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9.10.13 NOTE- WE HAVE NOT LEFT. JUST WAITING FOR THE START OF THE 2013-2014 SEASON. THE BEST GAME PHOTO FOOTAGE WILL BE SEEN HERE AS ALWAYS. JUST USING OUR FACEBOOK (FACEBOOK.COM/WEBSPORTS) FOR THE SUMMERTIME STUFF.
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Update: 12/7/13; 11:51pm
JAHLIL OKAFOR AND TOP RANKED YOUNG FALL ON BUZZER BEATER
Jahlil Okafor seen above slams on Daniel Hamilton. However Daniel Hamilton drilled a 3-point field goal at the buzzer to upend #1 ranked Whitney Young at the Chicago Elite Classic and win 62-59. Hamilton, a UConn commit, scored 17 points for the southern California school. Young's Jahlil Okafor ended up with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Update: 12/1/13; 08:23pm
CLIFF ALEXANDER LEADS CURIE OVER ST. RITA DESPITE FOULING OUT
Cliff Alexander cost himself eligibility for his next game with 2 technical foul calls but none the less Curie prevailed in a highly anticipated matchup vs. St. Rita Sunday at Curie. Alexander poured in 18 points, as well as teammates Joshua Stamps with 13 points and Joe Stamps and Marcus Gatlin both with 12 points. Gatlin provided a spark on defense several times during the game. For St. Rita Dominique Matthews led all scorers with 36 points.
Update: 11/14/13; 11:01pm
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE DEFENDING 3A CHAMPS MORGAN PARK
We caught up with the reigning champs Thursday, who also currently are ranked #3 overall pre-season. Special thanks to head coach Nick Irvin of Morgan Park for allowing us access. Also congratulations to Sr. Lamont Walker (with his mother) for gaining a scholarship to the University of Missouri Kansas City.
Update: 11/13/13; 9:00pm
GAGE PARK WITH A NEW SEASON AND NEW BEGINNING
Head Coach Andre Rogers(l) and shooting guard Antjuan Thomas
Gage Park may not be the first school you think of when one think's premium Chicago prep hoop hopefuls, but the excitement and anticipation of a new head coach and accompanying hoped-for success at this south side school attracted us here as we start our 16th season of covering Chicago basketball. After playing for and learning from the legendary late Westinghouse head coach Frank Lollino Sr., Andre Rogers years later finds himself in his 1st season as head coach at this Green-Central school. Rogers plans to bring the motivating techniques and "westside" toughness intoned into him by Lollino as well as aided by a stint coaching girls at Providence St. Mel. "Play hard and be tenacious is what he (Lollino) taught us," Rogers said at practice Wednesday. Aiding him in his up-tempo plans is junior shooting guard Antjuan Thomas, who transferred from St. Joseph. "I know I have to step up here because I'll be playing a lot more here," he told us at practice. With a challenging pre-conference schedule, including appearances at prestigious tournaments such as Dorothy Gators, Vince Carters Chopps Memorial, and the Proviso West Holiday Tournament, Gage Park will face vaunted early challenges. Just the way coach Rogers wants it.
Update: 3/8/13; 9:50pm
ORR BEATS ST. JOSEPH AND WINS NAZERETH SECTIONAL
Orr's DeMetrius Dortch (l) and Kareem Prince (r) block St. Joseph's Loren Horton Friday night at Riverside-Brookfield. Orr won 50-40 to advance to this Tuesdays Super-Sectional at The Sears Center vs North Chicago.
Update: 3/7/13; 9:47pm
YOUNG HOLDS OFF CURIE
Jahlil Okafor of Young slams against Curie Thursday at Argo. Young beat Curie 62-58 in the Argo Sectional and will face Simeon for the title Friday night.
