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  • Ridgewood gets on a big roll at Lakes Mar 5, 2011 12:15 AM
    At 5 feet 8, Ridgewood’s John Caravia plays basketball the only way he knows how. Passionately. “For his size,” Rebels coach Chris Mroz said, “he’s a monster.” Caravia’s passion explains the technical he received for clapping at a player after being fouled during the second quarter of Ridgewood’s 81-47 rout of host Lakes in the teams’ Class 3A regional final Friday night. “This game has a lot of emotion, and the emotion just got the better of me that possession,” Caravia said. “I just calmed down, and my teammates took care of the rest.” Caravia contributed. His passion also explains how during the third quarter he blocked a shot on the baseline, grabbed the rebound, dribbled quickly the other direction and sank a pull-up jumper. Caravia finished with 19 points, including a 3-pointer. “It’s not about the size,” Caravia said. “It’s about the heart you have. I play with emotion.” So does his team. With a starting lineup featuring three players shorter than 6 feet, Ridgewood (19-9) captured its first regional championship since 1998. The runnin’ Rebels will play on their home court against Fenton (11-19) in Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. sectional semifinal in Norridge. Playing up-tempo and pressing full-court from the start, Ridgewood sank 11 3-pointers against Lakes (9-20), which was led by junior Tanner Blain’s 9 points. “They’re little kids that can play and shoot,” said Eagles senior Parker Blain, who scored 6 points and grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds. “They’re scrappy little kids.” Junior Pete Mroz led Ridgewood with 22 points, including five 3s. Caravia, 5-11 Andy Mazurczak (16 points, two 3s) and 5-10 freshman Anthony Mroz (13 points, three third-quarter 3s) also scored in double figures. “We got a lot of good guards,” said Chris Mroz, a recently turned 27-year-old and first-year head coach, whose starting lineup includes his brothers Pete and Anthony. Ridgewood opened the game with 3-pointers from Mazurczak and Caravia, and never trailed. The Rebels were up 17-13 after one quarter, 36-22 at halftime and 64-38 after three after Anthony Mroz banked in a 3 from the corner to beat the buzzer. Lakes’ 6-8 Justin Schneider scored his team’s first 5 points, but the Eagles had trouble hanging onto the ball, committing 13 of their 21 turnovers in the opening half. “We watched them (Tuesday against Elmwood Park) and they were running zone, and they came out (Friday) in a man,” Parker Blain said. “They were just lights out, shooting-wise.” Despite the presence of Schneider (8 points), 6-4 Nick Hibbing and the 6-1 Blain brothers, Lakes couldn’t take advantage of its edge in height. “We were really concerned,” Chris Mroz said. “They’ve had some good wins over the year. I thought their size would give us some problems. We wanted to get them out of getting the ball in the post, so that’s the main reason why we full-court pressed and got up in the passing lanes.” Lakes’ first season under head coach Chris Snyder included an upset win over North Chicago to start the new year, but the Eagles dropped six of their last seven contests. “It wasn’t disappointing. It was a great season,” said Parker Blain, emotional himself. “We had a tough schedule. I thought we could make (the won-lost record) better, but things didn’t happen.”

