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ASNN News Ticker MON JAN 31-GIRLS BASKETBALL: GCAC RED TOURNAMENT-Loyola 73, Queen of Peace 39; Mother McAuley 56, St. Ignatius 42; St. Joseph 56, Resurrection 43; Trinity 66, Regina 16; GCAC WHITE TOURNAMENT-St. Francis de Sales 62, Seton 59 (2 OT); De La Salle 71, Maria 37; Mount Assisi 52, Gordon Tech 37; St. Benedict 58, Holy Trinity 33; Aurora Christian 61, Paw Paw 22; Joliet West 46, Lincoln-Way Central 44; SAT JAN 29-GIRLS BASKETBALL:Rich South 53, Champaign Centennial 40; Richards 56, Stagg 44; Benet 56, Loyola 43; Bishop McNamara 54, St. Viator 38; Zion-Benton 52, Elk Grove 43; SWEET 16 TOURNAMENT (at Lake Zurich)-Marian Catholic 49, Fremd 29; Marian Catholic 61, St. Charles North 47; Marist 80, Johnsburg 43; Marist 48, Maine South 35; Fenwick 64, Barrington 56; Fenwick 60, Fremd 37; Lincoln-Way East 53, Maine West 27; Sandburg 52, Johnsburg 45; Sandburg 46, Providence 45; BOYS BASKETBALL:Simeon 60, Young 39; Marian Catholic 56, Carmel 39; Bloom 52, Joliet Central 34; Leo 69, Immaculate Conception 53
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Baby it's cold outside but HOT in gyms!
120610 thru 121210
As the temperature drops outside, gymnasiums round the Chicagoland area are heating up with fantastic ball play. Click here to read more...
Proviso West Holiday Tournament
The Pairings have now been announced for the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament which once again features a loaded field. Benet Academy, Chicago Morgan Park and Hillcrest headline the field of 16 competing teams.......... click here for details
As the season ticks...
Illinois As we close out of November and Football, we all file into various gymnasiums around the Chicagoland area for some B-Ball,. Many teams are making their marks and boxing out their competitors... while others are filling their way and building chemistry. Nonetheless, it is STRAIGHT-UP basketball time. Click here for more...
We have moved into the BIG gym
What a fantastic kick-off week of girls basketball... and now the boys are going full court press too.... For more on all of the high school sports November 22 - 28 click here.
Girls Basketball Tips off
The bouncing ball can be heard again in high schools gymnasiums throughout the area with hopes of going downstate. For some, the season got off to a quick start... for others, first game jitters prevailed... For more from Week 1 of Girls basketball, click here.
Morgan Tuck committs....
Bolingbrook's 6-foot-2 junior made an oral commitment to a national powerhouse... Tuck is currently ranked number 12 in the 2012 class by ESPN HoopGurlz. To find out where she's going, click here.

2010 Basketball Signees
It's that time of the year - National Basketball Signing day... Surprisingly enough, many players elected to stay close to the Chicagoland area. To read who went where, click here.
McDonald's game heading to United Center
The annual basketball games are returning back to Chicago to showcase the best of the best. For more information, click here.
Smith, a 6-foot guard/forward made her selection on her second official visit, and her selection was Princeton! Smith averaged 16 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season for the Knights, who reached the Class 3A supersectionals. She’s a three-year varsity starter who also played on Richwoods’ Class 3A state championship team in 2009. Smith is also listed as 57th in her recruiting class and ninth at her position by ESPN.com. CONGRATULATIONS and best of EVERYTHING!

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BIG Dipper expands...
Rich South high schools' annual basketball event has agreed with local corporate powerhouse, McDonald's, for sponsorship. For more about this story, click here.
NOTE: Story provided by SouthtownStar.
2010-11 NBA TV Schedule
The 2010-11 NBA TV schedule is here. The national television networks that show NBA games are TNT and ESPN/ABC. The bulk of games are on TNT or ESPN, with select few regular season games appearing on ABC. However, the NBA Finals are shown on ABC. For more, click here.

