Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Mar. 10, 2017

Hope's Javion May gets fouled against St. Anthony in the first half. Worsom Robinson/ For the Sun-Times.

PEORIAβ€”There were all kinds of great games and big performances across the state tonight. Unfortunately none of them were at Carver Arena.

I saw fourΒ pretty ho-hum games. Mt. Carmel was impressive though, they can give Orr a fight in the Class 2A title game tomorrow.

Lets get right to it.

Friday’s top games

Fremd 43, Conant 42: Kyle Sliwa did it again. This guy is unbelievable. He ran right over to the same spot where he hit the game-winner against Conant before and drained it again. This time he was crazy off-balance and it was more of a heave. I retweeted the video, don’t miss it. Poor Conant is going to be having Sliwa nightmares for the rest of their lives.

Jacobs 62, Larkin 39: Total domination from the Golden Eagles. Cam Krutwig finished second in our Player of the Year race. He put on a show tonight. According to Scott Burgess (@scottybscout) Krutwig left the game in the middle of the fourth quarter with 20 points, 19 rebounds, 15 blocks and eight assists.

Naperville North 77, Wheaton North 72: Forget that rocky start to the season, the Huskies have lived up to their preseason ranking. Mitch Lewis led the way with 21. Kudos to Wheaton North on an impressive playoff run. Luke Anthony and Rowan McGowen each scored 24.

Young 73, Oak Park 55: The Dolphins roll. Junior Javon Freeman had 17 points.

Simeon 69, Thornton 52: The Wildcats kept this close for awhile, but this is pretty much the expected score. Kezo Brown led the way with 18 points.

Evanston 81, Waukegan 68: Sounds like this was a great game for a long while until the Wildkits pulled away. Nojel Eastern had 29 points and 17 rebounds.

Edwardsville 81, Danville 59: Eastern and Krutwig weren’t the only stars to have huge nights. Mark Smith posted 45 points and 13 rebounds.

Bolingbrook beat Joliet West.

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91 comments

  • Shogun29ppg

    Bolingbrook has never been a power, especially in the 70’s and 80’s, never heard of any of those guys except Trent, and will never be a power, the only reason they’re good now is because of the 4 class system, enough said.

    • Bolingbrook player 1987

      Bolingbrook a nice team and always had good players who went to Bolingbrook and Romeoville where u from because u need to read the Chicago sun times when Taylor Bell was on sports.

    • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

      Bolingbrook a good team and everybody knows it
      Come out to a game and get some popcorn and fallback and watch them young men go to work.
      Who is shogun 29 never heard of him
      Was he a all state player?
      Or did he average 29points in a park district league

      • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

        I’m going to Dekalb tomorrow to watch Bolingbrook take care of BUSINESS as USUAL !!!!!!!!!!

    • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

      Breaking news- found of shotgun 29 played at a fund raiser church league and scored 29 points
      You funny
      Maybe u can be a comedian on Def Comedy Jam throwback Thursday

    • Leegs1

      You better check that out. Had several good teams in the 80’s. Some real wars with Lockport and joliet. I believe they lost in ’85 to lamphier in the supers. Lamphier had Ed Horton who later went to Iowa. Trent and jay lomas were on that team. Had another good team with Lloyd Kerr on it. All three were outstanding young men.

  • Coach LB

    Leegs. So your concern is because 3 kids that have a right to transfer because they live in Bolingbrook is not fair to whatever 3 kids that did not make the team is that right? if the parents of the 3 going men wanted to move to the Bolingbrook area for the better of themselves along for there children. As far as I know they have that right. When you try out for any sport there is equal completion of all the young men that try out. They choose the best 12 and that is who make the basketball team. You cannot fault a parent who move into the area and there son or daughter make the team over some other kid who been there for 2 to 3 years. Of that the case you can get upset at Simeon ,King, DeLaSalle, Naperville north, Whitney Young, prep schools etc. Transfers happen all the time and will continue too. But you really have a distain toward Bolingbrook a school where you taughr at for over 30 plus years. That is something I do not understand it something much deeper then 3 kids that transfer in. Now I’m not coming down on you just stating facts. You seem to be a basketball fan and that great but to keep taking about 3 transfers that are students and doing well is going over board.

