Boys
2013-'14 Season Coverage
Boys
Harry D. Jacobs High School Fox Valley Valley
full story »
Jacobs’ Kenton Mack (1) goes to the hoop past Dundee-Crown’s Sam Buckley (4) and Connor Steinmetz (25) during the regional championship game Friday at Crystal Lake Central.
Brian Hill | Staff
Scouting the Class 4A Elgin sectional
Updated Mar 10, 2014 9:18 PM
Class 4A Elgin sectionalMatchups: Tuesday — Rockford Auburn (26-5) vs. Huntley (21-7), 7 p.m.; Wednesday — South Elgin (17-14) vs. Jacobs (18-13), 7 p.m.; Friday — Sectional championship, 7 p.m.How they got here: No. 2 Auburn defeated No. 3 Hononegah 61-45 and No. 1 Rockford Boylan 73-56 to win the Rockford Boylan regional.; No. 1 Huntley defeated No. 4 DeKalb 58-49 and No. 2 Rockford Jefferson 77-29 to win the Belvidere North regional.; No. 4 South Elgin defeated No. 5 Elgin 74-55, No. 1 Larkin 71-70 (OT) and No. 3 St. Charles East 76-62 to win the St. Charles North regional.; No. 3 Jacobs defeated No. 6 Crystal Lake Central 46-25, No. 2 Prairie Ridge 55-46 and No. 5 Dundee-Crown 43-33 to win the Crystal Lake Central regional.Auburn vs. Huntley: Styles clash in Tuesday’s semifinal between pressure-oriented NIC-10 champion Auburn and defense-centric Huntley, four-time champion of the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division. This is a rematch of a 2012 sectional semi at Dundee-Crown, which the Knights and future Wichita State star Fred Van Vleet won 62-48. Auburn is led by the guard tandem of Laytwan Porter and Antoine Pittman. Porter had 17 points and Pittman 10 in the regional title-game win over Boylan, a game in which the Knights forced 22 turnovers with their pressure defense, according to the Rockford Register-Star. That makes taking care of the ball a point of emphasis for Huntley. “The thing that gives me a little comfort is that in games when we know we have to limit turnovers and take care of the basketball, we’ve done that for the most part,” Huntley coach Marty Manning said. “I don’t think we can dictate the pace as far as making it a slowdown game because Auburn won’t let you. What we can do is take care of the basketball and get as many good shots as we can opposed to rushed shots.” Huntley is led by 6-foot-8 senior Amanze Egekeze. The Belmont commit is averaging 17.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. He gets to the free-throw line often (122 of 161). Other leaders for the Red Raiders include 6-4 senior forward Zach Gorney (11.6 ppg, 4 rpg) and 6-3 guard Riley Wicks (7.7 ppg). Wicks is a 33-percent 3-point shooter (27 of 81). Guard Kyle Slonka is a 45.5-percent 3-pointer shooter (31 of 68). Huntley scores 56.6 points per game, but the Red Raiders hang their hat on defense. They have limited opponents to 32.5 points per game during their 6-game winning streak, but there is still room for improvement, according to their coach. “I think that our defense has slipped,” Manning said. “It does not seem like we’re playing as hard or as tough on defense as we were two weeks ago. It’s something the guys have to address because Auburn will take advantage of that.”
full story »
Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup
Updated Jan 18, 2014 11:22 PM
Hampshire 68, Woodstock North 56: Hampshire (7-10, 3-1) came out on top of Fox Valley Conference Fox Division opponent Woodstock North with the help of Ryan Cork’s 17 points.Marian Central 67, Streamwood 61: Marian Central defeated the Sabres (1-17) in two overtimes, while competing in the MLK Shootout at Lake Zurich. Jacob McGlone led Streamwood with 17 points, while Jacob Siewert scored 15 points. Cole Seger (13 points) and Antonio Harris (9) also contributed for the Sabres. Cary-Grove 48, McHenry 45: The Trojans beat Fox Valley Conference Valley Division opponent McHenry in overtime. Jason Gregoire led all scorers with 19 points, while Nick Franz (10 points) and Tyler Szydlo (9) also did well offensively for Cary-Grove.Rockford Auburn 71, Jacobs 64: The Golden Eagles (6-9) took a tough loss to a good team in their first matchup of the day during the MLK Shootout at Hononegah. Chris Orange led Jacobs with 30 points. “Auburn is a very good team. We played well early and they made a run,” said Jacobs head coach Jimmy Roberts. “We played pretty well for the most part.”Hononegah 51, Jacobs 43: Jacobs (6-9) took another loss Saturday evening against host Hononegah. “We shot poorly from the line and the field,” said Jacobs head coach Jimmy Roberts.Bartlett 64, Wheaton Warrenville South 61: The Hawks (12-7) beat Wheaton Warrenville South in overtime at the WWS MLK Shootout. Ryan DiCanio led the scoring with 26 points and Justin Busch contributed 15 points for Bartlett.
