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In college, Stancil continues to win race against time

FeliciStancil Lake Villshown after winning race World Championships last summer is now winning races collegiate level Marian University. | THE

Felicia Stancil of Lake Villa, shown after winning a race at the World Championships last summer, is now winning races on the collegiate level at Marian University. | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Updated: December 20, 2013 2:45AM



Points pondered by someone who’s so old that he now considers it too risky to buy bananas when they’re still green.

Felicia Stancil’s collegiate bicycling career is off and running — make that off and pedaling — as she is now a student and competing for Marian University in Indianapolis.

The Lake Villa resident and Grayslake North High graduate is a freshman at Marian, which is one of fewer than 20 colleges in the country that has a bike team and considers biking a scholarship sport.

Biking as a collegiate sport involves all kinds of racing. As a comparison, think about the sport of snow-skiing. There are all kinds of different events that fall under the snow-skiing umbrella, and the same is true in bicycling.

Recently, the Marian team — men and women compete separately but scores are combined for a team total — won the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference team regional championship hosted by Michigan Tech.

For her part, Felicia won the women’s dual slalom race (earning a medal), and finished fourth in the downhill race. In simple terms, these races on dirt look exactly like what snow-skiing dual slalom and downhill races look like.

And just as scary. In the slalom, you’re literally maneuvering around gates, just as skiers do.

If you need a visual, go to YouTube and search for “dual slalom bike racing.”

Felicia’s ultimate goal is to compete for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. That is the year that Chicago expected to be hosting the Games. A bit of trivia: If Chicago was hosting the Games, a BMX track would have been built in Douglas Park on the city’s west side.

The too-big Proviso West holiday boys basketball tournament held in late December has lured a second area school to its 32-team field.

Last year, Stevenson made it to the semifinals in the event, and the Patriots will be back there this December, likely as the favorite to win.

Joining them will be the Libertyville Wildcats, who are guaranteed to play four games in the event in west suburban Hillside, 36 miles south of Libertyville.

The tourney field also includes 10 schools from the Chicago Public League — defending tourney champ Morgan Park, plus Bogan, Dunbar, Foreman, Gage Park, Lincoln Park, Uplift, Urban Prep, Von Steuben and Westinghouse.

This year’s Thanksgiving Week boys basketball tournament at Mundelein will be a six-team, round-robin event and it’s a quality tournament event with the departures of Waukegan and North Chicago.

Barrington, Lake Forest Academy, Lakes, Warren, and Uplift from the Chicago Public League are the other teams in the field.

Don’t know how many of you watch the “30 For 30” series of sports documentaries on TV channel ESPN — the latest of which was called “No Mas” and revisited the boxing match between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran in 1980.

There also was one on the Cubs’ 203 postseason collapse that focused on Steve Bartman that was called “Catching Hell.”

But the surprise here is that, as of today, they’ve yet to do one on the most controversial and stunning finish to an athletic event in our lifetime — Team USA losing to the Soviet Union in the basketball finals of the 1980 Olympics.

In 2008, senior running back Cam White led Antioch High to a 12-1 season (semifinal-round loss in the state tournament) with what could be argued was the greatest season ever for a football player in this area.

In 13 games, he scored 35 touchdowns, and also threw two TD passes on halfback-option plays. He rushed for 30 TDs, caught two TD passes, and returned three kicks/punts for scores. His rushing yardage that season: 1,796, which averaged out to 138 per game and he averaged a ridiculous 11.4 yards per carry.

That said, you need to start paying close attention to what Lake Forest High senior running back Hub Cirame has been doing this fall.

The Scouts were 6-1 heading into Friday’s tough game against Stevenson, and in those contests, he had scored 23 touchdowns. If he can maintain that pace as the level of competition goes up and if the Scouts can go deep into the playoffs, his final numbers are going to be right there with White’s.

Training camp is under way for teams in the National Basketball League of Canada.

On the London (Ontario) Lightning training-camp roster, there are 22 players, including Waukegan’s own Colin Nickerson.

The 6-3 guard just finished his collegiate career as a defensive-minded guard at Fairfield University (Conn.). The regular season starts on Nov. 1, so players will have to make an impression during preseason camp to make the final roster.

Teams play 40 games during the season and the Lightning is the NBLC’s reigning champion.

If you’re scoring at home, or counting pennies at home ...

In 1972, when Team USA was losing to the Soviets in the Olympics basketball finals, a gallon of gasoline cost about 36 cents.

If you were driving home from Wrigley Field after the Bartman game in October 2003 and had to stop to fuel up, you paid about $1.60 a gallon.

When Waukegan High’s boys basketball team debuts under new coach Mike Wasielewski, it will do so with four games at Oswego High during an eight-team Thanksgiving Week tourney.

The Bulldogs are in a four-team group with Metea Valley of Auroa, Oswego and Naperville Central.

Waukegan will play those teams on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, and then the Friday game will be against a team from the other four-team group — Oswego East, Naperville North, Benet Academy and Neuqua Valley.

Last year, Metea Valley finished 19-10, Naperville Central 18-10 and Oswego was 28-3.



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