    • Leegs1

      As I stated before, transfers are not illegal. I will not support any team who has more than one transfer the same year. Bolingbrook, I know about. If there are others this year, the same applies to them. As far as distain for BHS, I have always supported their sports programs although I have had questions about the girls basketball program. As I stated in the past, I can imagine the response if I came home from school and asked my parents to move so I could play basketball at another school. If they moved for academic reasons, ok, but I believe one of the came from Morgan Park, not too shabby academically or athletically. I am happy for the students and staff at BHS for their successful season, but I am off the bandwagon this year. Also, in my opinion, the words “hater” and “hero” should be used as often as you throw manhole covers!

      • Just the Facts

        Every time your shellshocked zombie brain trots out the transfer argument I show you that the team you’re pulling for has transfers too. Truth remains you’re just a war criminal with a scrambled brain with an axe to grind because you got picked on. I for one am glad you got ridiculed.

  • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

    That’s right we coming STRAIGHT OUTTA BOLINGBROOK πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€
    We got hoopers in the Brook

    • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

      If everybody in Bolingbrook would of went to Bolingbrook in the 80’s we would of had a state championship back then. You had nice players lived in Bolingbrook but had to go to Romeoville. You had nice players like Duane Mandley, Larry wise, Arte Preston, Shaun vandiver and Bernard winston. And if they would of played at Bolingbrook with guys like Jay lomas, Trent Jackson, Clyde Hopkins . Bolingbrook would of won a state championship with a team like that.
      Bolingbrook would of beat King and Simeon back in those days if everybody who lived in Bolingbrook went to Bolingbrook
      πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€ those are some facts

      • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

        In the late 80’s and early 90’s u had guys like Neal Rice, Wilson Winters, Brian Fry, who lived in Bolingbrook but had to go to Bolingbrook and they would of played with guys at Bolingbrook like David Hopkins, Lavelle hopkins, Lloyd Kerr, Ernest Crank.
        Bolingbrook always had good Basketball players come out of the Brook πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€

      • Jason

        Wow…. never heard of any of those guys…did any go pro or play d1 college… I’m 40 and would’ve been 8,10,or12 with what you talking….. even if i lived in the brook during that time i probably wouldn’t remember those guys.. how many people lived in the brook early 80’s….lol

        • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

          All of those guys played division 1 ball πŸ€
          U sound like a hater

          • Jason

            I live in the brook…just never heard of those guys… if you know them then you too old to use words like hater…sound like a goofy!!!

          • Jason

            Shouldn’t have called you goofy! That’s wrong…. But you sound like you 50+ and there should be an age limit on the word hater… lol

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            For Jason
            I’m 41 and one of those players I named is my uncle.
            The word hater been around. Those guys I named was great basketball players who put Bolingbrook on the map.

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            For guys who know about hooping in Bolingbrook the old park district is where it went down in the summer. Other spots were Rockhurst, Independence, clusters, and anybody driveway who had a hoop in the front of there house. Real hoopers know the history of Bolingbrook hoop legends. I’m out dueces

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            I also forgot about Romeoville Rec center it went down there back in the day too. It was always was some good basketball games there .

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            Other players from Bolingbrook that played for Romeoville in the late 80’s I almost forgot about Daryl (Ace) Owens and Tarez Lee who were Good players

        • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

          Trent Jackson all state player his jersey is hanging in Bolingbrook gym in a frame no.32
          Played at Wisconsin drafted by Milwaukee bucks

          Shaun vandiver all state player Romeoville
          Played at Colorado
          Drafted by Golden State warriors and played over seas

          • Leegs1

            Ernest and Lloyd played football division 1, not basketball, but Lloyd was a good high school basketball player. Both, fine young men.

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            I know Kerr and crank played division 1 football 🏈 I was just commenting to Jason

        • Leegs1

          Trent Jackson played division 1 for Wisconsin. Don’t believe any of those others did

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            What about Lloyd Kerr u forgot he played football at Tennessee and Ernest crank went to Iowa

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            Hey leegs did u know any players from the 80’s from Bolingbrook? Just saying u knew who Larry wise was so u must know about all the other players I named from Bolingbrook.

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            Leegs u didn’t know about Shaun Vandiver who went to Romeoville All state player 1986
            Played college ball at university of Colorado
            Drafted by Golden state

          • Leegs1

            Forgot about Shaun. Getting old.

        • Coach LB

          Yes a lot of the guys that played in the 80a that went to Romeoville that lives in Bolingbrook played college ball. Shaun Vandiver played at Colorado and was a 1st round draft pick but decided to play overseas for over 10 years. Larry wise (deceased)played division 1 basketball, Duane Mandley at NAIA, Arte Preston at SIU; Bernard Winston St.Francis, LaVell Boone at Judson University Lamar Mason at Moraine Valley and Kishwakee, along with Justin Brown and Tony Ayaya at Joliet Jr. College and Robert Sutton all played college basketball. Also a lot of these players played at the Reunion games Romeoville vs Bolingbrook that had a very large crowd to watch them and are still good friends to this dated and doing very well in life.

