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Stout "D" helps Fenwick capture Prep Bowl Title

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Stout "D" helps Fenwick capture Prep Bowl Title

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
12:07 AM

By Clyde Travis
YourSeason.com

There are just a few things that are constants in the world today; death, taxes, and Catholic league defense. Fenwick used a whole lot of defense and just enough offense to shut down Curie 6-0 and capture the 77th Annual Prep Bowl Friday, at Soldier Field.

The teams played even in the first half and left the field at half time with the score knotted at 0.

Curie opened the second half with a 62-yard kick off return to the 20 of Fenwick and appeared poised to take the lead. But the Friars trumped the kick off return with an 85-yard interception return on Curies first play from scrimmage by Ricky Sorrentino.

The play was set up by a bone crushing hit by defensive tackle Steven Sreniawski on quarterback Reese Fleming.

When I saw that kill shot on the quarterback, I saw the ball, I caught the ball, and ran as fast as I could, said Sorrentino.

Fenwicks defense was the story all day as they never allowed Curies high-powered offense to get going, stopping them in the red zone five times and knocking Fleming out of the game on two occasions.

But the Condors squandered several other opportunities as they had a touchdown called back and a long punt return nullified on costly penalties. But the big one came with 2:48 remaining in the third quarter on a sure 13-yard touchdown pass to a wide open receiver that was dropped with no Fenwick player within five yards.

We play in the best conference in the state, the best conference in America and it only prepares you for games like this, said Sorrentino.

Fleming and his brother, running back Kevonta McIntyre, did their best to keep the Condors in the game and were the focal point of the Friar defense despite McIntyre rushing 25 times for 104 yards and Fleming going 11 of 15 for 131 yards.

But the two big hits on Fleming took its toll. Those hits really limited his mobility, said Curie coach Tyson LeBlanc. He accounted for almost over 3,000 yards of total offense. But it cut down our options after he got hurt.

Fenwick gained 140 yards on the ground with Jack Stibich gaining 71 yards on four carries with 46 coming on one play.

They had 14 yards in the air for a total of 150 yards total offense to Curies 255 yards.

Fenwicks defense was led by defensive tackles Sreniawski with 11 tackles, Glen Somers with nine tackles, and Stibich with nine.

Im very proud of these kids; they knew what we had to do, stop the quarterback and the running back. And thats what they did, it was a great defensive effort and our offense got the key first downs in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory. Said Fenwick coach Joe DiCanio.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back against Panthers

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back against Panthers

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Florida Panthers Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

(Reminder: Use #AskEdzo on social media and your questions may be answered by Eddie Olczyk, who will be in studio along with Adam Burish, Brian Campbell and Pat Boyle).

1. Another fast start coming?

The Blackhawks had one of their best starts of the season Wednesday in Tampa Bay, and the numbers favor Chicago to dictate the pace of play early again.

The Panthers are tied with the Buffalo Sabres for the fewest goals scored in the first period (13), and have taken a lead into the second period only four times (3-1-0) in 21 games. They are 2-7-1 in the 10 games they've trailed after the opening frame.

The Blackhawks, on the other hand, are tied for fourth when it comes to first-period goals (22) — albeit, five of them came on Opening Night against Pittsburgh — but they are just 4-2-2 in eight games when leading after one period. In fact, they took a 2-0 lead into the second in their most recent game against the Lightning and lost in overtime 3-2.

So while a fast start could certainly be in the cards, the finish must also be there.

2. Take advantage on special teams.

The Panthers are one of two teams ranked among the bottom six in both power play percentage (26th at 16.0) and penalty kill percentage (30th at 73.2).

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are coming in hot in both areas. They're 6-for-17 (35.3 percent) on the man advantage in their last four games, and own the fourth-best penalty kill unit (84.8 percent).

This is the area to exploit for the Blackhawks going into the matchup, and it could decide the game.

3. Feed Lance Bouma!

In his seventh season, Bouma has faced every NHL team at least five times in his career, with the exception of Vegas (pointless in one game this season).

Bouma is not known for his offensive prowess (72 points in 325 career games), but it's a different story when he plays Florida.

In six career games against the Panthers, Bouma has one goal, six assists and a career-high plus-8 rating. That one goal also happens to be one of his six career game winners.

Florida is the only team Bouma is averaging at least a point-per-game against for his career, so you know what that means: Feed No. 17!

Did Steve Kerr troll the Bulls?

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Did Steve Kerr troll the Bulls?

With Kevin Durant (ankle) and Draymond Green (rest) out, the Golden State Warriors had two starting forward positions open for Friday's game against the Bulls.

One of the two starters who replaced them? Jordan Bell. Does his name ring one, too?

Selected by the Bulls with the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Bell was eventually traded to the Warriors in exchange for cash considerations.

The Oregon product hasn't played much this season for the defending champs, averaging just 3.2 points and 8.3 minutes in 12 games, but he made his first career start against ... his "former" team. Coincidence?

Warriors coach Steve Kerr (jokingly) explained why he gave the 22-year-old rookie the nod in the lineup.

Prior to the game, Bell also had this to say about his trade:

Bell couldn't have played better in his first career start. In 26 minutes, he recorded seven points, six rebounds, six blocks and four assists in a 143-94 Warriors win over the Bulls at Oracle Arena.