Update: 3/5/13; 9:47pm
ORR STOMPS OUT FENWICK
Louis Adams of Orr throws down a nasty dunk Wednesday at Riverside-Brookfield. Orr beat Fenwick 55-46 to advance into the sectional final Friday night against St. Joseph/St. Ignatius
Update: 2/17/13; 10:27pm
CHRIS 'TREE' ROUNDTREE MEMORIAL GAME
Last Friday we had another young man lost to us due to a senseless shooting in Chicago. Chris ‘Tree’ Roundtree was killed in Englewood while standing outside a lounge. A CVS graduate from 2000, we ran across Chris often in our circuit of covering pro-ams, leagues, and tournaments. Tony ‘TB’ Bennett stepped in big time to show love and carry off a great game in his benefit Sunday at Marquette Park.
Update: 2/15/13; 10:27pm
WHITNEY YOUNG OUTLASTS MORGAN PARK; WINS CPL TITLE
Tyrone Slaughter, head coach of the Whitney Young Dolphins, gets doused in the locker room after the game. His team just beat Morgan Park in overtime to win the 2013 Chicago Public League Championship at Chicago State.
Update: 2/10/13; 9:41pm
SIMEON ADVANCES WITH WIN OVER BOGAN
Jabari Parker slams home 2 of his 13 points Sunday as Simeon topped Bogan 59-49 in the Chicago Public League qaurter-finals. Next up is Morgan Park Wednesday at Chicago State in the semi-finals.
Update: 2/5/13; 9:01pm
MARSHALL BESTS DUNBAR IN ROUND 1 OF CPL PLAYOFFS
Although in a loosing cause, Dunbar's James Simmons comes up big Tuesday at Dunbar. However it was Marshall with the 53-51 win in the Chicago Public League's first round of the city playoffs.
Update: 1/28/13; 8:24pm
SHARTONE MOORE GOES WILD! 35 POINTS AND 20 REBOUNDS
Shartone Moore (jr) of Team Englewood is a name you will hear a lot more from soon. This talent also contributed 6 blocked shots in his teams 75-72 senior night win over Urban Prep-Englewood Monday (1.28.13)
Update: 1/16/13; 11:51pm
SIMEON HOLDS ON AGAINST MORGAN PARK
Jabari Parker with a 3rd. quarter slam Wednesday night at Chicago State. Simeon beat rival Morgan Park 53-51.
Update: 1/14/13; 9:11pm
ORR BLOWS OUT POWER HOUSE MONDAY 1.14.13
Update: 1/7/13; 9:55pm
POWER HOUSE'S ELLIOTT COLE HITS FOR 63 POINTS
In one of the most prolific scoring exibitions we have ever seen, Elliott Cole scored 63 points Monday in Power House's 96-58 victory at Little Village.
MORGAN PARK PULLS AWAY FROM PROVISO EAST; WINS PW TOURNEY
Billy Garrett Jr. glides in for a basket in Morgan Park's Proviso West Holiday Tournament victory over Proviso East Monday in Hillside.
RICH SOUTH EDGES OUT LITTLE VILLAGE
Corey Reed from Little Village slams. He led all scorers with 20 points in his teams defeat to Rich South 58-56.
KENNEDY-KING TURNS AWAY JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE
Kennedy-King coach Rob Holloway reacting to official
Despite easily leading all scorers with 32 points, JJC's Pierre Jolly could not get his team past Kennedy-King Tuesday night at KK. The Statesman won 69-58. For Kennedy-King Corday Sims led in scoring with 16 points. Devonn Gavin finished with 13 points and Frank Williams hit for 12 points. Sims also contributed 7 rebounds. No other JJC player scored in double digits.
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click pic for direct Facebook link to above shoot at Rainbow Beach 6.24.12
OTHELL MITCHELL PRO-AM; 3 CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES!
Othell Mitchell playing in his tournament Wednesday at Robeson
Othell Mitchell, easily this city's top organizer and promoter of Pro-Am type events, held 3 title games Wednesday 6/6/2012 at Robeson High School. Running 3 exciting and unique different classes of play, all exciting and compelling and all in one night, was a treasure to behold and made for continuous excitement throughout the entire evening.
