Birthday boy lifts Gators to upset


Birthday boy lifts Gators to upset

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 11:22 p.m.
By Dick Quagliano

Crystal Lake Souths Brad Walovitch made it a birthday to remember Friday in Cary.Walovitch, who turned 18 on Friday, blasted a51-yard field goal with 6.1 seconds left to help the Gators edge No. 10Cary-Grove 10-7.It was the best birthday present ever, saidWalovitch, who had shanked a 52-yard field goal just minutes earlierand had not made a field goal this year, missing three last week.I didnt feel any pressure. I knew if we missed,there was still overtime. I really didnt think I hit it good. But itwas straight and just went over.Crystal Lake South coach Chuck Ahsmann never gaveit a second thought about going for a field goal. Even after the Gatorswere penalized for illegal motion just prior to the kick moving it froma 46-yarder to 51-yards.I have a lot of faith in him, Ahsmann said. Thereal issue was that we have a new long snapper and holder. But they dida good job on the one we missed and this one was perfect.Walovitchs play was set up by a fake punt and a 16-yard run for first down Reese Dziedzic with just over a minute to play. We knew the game would come down to turnovers and special teams, Ahsmann said. And we won the battle of special teams.Cary-Grove (2-1, 0-1 Fox Valley Valley) took advantage of a second quarter fumble to take a 7-0 halftime lead.Andrew Sobeski outmuscled two Crystal Lake Southplayers to recover the ball at the Gators 16. On the next play, RyanMahoney scampered around the left end and dove into the end zone to putthe Trojans up 7-0 with 8:18 left in the first half.Crystal Lake South (3-0, 1-0), which struggled offensively in the firsr half, found their stride late in the third quarter.Austin Fowler threw a 9-yard touchdown pass toDziedzic with 11:09 to play to cap a 5-play, 45-yard drive whichincluded a 32-yard pass to Walovitch.Fowler, who was once a fourth-string quarterbackon the freshman team three years ago, got the start on Friday. Ahsmannmoved former starter Brendan Chrystal to help shore uip the defense.It was great to get to start, Fowler said. And even better to get a win.Crystal Lake Souths defense held the Trojans incheck. Led by Brandon Madoni, Brandon Mitchell, Steve Forner, BostonMatthews, Eric Johnson, Joe Coriaci and Chrystal the Gators allowedjust 94 yards of offense.I was really proud of the way we played defensively, Ahsman said. Its tough to stop an option offense like theirs.

Kendall Gill named to Illini Athletics Hall of Fame


Kendall Gill named to Illini Athletics Hall of Fame

Kendall Gill can add another bullet point to his resume.

NBC Sports Chicago's Bulls analyst was announced as a member of the University of Illinois' Athletics Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018. Gill enters in the same class as his coach at Illinois, Lou Henson, and former Bulls broadcaster Johnny "Red" Kerr.

Gill was a part of Illinois' 1989 Final Four team and earned consensus Second-Team All-America honors the following year as a senior when he led the Big Ten in scoring (20 points per game). He is third in program history in steals with 218.

He went on to have a 15-year NBA career, which included a stint with the Bulls.

Last year was the inaugural class for Illinois' hall of fame.

Recruiting news and notes: Lincoln-Way East's AJ Henning piling up major offers


Recruiting news and notes: Lincoln-Way East's AJ Henning piling up major offers

Lincoln-Way East sophomore athlete recruit AJ Henning (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) continues to pile up the major Power 5 scholarship offers this winter including his latest from Stanford on Wednesday.

"Stanford offered me a scholarship today (Wednesday)," Henning said. "I have thirteen scholarship offers so far and it's pretty amazing to have opportunities from such great schools and football programs."

Henning, who was a key performer in leading the Griffins to the 2017 Class 8A state championship run has been taking all of the recruiting attention and offers in stride.

"My family and I talk about recruiting a little bit but it's not really that pressing for me," he said. "I still have two years left of high school so I'm really not in any rush."

Henning, who plans to visit Notre Dame on March 3 is now holding early scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Miami of Ohio, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford, Syracuse and Western Michigan.

Oswego East junior defensive back recruit Justin Clark (6-foot, 180 pounds) has also seen a nice spike in his overall recruiting stock this winter. Clark has been able to add six scholarship offers along with recruiting attention from several Big Ten programs.

"I have offers now from NIU, Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio, Iowa State, Toledo and Ohio University," according to Clark. "I've also been staying in touch with Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa and Purdue. Northwestern is waiting on my test score and they seem pretty interested. Iowa, Purdue and Minnesota all want me to come out and visit them on campus and the same goes for all the schools who have offered me."

Clark, who played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety, cornerback as well as return kicks and punts and also punted for Oswego East being recruiting to play at what position in college so far?

"So far the majority of schools are recruiting me to play safety," Clark said. "I'm very open when it comes to position and I also love to return kicks and punts. I just like to be as versatile of a player as I can for my team."

Batavia junior linebacker Michael Jansey Jr. (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) has continued to remain on several college recruiting radar screens this winter and Jansey Jr. has also seen his offers list grow.

"It seems like my recruiting is all starting to come together really well," Jansey Jr. said. "My latest offers from from Miami of Ohio, Kent State, Eastern Kentucky, Cornell and Wyoming."

Jansey Jr, has also remained in steady contact with several Big Ten schools this winter.

"I'm also in touch with Northwestern, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska," he said. "Also some of the SEC schools are starting to follow me on Twitter. It's just pretty exciting and my recruiting is really starting to all coming together."

Jansey Jr. has early scholarship offers now from Central Michigan, Ball State, Toledo, Illinois State, Iowa State, Western Michigan, Princeton, Cornell, Kent State, Miami of Ohio, Wyoming, Illinois State and Eastern Kentucky.

One of the better stories in the Class of 2019 in Chicagoland has to be Jacobs junior offensive tackle Joacheim Price (6-foot-8, 310 pounds). Price, who has been a mainstay on the Golden Eagles basketball team since his freshman year had never played football until last June. Price is now holding early offers from the likes of Illinois, West Virginia, Iowa State and Northern Illinois this winter. 

"The first time in summer football workouts I didn't know how to get into a stance," Price said. "I had to stay over after every practice that summer just to work on getting into a stance. I also had to learn all of the plays and also learn technique. I just hung in there and kept working and started to gain more and more confidence."