Damarco Thurmond(6-2,215lbs, LB/TE/S) will be the captain of the Corliss team.
Last Year: 5-4 overall, 4-2 and 3rd place in the Inter-City 2 Conference
This year: Corliss will be in the Chicago Great Lakes Conference with Bowen, Chicago Bulls, Lindblom, Little Village, Clark, Payton, and Westinghouse. Corliss got moved up to a Chicago conference despite a 3rd place finish in the Inter-City 2 Conference behind champion North Lawndale and 2nd place Washington. Quick Take: Corliss returns a lot of talent this year including their top passer from last year (#3 De'Juan Thurmond(6-2,156lbs,so., QB/FS/K)(likely starting QB); their top rusher and leader in interceptions (#21 Kareem Henderson(5-7,165lbs, jr, RB/DB/KR)); their top top receiver #4 Antonio Robinson(5-9,168lbs, sr, WR/FS/P), and their top two tacklers (#88 Kevon Harris (6-2,155lbs, jr, OLB/TE)(top tackler last year, top sacker) #71 Cariel Parks(6-0,295lbs, sr, G/NG/DT)(2nd top tackler last year).
Corliss will need every player they can muster as Corliss has been moved up to the Chicago Great Lakes conference despite a 3rd place finish in the Inter City 2 conference last year. They probably got moved up due to expansion of 2 new schools in the Inter City and that Dyett decided not to move up despite winning their Inter City conference. De'Juan Thurmond(6-2,156lbs,so., QB/FS/K) got some good playing time as freshman last year at the quarterback position. He passed for 256 yard on 12 of 24 completions. Though, Corliss likes to mix it up at the quarterback position and thus you will more players than just Thurmond at the QB position.
Same at running back. Kareem Henderson(5-7,165lbs, jr, RB/DB/KR) returns as the top rusher with 486 yards last year, but you will see multiple players at the backfield including sophomore De'sean Pullum.
Defense will be led by #88 Kevon Harris (6-2,155lbs, jr, OLB/TE) and Cariel Parks(6-0,295lbs, sr, G/NG/DT)- Corllis's top tacklers last year. I like the size of Parks at 6-0, 295lbs. He is hard to move and a good run stuffer. Parks may have help at the Defensive Tackle position as Corllis brings in a big freshman in Damien Kerney(6-5, 300lbs, incoming freshman, G/DT). Kerney is already 6-5, 300lbs and he is an incoming freshman.
Conference Outlook Corliss joins the Chicago Bulls and Clark as new to the Chicago Great Lakes Conference. The Bulls and Corliss are from the Inter City while Clark moved down from the Illini. I see Corliss as a middle of the pack Great Lakes Conference team. How high they finish depends on improving their kicking game as they averaged only about 22 yards per punt and how well they perform against the likes of Westinghouse, Payton, and Clark. Players to Watch: #3 De'Juan Thurmond(6-2,156lbs,so., QB/FS/K)(likely starting QB) #21 Kareem Henderson(5-7,165lbs, jr, RB/DB/KR)(top rusher last year, top interceptor last year) #4 Antonio Robinson(5-9,168lbs, sr, WR/FS/P)(top receiver last year) #88 Kevon Harris (6-2,155lbs, jr, OLB/TE)(top tackler last year, top sacker) #71 Cariel Parks(6-0,295lbs, sr, G/NG/DT)(2nd top tackler last year) #78 Damien Kerney(6-5, 300lbs, incoming freshman, G/DT)
Trey Wade(5-10, 180lb, jr., OL/LB) and Corliss hope to compete in the Inter-City 2 after being demoted from the Chicago Windy City Conference. They are hoping to get by pre-season conference favorite North Lawndale.
