I got some more information on Raheem Powell(so), the sophomore from Orr that bursted in the CPS track scene with some eye opening performances at last Saturday's ISU Co-Ed Invite. He won the triple jump (44-4.5), 55 meter hurdles (7.84), and long jump (21-8).
So what is the scoop on Powell?
Powell is a transfer from Sanford Seminole High School in Sanford, FL - a middle class suburb north of Orlando. As a freshman Powell played on the freshman football team. This in a school where football is huge. Their freshman football team had about 60 players on its roster. The Sanford Seminoles won the state championship in 2008.
Powell's big mark came in track. As a freshman on the Seminole High School track team he starred in hurdles and jumps.
Here are Powell's personal bests as a freshman
110 Meter Hurdles 15.71
300 Meter Hurdles 41.37
High Jump 5-2
Long Jump 21-4
Triple Jump 45-0.5
Powell has come from a good sports program in Florida. Let's hope he brings some of that southern speed up north to the CPS.
Jibreel Jackson(left) of Curie guards Kendall Wesley of Bogan.photo: Robert Thornton (newsphotography network) check out Robert Thornton at examiner.com/chicago high school sports
Curie 50 Bogan 47 The return of Maurice Fleming(sr) helped sparked Curie to the win. Fleming, out with an injury the whole season until last week scored 11 points off the bench including 3 3 pointers to help hold off Bogan. Bogan had tow chances to tie the game at the end but fell just short. These are two teams that are capable of going very deep in the upcoming state playoffs.
Jaylon Tate of Simeon moves the ball against DeShaun King of Orr.photo: Robert Thornton (newsphotography network)check out Robert Thornton at examiner.com/chicago high school sports
Simeon 61 Orr 51 Guard Kendrick Nunn hit a three pointer to give #1 Simeon a 15-12 first quarter lead that Simeon never relinquished. Simeon advances to the city championship game for the first time believe it or not since the 2007 Derrick Rose led SImeon team.
A Taft win today over Prosser clinches the Chicago Big Shoulders conference and finally propels Taft to the elusive Illini conference. They will get rewarded by probably being placed in the Illini-Red Bird where they face the likes of Simeon and Dunbar; no more games against Clemente and Schurz.
CHICAGO BIG SHOULDERS Taft vs. Prosser at Hanson, 3:30 - Taft by 10
CHICAGO SECOND CITY Kelly vs. Uplift at Winnemac, 3:30 - Toss Up Urban Prep vs. DuSable at Eckersall, 3:30 - Urban Prep by 7
NONCONFERENCE Clark vs. Bogan at Rockne, 3:30 - Clark by 10 Raby vs. Amundsen at Hanson, 7- Raby by 12 Senn at Lane Tech, 3:30 - Lane Tech by 21
PUBLIC LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Carver vs. Simeon at Gately, 7 - Simeon by 40 Orr vs. Fenger at Gately, 3:30 - Toss up Robeson vs. Julian at Lane, 7 - Robeson by 3 Young vs. Morgan Park at Stagg, 3:30 - Morgan Park by 14
Carl Young (jr, 5-9, 200lb, RB/LB) and Orr are fighting for their state playoff lives. A loss today will end their season. A win clinches a state playoff spot and advances them into the city quarterfinals.
Jamal McDowell (5-11, 170lbs, jr) of Orr wraps up a King player.
Orr had a good season last year, winning the Illini-Heartland conference and beating Whitney Young 26-12 in the city playoffs. Their reward? A promotion to the much tougher Illini-Prairie State conference with Hubbard, Morgan Park, Robeson, Bogan and Amundsen.
If Orr is to suceed or even stay in the Illini-Heartland, much of it will have to do with the play of Jamal McDowell. McDowell plays both ways for Orr. ON the offensive side of the ball Jamal McDowell (5-11, 170lbs, jr) of Orr is in the QB Watch List. He is right there behind that 2nd group of QB's behind Gregory of Simeon, Fleming of Curie, and Hurley of Julian. McDowell, only a junior will be one of the top QB's in the CPS next year after this great group of QB's graduate this year.
McDowell can run. I have not seen his passing ability much as Orr does not through the ball often.
On the defesnive side of the ball, Orr plays linebacker.
Orr also has talented running back Carl Young. Young, only a junior, has been a mainstay on the Orr varsity since his freshman year and is expected to be yet again a big offensive runnig threat for Orr.
Orr schedule and Neilski's projected results Aug 27 vs Brother Rice - Loss Sep 3 at Clark- Win Sep 10 vs Senn- Win Sep 17 vs Hubbard - Loss Sep 23 at Morgan Park - Loss Oct 1 at Bogan- Toss Up Oct 8 at Amundsen- Toss Up Oct 15 vs Robeson - Loss
Key game: Oct 8 vs Amundsen - Orr must win this game, for it could decide if they stay in the Illini.