Brooks, a 6-3 guard, has given a verbal commitment to DePaul. Brooks has been known to put on a show with his athleticism and dunking ability. He often has been described by his coaches as a Big East player due to his athleticism. For more,
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Local All-American 5'6" point guard, Ariel Massengale, has made it official and submitted a verbal commitment to Tennessee. She is recognized as a top point guard prospect in the 2011 class who is rated the No. 6 overall in the ESPN HoopGurlz Hot 100. Click here for more.

2010 NBA Mock Draft
Here is our annual NBA Mock Draft... who'll go first? What will your favorite team do? 
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Jasmine Matthews decides...
5'10 guard from Marian Catholic, Jasmine Matthews, made an oral commitment to..... click here to read about her selection...
Rich South parts ways with Brooks
Macari Brooks, one of the state's top basketball players in the Class of 2011, will not be playing for Rich South next season. For more click here.

NOTE: Story provided by Chicago Sun-Times

James Crockett commits...

6'3", junior forward from Crete-Monee high school makes a decision on playing at the next level... click here to find out where!

Fabyon Harris commits...

Hyde Park guard made his selection Friday night at the school. He made his choice among a number of schools, most notable included Houston, DePaul, and Cincinnati. To read his selection click here.

NCAA expands to 68
The NCAA's Board of Directors has approved the new 68-team men's basketball tournament that will begin next season (2010-11). For more click here.

EXTRA's from the State Finals
2010 Slam Dunk Spectacular

Jabari Parker became the first freshman — EVER — to start for Simeon

Hillcrest trophy case is full after this season

Who will be ranked the 2010-11 preseason number 1 team? Player?

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2010 State Finals have been decided...
Team efforts decides the Class 3A title for Hillcrest... Marshall rebounds... Illinois-bound Jereme Richmond ends career on a high note... and Simeon wins it all in an easy fashion. Click here to read the State finals' recap.

Semifinals tip-off
With a dominate presence of Chicago area teams downstate, (Simeon, Young, Marshall and Hillcrest), who will come back with their classes' State title? Click here for Friday's recap.

3A/4A Clinch time...
Who's going downstate? Is it
Marshall or St. Viator? Did Hillcrest do enough to follow the girls path to downstate over Robeson? Peoria Richwoods or Oswego? Champaign Centennial or Cahokia? Does Jereme get another shot at a title or did Bartlett have enough fire-power to advance? Simeon or Benet? O'Fallon or Joliet? And finally, will Young advance once mover over Maine South? Click here for recaps...

Robinson wins Class 2A title
The Class 2A championship game took overtime to decide who would stand at the top of the hill and when the final whistle blew, it was Robinson knocking off well-known Peoria Manual. For more, click here.

Spartans rebound at State finals
Less than 24 hours after a disappointing loss, the Spartans rebound and end their season on a winning note defeating Breese Central 80-70. Click here for more.

Hales comes up short in semis
The Spartan magic comes undone against Robinson 64-61 in the Class 2A semifinals. For more click here.

Boys' Playoff Week
What an exciting week of boys basketball. . . This week the Class 1A / 2A punch their tickets for Peoria, and Class 3A / 4A continue to battle in order to get their tickets punched... Click here to review the week that was...

2010 State Final exams put the best of the best in the Class 3A and 4A on the prestigious stage - Redbird Arena!

In the Class 3A final, Montini and Hillcrest battled back-and-forth, but no one was prepared for what would happen in the third quarter. Click here to read our coverage.

The Raiders held-off Young in a late rally to defend their title. For more, click here.

Girls Class 4A semifinals!
Third time is the charm! The table is all set and ready for its guest... Young vs. Bolingbrook!  This is their
third straight year where they are sitting at the BIG table... Who will prevail? Stay tune but for now, click here to read how they got to this point...

Girls Class 3A semifinals!
At the start of every season, all teams have one common goal to not only win their respective conferences but to go  downstate. But once you are there, you want it all and for Hillcrest and Montini, both teams demonstrated on day one that they belong... Read how they won their semi-final games by clicking here.

The R-I-C-Hs' advance!
Rich South handled their business Wednesday night over Joliet Catholic, 81-37 on their home court in the Class 3A regional.

As for Rich Central, they had to put in work in order to advance over (Chicago) Carver with a buzzer beater by senior Chris Smith with 7 seconds left in the game. For more, click here.