      • Leegs1

        I believe Wise transferred into Romeoville, and they had to give up a state trophy because he was in his fifth year of elegibility.

        • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

          I knew u would start hating sooner or later leegs u funny

          • Leegs1

            Taught all the players you named at Bolingbrook high. Taught there thirty years. All fine young men and never had a problem with any of them. Some weren’t the best students but were hard workers. A lot of our student athletes went to Romeoville. Many of them named attended different years. Hard to know weather we would have been better. We had our good years and our bad. Just as Romeoville did. We were more of a football school than a basketball school.

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            Hey leggs I see u been around the Brook for a long time it’s always good to talk sports with a guy from the old school.

        • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

          Bolingbrook always had TALENT that’s all everybody need to know

        • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

          Hey leegs I see u know about Larry wise so u been around. Ok if Larry would of played in 84 and 85 at Bolingbrook they would of went down state. U have to give wise credit he was a raw player.

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            Larry wise had a scholarship to Grambling state
            Larry wise was a fine young also when he was here on earth RIP Larry u in heaven now brother

          • Leegs1

            Not hating on Larry Wise. Just stating the fact that when he transferred to Romeoville, he had already played four years at another school. When he played at Romeoville, it was his fifth year of participating and the ihsa allows only four years of eligibility.

          • Coach LB

            Yes. Leegs I see you brought up the 5 year. So you should also state that Mr. Wise also went to college and got his BA and MS. If you going to shead negative light on my friend I will tell the positive. You also state that they were not the best students. Well let’s see Larry Wise, Duane Mandley, Shaun, Benard Winston, LaVell Boone, Jeff B. Kevin Obanner, Gilbert, Lamar Mason all have their BA and are doing well. So I do not see why you would say they were not good students. Question why all the dislike for Romeoville or Bolingbrook? It would seem you being from there you would have love for them. Just asking.

        • Just the Facts

          leggs is a shellshocked, bitter, skitzo. There’s no rationale behind anything he posts. We can all take solace in the fact he’s got one foot in the grave already.

          • Leegs1

            Coach LB: I was stating a fact about Wise. I was also stating a fact about some of the student athletes I had taught at Bolingbrook, not all of whom were good students but worked hard in class. All the names you mention in your article went to Romeoville. I never had them in class. If you look at my past posts, I questioned the fact that three transfers came into Bolingbrook’s basketball program the same year. Coincidence, maybe, but I doubt it. Shopping around, probably, but only in my opinion. Happens to be Bollingbrook this year, but if it been any other high school, I would not support that team. As I said in the past, not fair to the three kids who did not make the team because of the three transfers and not fair to the players who are not playing because one or more of the transfers are playing instead. And yes, I realize that anyone can transfer anywhere but three, the same year to the same school is, in my opinion, suspect.There is no hate towards the two high schools. If you read my posts, you will see that I have been hard on Lockport also. I am glad all the former students of Romeoville high were successful in finishing college. I am sure that some of the former student athletes that I taught and who were not that successful in the classroom but worked hard are also successful. They are, in my eyes. I hope this clears the matter up.

      • FORMER HEAD COACH

        Yes I remember a lot of these players from Romeoville
        That would have been something of all the players could have played at Bolingbrook. Shaun Vandiver, Duane Mandley, Bernard Winston, Larry Wise, LaVell Boone, Lamar Mason, Tony Ayalya, David Newman, Justin Brown, LeRoy Robinson those were some very good players.

        • FORMER HEAD COACH

          Also add Jerry McKay, Eric Jackson who was Trent Jackson older brother was a star at Romeoville. I believe they were class of 83

  • STRAIGHT OUTTA BOLINGBROOK

    Bolingbrook Raiders πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€got a good team keep the good work up team

  • Straight OUTTA BOLINGBROOK

    The Bolingbrook Raiders did a excellent job last night
    Go Brook !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ILHoopsFan

    I was at the OPRF-Young game on Friday. It’s my first time seeing OPRF play. What do people think of their coach? I’ve never seen someone whine more to the refs throughout a game.