Inter-City 1 1. Kelvyn Park 2. Lake View 3. Marine Military 4. UCCS- Woodlawn 5. Roosevelt 6. Sullivan
Inter-City 2 1. North Lawndale 2. Chicago Military-Academy Bronzeville 3. Kennedy 4. Corliss 5. Tilden 6. Hirsch 7. Washington
Inter-City 3 1. Noble-Street Pritzker 2. Noble-Street Comer 3. Noble-Street Charter 4. Noble Street Rowe Clark 5. Noble Street UIC 6. Noble Street Golder 7. Noble Street Rauner
Inter-City 4 1. Farragut 2. Crane 3. Juarez 4. Chicago Bulls 5. Urban Prep-East Garfield 6. Noble Street Muchin
There are not too many teams in the state that has a stronger 1-2-3 sprint combo that Kelvyn Park. Pictured above from left to right Victor Medina (sr), Brian Carter(jr), and Jamal McNeeley(sr).(Facebook photo)
Saturday, March 12, 2011 DeLaSalle Institute starts at 10:00am hand-timed meet
Teams Chicago Military Corliss Fenger Kelvyn Park Orr North Grand Dunbar Foreman Lincoln Park Northside Schurz Taft Urban Prep
Who will be likely running? Brian Carter (jr)- Kelvyn Park (tentative, meet day decision) Victor Medina (sr) - Kelvyn Park Jamal McNeeley (so) - Kelvyn Park Carl Young (so) - Orr Mac Melto (jr) - Northside Wesley Laytham (sr) - Northside Rasheed Woolfolk (sr)- Corliss Denzell Castine (sr) - Corliss
Spotlight runner - Qunicy Towns (so) of Kelvyn Park.
At the DeLaSalle Invite last week, Kelvyn Park stacked up the 4x160 relay team with their big three of all-state sprinter Brian Carter and state qualifiers Victor Medina and Jamal McNeeley. The 4th person to the relay was sophomore Quincy Towns. I don't know too much about Towns, but I do know that with Towns the 4x160 relay team ran 1:19.3 - a time which puts Kelvyn Park near the top of the 4x160 marks in the Leaderboard.
Also look out for junior Mac Melto of Northside. Melto ran a CPS best 51.7 at U-High last week. Northside, a 3A team, could be tested by Victor Medina (sr) of class 2A Kelvyn Park. I do not have the heet sheet, but if those two face off in the 400, we could have time in the mid 51's.
David Williams (sr. Forward/Center) for Corliss stands at about 6-4 or 6-5 and weighs about 230lb, is Corliss's leading scoring.
Corliss had a rough season last year finishing with a 6-17 overall record. But their record can be forgiven because 7 of their losses came from Red-South Conference opponents. The Red-South is the toughest basketball conference in the state holding basketball powers Simeon, Morgan Park, Brooks, and CVS. Because of their conference finish last year, Harlan was sent back down to the Blue-South conference with more manageable opponents like Hirsh, Longwood, Gage Park, and ACE Tech (those teams are a combined 6-17 this year).
Corliss's hopes of going back to the Red will rely heavily on the big frame of David Williams. Williams stands at about 6-4 or 6-5 and I estimate his weight to be about 230 or 240lbs. On the basketball court he is a wide body that takes up a lot of space. David uses his frame well to get rebounds.
"I was the leading scorer last year", said Williams after I talked to him in the game.
Williams is again the leading scorer for Corliss this season. From what I've seen of him, Williams is a very strong and agressive player that can score inside using his body well. He moves well for a guy his size, but his weight does limit his jumping level a bit. to make up for it, he uses his body to score.
His aggressiveness can be a blessing in that it get's him points and rebounds, but at the same time, his aggressiveness creates a lot of fouls. In one of the games I watched him play, he got into early foul trouble. But the Corliss coach wanted his offense in there so bad that he substituted him in during offensive possessions and substituted him out during defensive possessions.
After a 1-3 start of this season, Corliss has won 5 games in a row and now sits on top of the Blue-South conference. but with games still to play against conference challengers Urban Prep and Agriculture Science, we don't know yet if Corliss will win it.
Corliss does have a good chance to win the Blue-South. WIlliams is teamed up with some promising young teammates like Deonte Wilkins and Deonte Loggis and 6-6 sophomore Marcus Reed. Now, if the coaching staff can get them to gel together as a team and play more team ball, Corliss should have a good shot at going back to the Red Conference.
"We want to make it downstate...and we want to go after Harlan" said Williams on what his goal is for this year.