I got the following email regarding Ronald Gaines III (C/G/LS 6-4, 270lbs, jr) of Simeon.
I got the following email regarding Ronald Gaines III (C/G/LS 6-4, 270lbs, jr) of Simeon.
Simeon Wins City
Simeon's defense came up big several times in the game . Arkalius Howard had 3 TD's to help Simeon reclaim the city crown.
Johnsburg Stuns Phillips in Over Time
Phillips held Johnsburg star running back Alex Peete to only 18 yards rushing and their quarterback to only 4 of 21 passing and 3 interceptions. But the Johnsburg defense came up big as they stopped Phillips on a two point conversion in the 4th quarter that would have given Phillips the lead. Kamari Mosby had 249 yards rushing for Phillips but fumbles were costly for Phillips. In overtime, Phillips couldn't score. Johnsburg won the game on a 25 yard field goal in overtime. Phillips quest for a 2nd straight state championship ends in stunning fashion.
Simeon 36 Curie 14 - F
Class 4A State Semi-finals
Johnsburg 23 Phillips 20 -OT
Curie and Simeon play this Friday for the CPS championship. The winner will meet Mt. Carmel in the annual Prep Bowl on Black Friday. Mt. Carmel is looking to repeat after beating Curie last year.
Curie and Simeon will play next Friday, November 18 at a time and place to be determined. This is a rematch from last year's city championship game in which Curie came out victorious. Curie beat Simeon 28-21 in the regular season.
With Phillips state championship in football last year, this is the first summer going into the football season where nobody can say the CPS does not have a state championship in football. You can get rid of the old saying that Robeson's 1982 team was the only CPS team to ever reach the state championship finals in football (a 16-12 loss to Rockford Guilford). You can bury the ghosts of the 6 (if my history is correct) CPS teams that reached the state semi-finals but could not go further. Hubbard made it to the semi-finals in 2005. Lane Tech reached the semi-final in 1980- coached by recently passed away coach Sam Bronswick.
The IHSA started state football playoffs in 1974. In that span of 41 years, Phillips is the only team to have won a state championship. It begs to ask the question, when will the CPS win their next one. Instead of asking when, I hope CPS coaches and players focus on what needs to be done to get better.
One of the first steps is to get rid of all the excuses that have somehow been ingrained in old timer in the CPS and hope it does not go into the psyche of the kids. We all know the excuses (lack of funding, poor kids, CPS is a basketball conference, culture, crime ridden neighborhoods, etc). Nobody - not even I will deny those factors exist. But somehow, Phillips overcame those supposed obstacles and prevailed. Not only did they prevail, but they rolled over all of their opponents in the Class 4A playoffs. The demolished a really good Belleville Althoff team 51-7 in the state championship game.
A lot of people in the city and statewide will have their eyes this year on defending state champion Phillips who btw open against Fenwick then play Richards and Simeon. I'll surely see how they do. But I'll be looking at the continued development of some other CPS football programs. Below are just some of the teams I'll keep a tab on:
Marques Rey(5-11,174lbs, jr to be, WR/SS) of Simeon picked up an offer to play football from Bowling Green State University.
Rey is part of a talented Simeon receiving corp that also features ultra quick Damani Reed(5-9, 160lbs, sr, WR/CB), rising junior Jayshon Jackson(5-11,160lbs, jr, WR), and 6-2 senior Joseph Tolbert(6-2, WR)/ I am also hearing that Jackson is a potential candidate to be the starting quarterback. Simeon will need all the talent it can muster as it looks to regain its status on top of the CPS after a year which saw them lose to Curie in the city finals and to class 4A Phillips in the regular season.
Curie's win over Simeon at the Pontiac Boys Basketball Tournament, says a lot about the direction of both programs.
Curie has now beaten Simeon in football and basketball for the first time in one school year in maybe FOREVER. I cannot ever remember that happening.
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East St. Louis @ Simeon- Saturday
Phillips vs Fenwick
These are games which will have media from all over and high school football fans will be keeping a big eye on.
Simeon vs East St Louis. Both of these programs have storied histories. But East St. Louis has been much more successful statewide over the years. I know East St. Louis has some studs on their team and has a history and all that, but I love the momentum going on at Simeon. I am going on a limb and say right now that I would not be surprised if Simeon wins this game by 14 points.
Phillips is state ranked. The Tribune has them ranked ahead of St. Rita, Joliet Catholic, and Maine South. Fenwick is not ranked. I don't care. Last year, I saw catholic school Carmel go into Phillips field and hand Phillips their only regular season loss. Much hype has been on the fact that Quayvon Skanes(sr, WR) will be the starting QB for Phillips. I am sure he will do well running the ball and handing it off. But Fenwick has a defense that is capable of stopping a running game and Fenwick did beat Carmel last year where Phillips could not. Still, I like Phillips in this game but I don't see it a runaway game.
Simeon will play Greenville High School for their week 2 non-conference game. Simeon had to scramble to find a game after Wheaton St Francis backed out of their originally scheduled week 2 game against Simeon.
