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  • Images: Cary-Grove vs. Providence Catholic for the Class 7A state football championship Nov 29, 2014 9:53 PM
    Cary-Grove played Providence Catholic for the Class 7A state football championship on Saturday, Nov. 29 in Champaign.

  • Football: Scouting the Class 7A championship game Nov 28, 2014 7:55 PM
    Class 7A state championship Cary-Grove (13-0) vs. Providence (12-1)When/where: Saturday at 4 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, Champaign Television: Comcast SportsNet Chicago How they got here: Cary-Grove defeated Niles North 52-14, St. Charles North 35-14, Geneva 44-26 and Libertyville 41-7; Providence defeated Quincy 45-8, St. Rita 34-3, Wheaton Warrenville South 23-6 and Mt. Carmel 42-21. Last meeting: Cary-Grove defeated Providence 34-17 to win the 2009 Class 6A state title State championship game history: Cary-Grove is 1-2 in state championship games. The Trojans won the Class 6A title in 2009. They finished runner-up in Class 7A in 2004 and Class 6A in 2012; Providence is 9-3 in state championship games. The Celtics won nine state titles between 1984 and 2004. They finished state runner-up three times, most recently in 2009. Outlook: The top seeds on either side of the Class 7A bracket clash in a meeting of antithetical powerhouses. Ranked 1-2 in 7A most of the season by the Associated Press, the Trojans and Celtics approach football from opposite ends of the offensive spectrum. The Providence spread offense aims to put its top athletes in position to win individual matchups, whereas the Cary-Grove triple option gains yardage methodically until defensive breakdowns lead to big plays. The Celtics have gained 3,287 of their 4,901 total yards through the air (67 percent), led by 5-foot-10 quarterback Justin Hunniford. The senior has completed 228 of 333 passes (68.7 percent) for 3,119 yards and 40 touchdowns. His top receivers are 6-foot-4, Notre Dame recruit Miles Boykin (62 rec., 987 yards, 19 TD), 6-5 Iowa-bound tight end Nick Vejvoda (39 rec., 583 yards, 8 TD) and 6-1 junior Mike Markasovic (38 rec., 544 yards, 2 TD). Sophomore running back Richie Warfield (138 carries, 709 yards, 9 TD) runs behind a line that averages 6-3, 266 pounds, led by senior left tackle Nick Barker (6-3, 315). “Explosive,” is how Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg described the Providence offense. “They have big-play potential at any time. The quarterback is extremely accurate. He’s a great leader. I’m very impressed with how he carries himself. He’s obviously the leader of their team. They really mix it up as far as who they are throwing to. It’s not like Boykin is the only guy catching the ball. The guy that gets overlooked is (Vejvoda). He’s another guy who causes matchup problems and is a real good receiver.” Cary-Grove’s defense is led by 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior lineman Michael Gomez (30.5 tackles, 5 sacks, 45. TFL) and senior safeties Matt Sutherland (57.5 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 int..) and Larkin Hanselmann (43 tackles, 5 int.). The Trojan defense enters this game with 24 interceptions. A key to the game will be if Cary-Grove’s defense can rush and confuse the hard-to-rattle Hunniford, who has thrown only 3 interceptions. Cary-Grove’s offense is keyed by arguably the best line in the state: four-year starter Gomez, Notre Dame-committed senior tackle Trevor Ruhland (6-4, 280), senior center Scotty Topole (6-5, 240) and juniors Peter Bardgett (6-0, 235) and Owen Henriques (6-0, 190). “I’m very impressed. That’s one of the best offensive lines I’ve seen in a long time,” Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. “They’re physical and, obviously, very well coached. They run everything so well. It’s going to be quite a challenge to even slow them down a bit. We have to get off blocks. I think that’s Cary-Grove’s strength, the way they stay on blocks. We have to control our gaps, stick with our option responsibilities, stay low and get off blocks.” The Cary-Grove rushing game averages 7.4 yards per carry, led by sophomore Tyler Pennington. The fullback has rushed for 1,653 yards and 33 touchdowns in 235 attempts (7.0 avg.). Quarterback Jason Gregoire has thrown for 720 yards and 9 touchdowns and rushed for 715 yards and 10 scores. The Providence defense is led by 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive end Luis Vasquez, an undersized but relentless pass rusher Seaburg compares to Emerson Kersten, who started at end for the Trojans in the 2012 title game. Active linebackers Jimmy Sharkey (5-11, 205) and Brendan O’Hara (6-2, 225) help the Celtics limit opposing rushers to 2.8 yards per carry. O’Hara is the second cousin of Cary-Grove’s Hanselmann. Providence played 7 playoff teams in the regular season and defeated 6 of them. Cary-Grove beat the 3 playoff teams it faced during the regular campaign. “I think it’s an advantage for us that we’ve played good competition every week,” said Coglianese, whose team tied Brother Rice for the Chicago Catholic League Blue title. “Because of that you also get a little more banged up because you have to play all four quarters. That’s good for experience, bad because we’ve had some injuries. Their side only played a half in a lot of games. What’s better, to be more rested or battle tested? We’ll find out.” Winning the state championship has been Cary-Grove’s singular goal since the 2013 season concluded. To bring home the program’s second title the Trojans must defeat Class 7A’s other top seed. “I think it’s exciting for both teams,” Seaburg said of the marquee matchup. “I think we’re going to see who the best team certainly in 7A is and perhaps the state of Illinois. What more could you ask for? For our kids, we feel like we’re the best team in the state of Illinois. But if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Certainly, Providence appears to be all that. They’re a good football team. We’re real excited.” Worth mentioning: One of Providence’s assistant coaches is former St. Edward head coach John Pergi. In his coaching infancy, Pergi led the Green Wave to their first state playoff berth in 1983.

