Chaz Stevenson boosts Latin past Parker


Chaz Stevenson boosts Latin past Parker

By Craig Lynch

The Romans felt they had a lot to play for as they prepared for Friday nights regional final at Holy Trinity.

Chaz Stevenson scored 22 points to lead Latin to a 51-46 victory over conference rival Francis Parker and a berth in Tuesdays Lisle sectional semifinal.

Last year, they took the regional from us and it was a horrible loss, said Stevenson. We split with them in conference but they beat us by over twenty the last time we played them.

Parkers last lead was 32-30 midway through the third quarter, before Stevenson helped the Romans (18-6) seize control with two three-point connections. Liam Farley (12 points) closed the third period with another three, giving Latin the 39-32 advantage.

Latin was held without a field goal for the first five minutes of the fourth period. Parker closed to 41-38 on a basket by Ian Forest (11 pts) with 4:11 left to play.

But Latins Grant Simon split a pair of free throws and Stevenson scored a basket and hit two free throws to give the Romans a 46-38 lead with 2:15 remaining.

The Colonels (18-9) closed to 46-42 with a 1:27 to play on a basket by Judd Barron (7 pts), but would get no closer.

The guys looked to me. Im the captain and Im a senior. Tonight was no time to shy away from taking big shots, said Stevenson.

Coach Dave Vandermulen concurred.

Chaz is a money player. We want him out there when the games on the line.

Parker was led by Langdon Neal with 16 points.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening


Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”