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WERE IT ALL BEGAN AND WHY HE REALLY DOES ALL THIS
PROVISO EAST DECAPATATES SCHAUMBURG 65-44
Proviso East wins the Schaumburg Sectional and will play West Aurora Tuesday at the Hinsdale Central Supersectional
MARSHALL STUNS ST. JOSEPH
After the game the Marshall players celebrated. But during the game it was far from that. Marshall came way back, from 12 down in the 4th. quarter to pull off the win against St. Joseph in the Glenbard South Sectional.
SIMEON ONCE AGAIN UPENDS WHITNEY YOUNG
Jabari Parker slams against Young Tuesday in Summit.
Simeon took care of business yet again against recent rival Young, defeating them 52-42 at the Argo Sectional. Simeon will play again on Friday, facing the winner of Wednesdays matchup between Bogan and Marist.
CRANE HOLDS OFF THE HOST; WINS R.B. REGIONAL TITLE
Crane's Kendal Sidney with a Dagger slam near end of game
Crane looked close to invincible Friday night at Riverside-Brookfield, where they knocked off the Bulldogs 69-57 to take the host school's regional title. Their shooting was hot, they answered every R.B. run, and they remained calmed and poised under slightly hostile surroundings.
SIMEON WINS FIRST CITY TITLE SINCE DERRICK ROSE LEFT
But now they have Jabari Parker, so enough said. Simeon beat Curie 53-49 Friday to win the Chicago Public League Title. As we traditionally state the night of the CPL championship game---read about all the details at the websites you know will give you the details, but stay with us for the best photos of the game anywhere. As always, we go all-access.
SIMEON HOLDS OFF A TOUGH ORR CHALLENGE
Jabari Parker jumps out of our frame--sorry--blocking Orr's Marquise Pryor. Simeon beat Orr 61-51 to advance to the title game against Curie.
CURIE FINALLY IN A CPL TITLE GAME
Curie's Cliff Alexander blocks Bogan's Devonte Smith Wednesday at DePaul. Curie defeated Bogan 50-47 in the Chicago Public League Semi-Finals.
Update: 2/12/12; 8:14pm
JABARI PARKER LEADS SIMEON PAST MARSHALL IN CPS QUARTER-FINALS
Curie/Morgan Park photos can be seen on our Facebook page
Update: 2/10/12; 10:22pm
DEVANTE JONES AND ORR ELIMINATE FARRAGUT
Devante Jones (above) showed real emotion Friday for Orr in their 54-43 home victory over Farragut in the Chicago Public League playoffs. At left he celebrates after a clutch 3-point play late in the game. At right, after the final horn sounds, Jones slams the ball in jubilation. He finished with 13 points. Orr plays Foreman Sunday in the public league quarter finals.
Update: 2/6/12; 8:50pm
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Update: 2/4/12; 7:23pm
DIANTE WATKINS HITS FOR 25 IN ROBERT MORRIS WIN
Robert Morris holds on against a determined St. Xavier 99-96 at 103rd. and Pulaski
Update: 1/25/12; 8:50pm
WHAT ELSE IS NEW? SIMEON AGAIN MAKES IT LOOK TO EASY
Simeon, scoring 18 points in a row early in the game, took easy comand of its victory over Red-South rival Bogan at Simeon. The final was 68-57. Jabari Parker scored 20 points and had 5 blocks. Kendrick Nunn had 20 points. Yet another Red-South title was claimed by the home team.
Update: 1/24/12; 10:11pm
EXCITING PHILLIPS TEAM FINISHES OFF RICHARDS
James Hunt (Phillips) puts down a showstopping slam in Phillips 75-47 victory over Richards (Chicago). Tuesday 1/24/2012 at Wendell Phillips.
Update: 1/18/12; 8:45pm
MARSHALL UPENDS YOUNG IN KEY RED-WEST SHOWDOWN
The Commandos STAY perfect in the Red-West, defeating Whitney Young 75-70 in overtime.
