The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 30
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 30

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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PA8I10 SECTION 2 DAILY HERALD SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Bytekphme (630) 955-3557 'OX (630) 955-3540 Local Sports More prep pictures You'll find more high school sports photographs available when you log on to our Web site. Kelley's goaltending gives Redhawks comfort zone BY NEIL SHAI.IN Daily llirnltl Onmfmnttrnt With Tyler Kelley tending the goal, the Naperville Central boys water polo defenders can takes more risks. On Saturday Kelley stopped 10 shots and added 3 steals as the Red- hawks' aggressive defense stifled the Waubonsie Valley attack for a 5-2 victory and a second straight win in the Naperville Quad at Neuqua Valley. "Our defense centers around Tyler," said Bobby Rickert, who scored a pair of goals for the Red- hawks. "We can be more aggressive because we know if they get a shot off, he's probably going to stop it. It's a comfort thing." "If Tyler is having a good night," said Naperville Central coach Bill Boys water polo Salentine, "the guys on the perimeter know they can take a few more chances. If there's a foul on the perimeter and their player comes up shooting, Tyler is ready. And if we take a few more risks, we're sometimes rewarded with a quick counterattack." Both teams put up a strong defensive challenge throughout the game. The only score in the first quarter was Mark Giuliani's screamer from 5 meters to give the Redhawks (4-1) a 1-0 lead. Goals by Max Saltzman on a pass from Ben Reasons and Rickert from the outside with a man advantage provided Naperville Central with a 3- 0 lead halfway through the second period. That proved to be all the Red- hawks needed for the win. Jack Poletto put the Warriors (0-2) on the Scoreboard with a goal at the two-minute mark and the Redhawks a man down due to an ejection. In the second half the defenders continued to excel as each team scored once in the third — Mark Menis, who also came up with 3 steals, for the Redhawks and Anthony Conti for the Warriors. Rickert then closed the scoring as he put it his second goal of the game with less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Warriors stepped up the defensive intensity after that, coming up with 3 steals, but Kelley thwarted their transition game with 4 saves down the stretch. "Both teams were great and it was a defensive battle," Salentine said. "Waubonsie Valley did a great job of protecting the ball and they cut off our drives." For the Redhawks, who also defeated Neuqua Valley on Friday and Naperville North Saturday to go 3-0 in the tournament, the strong tournament play helps ease the pain of a 10-9 loss to visiting Lincoln-Way East on Thursday. "Everyone was pretty upset about the loss to Lincoln-Way East," Kelley said. "We took these games as a way to prove that we still want to be a contender for state. Both games showed that we can perform against anyone if we get our act together." Waubonsie Valley coach Chad Ganden was happy with the Warriors defense and the learning experience the quad provided for his young team. "I think we played a good game," Ganden said. "We chased them a little more and pressed them better in the fourth quarter. We have some new guys and the team is working on some new stuff. We've been competitive in two games even though we lost both. We improve every game and we'll be prepared for sectionals at the end of the year." Goalie Max Martin had 10 saves for the Warriors, and Poletto and Jeff Sellers each came up with pair of steals. Waubonsie went 0-3 in the tournament, with Neuqua going 2-1 and Naperville North 1-2. Men's basketball Wheaton reaches Sweet Sixteen Sjxcial to the Daily Herald The Wheaton College men's basketball team defeated Loras College 76-73 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament at Whitewater, Wis. The historic victory means that Wheaton (21-7) will advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the Division III Tournament for the first time hi the 17-year tenure of coach Bill Harris. This is also the furthest Wheaton has advanced in a national tournament since 1959 when the school competed in the NCAA Small College Division. Wheaton will face either Occidental or Whitworth in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday at a site and time yet to be determined. Wheaton trailed the Duhawks 40-37 at halftime and Loras (22-7) held a 66-57 lead with six minutes left in regulation. Wheaton All- America Kent Raymond made a basket with 5:45 left in the game to ignite a 16-0 scoring run for the Thunder that gave Wheaton a 73-66 lead with 1:50 left in regulation. Raymond and freshman Andrew Jahns (Wheaton North) combined to score 11 of Wheaton's 16 unanswered points. Jahns drained two consecutive 3-pointers to extend Wheaton's lead to 7366. Loras' Kyle White scored a layup with 12 seconds left to cut Wheaton's lead to 75-73. Wheaton's Jeremy Berntsen sank 1 of 2 free-throw attempts with nine seconds left to give Wheaton a 76-73 lead. A Loras 3-point attempt in the closing seconds glanced off the rim and the Duhawks grabbed an offensive rebound but could not get another shot off. Raymond led the Thunder with 36 points, including six 3-pointers and 4 assists. Ben Fanner scored 13 points, with 5 assists and Andy Wiele scored 12 points, with 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Jahns scored 12 points, thanks to four 3-pointers. Wheaton shot 52.9 percent from the field, with 52.2 percent from 3-point range and 61.5 percent at the free- throw line. "We just kept battling tonight," Harris said. "These kids know how to compete and have been battle-tested because of the toughness of the CCIW. Even though we were down 9 late in the second half they continued to battle back and made a great run. "Jahns hit some big baskets, and Kent played well tonight." MARY BETH NOLAN/ Marmion cross country runner Josh Stein has