Halfway to heaven
January 3, 2014 10:24PM
Stevenson's Cameron Green holds the Championship trophy with teammates after defeating Morgan Park at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media ORG XMIT: CST1312311932220074
Updated: February 7, 2014 6:06AM
ANTIOCH — Competing at the Marengo tourney, the Sequoits went 1-4 with its victory over Harvard.
CARMEL — The Corsairs finished second in the 16-team Jacobs tournament with a 4-1 record, losing to Zion-Benton 61-49 in the finals. Big Jack George and sophomore C.J. Duff was named to the all-tourney team. This was a great showing for the Corsairs, a Class 3A team playing “up” against quality 4A competition.
DEERFIELD — The Warriors went 3-1 at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic, finishing fifth. The loss was by 19 points to powerhouse St. Viator in the quarterfinals. Eric Porter of the Warriors made the all-tourney team.
GRANT — The Bulldogs went 3-2 and finished second to Richmond in the 12-team Marengo Invitational. Losing to the Rockets 68-65 in the finals was an indication that this Richmond team is strong. A pool-play loss to Woodstock was a surprise.
GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL — The Rams did not dent the win column in four games at the tourney at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington that was won by North Chicago.
GRAYSLAKE NORTH — The Knights did not play over the holidays. The have a four-game tournament coming up over MLK Weekend later this month in downstate Washington (near Peoria and site of the November tornados).
HIGHLAND PARK — The Giants were the No. 3 seed in the 32-team York Invite and finished third with a 4-1 record. The loss was in OT to champion Lake Forest in the semifinals.
LAKE FOREST — The Scouts went 5-0 and won the 32-team York Invitational, which was not a surprise as they were the No. 2 seed. What was surprising is how they dismantled previously unbeaten York in the finals in a game in which Lake Forest star and tourney MVP Evan Boudreaux was mostly a spectator due to foul trouble. The key win was 48-45 in OT over Highland Park in the semis.
LAKE FOREST ACADEMY — This is a boarding school and the students leave for home in mid-December, so the Caxys have not played a game since Dec. 7.
LAKE ZURICH — The Bears traveled to downstate Pekin for a 16-team tourney and played four times in three days, and going loss-won-won-loss.
LAKES — The Eagles are a 3A program that played basically Class 4A competition at the Jacobs tourney and went 2-3.
LIBERTYVILLE — The Wildcats joined the 32-team tourney Proviso West this year and went 2-2, losing in the opening round in overtime to Homewood-Flossmoor.
MUNDELEIN — As they have done for the past several years, the Mustangs spent the holiday break in where it was warm and sunny. This year’s trip was to the Desert Edge (Ariz.) Invite, where the Mustangs went 0-3, losing to Curtis (Wash.) 83-64, Westview (Ariz.) 71-44, and Nogales (Ariz.) 83-78.
NORTH CHICAGO — The Warhawks went 4-0 and repeated as champs at the 16-team tourney at Illinois Wesleyan University in downstate Bloomington. The tourney had a strong field on paper, but the Nos. 2-3-4-5-6 seeds all lost in the first two rounds, so the Warhawks’ wins came over the Nos. 16-8-11-7 seeds.
ROUND LAKE — The Panthers won a pair of games at the Marengo tourney, and the 2-3 record wsa good for seventh place in the 12-school field.
STEVENSON — Lake County’s best team dominating the prestigious 32-team Proviso West tourney, winning each of their five games by double digits, and actually led New Trier 31-0 in a Round 2 game. The Class 4A Pats beat Class 3A powers St. Joseph and Morgan Park of Chicago along the way and look poised to become the first Lake County to win a state championship.
VERNON HILLS — The Cougars Went 2-2 and finished sixth at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic, losing to Deerfield in their final game. This was a good showing for Vernon Hills, a Class 3A school competing in a 4A event.
WARREN — Don’t take both eyes of the Blue Devils. They went 3-1 and finished fifth at the Pontiac tourney, losing only to state-power Chicago Curie. Along the way, the Devils beat Peoria Manual and Bloom — the latter team coached by former Waukegan high coach Ron Ashlaw.
WAUCONDA — The Bulldogs went 3-2 at the Marengo tourney, losing to Sycamore in the fifth-place game in the 12-team event.
WAUKEGAN — Playing in the Pontiac tourney is great when you’ve got a strong team, but it’s horrible when you’re rebuilding. The Bulldogs played Simeon of Chicago on Day 1, then lost early in the morning on Day 2 and were sent home. Every other team in the county played 4-5 games over the holiday, and Waukegan played two.
ZION-BENTON — The Bees went 5-0 and won the tourney title at Jacobs. The competition was strong, as they beat previously undefeated Crystal Lake South and state-power Elgin Larkin along the way, then KO’d Carmel 61-49 in the finals.