full story »
Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup
Updated Dec 10, 2013 11:02 PM
St. Edward 66, Guerin 53: Perfection is still a valid term for the Green Wave (9-0, 1-0) as they downed Guerin in Suburban Christian crossover action in Elgin. Nick Duffy led all scorers with 19 points while DaVontae Elam added 11. St. Edward outscored the Gators 56-43 in the final 3 quarters. Jacobs 54, Woodstock 35: New head coach Jimmy Roberts collected his first win as Golden Eagles’ head coach in Fox Valley Conference crossover action. Junior Chris Orange led Jacobs (1-3) with 15 points and Ben Murray chipped in 12 to halt the Blue Streaks. Jacobs also hit 21 free throws. “It’s a good feeling with our experience,” Roberts said. “With a new group together it’s tough to get that first win.” Crystal Lake South 70, Johnsburg 44: The Gators used a 21-point second quarter to break away from Johnsburg and stay undefeated in FVC crossover action at The Swamp. Chris Mahoney led CLS (7-0) with a game-high 19 while Austin Rogers chipped in 14. Caleb Johnson also scored in double figures with 10.Huntley 73, Crystal Lake Central 24: Huntley (3-3) scored more points in the fourth quarter (26) than the Tigers had in the Fox Valley Conference crossover game and 12 Red Raiders touched the scoring column. Belmont-bound Amanze Egekeze led the Raiders with 15 points and senior Kyle Slonka managed 12. Eight Red Raiders had at least 5 points.Bartlett 57, Oswego East 49: Ryan DiCanio led Bartlett (6-1) with 20 points in this nonconference win.
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
01 Mack, Kenton Junior 6'2" G
02 Wolinski, Kyle Junior 5'10" G
03 Boeckh, Cory Junior 5'10" G
04 Zakes, Nathan Senior 6'0" G
05 Orange, Chris Junior 6'1" G
10 Perry, Brandon Junior 6'1" G
11 Canady, Mike Junior 5'10" G
14 Castellano, Billy Senior 6'3" F
23 Murray, Ben Senior 6'0" G
24 Krutwig, Cameron Freshman 6'5" F
44 Peltier, Reilly Senior 6'4" F
40 Bindi, Matt Junior 6'3" F
50 Grant, Robert Senior 6'5" F
full story »
Jacobs’ Kenton Mack (1) goes to the hoop past Dundee-Crown’s Sam Buckley (4) and Connor Steinmetz (25) during the regional championship game Friday at Crystal Lake Central.
Brian Hill | Staff
Scouting the Class 4A Elgin sectional
Updated Mar 10, 2014 9:18 PM
Class 4A Elgin sectionalMatchups: Tuesday — Rockford Auburn (26-5) vs. Huntley (21-7), 7 p.m.; Wednesday — South Elgin (17-14) vs. Jacobs (18-13), 7 p.m.; Friday — Sectional championship, 7 p.m.How they got here: No. 2 Auburn defeated No. 3 Hononegah 61-45 and No. 1 Rockford Boylan 73-56 to win the Rockford Boylan regional.; No. 1 Huntley defeated No. 4 DeKalb 58-49 and No. 2 Rockford Jefferson 77-29 to win the Belvidere North regional.; No. 4 South Elgin defeated No. 5 Elgin 74-55, No. 1 Larkin 71-70 (OT) and No. 3 St. Charles East 76-62 to win the St. Charles North regional.; No. 3 Jacobs defeated No. 6 Crystal Lake Central 46-25, No. 2 Prairie Ridge 55-46 and No. 5 Dundee-Crown 43-33 to win the Crystal Lake Central regional.Auburn vs. Huntley: Styles clash in Tuesday’s semifinal between pressure-oriented NIC-10 champion Auburn and defense-centric Huntley, four-time champion of the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division. This is a rematch of a 2012 sectional semi at Dundee-Crown, which the Knights and future Wichita State star Fred Van Vleet won 62-48. Auburn is led by the guard tandem of Laytwan Porter and Antoine Pittman. Porter had 17 points and Pittman 10 in the regional title-game win over Boylan, a game in which the Knights forced 22 turnovers with their pressure defense, according to the Rockford Register-Star. That makes taking care of the ball a point of emphasis for Huntley. “The thing that gives me a little comfort is that in games when we know we have to limit turnovers and take care of the basketball, we’ve done that for the most part,” Huntley coach Marty Manning said. “I don’t think we can dictate the pace as far as making it a slowdown game because Auburn won’t let you. What we can do is take care of the basketball and get as many good shots as we can opposed to rushed shots.” Huntley is led by 6-foot-8 senior Amanze Egekeze. The Belmont commit is averaging 17.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. He gets to the free-throw line often (122 of 161). Other leaders for the Red Raiders include 6-4 senior forward Zach Gorney (11.6 ppg, 4 rpg) and 6-3 guard Riley Wicks (7.7 ppg). Wicks is a 33-percent 3-point shooter (27 of 81). Guard Kyle Slonka is a 45.5-percent 3-pointer shooter (31 of 68). Huntley scores 56.6 points per game, but the Red Raiders hang their hat on defense. They have limited opponents to 32.5 points per game during their 6-game winning streak, but there is still room for improvement, according to their coach. “I think that our defense has slipped,” Manning said. “It does not seem like we’re playing as hard or as tough on defense as we were two weeks ago. It’s something the guys have to address because Auburn will take advantage of that.”
page v1.12