Update: 1/13/12; 8:05pm
SIMEON PUTS AWAY MORGAN PARK
Jabari Parker finishes a dunk against Morgan Park
With Mayor Emanuel in attendance, Simeon rolled right on as they dispensed of their nearest Red-South competitor Morgan Park 57-44 at Simeon. Steve Taylor led Simeon with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jabari Parker, in early foul trouble which diminished his playing time, ended up with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kendrick Nunn hit for 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Update: 1/8/12; 10:10pm
CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL FOR AGRICULTURAL TOURNAMENT TITLE GOES TO TEAM ENGLEWOOD
(L) Team Englewood's highly talented Johnny Roland holds off David Greene of South Shore at the CHSAS Tournament Sunday night at 111th. and Pulaski. Englewood won the championship in a thriller over South Shore, 61-60. (R) is Richards Vocational skilled Guard Joel Moore. Richards took 3rd with a victory over Lindbloom. View photos of both games exclusively on our Facebook page.
Photos on our Facebook Team Englewood defeats South Shore Photos on our Facebook Richards defeats Lindbloom
Update: 1/5/12; 10:55pm
TRITON KNOCKS OFF PREVIOUSELY UNBEATEN SOUTH SUBURBAN
Phillip Johnson of Triton blocks South Suburban's Kadeem Thornton
Triton proved that they are one of the elite NJCAA teams in the nation Saturday with a 70-55 victory over South Suburban in River Grove Thursday. Entering this game South Suburban was 16-0. Make that 16-1! A full team effort was turned in by Triton and they never really were challenged. Bryant Orange(#14) led all scorers with 21 pts, and contributed 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Thierno Niang had 12 pts and 8 boards and Darius Golston finished with 10 points.
Update: 12/31/11; 12:12am
PROVISO EAST WINS FIRST PW TOURNAMENT TITLE SINCE 1991
Proviso East's Paris Lee is lifted high into the air by Rashad Williams after the Pirates disposed of New Trier 68-55 to win the 2011 Proviso West Holiday Tournament. Lee led scorers with 17 points. Proviso East is 11-0 and is truly a threat to go extremely deep in the post season, and we mean really deep.
Update: 12/29/11; 11:02pm
PROVISO EAST AND NEW TRIER ADVANCE TO PROVISO WEST FINAL
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Update: 12/28/11; 11:44pm
PROVISO EAST LATE SURGE CONFOUNDS BENET
Isaiah Grace (l) of Proviso East sets to block a Benet Academy shot
The Chicago area basketball scene matters a whole lot more when Proviso East is good. That's the way it should be as this charter school returns to prominence. New head coach Donnie Boyce has done just that for this quick and talented team. Their defense is all over the place, constant, and suffocating. They beat Benet 49-41 Wednesday at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.
Update: 12/21/11; 9:19pm
FARRAGUT EASILY OVER CRANE
FARRAGUT 72 - CRANE 49
Update: 12/17/11; 6:51pm
WRIGHT WRESTLING BROTHERS READY TO BREAK OUT
Brothers Jamal (l) and Jameel Carter; Wright College wrestlers
Follow the story of a couple talented wrestlers excelling at schools not exactly known for producing wrestling talent at their caliber.
Update: 12/17/11; 11:25pm
FOREMAN HANGS ON AGAINST LIBERTYVILLE 55-51
Foreman's Clearance Boyd
Foreman topped Libertyville Saturday night at the Foreman Winter Jamboree and Shootout at Oakton Community College. Rickey White led the Hornets with 15 points. Eric Patton added 11 points and Clearance Boyd hit for 10 points.
Update: 12/15/11; 9:01pm
MALCOLM X BIG OVER OLIVET NAZARENE
Michael Rice (l) and Brian Chapman had impressive dunks for the Hawks Thursday.
Malcolm X dominated Olivet Thursday at Malcolm X College. Myles Morgan led all scorers with 18 points; Jonathan Henderson went for 17 and Michael Rice added 16.