The game will be played on Friday, September 4th, 7pm at Greenville, MS. I heard Simeon tried to get an in state opponent but was not able to do so because everyone's schedule was filled so they got a game in SEC country in Mississppi. Wheaton St. Francis will play Catalyst/Maria out of Chicago- a school with only 475 students. I guess St. Francis is trying to get a W before they play their Catholic League opponents.
Meanwhile, I am not sure how much of a game the Greenville game will be as I heard Greenville had only 1 win last season.
Simeon hopes to have lineman Terrell Maclin-Dupree(6-5, 310lbs,sr, OL.DL) back in that game after suffering a concussion after getting hit by a car in July. He will miss their opener vs East St Louis.
One of the reasons for Simeon's success is their dominating line. They are big, fast, and are good. (DS photo)
Watch the dominating play of returning Center Dantrell Smith(6-0, 275lbs, sr, C). See how he opens up the run game by pushing his opponent back to oblivion.
Chris Casey(6-2, 195lbs, sr LB/DE) of Richards has transferred to Simeon and will play for the Wolverine football team this fall. Casey is a DI college linebacker prospect and is getting looked at by several Big 10 Schools.Casey has a lot of explosiveness and speed. You'll see him break up a lot of running plays, cause tackles for loss, and generally disrupt opposing offenses.
It will be curious how Simeon uses Casey because Simeon already has 3 high impact linebackers in Quinton Jones(5-10, 200lbs, sr. MLB/OLB), Antonio Crosby(5-10, 200lbs, sr, LB), and Brandon Purnell(6-2, 227lbs, sr, LB). All 3 are all-city caliber linebackers and are being looked at by colleges. They may put Casey or one of the others at the Defensive End or other position.
Simeon returns a lot of players - particularly on the defensive side of the ball- from a team that advanced to the 8A semi-finals last year. Simeon's defense averaged only 5 points a game in their 7 CPS games last year. Futhermore, they only gave up 9 points to Wheaton North, 7 points to Downers Grove South, and 17 points to Hinsdale Central.
This linebacking crew assembled by Simeon is one of the best in the Chicago area. The addition of Casey makes an already great Simeon defense even better.
This may sound like a weird request but I was wondering if you could get in contact with a student for me. We have a championship ring here at a restaurant in Iowa that I believe belongs to an athlete from CPS. The ring belongs to someone with the last name Whitehead, a wrestler in the 195 pound weight class from Simeon High School. The ring was found at Taco Tico in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Please e-mail me back if you can help.locate this person! Thanks!
If you feel you can help Brittany reunite the ring to the owner send me an email at Publisher@CPSfan.com
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.
2015 Pre Season Prep Bowl line up
12:00 Mt. Carmel vs Marist at Soldier Field
3:15 St. Rita vs Malvern Prep of Philadelphia at Soldier Field
6:30 Chicago Simeon vs East St. Louis at Gately
Fabbians Ebbele was a 6-8, 295lb monster lineman playing for Simeon. Then he picked the University of Arizona for college. He signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers.
EJ Bibbs of Bogan and Iowa State and Louis Trinca-Pasat of Lane Tech and Iowa were not selected in the 7 round NFL draft last weekend. However, soon thereafter they signed as free agents. Bibbs was picked up by the Cleveland Browns and Pasat-Trinca signed with the St. Louis Rams.
19 tight ends were selected ahead of Bibbs, but he will now get his chance with the Browns.
"Thank God Rams have given me one more opportunity. Those who overlooked me will regret it," said Pasat-Trinca after signing with the Rams.
The CPS at the 2015 NFL draft
Laken Tomlinson - Lane Tech- Duke- 1st round Detroit Lions
Daron Brown- Morgan Park- NIU- 7th round Kansas City Chiefs
Fabbians Ebbele - Simeon- Arizona- Undrafted Free Agent
Louis Trinca-Pasat - Lane Tech- Iowa - Undrafted Free Agent
EJ Bibbs - Bogan - Iowa State - Undrafted Free Agent
Dante Culbreath(left) Simeon Head Football Coach, Dante Fowler(center) of the University of Florida Gators and projected top 10 NFL draft pick, and Neilski at the Gatorade Evolution of Football Panel Discussion Pre- NFL Draft 2015 event held at the Art Institute.
Special thanks to NFL sponsor Gatorade for the special invitation to national and local media and football figures to the the Gatorade Evolution of Football Panel Discussion Pre- NFL Draft 2015 event held at the Art Institute.
The CPS is going to figure prominently at this year's draft which is held in Chicago after being in New York City for a long time. The CPS should get at the minimum of 1-2 players drafted for sure and maybe upto 4 or 5 that will either get drafted or signed as an undrafted free agent.
Sneak peek of the NFL Draft Camp at Grant Park. The City of Chicago is holding a free 3 day football festival in Grant Park featuring music, food, and a host of family friendly activities like kicking field goals, and getting autographs from NFL prospects. If you are downtown this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday you may want to check it out. I got some backstage pre-event access yesterday. Lot's of people taking pictures from the outside, a lot of cool screens, a huge tent, and lots of buzz. This looks like it will be a happening event for any football fan.
