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  • A 42-year-old high school track and field coach from Marmion Academy (Aurora, Ill.) was severely injured after being struck with a shot put at a Class 3A Section meet Friday night, according to several sources.

    Ed DeGeeter, an off-campus coach, was struck in the forehead by an errant 12-pound shot put unleashed in warmups by a competitor. DeGeeter bled but was conscious, and at first declined help from paramedics. Eventually he was rushed to Saint Joseph Hospital and has been upgraded to serious but stable condition as of Saturday night.

    "It was just a horrible accident," Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault told the Daily Herald.
  • National signing day is less than a week away, and the morning of Feb. 2 looks to be busy for a number of Chicago-area athletes headed for major-college football programs.

    Among the biggest: Vernon Hills receiver Davaris Daniels, who is verbally committed to Notre Dame, and his teammate, Evan Spencer, a wide receiver who is headed for Ohio State.

    The University of Illinois, which landed two Chicagoland quarterbacks in 2010, will get at least one more this year. Reilly O'Toole, who led Wheaton Warrenville South to two consecutive Class 7A championships, verballed to the Illini last year. He passed for 3,187 yards and 42 touchdowns in 2010 and more than 5,000 yards and 66 TDs over the past two seasons.

    Naperville North quarterback Matt Lacosse originally verballed to Minnesota, but after Gophers head coach Tim Brewster was fired, LaCosse de-committed from Minnesota and then verballed to Illinois in December. At 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, LaCosse will likely play at tight end in college.

    Illinois' other verbals include Joliet Catholic Academy Josh Ferguson, who topped 1,500 rushing yards each of the last two seasons.

    While the majority of Chicago‘s top players are already committed, pending last-day shifting among college recruiters and the players they are chasing, Chicago Simeon Career Academy has a couple of recruits still undecided. Offensive tackle Christian Bryant and cornerback Demarius Reed will announce their choices Friday. Bryant has received 13 scholarship offers, but reportedly is leaning toward Illinois, Michigan, Arizona and Pittsburgh. According to the Chicago Tribune, Reed de-committed from Wyoming. He visited Indiana University last weekend.

    Among the players who did commit in the last week: T.J. Lally, a 6-foot-1 running back and linebacker at Aurora Marmion Academy, verbaled to South Dakota State. Lally led the Cadets to a 12-2 season and an appearance in the Illinois Class 6A championship game, rushing for 1,389 yards and 17 touchdowns. He had a team-high 79 tackles. Lally's other scholarship offer came from Eastern Michigan of the Mid-American Conference.

    Also headed to South Dakota is Elk Grove quarterback Nick Meyer, who had more than 4,000 yards of total offense last season. The difference is, Meyer is headed to the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. South Dakota State is in Brookings.

    * One of the stunning changes among head football coaches during the offseason is at Morgan Park (Chicago), where longtime coach Lexie Spurlock was removed after winning 12 conference championships, three Chicago Public League titles and one Prep Bowl championship. "I thought we had a pretty good program and were going in the right direction. But it is what it is," Spurlock told Chicago Sun-Times Media.
  • Photo by Nicholas Koza

    Wayne Blackshear, Morgan Park

    The Integrity Group of Lisle, Ill., has announced the lineup for the 16th Annual McDonald's City-Suburban Showdown.

    The event will be held Feb. 19, 2011 at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion.

    Defending Class 4A state champion Simeon will face Benet Academy in the 8:30 p.m. game. Simeon features one of the nation's top rising sophomores in forward Jabari Parker.

    The 6:30 p.m. contest is highlighted by a pair of MaxPreps 2011 Top 100 picks. Chasson Randle and Rock Island face Wayne Blackshear and Morgan Park in a showdown of teams that combined to win 49 games last year.

    Lyons Township meets Proviso East in the opener at 4:30 p.m.

    The Integrity Group also previously announced the lineup for its High School Hoops Showdown, slated for Jan. 22, 2011 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

    4:30 p.m. – Marmion Academy vs. Aurora Central Catholic
    6:30 p.m. – Lockport Township vs. Schaumburg
    8:30 p.m. – Benet Academy vs. Glenbard East