Rodrick McMiller(sr) of Perspectives(sr) is the top returning 100 meter runner. He placed 2nd at the CPS meet last year. He also runs the 200 and jumps. He has Personal Records of 10.97 in the 100, 22.56 in the 200, and 22'5 in the long jump. McMiller finished all-city in all 3 of those events. McMiller also plays wide receiver for the Perspectives football team. He is one of the top returning track and field athletes in the CPS this year.
Chris Elmore(6-0, 270lbs, DT, sr) of Phillips reopened his recruiting. He originally verbally committed to Western Michigan. Western Michigan was a rising program as they finished this season with only one loss (to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl). But after Western Michigan Coach PJ Fleck decided to leave WMU and take the Minnesota head coaching job, Elmore decided to de-comitt.
Elmore has 8 offers on the table. The two most intriguing are Syracuse and Florida Atlantic. Syracuse plays in the power 5 Atlantic Coast Conference- which has Clemson playing for the national championship this Monday against Alabama. Elmore will be visiting the Syracuse Orange on January 20th. Florida Athlantic is getting a lot more buzz after they recently hired former Alabama Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffen as their head coach.
Whoever gets Elmore, will get a good player as he has an extremely high motor and very athletic for a man his size of 6-0 270lbs. He was instrumental in leading Phillips to a state championship and a state semi-final appearance the last two years. As a testament to his athleticism, I've seen Phillips run a hurdles race quite well in track.
Consolation bracket scores Oak Forest d. Ellison Kennedy 65, Bulls 34 Reavis 66, Steinmetz 48 Guerin 45, Northside 36
Quarterfinals Jones 57, Taft 50 Douglass 42, Lindblom 33
Lane 54, Maine East 51, ot Payton 46, Luther North 43, ot
Blue-West conference team Douglass pulled off the upset of the tournament after they knocked off Lindblom from the Red-Central. Jones pulled off a mild upset of their own after beating Taft 57-50. Taft came into the game on a high note after two previous high profile wins against Oak Forest and Loyola (last week). Jones and Douglass meet in the first semi-final.
Lane knocked off Maine East in overtime. Going into the tournament I had Lane and Maine East along with Lindblom as the favorites to win this tournament. Too bad Lane and Maine East met so early in the tournament. Zak Kryztopik is having a monster tournament for Lane so far. He had 31 points in their first round win against Reavis. Payton knocked off tournament host Luther North to set up a semi-final game against Lane. Lane beat Payton earlier this season. Sophomore guard Ryan Trotter(so,6-0) has been playing well for Payton this year.
Morgan Park pulled off won of the more stunning results last track season when their 4x800 finished a big time 2nd place finish at the CPS meet to help Morgan Park to a city outdoor track championship. One of the key components to that result was the coaching of distance/middle distance coach Ryan Berba. However, Morgan Park won't have the services of Berba this year as he decided to move on to Vernon Hills. "I am a volunteer girls cross country coach at Vernon Hills. I'll be an assistant girls distance track coach when track season opens up," said Berba.
Morgan Park had a giant year in track last season as they stunned defending city champion Whitney Young to win the city outdoor track title. Then followed it up with a 3rd place finish at the boys track Class 2A state meet.
Their distance played a surprising role for Morgan Park last year- which is traditionally a sprints and jumps program. Helped by Berba's coaching, Morgan Park finished 2nd in the 4x800 relay at the CPS meet. They tipped an A squad Von Steuben team at the tape, which gave them a huge boost to start out the track meet. They also beat 4x800 relay teams from traditional distance schools Jones, Lane, and Northside Prep.
It was not just the 4x800 that did well for Morgan Park. Sophomore Lavontes Wilson(so) placed 11th the varsity 3200 meter run with a time of 10:51. Wilson ran a season best 4:51 in the 1600 meter last year.
Morgan Park will need every point they can get this year as they graduated their two biggest stars from last year in Greg Howell and Kendall Joiner. The pair accumulated 7 state medals last year.
Kennith Rogers was named the new head football coach at Morgan Park.
Rogers spent the last 3 years as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for Goode Academy where he helped Goode to a 9-1 overall record. Goode may have went under the radar a bit this year, but Goode is not an Inter City Conference team. They actually won the Chicago Great Lakes conference with a 6-0 conference record and is eligible to play in the Illini conference next year. In 7 of those wins, a Roger's led defense gave up only one score or less.
Rogers, is also currently a PE teacher at North Lawndale and helped their football program.
I feel this is a good hire for Morgan Park. I personally have talked to Rogers in the past. He is a football guy and most importantly a good guy. He believes in working hard and you'll see those results on the football field. I feel he will quickly build a base of fans at Morgan Park and players and staff will like him.
Rogers will have plenty to work with. He inherits a Morgan Park team that won the Prairie State Conference last year and had an 8-3 record including wins over Curie and rival Hubbard.
[Midlothian, TX] - Simeon Career Academy Long Snapper, Ron Gaines, was named one of the top performers at the Rubio Long Snapping Camp in Midlothian, Texas on Sunday, December 4, 2016.
Gaines, class of 2018, competed with approximately 75 participants from Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas and Kansas. Snappers gathered at Midlothian Heritage High School in Midlothian, Texas to learn from the best and get the most exposure possible to college coaches. Rubio Long Snapping will return to Texas in early 2017.
“Ron Gaines was very solid in Texas. Large Long Snapper with footwork that is definitely improving. Love to see him focus on continuing to improve his athleticism and making sure he is just a tad quicker out of the gate to speed up the overall snap speed.” said Rubio.
Chris Rubio is the Long Snapping instructor for Rubio Long Snapping, and has followers from all over the world; attending in mass to the sought-after camps and events offered across the country. In addition to these large camps, Rubio Long Snapping also offers private lessons. Over the past two years, Rubio has had over 260 snappers go to college.
Foreman vs Homewood Flossmoor at last year's Hinsdale Central Holiday Tournament
HINSDALE CENTRAL Dec. 27 St. Charles East vs. Lincoln Park, 9:30 a.m. Marian Catholic vs. Urban Prep-Englewood, 11 a.m. Maine South vs. Westinghouse, 12:30 Bolingbrook vs. Glenbrook North, 2 Rockford Auburn vs. Richards, 3:45 Homewood-Flossmoor vs. St. Viator, 5:15 Hinsdale Central vs. Stevenson, 7 DePaul Prep vs. Crete-Monee, 8:30
LUTHER NORTH Dec. 27 Oak Forest vs. Taft, 3 Ellison vs. Jones, 4:30 Lindblom vs. Bulls Prep, 6 Kennedy vs. Douglass, 7:30 Maine East vs. Steinmetz, 3:30 Lane vs. Reavis, 5 Payton vs. Northside, 6:30 Guerin Prep vs. Luther North, 8
PROVISO WEST Dec. 27 Proviso West vs. Uplift, 8:30 St. Joseph vs. Larkin, 7 Morgan Park vs. Von Steuben, 5:30 Proviso East vs. Hillcrest, 4 Young vs. Morton, 2 New Trier vs. Downers Grove North, 12:30 Fenwick vs. Providence-St. Mel, 11 a.m. Bogan vs. Lincoln-Way West, 9:30 a.m.