Never take your eye off the bouncing ball ...
December 13, 2013 3:42PM
Grayslake North's Kendall Detweiler (5) during the fourth quarter of Monday evening's game against Carmel at the Mundelein High School Turkey Tournament. Carmel won the first-round game, 42-40. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 15, 2014 6:05AM
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■ Libertyville High’s 6-10 juni or Joe Borcia got himself suspended for the Wildcats’ tough game on Saturday against Lake Forest because he picked up two technical fouls for unsportsmanlike play in Wednesday’s beatdown at the hands of mighty Stevenson.
It’s an IHSA rule that if a player gets two technicals for that reason in a game, he’s automatically ejected from that game and also is suspended from the team’s next contest which, in the case of Libertyville, is a very difficult game against the Scouts and their 6-7 star Evan Boudreaux.
What that situation did do was remind of the basketball chaos that occurred on Friday, March 6, 2009, which was the day Waukegan’s basketball team crushed Palatine Fremd 80-50 to win a regional title and earn a spot in the Waukegan Sectional against mighty Zion-Benton, which beat Waukegan during the regular season and was coming off a second-place finish in the state tournament the previous March.
Early in that Palatine Fremd game, Waukegan star Jereme Richmond picked up an unsportsmanlike technical, but he then kept his composure and played with a clean sheet the rest of the game. Until ... in the closing minutes, his dunk was followed by what a referee seemingly about 479 feet away from the action and possibly looking the other way determined was Richmond hanging on the rim — an automatic technical foul.
Since that was Richmond’s second “T” in the game, he was ejected and then automatically suspended for the team’s sectional game against Zion-Benton.
But after Waukegan appealed to the IHSA that there was a difference between unsportsmanlike conduct and hanging on the rim too long after dunking, the IHSA agreed that there was a difference and allowed Richmond to play against Zion-Benton.
Waukegan then beat Zion-Benton 70-64 with Richmond scoring 15 points. The fact is, the Bulldogs never would have beaten Z-B without Richmond, which would have changed the course of prep basketball history. That’s because, in his next game, Richmond hit the halfcourt short at the buzzer that beat Warren and led to the Bulldogs’ second-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament.
If Richmond didn’t play, it’s Zion-Benton vs. Warren for the sectional title, and who knows what would have happened from there.
By the way, the No. 1 trivia question to come out of that 2009 sectional at Waukegan’s Dog Pound with Zion-Benton, Warren and the home team is this: Who was the No. 1 seed in the Waukegan Sectional that year and was the fourth team playing at the Pound?
Answer: Lake Forest! Matt Vogrich was the star on that team, and Mitch Hopfinger, Kevin Berardini and Jonathan Sobinsky also had game that year for the Scouts.
■ Sometime before Christmas, 5-5 senior guard Kendall Detweiler is going to become the first girls basketball player in Grayslake North’s short history to reach the 1,000-point mark in career scoring.
At the beginning of this season, she passed former school scoring leader Lauren Erickson when she scored point No. 861 in a game against Mundelein. She has three games left before Dec. 25, so the milestone point will come sometime in the next 7-8 days.
Currently, she has 970, and while the 1,000-point milestone is an outstanding achievement and worthy of celebration, the fact of the matter is, at some point, some Grayslake player is going to come along and take the all-time scoring-leader title away from Kendall.
But what nobody ever will be able to take away from her is that she was the point guard and was the engine that drove Grayslake North’s 2012-2013 team to a school-record 26 victories and an unbeaten Fox Valley Conference Fox Division (12-0) season.
That 26-win total could last FOREVER as a school record, unless for some reason, the IHSA allows schools to increase the number of games they play.
The guess here is that even a decade from now, that 26-4 season will be the school’s standard of excellence, and that Kendall always will be remembered as the little (she’s 5-5, remember) engine that drove the machine into victory lane.