  • Ray

    Congrats to Wheaton north for a great run. That was a great high school basketball game. The shooting from Rowan and leadership from Luke was amazing. Rowan hit 6 threes in a row from NBA range and Luke was awesome. Someone tweeted the stats and saw that they shot 60% from 3. Hard to lose shooting that well, but give Naperville North credit, they played great and deserved the win. Mike – watch the game film on this one and you will see that these WN kids are good.

  • Juswatchin

    Mike you have knowledge of Edwardsville us in the North don’t.. …. Who has a better chance of taking down Edwardsville Simeon, or Bolingbrook?

    • Coach LB

      I would says Bolingbrook they can go 10 deep and they have size and quickness. They must play smart and be patient and not get out of control. Simeon could also if they are playing defense and controling the boards and hitting there outside shots. I saw them. Yesterday and they really put it together the 2nd half. But again Edwardsville they will have to play a complete game.

    • Leegs1

      Thanks for that video. The old Ottawa gym brought back memories. The year Lockport won state, they dodged a bullet against Ottawa in that gym. Ottawa had two good forwards, one of whom was injured during that game. Lockport played Ottawa again in the tourney and won. Undefeated that season. Edwardsville looks tough, and I’m sure they’re well coached. Would have been interesting having Thompson coaching at West instead of Joliet Central this year. The top and bottom bracket looks mighty tough. The middle brackets, not so much. Can’t see Naperville winning, but can only hope.

      • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

        This message for leggs- I’m gone buy you a Bolingbrook Raiders t-shirt that say champs when they win state. Fall back leggs and have a coke and a smile
        πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€Bolingbrook Raiders – 1 to beat

        • Leegs1

          Already have one. Football 2011-2012. NO TRANSFERS on that team. Time will tell. Keep smiling!

          • Straight OUTTA BOLINGBROOK

            Legss u will have to get a Bolingbrook Raiders
            T-shirt this year 2017 basketball champs if u don’t have any money just say that and I got you bro.
            Go Raiders πŸ€πŸ€πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜Ž

          • Just the Facts

            Actually, one of the RB’s was a transfer from Plainfield South. Give the shirt up Leggs, we don’t want you wearing it making us look like some shellshocked lunatics!

          • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

            Hey leegs
            If u know basketball give me some names of some point guards from 1986 team from romeoville high and Bolingbrook high. Some good point guards

          • Leegs1

            Sperm Bank: what was the name of that runningback? See you’re still getting your foot into the American flag. You’re living proof that stupid has left his cage! Bump in the nite, bump in the nite! Fifty years ago, operation Junction City. You would have been an ammobearer and begged to be in my squad. Don’t think you would have made it without an attitude adjustment. Remember, nite time ain’t no time! Mikey: he just won’t step back. Little man trying to be big.

      • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

        I’ll give you some cash πŸ’° to buy a Raiders t-shirt legs but u have to pay me back NO iou
        Go brookπŸ€πŸ€

        • Leegs1

          Jay Lomas played point for Bolingbrook on the ’84-’85 team with Trent Jackson. Don’t know any names of point guards from ’86. Assume there was one for each high school. Enlighten me.

          • Coach LB

            Romeoville always had decent guards in the 80’s Duane Mandley, Brian Overtree, Chuck McGhee, Bernard Winston, LaVell Boone, Kevin Obanner, Tony Ayalya, Doug Amos, Lamar Mason, Andre Carter, Justin Brown, Dave Newman, and even the former coach Jeff Bamgule. I’m sure I misspelled his last name sorry Jeff lol. Bolingbrook also had great guards Trent Jackson, Jay Lomas (deceased), Jeff Hammonds, Moore, Clyde Hopkins, David Hopkins, LaVell Hopkins, Robert Sutton. They were some pretty good guards in the 80’s.

          • Coach LB

            I also forgot about LeRoy Robinson I very good 6’3 off guard transfer from Crete to Romeoville in 85.

  • THE BROOK

    That msg. For Mike… by the way… you do a greet job.. keep it up….leegs 1 is that better!!

  • THE BROOK

    We’ll give you time to grieve…. and save you a seat on our bus! LOL

  • James

    It was a tough call for player of the year. But i would take krutwig. I dont think i saw Verges shooting %, but know he had some real poor shooting night. Cam was probably 65% – 70% most mights and was just as good a passer. Some great 4A games.

  • Coach LB

    Also have to give kudos to Jacobs. Cam krutwig deserves to be Sun-Times player of the year over Verge. He has had a better over all season than Verge
    Both are great player but if you going by over all play through the hold season. Cam should have won.

  • Ransford

    Yo Mike you are good at what you do so don’t listen to these people. I enjoy reading your articles. I see you at the Simeon games all the time and the Wolverine Nation welcomes you with open arms.

