Beginning with the 2012-13 college basketball season, a Connecticut vs.
Illinois women's game will carry a special significance in Bolingbrook
Morgan Tuck, a highly recruited junior forward for two-time Class 4A
state champion Bolingbrook and a member of the FIBA world championship
U17 national team this past summer, verbaled her to commitment to
defending NCAA champ UConn last week. Her sister, Taylor, a senior,
signed with Illinois in the early recruiting period last week. Morgan
Tuck's scholarship offers included Duke, Tennessee and Illinois, among
* Courtney Keefe
, a senior at Lemont
signed a national letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Bradley
University. Keefe, an outside hitter, totaled 901 career kills, leading
Lemont to 120 wins and four regional titles over the last four years.
* Illinois men's basketball recruit Tracy Abrams
of Mount Carmel (Chicago)
scored a game-high 22 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, but
the Caravan lost 70-58 to Homewood-Flossmoor in the Chicago Heights
* John Lithio, a senior at Downers Grove South
who had never scored more than eight points in a varsity game and
previously had played mostly on the junior varsity squad, scored 24
points in a 67-54 win over East Aurora and Connecticut recruit Ryan
Boatright in the St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament.
* Texas Christian University diving recruit Lauren Mikulecky won the first state diving championship in Neuqua Valley (Naperville)
history with a score of 418.
* Fenwick (Oak Park)
earned a 65-26 girls basketball victory over Niles North on Tuesday to give Fenwick
head coach Dave Power his 800th career win. He is just the second coach in
Illinois girls basketball history to reach that milestone. He has won
three state titles, including two at Fenwick and one at Immaculate Heart
of Mary. The Friars won their first four games this year. "This isn't
my accomplishment. It is about every girl who played for me because they
all contributed," Power told the Chicago Sun-Times. Power trails only
Dorothy Gaters, who won 881 games from 1975 to 2008 at Chicago Marshall.
* Louisville men's basketball recruit Wayne Blackshear
of Morgan Park (Chicago)
will take his hoop skills out of town this weekend, when the Mustangs
play Hamilton (Milwaukee)
and Iowa State recruit Elgin Cook
in the NY2LA
Classic on Saturday at Marquette University High School. Next week,
it'll be the CPS Shootout at Chicago State University. Morgan averaged
29 points per game last year in a 21-6 season for Morgan Park.Paul
Bowker, an online and newspaper sports journalist for 25 years and the
author of two Major League Baseball books, covers the Chicago area for
MaxPreps. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.