been working well for Mather.
Mather will be the lone CPS school at this Thursdays Class 3A Boys Track Sectionals at Loyola Academy.
Vershawn Brock(5-11,215lbs, jr, LB, VB photo) decided to transfer from Harper.
"I will not be playing in the cps league or in Chicago anymore. I will be moving to Wisconsin to play for Madison Memorial," said Brock.
According to Brock. One of the contributors to the transfer is that Brock has good goals and transferring to Madison Memorial is to help to move to an environment to reach those goals. Brock also plays basketball and may play for the Madison Memorial basketball team.
Madison Memorial football coach Adam Smith is really looking to improve the Madison Memorial football program. "One of the big changes I've been able to make thus far is the combining of our two weight rooms into 1 6,000 square foot space that will include turf." I heard that Smith really liked Brock after watching his highlight film and will be ready to take Brock to the next level.
I wish Brock all the luck in his new school. Here are just some of Brock's bio:
Ranked 4th in the state(LB)
Picked up an offer from Baylor (pending ACT scores)