     
  • Boys basketball/Scouting Cook-Lake regional finals Mar 3, 2011 7:54 PM
    By Marty Maciaszek All games 7:30 p.m. today and listed in bracket order Class 4A regional championships Barrington sectional At Wheeling No. 1 Warren (26-3) vs. No. 8 Hersey (16-11): Did Tuesday’s struggle with No. 17 Highland Park have an impact on the Blue Devils, who have won 12 in a row with a balanced attack led by 6-7 Darius Paul (11 ppg, 6 rpg)? Hersey has solid wins over Niles North and Fremd in an up-and-down second half and will need big efforts from senior PG Connor Miklasz (13 ppg) and from 6-5 Tom Sutrinaitis (11.5 ppg) and 6-2 Justin Jobski (11.5) on the boards against the taller Devils. At Fremd No. 5 Fremd (18-9) vs. No. 13 Lake Forest (13-15): Lake Forest needed a miraculous 3-pointer by Thomas Durrett to beat Lake Zurich in OT on Monday but there was nothing dramatic in a solid defensive effort to upset No. 4 Zion-Benton 47-40 on Tuesday. Underclass-dominated Scouts don’t have a big-time scorer like recent years with Matt Vogrich or Mitch Hopfinger. Fremd still hasn’t forgotten last year’s upsetting early exit with seniors Zach Monaghan (22 ppg), 6-5 Jack Konopka and PG Quinton Brown looking to make amends with program’s first regional title since 2003. At Mundelein No. 2 Mundelein (27-4) vs. No. 10 Waukegan (12-12): Waukegan has faced what coach Ron Ashlaw called a “merciless” schedule in the post-Jereme Richmond era, but it still has a dynamic 1-2 punch of junior 6-3 all-state candidate Akeem Springs (20 ppg, 8 rpg) and senior guard Aaron Johnson. The Bulldogs need another big defensive effort similar to Wednesday’s 49-45 win over Prospect against Mundelein’s high-powered offense, led by all-state candidates in 6-8 Evansville-bound Ryan Sawvell (19 ppg, 11 rpg) and sophomore Robert Knar (20 ppg, 6 rpg, 5.4 apg). Mustangs can equal the school record for wins by the 1993-94 sectional finalist led by Kyle Kessel and claim their first regional since 2007. At Libertyville No. 3 Barrington (19-10) vs. No. 11 Deerfield (17-10): Balanced Broncos rebounded from Mid-Suburban League title-game loss with solid second half Tuesday against Libertyville. Boost off the bench from senior Lukas Osmundsen helped classmates Tyler Weathered (12 ppg) and Greg Gerrard and 6-7 junior John Schneider get a shot at second straight regional title and first 20-win season since 2004. Deerfield was hit hard by graduation but its only loss in its last nine games was by 2 points to Niles North. Senior John Carney had a career-high 23 points Wednesday against Buffalo Grove. New Trier sectional At Conant No. 1 Notre Dame (22-6) vs. No. 8 St. Patrick (15-11): Battle of nearby East Suburban Catholic Conference rivals has Notre Dame looking to avenge a 55-51 loss to St. Patrick on Jan. 14. That sent the Dons into a 6-5 finish to the regular season but they have the dangerous duo of 6-5 Quinton Chievous (21 ppg, 9 rpg) and Rodney Pryor (16.5 ppg, 6 rpg). Shamrocks have been up and down but are formidable with Kortney Darby, Royale Ewing and 6-5 Jacob Williams. At Glenbrook North No. 4 Niles North (21-6) vs. No. 5 Glenbrook North (19-8): One of the state’s best regional finals with the Central Suburban North co-champs. Niles North won its only regional title in its last 20-win season in 2000 and Glenbrook North looks for its third straight regional title and 14th. CSL champ Niles North 6-6 all-state candidate Abdel Nader (25 ppg, 9 rpg) scored 49 points in a 74-71 loss to the Spartans but the Vikings didn’t need that many overall to win the rematch 48-44. Glenbrook North has lost six of its last 11 but has 6-7 sophomore Andrew McAuliffe to contend with inside. At Evanston No. 7 New Trier (15-11) vs. No. 15 Schaumburg (16-11): Can Schaumburg continue the postseason magic under second-year coach Matt Walsh with a repeat regional title? Seniors Javon McDonald (16 ppg) and Kurt Kempema and junior Christian Spandiary (10 ppg) were big keys in last year’s sectional final run and they got a big boost in Tuesday’s upset of No. 2 Evanston as sophomores Kyle Bolger and Jimmy Lundquist combined for 25 points. New Trier coach Scott Fricke said 6-7 junior all-state candidate Connor Boehm (22.5 ppg, 12 rpg) “has been a horse” and he’s been helped by the return of standout G Austin Angel, a transfer from Rockford Boylan who missed much of the year from an appendectomy. At Maine West No. 3 Maine South (21-9) vs. No. 11 Niles West (17-11): Maine South won by 3 and 8 points over its CSL South rival but Niles West is on a six-game winning streak for second-year coach Bob Williams and Lauris Herth is back from injury to go with long-range threat Ramsan Younatham. Whether standout senior Tony Pierce will be able to play is a question for a team that hasn’t had its full lineup together most of the year. Maine South returned versatile 6-7 all-state candidate Matt Palucki (20 ppg, 9 rpg) from last year’s 29-win sectional champion but he has help inside from 6-5 Casey Bruce and outside from PG Tony Albano. Class 3A regional championships Ridgewood sectional At Gordon Tech No. 1 North Chicago (13-13) vs. No. 8 Gordon Tech (10-14): NSC Prairie co-champ North Chicago hopes its tough schedule pays off in a fourth straight regional title while Gordon Tech goes for its third straight. Junior all-state candidate Aaron Simpson (23 ppg, 6 rpg, 4 apg) leads the Warhawks; junior G David Andrews had 19 points in Gordon’s 64-43 semifinal win over Lake View. At Vernon Hills No. 4 Vernon Hills (17-10) vs. No. 5 Grayslake Central (16-12): For NSC Prairie co-champ Vernon Hills and all-state candidate Davaris Daniels (17 ppg, 7 rpg) to win the school’s first regional title in its 11-year history it will have to avenge a 56-50 loss two weeks ago to Grayslake Central. The Rams are looking for their third 3A title in four years and got a boost off the bench Wednesday from junior Savonte Williams after center C.J. Stempeck missed his third straight game because of illness. At Fenton No. 7 Fenton (10-19) vs. No. 15 Senn (6-13): Fenton and 1,000-point career scorer Dan Montano hope to make history for a program that won its only regional title in 1976. The Bison have held their last three opponents to less than 50 points. Senn overcame a 14-point deficit in the final 5:28 to upset No. 2 Grayslake North 68-66 as Quinnell Johnson had 17 points. At Lakes No. 3 Ridgewood (18-9) vs. No. 6 Lakes (9-19): Lakes has battled through injuries and the loss of two promising juniors to moves for a shot at its first regional title behind junior G Tanner Blain, who had 15 points in Wednesday’s win over Roosevelt. The Eagles lost their first six and last five regular-season games but in between ended North Chicago’s 43-game NSC Prairie winning streak. Ridgewood escaped Elmwood Park 67-66 on Tuesday and is led offensively by the trio of Andy Mazurczak, Pete Mroz and John Caravia.