committed to run at Loyola University next fall. Stein picks Loyola BY CHRISTINE BOLIN clxjlin@(laity/ Marmion senior Josh Stein, one of the top boys cross country runners in the state, will continue his career at Loyola University next season. Stein, who placed llth in the Class 3A meet as a senior and 42nd as a junior, made his decision official Tuesday. He chose Loyola over Marquette, Illinois and Notre Dame. "It's the best fit for me all-around," said Stein, who plans on studying biology or biochemistry. "It meets everything I'm looking for." All three seasons Stein was on varsity, he was Boys cross country on the Suburban Catholic Conference's first team and ended up earning MVP honors this year. "We are really proud of him," Marmion coach Bob Rebensdorf said. "It's not every day someone from Marmion gets a scholarship. I knew he's be able to run at the next level." Stein summed up his cross country career at Marmion successful. "A lot of hard work and dedication," Stein said. "I'll miss it a lot." "I really enjoyed working with him," Rebensdorf added. "I have nothing but good things to say about him." Tomorrow comes today for high school athletes Jeff Long With all its euphoria and net-cutting and trophy-hoisting, March Madness is a magical time of year. If you've been to a fan-packed high school gym during the state basketball tournament — be it a regional, sectional or super-sectional game — you've felt it. The excitement is electric, a high- voltage sensation of tingles and chills. With every roar of the crowd, it's as if the place could explode. The decibels rattle your bones, and the bleachers shake underfoot. No shortage of adrenaline, that's for sure. These basketball games are moments when time stands still. And they are really just that — moments. To think a 75- minute game can produce such lasting, lifelong memories for the thousands who are involved is truly amazing. We always remember the champions. Amid the flood of humanity that rushes the floor to celebrate, cameras flash and the victors are wildly congratulated with hugs and screams and chest bumps and high- fives. Reporters chase down the winning players for heat-of- the-moment interviews. Meanwhile, the losing team slinks away to the locker room. Barely noticed, they quietly exit to seek solace in silence. Some begin to peel off their jerseys while making that lonely walk, dabbing at tears while avoiding eye contact. That's how March Madness will end—or has already ended — for every team in the state except the four champions in each class that will be crowned next Saturday in Peoria. They will be the lone revelers. For the rest the madness ends in sadness. And just like that, it's over. For each year's class of seniors, the Scoreboard buzzer blares with finality. It closes the curtain on this action-packed, yet brief, chapter of life — never to be repeated again. Time wffl march on. And so will all of those seniors. As a fan, you feel a certain wistfulness that players like Nick Fruendt (Batavia), Mark Adams (Aurora Central) and Tyler Thompson (West Aurora) — perennial standouts whom we've grown accustomed to seeing — will perform only in memory now. Their classmates will step into the spotlight and — never fear — we, as fans, will be treated to more great basketball players. Few of them will be as special as the aforementioned three, but those types of players will, indeed, come along — the same way Fruendt, Adams and Thompson transformed from skinny freshman kids to all-state-caliber players. At the same time, who could have envisioned the fate that befell Fruendt and Thompson these last two years? When they were sophomores, they were combatants in this area's "Game of the Century" — the fabled sectional championship game between Batavia and West Aurora with each team carrying a 27-1 record. Despite the luxury of having those top players return for the next two years, neither team has advanced past regionals since, confirming that nothing is given, even when it's expected. Not to date myself here, but we older types have learned the hard way what a valuable commodity time is. It passes quickly. And the older we get, the more we realize that four years is a blip on the screen of life, a mere fraction in the big equation. Those four, fleeting years in high school are like no other. They are irreplaceable, never to be duplicated. And in terms of sports, they represent the final stages of athletic "careers" for about 95 percent of those involved. There will be future pickup games and perhaps intramural games, but heated rivalries and face-painted cheering sections are all in the past. Conversations will now switch from "I am" to "I was." And, just like all former high school athletes (yourself included), the older you get, the better you were. If we could glean some elderly wisdom on today's young crowd, it would be to enjoy the high school sports experience to the max. Because it truly is uniquely special, but ends quickly and abruptly. Most are appreciative, realizing these are valuable years. But they're often too busy and preoccupied with the transition into young adulthood to fully recognize just how meaningful the high school sports experience really is. They'll have time to ponder that in coming years through yearbooks and photos and video clips and all things memorabilia. And, inevitably, they'll ask, "How could it go so fast?" North Lawndale takes Class 2A crown PEORIA — Top-ranked Chicago North Lawndale cruised to a 56-42 victory over perennial powerhouse Peoria Manual on Saturday night to win the Class 2A boys basketball championship at Carver Arena. St. Anne defeated Nokomis 67-61 earlier Saturday to win the Class 1A championship. Olney East Richland took third in 2A, while Warrensburg-Latham won the consolation trophy in 1 A. The Chicago-Peoria game lived up to its billing as a battle between the top- ranked Phoenix of North Lawndale (30-4) and the second-ranked Rams of Manual (25-8) — at least at first. See BASKETBALL on PAGE 9

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