Crete & Brooks advance with ease
Crete and Brooks handle their business and advance to the Illiana regional finals Friday night. Both teams came out and made a B-I-G statement in their victories. For more click here.

All aboard... Next stop Redbird Arena!!!
As the girls tickets are being punched for the State finals, the boys are starting their quest for State... Who'll be on top? CLASS 3A: Hillcrest? Oswego? Springfield? Montini? CLASS 4A:  Bolingbrook? Hersey? Fenwick? Young? All of these teams will battle this weekend at Redbird Arena (Normal, IL). Click here for more.

A-L-I   B-U-M-A-Y-E!!!
Who said basketball is about height? In the sectional championship, it was the heart of 5'2" Ali that helped the Lady Hawks advance over number 1 seed T.F. North, 76-62. "They were so tall. I was just trying to get a foul and trying to make my free throws," Ali said after the game.  For more, click here.

Gyms are packed and full of energy...
As the playoffs move to sectionals (girls) and the 1A/2A boys tip-off, every team has high hopes of going downstate. The  dreams truly come full circle this week for many, and turns to nightmares for others. BIG sectional re-match gets things going Tuesday night over @ the Hillcrest sectional (Hillcrest vs Rich Central)... Whew!!!! We are locked and ready to go with our full coverage during these runs... For details on games we covered this week, click here.

2010 McDonald's Rosters
Illinois lone roster spot belong to senior, Illinois recruit, Jereme Richmond was one of 24 boys basketball players named to the 2010 McDonald's All American team today. At the time of this writing, Richmond is averaging 21 points and 12 boards per game.  The McDonald's game will be played March 31 in Columbus, Ohio. To review rosters' click here.

DePaul's young recruit
CHESTERTON, Ind. — Inside a stuffy auxiliary high school gym at 10 a.m. Saturday, 65 miles from his home in Rosemont, 14-year-old Jahlil Okafor worked up a sweat working on his crossover dribble.

Dribble, dribble, cross. Dribble, dribble, cross. Between the left leg, then the right. Down the court and back.

For more, click here.

2010 City-Suburban Showdown

What a wonderful weekend of sports... if Friday nights' public league championship game between Morgan Park (61) and Marshall (60) was the appetizer, then the entree' featured a three-course meal that was not only fulfilling, but absolutely delicious... For more on this entree, click here.

Lady Hawks continue on...

... to the sectional to face Rich Central. But first they had to play Oak Forest and what an offensive explosion this was... Kristyne Marshall had the hot hands in the contest knocking down 15 and grabbed 8 boards, followed by Ali who added 10. For more click here

Week Round-up February 15-21, 2010
It's P-L-A-Y-O-F-F- time... The girls class 3A and 4A have tipped off this week along with the 3-point shooting contest. On the other side of the ball, the boys are fighting for conference championships, bragging rights and final seeding positions, and as you have come to learn over the season... we were at many baselines covering these games... for more click here.

Lady Hawk soar in regionals...
Over the season, Hillcrest has been up and down in the opening quarter of games but not Wednesday night (2/17/10). The Lady Hawks put together a fast-paced, aggressive attack on Bremen which stifle their offensive abilities. For more click here.



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Stars were aligned...

... as Rich South defeats Richards in the regional playoffs.  This was a good a old fashion basketball battle where both teams needed to focus on the basics... ball control and free throws. For more visit our week round-up by clicking here

Week Round-up February 8-14, 2010
As Mother Nature continues to hammer the Chicagoland area with inches and inches of snow and cold weather, gyms around the area continue to heat up as city playoffs, regionals' and teams are trying to win their respected conferences. And this week, a H-U-G-E upset including Morgan Park knocking off Young. Click here to read about action goign on this week.

Week Round-up February 2-7, 2010
With National Signing Day occurring, many teams continue to make their move for a good seed coming down the stretch. To read more, click here.

Girls 3A / 4A pairing announced
It's almost that time again... playoff time! Opening round games tip off February 15. So let the March to Redbird Arena begin. Good luck... For details visit IHSA.org

Jailyn Norris commits. . .
5'10" junior guard Jailyn Norris from Homewood-Flossmoor gave an oral commitment to .... click here to find out!