     
  • Harks, Glenbard South take care of Ridgewood Jan 15, 2011 1:00 AM
    It took awhile, but Glenbard South finally swatted Ridgewood away like a pesky fly. “They are absolutely scrappy,” Raiders coach Wade Hardtke said after his team’s 75-69 victory Friday night in Glen Ellyn. “We knew that coming in. They’re small but they’re scrappy. That’s what we’ve been talking about all week long.” The Ridgewood roster listed nobody taller than 6-foot-3 Nick Burt, while the Raiders played four guys taller, including the 6-6 Dusko Despot. The Rebels countered by pressing the whole game and seemingly playing with six guys on the court, even attacking the rim despite looking up to the Raiders. “I don’t know how. They’re little,” Glenbard South senior Joe Harks said. “But they just get into you and get into the lane, get those boards.” “Going in it’s we’re going to be able to control it and use our size or they’re going to be able to control it and use their (lack of size) and scrappiness,” Hardtke said. “Early on I thought they did a better job of setting the tone, but then we were able to work into utilizing our size a little bit.” Glenbard South (5-8, 2-2) led by 3 at halftime, but a 9-point third quarter from Despot helped the Raiders take a 10-point lead on two Dan Marshall free throws midway through the period. That margin only seemed to make Ridgewood play harder, though the Rebels (12-3, 3-1 Metro Suburban Conference) didn’t impress their coach, who thought they were a little lackadaisical. “We didn’t play well tonight, not at all,” Chris Mroz said. “Glenbard South played well. I tip my hat off to them. They played hard and they beat us.” The Rebels tied the game at 60 with 4:29 to play in the fourth quarter, but Harks replied with a three-point play, and a Jon Berrospi 3-pointer built the lead to 6. Ridgewood trimmed the lead to 2 again with 1:40 left on John Caravia’s two free throws, but the Raiders did well enough at the foul line to keep the lead. “They kept coming back with those 3s, which killed us,” Harks said of Ridgewood’s nine 3-pointers. “Those double picks on that guy really hurt us. We just kept with it, kept our composure.” Harks kept with it all game, attacking the rim with an array of layups and finger rolls. He finished with a game-high 25 points. “He’s good, he’s a load,” Mroz said, comparing Harks favorably with some of the players Ridgewood saw while in Las Vegas for a holiday tournament. “He’s athletic, real athletic.” “Once I hit a couple of shots, they would come up on me, and then I would be able to drive, which helped out a lot,” Harks said. Despot added 14 points and Berrospi 13. Adrian Kuszewski led Ridgewood with 22 points, and Pete Mroz hit six 3-pointers, finishing with 20 points. “Not only are they scrappy, they can shoot,” Hardtke said.

