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Lake Forest's Carter Bass (5) rises take jumper during game Dec. 7. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media

Lake Forest's Carter Bass (5) rises to take a jumper during a game on Dec. 7. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media

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(*=hosting a regional)

1) Stevenson

2) Zion-Benton

3) St. Viator

4) Lake Forest

5) Mundelein

6) *Warren

7) Palatine Fremd

8) Waukegan

9) *Prospect

10) Palatine

11) Barrington

12) *Lake Zurich

13) Buffalo Grove

14) Highland Park

15) Grayslake North

16) *Deerfield

17) Grant

18) McHenry

19) Rolling Meadows

20) Hersey

21) Libertyville

22) Wheeling

23) Round Lake



(*=hosting a regional)

1) *North Chicago

2) Lakes

3) *Ridgewood

4) Gordon Tech

5) Chicago Uplift

6) Carmel

7) Wauconda

8) Chicago Prosser

9) Chicago Northside

10) *Vernon Hills

11) Johnsburg

12) Richmond

13) Elmwood Park

14) Chicago Kelvyn Park

15) Grayslake Central

16) Antioch

17) *Chicago Senn

18) CICS/Northtown

19) Chicago Sullivan

20) Chicago Noble/Pritzker

21) Chicago Aspira Charter

Updated: March 10, 2013 6:06AM

Rounding third and heading home for some of Ma’s cookin’, basically because this man simply cannot live on Sliders alone.

But first, there’s the matter of sharing some of what was scribbled on the Slider boxes that were stacked shoulder high on the desk in the newspaper office.

Warren High School basketball player Aarias Austin has hit game-winning three-point shots on consecutive Friday nights.

Which means Zion-Benton might want to know where he is on the floor if the Zee-Bee/Blue Devils game on Friday in Zion comes down to another final shot.

That said, the real story about Warren basketball is how the Devils came back to life after losing by what had to feel like about 147 points to Stevenson three weeks ago.

That wipeout should have sent Warren into a tailspin that would have lasted until next November.

Instead, the Devils rebounded with the last-second wins over high-quality foes Mundelein and Lake Forest.

That’s a tribute to first-year coach Ryan Webber for teaching his players how to regroup, and also a tribute to the players for believing in their coach, their teammates, and themselves.

That said, Zion-Benton is the pick to click on Friday night.

The most entertaining part of the Super Bowl occurred during the two-week period before the game.

Immediately after San Francisco beat Atlanta and Baltimore beat New England in the league championship games, people everywhere were in “What do you think?” mode on the Super Bowl.

Vegas, of course, liked the San Francisco side of it from the moment the Ravens intercepted Tom Brady’s final pass in the AFC Championship Game, and everybody had an opinion right then of who would win SB47.

The fun part was watching and listening to the so-called experts for two weeks say everything about the game, but always dodge giving a prediction so that they could give the — all exhale here — definitive prediction five minutes before kickoff.

Since no game had been played in two weeks and no injuries had been reported, the same prediction made on Super Bowl Sunday could have been made 14 days earlier.

But that doesn’t make for good theatre, or good TV.

The Lake County coaching community is losing one of its finest with the retirement of Antioch High School cheer coach Robin Gwinn.

Robin was one of the leaders in getting cheering recognized as a serious sport.

And more importantly, she was amazing at bringing 20 girls together and showing them how to become a true team.

On Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m., before Antioch’s varsity boys basketball game against Vernon Hills, ACHS will honor their coach.

Anybody who is thrilled that cheering is now a sport in Lake County and not just recreation, and anybody who can appreciate a coach who can teach individuals how to morph into a true team, should be there to thank her.

You are reading words written by someone who is not a fan of Beyonce.

One of the bad things about snow is it makes driving difficult.

Another is that it makes walking on the park district forest preserve trails difficult to impossible due to ruts.

The trails are a great walk in spring/summer/fall, but don’t work when snow-covered.

A tip of the Wauconda cap to Bulldogs football coach Dave Mills.

On Wednesday, a half-dozen of his players made commitments to play college football somewhere next fall.

Granted, we’re not talking Notre Dame and USC, but that’s not the point.

One of a coach’s key responsibilities is making sure that senior players who want to keep playing after high school have the opportunity, whether that be at a junior college, NCAA Division 3, NAIA, whatever.

Last year, Waukegan coach Nick Browder was really good at that. He had kids who wanted to keep playing and he found places for them to play.

Clearly, Mills has done exactly the same thing at Wauconda, and he should be commended for it.

One of the things about high school sports is that when they end, some kids are glad to have reached the finish line. But some aren’t. Better to find a kid a place to play and let him “retire” on his own terms rather than be told by someone else that it’s time to go.

Two thoughts on the seeds that were released Thursday for March Madness in Class 3A and 4A:

1) The North Suburban Conference Championship Game will be a dream game if it pits North Chicago against Stevenson in Lincolnshire. It should pack the house.

2) You are reading words written by someone who still believes in the Lake Forest Scouts. That light at the end of the tunnel in Lake Forest is the sun, not a train heading their way.

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