Week Round-up January 25-31, 2010
What a week of basketball... Public league playoffs tipped off and many teams are maintaining while others are making their move... plus key match-ups are scheduled for conference play... and when this is occurring, we'll be right at the baseline....  Click here to check out this weeks action.

G-Marshall commits...

The 5'11" junior point guard at Gwendolyn Brooks gave a verbal commitment recently. To read more about his commitment, click here.

Week Round-up January 18-24, 2010
It's conference play time... time for teams to make a statement... time for teams to make their move... and when this is occurring, we'll be right at the baseline....  Click here to check out this weeks action.

Week Round-up January 4-10, 2010
As Mother Nature keeps her reservation set for the Chicagoland area, bringing in several inches of snow and freezing temps, it's good to lean on gyms around the area to stay warm and entertained. Click here to check out this weeks action.

BIG DIPPER Recap - Day 4
AmateurSports365.com - It's championship day... time to crown someone! In the consolidation games put Bloom against Rich Central; and Crete-Monee up against Hales; plus other statement games... 

Click here to read about Day 4.

BIG DIPPER Recap - Day 3
AmateurSports365.com - As Day 3 featured a hot and spicy final four like no other... Hales vs Thornton, and a rematch of Crete-Monee vs. Rich South.... I highly suggest you get your ticket now and come on out for championship night at Rich South high School.... In the meantime, click here to read about Day 3.

BIG DIPPER Recap - Day 2
AmateurSports365.com - With a day off, the BIG Dipper tipped off on Monday right where they left off with some wonderful match-ups including Bolingbrook taking on Hales; Thornton-Seton; and Crete-Leo, to name a few. So again, we must ask, how do you begin to summarize the Dipper? I highly suggest you come on out to Rich South high School and  see for yourself. In the meantime, click here to read about Day 2.

BIG DIPPER Recap-Day 1
AmateurSports365.com - How do you begin to summarize the Dipper? Exciting, amazing, talented, diverse, fast-paced, and most of all these days - AFFORDABLE!!! For more including video highlights, click here.

HOOP HIGHLIGHTS - Week of December 21
AmateurSports365.com - What an exciting week of hoops going into the traditional holiday tournaments... PRE-TOURNAMENT SHOWDOWNS!!! Click here for more...

HOOP HIGHLIGHTS - Week of December 14
The week kicked off with some statement games, a young man on fire, a  double digit comeback, ESPN Spotlight game and our coverage of the Shootout at the Hill.... For more, click here.

BIG DIPPER Field has been announced
Big Dipper XXXVI figures to offer fans some outstanding matchups right from the opening round this year. This is one of the deepest fields ever for boys basketball in the Chicagoland area. For more on the Big Dipper, click here.

Weekend Round up - December 11-12, 2009
The Stars were aligned this weekend, not only for Rich South but also for Bloom Township and Whitney Young Lady Dolphins. For more, click here.
2009 CPS Boys Basketball Showcase
This basketball showcase was played over two days over at Chicago State University in the Jones Convocation Center and featuring some of the best teams in the area, including the 2009 Class 4A champs, Whitney Young Dolphins, as well as their runner up counterparts, Thornton and North Lawndale. It also showcased the Class 2A champs Seton Academy. For more, click here...
Hillcrest crowned 2009 Galaxy Tournament
The Galaxy Girls Basketball Tournament tipped off last week and brought out some of the best talent in girls basketball including Harlan, Bloom Township, Bishop McNamara, Lincoln-Way North, Rich South, Shepard, Thornwood, and returning champion, Hillcrest Hawks. To read more, click here!
Basketball is back! Need I repeat myself?  Basketball is back!  As I woke up a couple of weeks ago to my delight the four-letter network, ESPN, had prepared a menu for me that was just plain ol' delicious - 24 hours of basketball!!!  MMMM MMMM G-O-O-D!!!  Click here for more...

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Rich South loses Head
Rich South senior Crandall Head, a 6-4 guard who has committed to Illinois, will have surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee on Sept. 29, Stars coach Scot Ritter said. Head injured his knee at an AAU tournament at the end of July. He originally thought it was a strain and tried to rehab the knee. A reevaluation of the injury determined it was a torn ACL. For more, click here!
Best Amateur Dunk in a L-O-N-G time! In a word W-H-E-W!!!
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