2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 1/31/2018 9:48 PM

West Aurora’s Crutcher earns MVP distinction

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  • Jared Crutcher

    Jared Crutcher

  • Julian Dones

    Julian Dones

  • Cameron Stitt

    Cameron Stitt

  • Jackson Qualley

    Jackson Qualley

Daily Herald report

West Aurora senior forward Jared Crutcher has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for his recent high school boys basketball performances.

Jared Crutcher, West Aurora: This 6-foot-5 forward helped the Blackhawks double Glenbard East 72-36 last Friday by scoring a game-best 18 points. The following night against Willowbrook (19-4) at Batavia's Night of Hoops, the senior tallied a game-best 27 points and hauled in 16 rebounds to lead West Aurora (16-4) to a 78-66 victory, its eighth straight.

Julian Dones, Maine West: The senior guard kept Maine West atop the Central Suburban North race with a big road performance. Dones finished with a game-high 24 points and canned seven 3s as the Warriors won 61-57 at Deerfield on Friday. He came back with 14 points in an 81-65 nonconference win over Chicago Collins on Saturday.

Jackson Qualley, Stevenson: Qualley provided quality and quantity. The 6-foot-2 senior guard knocked down five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 17 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 steals, as the Patriots beat Warren 45-34. He then had a game-high 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to help the Patriots defeat Mundelein 49-34 and avenge an earlier-season loss.

Cameron Stitt, Lisle: The 6-foot-2 senior forward totaled 36 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 4 seed Lisle earn its first Interstate Eight Conference Tournament title. Stitt's personal-high 23 points paced a 58-53 win over No. 1 seed Herscher. He scored 13 points in a 48-39 title-game win over No. 3 seed Streator.

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