  • Coach LB

    Bolingbrook deserves more love than Bolingbrook beats Joliet West. It more impressive because this is also the 3rd time doing it and to be down by 12 and rally back is a true sign of a great team. They are the best team in the chicago land area. Simeon and Evanston are very good but I do not believe they can beat a healthy Bolingbrook team.

  • Coach LB

    Mark Smith should be Player of the Year. If Illinois ready want to take the next step in college basketball they need to start here. He is a game changer. There is not a more complete basketball player in the state of illinois. I have edwardville winning state.

    • mikenike

      I don’t know about winning state — they might — but I’m pretty sure Smith will win Mr. Basketball. POY was for the Sun-Times coverage area. Check the list of past winners. All are city or suburban.

    • CP3

      Coach LB…..slow down your approaching the speed limit. Mark Smith is having a phenomenal year and might be the leading player for Mr. BBall in IL. BUT…the most complete college ready player in our state is Nojel Eastern, PERIOD. You won’t truly appreciate his greatness til probably next year when he is at Purdue, like most people. In high school basketball, there isn’t a position he can’t play or guard. The high school version of LeBron with how he approaches helping his team on any given night. Last night in Waukegan, he put the team on his back in one of the most hostile gyms in the land.
      Let the Mr. BBall debate be settled on the floor in the 4A championship game next Saturday. I’ll go all in for Nojel leading Evanston to win.

      • Panther

        Not so quick, in the BIG, he better get quicker and become a better ball handlier quick. He has the body but I’m not sure yet on the other things…

      • Norm

        What’s up with Nojel and the right hand FT’s? Is his left arm hurt? He doesn’t even try to shoot from the outside anymore. It helps that our opponents have no size so he’s able to dominate inside. But we need him to be better at the line

      • Just the Facts

        If it’s settled on the court at the 4A championship then I’m going with Kaleb Thornton or Joseph Yesufu

        • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

          Good choice just the facts
          U have a good basketball thinking skillsπŸ€ Go Bolingbrook

      • Coach LB

        CB3 I hear what you are saying and yes I agree Noel is a great player. I happen to watch them both play. And are carefully. Analyzing both player I believe Mark Smith is a better player. That does not take anything away from Noel. I believe he going to do great things at Purdue. I hope Mark Smith signs with Illinois. I was hoping Noel would stay home but I do understand why he did not.

  • ChiLisa

    This article is ho-hum… give these kids some credit…

    • Michael O'Brien

      Guilty as charged, it is ho-hum. Was a long day and I just wanted to get something up about the other games. Who am I not giving credit to now anyway?

  • BG

    All you say is Bolingbrook beat JW… How bout mid 3rd with Nana,and Binns on the bench 4 fouls apiece and our sophomores led us on an 18 to 2 run when we was down by 12!!!!! We deep and that run was spectacular… and Mike you just blow over that….WoW

    • Michael O'Brien

      Guilty as charged again. I think I’ve been pretty clear about that bias. I’m still in mourning for the Joliet West season, have a heart.

      • Leegs1

        Mikey: keep smiling. Sometimes, you have a thankless job! Sorry about West.

      • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

        Not gone have a heart Mike
        Bolingbrook a better team than Joliet west and u know it u might have to do the weather news because u really don’t know basketball πŸ€ at all.
        Go Raiders πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ˜˜

      • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

        Why was Joliet west players dancing and jumping around when they had the lead
        It’s a old saying it ain’t over til the fat lady sing
        Go Raiders y’all took care of that business last night REAL TALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        GO Raiders Joliet west thought it was sweet no good my friend no goodπŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€ Bolingbrook took care of that business with a IRON FIST πŸ‘ŠπŸΎ

      • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

        Why don’t u like Bolingbrook ?
        Give Bolingbrook their credit MIKE !! Please I’ll get you some glasses πŸ‘“ from America’s best so u can watch the next Bolingbrook game in Dekalb when they man handle Naperville north go BrookπŸ€

    • mikenike

      Even the Joliet writers were able to write about it. MOB, you’re great but at your age, you got to remember that in the end, it’s only kids putting a ball through a hoop, much as I love watching the sport.
      http://www.theherald-news.com/2017/03/10/boys-basketball-20-2-run-lifts-bolingbrook-over-joliet-west-for-sectional-title/amp1b6g/

    • Bolingbrook Raiders fan

      Bolingbrook a good team we deserve are credit when credit is DO
      Go Raiders πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€

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