Update: 12/14/11; 9:50pm
CRANE COMES BACK AGAINST NORTH LAWNDALE IN OT
Crane came back from 9 points down in the second half to defeat North Lawndale 65-64 (OT) in both teams Red-West opener Wednesday at Crane. Willie Connor for Crane led scorers with 20 points and teammates Markee Williams and Timothy Triplett both has 12 points. For North Lawndale Kelvin Grayson had 16 points.
Update: 12/13/11; 10:32pm
CURIE OVER HYDE PARK IN TENSE BATTLE
Curie's Cliff Alexander dunks. He came up big with 12 rebounds.
At a packed Hyde Park High School Curie held back the home team 65-61. The Condor's Devin Foster came up big in the end, and led all scorers with 23 points. This game was the 1st Red-Central game for both teams.
Update: 12/9/11; 11:42pm
PARKER AND SIMEON HOLD OFF TOUGH FARRAGUT
Jabari Parker at North Park Friday
Simeon's Jabari Parker hit for 17 points and 8 rebounds in their 50-43 victory over Farragut Friday at North Park. Senior big man Steve Taylor dominated the paint for Simeon, hauling in 15 points to go along with 14 rebounds. For the Admirals, Rashaun Stimage hit big with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Update: 11/29/11; 9:44pm
RICHARDS VOCATIONAL SLIPS BY LINDBLOOM 50-49
Two seniors stood tall for Chicago Richards Tuesday against visiting Lindbloom. Joel Moore hit for 20 points and Gregory Kent followed with 19 points in a Richards 50-49 victory.
Update: 11/23/11; 9:55pm
RIVERSIDE-BROOKFIELD OVER NEUQUA VALLEY 50-54
RBs Luke Nortier is about to crash into Pat Kenny Wednesday at RBs Thanksgiving tournament
Update: 11/18/11; 9:27pm
STEAM WITH EASY VICTORY
Former Providence St. Mel star Justin Cerasoli had 18 points Friday
Chicago Steam (ABA) blow out Milwaukee 118-98 at Fosco Park. Hoop Dream star Arthur Agee and former NBA player Sam Mack also play for this team.
Update: 11/15/11; 9:05pm
TRUMAN TAKES IT ON THE CHIN VS. PRARIE STATE
Tuesday night at Truman, Prarie St. handled business with a 83-66 win . Truman's Khari Jones led Truman with 22 points.
Update: 11/12/11; 8:00pm
Cedric Foster Tim Schwoerer
Basketball was little more than a mere afterthought to Cedric Foster as late as his varsity years in high school. He never played organized basketball and didn’t really try to. The streets were calling his name and he was answering. Then something funny began to happen. First with his body and then with his mind. Both began to develop and expand. At simultaneous times, physically and mentally he knew the moment in time was to now answer to different callings. Education took to the forefront, and a passion to enter college became overwhelming. The streets can take away and give right back, just that fast. Cedric was intelligent enough to know it was time to depart these cruel and uncaring south side streets , streets that mercilessly took the life of a brother. Responsibility, maturity, and brave risk taking kicked in, and after a few missteps that did not deter him Cedric found the warm and cozy corner of (University of Wisconsin) Sheboygan WI. to attend school and play basketball. A once undersized body frame developed fast , settling in at a firm 6’2 and 205lbs. Now sporting a school uniform for the first time, this sophomore G/F is starting for the Wombats. Showing strength, agility, and athleticism, Cedric is making his mark here and is a co-captain. Tim Schwoerer is the other co-captain and Cedric’s closest friend. Easily the teams comedic heart and soul, Tim shows a dead eye ability from any spot on the offensive end and is a fearless and penetrating ball handler. Recently we visited them for their season opener at their UW-Sheboygan campus, about an hour north of Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan.