  • Cary-Grove’s defense confuses, frustrates its opponents Nov 26, 2014 4:18 PM
    When filling out the required IHSA information sheet for Saturday’s Class 7A state championship game, Cary-Grove football coach Brad Seaburg paused at the section that asked him to list defensive players by position. The straightforward question isn’t designed to stump a coach, but positions in Cary-Grove’s 3-3-5 hybrid defense are not easily defined. “I mean, what do you call a team that plays with three defensive linemen, two kind-of linebackers and six defensive backs, essentially?” Seaburg said on Monday.

  • Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, Nov. 26 Nov 26, 2014 11:13 PM
    Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, Nov. 26

  • Girls basketball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, Nov. 26 Nov 26, 2014 10:10 PM
    Girls basketball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, Nov. 26

  • Pressure’s on when it comes to picking state champs Nov 26, 2014 10:45 PM
    Picking the football state champions is no easy thing, but if Marty Maciaszek is correct, teams from the North Suburban Conference and Fox Valley Conference will be celebrating state titles on Saturday.

  • Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, Nov. 25 Nov 25, 2014 11:36 PM
    Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, Nov. 25

  • Girls basketball: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, Nov. 25 Nov 25, 2014 11:24 PM
    Girls basketball: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, Nov. 25

  • Football Focus State Finals Preview Nov 25, 2014 9:32 PM
    See the Football Focus preview of state title games in Classes 5A, 7A, and 8A. Host Joe Aguilar breaks down the match-ups.

  • Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Monday, Nov. 24 Nov 24, 2014 11:09 PM
    Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Monday, Nov. 24

  • Cary-Grove makes it clear — they aren’t done yet Nov 24, 2014 5:55 AM
    Had Libertyville’s football players been told prior to the postseason they would win 3 playoff games before bowing out with a 9-4 record, they probably would have been OK with that scenario. Heck, most teams statewide would be OK with making a state semifinal appearance. Not Cary-Grove. Not this year.

  • Loud and proud, Cary-Grove’s headed downstate Nov 23, 2014 2:11 AM
    His voice cracking and lungs stretching to capacity, Michael Gomez flailed his big arms as he delivered an intense postgame speech to his fired-up Cary-Grove football teammates on Libertyville’s turf. Top that, Brad Seaburg. “There’s not much more I can say after that,” Cary-Grove’s coach joked, as his players roared. Cary-Grove spoke amply with its play on the field during Saturday’s Class 7A state semifinal, dominating the No. 11 seed 41-7 to earn its third state final appearance in six years. The Trojans last went to state two years ago. Gomez started at guard as a sophomore on that 2012 team.

  • Girls basketball: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, Nov. 22 Nov 22, 2014 10:08 PM
    Girls basketball: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, Nov. 22

  • Images: Libertyville vs. Cary-Grove football Nov 22, 2014 8:59 PM
    The Libertyville Wildcats hosted the Cary-Grove Trojans for Class 7A state football semifinal action on Saturday, Nov. 22.

  • Girls basketball: Fox Valley roundup Friday, Nov. 21 Nov 21, 2014 10:50 PM
    Girls basketball: Fox Valley roundup Friday, Nov. 21

  • Football: Scouting Cary-Grove at Libertyville Nov 21, 2014 4:49 PM
    Head football coaches Mike Jones and Brad Seaburg were still assistants and this year’s seniors were 8-years-old when Libertyville and Cary-Grove last met. The Wildcats prevailed 13-3 on a wet, blustery Champaign evening to win the 2004 Class 7A state championship game at Memorial Stadium. The teams meet again 10 years later in a 7A semifinal on Saturday at 3 p.m. as host Libertyville (9-3) seeks its first berth in a championship game since 2004 against Cary-Grove (12-0), which is vying for its third title-game appearance in six seasons and fourth overall.

  • Bartlett-Streamwood's Filipek overcomes adversity at state Nov 22, 2014 10:52 AM
    It was anything but smooth sailing for the Bartlett-Streamwood co-op team in Friday's girls swimming and diving state meet preliminaries at Evanston Township High School. And yet, in the final analysis, the Sabrehawks still have plenty to look forward to in Saturday's finals, which begin at noon.

  • Bartlett-Streamwood looking to make some history Nov 20, 2014 6:40 PM
    The Bartlett-Streamwood girls co-op swimming team has one goal in mind for this weekend’s IHSA state finals at Evanston Township High School. “We want to make a statement,” said sophomore Kayla Filipek. “We want to show we are a presence in high school swimming and we would like to get people to the finals. Nobody has ever done that in Bartlett girls swimming.” Bartlett-Streamwood has four swimmers competing in 5 events Friday. That quartet includes senior newcomer Kelsey Ostrowski, Filipek, junior Meagan Cummins and sophomore Brianna Cichon. Streamwood’s Allison Marsh is the alternate. Filipek, Cummins and Cichon competed at state last year.

  • Girls basketball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, Nov. 19 Nov 19, 2014 11:08 PM
    Girls basketball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, Nov. 19

  • Boys basketball: Scouting the Fox Valley Nov 19, 2014 10:22 PM
    Scouting the 2014-15 boys basketball season in the Fox Valley.

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