     
  • Fenton beats Ridgewood Oct 9, 2010 1:32 AM
    Fenton needed a wakeup call in Friday’s Metro Suburban Conference game against rival Ridgewood. Eron McCoy was happy to deliver. On a punt return late in the first half, McCoy delivered a crushing block to spring teammate Alan Geneva, who ran 62 yards for a touchdown. That fired up the visiting Bison, who rolled from there to a 39-13 victory over the Rebels in Norridge. With a 3-1 record in the conference, Fenton is in good position to capture the conference title with two games left to play. “I just got the ball and took off, Geneva said. “We did not have any momentum until the touchdown was scored. Geneva’s score with 3:07 to play in the second quarter jump-started a run of 26 unanswered points by the Bison, who trailed 7-0 at the time. “The key was the hit by Eron to spring that punt return and woke our kids up and made them realize that they were in a game, said Fenton coach Mark Kos. “After that we got things rolling. Running back Chris Butz had a big game for the Bison, scoring 3 touchdowns in the second half while piling up 151 yards on 17 carries. Butz scored from 50, 38 and 9 yards. Fenton special teams also forced a safety in the second quarter and quarterback Sean Havlovic and tight end Matt Szajnowski linked up for a 29-yard touchdown reception late in the game. “In the first half we were having trouble getting that middle linebacker, Butz said. “We made some second-half adjustment. We got out center Eddie (Havlovic) to the middle linebacker. I was able to cut upfield and bring it to the house. The game was marred by some unfortunate chippy play. With 41.9 seconds to play in the third quarter, a fight broke out on the field after a play. Players from both benches stormed the field. Norridge Police and Ridgewood school officials ran onto the field to help the officials restore order. After about a 15-minute delay five Rebels were ejected and two Fenton players were sent off the field. A couple of fights started off the field among fans. “There is a natural rivalry between these two schools, Kos said. “Guys got chippy with each other. Unfortunately, it escalated. Ridgewood struggled after losing its starting quarterback, Joe Jacobsen, to a concussion on the last play before halftime. Jacobsen scored the team’s first touchdown on a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter. Greg Coulouris also scored for the Rebels when he returned a kickoff 97 yards late in the third quarter. “The first half was a little slow, said Ridgewood coach Chris Zack. “We lost some of our big players. It was tough for us in the second half.

     
  • Fenton, R-B likely to fight for league crown again Aug 24, 2010 12:01 AM
    Fenton, Riverside-Brookfield. Riverside-Brookfield, Fenton. When it comes to football in the Metro Suburban Conference, it's impossible to separate the two. Last year was the perfect example as the teams split their regular-season meetings and wound up sharing the MSC title.

     
  • Friday's Fox Valley roundup Mar 19, 2010 9:59 PM
    The Huntley girls softball team pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday to open the season with a 6-5 nonconference win over Batavia.

     
  • One-of-a-kind shot shocks Fenton Jan 23, 2010 12:01 AM
    Fenton coach Dennis Cromer has seen his fair share of buzzer-beating shots in 400 or so games of coaching varsity basketball. But the shot that ended Friday's Metro Suburban Conference boys basketball game against Ridgewood was something he had never seen.

     
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