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Update: 11/4/11; 11:22pm
IBA ACTION AT CHRIST THE KING REDLINERS TAKE SEASON OPENER
David Johnson out of Anoka-Ramsey College slams home a mighty one as the upstart Chicago Redline puts away Lake Forest 72-69. Check out head coach Daryl Dildy's uptempo squad of runners and gunners.
Update: 6/23/11; 9:48pm
CATCHING UP WITH FABYON HARRIS
Exceptionally talented Fabyon Harris returned to Chicago for a brief period recently and we had a chance to catch up with him. Fresh from a title run at the University Of Southern Idaho where he is about to attend his second year, Harris brought us back to his roots on Chicago's south side. We discovered Harris outside (at Rainbow Beach in his freshman season at Hyde Park) and were the first to report on this man's skills. Now we are outside with him again, at Eckersall Park to check out his game some more.
Update: 6/23/11; 9:48pm
CONGRATS IMAN! YOUR AN NBA FIRST ROUND DRAFT PIC
Iman Shumpert (shown above from our Nov. 2007 Oak Park River Forest pre-season practice shoot) was drafted by the Knicks in the 17th round. Wow way to go and yet another Chicago basketball treasure making it to the biggest basketball stage in the world that we had the honor to cover while he went to school here.
Adam Taylor, Daniel Barnes, Iman Shumpert Oak Park River Forest.
View our November 17, 2007 shoot on Iman and his teammates
Update: 6/7/11; 11:45pm
CHICAGO STREETBALL 2011
WE CELEBRATE OUR 10TH YEAR OF COVERING CHICAGO BASKETBALL IN IT'S FINEST MOST REAL FORM; AT THE PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, BEACHES, WHEREVER THEY HANG A RIM. THIS YEAR WE WILL PUBLISH ALL OUR SUMMER PICTURES EXCLUSIVELY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. WE HAVE FOUND THAT THIS IS EASIER FOR US AND MORE BENEFICIAL FOR THE BALLERS WHO WISH TO SHARE IMMEDIATELY THE PHOTOS THEY JUST PORTRAYED THEMSELVES IN. FIND US AND FRIEND US AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/WEBSPORTS
SHAWN ALLEN AT RAINBOW BEACH 6/6/11
CONGRATS MR. MVP
Derrick Rose looked into our camera and held up that proud finger, along with that smile at UIC in 2006. That's after Simeon won the CPL title yet again. We cherish him here at this website and know without a damn doubt nobody captured better photographic images of his HS years here in Chicago than we did. GO BACK with us and re-live the memories from this special home grown talent.
Update: 4/21/11; 11:45pm
JIMMY SANDERS FRANKLIN PARK TOURNAMENT
At left is standout player Cordarryl Smith with a power slam. At right is class of '96 Westinghouse star Jimmy Sanders. Before Mr. Rose, Jimmy, along with Sean Dockery and Dee Brown were the stars of our website in its infancy back in the mid and late 90's. Jimmy will be an assistant coach at Collins next season and is currently holding his highly successful Freethrow Classic Tournament at Franklin Park on the west side. Tons of guys , especially from the 'old' Westinghouse days are playing and still at peak levels. Tony Bennett, JaMarcus Ellis and Curt Franklin are among the many. Why Sanders does not suit up is a mystery to us! Also a nightly spectator is Sherron Collins!
Update: 4/4/11; 8:50pm
2011CHICAGO PUBLIC LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME PRACTICE PHOTOS
Some of the players from the upcoming CPLBCA Luther Bedford All-Star Classic soon to be held at Whitney Young.
GIRLS 11A & 12:30P
BOYS 2P & 3:30P
Update: 3/22/11; 8:11pm
COACH MICHAEL LANG RESIGNS FROM EAST-WEST
A friend and supporter of this website for many years, we wish nothing but success for a very determined, passionate, and capable head coach in Michael Lang. Land resigned after 7 years of coaching at downtown Chicago's East-West University. Where he will land we do not know but we do know this---his next program will be lucky to have him. In his own words as transcribed to his writer, here is how he feels about his tenure at East-West and how it effected him.