Warren players (from left) Savannah Slater, Lisiann Rodriguez, Kendall Farmer, Danielle Buschick, Jaime Dickinson and Paige Jespersen celebrate winning the regional championship. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
ALL PREP TEAMS CAN LEARN FROM WARREN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
This came up while talking about the girls basketball teams this winter at Lakes and Antioch high schools — teams that have the slimmest of chances of winning the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division title this winter because state powerhouse Vernon Hills is in the same league.
Here’s what the Eagles and Sequoits can learn from what Warren’s girls volleyball team accomplished this fall.
This was the Warren volleyball situation: The Blue Devils weren’t particularly strong when the season started, and had zero chance of winning the North Suburban Lake championship because powerhouses Libertyville, Stevenson and Lake Zurich had them blocked (and spiked, if you will).
But despite having to look up at the elite teams, the Devils never got down on themselves, and steadily improved each week to where they eventually rose from also-ran status to best-of-the-rest status in Lake County.
And then, when the IHSA announced pairings for the playoffs, the Blue Devils were placed in a regional that, because they had improved throughout the season, they were capable of winning.
And win the regional they did.
The regional tourney field was the luck of the draw. But the point is that Warren put itself in position to take advantage of a good draw and carve out a niche for itself in the school trophy case with a regional championship plaque.
The girls playing hoops this winter for Lakes and Antioch can do the exact same thing.
Just because Vernon Hills, the giant elephant in the middle of the room, so to speak, isn’t going away doesn’t mean you should lie down and get stepped on.
There are victories to be won and happy tears to be shed.
Just ask the girls who played volleyball this fall for Warren.
Updated: December 6, 2012 6:11AM
Points pondered during the 25th hour on Sunday morning — 1-2 a.m. If you’re scoring at home.
■ Did everything possible to find the answer before coming to the realization that maybe there wasn’t one.
Question: How many times during the 400-plus basketball games that coaching legend Chuck Ramsey won at Warren High did the Blue Devils score at least 100 points?
Since Coach Chuck was a defensive guru whose teeth you could hear grind while sitting in the top row of the bleachers whenever his Blue Devils committed a turnover caused by playing too fast, it now seems likely that the answer to the 100-point question was “never.”
Yet, we get this from the very first basketball game Coach Chuck ever coached at the College of Lake County in Grayslake last Thursday night:
CLC 106, Trinity Christian JV of Palos Heights 62.
Chuck, did you even know that there was a hundreds digit on scoreboards?
CLC outrebouinded Trinity’s JV team 50-22.
Grant High School grad Jerry Gaylor had 13 rebuonds and 18 points.
Antioch grad Karl Nettgen had 14 points and seven boards.
The Lancers were able to get their running game going — yes, RUNNING GAME — and basically blew Trinity Christian’s JV team out of the CLC gym.
Jalen Brown had 16 oints, Eddie Tellez 15, Layne Gierke 14 and DeAndre Charles 12 for CLC.
Nettgen and Devonte Nicks each had five assists.
Next up for the high-scoring Lancers is a road game at 7 on Tuesday at Trinity International on Route 22 in Bannockburn.
■ Still on the CLC sports beat, CLC has just hired Darryl Pope to be the school’s athletic director.
Pope holds a doctorate in sports management and leisure studies from Temple University. He previously served as associate athletic director for internal affairs and associate athletic director for compliance at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
When he arrives on campus in early December, his first order of business should be inking his men’s basketball coach to about a 10-year contract.
■ If this doesn’t happen, you can g o ahead and forget you ever read it. But if it does happen, remember where you read it first.
If Mitt Romney loses the electoral-vote battle on Tuesday, by noon on Wednesday, the No. 1 reason for his loss is going to be the electoral fishing expedition his side suddenly embarked upon in the final seven days of the presidential race.
The reality of a presidential race is this: First guy/only guy to 270 electoral votes wins, and there’s a clear path to victory for both candidates.
Yet, in the final days of the campaign, the Republican side of the race suddenly was “fishing” — investing time and money in states that their side suddenly declared were “in play” and that the Republican side could steal from the Democratic column on Tuesday.
It’s not going to happen.
The correct play is to figure on the direct way to 270 electoral votes and devote ALL your time and energy in battleground states that will get you to the magic number.
Suddenly declaring that some “blue” states might be turned “red” on Tuesday in a stunning reversal of fortunes is a fishing expedition that takes you off point and eventually out of contention.
Remember now: If we’re calling him President Romney on Wednesday morning, forget what you just read.