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At 2016 Olympics, we’ll WANT to watch BMX

Quarterback Jack Deichl (7) calls plays during Libertyville summer football camp. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media

Quarterback, Jack Deichl (7) calls plays during the Libertyville summer football camp. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media

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CRYSTAL BALL: PREP FOOTBALL VERSION

Calling it as we see it while gazing through the always-fogged up crystal ball:

They won’t be the best in Week 1, but by Week 9, the area’s best high school football team will be the Carmel Corsairs.

The best paint job on an area gridiron is the colorful layout at Libertyville. That big celebration going on at that fiel in October will be the Wildcats (pictured practicing above) rejoicing after clinching the North Suburban Confernce Lake Division championship.

If Lakes can sweep its brutal three-week opening stretch of games — Grayslake North, Woodstock North and Lake Forest — the Eagles will run the table.

Crystal Lake Central is going to be a huge problem for any area school that makes the playoffs and winds up in the same playoff class as the Tigers.

After compiling a three-year won-loss record of 0-24 against schools that are not nicknamed “Panthers,” North Chicago’s going to win four times this fall, and the players and coaches will be kicking themselves in October because there were two other games they could have won which would have made the Hawks a playoff team.

Whatever The over/under line is on victories by Zion-Benton this fall, take the “over.”

On All North Suburban Conference Prairie Division football fields — Lakes, Antioch, Round Lake, North Chicago, Vernon Hills, Grant, Wauconda — someone with a sense of humor is going to paind a double-yellow line right down the middle of the field from end zone to end zone to signify a no-passing zone.

Eleven of our 20 area football teams will qualify for the playoffs, but none of them will be around for the third week of postseason play unless they get a free win from the miserable Chicago Public League and then play another county team in the next round.

Updated: September 21, 2012 6:14AM



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During the Olympics, these tired ol’ eyes managed to focus one early morning on BMX racing, which brought to mind our very own Felicia Stancil of Lake Villa (Grayslake North High School).

Stancil is apparently being groomed to be a U.S. Olympic team BMX racer at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and what we’re trying to figure out is how she rates with the competitors at the 2012 Games.

The answer is that it’s hard to tell.

The three top women BMXers in the U.S. are Brooke Crain, Alise Post and Arielle Martin.

Martin and Post were to represent Team USA in London, but Martin got hurt, so the women’s two-rider team was Post and Crain.

In the end, Crain finished eighth in an eight-woman field in the gold-medal race while Post didn’t qualify for the finals.

As for our Felicia, she wasn’t eligible to take on Crain, Post and Martin in the U.S. Trials because she’s too young — 17 and you have to be 18 to be able to compete in the Olympics.

Back in May, all four American stars competed in the International Cycling Union-sanctioned World Championships that were held in England.

Felicia won the World Championship in the division for racers age 17-under.

Meanwhile, in the women’s division, Crain (age 19) finished third, Post (age 21) finished sixth and Martin (age 27) finished ninth.

Next year, when she’s 18, Felicia will be going up against the U.S. stars, and, hopefully, she’s faster than Crain.

If she is, it means it’s very possible that she’d be medaling at the 2016 Games.

Those are the Games, of course, that should have been in Chicago.

With Fantasy Football draft day rapidly approaching, it’s interesting to not that our own Michael Turner — the pride of North Chicago — has fallen off the planet on the ESPN running-back FF rankings.

Though still the featured back for the highly regarded Atlanta Falcons, “The Burner” is not even in the top 15 in the ESPN rankings.

Matt Forte of the Bears was listed at No. 6.

Last Thursday, Turner had three carries for minus-3 total yards and caught three short passes for 14 total yards in the Falcons’ preseason game against Cincinnati.



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