Matt Fleming(sr) of Simeon traveled to Belleville West "Norm Armstrong" Invitational this past weekend and came home with IL#3 time under legal conditions in 200m (22.31) & IL#2 mark under legal conditions in Long Jump (22'11), finishing behind the premier jumper in the nation (US#2/IL#1 & New Balance Champion; 24'10 & 51'11) Ja'Mari Ward of Cahokia.
Be on the look out for Qwentn Bolton , Running Back C/O 2016 5'10 195lbs Simeon career academy
Normal 64 Simeon 50
Normal upsets #1 state ranked Simeon. With the loss the CPS loses any chance of winning state in class 4A, 3A, and 2A - all three of them.
Morgan Park 64 Hillcrest 53
Morgan Park holds on after being up by only 4 midway through the 4th quarter. Morgan Park's quest of winning three state championships in a row is still alive.
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Here is the email I got from Gatorade:
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The embargo will be lifted at 9:00 am ET on Thursday, March 12
Here's the cool video:
At 6-3,225lbs Dakota Turner has the size, strength, arm, and ability to keep Simeon football in a highly competitive position. Turner got some valuable playing time last season as the back up and looks to play a much bigger role for a Simeon football team that surprised by advancing all the way to the state semi-finals in class 8A last fall. He is one of the reasons why optimism continues at Simeon.
PLAYER TO WATCH
40 yd: 4:9
Here is my highlight tape
Got a scoop? Publisher@CPSfan.com
submissions with pictures will most likely be published.
Bogan 47 Simeon 42
Bogan won its first city championship in boys basketball after a 47-42 upset of Simeon. Luwane Pipkins(sr) led Bogan with 19 points. He hit 10 of 11 free throws. Simeon won big last night in their win over #1 Stevenson but could not win two nights in a row.
I got this email from Demar Holmes of Simeon:
Look out for Simeon upcoming junior Demar Holmes. This is my highlight tape. Check out my highlight:
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4591358/highlights/189389377 I am 6'6 240 I play OL/DL/TE
After watching his highlight tape here is my thoughts:
"Another quality lineman for Simeon....great height at 6'6", blocks well for the run game, hard for defensive linemen to push him, at 4.9 for a 40 really fast for a lineman of his size, definitely add to my CPS linemen to watch list."
Got a scoop? Publisher@CPSfan.com
Winter 2015 - CPS Wrestling Championship
Top 6 Teams
1. 207.5 - Simeon
2. 159.5 - Bowen
3. 109.5 - Taft
4. 70.5 - Lane Tech
5. 67 - Hubbard
6. 62 - Bronzeville
Some Individual Results
Darnell Smith of Urban-Prep Englewood p. Francisco Reyes of Lindblom :21
Kaiden Friedrich of Lane Tech d. Vince Rangel ofTaft 9-3
Jonathan Gonzalez of Juarez d. Ivan Zamora of Kelly 6-1
Jair Torres of Kelvyn Park d. Dashaun Brown of Simeon 4-3
Bryon Simmons of Simeon p. Denzel Pennix of Morgan Park 4:50
Jake Davis of Lane Tech d. Amer Shalabi of Ag Science 7-1
Giovanni Sosa of Bowen p. Jeremiah Delt of Simeon 1:50
Danny Gallo of Taft p. Jordan Canet of Bowen 2:41
Georgie Sosa of Bowen d. Akin Durodola of Simeon 10-3
David Wojs of Taft p, Taylor Kistulenic of Westinghouse 2:24
Brandon Pettis of Hubbard p. Timothy Bell of Bronzeville :45
195, Omar Ibarra of Juarez d. Dakotah Peterson of Taft 5-1
Brandyn Peacock of Bowen d. Brandon Purnell of Simeon 17-7
Darius Sims of Hubbard p. Malik Allen of Simeon 1:30
Phillips and Simeon have talent all over their roster and should be competitive for years to come. Pictured above is 6-4, 225lb jr defensive end Devin Jones of Phillips. Jones - despite his height, size, and skill does not even start for Phillips. For over 90% of CPS schools, a talent like Jones would be a definite starter.
No team, I don't care who you are makes it to the state finals every year. Even Simeon's basketball team got bounced out of the state playoffs last year before making it downstate.
So the expectation should be not to win state every year, but to field and prepare your team, so your team is in the hunt. Phillips and Simeon have built their program so that their varsity level is ready every year. They may not advance to the semi-finals of state every year, but if they keep up their program, they will be in the picture to advance in the state playoffs every year.
This year, Phillips and Simeon are a "story". The CPS seems to be gaining momentum in the right direction. If we keep putting the effort, there could be a day (soon) when the CPS advances two teams to the state semi-finals and it is not a major story.
King, Curie, and other programs seem to be headed in that direction. Others like Harper, Hubbard, Morgan Park, North Lawndale, Payton, and the other CPS schools will have an opportunity this off season to keep moving in the right direction.